For Corporate Climbers and Business Beauties, the MAC Office Hours Collection Puts in the Overtime

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup

mac office hours collection
Eyes: Pro Longwear Eyeshadows in Linger Softly and Bloom On; Cheeks: Pro Longwear Blushes in Eternal Sun and Baby Don’t Go; Lips: Pro Longwear Lipglass in Boundlessly Beige

Cubicle crusaders, overworked assistants and every other late-night office dweller logging in extra office hours every week, say it with me now!

We’re not gonna take it!

NO, we ain’t gonna take it!

We’re not gonna take it…ANYMORE!

We’re saying “No!” to wimpy wear time and makeup that malfunctions while we’re working overtime (which reminds me, anyone who says that working for a plus-size kitty supermodel is an easy gig obviously hasn’t done it before).

“No!” to the naysayers who say that it’s wrong to wear anything but bone or brown in the workplace.

“NO!” We demand delicious pops of pink, coral, plum and red to go with our office neutrals.

It’s time for our blushes, eyeshadows and glosses to work as hard as we do! Time for long-lasting makeup capable of keeping up with our busy schedules! Time for makeup able to log in just as much overtime as we do while still looking stylish!

Yes, the time has come for all of those tired, played-out pieces with weak wear time to step aside, and make room for the new 25-piece MAC Office Hours collection.

mac office hours collection

Starting with that first sip of coffee in the morning, all the way until your after-hours snack (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone about your secret chocolate stash), the MAC Office Hours Collection never goes home early. When it comes to wear time, this limited edition collection of MAC Pro Longwear products for lips, cheeks and eyes just plain shreds!

The MAC Pro Longwear products are still relatively new, but I feel like I’ve loved them forever. I mean, finding MAC Pro Longwear Concealer was almost a life-changing experience. Remember Styledriven from last fall? — with the Pro Longwear products for lips and eyes? Office Hours feels like an extension of that collection to me.

It’s office makeup, MAC-style. Okay, sure, the overall look has “super-wearable” stamped all over it, but MAC included just enough color to hint at the rebel that resides behind most button-down shirts, pinstriped suits and sensible shoes.

The color palette includes shades of nude, pink, peach, beige, red and rose for lips; ivory, rose, brown, camel, red, mauve, gray and blue for eyes; and coral, beige, pink, rose, brown and plum for cheeks.

Here’s a quick look at six of the pieces…

mac linger softly
Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Linger Softly

mac linger softly

mac bloom on
Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Bloom On

mac bloom on

mac baby dont go
Pro Longwear Blush in Baby Don’t Go

mac baby dont go

mac eternal sun
Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun

mac eternal sun

mac next fad boundlessly beige
Pro Longwear Lipgloss in Boundlessly Beige (left) and Next Fad (right)

mac next fad boundlessly beige

mac office hours swatches
Swatches from the left: Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Linger Softly and Bloom On; Pro Longwear Blush in Baby Don’t Go and Eternal Sun; and Pro Longwear Lipglass in Boundlessly Beige and Next Fad

mac office hours collection
Wearing Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Bloom On and Linger Softly on my eyes, Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun and Baby Don’t Go on my cheeks and Pro Longwear Lipglass in Next Fad on my lips

A few first impressions of the products…

  • Pro Longwear Eyeshadows in Linger Softly and Bloom On: I love how soft these feel and the finely milled powders, but I was expecting Linger Softly, which MAC describes as a lightly frosted grey-blue, to have more pigment and a shimmery finish… I think it looks more like a sheer satin on my skin, and Boom On is also very sheer.
  • Pro Longwear Blushes in Eternal Sun and Baby Don’t Go: Like the eyeshadows, both products feel buttery soft to the touch and have very fine grains. I have to use a couple of layers for these particular colors to show up on my NC42 skin.
  • Pro Longwear Lipglasses in Boundlessly Beige and Next Fad: Both of these are very, VERY sticky and thick. I wouldn’t call them among the most comfortable products I’ve ever worn, and my hair constantly gets caught in my lips… Sure do love the shine, though.

