MAC Iris Apfel

MAC, Iris Apfel, displayOf the seven collections on MAC’s counters right now (Daphne Guinness, Metal X, Tour de Fabulous, Lip Mix, Mineralize Skincare, Naturally), Iris Apfel — with her bold, bright lips — was unquestionably going to be in the highest demand. The collection was limited, however, to freestanding stores and, and both sold out in a New York minute.

Though I actually love everything about this collection, the number one thing you need to know about is the lips. I’ve been hunting these lipsticks so long it’s making me crazy — making me want to buy more than I think I would under less stressful shopping circumstances.

Pink Pigeon (Matte) is bright magenta (purple-pink). Scarlet Ibis (Matte, prononced “EYE biss”) is red-coral. Party Parrot (Matte) is intense watermelon pink. Flamingo (Lustre) is a sheer warm pink that’s surprisingly demure on the lips. Morange (Amplified Creme) is a regular permanent shade, construction-orange.

The lipliners are $14 each. Entertain Me and Embrace Me are actually limited edition repromotes (cross-promotes?) from the Tour de Fabulous collection; Redd is a regular, permanent shade.
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YSL, spring 2011, Ginta LapinaThe collection also includes five eyeshadows ($15 each).

Silver Gull (Velvet) is a matte dove-grey/smoke-grey matte with a few very tiny silver sparkles. I like the color, but the shadow is chalky. Robin’s Egg (Matte) happily reminds me of Cool Heat, a collection from the summer of 2008. If I had a time machine, revisiting Cool Heat would be one of my stops. Anyway, Robin’s Egg is a bright, matte, green teal. Diamond Dove (Matte) is another beautiful color, a dark brown matte taupe. It’s also chalky.

I expected Early Bird (Matte) to be like Free to Be, from Liberty of London (chalky) — but it’s so nice! Early Bird is a lovely, pigmented coral-pink. For the past year, I’ve been obsessed with the promo image from YSL’s spring 2011 collection. Now I want to try recreating the look using Early Bird.

Howzat (Satin) is also very nice: a softly shimmery charcoal repromoted from one of the Snowglobe eyeshadow palettes in the 2011 holiday collection.

There are three new, limited edition nail polishes (each $15). Oriele Orange is a red-orange coral. Sandpiper is a sheer trenchcoat beige. Toco Toucan is a cool fuchsia pink.
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And last but definitely not least, this collection repromotes Too Chic Beauty Powder highlighter (previously released in Stylishly Yours). I had forgotten how beautiful this powder is. It’s a pearlescent, gently shimmery, delicate, pale golden shimmer that builds to a glowing golden white as you swatch it more heavily. If you blindfolded me, swatched this on my arm, then asked me to guess what it was, I think I would’ve guessed something much more expensive. Too Chic is $23.
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If, like me, you have been stalking MAC’s website hoping they’ll restock, don’t fret. I’m planning to do some comparison swatching, and hopefully we’ll be able to match some of the Iris Apfel lipsticks with their closest permanent and pro relatives.

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9 Responses to “MAC Iris Apfel”

  • Victoria says:

    these colors are soooo beautiful! I kinda regret missing out on these lipsticks. Ah well, till next time Scarlet Ibis and Party Parrot :)

  • Constanze says:

    Pink Pigeon, Party Parot and Embrace Me are great! :)

  • Emily says:

    Just out of curiosity, how do you apply your swatches? With a brush or an eyeshadow applicator?

    That kind of looks like Northpark Mall…

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Shadows are applied with disposable sponge applicators — and good eye! That indeed Northpark. (Love the pro store!)

  • Sandy Sallin says:

    Will Mac be rereleasing them since they are such a hit? Can you find out?

  • Christina M. says:

    Yes, please do a comparison! I almost cried when I realized the collection was available but mostly sold-out. Missing Flamingo especially hurt!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Sandy, I’ve been checking MAC’s website and calling their 800 number every day for a couple of weeks now. They say they’re not going to restock… if I hear differently, I’ll put the word out.

  • Joelle says:

    Madly in love with Morange! Your swatches are the best I’ve ever seen. Keep up the great work!

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