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MAC & Mickey Contractor: Behind the Scenes

MAC & Mickey Contractor: Interviews and Q&As

If you’re looking for collection information, check out this post! 馃檪 Otherwise, this is fun reading material for those interested in what goes on behind a collection, as well as more information about MAC’s collaborator, Mickey Contractor. All information straight from MAC HQ.

Q&A with Mickey Contractor

Mickey, how long have you been working with M路A路C?

It鈥焥 been 32 years since I started working as a makeup artist and this is my 6th year with M路A路C. I’ve collaborated with the brand since they launched in India. M路A路C wanted to work alongside a makeup artist with credibility, experience, the ability to inspire who was also an authority of goodwill in the industry. So when they came to me and said, “We’d like you to collaborate with us, we’re opening a store in Bombay”: I thought, “This is a Godsend for me”. Working with M路A路C was an opportunity to really convey my vision. They have such incredible authority and influence in the industry and becoming a part of that was incredibly exciting to me.

Had you already been using M路A路C products?

Yes, I鈥焏 been using M路A路C for years. I first discovered M路A路C when I was in Canada about 15 years ago where I bought Twig, Malt and Marrakech lipsticks. Those kinds of shades just weren’t available in India. In fact, so little makeup was available in India back then! I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

What鈥檚 your beauty philosophy?

For me, beauty is about a natural-looking woman who wears makeup, but wears it so cleverly that it doesn鈥焧 actually show. She鈥焥 also somebody who carries herself with a lot of confidence, not just someone who鈥焥 pretty, but who also has a lot of character. For me鈥hat defines beauty.

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MAC Stylishly Yours Dupes & Comparisons Swatches


Products pulled for Cham-Pale/Stylishly Yours Comparisons

MAC Stylishly Yours Dupes & Comparisons Swatches

  • Dark Diversion is a burgundy berry, while Macroviolet is a blackened violet with flecks of fuchsia-violet micro-shimmer. Very different.
  • Follow Your Fancy is redder than Off the Page, while Sugarpill Asylum is darker and more orange.
  • Madly Personal is a little darker and less frosted than Fuchsia, while Bright Fuchsia and Bold & Brash are both much brighter, deeper, and darker–the latter has a stronger iridescent fuchsia sheen. New Fixation is redder.
  • Neon Orange is slightly darker than Morange but the difference is very, very subtle.
  • Something New is a glossier version of NARS Schiap, while Smashbox Flirty is a lil’ sheerer and Girl About Town is a bit darker. Trimming Talk is frostier and lighter, but Most Popular is totally different.
  • Style Curve is similar to Show Orchid, which is brighter and more fuchsia, while Violetta is purpler and darker. Go For It is too purple, and Purple Rite is more plum than fuchsia. Love Forever is also similar but more fuchsia than purple.
  • Play It Proper is a very pale, powdery pink, and it’s really not much like Benefit Dandelion, Shell Pearl, Porcelain Pink, or Oh So Fair. Pearl Blossom is the closest, but the texture is so different; plus it has a sheen, rather than a powdery finish.
  • Too Chic is closest to NARS Albatross, which is a little yellower, while Chez Chez Lame is more beige. Benefit Dandelion is too peachy while Pearl Sunshine is significantly darker.
  • Madly Magenta is significantly more purple than both Show Orchid and Love Forever.
  • Movie Star Red is more pigmented but similar in color as Gesina, while Russian Red has less pink in its base.
  • Tickle Me Pink is closest to Viva Glam Gaga (slightly lighter and cooler) or Snob (cooler), but it is similar to Overtime, which is a yellower pink (almost looks peachy in comparison). Unlimited looks nothing like it.
  • Virgin Isle is a touch lighter than Vegas Volt, while Jazzed and Ever Hip are significantly lighter.

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MAC Cham-Pale Dupes & Comparisons Swatches


Products pulled for Cham-Pale/Stylishly Yours Comparisons

MAC Cham-Pale Dupes & Comparisons Swatches

  • Chez Chez Lame is darker and more beige in comparison to NARS Albatross, less pink compared to Sunsparked Pearl, and lighter and less brown compared to Soft & Gentle.
  • Rose Ole is slightly darker and less frosty than By Candlelight, while Stereo Rose is significantly darker and Porcelain Pink is a little lighter and pinker. Play It Proper doesn’t resemble it at all.
  • Chilled On Ice is much more golden than Bare Study, while Cuddle is a bit yellower and more of a true white gold, which is the same reason why Benefit’s Tattle Tale is not quite a dupe either. Benefit Sippin’ ‘n Dippin’ is nothing like it.
  • Dangerous Cuvee is most similar to Benefit Strut is a darker, more pigmented version–it has the same bluish cast; on the other hand, Benefit Skinny Jeans seems close at first glance, but it’s much more of a pewter shade with a taupe rather than a blue cast.
  • Vintage Selection is slightly cooler than Benefit RSVP.
  • I Get No Kick is virtually the same as Make Up For Ever #23 and Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy.
  • Calm Mode is nearly identical to Feelin’ Good.
  • Gel is less pink, more bronze compared to Beigeland, while Quiet, Please looks more bronze than pink when compared to Beigeland.
  • Luxure looks the same as Resort Life when worn (on my lips), but the latter is beiger in its color base–which is still rather sheer on lips; and the same goes for Sin-tillation.

