I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that I am head-over-heels for MAC’s beautiful corally new collection: Pret-a-Papier. (Click here to see a breakdown of what the model is wearing.) The collection pays homage to a moment in fashion: the paper dress of the 60s.
In 1966, the Scott Paper Company ran a promotion: buy a paper dress for a dollar, and receive coupons for Scott paper products. Though the dress was intended as a gag, something about it captured America’s imagination, and women ordered half a million dresses in less than a year. The trend took off: companies began to produce more interesting styles, prints, and slightly stronger paper blends. There were paper A-line dresses, evening gowns, a paper wedding dress (price: under $20), paper slippers, paper bell-bottom suits, waterproofed paper raincoats, and paper bikinis. Andy Warhol created a Campbell’s soup can print dress. You may remember Tim Gunn alluding to this cultural moment when Irina made a paper raincoat for Season 6 of Project Runway.
Onto the products. There are five potted eyeshadows ($14.50, no special packaging). Tissueweight is a frost, but it looks more like a matte- or a satin-finish soft beige-pink. Bamboo (a repromote from the permanent line) is matte muted orange. Memorabilia (a limited edition repromote last seen in the Originals collection) is matte purple. Both Bamboo and Memorabilia are somewhat chalky (typical for the Matte finish). Cut to Fit (a frost) is frosty rust red. Gazette Grey is a gorgeous, very very cool dark brown. It’s so perfectly on the line between cool brown and warm grey — it’s absolutely taupe. Unfortunately, it’s a Velvet finish, and somewhat chalky.
The Chromagraphic pencils are a new product ($14.50), meant to be used on the waterline (for brightening the eyes), above and below the brows, around the mouth (but not on the lips), or anywhere on the face that perfecting is needed. They’re named by skintone: NC15/NW20 is lighter and peachier yellow; NC25/NW30 is darker and more yellow ochre.
There are two paint pots in the collection ($16.50): Groundwork is a repromote from the permanent line — but I’d never looked at this color before, and I had no idea it was so gorgeous! It’s a warm (slightly rosy, yellow) medium brown. Coral Crepe is a rosy coral — new for this collection and limited edition.
There are four lipsticks ($14. Hooray for Lustres!). Made to Order is pink-coral (love). Dressmaker, Dressmaker is lighter pink-coral (love). Archetype is sheer, light, peachy tan. Kraft is rosy brown — and kind of reminds me of a browner version of another limited edition Amplified Creme, High Def.
There are three lipglasses ($14). Pret-a-Papier is cranberry red with gold sparkles. Everyone’s going nuts for Fold and Tuck, a bright coral with teeny, tiny, subtle pink/coral sparkles. And C-Thru is a repromote from the permanent line, milky beige.
There are two limited edition nail polishes ($12). Originality is frosty bronze-gold with teeny-tiny green, orange, and gold sparkles. Brown Bag is exactly the color of a brown bag, but somehow it’s sexy.
The blushes are phenomenal. Instant Chic ($18.50, swatched lightly, then heavily) is peached pink. Garb ($18.50) is dusty peach. And I’d forgotten how beautiful Light Over Dark is — a sparkly rosy peach that first appeared in Grand Duos. ($23. Revisit that post to see the top and bottom colors swatched individually. This swatch is just the two shades blended together.)
The collection also repromotes two shades of the Impeccable Brow Pencils (First released in All Ages, All Races, All Sexes, $15, and absolutely impossible to swatch on arm or hand): Dirty Blonde (my shade) and Taupe (darker).
MAC Pret-a-Papier: Tissueweight, Bamboo, Memorabilia, Cut to Fit, Gazette Grey, Chromagraphic Pencils, NC15/NW20, NC25/NW30, Groundwork, Coral Crepe, Made to Order, Dressmaker Dressmaker, Archetype, Kraft, Pret a Papier, Fold and Tuck, C-Thru, Originality, Brown Bag, Instant Chic, Garb, Light Over Dark