The entire MAC Office Hours Collection includes…

Pro Longwear Lipglasses ($19.50 U.S./$22.50 CDN)
Everlasting Nude: Mid-tone warm nude (cream)
Patience Please: Light pink-blue (cream)
Long Love Love: Light cool pink (cream)
Next Fad: Mid-tone cool pink (frost)
Persistent Peach: Light warm peach (cream)
Boundlessly Beige: Light warm beige with pearl (frost)
Driven By Love: Red-blue with slight pearl (cream)
Forever Rose: Mid-tone neutral rose (cream)

Pro Longwear Eyeshadow ($21 U.S./$25 CDN)
Every Ivory: Pale ivory
Bloom On: Light burnt rose
Always Sunny: Light yellow brown
Uninterrupted: Dark camel
Endless Passion: Mid-tone rose
More Amour: Mid-tone red
Mauveless: Dark dirty mauve
Fashion Fix: Dark cool slate grey
Linger Softly: Light frosted grey blue

Pro Longwear Blushes ($23.50 U.S./$28 CDN)
Stay By Me: Light peach coral
Baby Don’t Go: Light cool beige
Rosy Outlook: Light yellow pink
Stay Pretty: Light bright blue pink
Blush All Day: Light dirty rose beige
Whole Lotta Love: Light blue pink
Eternal Sun: Warm brown
Stubborn: Mid-tone rose plum

MAC Office Hours is available now at maccosmetics.com and arrives at North American MAC counters and stores on Thursday, September 13 (internationally later this month).

Hachiko: A Dog’s Story

I couldn’t find anything to watch on TV last night, so I browsed around on Netflix for a bit and came across a movie called Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen.

Dude! If I’d known what I was getting into…

The movie’s about a professor who adopts a stray Akita puppy named Hachi.

Okay, I thought it was gonna be a happy-go-lucky story about a man and his dog, but 15 minutes in I started getting the sense that I was in for a surprise.

I won’t give away too much in case you decide to watch it, but by end of the film, both El Hub and I were bawling! And I’ve actually cried a few more times since then just thinking about the movie.

HIGHLY recommended, especially for animal lovers. Just keep a box of tissues close…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Christina says:

    I love your face makeup the most here! What foundation/powder are you sporting today?

  2. OK, so the sheerness is not really my thing, but you look so pretty and fresh-faced with the pieces!

    I watched a bit of Hachiko. My mother INSISTED, and naturally I cried my eyes out. It’s jut toooooo sad :(

  3. Nina says:

    I havent purchased anything from this collection, and the other one that launched. Im going t try and stop by the store on Thurs to swatch and see what I want. I def want to see the taupe eyeshadow called Fashion Fix, I think.

  4. Phyrra says:

    That movie is so heartbreaking.
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  5. Ambi says:

    I’ve been to the Hachiko statue in Shibuya, funny that it it’s a film with Richard Gere.

  6. Crystal says:

    Oh boy if I try watching Hachiko I may lose it the picture above is enough.
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  7. melissa says:

    My cousin and I watched that movie a couple of weekends ago I cried myself to sleep and my cousing (who doesn’t cry) couldn’t even breathe. I hadnt cried that much with a movie since the boy in stripe pajamas :’(

  8. Telma says:

    Oh Noes! You really didn’t know? Hachiko is a famous dog, that movie is based in a real story!

    This is statue dedicated to the real Hachiko http://kawaiikakkoiisugoi.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/hachiko-statue.jpg

  9. The new layout looks amazing, Karen! Great job! And also now really curious to see that movie, but I’m not sure I want to as I’ve been SUPER sensitive when it comes to movies (and even commercials :P) lately. Not sure why lol.

