Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


MAC x Marilyn Monroe Collection for Holiday 2012

M∙A∙C Marilyn Monroe, a colour collection that channels the legend’s lustre and sex appeal in shades and formulas meticulously Marilyn.
Lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash, False Lashes Extreme Black and Eye Shadows in shimmering metallic and diamond tones provide silver-screen allure. The finishing touch: Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty
Powder to evoke that flawless Forever Marilyn.

Large Eyeshadow ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • How to Marry Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Preferred Blonde Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Silver Screen True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Showgirl Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)

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

  • Pure Zen Frosted warm nude (Cremesheen) (Repromote)
  • Scarlet Ibis Bright orange red (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Love Goddess Mid-tone pink red (Satin)
  • Charmed I’m Sure Dark true red (Matte)
  • Deeply Adored Deep scarlet (Matte)

Dazzleglass ($21.50 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Phiff! Sheer yellow peach (Frost) (Repromote)
  • Little Rock Soft sheer white with pearl (Frost)

False Lashes Mascara ($20.00 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Extreme Black Black

Brow Finisher ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Clear Clear

Eye Kohl ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Fascinating Intense matte white
  • Smolder Intense black

Penultimate Eyeliner ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black

Penultimate Brow Marker ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

Lashes ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 35 Lash

Powder Blush ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Legendary Pale soft coral (Satin)
  • The Perfect Cheek Neutral pink beige (Matte) (Repromote)

Lip Pencil ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Beet Vivid reddish-pink
  • Redd Clearly red
  • Cherry Vivid bright bluish-red

Beauty Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $34.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Forever Marilyn Sheer pale peach highlighter

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

  • Rich, Rich, Rich Glittery gold (Pearl) (Online Exclusive)
  • Vintage Vamp Rich deep retro wine (Cream) (Permanent)
  • Stage Red Dark berry red (Cream)
  • Flaming Rose True red (Cream) (Permanent)
  • Kid Orange Coral (Cream)

Availability: Online at maccosmetics.com on September 27th, 2012; North American at all MAC locations on October 4th, Internatinoal in October 2012

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177 thoughts on “MAC x Marilyn Monroe Collection for Holiday 2012

  1. Liz

    slightly obsessed with the packaging

    • Kat

      I don’t mind the packaging. I like that they used photos of Marilyn that haven’t been seen a million times already.

      I love red lipsticks, can’t wait for your review, Christine!

  2. I cant wait till it comes out, I have done my appt already since its going to sell out fast… <3

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rafaela Rafaela

    OMG, I have never loved a collection so much as I’m loving this. I can’t wait for it, I want it ALL!
    Veluxe pearl is my favorite MAC finish, I’m so happy!
    Marilyn was absolutely fantastic, apart of watching her movies, I’m reading her book Fragments (a collection of parts of her diaries, notes, poems) and oh, I’m completely in love with her <3 haha

    Seriously, I was even thinking of buying a white eyeliner, MAC has read my mind haha I'm sold.
    Please MAC don't ruin this collection for me!

  4. There seems to be so many people hating on the packaging, I’m just happy there IS special packaging, they rarely do it anymore.

  5. Roxana

    I love the concept, but the packaging looks cheap to me. Hopefully the new lipstick shades, especially Charmed I’m Sure and Deeply Adored, turn out well!

  6. Christine when zou are going to saart reviewing them??? Without you I’m not buying anything from MAC XD

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rhys rhys

    Sooo exited for those matte lipsticks!!!!! I can only handle matte lipsticks so this is a proper treat and the packaging is heaven! This is gonna kick NARS’ Andy collention’s ass :D

  8. Amanda O

    I’m going to go broke from buying all the lipsticks!!!

  9. i WANT that mirrored compact. NOW! <3

  10. I was considering Pure Zen before, so I might grab it in the LE packaging!

  11. J.C.

    I’m so excited for the lipsticks, but I must say that the packaging seems a little dated….and by that I mean 80’s or 90’s.

    I would have LOVED to have seen a twist on the 50’s era products that Marilyn actually wore for the packaging…something that felt glamourous and old-hollywood. Instead we get a cheese factor of about a hundred and ten.

