Hey lovelies! I’m back on my beauty grind in a big way. MAC Cosmetics has already had some major launches in 2017 and I’m going to give you as many details, including swatches and first impressions, as I can because I know it gets overwhelming when you want everything.
Release date: February 9th in select MAC stores and online
“Canadian pop powerhouse Kiesza has dazzled countless dance floors. Now, the singer-songwriter introduces her newest instant hit: a collaboration with MAC! Strut into the supernova sensibilities of her signature Lipstick, Vamplify, Liquidlast Liner and Big Brow Pencil shades.”
Lipstick – Dearly Beloved, described as a warm soft brown (matte finish) $17 USD/$21 CAD
Vamplify – Thunder Kiss, described as a deep chocolate $21 USD/$24 CAD
Big Brow Pencil – Cork, described as ‘red head’ $21 USD/$25 CAD
LiquidLast Liner – Point Black, a true black $21 USD/$24 CAD
I tried the Vamplify and LiquidLast Liner (c/o), and they did not disappoint. The Vamplify formula is one of my favorite gloss formulas (hydrating and not sticky), and Thunder Kiss is pretty true to its description as a deep chocolate. It looks really good on warm skin tones in my opinion. The LiquidLast Liner is actually from MAC’s permanent line, but I highly recommend it if you need a waterproof black liquid liner. The staying power is incredible (a little too incredible sometimes), and the applicator is easy to use if you’re okay with liquid liner.
Prep + Prime Essential Oils
MAC’s Prep + Prime Essential Oils are back, and this time they’re permanent. I missed out on them a while back, but I’m really glad I got to try the Prep + Prime Essential Oils in Grapefruit & Chamomile (c/o).
The essential oils are supposed to be hydrating, clarifying, and improve radiance. I can definitely say that they are hydrating and give you a more radiant look without being too oily, which was one of my concerns about the collection. It looks great under foundation or something light like a BB/CC cream, giving you the perfect dewy look. You can also use it by itself after cleansing. The grapefruit and chamomile scent is really nice without being overpowering – it definitely makes mornings a little easier.
The collection is currently available online at MAC Cosmetics and in all stores, and each product is $27 USD/$33 CAD.
Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
The Retro Matte formula is an old favorite brought back to life with new colors. This year’s collection has neutrals for every skin tone, plus a few wild cards. These are also part of the permanent collection, which is great because with the liquid suede formula, you’ll slowly want to add all 12 shades to your personal makeup stash.
These four shades are staples for me. Burnt Spice is a “creamy dirty rose” which is pretty accurate, although it looks a lot more peachy on my NC 42 skin. It’s a really nice peach toned nude when paired with the right lip liner. Carnivorous is a blackened red, and it’s the perfect deep red for me. It’s gorgeous and I feel like it will flatter all skin tones. Chocotease is exactly what it sounds like, a warm chocolate brown. It’s super rich so keep that in mind if you tend to stay away from dark colors. So Me is described as a greyed plum, but it’s more of a true mauve for me (although it sounds like those are essentially the same). You can make it look more pink depending on what lip liner you use as well.
Here’s what So Me (left) and Burnt Spice (right) look like on me:
Each shade retails for $21 USD/$25 CAD and is available both online at MAC Cosmetics and in stores.
Make-Up Art Cosmetics
Last but not least, MAC teamed up with Diane Kendal, James Kaliardos, and Kabuki to create runway inspired collections. The collection is only available until February 16th, so if you see anything you like, make sure you pick it up soon online or in stores.
This collection is full of hidden gems. Sometimes when you think of runway makeup, you wonder how in the world you’ll ever pull it off in real life. Everything watched above is 100% appropriate for my daily life. The Kabuki Magic Retro Matte Lipcolour is a really nice berry color, which is definitely a popular shade. I’ve been obsessed with eye kajal since I went to India in 2013, so these Diane Kendal Kajal Crayons are everything. They are super pigmented but I haven’t worn them long enough to tell whether or not they’re smudge proof. So long to the days of irritating my contacts trying to line my waterline!
The James Kaliardos Stratagloss Lipglass is the Vamplify’s gorgeous shimmery sister. The formula is great and the tricolor concept is really cool.
Okay, SO…now that I’ve shared my MAC picks, what do you plan on picking up?