I think I just discovered my latent Anglophilia, because MAC totally has my number with their latest collection.
Liberty of London is a department store in England, specializing in modernized hippie prints. The packaging is adorable, so not only do I want to buy it all, I have the odd desire to save and display the boxes.
The eyeshadows ($14.50) were my least favorite. It’s partly because these aren’t colors I would usually wear, and partly because the two matte shades are so typical of that finish. Give Me Liberty of London and Free to Be were both relatively unpigmented, and I really had to build my swatches. (And compare Give Me Liberty of London to Pen ‘n’ Pink.) Dame’s Desire is (of course) a repromote from the Dame Edna collection — it’s a frost, but not frosty. Birds and Berries was the standout, in my opinion: an impressive (though frosty) teal. It’s more blackened and a little more teal than Strike a Pose from Love that Look. Bough Grey was a little more blue (and a little more industrial looking) than I expected. Still, less blue than Scene.
Blue India nail polish was an early favorite from the collection. I did a hasty manicure so you could see what that looks like on nails. It’s a complex and interesting shade, but not my favorite for my skin color. Vestral White has been repromoted a few times, most recently with Hello Kitty. It’s a stark white creme. These are $12 each, and both are opaque in two coats.
Oh how I loved the lips. Ever Hip is a pinky coral — the shade you’re seeing everywhere for spring (more on that in another post, I think). Peachstock is a permanent shade, a nudifying peach. Petals and Peacocks is glowing, electrifying fuchsia. Man, that is a strong blue-violet. Blooming Lovely is lavender. Click here to refresh your memory of Lavender Whip or Lavender Whip and Fashion Mews. I wish I owned these to do a side-by-side.
Frankly Fresh (which I love) is a soft tea rose. Perennial High Style (which I also love) is a bright coral. English Accents is pale cool pink. A Different Groove is burgundy brown (blackberry jam?) with gold sparkles. All the lip products are $14.
The collection includes two blushes ($18.50) and two beauty powders ($25). Dirty Plum is back — as a matte this time (it was a satin in Riveting). I also adored darling, peachy Prim and Proper.
Shell Pearl is a repromote (seen first in Sundressing, and most recently in one of the “Look in a Box” sets from Graphic Garden), but I’m very glad for the chance to pick it up. It’s a gorgeous, glowy highlighter that’s neither metallic nor sparkly. Lilacky pink Summer Rose originally appeared in Rose Romance (and I found I was able to use it as a subtle blush) — and there’s no embossed flower this time.
I usually do “maximum volume” swatches with dense triangle sponges to show (1) how pigmented the blush CAN be, and (2) to illustrate the sometimes subtle differences between shades. This time, I felt that maybe lighter swatches would do these products more justice. The first picture was swatched with less dense sponges and a lighter hand (though you’ll probably apply them lighter-still on your own cheeks). Dirty Plum is still VERY pigmented, and you’ll have to use it carefully. The second picture is “at maximum volume.”
EDIT: I wasn’t sure my arm swatches captured the full loveliness of Prim & Proper, but CurstCait very graciously agreed to let me post her picture. This blush looks so utterly charming on the cheeks!
I have no pictures yet, but the collection also includes a patterned small bag ($25), a medium bag ($30), and a scarf ($95. Ow.).
MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Ever Hip, Peachstock, Petals and Peacocks, Blooming Lovely, Frankly Fresh, Perennial High Style, English Accents, A Different Groove, Give Me Liberty of London, Free to Be, Dame’s Desire, Birds and Berries, Bough Grey, Bough Gray, Dirty Plum, Prim and Proper, Shell Pearl, Summer Rose, Blue India, Vestral White