    It’s not that I hate the packaging…it just seems so deflated by lost potential.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marisa Marisa

    I’m sure all of people will not like my comment but…..I just do not get her appeal. Aside from not being a fan I also find the products a bit boring and repetitive. Oh well, I’ll be passing so there will be more for the true fans I guess.

    • lila

      I totally agree with you. The products are boring and repetitive and the package is quite tacky. I don’t see the appeal either. I think the NARS Andy Warhol collection is a much better option to invest money on.

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

        Except the Warhol collection was kind of crap quality…although given MAC’s latest releases, I’m not holding my breath for this one.

  13. evilyn1983

    I’ve never been a MM fan, not to say she wasn’t gorgeous, but this packaging looks tacky. It reminds me of those licensed black and white Mm bags/shirts/ that you find for like $10 at the mall. IF I buy anything from this collection, it will be the lipsticks because I love ALL the shades, but DEF not for the packaging.

  14. Paige

    This packaging is horrifying! Very disappointed, plus it isn’t worth the full price, I’m sure pro discount will not apply. MAC should be ashamed, the quality is steadily going down hill.

  15. Liz

    the packaging is really really tacky… I’d be hesitant to buy anything from this collection, even if the product inside it were decent…

  16. OMG!!!!! I am gonna be broke. I want EVERYTHING!!!! With the pictures above it seems like all the lip colors are universal (skin tone wise) Wow! I’ve gotta say all the reds are perfect even the nude. Wow! Wow! Wow! that all I keep thinking. The packaging is not blowing my mind but I cannot imagine anything better so that’s great.

    I keep thinking the collection connects universally like she does with everyone decades after. I think MAC did a great job with this and I haven’t been this impressed with a collection. They’ve outdone themselves :-)

    • Ruthless

      Do you work for them or something? ;p Seriously though, promotional pictures aside it’s the quality of the products that speak to most people and based on the history of MAC over the last 2 years I’m going to say it’s only so so. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong, which will be delightful but I’ll wait until Christine reviews them before I purchase.

  17. lila

    I think my overconsumption of MAC products and the fact that even after having some products given away I still have a lot more than I can use really made this brand lose its sparkle for me. I see this Marilyn Monroe collection and all I see is the same old MAC products in fancy packages and then I think “Am I going to buy another lipstick or a new powder blush just because of a package?”. I really wish MAC collections could come up with new and very different products so that I would feel that buying the products is worthwhile and not just about a different package.

  18. Of all the pictures of MM, I have to say these are a few of my least favorite. Her hands look weird…like she’s pretending to be a bunny rabbit.

  19. Miss J

    Meh. Happy for anyone who loves/is dying for the collection, tho! I’m one person you won’t have to fight with over the last “insert product here!” :P

  20. Monica

    I quite like the packaging, lets hope the quality is there as well!

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Theresa Theresa

    Of ALL the pics of MM in the world they could put on their packaging, I can’t believe what they chose. Packaging is awful. There’s a couple LE shades I might get, but I won’t be getting anything because of the packaging. Ick MAC, ick.

  22. eeeep this packaging is pretty tacky.

  23. Savannah

    The packaging I’m ehh on… It’s not amaazing, but it’s not terrible either. Does anyone know for sure, if it’s just stickers put on the products? I bought one of the surf baby items, and it was a sticker and now it’s just peeling off…. I was just going to buy the classic red lip and maybe one e/s but not if they’re stickers. I’ll just buy a classic red from the permanent range.

    • When I was editing the images, it looked like stickers to me on at least the polish and beauty powder (looked like a raised label), but without seeing it, hard to say for sure.

      • Brenn

        I curious why MAC hasn’t let this collection out for people like yourself who do reviews and swatches of the products. I personally count on it .
        Make me wonder tabout the quality of the products and how it swatches . I would think they would want every blogger raving about the quality of the whole collection . For those who are buying it online w these expensive prices. Am I missing something here ? Or is it normal for a pricy collection ?

        • Hi Brenn!

