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Rock out with your gloss out!
Sometimes I like to pretend I’m a rock star. Not because I want to be famous, but because it’s just awesome to let it all out and belt out a song at the top of your voice, like it was written about you. So I turn up the radio in my car (quite loud) and then sing my heart out (quite poorly).
However, no one would mistake me for an actual rock star, as I’m somewhat musically challenged, and the ponytail and yoga pant look isn’t very punk rock glam. Maybe if I got a little more into character, someone would totally offer me a record deal! (Don’t worry, I won’t quit my day job.)
There’s something awesome about a woman who knows who she is, is comfortable with her herself, is creative and original with makeup and fashion choices, and can actually rock out like it’s nobody’s business. And singer-songwriter Beth Ditto of the indie rock band The Gossip is exactly that kind of woman. Just check her out in any of her music videos on YouTube, or watch this behind the scenes clip from her MAC photo shoot:
I can totally see why MAC Cosmetics would create a Beth Ditto Collection. Ditto’s limited-edition, twenty-four piece collection is comprised of “shades ranging from tender to tart…candy-glossed pop mixes with polished punk sensibility.”
The Dual-Ended Shade & Smoke shadow and liner pencil is a new product to the MAC family. One end is slanted and is a lighter shadow/liner , and the other rounded end is a darker, coordinating greasepaint. Together, they were intended to create the perfect long-wearing and water-resistant smoky eye. We got to check out three of the duos.
Drag, Strip has a pale blue matte shadow, and a smoky blackened navy greasepaint. Beth Mask is a peachy pink with gold shimmer shadow combined with a reddish brown greasepaint. The peach side is beautiful in the tube and in swatches, but less flattering on my lids. Little Miss Moffet has a pearly white shadow and a black, semi matte greasepaint.
Honestly, neither side applies as good as you’d hope it would. The shadow side is a bit better, and can be layered on to intensify the color. But the greasepaint side is more difficult to use and tugged at my lids. The texture is truly similar to an actual artist’s greasepaint pencil.
Of course, no eye look is complete without a swipe or two of mascara and MAC has released three shades of their Zoom Lash Mascara.
I tested New Hue, a lovely blackened warm plum color. The effect is very subtle in terms of adding color to your lashes. Even with two or three coats, it was discreet enough to wear to the office. And there wasn’t any smudging, smearing, flaking, or irritation.
For the fingers and toes, MAC has introduced three new Nail Lacquer shades that manage to be soft yet bold at the same time.
Vagabondage is a cool toned lavender-pink color. I really like that it has a bit of a translucent quality to it.
Life & Beth is a milky, warm, melon shade.
Near Beth Experience is a pretty, very pastel yellow. This color is a little difficult to work with, because even with three coats, it’s still a little blotchy looking.
Last but not least, one of my favorite MAC products – their Pro Longwear Lipcreme. Honestly, I didn’t care much for lipstick until I met this MAC formula. The Beth Ditto collection has new, limited-edition shades to sample, all with MAC’s signature vanilla scent.
Booyah! is a vibrant tangerine orange opaque cream – this color is so hot this year! And it’s especially good for summer. I love it. Love Long Distance is a light mauve.
These lip cremes are creamy and have a bit of shine upon their initial application, but then it dries down to a slightly matte finish. Unlike some long-wearing lip products, it doesn’t feel like it’s drying out my lips, or that the product is permanently caked onto my lips. It’s quite comfortable to wear and even leaves a bit of a stain on my lips. It still wears off (it transferred onto my coffee cup within a few hours), but the Pro Longwear Lipcremes are still some of the best out there.
Overall, the Beth Ditto collection has a few off-key pieces, but still sounds sweet to me.
we heartsters – Do any of these Beth Ditto pieces make you want to pick up your mic and rock out?
MAC Cosmetics – Beth Ditto Collection
Pro Longwear Lipcreme
Love Long Distance – light mauve
You’re Perfect Already – neutral pale pink
Booyah! – bright orange
Dear Diary – bright neon pink
Heart hangover – deep purple
$17 US/$20 CDN
In Synch – bright yellow pink
Embrace Me – vivid pinkish fuchsia
Entertain Me – clearly orange
Nightmoth – blackened plum
$14 US/$16.50 CDN
MAC shade & smoke shadow/liner
Little Miss Moffet – true black liner/true white shadow
Drag, Strip – smoky navy liner/pale blue shadow
Beth Mask – reddish brown bronze liner/golden peach pink shadow
Beth or Glory – deep brown liner/bright blue shadow
$22 US/$26 CDN
Zoom Lash Mascara
Plum Reserve – light violet purple
New Hue – blackened burgundy
Blue Charge – deep navy blue
$15 US/$18 CDN
Zoom Fast Black Lash
Zoom Fast Black Lash – black
$15 US/$18 CDN
Point Black – black
$18.50 US/$22 CDN
Near Beth Experience – light yellow (creme)
Life and Beth – milky peach (creme)
Vagabondage – mid-tone lavender (creme)
Nocturnelle – black (creme)
$15 US/$18 CDN
MAC powder to the people
$38 US/$45 CDN
$15 US/$18 CDN
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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