Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

M·A·C celebrates the idea of the Artist in every shade and stripe…ma keup as art form. We’ve selected three individuals who exemplify this idea. Bold, heroic, big; giggly, playful, clever; dramatic, original, abstrac t: Fall ’09 as seen by Richard Phillips, Maira Kalman, and Marilyn Minter. Be inspired!

MAC Cosmetics Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall ’09 As Seen By Richard Phillips (Painter)

Richard Phillips surprised even himself with this project. Using the expert skills of a photo-retoucher, he subjected his own painting to a M·A·C makeover with the new eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks. 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 an episode of the scandalous Gossip Girl – a sign of the times! Recycled and re-imagined ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s advertisments and images, and every colourful issue ever considered when pondering the question of “identity” is what Richard Phillips is all about. His bold and beautiful portraits are highly technical, a refinement of precise, academic painting, so relevant to everything M·A·C artistry is all about. A collection of Eye Shadow quads, Lipsticks, Lipglass, and The Perfect Cheek Blush just leap off the canvas!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Photo Realism Gold shimmer with gold pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Fresh Approach Cool mint green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Image Maker Dirty grey green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Grey Range Deep blue green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Plush Lash ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)

  • Plushblack Black (Permanent)

Powder Blush ($18.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • The Perfect Cheek Dirty pale pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Notable Dirty brick brown red (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Availability: North America, August 20th, 2009 at all MAC Locations, 1.800.588.0070, and www.maccosmetics.com. International, September 2009.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

MAC Flirt With Fall Collection

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009
International Launch Date: September 2009

We’re dramatically lashing out with the help of a preeminent authority on the subject: Academy Award-nominated Hollywood makeup artist, Christina Smith, who’s developed this innovative collection of glamorous Silver Screen style lash looks just for MAC, and that means you’re that much closer to the secrets of being red-carpet ready, runway-ravishing. Part of our continuous commitment to collaborating with the most incredible talents working around the globe, these lashes will step it up and set it off!

Lashes ($12.50 U.S. / $15.00 CDN)

  • #43 Lash Natural length. Wispy bundles that give even flirty fringe. Blend of black and brown hair. (Permanent)
  • #44 Lash Unique combo of separate bundles at inner corner and dramatic winged outer corner. Blend of black and brown hair. (Permanent)
  • #45 Lash Half lash Long separate bundles look both wispy and dramatic. Blend of black and brown hair. (Limited Edition)
  • #46 Lash Full and short. Blend of black and brown hair. (Permanent in MAC Stores)
  • #47 Lash Extra long side swept hairs combine with fullness at the base to give an edgy look. Blend of black and brown hair. (Limited Edition)
  • #48 Lash Slightly more dramatic length. Wispy bundles give flirty fringe. Blend of black and brown hair. (Permanent in MAC Stores)

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, and Mischief Holiday 2009 Kits (Part 1)

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Heavenly Dish Neutral Lip Kit ($22.00 U.S.)

  • Floating Lightly Pale neutral pink beige (Limited Edition)
  • Heavenly Dish Sheer mid-tone neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Barely Visible Glossy pale nude with pearl (Limited Edition)

Possessed By Pink! Lip Kit ($22.50 U.S.)

  • Tickled Dark plum (Limited Edition)
  • Laugh A Lot Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Smile Glossy mid-tone pink with pearl (Limited Edition)

6 Sorceress Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Magnetized Light frosted lavender (Limited Edition)
  • Altered State Deep frosted blue purple (Limited Edition)
  • White Rabbit Frosted soft white (Limited Edition)
  • Edge of Dark Charcoal with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Hold My Gaze Mid-tone cool green grey (Limited Edition)
  • Hypnotizing Frosted grayed mauve (Limited Edition)

6 Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Dare Ya! Light frosty peachy pink (Limited Edition)
  • Devilishly Dark Rich brown with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Oh My Darling Pale frosty cream (Limited Edition)
  • Prankster Mid-tone frosted olive (Limited Edition)
  • Sorcery Blackened burgundy (Limited Edition)
  • Gold Tease Frosty mid-tone gold (Limited Edition)

6 Mystic Cool Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Cool Incantation Opalescent white gold (Limited Edition)
  • Shhh, Don’t Tell Pale neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Blue Enchantment Dark frosted turquoise (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Potion Mid-tone frosted rose (Limited Edition)
  • Deep Secret Deep frosted indigo (Limited Edition)
  • Violet Vow Deep cool brown (Limited Edition)

6 Smoke and Mirrors Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Fire in Her Eyes Frost neutral beige (Limited Edition)
  • Black Magique Black with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Deception Frosty golden brown (Limited Edition)
  • Spell No. 9 Soft muted pink beige (Limited Edition)
  • Wide-eyed Wonder Mid-tone frosty grey taupe (Limited Edition)
  • Smoke & Mirrors Dark chocolate Brown (Limited Edition)

Hocus Focus Colourful Face Kit ($38.00 U.S.)