          The way MAC sends out their samples is they usually send them out only a couple of days before the release date, and this release date is usually the in-store release date. I confirmed with MAC that samples will be sent, but not until next week – so I will be buying the full collection online as soon as it goes up for sale. This is what I normally do anyway (I’ve bought every collection since Dame Edna in ’07 except for between 5-10 over the past 5 years), because MAC sends a sampling of the collection, which might be 2-3 items or could be over half – just depends on the launch, but I don’t have any insight beforehand.

  24. Meh. Most of the recent MAC collections are getting really gimmicky. IMO they need to step up and get a little more creative. I can put stickers on ordinary lipstick tubes too, I don’t need them to do it for me.

  25. Bee

    Super excited for the lipsticks. I’m hoping I’ll finally find the perfect shade of dark red lipstick I’m been searching for

  26. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Beckie Beckie

    i wanted a blush (not sure which one) and little rock lipgloss, now I don’t know. I still might get little rock and I saw these promo pictures awhile ago but the nars Andy Warhol and new Guerlain collections are far more impressive.

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine Cathy

    I’m torn between not minding the packaging and thinking it tacky… I might get two of the lipsticks – Scarlet Ibis and Love Goddess – if your reviews of those products suggest they’re good! Hoping the quality is better than NARS’ Warhol collection.

  28. Camille

    The packaging is kind of ruining it.

  29. Nikki

    I must say that I was excited for this collection because I am definitely a Marilyn fan, but this packaging is so disappointing! =/ I really don’t know how I feel about it now…

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Hubby and I and my best friend just watched Some Like It Hot on the weekend. What a funny, fun-filled movie. But I don’t think there’s anything in this collection that I either want or need. Somehow, I think the legend that is Marilyn deserved better. And, as with the Warhol/Sedgewick thing, I find it a bit creepy, MAC many money off the bones of dead people.

  31. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    I’m meh about the packaging, but given the latest MAC collections I’m kind of wondering how the quality’s going to be on these products. I’ll be interested to read the reviews.

  32. joana

    Not the best picture of Marilyn, heck that could be the image of just any average blonde.

  33. Hilfa

    Do you or any1 else know if the pro discount is gonna be avilable for this collection?

  34. Given the ever downhill sliding nature of MAC limited collections, I doubt I will be interested in this collection either. OMG, Marilyn is such an iconic figure and they really have done her ZERO justice in this packaging. Blech!!!!

  35. suejung

    wow this packaging is a big wepp I was so excited and they really dissapointed me with this packaging! like really mac? really?

  36. Does anyone know how Scarlet Ibis and Lady Danger compare? I love orange-reds, but I don’t need a thousand of them! Meh on the packaging, why pay extra for a sticker of all things? Don’t get that…

  37. Worst packaging ever :-(

  38. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Terri Terri

    I like the packaging and plan to buy 2 lipsticks, one lip glass, one lip pencil, a blush and an eyeshadow. My daughter and I are really having fun with this and she is SO excited about the red color!!

  39. Dinitchka

    All I can say about the pics … I am about in tears over this collection. I think MAC could have done so much better and really made a much better effort. Though seriously disappointed and disappointing, I am going to buy this collection to add to my extensive MM collection. I have LOVED MM since I was a kid. The one thing that always stuck with me about her was that even though she was a bit zaftig, she was a very beautiful and head strong woman.

    *** MAC shame on yall. Yall could have done so much better!!!

    • Carrie Ann

      I was told at my local MAC counter that the pictures they used on the packaging have never been released before. I think it looks pretty cool, especially the lipsticks.

      • Espe

        Liars! I’ve seen those pictures before. They are by Milton Greene, a photographer who also became Marilyn’s business partner.

      • Dinitchka

        Seems to be. I couldn’t find anything like that in my collection. But I didn’t look through everything … It’s 11:30pm and I am *zzz*. I just wish MAC would have strived a bit more for an interesting packaging of various pictures. It’s just so sterile looking. I’m still in shock …

      • Dinitchka

        After speaking with my MAC SA (he’s a manager) yesterday … The counter will have a party with pics (and swag) that have supposedly never been seen before and are property of MAC. They will be having a MM look-a-like as well. Mind you, this will be 2 weeks after the collection is released in stores. Will their be anything left? He’s thinking no. I have to call him back today to see if the stuff the store is unboxing today has any MM products. If it does, I’ll run by tonight and take a look and maybe some pics.

