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Plus, MAC introduces us to a new eyeshadow technique; the zipper eye!
Last month saw the launch of MAC’s Posh Paradise, a tidy lil’ collection by MAC standards of just three products: Paint Pots, Mattene Lipsticks and Nail Lacquers. Recently we attended a Posh Paradise launch party at South Coast Plaza and got to see these beautiful products in action – thanks to the talented MAC artists who assembled from all over the country to do what they do best. We figured it was about time to show you the goods, which are limited edition, so you know…hurry!
First things first, I am head over heels, stupid in love with Immortal Gold. MAC calls it pure gold but it’s so much more than that! It’s got a bit of a dirty gold quality to it, with just a hint of olive green. It looks wet on the nail, is super metallic and is the type of polish that I can’t stop staring at when I an wearing it.
Next up are Paint Pots. These infamous pots of heaven cause quite a stir when new shades are released. With good reason, they’re beautifully pigmented, a lush creamy texture and long wearing.
I love them on they’re own, but they’re especially out of control when used as a shadow base. Hands down, my favorite cream shadow with out a doubt. Here are the ones we got a chance to check out, which are all frosts but really vary in finishes.
Pure Creation is a medium cobalt blue with blue micro shimmer. If you’re bold enough to do a blue smoky eye, this would be an amazing base. Sheering it out at spots, then loading a deeper blue over top to smoke it in just the right spots.
Idyllic is a shimmering burgundy-brown shimmer. It’s sold out, so I’ll leave my gushing to a minimum. But wow, this would kill it on a hazel or green eyes!
Nubile is a warm peachy nude with no shimmer. A staple kind of shade that would be a really nice darker base.
I thought Genuine Treasure was going to be the end all be all for me. In the pot it’s a shimmering and intricate looking taupe; a bit brown, a bit gold, a bit silver-grey. But it didn’t really grab me when applied. It’s basically pure chunky glitter, so you have to really apply a lot of it to lay down any color. Maybe the way to use it is as an overlay to other shades? Our tester will have to let us know in the comments how this worked out for her. You’ll have to hunt for it if you want to try it for yourself, it’s sold out too.
Last on the testing block, Mattene Lipsticks. These are semi matte, with the moisture of a standard lipstick, but the long wear of a matte. All in a sweet little slim package!
Seeds of Desire is a dark, subtly shimmering reddish brown. It screams fall; all rich and yummy. Deliciously Forbidden is a medium berry pink creme. Naked Bliss is a dark pinkish nude, a perfect nude for a nude beginner!
Finally, here’s a peek at some of the sights of the Posh Paradise launch party at South Coast Plaza, which was the only MAC exhibit of it’s kind. In addition to about 20 makeup stations, there were four tropical environments. Each was a different hue, with models peeking through the leaves displaying the lush and lovely shades of the launch.
Plus, who doesn’t love a parting gift? Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan made sure we all left with something – a new make up technique, the zipper eye!
Here’s how you do it: Blend a dark shade on the inner and outer corners of your eye, covering from lash line to brow. Caitlin used the Hyperviolet Paint Pot. Then, blend a light reflective shade down the center, in between your two dark strips. She chose Treasure Hunt. I can attest, it makes your eyes look huge! And as we saw throughout the party, you can make this as dark and dramatic or as light and subtle as you like. It looked good on everyone.
Here is the complete Posh Paradise launch:
Naked Bliss – Neutral light pink
Rare Exotic – Bright mid-tone blue pink
Legendary – Mid-tone brick red
Unknown Pleasures – Deep red blue
Seeds of Desire – Deep brown plum
Eden Rouge – Bright blue-red
Delectable – Orange-beige
Potent Fig – Deep blue grape
Deliciously Forbidden – Midtone berry
Fresh Amour – Light lavender
$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Treasure Hunt – Light pearled yellow
Half-Wild – Mid-tone purple
Hyperviolet – Deep violet
Nubile – Light peachy nude
Idyllic – Mid-tone copper bronze
Genuine Treasure – Reflects antique gold
Pure Creation – Mid-tone frosty blue
Imaginary – Blackened navy
$17.50 U.S./$21 CDN
Immortal Gold – Pale gold
Rain of Flowers – Blackened violet with sophisticated violet shimmer
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
How about it, we heartsters? Are you feeling Posh?
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