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There’s something gorgeous blooming at MAC…
I was so busy waxing my board in anticipation of Surf, Baby that I didn’t even see this bit of lovely coming. And Fashionflower is indeed all kinds of lovely – from the imprinted eye shadows and Beauty Powders, to the wearable range of light summer colors – this is one gorgeous, mostly limited edition collection. Available May 5th through June 2011.
Glitter fans, rejoice. These Lipgelées are an explosion of light reflecting awesomeness. The formula is lightweight compared to lipglass, and not as sticky. They also come in a squeeze tube with a slanted tip. We got to take a look at the collection’s namesake Fashionflower, an almost white pink with tons of silver and pink glitter, and Now in Season, a true shimmering gold with gold and blue glitter. They both take on a light look when applied full strength (all that reflective glitter), personally I prefer them used sparingly over a lipstick.
The lipsticks we viewed in this launch have a light look, both in texture (glaze) and shades. Summer Shower is the standout for me, simply because it’s so different than anything I’ve seen. It looks mint green in the tube, but it applies sheer with white, blue and fuchsia shimmer suspended in the base. MLLE is light, nude pink. Because it’s a glaze, it applies sheerly and I think would be a beautiful way for a cool toned girl to ease into the world of pale, nude lips.
(Side note: there are two gorgeous coral lip options in this collection: Ever Hip lipstick (which I skipped in the Liberty of London launch and have regretted ever since) and Budding Beauty Lipgelée. I’ll be buying both of these on launch day!)
Now let’s get to those fabulous flower imprinted products, shall we?
Before I get into the utter loveliness of these, I’ve got a design correction: MAC calls these products debossed in their press release, but in fact their actually embossed. Debossing creates an indented impression, while embossing creates a raised impression (like the raised flowers on these). No one but a snitty designer like myself will actually care about this, but design snits find it their duty to correct things!
We got a look at all six of the shadows, and I love what a cohesive group it is. You truly could choose any two or three shadows blindly and make them work together. I am also loving that with the summer colors (aqua, green, coral and white) there are a couple of darker, grounding colors (grey and blackened green) so that you can darken and add depth to any look.
Lucky Green (a permanent shadow) is a yellow-green metallic pearl with fab pigment, and a must have for any self respecting green lover!
Fresh Daisy is frosty, pigmented white. I’m not normally a white or a frost shadow fan, but wow, did this brighten up my eyes when used on the brow bone! A surprise hit for me.
Free to Be (a permanent shadow) is a matte, medium coral. A striking shade, especially in the crease, but not one I could personally wear on my eyes. I did I find myself dreaming of it as lip color!
Groundcover, hello taupe, you gorgeous creature! I buy you over and over and over, but still need every new variation I see. This one is medium toned matte and adds fabulous dimension to the crease. And the beauty of taupe? It works with everything, literally.
Aqua (a permanent shadow) is a bright, beautiful true to it’s name matte shade. But I had to work quite a bit to get some decent color payoff from it.
Bows & Curtseys had me excited from the moment I saw it’s extreme blackened green beauty. But no matter how hard I tried, it ended up looking charcoal on me, the deep green micro shimmer I see in the pan nowhere on my eye. That being said, it’s one beautiful charcoal!
I am helpless when it comes to Beauty Powders; part highlighter, part blush. They’re finely milled and always limited edition, a combo sure to make me weak in the knees. And the flower imprint makes them all the more desirable. The two Beauty Powders in the launch are very different from each other. Light Sunshine leans more towards a highlighter, a nearly white it’s so pale-pink, with gold and pink micro shimmer. While Alpha Girl, a bright coral pink, leans more towards a blush. MAC says there are gold nuances in this, I don’t see them and wish I did. This looks rather matte on me. I think some gold sheen would be really beautiful in this shade. Both shades are very subtle (as you can see form my nearly unnoticeable swatches. There’s more color in person, and on the cheeks.
Lastly, they’ve released an extra black version of their Studio Fix Lash, a shade called Boldblack. This was my first look at Studio Fix Lash, and I have to say – I’m rather impressed.
MAC calls it a “mousse-like formula” and the wand has plastic small bristles that I (and many others) love. This brush combined with the light formula insures very little clumping. Another bonus, the strong swiper system in this tube. I swear, you’ve got to use a bit of muscle to get it out, and when you do, it makes quite the satisfying pop! I equate the pop with creating a really clean brush, which in turn, creates clean, separated lashes. Good Stuff!
How about it readers – are you looking forward to this Fashionflower blooming? Join us in the comments and tell us what you like the most!
Here’s the entire Fashionflower collection…
MLLE – Light white pink (Glaze)
Summer Shower – Light aqua (Glaze)
Growing Trend – Mid-tone taupe nude (Amplified)
Ever Hip Bright creamy coral (Cremesheen)
$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Fashionflower – Pale pink dazzle gelée
Now in Season – Pale yellow dazzle gelée
Budding Beauty – Pale coral dazzle gelée
$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Studio Fix Boldblack Lash
Studio Fix Boldblack Lash – Deep intense black
$14.00 U.S./$17.00 CDN
Penultimate Eye Liner
Rapidblack – True black
$17.50 U.S./$21.00 CDN
Light Sunshine – Pastel neutral pink with soft gold and pink sparkles
Alpha Girl – Soft peachy pink with gold nuances
$25.00 U.S./$30.00 CDN
Fresh Daisy – Frosty white yellow (Frost)
Aqua – Aqua blue (Matte)
Lucky Green – Frosted mid-tone lime (Veluxe Pearl)
Free To Be – Bright true coral (Matte)
Groundcover – Mid-tone warm grey (Matte)
Bows & Curstseys – Metallic hunter green (Satin)
$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
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