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The MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection: Even If You Don’t Know the Show, the Swanky Red Lips Still Make This Picture a Party

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MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

The place: biology class, James Logan High School, Union City, California.

The time: the early 1990s…

Karen’s head pulsed as she thought about how far behind she was on memorizing her SAT vocabulary. “Seriously,” she said to Jen, “I would love to go, but I can’t. I have too much SAT stuff to get through.”

Jen crinkled the Snickers wrapper and tossed it at Karen. “Party pooper,” Jen said. “You’re gonna regret this someday. Mark my words.”

You’re probably right, Karen thought, agreeing to herself, even though she didn’t know anything at all about this Rocky Horror Picture Show business. What was it anyway? A movie? A play?

MAC Rocky Horror Collection boxes

Honestly, though, looking back on it now, truer words were never spoken. After all these years, I wish I’d said yes to Jen that night, and all of the third-wheeling and vegetable-throwing I later found out I’d missed.

On top of that, if I’d actually gone with Jen to see the show, I’d probably understand the references in the new MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection better, because right now…I don’t understand them at all.

Not one bit. :)

The limited edition 21-piece release of new and re-promoted products is available now online and coming to MAC stores and counters October 2 though October 30.

For someone totally unfamiliar with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, like yours truly, overlooking the fact that I don’t get any of the inside jokes, I still think the collection is worth checking out…even though, admittedly, it’s not moving me as much as MAC Brooke Shields does.

MAC Rocky Horror Lipstick in Strange Journey

Wearing MAC Lipstick in Strange Journey, from the new Rocky Horror Picture Show collection available now online

Along with some dramatic red lip colors, there’s also a really intense burgundy pigment (so pretty!), loose glitters, a palette of six cool-toned eyeshadows and a couple of Greasepaint Sticks, among other things, but none of those others stand out to me like the four red lipsticks. For me, the red lippies, particularly Strange Journey, the smooth matte yellowish red, with its 1940s pinup sensibilities (looks epic in pictures!), are the stars of this launch.

Back to the early ’90s…

Karen stood by her locker, her biology book and binder in hand, wondering if she had time to touch up her lipstick before her first class. She looked up at the clock in the hallway, realized that she was about 30 seconds from being late, and slammed her locker door.

One day, she thought, I will get my lipstick on before the bell rings, and on that day, angels will sing. She sprinted to class and slipped into her seat, just as the bell rang.

Her best friend Jen sat next to her. She peeled open a Snickers bar, broke it in two, and handed Karen the bigger piece. “Breakfast of champions,” Jen said.

“Thanks,” Karen said, as she took a bite. She fished her homework (“mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell!”) out of her binder, and watched her teacher, Mr. Greene, dressed in his usual uniform of a rumpled short-sleeve shirt and khakis, shuffle papers at the front of class. Crossing the room he almost tripped over his own feet. Someone please get that man some coffee, Karen thought.

She waited for Mr. Greene’s customary greeting. “Class,” he eventually said, “why don’t you spend five minutes double-checking your homework while I set up, yes?”

That was their cue to start chatting.

MAC Rocky Horror Collection packaging

Jen lightly tapped her pencil on the side of her desk and leaned in. “James Trejo asked me out this morning,” she said.

MAC Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff

Karen wrinkled her nose. “You mean James Trejo from drama class? Like on a date? Ew.”

“What do you mean, ‘Ew’?” Jen said, scratching at the fading screen print of Bart Simpson on her jeans. “He’s kind of cute.”

“He creeps me out,” Karen replied. “I’ve caught him staring at my neck a few times.” She paused. “It was odd. And why does he always wear vests?”

MAC Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Jen’s eyes went wide as she flashed her million-dollar smile. “He asked me to go to see Rocky Horror Picture Show with him on Saturday.”

Jen waited as if expecting a response.

MAC Rocky Horror Pigment and Glitters

Rocky Horror Pigment and Glitters

Eventually, Karen realized what Jen was asking. “Jen?” Karen said. “Nuh-uh. No, no, no.”

“Please?” Jen begged. “Please, please, please!”