        Oh, and he mentioned the packaging after I told him about my disappointment. The packaging is of the more iconic MM. They didn’t want any colour because they did not want her all “frou frou-uped”. Plus they didn’t want to use pics that had already been seen many times over. I don’t know, I still think they could have done a lot better.

        • Isn’t it hilarious that they have events 2 weeks after the launch? Especially one like this – you KNOW it’s not going to last long!

          • Dinitchka

            Exactly Christine!!! RIGHT??!! It should have been either the day of the launch OR a party the night before the launch with a chance to shop the collection. I’m not sure who’s brainwave the 2 weeks LATER party was.

            • It seems like a pretty common thing at MAC – I remember they’d always ask me to come to their events when I shopped in-store, and I’d ask when they were… two weeks after launch. Nah, I’m good!

  40. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Erin Gayle Erin Gayle

    I only like the packaging of the lipsticks and beauty powder. The rest seems uber cheap :/ Does anyone know if Pro discount can apply to this collection?

  41. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda Brenda

    First, disappointment in the image used and packaging, as I see a lot of people are. Second, disappointed that there is a black liner but not a brown, which is what Marilyn’s makeup artist used on her.

  42. Okay, I’m not one for packaging, but MAC, you better not screw this one up. Those eyeshadows are Veluxe Pearl, which is probably one of the best finishes they put out, and there aren’t any gimmicky products, so I’m REALLY hoping this collection turns out well, if so, I’ll buy the whole thing, no kidding.

  43. Andrea

    To be honest, I thought I wanted a lot more from the collection. Now I just want a couple lipsticks and a few pair of lashes and maybe a blush. Thank god I’m not a fan of Veluxe Pearl eyehadows (Especially for 20 bucks).

    Oh and Christine, THE LASHES WILL BE PERMANENT IN FREESTANDING STORES. I’m not 100% sure but a few MAC Artists on Instagram say they will be here to stay :)

  44. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alli Alli

    I am not too find of the packaging. I just realized what they remind me of…the mini shampoo/bath items that you get a the Disney hotels. If I buy anything it will be because of the product itself.

  45. Alexandra

    The packaging looks kind of cheap. I could have stuck a picture of Marilyn on one of my blushes or shadows and it would look the same. Marilyn is an icon, so far I’m not impressed.

  46. Carrie

    I don’t mind the packaging, but I wish the eyeshadows weren’t over-sized. I pretty much don’t hit pan on anything any more so don’t need the huge pans.

  47. lily

    I LOVE the bright red lipstick!

  48. Hm… the packaging is definitely not what I expected. It’s like they tried to modernize Marilyn Monroe’s image, but kind of lost the essence of what made her so iconic. But I’m interested to see how the collection turns out, mostly because I’m pretty sure that eyeshadow finish was really good in the past

  49. Jasmine

    I didn’t get a chance to get Scarlet Ibis when it came out before, so here’s my chance! :)

  50. Carolyn

    The collection depresses me. It’s not just the packaging (which looks morose instead of elegant). Although MM was an extraordinarily beautiful woman (and quite talented, in my opinion)–she had such a sad, complicated life peppered with addiction and mental illness. And from all accounts, she struggled to maintain her privacy. I think the Nars’ Andy Warhol collection makes a lot more sense.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

      Agreed. I never know what to think about Monroe collection. Often, I feel they glamorize her life and beauty at the expense of the complexity of her remarkable yet troubled character, essentially objectifying her as much as she was in her own life.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sarah Sarah

      So because she wasn’t mentally well she doesn’t deserve a collection?

  51. Marilyn Monroe? How overplayed and tacky. I see they’ve brought back the large eyeshadows…even more expensive, yay!

  52. Miss J

    Can anyone recommend a pair of lashes like the MAC 35, but not as expensive? I loved the 35 lashes before they got rid of them, but don’t feel like spending $16. TIA!

