It can feel like a competitive sport trying to keep up with all the MAC launches, can’t it? Here’s a shout out to three recent launches that have us feeling the love.
I’m crushing hard on the Desert Camouflage palette from the Carine Rotitfeld launch. Former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris from 2001 to 2011, and current creator of the new game-changing biannual magazine CR Fashion Book, Carine’s MAC collection is all about smoky eyes and nude lips. It’s her signature look, one she calls “tired but sexy”.
It’s a tidy little launch. For example there’s just one lipstick and the skin products only match Carine’s tone. But it does have a reissue of Feline eyeliner, which you should get if you don’t have – it’s my all time favorite jet black liner.
The stars of the collection though are the two palettes; Jungle and Desert Camouflage ($44). Each have four neutral-hued shadows and a nude-toned Cremeblend blush.
Desert Camouflage Eye Shadows from left:
Sahara Dust – soft sparkling nude beige (satin finish)
Cactus Thorn – bronzey light to medium brown shimmer (frost finish)
Desert – plummy taupe shimmer (satin finish)
Carbon – jet black with a notoriously bad rap (matte finish). It is chalky and stubborn to blend, but I got decent color from it. I get good results applying it over a liner to intensify it.
Sand Storm – sheer warm caramel is MAC’s description and it’s a good one
There’s a literal star of the collection too! Good Luck Star ($18) is a pack of two sheets of star stencils, also a Carine signature.
Confession: I have a bit of a makeup bag fetish. I have ONE drawer allotted for them, and I only allow myself to keep what fits in the drawer. Of course, this drawer barely closes. But if I have to get rid of a few to make room for my newest one from the limited edition Illustrated collection, I will. Combined with my fetish with art, illustrations to be exact (as a graphic designer, I appreciate the beauty of a quality illustration), these bags are a must have in my eyes.
There are six canvas bags in the launch, two sizes each from three artists who have all worked in fashion or beauty. In addition to François Berthoud’s contrubution of colorful pop art flowers, we got to check out…
Julie Verhoeven’s abstract faces (Tyna couldn’t resist the playfulness of this one).
Nikki Farquharson’s pen and ink with pops of color. It has a kind of manic doodle quality to it that reminds me of my high school notebooks!
Don’t you love the interiors of these? They’re nylon, so it’s easy to clean up spills.
The petite bag is 5 x 1.375 x 3.75 inches and sells for $30. While the small is 6.875 x 1.75 x 4 and $35. These were also filled with products and available at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. But the limited edition bags themselves are still available at MAC.
It feels near cruel to talk about Yung Rapunxel, the lipstick collaboration between Azealia Banks and MAC that was available for two weeks only during NYFW. But there are always ways to get sold out products (oh, the lengths I went to get Stereo Rose) so if you love it…seek and you shall find!
And let me say, this blackened plum shade with an amplified finish is worth the hunt. It looks super dark in the tube, but you can blot it on for a stain-like appearance, or apply full-force for its true deep plum hue.
Regardless if you’re plotting your hunt or not, enjoy the fabulously filthy “212” from Azealia herself.
So we heartsters, have you or will you be picking up anything from these three fab launches?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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