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Call Daphne Guinness what you will; fashion icon, haute heiress, odd duck. But there’s one thing everyone can agree upon – she is truly an original. Often seen with skunk striped hair wearing armor-influenced couture and gravity defying shoes, she’s a bit of a enigma but undeniably, the epitome of cool. As is her new limited edition MAC collection. Not only in tone but in the eclectic influences for the line: the whispered luxury of an antique Chinese porcelain vase, pigeon’s blood rubies, how the intricate wings of a butterfly resemble the images of deepest space.
My favorite products of the launch are the Pigments. While it’s true that loose powder takes extra work (lots of taping and mess making), it’s very well worth it. You can sheer them out, layer them for intensity or use with water or a mixer for a liquid liner. Best of all, the pigment just can’t be stopped!
Nebula is an intensely dark taupe that leans more to the grey side than the brown side. (Oh taupe, you’re a mystery wrapped in a riddle, and how I love you so). It has the slightest plum sheen to it and tons of dazzling pearl shimmer.
Circa Plum is a dusty pinky lavender with silver shimmer. Like Nebula, it has a frost finish.
Another stand out is the Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre. It’s a pearl finished cool, light pink that gradiates to lilac. Thanks to the large pan, you really can wear these separately if you choose. The color is very pigmented and the powder is soft and finely milled. Just beautiful all around!
I liked the range of shades in the Nail Lacquers of this launch, three completely different colors that all make sense. In fact, I think they’re the best representation of what Daphne was going for with the entire collection. To me, I see what looks like a color palette taken directly from a distinctly European portrait. Antique, but entirely new at the same time. I don’t know, am I crazy or can you see what I mean?
Blueblood is a dark purple creme. A gorgeous shade, but if you picked up Purple Majesty from MAC Me Over, you can skip this (they’re nearly identical, see below). But if you didn’t, grab this quick. It’s vampy perfection.
Hyperion is a pale robin’s egg blue. The formula is a bit streaky, which for me means I end up applying too much and it ends up looking a bit thick.
Endless Night is a beautiful chameleon of a shade. It’s a nude base with a fine pink shimmery sheen. It’s not quite nude, grey or lavender – but a bit of all three!
Let’s get the disappointing product out of the way, shall we? While the Interior Life palette is beautiful to look at, I was really only pleased with one of the shades.
Stratus is a matte bubblegum lilac pink. I got decent color payoff with this but only with multiple layers (you can see in the swatch it’s a bit thick). I had problems with Bruised Sky, a satin finish dusty plum. The pigment was lacking and no matter how many layers I applied, I couldn’t get an even application. The star of this palette is the name sake, Interior Life. It has a veluxe pearl finish and is a blue based medium grey with a slightly plum tone. It applies even darker than what you see in the pan and has a buttery feel and amazing pigment. Heather Belles is a charcoal black with a satin finish. It’s chalky and provides spotty pigment, at best.
Happily, the Pro Longwear Lipcremes provided the pigment that the shadows lacked. MAC promises 12 hours of wear on these, and while I can’t attest to that, I can say that they stained my arms after swatching them! They’re creamy and non drying, especially for an extended wear product. A really great formula.
Red Dwarf is a deep berry creme. Approaching Storm is a brick red creme. It reminds me of a more opaque version of Full Body, one my favorite LE MAC lipsticks. Warped Speed is a silver shimmer. (Is it just me or have there been a lot of MAC silvers this year?)
I like the formula of Cremesheen Glass a lot. They’re a creamy and non sticky, with the same vanilla scent as Lipglass.
Both of these shades look like they could have been pulled from Quite Cute. Japanese Spring seems to be the same bubblegum pink lilac that is in the Azalea Blossom Blush and Interior Life quad. It has a creamy, milky finish and is rather sheer. Narcissus is a beautiful magenta purple that I was convinced my warm toned skin couldn’t pull off, but could! It’s creamy, opaque and all around lovely.
Here is the complete shade list of the launch…
Aurora – Pinked taupe (frost)
Circa Plum – Frosty dirty mid-tone lavender (frost)
Nebula – Dark greyed brown with pearl (frost)
$20 U.S./$24 CDN
Pro Longwear Lipcreme
Warp Speed – Light silver
Red Dwarf – Blue-pink
Seasoned Plum – Mid-tone lavender
Approaching Storm – Deep rose
$17 U.S./$20 CDN
Borealis – Pale grey pink with iridescent pearl
Japanese Spring – Pale dirty pink
Narcissus – Dirty eggplant
Richly Revered – Deep brown plum
$18.50 U.S./$22 CDN
Powerpoint Eye Pencil
Engraved – Rich black
Grey Utility – Uniform grey
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
Fling – Light taupe ash blonde
Stud – Deep rich blackened brown
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
Eye Shadow X4, Interior Life Quad
Stratus – Light pink (matte)
Interior Life – Mid-tone grey blue (veluxe pearl)
Bruised Sky – Dark lavender-y grey (satin)
Heather Belles – Dark charcoal/carbon (satin)
$38 U.S./$45 CDN
Azalea Blossom – Light cool pink Vintage Grape Mid-tone violet pink
$26 U.S./$31 CDN
Hyperion – Light grey blue green (crème)
Endless Night – Pale grey pink with iridescent pearl (frost)
Blueblood – Deep eggplant (crème)
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
How about it readers, what here speaks to the heiress in you?
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