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MAC Marcel Wanders: Lip Gloss

MAC Marcel Wanders Lip Gloss
Lip Gloss: Aleydis, Beatrix, Gertruyd, Mary

MAC Marcel Wanders: Lip Gloss

MAC Marcel Wanders Lip Glosses ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) include four new, exclusive, and limited edition shades: Aleydis (fuchsia), Beatrix (golden nude), Gertruyd (blackened red), and Mary (light gold).

The texture of these is extremely similar to LORAC’s 3D Multiplex Lip Gloss. It is a smooth, creamy formula that’s not thick or thin. It’s non-sticky but doesn’t disappear instantly; I’ve been wearing Beatrix for three hours now (no eating/drinking), and it’s mostly there. They do not contain quite as much shimmer as the 3D Lip Glosses, though. The formula also reminded me of MAC’s 3D Lipglasses (ha, ha) that came out eons ago. They’re smoother than Cremesheen Glass, but they have a similar look–just more pigmented.  They have a brush-type applicator.

  • Aleydis is a semi-sheer, blue-based medium fuchsia pink with icy fuchsia micro-shimmer. As far as MAC permanent dupes go, though, Extra Amps would be the closest, but a bit more blue-based. Kind of like a low voltage version of Hot House. Very similar to Revenge is Sweet, too!  Dead-ringer for Radiant Jewels/Creme Allure… (both are more pigmented).
  • Beatrix is a semi-sheer beige base with melon gold shimmer. It reminded me of a sheerer version of Strange Potion Lipglass–not quite as pink. Also similar to Girl’s Delight.
  • Gertruyd is a semi-sheer, reddened burgundy with light pink sparkle. It’s similar to Ornamental–not quite as copper, though.
  • Mary is a sheer, almost milky nude with lots of melon-gold shimmer. It’s a little less yellow than Instant Gold. It’s a little more melon and less pigmented than NARS Albatross.

The way the glosses feel as well as how they are packaged makes me lump them in with products like Dazzleglass, Cremesheen Glass, etc. For price comparison, I think it is appropriate to look at that category, too, and not Lipglass so much. (For the record, I do think that Dazzleglasses should contain more per tube–they are far under what I would expect.) Dazzleglasses are $18 for 0.06 oz., while Cremesheen Glasses are $18 for 0.09 oz. These are $22 for 0.09 oz. You are paying more, but the pricing does not seem as out-of-line as when you compare Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 oz.) against them.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t mind more shimmer, you may want to consider LORAC’s 3D Lip Glosses–more product, same price.

AVAILABILITY: MAC on November 24th

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MAC Marcel Wanders: MAC Sheer Mystery Powder

MAC Sheer Mystery Powder
MAC Sheer Mystery Powder

MAC Marcel Wanders: MAC Sheer Mystery Powder

MAC Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 for 0.56 oz.) is described as “an ultra-fine, super sheer, and very sophisticated pressed powder … “Mysteriously” silky-soft in texture, glides on to give skin a velvety matte, slightly luminous and altogether flawless finish.”  There are only two shades available:  Light and Medium Plus.  They used to release a shade called Dark Secret, which was more appropriate for darker skin tones.

I only picked up Medium Plus, so I only have a swatch of that one, but hopefully it will be helpful enough to show you the texture and look of it.  I would recommend Light for NC/NW15s and 20s, possibly 25s if you are definitely NC/NW25.  I would recommend Medium Plus for NC/NW30s and 35s.  I think it would be too light for any shades higher than NC/NW35.

The formula itself is a very finely milled, silky smooth powder that applies incredibly sheer.  It is best used as a setting or finishing powder, because it does not offer coverage, but it will set your foundation or help to mattify skin.  It is not completely matte in finish, but it is semi-matte.  I like it, and I think it’s a good pressed powder, but it’s not the best one I’ve ever tried.  I don’t know if it’s that much better than MAC’s Blot or Select Sheer Powders, you know?  I do like that it looks very natural, and it’s practically impossible to overdo.  It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, even on drier areas of mine.

The compact itself shares the same multifaceted look as the perfume pendant, but unlike the pendant, it is made out of hard plastic, rather than metal.  It feels very lightweight when held, which makes it appropriate for traveling but less so if you want that luxury feel.  In the past, this powder has always been housed in a heavier, sturdier compact.  It will hold fingerprints like nobody’s business, though.

I know the price tag always scares people every time MAC repromotes it, but keep in mind, it comes with a refill–each pan is 0.28 oz. for a total of 0.56 oz. for your $60.  However, on that note, MAC’s Select Sheer/Pressed will set you back $22 for 0.42 oz., while the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural retails for $26 for 0.35 oz.  After perusing through a variety of pressed powders from high-end brands, it seems like 0.28 to 0.35 oz. is the norm with prices ranging from $30 to 35.  This is certainly not a steal of a deal, but it’s like you’re paying an extra $15 to 20 for the packaging and product (since it’s not available outside of the pricier compacts).

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you are light or medium in skin tone, you may find a match here.  If you have ultra dry skin, you may want to skip the powder, but for slightly dry to slightly oily skin, it should work out.

AVAILABILITY: MAC on November 24th

MAC Marcel Wanders: Air of Style Scent Concentrate Review & Photos

MAC Air of Style Scent Concentrate
MAC Air of Style Scent Concentrate

MAC Marcel Wanders: Air of Style Scent Concentrate

Air of Style ($30.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a sweetened floral with a strong pull of jasmine. It has an initial strength, but it dries down to something incredibly subtle–probably too light. I’m glad it does weaken quickly, though, because it is rather cloying at first sniff. It’s not a groundbreaking scent; despite the abundance of notes, it is has a rather simple result. I have had readers in the past note that Air of Style is reminiscent of Michael Kors, but I don’t own it, so I couldn’t say for sure. I applied it two hours ago, but the majority of the scent has wafted away.

