MAC released two small collections on Thursday of last week, Baby Blooms (which we’ll look at tomorrow) and Love That Look, a collection of 12 Starflash eyeshadows, 4 Pearlglide eyeliners, and a repromote of two classic MAC eyeshadow brushes, 239 (eyeshadow laydown) and 217 (eyeshadow blending). Click here to see pictures of those.
The Starflash eyeshadow texture was first introduced a year ago (in a collection called Starflash). Now they’re being reintroduced for a second limited-edition run. These powder shadows are extremely creamy and easy to work with, and just like regular MAC shadows, they’re $14.50 each. Grand Entrance, Dreammaker, Smoke & Diamonds, and Glamour Check! are repromotes from the original Starflash release.
Naturally there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the re-release of Smoke & Diamonds, along with questions about its similarity to loose pigment Sweet Sienna (click here to see a swatch) and Stila’s Diamond Lil (click here to see a swatch). Warm-grey expert Sarita offered this expert analysis:
Sweet Sienna [Sarita's favorite]: Graphite over gold metallic flake
Diamond Lil: Graphite over gold pearl base
Smoke and Diamonds: Graphite shot-through with gold
All three are very similar on the eye, with just a subtle difference in the gold-infusion and depth. Sweet Sienna has the most depth, Smoke and Diamonds the least.
Diamond Lil and Smoke & Diamonds were 99.9% indistinguishable on my lids and Diamond Lil has a much better, smoother, softer finish.
Of course, that’s just one opinion. For me, Sweet Sienna is the coolest, with a tendency to pull blue, so I prefer Smoke & Diamonds.
Pearlglide eyeliners were first released with a collection called Suite Array (click here to see my original post about them). Pearlglide liners are really soft, creamy, sparkly, water-resistant liners. Black Russian (black with blue sparkles), Molasses, Fly-By-Blu, and Rave are being re-released, but are still limited edition. Pearlglide liners are also $14.50.
MAC Love That Look: Unbasic White, Grand Entrance, Dreammaker, Dream Maker, Ego, Style Snob, Fashion, Rated R, Smoke & Diamonds, Smoke and Diamonds, Fashion Groupie, One-Off, One Off, Strike a Pose, Glamour Check, Glamour Check!, Fly By Blue, Fly-by-Blue, Fly By Blu, Rave, Molasses, Black Russian