  53. pussycat

    This packaging reminds me of those little Marilyn coin purses I would buy at the dollar store as a young girl…so tacky… I hope MAC reads these comments and realizes they’ve made a mistake. The sad part is I’ve been obsessed with her for as long as I can remember so I will be picking up a few things :/

  54. Tyler

    MAC could have brought the mega metals or some other stellar out-of-production formula back to really make this collection sing, but in usual mac fashion, they fail while still trying.

    The packaging does suck. It just seems very half-baked… Like there were some too-quick decisions.

    overall – meh.

  55. Lisa J

    Personally, I couldn’t care less about the packaging, though apparently I’m in the minority. I love Marilyn as much as the next person and there are better photos of her out there, but all of that is irrelevant to me. I’m more concerned with the quality of these products. Some of the lipsticks and eyeshadows are totally up my alley, not to mention that the eyeshadows are in one of my favorite finishes, Veluxe Pearl. The last several collections have sort of turned me off from MAC, especially considering that they’ve raised the prices yet again. I’m hoping this collection has the quality products we all know MAC can produce, when they actually try. I guess if I was a makeup collector I would feel differently. :/

    • Sandrine

      I agree with this. You won’t see me complaining about the packaging of products unless they interfere with the way I use them i.e. defective pumps, etc. If I like the quality of the product, I will buy it regardless of the packaging. With that said, I’m perfectly fine with the packaging of this collection. I’m not going to complain about the image they used and so on. What matters is the product itself. Then again there are those who buy products for collection purposes.

      Anyway, I’m loving the red lipsticks.

    • gabis

      You may not care about the packing enough to buy a good quality product even if the packing is bad. However, one of the reasons why these products’ prices are higher is the packing. Paying more for your same old product simply because it has a different – and in this case crappy – packing is something to consider. If the products from this collection happen to be good it is at least disappointing that the packing is not in the same level of the formulas. Specially considering all the potential the theme Marilyn Monroe has and MAC’s know how for the beauty market.

  56. A.J.

    I haven’t purchased a MAC item in about a year now. The Marilyn collection has been the only thing in 12 months that’s made me curious to see a new MAC line. I should have expected to be disappointed, but I’m still surprised: This is it? So tacky!

    Like a lot of girls, I’ve always liked Marilyn and had a soft spot for her. She had such a horrific upbringing, and her demise was just as sad. But she was so charming and vivacious and beautiful, it would be hard not to like her at least a little! I always frown at people who get angry with Marilyn fans. You can say whatever you want about her acting, or even her looks. But there is no denying that she is one of the most, if not THE MOST recognizable beauty icons on the planet, and her appeal has not let up at all in 50 years. (See also: My Week With Marilyn, Smash!, etc.)

    MAC totally screwed this project up. This is a holiday collection on top of everything else, so they should have gone all out with the packaging. Bombshell-esque: diamonds and rhinestones, art deco, mirror finishes, the whole nine yards. I assume they kept it simple to keep costs down, but considering that this is a Marilyn/Christmas collection, they could have charged a bit more if it meant really impressive packaging. God only knows how many hardcore collectors would have bought doubles and triples of items if the packaging had been truly extraordinary. I also take issue with the pictures they chose. Couldn’t they have used something that’s a bit more well-known to the public, or at the very least, something that displayed her makeup more?

    As others have mentioned, it’s clear that MAC didn’t pay a ton of attention to Marilyn’s actual makeup routine, and that’s the real shame here. They didn’t even include a brown pencil! And those lashes look nasty. Lisa Eldridge managed to recreate Marilyn’s lashes in two seconds by cutting a regular set down to size; MAC totally could have done the same! And there’s not much here in the way of achieving glowy, dewy, super fresh skin, which was arguably even more vital to the Marilyn look than red lips and false lashes.

    Overall, this collection just confirms my decision to look MAC over as a brand entirely.

