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Shop ’til you drop! MAC’s new releases usually send me straight to the store, but their latest for spring, Shop MAC / Cook MAC, is giving me the strange urge to run to the… grocery store! Shop MAC and Cook MAC pay quirky homage to the most ordinary of chores in a way that turns humdrum into fun: a collection with a housewife theme (grocery shopping and cooking) featuring shades that “stay fashionable long after check-out.”
There is nothing everyday about colors like these, or the kitschy, colorful packaging, either. Each product is housed in a sort of double package, a regular MAC box with a colorful cardboard slipcover.
Kissable Lipcolour consists of five limited edition colors that come in a bright pink box that promises fun. We got a look at three of the shades, packed in long tubes (longer and skinnier than lipglass).
Enchantee is a cool, pale, opaque pink creme.
Scan-delicious is a bright berry red creme with opaque coverage.
I tested Woo Me, a flattering neutral nude that works well for daytime. Its little doe-footed sponge-tip applicator gives precise application of the creamy product, which walks the line between gloss and lipstick. There is really nothing glossy about it except the smoothness of the application. Once it glides into place, it’s a super-creamy, longwearing lipstick that’s chock full of pigment.
Shop MAC Lipstick includes six limited edition colors packaged in neon yellow boxes. We got a look at four of the shades.
Watch Me Simmer is a bright coral with a tinge of pink. It has an amplified finish. (And I’m in love with it ~Stef)
Dish It Up is a sheerish berry plum with a lustre finish.
I got to test two equally gorgeous bright pinks. First, Naughty Saute, a blue-toned Pepto Bismol pink that’s the color of the season for a good reason: it’s bright and cheerful and looks good even on a warmer-toned complexion like mine. Naughty is a glossy cremesheen and goes on like a dream. I love it so much, I’m afraid I won’t be able to track down another tube because it’s sold out everywhere.
Next, Quick Sizzle, a bright matte blue-toned hot pink (almost a fuchsia) that also flew off the shelves at my local MAC counters. Bolder and more dramatic than Naughty Saute, it has an amazingly creamy texture for a matte lipstick, and, like all of MAC’s matte shades, wears for hours without budging.
Okay, we’re done SHOPping for now, and it’s time for the COOKing portion of this release.
Tendertones have appeared in several of MAC’s limited edition releases, but this is the first time I got to try them. I now understand what all the hoopla is about. Billed as a “next generation lip conditioner” and it really is! Even the box is extra-cute, featuring a pink and white checked cardboard slipcover that reminds me of a Barbie Dream House tablecloth. Inside, little glass tubs of… balm? Or is it gloss? It’s somehow both, and I don’t know how I lived without it! This gourmet glamour creation comes in four shades, and we got to see all of them.
Hot ‘n’ Saucy is sheer red. Convinced you can’t wear red? You CAN wear this!
Hush, Hush is a peachy beige with gold pearl. It’s super sheer, and just leaves a slight golden sheen behind.
I got two shades. First up is try Purring,the sunniest sheer tangerine. Bright in the jar, it adds just a hint of orange glow to my lips.
I also received Tread Gently, which looks pale gold green in the tub but goes on like a golden, shimmery glaze. It’s gorgeous layered over lipstick, but I like it best over bare lips.
Tendertone has a velvety texture and moisturizing formula for deep lip conditioning. Features a light strawberry-kiwi flavor and SPF 12 sun protection, too.
My one minor gripe is the jar itself. I don’t like risking contamination by dipping my fingers into the balm, but I can overlook this when the product itself is so nice.
I’m no housewife, but Shop MAC, Cook MAC could bring out the domestic goddess in anyone. Push your shopping cart to the MAC counter soon. These savoury shades for lips are going fast!
Ok, who’s going shopping? And what looks will you be cooking up?
Innocence, Beware! – Light yellow pink (cremesheen)
Naughty Sauté – Bright pepto pink (cremesheen)
Watch Me Simmer – Bright pink-orange (amplified)
Quick Sizzle – Bright pink (matte)
Dish It Up Berry pink (lustre)
Runaway Red – Rich red-blue (satin)
$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Flaunting It – Grey mauve
So Vain Muted – dirty coral
Scan-delicious – Blue fuchsia
Woo Me – Light pinky nude
Enchantée – Light blue pink
$19.00 U.S./$22.50 CDN
Tendertone Lip Balm spf 12
Hush, Hush -Sheer gold with yellow gold pearl
Purring – Sheer tangerine with pearl
Hot ‘n’ Saucy – Soft cherry red
Tread Gently – Soft lime green with yellow pearl
$15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN
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