Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection for March 2015
MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection for March 2015

For her M∙A∙C collaboration, shot by fellow Chinese luminary Chen Man, Bao Bao Wan introduces a collection inspired by her womanly and brazen aesthetic. The face takes centre stage as she decorates the complexion with the metallic golds and rich jewel tones she so adores. Nodding to tradition while trailblazing a path for new trends, M∙A∙C and Bao Bao Wan make every face a part of the new.

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

Bao Bao’s Jewels Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette features the pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid. The shadows offer distinctive effects when applied wet, giving you a super saturation of color with metallic brilliance. When applied dry, they offer sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish.

  • Bao Bao’s Jewels Gold shimmer, dark brown with silver pearl, pale pink shimmer, steel grey shimmer, dark rose bronze.

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Romantic Breakdown Sheer nude (Lustre)
  • Forbidden Sunrise Creamy orange (Matte)
  • Burmese Kiss Bright coral pink (Matte)
  • Lavender Jade Dirty mauve with gold pearl (Matte)

Beauty Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Fine jewelry designer Bao Bao Wan collaborates with M·A·C for a limited-edition collection of gemstone-hued products wrapped up in luxe velvety-brown packaging. Summer Opal Beauty Powder is a pressed powder that goes on lightly, delivering a subtle luminescent glow with microfine, sheer and silky pigments.

  • Summer Opal Light bronze with golden shimmer

Studio Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $16.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Kashmir Blue Royal blue with gold pearl (Pearl)
  • Imperial Green Spring green with multidimensional pearl (Pearl)
  • Sunset Tourmaline Plum with multidimensional pearl (Pearl)

Availability: March 5th, 2015 in select stores and online at Nordstrom (already online), Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s tomorrow (3/3)

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC x Julia Petit Collection for March 2015
MAC x Julia Petit Collection for March 2015

Whether fearless and exotic or classically demure, Julia Petit’s brazen approach to style and makeup artistry has transformed her into one of South America’s most revered lifestyle bloggers, and a cult beauty icon. In her namesake M·A·C collaboration, she brings the exotic women and fantastical urban landscape of São Paulo into sun-kissed hues primed to release your inner Brazilian bombshell.

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Boca Soft pink nude (Satin)
  • Petite Red Strawberry cream (Satin)
  • Acai Vivid deep violet (Matte)

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Purpurine Sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl

Liquidlast Liner ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Wet Road Black with pearl

Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Morganite Sunstoned (soft pink champagne, Lustre) / Choco Cake (dark chocolate, Matte)
  • Sagu Druzy (dirty mauvy purple, Lustre) / Black Plum (deep blackened plum, Matte)
  • Moving Sand Mumu (soft nude brown, Matte) / Noite (black with pearl, Lustre)

Lustre Drops ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl (Repromote)

Powder Blush ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Linda Soft pink bronze

Prep + Prime Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed

Availability: Online March 12th, 2015 now March 19th (as of 3/12 9AM PST) (North America), at select MAC locations on March 19th, 2015 (North America) and March 2015 (International)

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC Eyes on MAC Collection for March 2015
MAC Eyes on MAC Collection for March 2015

Designing your own unique eyes has never been easier thanks to Eyes on M∙A∙C. These well-edited Eyes Times Nine and Eyes Times Fifteen palettes feature colour-coordinated hues that offer countless combinations. Each palette provides an array of textures for both day and night. All are packaged in a convenient compact for easy portability. Eye Shadow x 9 Value: $53.

Eye Shadow x 9: Amber Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Cozy Grey Cool grey (Matte)
  • Kitties Pale bronze (Frost)
  • Georgia Peach Dirty rose pink (Matte)
  • Ricepaper Peachy gold with shimmer (Frost)
  • Creative Copper Light beige (Lustre)
  • Cork Muted golden brown (Satin)
  • Don’t Tell Sparkly brown (Lustre)
  • Aromatic Matte brown (Matte)
  • Pepper Please Sparkly bronze copper brown (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 9: Burgundy Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Honey Lust Bronze dipped peach (Lustre)
  • Poppyseed Mid-tone mauvey nude (Satin)
  • Quarry Soft muted plum brown (Matte)
  • Antiqued Ash brown with bronze (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Embark Intense reddish brown (Matte)
  • #Noir Deep black brown with gold pearls (Velvet)
  • Haux Soft muted rosy brown (Satin)
  • Star Violet Pinky brown plum (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Sketch Burgundy with red shimmer (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 9: Purple Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Sweet Lust Soft champagne pink with pearls (Lustre)
  • Lightly Sugared Soft lilac with pearl (Frost)
  • Poignant Soft lavender (Satin)
  • Mancatcher Matte lavender taupe (Frost)
  • Satellite Dreams Plum with violet pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Bon Nuit Deep plum (Matte)
  • After Dusk Soft red wine (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Beauty Marked Black red with sparkle pearl (Velvet)
  • Shadowy Lady Blackened plum (Matte)

Eye Shadow x 9: Navy Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Silver Fog Silver gray (Lustre)
  • Blonde Mink Pale khaki with sparkles (Lustre)
  • Copperplate Muted mid-tone gray (Matte)
  • JG Gray Frosty gray blue (Frost)
  • Mulled Over Matte cool blue gray (Matte)
  • Cast Iron Matte charcoal (Matte)
  • Cloudscape Khaki (Velvet)
  • Club Red-brown with green pearl (Satin)
  • Black Tied Black with silver sparkle (Velvet)

Availability: Now at Nordstrom, Macy’s; March 5th, 2015 all locations (North America), April 2015 (International)

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of more darker, slightly muted versions of your typical spring colors! While Laura Mercier’s take was disappointing, it inspired me to take a look through shades that exist that might satisfy that craving for subdued pastels and shades of spring. I narrowed down my list to a mere five, but if you wanted to see how many I started with, check out the many I considered here.

  1. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash — a muted, pink-purple with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple
  3. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar — a lightly brightened blue-teal
  4. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue — a dusty, navy blue
  5. MAC Typographic — a sooty gray

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

‘Tis the season for pastels, and you don’t have to go far for a pretty lavender these days. Check out five of my current favorites:

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The upcoming MAC x Cinderella collection features a mix of products for eyes, lips, and face. The products come in limited edition, shimmery blue packaging that has a slight iridescent quality to it, but the plastic itself is almost semi-matte so it’s not as shimmery as you might think. Most of the collection under-performed, so unfortunately, I can’t be enthused about the collaboration, despite Cinderella being my favorite childhood movie.  The eyeshadow palette was a surprise high performer, but it contains five permanent shades, which is great if you’re new to MAC, but less exciting if you already own a few of them.  Pretty It Up pigment was the other higher performing product in the collection, but it was already released in the past.

If you’re really looking for something to buy for packaging, I would recommend the eyeshadow palette or one of the cheek products (so long as you don’t mind sparkle).  I think Happily Ever After Lipglass is pretty in person as well, but it’s not a particularly great product all in all.  I wish the collection also featured a makeup bag and/or fancy mirrored compact.

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