  • Pretty Baby Soft baby pink (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Peachykeen Mid-tone peach with pearl (Permanent)
  • Sunsparked Pearl Frost warm beige with pearl (Repromote) (Limited Edition)

Fab-racadabra Bronze Face Kit ($38.00 U.S.)

  • Golden Muted gold tan with gold pearl (Permanent)
  • Sunbasque Gilded peach with pearl (Permanent)
  • Buffed & Polished Frosty bronzed gold (Repromote) (Limited Edition)

Edited: Now with more images!

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection – Backstage at the Photoshoot

Remember a few weeks ago when we were all wondering just how on earth MAC came up with the makeup used in this look?

Time for an Update!

Last week, we came across some behind-the-scenes photos from the Colour Craft photoshoot, and one of the photos showed a Ben Nye palette.  After talking with MAC HQ, the Director of Makeup Artistry, Bianca Alexander, walked us through what was used for the photoshoot.

Here’s the breakdown she gave us:

  • Use Brush 222 to highlight under the left brow with Passionate Eye Shadow.
  • Blend Bitter Eye Shadow through the inner and center of eyelid with Brush 252.
  • Use Smolder Eye Kohl to intensify the waterline, and follow with Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner on both upper and lower lashline.
  • Use Brush 219 to blend Passionate Eye Shadow under lower lashline, diffusing the line outward for an airbrushed effect.
  • Begin design on the left eye by using Brush 242 to shade a circle of Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow at the browbone.
  • Switch to Brush 219 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow at the temple.
  • Switch to a clean Brush 242 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the eyelid.
  • Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes with a delicate black line.
  • Begin design on the right eye by using Brush 219 to shade a circle of Passionate Eye Shadow at the browbone.
  • Use Brush 242 to shade a circle at the temple with Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow.
  • Switch to the previous Brush 242 used to apply Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the left eye, and shade a circle at the crease to complete the right eye.
  • Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes on the right eye with a delicate black line.
  • Apply a generous coat of Zoomblack Zoom Lash Mascara on both upper and lower lashes.
  • Hydrate and refine lips with an application of Prep + Prime Lip with Brush 311.
  • Use Beet Lip Pencil to define lips before shading Lipstick in Trimming Talk along the outer edge with Brush 316.
  • Highlight the center of the lip with Lipglass in Miss Marble and Girlish Romp Mineralize Eye Shadow.

The ever-talented artist Linn recreated the Colour Craft face chart using the products suggested, and she achieved:

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Love That Look Collection

M·A·C Shadows are simply the best… sought after by Legends and Lolitas, Punks and Princesses, and all the pretty girls and boys who know what’s killer when they see it! Season after season they show the love – now it’s our turn with Love That Look!

An intensified take on everything incredible about M·A·C Starflash eyeshadow, with a formula so astro-silky, creamy, cushion-like, and pearl-finished, in a fantasia of 12 fabulously frosted shades. Four pearlglide liners to give the people what they want, essential Zoomblack Mascara and the 217 blending and 239 eyeshadow brushes that can make any first-time-tryer a true believer. Love That Look… Everybody interesting does!

Starflash Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Grand Entrance Frosty neutral peach beige
  • Dreammaker Frosty yellow gold
  • Smoke & Diamonds Frosty dirty taupe
  • Glamour Check! Frosty reddish brown
  • Strike a Pose Dirty/Deep blue green
  • Ego Light yellow pink
  • Fashion Groupie Light blue violet
  • Unbasic White Bright off white
  • One-Off Mid-tone green with silver pearl
  • Rated “R” Bright yellow green
  • Style Snob Dirty pink brown with gold pearl
  • Fashion Light grey green with gold pearl

Pearlglide Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Black Russian Black with navy blue glitter
  • Rave Deep purple with purple glitter
  • Molasses Dirty brown with mid-tone brown glitter
  • Fly-By-Blu Light blue with blue glitter

Zoom Lash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Zoomblack Rich black

Brush

  • 217 Blending Brush For shading or blending of colour or creamy products ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)
  • 239 Eye Shader Brush Soft and dense to shade or blend eyeshadow or emolient-based products. ($24.50 U.S. / $29.50 CDN)

Availability: July 23rd, 2009 and July 30th for North America locations. August 2009 for international.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2009

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection – Promo / Product Photos

Here are promo photos and product photos for MAC’s fall collection launcing August 20th, 2009. You can read collection details here. Continue reading →