    • Wilcoa

      I completely agree! I stopped buying MAC a couple of years ago and have only bought my loose powder as it’s the best match for me. Outside of that, couldn’t care less about the brand. I’ve been so disappointed about all of their recent collections an the amount they keep pumping out that I don’t even bother to look at the counter any longer. The MAs at my counter are also a little peeved because they have very limited counter space and barely enough room to put everything out, in total there is the main counter plus an additional 4-5 tables around the side. It’s a mess! and I can’t blame the MAs.

  57. zulaikha

    Well i can’t wait to see what the highlighter looks like but the packaging is very meh and looks incomplete :/ plz do a review on all the products

  58. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    I love Marilyn and the photos are gorgeous, but the names are pretty lame. Love Goddess was Rita Hayworth’s nickname, not Marilyn Monroe. Personally china Glaze did a much better job with names when they did their Marilyn nail polish collection. MAC should at least do research. Just that detail bugs me.

  59. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dominique Dominique

    The packagings are ugly but I do love the lipsticks, esp. the rose and red ones.

  60. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abbi Abbi P.

    I’m soooo excited to get my hands on the re-promote of the LE Scarlet Ibis, I couldn’t care less about the Marilyn Monroe collection I just NEED this lipstick!!! I’ll prolly get the liner to go with as well and I LOVE white eyeliners so if Fascinating gets a GREAT review I might pick it up too, and I’m interested to see if the Brow Finisher is something great or not. I’m def really excited to see your reviews on this collection as some of the MAC stuff has kinda bombed as of late, can’t wait!!

  61. Ruthless

    The formula on most of MAC’s releases as of late have been meh, so it’s hard to get excited about anything they do now.

  62. Abby

    Meh…Just another chance for mac to sell the same colors just by slapping on Marilyn Monroe’s picture on the packaging.

  63. Naty

    Oh geessh the prices are ridiculous. I’ll probably get two lipsticks and the beauty powder which later on will use as a compact otherwise I’ll pass on the rest of the items.

  64. Smidgeroo

    Dude, I’m just stokes I can replace my Phiff! that came with a crappy splayed brush, and I can snag Scarlet Ibis… even if the packaging is a major MEH.

  65. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Liz Liz

    The packaging looks really tacky to me ):

  66. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tracey tracey m

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say that more likely the design of the packaging was probably not rushed since well you just don’t do a collection with that type of icon and not try hard to get it right but 2012 (last month) was the 50th anniversaryof her death so that’s probably why they did a collection but I’m assuming they ran into a lot of copyright issues when it came to the image and kinda had to take what they could and make it work. Yes it’s a bit disappointing but oh well I am still going to at least get a lipstick since Mac is doing very well with those currently and they’re red so yay one that.

  67. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    It looks like it could be a great collection, but nothing here catches my eye as a “must-have.” Mostly, I just love those red lip shades. :)

  68. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Polly Polly

    I beleive I speak for all involved when I say….
    “Hmmmm…”

    ;)

  69. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth Lizzi

    I don’t see how they’re justified in the price increase. Must be trying to make up the lost profits in the recent sucky collections. Arn’t the beauty powders normally $25, the blushes $20, etc… I know it’s special packaging but yeesh…

    • I’m told it’s “because it’s a collaboration,” which typically is because whoever they’re collaborating with is taking a cut or MAC has to pay a fee to license/use the person’s image/likeness/name. MAC’s been doing it for years, though.

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth Lizzi

        Oh, I understand that, but when they collaborated with Disney to use the villains for Venomous Villains the products still only had the $1 or so special packaging price increase. And wouldn’t Disney have wanted a cut from the sales? A $3 price high isn’t much honestly, but it’s just frustrating that a company that’s been having more misses than hits, is still raising the price tag. If you wanna raise the price than make the quality proportionate to it. That Beth Ditto collection was a joke in terms of quality. MAC hear out your loyal customers, we want better products not more half-hearted releases. Put effort into turning out 4 or 5 AMAZING collections a year, not 20+ so-so ones.

        • No idea how the deals are structured, and I imagine it just depends on who it is and who has the bargaining power!

          LOL, if MAC did only 20, it could be better – they’ve been doing 45-50 a year for I think 5 years now! It’s pretty incredible.

