Makeup addicts and cat lovers (often the same people) have been eagerly awaiting the release of Fabulous Felines, one of two major fall releases from MAC. Fabulous Felines is organized a bit like Spring Forecast — the collection is broken into three “mini” collections, organized by cat/color family.
Each mini collection includes an eponymous eyeshadow quad ($36), and Palace Pedigreed is delightfully low on shimmer. Courtly is a soft, satiny lilac (satin finish). Palace Pedigreed is a muted red-plum. It’s also a satin, and the only shade that felt dry or chalky. Palace Pedigreed has a few sparkles, but they got lost in their journey from pan to arm. Quite Spoiled is mauve-rose (also a satin, but soft and smooth). Russian Blue is a dark grey-blue (with a slight undercurrent of green? It’s warmer than you expect). Its a matte, but the texture is pretty nice.
Fabulous Felines also introduces a new eyeliner for MAC, Superslick Liquid Liner. These are $17.50 each, with an ultra-fine, conical sponge tip. Though Superslick looks like a pen, it’s not. Unscrew the cap and you’ll have an applicator in one hand, and a “well” of ink in the other. Superslick liners come in nine shades (three assigned to each of the “Felines”), and all nine shades will be joining the permanent line.
These seem to apply very wet — I wonder if it’s advisable to wipe the tip off a bit before applying.
Nocturnal is silver, and the most sheer of the Superslick liners. You may want to apply this one on top of another shade, or just do two coats to make sure you get the coverage you want. I also saw an artist blending Nocturnal out as a sparkly topcoat in the center of the lid, after applying powder eyeshadow. The effect was thrilling.
Smoky Heir is purple with tiny blue and orange sparkles. Signature Blue is cobalt, or sapphire. All of these have a metallic finish.
Each mini collection also includes two pigments (loose powder eyeshadow, $19.50) — some new shades, some repromotes. Palace Pedigreed includes Mauvement and Bloodline. Though Mauvement is repromoted, I thought it looked different from the last time I’d seen it. It seems more bronzey, slightly less purple. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me — either way, I like this version. Bloodline is gorgeous. It’s this dark, cool, brown-purple-grey with iridescent shimmer. Totally stunning. These were swatched without a base.
Each collection also has four lipsticks, three Lipglasses, and one repromoted-from-the-permanent-line Cremestick lipliner.
Superior is a Dazzle lipstick (the sparkly new formula we saw introduced for Digi-Pops). It’s basically sheer with pink sparkles. Of Royalty is a cool, blue-pink Cremesheen. Aristo-Cat and Cunning are both Frosts, but they seemed like a new kind of frost… creamier-feeling (at least to my arm), less frosty looking. Aristo-Cat is shimmery grape; Cunning is burgundy.
As for the lipglosses, Docile is a super sparkly baby pink, with these tiny iridescent shimmering sparkles. Best of Breed is a sheer and very sparkly grey-blue. Lap of Luxury is is a deep, winey purple — not quite brown enough to be mulberry.
Beurre ($14.50) is a mauvey, browned rose. Cremestick Liners are mechanical pencils.
The Felines collection does include some “extras.” As part of Palace Pedigreed, MAC is also selling a short-handled 168 angled blush brush ($32) and a bag, which I haven’t seen yet ($25).