Unfortunately, I do not own Rubenesque to compare to Let Me Pop nor Shimpagne to compare against Chez Chez Lame. My deepest apologies!

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MAC Cham-Pale & Stylishly Yours – Available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s


MAC Cham-Pale & Stylishly Yours – Available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s

I do not know why it has not launched on MAC’s website. I can only suppose that with the holiday weekend, employees were off or something to that effect. It is launched in-stores and is available at Dillard’s, NORDSTROM and Macy’s for online. I tried to find out via LiveChat, but they said they have no information about the launch (which is a standard response). Products are now up on MACCosmetics.com! 馃檪

Cham-Pale Product Photos, Swatches, Reviews

Stylishly Yours Product Photos, Swatches, Reviews

MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection for Spring 2011


MAC and Mickey Contractor Collection

U.S. & International Launch Date: January 6th, 2011 at limited MAC locations (waiting for a list as of 12/29), 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.聽 International January 2011 – locations unknown at this time.

Who is Mickey Contractor, and why can鈥檛 about a billion people live without him? The answer involves breaking out into song and dance, because long before Glee, Mickey made the dashing heroes and exotic enchantresses of Bollywood Cinema into the famous faces throngs of fans want to look like. As M路A路C鈥檚 Director of Makeup Artistry for India, he鈥檚 more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience 鈥 he has mentored in-the-know Artists around the world for over three decades. These exclusive collections of Mickey鈥檚 musts are all about natural skin tonality and total performance, in addition to colour with a touch of exotic cine-magic. Foundation, Concealer, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, goddess-gorgeous Eye shades, Lipstick, Lipglass and Blush, with his favourite brushes to star in your own big Bollywood hit.

Edited @ 12/29 at 10:24AM: JUST heard back from MAC HQ – they are confirming in-store launch in top 22 MAC Stores only, and they are working on a list.聽 Due to the holidays, they can’t give me an exact date as to when they will have the list for me.聽 LiveChat is reporting it will be online for everyone nearer to the official launch date.

Help me help you and readers like you — if you know your store has confirmed they will have Mickey Contractor in their store, let me know!

Confirmed Stores:

  • MAC PRO @ San Francisco, CA; launches 12/30; call 415-771-6113, will do pre-orders/holds
  • MAC PRO @ Costa Mesa, CA
  • MAC PRO @ Los Angeles, CA

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Flesh Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma Eyeshadow Quad($36.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN)

  • Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Fluidlines, blushes, and more + photos!

Purple and Violet Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes


NARS Manon, UD Ransom, MAC Rich Purple, L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt, MUFE #11L, Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android, UD Lust

Purple and Violet Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes

Here is our last eyeliner comparison — blue-based purples!

  • NARS Manon Eyeliner is a blue-based violet purple. There鈥檚 no shimmer, just pure purple. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Ransom 24/7 Liner is an iridescent violet purple with a pinky undertone. (Review)
  • MAC Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil is a dark, cool-toned purple (Review)
  • L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt Chrome Eyeliner is a grayed purple with a metallic sheen. (Review
  • Make Up For Ever #11L Aqua Eyes is a violet purple with a satin sheen. (Review)
  • Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android Hyperliner is a violet purple with a satin sheen. It is slightly bluer than Make Up For Ever #11L. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner is a medium-dark, blue-based violet. It is bluer and darker than Make Up For Ever #11L. (Review)

Thoughts

DUPE ALERT! NARS Manon Eyeliner is a lighter version of MAC Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil.

DUPE ALERT! Makeup For Ever #11L Aqua Eyes is a slightly more purple (less blue) than Urban Decay’s Ransom 24/7 Liner–they are the closest in terms of color here, though.

Formula/Wear: NARS Eyeliner is the only one that I have any issues with based on my experience–it just smudges, migrates, and generally is a mess on me but many readers had positive experiences (and others who had similar experiences to mine), so I recommend reading the review for a fuller perspective.聽 MAC’s Chromagraphic Pencil is one of the longest wearing pencils I’ve come across and incredibly pigmented, too.

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