MAC’s hotly anticipated (and entirely limited edition) Naked Honey Collection hits the counters this Thursday, and if you’ll excuse the pun, I’ve succumbed to all the buzz. The collection is half-makeup, half-body-stuff, and though the makeup portion is small compared to other releases, I think MAC did well with what they created.
There are three Naked Honey eyeshadows (each $14.50): Creme de Miel, Pollinator, and Buckwheat.
Creme de Miel (Veluxe Pearl) is a very yellow pale gold, and I found myself wondering if it could finally quell my regret over not buying Femme Fi. Pollinator is a Frost, but it almost looks like a matte coral. Buckwheat, also a Frost, is a warm brown with gold sparkles.
There are also three lipglasses (each $14): She’s a Star (champagne gloss with champagne sparkles, a repromote from the very limited edition A Mei collection), Queen Bee (orange gloss with smaller gold iridescent sparkles), and Buzz (red clay with multicolored sparkles). These were — sort of accidentally — swatched very heavily because lipglasses come with a doe’s foot applicator and I swatched with a brush.
The collection also includes two highlight powders — and I don’t know if it’s the honeycomb imprint, but I find myself lusting after both.
I thought Golden Nectar would be a highlight powder for darker skintones, but the MAC sales associate tried it on me as a bronzer, and (at least in-store) I kind of liked the effect — though it has some shimmer and usually you skip shimmer in a bronzer. Honey Light is fairly yellow, and I ended up trying it on as a blush — the sales associate recommended that I pair it with cool eyeshadow to balance the tones.
The highlight powders are each $24.50.
And finally, the collection includes some “bath and body” items. There’s a Honey Salve ($18.50), which contains honey, organic beeswax, sunflower oil, and is meant to be used anywhere (even lips). This smells sweet, but not like honey. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what the scent was.
There’s a Hand and Body Cream ($22.50), which contains honey, shea butter, vitamins C and E. This doesn’t exactly smell like honey either, and in an at-counter test, it didn’t dry quite as quickly or as completely as I would like. I walked away from the counter not wanting to touch my purse for fear of leaving marks.
Finally, there’s a body wash for $19.50 (containing lavender, narcissus, jasmine, and blue agave), and two fragrances, Naked Honey and Africanimal. The fragrances are each $22.50.