Round-up: MAC Playland Collection Overview

MAC Playland Collection
MAC Playland Collection

MAC Playland Collection pops up online on April 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST) and hits stores and counters on April 17th. The emphasis of this collection is likely going to be on the lipsticks, I think, given the finish, brightness, and opacity of the six. I’ll be picking up the two shades of Casual Color I don’t have, and as soon as I receive and test, you’ll see reviews for those as well. Β The Chromagraphic Pencil formula is excellent, but it’s long been part of the permanent Pro range and has been released previously in a consumer launch as well, so while lovely, they are repromotes, which is the same case for three of the four Pigments. Β The Lipglasses were a miss for me–almost all had problems applying evenly.

Nordstrom has Playland available online now (4/14 at 8:54AM PST).

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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So after reading the lipstick review, I’m like “Boy, I sure really like that toying around, I’m going to get it.” But I figure I better check the dups list first. Sure enough, I see elegant accent, a lipstick I forgot I had.
Thank you, Christine

I think the lipsticks from this collection looked really nice for the most part (especially Toying Around), but I thought it was a shame that for an ‘avant garde’ collection (in terms of theoretical colour-story) they didn’t have more lipsticks that were unusual in colour/different to their usual range!

I’m so ready for this collection! My list is pretty short with just Playland, Brightside and Happy Go Lucky lippies. Maybe Pure Silliness too. I so don’t need to go overboard lol

I was really excited for the yellow lip-colors but they turned out to be let downs ): And there’s actually not many yellow lip colors out on the market except for OCC?
The other lipsticks dont look all that special either. :s

I think this collection is desperately sad. πŸ™ There is not 1 item that is remotely interesting to me. AND….the glitter…Oh my! Yellow lipstick – how many people have that on their ‘must try’ list? Just imagine someone with the yellow lipstick topped with the yellow lipgloss & yellow pigment on their eyes. woo hoo

I’ve been stalking mac’s website since midnight (eastern standard time) and still no Playland πŸ™
Is there a specific time?
I must have the lippies! Lol

I’m really drawn to the Playland and Bright Side! I don’t have anything like that in my collection but I don’t know if I will ever get to use it. Haha. But…. soo pretty!!

oooohhhhh….I can stop refreshing the site now then LOL (as per date change). I thought I might try to order a lipstick! We will see how THAT goes….

i want the yellow for unique makeup looks (lipstick and gloss together) but now that i see your review im not sur eill be getting the glosses i can get better in their permanent collection.

If you tend to wear gloss over lipstick/lip liner, you’ll probably be OK! (Assuming you normally like MAC’s Lipglass formula.)

Woo hoo!!! Thanks for letting us know the Playland collection was up on Nordstroms. I just ordered the 5 good lipsticks (and 3 other Mac pieces). Now I won’t have to be stalking Mac’s site tomorrow! You’re the best!!

Just wanted to inform all you gorgeous gals that in the US at they have it and they are selling it! I just placed my order. Hurry before the secret is out.

Ooh! I just got Red Balloon. Just the color I had been looking for! I bought it on backorder, so hopefully they don’t end up cancelling the order or anything. I thought it might be too similar to Lord & Berry “Secret Garden,” but that one is probably a deeper berry and this looks like more of a hot fuschia pink.
By the way, I haven’t seen you review Lord & Berry. That one color had a really great pigment, a decent texture, but kind of an unfortunate weird chemical smell that I tolerate.

Another aside, but I wish your site’s search function allowed you to sort the results by date and by most views.

Will have to look into Lord & Berry, though weird chemical smell is not a great selling point, LOL!

Yeah, WordPress search is terrible, so we use Google, which is pretty good for relevance, but there aren’t too many ways to refine it!

Hi Christine, my idol. πŸ˜€ great photo you have right there. I’m totally digging the neon pink pigment, but I don’t really know where I will use it! The must- have for me in this collection is the Playland lipstick because there’s nothing like it! I have tan skin with yellow undertone and it looks so good on me! πŸ™‚

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