    Also, I believe I was playing with these at the MAC counter a few nights ago (I’m pretty sure…) and I just know they felt super hard to me and were SO sheer, I couldn’t help but to be disappointed and have really started to think MAC has been losing its touch lately. It’s like they’ve traded quality for quantity–I can’t even count how many collections they come out with in a year, and it seems like I am more and more unimpressed with each passing one…:/ eeps!
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  10. Karen B says:

    Girl, I LOVE the new layout. Love that you got Tabs’ silhouette in there at the bottom :)

  11. Oh Hachiko. I cried and cried and cried practicaly the whole time I was watching that movie. Loved it though. <3 Hachi. And <3 Richard, ofcourse ;-)
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  12. Advah says:

    The colours in the pan look beautiful! I probably have very similar colours in my makeup stash that I’m just not wearing though, but sigh. Those soft nudes and blushes..

  13. Diana says:

    I watched Hachiko and cried as if it was my own dog that died.

  14. Bibi S says:

    I was SO SO SO SO excited about this collection, and now I’m equally disappointed…
    On another note: The new layout really looks amazing. It will make my daily perusal of your blog even more enjoyable! It’s really neat to see girls whose blogs I also read, commenting here.
    Keep up the excellent work,
    Bibi

  15. Lenita says:

    oh no, you didn’t know abuot this movie?! i still haven’t gotten the courage to watch it, cause i know it’s just gonna shatter me. it’s a true story i think, of a dog in japan (or is it korea?).

    errr, i’m not sure imma get anymore makeup this year after i splurge big time on a 150$ blush.

  16. Tennyoceres says:

    I’m big on eyeshadows for my work look. I drink way too much coffee and tea to justify lip gloss or lipstick transferring to my cups. I swatched the Office Hours collection at work and didn’t like it. Too pricey for work safe and sheer colors. I got the Little Beauty Books from E.L.F. that I have been totally werqing at work. It has almost the same payoff as the MAC Office Hours collection at a fraction of the price. 48 colors for $6! Holy bejeezus that’s a lot of color for $6! They’re in two books, Warm and Cool. Target just released an awesome python edition with a great cover.

    http://www.target.com/p/e-l-f-little-black-beauty-book-python-edition-warm-48-pc/-/A-14226555

    For some reason only the warm edition is available online.

    In other news: The new blog layout looks great! I wished you utilized a little more columns space for the articles since the font is bigger. But at least it’s readable!

  17. Kim says:

    OMG, Karen, as soon as I saw the “poster” for Hachiko, I was yelling (inside) “NO, KAREN! OMG, NO!” I haven’t seen it but my animal loving friend did and had the same reaction as you and El Hub. One sad animal movie is all I have room for (Black Beauty). My friend said it was very good, too. I was just forewarned that it would be a sob fest, so I passed. I’m sorry you didn’t have a head’s up before watching!

  18. Chelsea says:

    I haven’t seen this, but I know the story! I would be bawling! We saw Marley and Me at the cinema, and while I knew the story (read the book and loved it) I was bawling in the middle of the cinema.

    There was also some Netflix cartoon (that I can’t find the name of) but it was two animals who were best friends but were enemy species (I think one was a sheep and the other a lion or something?) and they run away together and get stuck in the snow, and the sheep offered to let the lion eat him and I was just bawling. I thought it was going to be a happy movie. It does have a happy ending, but still.

    • Chelsea says:

      Okay it was a goat and a wolf.

      Arashi no Yoru ni – One Stormy Night

      I just looked through pages and pages of the internet to try to figure it out because it was bugging me :p

  19. Joanna says:

    I love that movie..so touching.

  20. Alison says:

    Hmm, I do love long lasting make-up as I’m usually in my make-up for at least 12h a day but I’m not terribly taken by any of these colours. They’re a bit bland. My work is already bland enough. I want to wear bright zingy colours at work to lift my spirits whenever I walk past a mirror :)

  21. Barbara says:

    My 14-year old daughter read the book three years ago and said it was really good. She got the movie from the library and the whole family, even my stoic husband was crying!

  22. Linnea says:

    Haha its funny that you mention Hachiko.. the boy’s dad said it was one of the saddest movies ever. The story sounded super sweet though!

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