        • Jessie

          I agree 100%- MAC listens to your customers:/

  70. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    PASS! I’ve never been a fan of Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get the obsession some people seem to have with her. I’m not going to comment on her looks, because I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I don’t feel comfortable calling someone ugly. When it comes to her style, though, makeup in particular, I think it looks awful!

    As for this collection, I think it looks extremely boring, most of the products look dupeable and the packaging is tacky.

  71. LJ

    It disappoints me to see comments on here referring to Marilyn’s personal life. She was so much more than the tragic ‘mess’ she’s been unjustly labelled as. And she’s an inspiration for so much more than her makeup.

    Aside from that, there are certainly problems with this packaging. However, the lipstick shades looks great, I really hope they don’t disappoint. Just wish they’d picked a more ‘make-up’ or ‘beauty’ focused photoshoot.

  72. Diana Baremore

    Could the packaging be more hideous? Yes, we know she’s dead and your packaging just proves it. There are so many beautiful, alive pictures of Marilyn. I’ve never associated her much with black. That really wasn’t her color. I was so looking forward to buying this for my daughter who collects Marilyn but I can’t buy this. So ugly.

  73. gabis

    LOL, MM’s image totally looks like a sticker. Very amateur packing for a brand like MAC. Another disappointment which unfortunately cant be taken as a surprise given all the shitty collections MAC’s been releasing lately. Another ruined oportunity that’s for sure. MM surely deserves something better.

  74. I thought this was coming out the 1st week of Oct. Is it a different date now?
    Thanks!

  75. les

    Who on the heck is designing at mac? I’ve seen much more glam shots of MM, these look cheap. Although that isn’t stopping me from buying a few items LOL I guess mac figured why try they will still buy ha:)

  76. I’m honestly a bit shocked how many people care about the packaging. What you see here is cosmetic and 98% of the time cosmetic is to be used! It’s what’s inside the fancy packaging that’s important. Quality in terms of formula and application are what matter to me and what makes me spend my hard-earned cash! I could care less about packaging as long as it provides sufficient protection for the product itself.

    (Side note, the 2% go to the serious collectors out there. I understand why they care about packaging.)

  77. Cerys

    i love the packaging! The eye shadows look like records haha!:)

  78. L.

    I would really love to get my hands on the silver eyeshadow or powder! But somehow I feel they’ll be sold out before I get the chance ^^;. I am excited for this collection but I cannot wait until the Betty & Veronica one :D super excited. I think the lipsticks, especially the red will go very fast. The only thing that makes me hesitant to buy anything from this collection is 1) I shop too much and 2)The quality. I’m worried it will be a big dud, like the Office hours collection. I loved the promotional photos for that collection and the colours were beautiful.But After seeing/reading reviews on it, I didn’t buy one thing!

    • Best advice is to check online Monday and Tuesday before the launch – for this particular launch, if I’m home when it happens, I’ll be tweeting/posting its availability as well. Then there’s always Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s online – they launch a bit after MAC when some of the frenzied buying dies down.

      • L

        I got my hands a a few pieces! :D. Though I did change my mind on what I wanted, haha. I got the preferred blond shadow, hopefully it is good! I like soft colours on the eyes and bold lips. I snaged deeply adored, which, by the way looked beautiful on you Christine! you can pull of any lip. But this morning on the Canadian Mac site, only 2/5 lipsticks were left. I’ve never really been into Mac until this year, I’ve never seen makeup sell so fast!

  79. Siobhan

    SOOOO much red. :( Disappointing. One red lip option would have been enough…

  80. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Azaza Azaza

    I do hope this collection will be good because I just love Marilyn Monroe

  81. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marycruz Valles Marycruz

    Marilyn Monroe collection will be have Pro discaount or not????

  82. katherine

    This collection doesn’t do much for me. The only thing that I’m intrested in are the lipsticks and lip liners. I love a good red lip!Veluxe Pearl shadows are my least favorite finish from MAC.Don’t even get me started on the nail polishes and them Penultimate Eyeliners! I can’t stand those. I think beacuse Marilyn wore light silvery or nude shades it was a good thing to include but not so much for darker skin tones. Overall I can’t wait for you to do a video on these.

