Ladies, it’s time to spring into action and show winter the door (so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye!). Next up, spring and summer.
I’ve already started planning some trips to take advantage of the season. Nothing big — maybe a day trip around the Bay Area and a weekend jaunt up to Lake Tahoe — and one thing I pride myself on when it comes to road trips is being the girl you can count on to bring the snacks, the upbeat music, the GPS (did I mention I have no sense of direction?) and the makeup. If we were road tripping together, most def’ I’d bring along something from the new MAC Art Supplies collection, as it’s one of the most road trip-friendly MAC releases I’ve seen in a long time.
For reference, I’m an NC 35. From left: Greasepaint Sticks in Greengrease, Zinc Zone, Slick Black, Dirty
Arriving April 1, the 24-piece bonanza bursts with great-looking on-the-go goodies in pencil and pen form. MAC had self-portraiture in mind when they envisioned the collection, a theme I can really get behind. Aren’t our faces, after all, the canvases upon which we express our own makeup art? Duuuude, that’s kinda poetic, methinks.
Greasepaint Sticks in Brown Now, Below Ground, Uniformly Blue
The fact that each item in the collection fits in a pocket is like icing on a cake. The Greasepaint Sticks ($17.50), Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners ($14.50) and Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers ($16) make it uber-easy to get ready in a rush.
Greasepaint Stick in Brown Now, Below Ground, Uniformly Blue
If you went ga-ga over the Greasepaint Sticks from the DSquared and Style Black collections (I know I did!), then you’re in luck. MAC brought ‘em back for a second round in eight new, limited-edition colors. LOVE how flexible these creamy pencils are. You can wear them as eyeshadows, liners or eyeshadow base. Imagine all the smokey eye looks waiting to break free from those adorable chubby pencils…
The colors are unexpectedly dark and edgy and don’t exactly sing spring, but hey it’s MAC, right? Breaking rules is what they do best.
How do these new Greasepaint Sticks compare to previous ones? As far as I can tell, in terms of texture and wear time, they behave exactly like the OG ones from DSquared and Style Black. While all are new colors, some of them look quite a bit like previous shades…
- Slick Black: Like a non-shimmery, true black version of Style Black Greasepaint (remember how it had just a touch of purple shimmer?)
- Uniformly Blue: I thought of B Greasepaint from DSquared when I first saw it; a little different, though, because it’s blacker and less blue.
- Charred Mauve: Brings back memories of V Greasepaint from DSquared, except darker, with more black than purple
Greasepaint Sticks in Charred Mauve, V, Uniformly Blue, B, Slick Black, Style Black Greasepaint
Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers
I’m also tickled pink over the Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers — literally. Their felt-tipped pens deposit a thin layer of pigmented liquid long-wearing stain that lasts for hours, and when I applied Stylesetter (a hot pink), the marker tip tickled my lips. I’m guessing it won’t happen to most people, though, because I’m pretty darn ticklish.
Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker in Stylesetter, A Classic, Purposefully Red, Modern Mocha
Something else I really like about these is how evenly the color adheres to my lips. You know how some stains darken certain parts of your pucker more than others? These don’t. They deliver an even, buildable coat of color (with a light vanilla taste and scent) that you can ramp up with more layers.
Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker in Point of View, Runway Ripened, Sunset
Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners
As for the Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners, Designer Purple (the shimmery violet with light purple glitter) and Petrol Blue (the shimmery bluish black with silver glitter) remind me a lot of past Pearlglide liners. Their silky smooth texture dries quickly, and once it sets, it stays set! Gals who live in hot or humid places might like having these around.
Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners in Designer Purple, Petrol Blue
The entire Art Supplies Collection includes…
- Greasepaint Sticks in Greengrease (a shimmery blackened forest green), Zinc Zone (a shimmery grayish black), Slick Black (a creamy true black), Dirty (a shimmery blackish taupe), Brown Now (a shimmery blackish burgundy), Uniformly Blue (a shimmery blackish dark blue) and Charred Mauve (a shimmery blackish violet), $17.50 each
- Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers in Full of Flare (a bright yellowish coral), Stylesetter (a hot pink), A Classic (a rosy red), Purposefully Red (a dirty reddish coral), Modern Mocha (a light brown), Point of View (a light neutral), Tomorrow’s Coral (a mid-tone bluish red), Runway Ripened (a reddish plum berry) and Sunset (a coral brown), $16 each
- Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Almost Noir (a dirty plum), Designer Purple (an iridescent violet), Petrol Blue (a deep navy), Undercurrent (a bluish teal), Industrial (a periwinkle gray) and Black Line (a true black), $14.50 each.
- Clear Lipglass, a clear gloss, $14
All in all, Art Supplies feels to me like a fun, albeit unusual spring collection. If you’re the kind of girl who likes portable makeup with a bit of an edge, you might want to check it out.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,