MAC Rocky Horror Pigments and Glitters from the left: Pigment in It's Not Easy Having a Good Time, Glitter in Gold and Glitter in 3D ($23 each)

From the left: Pigment in It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time, Glitter in Gold and Glitter in 3D ($23 each)

Karen shook her head. “No way. Nope. You’re gonna have to find another chaperone. I’m not doing it again. Why don’t you ask Cindy?”

“I already did,” Jen said. “She’s going skiing this weekend.”

MAC Rocky Horror Lipsticks

Rocky Horror Lipsticks

“So,” Karen said, raising an eyebrow, “I’m your sloppy seconds?”

“Well…” Jen replied, “Look, all you have to do is come to dinner and the movie. Please? You know my parents won’t let me go out unless there’s someone responsible with me. I’d do it for you!”
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A Model of Elegant Versatility: The new MAC Brooke Shields Collection, Available Now

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MAC Brooke Shields Collection

Wearing the new MAC Brooke Shields collection, available now online, and coming to MAC stores and counters October 2, 2014

If you ever wished upon a star (or begged the tooth fairy in a note scrawled on pink Hello Kitty stationary) for a pair of Calvin Klein jeans in the early ’80s, chances are you remember the phenomenon that is/was Brooke Shields, the face of MAC’s latest collaborations.

As a kid in the ’80s, I was obsessed with Brooke’s long brown hair, in part because I was rocking the same short, feathered hairdo that most of my grownup uncles were wearing at the time.

Ugh!

I wanted Brooke’s long, flowing hair more than almost anything…except a Hello Kitty lunchbox.

MAC Brooke Shields Collection packaging

Eight of 14 pieces in the MAC Brooke Shields collection

If you weren’t around back then and never saw The Blue Lagoon, you may still recognize Brooke as the woman who elegantly poses on La-Z-Boy sofas (not gonna lie, I kind of want a teal one!) or shows off her Foster Grant sunglasses.

Homegirl seems to do a lot of endorsements, and a little bit of everything else. Among other things, she’s an actress, model (In 1980, at 14, she was the youngest fashion model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue), spokeswoman and purveyor of big brows.

And now, a MAC collaborator.

MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct


MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct


MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal


MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Brooke’s 14-piece limited edition collection (a mix of new shades and re-promotes, now available online) because, hello! — neutral eyeshadows.

There are so many in this release, but before you throw that suspicious side eye at me, hear me out. These neutrals are totally fun. Buttery golden browns, neutral golds, beiges and grays, that kind of thing. The collection also features some purply taupes, bronzes and olives, to turn things up if you want, and for cheeks and lips, we get soft corals and warm, orangey reds.

MAC Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished

Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished


MAC Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder in Scone

Bronzing Powder in Scone


MAC Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder in Scone

Bronzing Powder in Scone


MAC Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished

Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished


MAC Brooke Shields Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)

Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)


MAC Brooke Shields Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)

Lipglasses in Artful (left) and Knockout (right)


MAC Brooke Shields Lipsticks in Gospel (left) and Excite (right)

Lipsticks in Gospel (left) and Excite (right)

I think what we have here is definitely a mellower look for MAC, and it may not appeal to every MAC crowd. Those who hunger for the edgier collaborations with Rihanna/Lorde/[INSERT TRENDY MUSIC ARTIST HERE], might not be impressed. Like, if you want a new bold green eyeshadow to wear with your black pleather and whip on stage somewhere, or a matte black lipstick to go with your Katy Perry-style bra that shoots out string cheese, then you may not be into this.

But maybe you will.

Gosh, I love, LOVE this release. Many of the pieces feel timeless and easy to wear, with finishes and textures that makeup lovers of all ages could pull off — not a big surprise, considering that Brooke is 49.

OK, first though, sad panda face. :(

The 15-pan Gravitas palette sold out in like two seconds online. Yesterday afternoon, I chatted with a MAC rep online who said that as of now, there are no plans (that she knew of) to restock additional palettes on maccosmetics.com.

