We had a resurgence of winter this past weekend: it was freezing, overcast, and we had overnight snow. But on the bright side, I did find a counter with testers of the MAC’s next collection, coming out Thursday, April 1: Art Supplies.
Art Supplies isn’t a huge collection, but it’s attracting a lot of attention because it brings back several popular products: Greasepaint Sticks (from Style Black and DSquaredÂ²) and Pearlglide eyeliners (from Suite Array; a few were repromoted in Love That Look). Both products are available in all new shades.
The other product (which is receiving rave reviews from every sales associate I talk to) is the Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker. The packaging is tragically identical to CoverGirl’s Outlast markers (which I didn’t care for at all), but I have been assured that the similarity in packaging is an unfortunate coincidence, and that the formula of the stain is entirely different. Everything in Art Supplies is limited edition.
The Greasepaint Sticks are $17.50 each. They are safe for waterline, long-wearing, transfer- and water-resistant, to be used as eyeliner or eyeshadow (or eyeshadow base). They also have a sharpener hidden in the back end (where the eraser would be, if this were a pencil), so you can restore the point as necessary.
Slick Black is intensely black… pretty much what I expected Intense Black to be. Dirty, which I keep wanting to call Dirrrty, is SO sexy I can’t control myself. It’s so hot I photographed it twice.
The Pearlglide Eyeliners are more sparkly than the ones released in Suite Array, but are actually safe for waterline. The shades are impressively complex and gorgeous. I photographed these twice, once with a flash, and once without.
Almost Noir is a red-purple with gold sparkle. Black Line is a very, very blackened green with green-gold sparkle. Undercurrent is duochrome teal-blue-green with blue-green sparkles. (Wow. I could stare at this swatch forever.) Petrol Blue is deep, blackened blue with blue sparkle; Designer Purple is a deep royal purple with purple sparkle. Industrial is a steely grey-black-blue. The Pearlglide liners are $14.50 each.
It isn’t totally fair to arm-swatch the Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers; shades that look light swatched on skin may become much deeper or brighter when compounded with the color in your lips. Regardless, I do think side by side swatches are useful for distinguishing between shades.
The Lipstain Markers are $16 each. My sales associates said they would last all day, wouldn’t feather, and contained a humectant (moisture-attracting) ingredient.
MAC Art Supplies: Greasepaint Sticks, Slick Black, Dirty, Zinc Zone, Charred Mauve, Uniformly Blue, Greengrease, Below Ground, Brown, Now, Pearlglide, Almost Noir, Black Line, Undercurrent, Petrol Blue, Designer Purple, Industrial, Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker, Point of View, Modern Mocha, Tomorrow’s Coral, Sunset, Purposefully Red, Full of Flare, A Classic, Runway Ripened, Stylesetter