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There is no doubt MAC’s Hello Kitty line has stirred up some feelings in many of you–for good or bad. I have a few Hello Kitty-related things to share with you, so I thought this quick post would be a good place to do so.
Why is Hello Kitty not white and pink?
I was chatting with a local artist from my MAC freestanding store, and she mentioned how many of the spring fashion trends were a bit on the fetish side, which she felt really help explain the way MAC interpreted Hello Kitty into a collection. Others think it’s more about MAC taking its traditional black packaging and melding it with the figure of Hello Kitty (and thus, not the colors per se). But I think the fetish-fashion-kitty idea has merit; the promo images certainly seem to fit the bill.
How much is the brush holder? Does it come with the brushes?
The brush holder comes with three brushes, and the U.S. price is $49.50. Each brush is black handled and says “Hello Kitty” on it. When there have been special launches featuring brushes like these, they are usually just as good quality, but shorter handled. I have not tested these out, so I truly couldn’t tell you one way or the other. I can say that $49.50 was the going price for this past holiday’s brush sets, so this set does not seem priced so far out of the expected realm.
How can I go to a special MAC Hello Kitty event?
Many key locations are having both Hello Kitty events as well as unveilings. An unveiling occurs in advance of the national release date, while an event often happens the following weekend or week after the launch date. As far as I know, it looks like February 3rd is the unveiling date around the country. Some people will receive actual invites in the mail, while others may be invited when they’re in-store. You can always call up your local store(s) and ask to attend. I definitely recommend giving it a shot, because you have nothing to lose by trying.
Are you going to an unveiling event?
Yes, I will be attending MAC at Valley Fair’s unveiling event on February 3rd. If you think you may be there, let me know! I’d love to meet you. Or if you see me there, be sure to say hi! Otherwise, I’ll be in and out like the swatchin’ fiend I am, LOL.
According to WWD, Dolce & Gabbana are really set on launching their makeup line. The line will range in price from $20 nail lacquers, $28 mascaras, $30 lipsticks, $36 eyeshadow duos, and up to $59 for foundation. The line also will have bronzers, blushes, eye/lip pencils, and lip gloss.
There will be a 110 stockkeeping units, and lipsticks with a scent are back–with a trademark rose scent. The mascara is said to have a peppery note (whattt?). As far as the packaging goes, it’s weighted glossy gold housed in velvet pouches (sounds like Guerlain). Even for those with the budgets to test out this new beauty line, distribution will only be in three places for the brand’s initial launch: La Rinascente Milan Flagship at the end of January, then Selfridges [of London] and Saks Fifth Avenue in March. As far as I read, Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC (Fifth Avenue) and Beverly Hills would see this in the spring. Saks intends to saturate other stores later this fall with D&G.
Excerpts from the article:
“We see makeup as another thing for women, like a dress. We worked on the makeup line like we work on a clothing collection — you can change makeup like you can change your clothes, depending on your mood,” Gabbana added.
[Pat] McGrath developed three looks that epitomize the line: “Lustful Lips,” inspired by a silver screen siren with dark ruby colored lips and nails; “Provocative Eyes,” a smoky eye and pale lip, and “Sensually Natural,” a pared-back look of neutral hues.
Are you dying to check out Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line? See it as just overpriced makeup? What are your feelings on D&G’s attempt to get into beauty?
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Creme Cup, Shy Girl, Crosswires, Lickable
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MAC Cosmetics Creamteam Collection
U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009
- Creme Cup Light blue pink
- Shy Girl Creamy neutral coral beige
- Crosswires Clean pinky orange
- Lickable Bright clean blue pink
- Lavender Whip Light cool lavender
- Creme In Your Coffee Creamy mid-tone pink brown
- Spice Is Nice Creamy warm dark brown
- Hang-up Deep berry
- Ever So Rich Sheer Lilac
- Fashion Scoop Pale cool baby pink with light pear
- Boy Bait Light neutral beige with pearl
- Partial To Pink Light creamy yellow pink with light gold pearl
- Melt In Your Mouth Mid-tone creamy clean pink
- Petite Indulgence Mid-tone bright blue pink
- Creme Anglaise Mid-tone neutral mauve
- Looks Like Sin Sheer deep berry
- Sublime Culture Neutral pink
- Pink Treat Dirty pink
- Caramellow Neutral caramel
- Velvetella Blackened plum