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It’s not too late to get a good seat for the show!
Before you break out the nautical stripes and jaunty hats for Hey Sailor, you may want to grab a popcorn and catch the last showing of MAC Reel Sexy (it’s here until May 24). The launch is based on/accompanied by photographs and film by Miles Aldridge that star his wife, supermodel Kristen McMenamy. It’s bold and brilliant and oh so late 80s inspired.
Check out a couple of pics from the release party on Robertson Blvd.
And look, our beautiful pal; Senior Artist Tiffany J (far right).
Ok, on with the show…
There are three Nail Lacquers in Reel Sexy, which perfectly represent the primary colors that dominate the launch: Teal, Coral and Purple, all in creme formula with good coverage in two coats.
Vivid Effect is described as an orange-coral. I’m not seeing a lot of orange. I’d call this a true coral, or more specifically “the color I buy over and over again”. Bright and pretty!
Screening Room is a bright blue teal. I often find polishes to be either too blue or too teal. This is a beautiful, equal mix of both shades.
In the Dark… Purple is a bright medium red-tinged violet.
We got to check out two of the four Eye Shadow Duos, and two of the four Eye Kohls…
Dynamic Duo 3 won me over with its taupe and teal combo before I even tried it. Happily, it still had me after I swatched it. It’s a true taupe shimmer, meaning that it looks both purple and gray. I went back and forth over which one I thought it leaned more towards, before deciding it was a tie! And while the dark matte shade looks teal in the pan, it applies so dark that it almost looks emerald on. It makes a beautiful liner and a great compliment to the taupe. Nice pigment on both of these too.
Dynamic Duo 4 is a light pink with a slight shimmer and a matte black violet. I had trouble with both of these shades. I couldn’t get the pink to show up on my skin, no matter how many layers I applied. And the dark shade was definitely on the chalky side.
I find myself reaching for Eye Kohl’s a lot, with Teddy being my go-to shade for just about ANY look. They’re soft; but not too soft, and wear for a long time; but not so long that removal is difficult. Just a good, standard liner!
Heirloom is a metallic lavender grey, and I’ve found that I love using it on the lower lashes to accompany grey and purple looks. Hyacinth is a medium cobalt blue with a lighter blue sheen.
We got a sneak preview at all four of the Cremesheen Glasses. Private Screening is a milky and light peach nude. Star Quality is a bright pink coral that I knew would be mine from first swipe. Cinestyle is a light, creamy lavender that gives just a touch of milky coolness. First looking at it I thought it would be way too cool for me, but surprisingly, it worked for my warm skin tone in the same way a light nude would. How about that! Color Saturation is a bright berry with a hint of purple.
Lastly, here’s a look at all four of the lipsticks. The launch’s namesake, Reel Sexy, is a light and bright peachy coral with an amplified finish. This was pretty non-forgiving on me; streaky and settled into lip lines. Too bad, I really wanted it to work. Watch me Simmer was a hit in the Shop/Cook launch, and it still is. It’s a bright pink-tinged coral with an amplified finish. Coral fans, if you didn’t get a chance to scoop this up then, you surely should now. Heroine is a magenta purple with a matte finish. But I call this a “new matte”, it’s got a plusher feel and no dryness at all (I swear MAC has reformulated their mattes, and I like ’em!) Pink Popcorn is a sheerish purple tinged pink with a lustre finish.
Review Team, what did you think of the products? And readers, do you want to catch the show?
Zoom Lash mascara
Zoomblack – Rich black
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
Heirloom – highly metallicized greyed lavender
Hyacinth – Dirtied mid-tone blue
Resort – Deep amethyst plum
Smolder – Intense black
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
Vivid Effect – Vivid orange coral (creme)
In the Dark…Purple – Vivid violet (creme)
Screening Room – Bright mid-tone teal (creme)
Reel Sexy – Light bright coral (amplified)
Watch Me Simmer – Bight pink-orange (amplified)
Pink Popcorn – Lavender (lustre)
Heroine – Bright violet/purple (matte)
$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Private Screening – Mid-tone peach
Cinestyle – Mid-tone blue grey violet
Star Quality – Bright orange coral
Colour Saturation – Dark cool wine
$19 U.S./$22.50 CDN
Pro Palette Eye Shadow X2
Dynamic Duo 1 – Coral with yellow pearl (veluxe pearl) and Clean purple (matte)
Dynamic Duo 2 – Violet duochrome with pearl (frost) and Clean violet (matte)
Dynamic Duo 3 – Dirty-toned purple (veluxe pearl) and Teal blue (matte)
Dynamic Duo 4 – Mid-tone pink (satin) and Blackened violet (matte)
$27.50 U.S./$33 CDN
Pink Cult – Mid-tone dirty neutral pink (matte)
Magenta – Bright magenta (matte)
Lightscapade – Soft candlelit beige with multi-dimensional shimmer
$28 U.S./$33.50 CDN
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