It’s almost a rite of passage: at some point, every MAC lover fantasizes about a collection THEY would create.
Well several months ago, MAC Cosmetics reached out to about 60 bloggers, swore us to secrecy, and asked us to concept an eyeshadow and a lipgloss for a top secret future collection. They chose 9 favorites and invited those bloggers to Toronto to bring their dream products to life. Now that collection is for sale — online only, for just six weeks, available to the U.S. and Canada.
I have to say, bravo, ladies. I could not be more impressed with what you came up with.
Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle! (created by Beauty Blogging Junkie) is a Velvet, a matte, warm red-wood-brown with a few gold sparkles. Jealousy Wakes (created by Temptalia) is a Veluxe Pearl, a teal green with an aqua sheen (it reflects blue). It also has super tiny gold sparkles. Parisian Skies (created by Lipstick Powder N Paint) is a slate blue Satin. Hocus Pocus (created by The Makeup Girl) is a very soft charcoal, a sooty black with micro-shimmer sparkles. It’s a Satin.
Evolution Revolution (created by Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog) is a sheer peach-pink with little blue/pink/gold multicolored sparkles. Caqui (created by Beauty Maverick) is opaque creme orange-red. Sonoran Rain (created by Shades of U) is an opaque strawberry red with tiny gold sparkles. Nitrolicious 2046 (created by Nitrolicious) is an opaque creme cherry red. All of My Purple Life (created by Afrobella) is a semi-opaque grape purple with micro blue-silver sparkles. Each of these nine products is $14.50 in the U.S.; $17.50 in Canada.
Even though my shades weren’t picked for the collection, I am immensely grateful that MAC sent me a set to swatch. (I was planning to buy Hocus Pocus and Caqui, regardless.)
Because this collection is only available online (meaning you won’t have a chance to try before you buy) — and given the unusual opportunity of possessing every shade — I wanted to do one better than arm swatches. Obviously, I don’t have nearly as much practice taking pictures of my face as I do of my arm. These were taken using the camera’s self timer, and my coffee table as a tripod.
Evolution Revolution is pretty sheer (and I don’t really see the tiny sparkles unless I’m looking for them). I like the color, but it doesn’t have a lot of impact by itself. MAC artists are always pairing lipstick and gloss (to modify the final color, to extend wear-time on the lips), and I think Evolution Revolution might perform best as one of those “modifier” glosses.
I LOVE Caqui. It’s an opaque red-orange (the same fuller-coverage finish as Viva Glam Cyndi lipgloss). As it wears down and gradually becomes more sheer, it becomes more pink (as more of my lip color shows through). Truly a perfect summer color.
I was surprised to also really like Sonoran Rain. It’s another opaque shade (a finish I prefer for the lipglasses), a strawberry red. I don’t really see the sparkle on my lips (but I like it that way).
I know it’s kind of hard to see the difference between Sonoran Rain and Nitrolicious 2046 in these photos; let me try to talk you through the comparison. Nitrolicious 2046 is on the edge of my color comfort zone. It’s a violet-red that felt bold to me (it’s cooler than shades I normally choose). Like Caqui and Sonoran Rain, it’s opaque.
Only Afrobella could get me to try on a purple lip-anything. I love, respect, and admire that woman tremendously, but she and I have very different preferences in makeup. When Patrice created this color, she said she wanted it to be “THE perfect purple for women of color.” I think she achieved that. On my fairer skin, the grape-purple is dark and sort of gothy. It’s semi-opaque, so I don’t think I could sheer it out over a lipstick. It is, however, amazing on her (photos republished with her permission).
Finally, I scoured the internet looking for swatches before placing my online order, and I wanted to share with you the photos that I found most helpful:
Temptalia’s lip swatches of the glosses
Karen’s full face swatches of the glosses
Karen’s full face photos of glosses paired with shadows
Karen’s swatches of Evolution Revolution on top of various lipsticks
Temptalia wearing Jealousy Wakes in an unexpected way
A longish “day-to-night” post in which Karen wears several of the products from this collection
And my favorite account of the trip the bloggers took, written by Afrobella
Before this collection released, there was a rumor that I had been one of the chosen bloggers. That was just a rumor (though I did enjoy it very much).