Knowing how highly many of you are anticipating the release of MAC’s Blonde Brunette Redhead collection, I put everything else on hold to bring you this late-breaking swatch project. Blonde Brunette Redhead is scheduled to launch online January 9, 2009.
Blonde Brunette Redhead is a large collection based on the classic color recommendations for the typical woman of a particular haircolor. Naturally, you’re under no obligation to honor tradition — you shouldn’t feel obligated to stay within one color group either. I found myself liking Redhead best, in general, but I’d definitely borrow pieces from Blonde and Brunette.
BBR includes nine eyeshadows — three per hair color — they are each $14.50. I was baffled by some of the finishes; specifically, some of the Frosts did not behave at all like what I’d expect from that finish.
I didn’t like Deep Shade, 100 Strokes, or Top Knot at all, they felt dry and chalky. I actually think there might have been something wrong with my counter’s pot of Deep Shade. Despite scuffing the surface with first a tissue, and then a clean mascara spoolie, I couldn’t get it to yield any pigment at all. Henna is exactly like Sumptuous Olive (and they’re both Veluxe Pearls — I swatched them together below). And though Femme-Fi didn’t excite me when it came out last fall in Neo Sci-Fi, I really liked it this time for some reason — it was a lovely sparkly pale gold or champagne.
Flip is a pretty, orangey gold, and behaves like you’d expect a Frost to behave. French Cuff is similar to Mythology, but a little more melon (these are also swatched together below). 100 Strokes is not as brown as it may look in this picture — both 100 Strokes and Top Knot are kind of like Beauty Marked, a dark base with purple or blue sparkles in them (also somewhat dry, as velvets can be). Pincurl is grey with blue smoke, almost duochrome. Knight is a charcoal grey with a definite blue undertone (click here to compare it to Silver Ring and Knight Divine).
The lipsticks were quite pretty — the peachy “Redhead” shades piqued my interest — though I thought I remembered hearing from the experts that Lustres and Frosts are not MAC’s most moisturizing finishes. The lipglasses are all extremely sparkly and lovely; expect a lot of pigment from Quick Tease, Red Devil, and Strawberry Blonde. Strawberry Blonde also has tiny blue sparkles in it. The lipsticks and Lipglasses are all $14.
Okay, I admit, I’ve been holding out on you. The most amazing part of the collection is the MSFs. They. Are. Gorgeous. Each pot contains a baked powder with four different shades (I don’t even know how they got them in such neat stripes), which you swirl together with your brush. For fun, I thought I’d illustrate the four colors in Brunette and Redhead.
I knew Brunette would be a little dark for me, but Redhead gave me this fantastic, peaches-and-cream glow. I absolutely love it (and this would be my peachiest blush). Blonde is more pink, though I haven’t tried this one on yet. Click here to compare to Gold Deposit, Soft and Gentle, or So Ceylon, or click here to compare to Petticoat and the loose Sheersheen powders — I thought the BBR MSFs were softer, more subtle, and more luminous (without the big sparkle). These are $28 each.
I thought I was being very clever, using the 3 eye kohls from the collection as dividers between the colors, but I realize now that might be a bit distracting. The eye kohls are luxuriously soft and creamy. They do smudge, but that can be used to your advantage — you can smudge them with a brush to your desired effect. Smolder is really black; Teddy is a rich, vibrant brown, Phone Number is almost exactly the same color as the eyeshadow Knight. All three of these kohls are permanent, and they are $14.50.And there are brushes in this collection! The 214 is a dupe of NARS’ smudge brush (and the 214 will become permanent to MAC stores). 226 is a dupe of LM’s ponytail brush (or Chanel’s #12 brush, if you prefer). I ran out of analogies with 165, but it’s a tapered cheek/highlight brush.
The 165 is $34; the 214 (called a short shader) is $23; the 226 is $24.50.MAC Blonde Brunette Redhead: BBR, Blonde, Blond, Brunette, Redhead, Deep Shade, Henna, Femme Fi, Flip, French Cuff, 100 Strokes, Pincurl, Knight, Top Knot, Chignon, What a Do!, Marquise D’, Marquis D’, Blow Dry, B-Babe, B Babe, All’s Fair, Quick Tease, Soft Wave, Life and Dye, Red Devil, Strawberry Blonde, Peroxide, 165, 214, smudge, 226, crease, Smolder, Teddy, Phone Number