So Dallas has had… something like 10 consecutive days of cloudy weather, and in that time, my MAC counter has received SIX new collections (nine, if you count the “really black Zoomlash” collection, the “Flirt with Fall” lash collection, and the “Upstarts” bundles… but let’s not peer into the abyss).
This weekend I swatched like a mad person, and I think I caught up. I cheated a little: I didn’t re-swatch the MAC Face & Body Foundations (though I still plan to), and I skipped the “Process Colour Story” which is a pro-only line expansion. Basically, Process Colour released September 17th, and included new pigments, chromalines, paint sticks, chromacakes, and airbrush formula in cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (the four colors you need to print just about anything on paper). I figured that these shades had standardized definitions, so I could skip swatching them for now.
So the plan is to share this new MAC news with you all this week, in the order that the collections release (because how else will we keep it all straight). Then next week we can get back to other brands. Not to tip my hand, but it’s good stuff.
MAC in High Def (September 10, freestanding stores only)
MAC’s High Def collection is pretty straightforward. They’re repromoting their Face and Body Foundation (sheer, waterproof, liquid foundation, sold in a 4 oz. bottle with a dropper top for $32). When I wear foundation, I wear F&B in N1 — I do think the colors are flexible on account of the sheerness of the foundation. I dispense a few drops into the palm of my hand, brush my 187 skunk brush through it to coat the bristles, and brush/buff onto my face. You could also use a sponge, a regular foundation brush, your fingers… different strokes for different folks.
It is worth noting that the currently available shades of F&B are N1, N2, N3, N5, N7, N9 and C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7.
High Def also repromotes Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, a baked powder containing light-reflecting particles for a satin finish. You could use this alone as a very light foundation — I didn’t love it as a finishing powder on top of my F&B, though some folks do use it that way. It wasn’t quite mattifying enough on my T. MSF(N)s are $25, and the shades are somewhat flexible. I wore Light.
There are four new, limited edition lipsticks. I actually love High Def, the amplified creme. Close to Real, Sharp Focus, and Resolutely Red are all lustres. These are $14 each.
And, for completeness, the collection also repromotes Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Powder Foundation ($29) and MAC’s two skunk brushes, the 187 ($42) and the 188 ($34).