Who doesn’t love a story? Stories motivate us. Would you all have put a top hat on a snowman, baked cookies for St. Nick or poured maple syrup on spaghetti without knowing the stories of Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf? I think not. Stories always further the conversation and drive the ensuing action.
MAC wants to be on your Christmas dinner party wish list by being brilliant conversationalists, and they are seeking to tell the story of you through shade and scent.
It’s a story, of a lovely lippie, who was bringing along her own lovely scent. All of the shades were iconic on their own, but they were all alone. Until one day, these shades met these scents. Somehow, they all became a family. Now we call them the MAC Shadescents. There are six lipstick shades ($17) along with six matching scents ($57), each sold separately.
Crème D’Nude (Cremesheen) – Slightly sheer with a pale nude tone. Its corresponding scent is heavy on the Amber and Musk. This drips sex like Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. All you need is a (faux) animal pelt bikini.
Velvet Teddy (Matte) – This is more of a true-to-tone lip color, slightly pink with a touch of brown-beige. This is my lip color only better, for those days you want to look naked, but better. The corresponding scent is a vanilla tinged musk; with a touch of honey and spice. Santa may be confused with this naughty-meets-nice scent.
Candy Yum-Yum (Matte) Neon pink; vibrant and bold, the matching scent is nothing less. Reminiscent of a pack of zebra Fruit Striped gum with a smarty chaser.
Lady Danger (Matte) – Bright tomato-orange/red. This. Is. My. Color. Bright yet fierce; serious yet whimsical; fashion-y yet felonious. The corresponding scent is equally conflicting, dramatically balancing the peppery earthiness of patchouli with a bright blast of something citrus. I think. I love it all.
Ruby Woo (Retro Matte) – This is the ultimate blue-red in the extra matte retro formula, a veritable velvet carpet for your lips. This color is a must have for every single woman, of every single complexion—the Grande Dame of iconic lip colors. Its matching scent wants to create texture in the mind’s eye, pairing the velvety color with the scent of sultry leather. Elegant, soft and oh-so-tough.
Heroine (Matte) – Great in its grapeness, this purple isn’t electric, but regal. The scent paired with this is quite royal, too, with rich Cordovan leather and, if I’m not mistaken, the subtle scent of a bouquet of flowers left on the drawing room table.
And that’s the story. MAC knew it was much more than a hunch. And now that you all know the story, I wonder where your Shadescent will take the conversation? With Santa shimmying these down the chimney, I know there will be a bunch.
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room: My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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