Blink and you’ll miss them….the latest MAC Collections seem to come and go with extraordinary speed lately. This is a very short post, to be honest, by the time I could do a thorough review of these products, they will be sold out. For now, I’m going to post a few pictures just to preserve these very (fleeting) collections.
First, MAC + Mickey Contractor, celebrating the talents of this famous Bollywood makeup designer, seemed to disappear almost the moment were posted. Fortunately, the eyeshadow quad (Athma $36) and the Fluidline eyeliner (Siahi $15) are back in stock for now.
The brick red Sur and sheer light Gana blushes ($18.50 each), sold out right away. They look quite similar to the Chanel Soho highlighter and blush palette so I wouldn’t feel too badly if you missed them. Generally, I liked the look of the Mickey Contractor Collection. I love a good collaboration. Plus, it has a very “neutrals with a kick” vibe that I really enjoy.
Second, MAC released Mega Metal Eyeshadows in Peacocky, a dizzying collection of mostly bright, saturated colors. These have extra big pans, sell for $19.50 each, and to my mind seem as soft as a Dior eyeshadow quint. Thanks to Karla Sugar’s comprehensive swatches, I was able to eliminate all but the three that I chose– The soft, light cream with a touch of peach Peek-at-You, the cream with a slight green cast Dalliance, and the deep taupe Unflappable.
I took just a moment to swatch these, and I do agree these are very soft, shimmery and nicely blendable textures:
Of these, Peek-At-You seemed the least pigmented. For example, I got more ooomph from my Chanel Lotus eyeshadow single with about the same amount of brush pressure (Chanel Lotus and Peek-At-You are very similar in color and, no, you don’t need both).
However, the pigment from Dalliance and Unflappable we remarkably creamy and easy to pick up on a brush. I thought that Dalliance might resemble and old, limited edition MAC eyeshadow called Relaxing, however, as it turns out Relaxing has much more green.
Unflappable was a deep, mauvey taupe that reminded me of last fall’s Chanel eyeshadow single in Taupe Grise. MAC’s Unflappable has more pigment that Chanel Taupe Grise–that is, it took a single brush stroke of MAC Dalliance to make the same level of darkness as a few of Chanel Taupe Grise, but this may not be desirable if you prefer to start out sheer and build. Here’s a comparison between MAC Unflappable, Chanel Taupe Grise, MAC Moth Brown, Chanel Vega, Chanel Safari and MAC Smoke and Diamonds:
Here’s another pictures (same lineup) taken indoors, rather than in sunshine:
Today, MAC’s running a free ship with any order (no minimum, no code needed). Having gone through all this rather quickly (sorry, a head cold and work deadlines have me busy with other things), I will say that my MAC budget is going to be pretty safe for the next several months, likely until May when Surfer Girl comes out. I can see myself skipping MAC Wonder Woman, nicely previewed here by Karlasugar.