Before we all embark on a Marilyn frenzy, don’t let the collection that defines fall pass you by…
Hello Fall! MAC welcomes the season in exotic fashion with Styleseeker, a collection of rich color inspired by the “spirit and style of a global wanderer.” This worldly range of products for face and nails features a prism of rich, deep, opulent colors. We sampled from each of five limited edition Styleseeker categories:
Nail Lacquers ($16 US/ $19 CDN)
We got a look at two of the three new hues: Styleseeker (metallic duo chrome red orange) and Gadabout Girl (dark purple creme). These lacquers promise a no-streak, no-chip finish and their formulas contain nail conditioners as well as UV protection.
I tested Gadabout Girl, the kind of deep, rich, nearly-black glossy polish that makes me feel a little mysterious. In other words, it’s the perfect hue for my travels into fall. The formula is thin and slightly sheer. It took three coats for a completely opaque finish.
The collection’s eponymous lacquer, Styleseeker is an orange red duochrome shimmer, although it flashes yellow as well so perhaps it’s a trichrome! (And it’s one of my favorite nail colors of this year ~ Stef)
Mattene Lipsticks ($15 US/$18 CDN)
We received two of the five colors in this release: Delectable (dark peach beige matte) and Fashion Nomad (bright yet deep orange). With sleek, streamlined packaging these lip colors offer the pigmentation of a matte lipstick merged with a creamy formula that’s moisturizing and non drying.
I tested Fashion Nomad, fall’s answer to Tangerine Tango in a light yet pigment rich formula. The smaller tube offers precise application of the velvety formula that glides on smoothly and evenly, with a finish that’s almost matte except for a slight sheen. It feels silky and the color is long wearing (easily 3-4 hours).
Lipglasses ($15 US/$18 CDN)
MAC fanatics know all about the beauty of Lipglass – these unique lip glosses offer a high gloss shine that lasts and lats. These beautifully pigmented glosses also contain jojoba oil to keep lips soft and supple.
Styleseeker offers four new hues of the coveted Lipglasses and we received two lovely shades, Eclectic Edge (medium orange with a slight shimmer) and Ready to Roam (a pure blue based red with a very subtle shimmer). I did not test one of these glosses, so make sure to check the comments to read more about these glosses from our review team members.
Powder Blushes ($20 US/$24 CDN)
There are three new shades of blushes in various formulas in the Styleseeker collection. We received Hidden Treasure, a dirty and shimmerless burgundy red. Almost overwhelmingly dark in the pan, this was another surprise. The color is translucent and builds to whatever intensity you desire. Just a touch on my cheeks gave my skin the kind of glow I get from a brisk fall walk.
Eye Shadow X2 ($27.50 US/$33 CDN)
For eyes, Eye Shadow X2 offers four duos, and I got to test the beautiful Marché aux Puces, a combo that had something to teach me about taking chances. Indie Spirit (a medium matte red brown) and Chessa (a metallic golden orange) scared me when I first saw them.
Of the four shadow duos, this one was the most daunting – I mean, orange? – but I dove in and came up utterly amazed. My hazel eyes looked bright green thanks to the golden undertones of the shadows. Chessa is on the dry side but builds to a beautiful sheen. Going off the beaten path of my usual palette yielded great rewards!
This release is limited edition, so seek out Styleseeker while you still can. From your eyes to the tips of your fingers and everything in between, this collection is going places.
Readers and Testers – will you be seeking MAC’s latest at beauty counters this fall?
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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