Philip Treacy x Mac

Legendary milliner Philip Treacy is branching out into makeup with this latest collaboration with Mac:

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I love it when Mac collaborators actually use colour, and this 12 piece collection looks like it will deliver futuristic, out-of-this-world colour.

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Three great lipstick colours, pressed pigments and the most exciting part: the sea green and blue fluidline gel liners. Its a relief to see a collection that is different from Mac’s already huge range. Often Mac will release a collaboration and it is exactly the same as so many of Mac’s regular products, but in fancy limited edition packaging.  But I predict this line will sell out in minutes.

Philip Treacy x Mac is out in April.

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Mac Cinderella Collection

Mac is releasing their Cinderella collection to coincide with the movie release in March.

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It will consist of:

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Two lipsticks. The more pinky nude is Royal Ball and the browner nude is Free as a Butterfly.

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Two lipglasses in Happily Ever After and Glass Slipper (almost identical, right?)

One eyeshadow palette:

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Two ‘Eye Glosses’ in Lightly Tauped and Pearl Varnish

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This is a new type of product, one that I haven’t seen from Mac before. It seems to be one of those sheer ultra glossy cream eyeshadows.

There’s also a line of Fluidline gel liners in two different colours: Little Black Bow and Macrviolet

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There are two gorgeous looking powder highlighter in Coupe D’Chic and Mystery Princess

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Three pressed pigments (although one is actually glitter!) in Reflects Pearl, Evil Stepmother and Pretty It Up:

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The Olive pigment seems a bit incongruous with the rest of the collection but hey, its Mac.

There’s also a mascara and two brushes (boring)

I have to say this is the nicest collection to come out of Mac in a while. The movie doesn’t seem like much to get excited about (Its certainly no ‘Into The Woods’) but at least the makeup is cute. I wonder if any of the normal public will be able to get hold of any of the products before the sell out.

Mac: An Unrequited Love story

I love Mac, I do. It has been my favourite beauty brand for years. I love their products, their range of colour and I especially love that all their Viva Glam proceeds go towards supporting sufferers of HIV and AIDS. 

But recently I have started to see the cracks appearing in our relationship. It’s started gradually, over the past couple of years the Limited Editions have been getting worse and worse, and more and more disappointing. I wasn’t excited about a single collection until the Alluring Aquatic’s collection earlier this year. Finally something worth getting excited about and parting with my money for.

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Unfortunately, like all Mac Limited Editions, this sold out within hours online and left only a few pieces in store. Having just started out as a Beauty Blogger, I am not exactly rich. And my pay day wasn’t till two weeks after the collection came out, by which time everything was gone. The only collection I’ve liked in two years and I missed it. 

Their next collection is the Osbournes collection with two different ranges, Kelly and Sharon. 

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Despite having no opinion on the Osbournes, I did like the look of Kelly’s line so when it was released I hopped on the internet as quickly as I could and…all sold out. I’m at home all day, and I couldn’t get there quick enough! Imagine people who work in offices or nurses working 12 and a half hours without a break. They don’t stand a chance, and why should people who work hard and have to live Pay Day to Pay Day be denied makeup?

These Limited Editions are creating an atmosphere of elitism around makeup, and that is not what makeup is about. Anyone should be able to buy this middle range brand’s products, not just those with the quickest internet connections and instant disposable income. It’s just makeup, after all. 

So please Mac, for the people that love you, look out for all your customers. Don’t make buying your products a competitive sport. We all deserve lipstick. And while you are at it, hire more staff for your stores, especially the busy ones, so loyal customers don’t have to queue for twenty minutes just to ask a question. 

I have such a dysfunctional relationship with Mac. They know whatever they do I’ll always keep coming back. But am I the only one who’s sick of it?  

Let me know how you feel, dolls. Maybe together we can make a change. 

Spring Trend: Coloured Liners

As seen in my last post, this season is all about colours. The brighter the better. One trend that was all over the faces at the various fashion weeks was coloured eye liners. Yes, really. Apparently the early naughties are back. But there are ways to do it that can actually look quite chic (cringe at the word chic).

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The top picture is actually an eyeshadow – Tangerine Dream by Mac – used as a liner with a liner brush. The bottom is from Spanish Fashion Week but the liner isn’t named.

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A couple more from Fashion Week. The top is from Paris Fashion week and the bottom is from the Kenzo show. Again both Mac, both unnamed liners. However I suspect that the bottom one is the mac Fluidline gel liner in Waveline.

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Fluidline is a great gel liner, Blacktrack being one of my every day staples. These are some of the more adventurous colours they do. As you can see some are already sold out due to the popularity of this trend. But Mac aren’t the only people who do great liners in fantastical colours.

For my american readers, check out Lime Crime Makeup. They are a 100% vegan and cruelty free makeup company that specialise in the big and bold. Here are some of their looks that I just love.

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The orange liner used here is called 6th Element. I absolutely adore this orange. And you don’t need to just be limited to using it as a liner. You can use it as eyeshadow or a secondary liner as shown in this look.

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This Blue Milk liner is to die. The top pictorial is from @jennhunny83 and the bottom picture is of @priscillaono who is the absolute don of makeup artistry. Her Ono beauty classes in LA are the best in the game and her regular clients include Amber Rose and Iggy Azalea. She loves a bright colourful eye and this liner looks great with blue hair.

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This white liner look by @ashleyswagnerxo is using Lime Crime’s Lunar Sea liner. This look also fits in with the white eye shadow trend I wrote about earlier this year. It’s fresh and cute and simple. Exactly what we need for spring.

For my UK readers, you can buy Lime Crime cosmetics from UK stockist cocktailcosmetics.co.uk or you can visit the Lime Crime website (limecrime.com) and pay the shipping costs and tax.

But if you want something you can get hold of here, Urban Decay have always had a great stock of coloured liners. My favourite Kohl liner I’ve ever used is Urban Decay’s jet black liner in Perversion. It is the blackest black and it never runs or bleeds. You can get a pack of 6 Urban Decay Kohl liners on beautybay.com right now for £18.20. Click here.

All in all I think this is a really fun trend and I can’t wait to try it.