  83. EmJay

    I’m super excited for this collection, I’d love to have all of it but I’d never use half of it. I really want the blushes and beauty powder. And thanks Christine for the tip on how and where to shop so maybe I can actually get some of this collection.

  84. Michelle

    Finnaly a MAC collection I’m excited about!! Christine when will you have the swatches of these??? tksss xoxo

  85. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    Like Marilyn herself, I see nothing unique or special about this collection. Everything looks like it’s been done many times over.

    • Sherry

      I agree. I think she’s a terrible role model for women. Drug addict who slept with married men. I see nothing special about her. I’m glad there is nothing that really interests me in this collection.

      • Isobel

        She was a great actress and she had a very sad life, I don’t think you can just write people off simply because you don’t agree with their choices in life.

      • Bettina

        Oh and Nikki is any better? I’m just glad they’re doing something classic!

  86. Amanda

    This is a collection I am stoked about. Absolutely smashing collection. Only thing I don’t love is that there are 4 red lipsticks. I was hoping for maybe something else aside from all the reds. I’ll def be buying one red and a the nude one. I want to own all 4 shadows, hope they don’t disappoint.

  87. I would buy something from this collection purely for the packaging as I know I would keep it even after I finish the product because I love Marilyn! I am most intrigued by the beauty powder, blush and lipsticks. They look beautiful! Can’t wait for your reviews!

  88. Rach

    I’m so excited for this collection!! But before I decide on which ones I would purchase, I would have to see what Christine have to say!! I really hope this collection doesn’t disappoint…!

  89. Meh. The only thing remotely interesting about this is the packaging. And I’m more of a Bettie Page girl… The packaging pack rat in me might win out and I’ll get a couple things but other than that… pass.

  90. zainab

    I actually like that they went with less well known images of Marilyn. I’ve always felt that one of the most amazing things about her looks were how iconic, yet changeable they were. Apparently without makeup she was often unrecognisable. The beige lipstick is the most ‘Marilyn’ to me.

  91. Brittany

    Bleh..Another collection I’m not excited for..even the packaging didn’t do it for cause of the constant reuse of the same picture(s). I will wait for the video review to see iif my mind can be changed, otherwise, I’m just not that into it.

  92. There are so many more icon pictures of Marylin out there. They could have gone all out and made it look amazing. Instead, It looks terrible.

  93. Sophie

    the packaging looks disappointing! they will do the stickers thing again…

    • Samary

      Atleast on the beauty powder, blushes, eyeshadow and lipstick packaging it’s not a sticker :) I scrutinized them today trying to figure it out and was pleasently surprised, it kinda grew on me! Check them out :)

  94. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    will be going to the in-store preview launch so am glad that i get to at least know what is in the collection. :)

  95. Samary

    I actually got my hands on this today! Before seeing it in person I had the same dissapointing feeling over the packaging, but being able to hold and see them today made me change my mind. It’s actually not that bad, I like the glossy finish and I can’t even really tell if its a sticker or not, well done, I quite like it. The beauty powder and legendary blush were my fave, also picked up scarlet ibis and deeply adored lipsticks and preffered blonde eyeshadow. Love!

  96. Erika

    This collection becomes available online ON MY BIRTHDAY. I know what I’m getting as my gift to myself…

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Beckie Beckie

      It will probably come out online a few days before it says so you should check up on it if there’s things you want

  97. Michelle

    Regardless of what you may think of her life, there is no denyng that Marily Monroe was one georgous & sexy woman!! Not too crazy about the packaging, I definitely think they could’ve come up with much classier photos, but I love the black & white. Looking foward to Christine’s reviews. I just hope that the MAC counter doesn’t sell out as usualy, so I can go and see for myself in person the different colors, etc. It’s a great idea, I just hope it delivers. MAC has way too many collections! It’s hard to keep up with what’s new.

    • janice

      I agree with Michelle. Something about Marilyn is so sofisticated and elegant. Nothing like these reality stars now a days.

      The only down fall is that Mac counters often sell out due to their own employees. My sister works for Mac and she has everything they have ever made.