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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

MAC DSquared² Collection

U.S. Launch Date: October 12th, 2009
International Launch Date: November 2009

Every season the fashion crowd is up and on the run, crazy for the fierce and sexy fun we’ve come to expect from designers Dan and Dean Caten, the Canadian twins who know how to pack a punch and throw a party! With their haute hi-jinx and body-beautiful clothes for boys and girls, a collaboration with MAC simply could NOT be avoided! “DSquared2 and MAC are on the same trip!” says Dan. This collection brings us to the Ziegfield Follies by way of Grey Gardens, a bit dishevelled, a little Girl Interrupted, both dramatically hip and dangerously sexy.

It starts with a strong, sooty, blackest-ever wild-child eye…a new Greasepaint Stick also in blue and violet versions, and Pro Gloss to create it. Neutral and perfected skin will get more drama with highlighting and low lighting from Sculpt and Shape Powders and the 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Brush all the better to achieve it. And finally, the totally nude Pro Lip Erase does its stuff, followed by a light Lipstick and Lip Conditioner to put the lilt and lift back in…. But the cynosure of this season’s scintillating collaboration is the daring, dramatic slightly demented DSquared2 eye. Have fun with it!

Lipsticks ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Nude Rose Light neutral pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Blood Red Clean deep berry (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Lip Erase ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Dim NC37 (Fleshtone) (Permanent at PRO)

Tinted Lip Conditioner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Fuschia Fix Deep pink sheen (Permanent)

Grease Paint Sticks ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Black True black (Limited Edition)
  • B Bright blue violet (Limited Edition)
  • V Bright yellow blue (Limited Edition)

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Dior Jazz Club Collection for Fall 2009 Sneak Peek – Part 2

Dior’s Jazz Club will see the release of two limited edition palettes — Smoky Jazz and Purple Jazz ($65.00 each). I managed to get my hands on the Smoky Jazz palette, and it has easily become one of my favorite smoky eyes palettes to-date. One of the major reasons I love it is that they’ve included a plastic slip that labels each of the eyeshadows in it. They help make it just a bit easier for you! Each palette includes a liner, eyebrow color, three eyeshadows, and a topcoat.

The packaging is sleek, with the patent-leather (I don’t know if it’s *real* leather) look on the outside. Inside reveals the products, along with two double-sided brushes. (As with most palettes, the included brushes are just so-so, and those who use full-sized brushes regularly won’t be apt to switch unless it’s an emergency.) I appreciate included brushes, but I rarely use them myself.

The shades are just right for a smoky eye, and I like that they include both a more subdued bronzy-gold shade as well as a bright silver. This lets you mix up your smoky eye as you desire, rather than just the default gray/silver smoky eye. The liner is quite intense, almost like a deep black-brown. It will work best when used with an angled brush for sure. Even though one shade is for brows, you could easily use that as a fourth shadow, too!

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection

U.S. Launch Date: August 20th, 2009
International Launch Date: September 2009

Everything we do at MAC is built around the idea that anything is possible when self-expression is honored, exalted, allowed to rise to its ultimate aria. This season MAC celebrates the idea of the Artist in every shade and stripe…makeup as art form. We’ve selected three individuals who exemplify this idea through both the subjects they choose, and the wildly individual styles and colours used to convey them. Bold heroic, big; giggly, playful, clever; dramatic, original, abstract: Fall ’09 as seen by Richard Phillips, Maira Kalman, and Marilyn Minter. Be inspired!

Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall ’09 As Seen By Richard Phillips, Painter
Andy Warhol did a cameo on The Love Boat in 1985…and in the same spirit, Richard Phillips! 1998 painting, Spectrum, made its debut on the scandalous Gossip Girl a sign of the times! Need we say more? Recycled and re-imagined ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s ads and images, and every colourful issue ever considered when pondering the question of “identity” is what Richard Phillips is all about. Highly technical, a refinement of precise, academic painting, his gold and beautiful portraits seem so relevant to everything MAC artistry is all about. A collection of eye shadow quads, lipsticks, Lipglass, and The Perfect Cheek Blush just leap off the canvas!

Lipstick ($14.00U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Full Body Deep red plum (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Hold the Pose Brown plum with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Front Lit Light white yellow (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Lovin’ It Cool neutral with yellow undertone (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • High Strung Deep pink silver (Frost) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • On Display Purple with yellow pearl (Limited Edition)
  • New Spirit Light yellow coral (Limited Edition)
  • Personal Taste Mid-tone rose with pink gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Young Thing Yellow neutral with gold pearl (Limited Edition)

Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Photorealism Gold shimmer with gold pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Fresh Approach Cool, mint green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Image Maker Mid-tone grey green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Grey Range Deep blue green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

In the Gallery Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Lightfall Pale pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Look at the Eyes Light violet (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • In the Gallery Mid-tone blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Private Viewing Deep brown plum (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Skintone 1 Light white pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Skintone 2 Mid tone gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Noteriety Mid tone brown with gold pearl (Velvet) (Limited Edition)
  • Rich & Earthy Rich coral bronze (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Graphic Garden Collection for Nordstrom Anniversary

U.S. Launch Date: July 17th (July 9th at The Bay)

Brush Bags ($49.50)

A black and white twill bag with a separate brush holder featuring a rose or poppy pattern.

  • Define & Blend 129SE, 190SE, 209SE, 219SE, 252SE
  • Shape & Perfect 168SE, 187SE, 194SE, 212SE, 275SE

Eye Shadow 6 Palette ($38.00)

A black metal compact with a black and white plaque featuring the repeat signature MAC logo that morphs (holographic) into a black and white floral pattern when viewed from different angles.

Fresh Cut Palette

  • Floral Inc. (Frost)
  • Sun-Shy (Lustre)
  • Fresh Cut (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Poppy Noir (Velvet)
  • Bloomcycle (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Part Peony (Lustre)
  • 213SE Brush

Graphic Garden Palette

  • Social Climber (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Botancial Blue (Frost)
  • Straight Hedge (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Wild Wisteria (Lustre)
  • Linear Lilac (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Graphic Garden (Velvet)
  • 213SE brush

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush

MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush ($24.50) is flat, slightly dome-shaped goat-hair brush. It is, quite possibly, my favorite eye brush ever. I love it and use it often enough to own five of them! I can do everything I need to do eyeshadow-wise with this brush — apply, blend, crease, highlight, lower lash line, smudge… you name it, I can do it. This was the only eye brush I had for well over a year, actually.

For anyone who has the SE version (from MAC’s brush sets), the full size is many times better. It’s extremely soft while it picks up color easily and deposits it perfectly. It’s a dense brush with just enough fluffiness to allow you to blend color while still being able to pack on color for a more intense look if desired. This is the first brush I’d personally recommend to anyone looking to buy their first eye brush!

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 231 Small Shader Brush

MAC 231 Small Shader Brush ($17.50) is small, flat brush made out of synthetic fibers. The end is slightly domed/rounded, and the brush itself is pretty small and short. It kind of reminds me of a lip brush, actually! I find myself using this mostly to apply creamy products when I only want them on a specific area. The smallness of this brush allows me  to have control over where I want to place the product, and the flatness of the brush allows me to smooth out creamy products easily. I also like using it to apply concealer/foundation around lips when doing a bolder lip look. This is also a more specialized brush, so it is not a must-have for everyone.

How do you like to use this brush?

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