Top Notes: White pepper, dried red dates, wild peonies
Heart Notes: Tuberose, orange blossom, jasmin, ylang-ylang, orris
Bottom Notes: Touch of leather, antique woods, vetiver, amber crystals, tonka beans

The packaging is lovely. It’s a heavy, metal multifaceted pendant that hangs from a thin, black ribbon. For me, it would be too heavy to wear around my neck, but I tend to opt for very simplistic jewelry. I really enjoyed the weightiness of the pendant itself, because it feels more luxurious.  To me, this is the best packaging MAC has put the Air of Style scent in.  It was originally launched in an Italian glass vial, which while lovely, has to be stored in its box, as it will roll off your vanity.

It is rather small, as many bejeweled solid perfumes are, but inside contains more than the average ring/pendant solid perfume does. I wouldn’t say this is a value deal, but the price and quantity seem on par for MAC’s brand against higher-end brands with similar solid perfume offerings.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love your sweet florals, you may enjoy this. If you prefer woodier scents, this is probably not up your alley.

AVAILABILITY: MAC on November 24th

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MAC Marcel Wanders Collection


MAC & Marcel Wanders Collection

MAC & Marcel Wanders Collection

“If I have a basic motivation, it’s to inspire people to make their life a Masterpiece!” Is that not what we do every day at M·A·C? So it is that the Dutch industrial designer – known for everything from his “Happy Hour” Chandelier to his “futuresonic” way with old Delft porcelain, and for co-founding now-iconic design collective Droog AND the amusing, classicism-meets-futurism objects of his own group, Moooi (from the Dutch word for “beauty,” but with an extra “o” for extra-beautiful!) – wandered HERE…It had to be! M·A·C partners with Marcel Wanders – his first foray into the world of cosmetics – and design sophisticates (and people with innate and irreverent tastes) will be bonkers for these limited-edition Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Sheer Mystery Powder, Air of Style Scent Concentrate and his signature brush and clutch creations, not least of all for their arresting packaging – fine collectors’ items all! But also for the rich palette, inspired by 17th Century Flemish painting, and particularly Vermeer’s – “Girl With a Pearl Earring” – and the idea of an artist painting a portrait, and falling in love. “Always, with a sense of love in the product…” he says. Marcel speaks our M·A·C language.

MAC & Marcel Wanders Lipstick ($22.00 US / $26.00 CDN)

  • Martha Golden champagne with pearl/frost (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Gesina Red with slight pinkish undertones (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Catharina Fuchsia (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Digna Blackened red (Cream) (Limited Edition)

MAC & Marcel Wanders Lip Gloss ($22.00 US / $26.00 CDN)

  • Mary Light gold (Limited Edition)
  • Beatrix Golden nude (Limited Edition)
  • Aleydis Fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Gertruyd Blackened red (Limited Edition)

MAC & Marcel Wanders Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory (Limited Edition)
  • Medium Plus Tan beige (Limited Edition)

False Lashes Mascara ($18.00 US / $21.50 CDN)

  • False Black Black (Limited Edition; being repromoted later)

Air of Style Scent Concentrate ($30.00 US / $36.00 CDN)

Look what happens when a design darling and M∙A∙C scent get together. Our opulently sensual Air of Style scent goes solid and heads off to fashionable places, wafting on your skin – and, in its decidedly stylish Marcel Wanders-designed, faceted metal compact-style pendant. Too sexy! Limited edition.

MAC & Marcel Wanders Brush Clutch ($65.00 US / $78.00 CDN)

Classic tapestry meets the modern and exquisite flourishes of designer Marcel Wanders in this limited-edition evening clutch. The interior purse snaps shut to be enfolded by soft layers of fabric. Finishing touches include silk ribbon ties, a faceted metal closure and, to keep this collectible safe, a silky slipcover. Limited edition.

MAC & Marcel Wanders 187 Brush ($75.00 US / $90.00 CDN)

Indulgence or a perfectionist’s finest tool? This Marcel Wanders-designed version of our 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush features a softly rounded duo fibre brush head for the luxurious application of powders, and an elegant hand-turned wooden handle. Limited edition.

Availability: North America November 24 2010 at all M·A·C locations, International December 2010 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

Check out more photos, behind the collection, and Q&A with Marcel Wanders!

MAC’s MAC Me Over Contest – Be the Face of a Fall 2011 Campaign


MAC’s MAC Me Over Contest – Be the Face of a Fall 2011 Campaign

The competition will launch has launched at www.macmeover.com on November 15th, a U.S.-based competition, to find a real-person face for MAC’s fall 2011 color collection.  You will have to be over 18!  To enter, one must submit a photo or video of themselves using the phrase, “MAC me over because…” and completing it with “style, heart, and soul.”  Entries will be accepted through December 20th.  Entries will then go through a judging process led by James Gager.  Six winners will be flown to NYC to be photographed for the campaign, with this image showcased globally.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The M∙A∙C Cosmetics “M∙A∙C Me Over!” contest is sponsored by M∙A∙C Cosmetics. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older as of date of entry. Starts at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 11/15/10 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 12/20/10. For Official Rules, visit www.macmeover.com

“People sometimes have the perception that you can only get crazy, intense makeup from MAC,” said Gager. “But we can also give you the most flattering makeup possible. We wanted to showcase the versatility of the brand, and it sounded like fun to have lots of people tell us why they’d like a MAC makeover. We’re hoping we get entries which truly reflect our creed: all races, all ages, all sexes. This contest isn’t about who is the greatest looking — it is about who has the best style.”

While most MAC projects are “dates, rather than full-time commitments,” quipped Gager, he hopes to make the contest an annual occurrence. — WWD

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