Honestly, I’m not surprised it disappeared so quickly, as it contains some of MAC’s bestselling neutrals, like Soft Brown, Shroom, Satin Taupe and Carbon, as well as many new shades, all for $85, which is dramatically less than the $160 MAC normally charges for its 15-pan palettes. If you still have your eye on this one, a call to your closest MAC counter might be in order. Perhaps you can ask an associate to contact you when the palette arrives. I might even consider calling in every day until the official October 2 launch date.

MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trust Instinct

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trust Instinct


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Metallic Mauve in the Machine! MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick and Lipglass Through the Ocular Sensors of Robot Karen (BEEP!)

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

Wearing the new MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

BEEP! BOOP! Identity: Robot Karen. BEEP! Program start. Execute command of beauty blog. BEEP! Temporarily commandeer MBB for afternoon. BOOP!

Beep, boop, BEEP!

All rogue programs will be deleted from memory. BEEP! Escape is prohibited.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

ROBOT KAREN!

According to my programming — BEEP-BOOP-BOOP-BEE-BOOP! — there is a revival of ’90s makeup underway.

Should you require assistance in finding a new frosty, pigmented lipstick and/or lip gloss — BOOP! — focus your ocular sensors on the nearest MAC counter to your proximity. BEEP!

The new MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick ($16 U.S./$19 CDN) and Lipglass ($15 U.S./$18 CDN) are approved for use by robots and humans seeking bold metallic looks. BEEP!

My lipstick-o-meter detects a strong ’90s vibe from warm mauve Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick and its silvery frost. BEEP! BOOP!

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

A top view of MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick closeup

Lipstick closeup

And my internal lipgloss spectrometer spikes when it analyzes the high glitter content in the cooler mauve Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass, with its reddish frost. BEEP!

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass closeup

Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipglass

Another view of MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II


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With MAC Matchmaster Concealer, Concealing Is Personal

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MAC Matchmaster Concealer

The new MAC Matchmaster Concealers, $21 each

Babe, if we could harness the technological power behind MAC’s new Matchmaster Concealers and direct it toward conquering the planet, we’d probably lock that ish down in half a day. Earth would be ours.

MAC Matchmaster Concealers from the left: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0

A look at eight of the 12 Matchmaster Concealers, from the left in 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0

Right when I swatched these shades, I didn’t think any of them would work well for me, because all of them seemed pretty peachy. I thought they’d look too jarring on my olive skin.

But then I started working shade 5.0 on to my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and shade 4.0 under my eyes. As I did so, they seemed to self-adjust to my skin…

Wearing MAC Master Concealer: Before and After

Before (left) and after (right). That’s shade 5.0 on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and shade 4.0 under my eyes

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The New MAC Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash Mascara, As Seen Through the Eyes of the Mascara Monster

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MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara in Superblack Lash

The new MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara in Superblack Lash ($17), coming September 4 to MAC counters and maccosmetics.com

“More!” the mascara monster roared. “I WANT MORE!”

She growled, baring her fangs, and her lips curled back. It was the deep, low growl that signaled danger was near. I steeled myself for her usual hissy fit.

“I know you want more,” I said, “but decent length, a good amount of separation and a jet-black carbon color are what you’ll get with MAC’s new Studio Sculpt Mascara in Superblack Lash.”

The mascara monster stomped her feet like a T. rex in four-inch Louboutins. “More!”

“Look,” I said, “it’s basically the same as the Sculpted Black Studio Sculpt Lash Mascara MAC released earlier this year, but richer and darker. Remember when I fed you Sculpted Black back in March? It was that one with the wand that looked like teeth…”

MAC Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

The mascara monster paused to consider this for a moment and then grunted, which I took for a “yes.” She appeared to relax somewhat, and then nodded, as if to say that she was ready to proceed.

“You liked that one just fine,” I said, “especially the brush’s teeth. You thought they made it super easy to separate your lashes, and you appreciated the lack of flaking and smudging, but, eventually, you grew dissatisfied, as you always do, and proceeded to grumble about craving more volume and better curl hold.

“This new Superblack Lash creates the same exact lash look. The separation and length are there, but it doesn’t add a ton of volume. Oh, and would you look at that? It’s more expensive. MAC raised the price a dollar from $16 to $17.”

MAC Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash mascara

Before and after yo!

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