Typically, MAC releases a shimmery neutral collection around the first of every year (always a treat). 2016 brings the MAC Faerie Whispers Collection, a lovely little cache of easy-to-wear colors that brings a little glow to the winter months. This doesn’t seem to be selling out very quickly, so there seems to be time for your to pick something up if anything catches your eye.
For me, the best part of the collection is the foiled eyeshadows ($20 each). These are not as finely milled as other shimmery high end shadows (including Tom Ford’s Nude Dip)(reviewed here), but they do have a generous size and a really flattering sheen that melds to the skin without overly-emphasizing creases on the lid.
These are pretty, pretty, pretty. The formula is very soft and pigmented, and the colors blend together beautifully. This time around, I ordered the light champagne gold Fairy Land, the copper Joy Toy, and the brown-red Faerie Fayre. I’m really tempted to add a few more–they’re that good. I can see having several in my top drawer to add a little polish and glow to those early winter mornings.
I wish that I had skipped the two blushes in the collection, Spellbinder and Cheek Pollen ($22 each). Both apply well and have a nice sheen, but neither seems unique enough to me to justify the purchase.
Spellbinder is a soft, light pink-coral that has a touch of a sheen. It’s lighter and not as shimmery as NARS Orgasm. Although I didn’t find a direct duplicate for it in my stash, there are several that were close enough. Spellbinder is a very light-toned blush, so if you are looking for a pop of color above a contour shade, then Spellbinder might be worth a look. However, check your stash carefully because similar colors are common throughout the beauty world.
Cheek Pollen is a soft brown shade with a slight gold sheen. It’s quite pretty, and looks good as a neutral blush. I think that Givenchy’s Ambre Croisere ($51) has a better shimmery/glowy bronze tone. Nonetheless, Cheek Pollen does a nice job coordinating with the rest of the neutral shades in this collection. It just doesn’t seem to add much in the way of uniqueness to MAC’s already-extensive blush line.
At present, I’ve passed on the lip products from this collection seeing nothing that I cannot live without (given that my collection of lip products is already large). Of course, Temptalia has done her usual amazing job with those (here and here), so I’ll refer you to her expertise on these.
Overall, I know I’m going to enjoy these choices very much over the coming months. Although I’m hovering over the “buy” button for a few more of these eyeshadows, these choices (sans the blushes) could carry me for several weeks for an everyday run-to-work look using neutral blushes and lipsticks already in my collection. I highly recommend the eyeshadows. If you would like a glowy finishing powder, Sparkling Rose is perfect for the fair-skinned (warm or cool).