I’m pleased with the opacity on these lipglasses — they’re all quite rich in color for lipglasses, and it is quite unusual to find this many pigmented shades in a single launch. If you don’t like frosty lips, though, you may not find yourself swooning over these, because three of the four do have that frosty, glimmering look. Like the lipsticks, whether these are for you is really a matter of personal taste; none of them are bad in formula, texture, or feel, but the colors may not appeal to everyone.
I think the lipsticks will be hit or miss for many — it’s really about personal tastes rather than the formulas. Three of the four are lustres, but Empowered is a satin finish lipstick and has a spectacular amount of pigmentation, creaminess, and overall feel. It’s not my kind of color, though, which makes me wish it was! Equality is definitely not going to be an easy shade for us to pull off; probably gotta layer it with another lipstick and/or gloss. Myself is really weird, because it is myself on me. Which isn’t bad, but hey, I wear lipstick so I can’t *change* the lip color.
Equality is a semi-opaque fleshy-beige. It reminded me a bit of maybe Fleshpot lipstick (PRO) or concealer. This is really “concealer lips” on me, because it is so, so pale. This is not a shade that I’d consider suitable–at least alone–on my medium skin tone. It’s just going to wash me out. It is, however, an interesting way to neutralize the natural pigmentation in one’s lips. It has a lustre finish,which accounts for its slightly uneven application and glossy sheen.
Myself is MLB… not quite better. No, but seriously, I put this on my lips, and I was like, “Where’d it go?” I slathered this sucker on, but it just looked like my lips… but again, not really *better*. I think this might be particularly lovely on those with more naturally reddened lips, because it might cool ’em down to a lighter pink. This was the sheerest lipstick of the four. It’s kind of a soft, cool-toned dirty pink. It is also a lustre finish lipstick.
Empowered is a creamy, ultra pigmented brown with kind of a lightened peach feel — it’s just not dark brown or even chocolate brown, but it’s definitely brown. On me? Don’t love it. I’m not a brown lipstick kind of gal, but I do think deeper skin tones will appreciate this one. It has a full coverage look, a lovely satin finish, and feels lovely on. Best formula/texture out of the four — just wish I liked the color on me!
The beauty powder blushes are interesting, if only because neither shade seems like a blush at first glance. I think some might find these work for contouring, others for blushing/bronzing. I liked Personal Style the most, because I could see it being just a hint of definition on cheeks when eyes/lips are bold.
None of the eyeshadows really spoke to me, which may be more a reflection of them being a little too neutral, too safe and me having more than enough neutral favorites through their permanent line. I suppose my feelings are much like they were with Warm & Cozy from last week — I’d loved to have seen new and different neutrals. I also wish Showstopper would go into retirement for at least a few years! Of the four, my favorite was All Races, and I do think that one is the most worth picking up, because it’s not a shade I’ve seen by MAC at all (no immediate dupes came to mind).
MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection
U.S. Launch Date: March 11, 2010
International Launch Date: April 2010
Edit #1: Now with a few images! Not everything, but at least you get an idea about the packaging — which I think looks phenomenal. They don’t look like stickers, and as long as they’re not, this may be some of the best packaging MAC has put out in awhile. (1/6/2010)
Edit #2: Now with a few MORE images — including an image of the very richly priced scarf. (1/7/2010)
The very latest in a series of famous M·A·Coll aborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London coloured our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic. From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit-and-glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable M·A·C makeup force! Spring 2010 insists on the ultimate flower fusion, with M·A·C joining forces with Liberty, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and, of course – blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.
Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)
The luxurious, soft pearl finish of M·A·C Beauty Powder packaged in a glossssy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Limited edition.
- Shell Pearl Pale peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- Summer Rose Soft violet pink with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote?)
Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
- Give Me Liberty of London Flat creamy pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
- Free to Be Creamy true coral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
- Dame’s Desire Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- Birds & Berries Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
- Bough Grey Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
- Ever Hip Creamy light coral (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
- Peachstock Neutral peach (Satin) (PRO)
- Petals & Peacocks Creamy bright magenta pink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
- Blooming Lovely Creamy greyed lilac mauve (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
- Frankly Fresh Neutral pink beige with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
- Perennial High Style Creamy bright pink coral (Limited Edition)
- English Accents Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
- A Different Groove Deep purple brown with pearl (Limited Edition)
Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)
- Dirty Plum Sheer dark plum (Limited Edition)
- Prim & Proper Neutral nude (Limited Edition)
Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)
- Vestral White Creamy white (Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
- Blue India Dark green blue with pearl (Cream) (Limited Edition)
Liberty of London Makeup Bags
- Small A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 3.5″. ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN)
- Medium A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 5″. ($25.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN)
Liberty of London Scarf ($95.00 U.S. / $115.00 CDN)
A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.
What’s the Best Cheek Highlighter…?
What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?