Let MAC Art Supply the Makeup for Your Next Trip

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Ladies, it’s time to spring into action and show winter the door (so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye!). Next up, spring and summer. πŸ™‚


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. πŸ™‚

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

Greasepaint Sticks

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. πŸ™‚

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,



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  1. Marce says:

    These are niiice! I might get a lipstain and a GPS. (The makeup type, obviously). I liked Below Ground, Stylesetter and Runway Ripened, but I’ll wait and see these in person..maybe next year, LOL! Spring Forecast hasn’t arrived here yet, can you believe that?
    Anyways, have a nice weekend! πŸ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… EOTN – Sparkly Golden Black + Tagged! =-.

  2. julie says:

    I’m not sure what to do with grease paints but these colors are wicked! Will you do a video of possibilities, Karen, yes? yes?
    Anyhoo, I AM looking forward to the pearlglides. I LOVE my Black Russian and Molasses ones and I do have Fly by Blue but have not worn it as much as I should! Petrol Blue is calling out to me!

  3. Rebecca says:

    *_* I love *all* of them! I’m so excited for the new Pearlglide liners ^_^ Designer Purple looks so fun!
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… The triumphant return of SWATCHES! =-.

  4. Elle says:

    “Will you do a video of possibilities, Karen, yes? yes?”

    I second that πŸ™‚ Pretty please! I have one from Style Black and one from DSquared and I haven’t quite figured them out yet…

  5. ZDubb says:

    Ooh Pro Longwear Lip Stain in Stylesetter looks like the choice for me! I’m trying to do more colors and really get in the spring spirit.
    .-= ZDubb’s last blog post… IÒ€ℒm Late. =-.

  6. Shannon says:

    I am with Julie… I don’t really understand what you use the greasepaints for (liner, shadow)? But they look so pretty and I am really tempted to jump on the bandwagen this time around… Karen I do hope you show us some looks soon! Thanks for the swatches & photos!

  7. shivotra says:

    You have no idea how much i dig this collection. LUST.
    .-= shivotra’s last blog post… Buffy the backside slayer = LOVE =-.

  8. Christy says:

    I want all of the greasepaint sticks! So pretty! Perhaps a few liners and a lipmarker too.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… FOTD: Loads of Green & Happy St. Patrick’s Day =-.

  9. Babybubblz says:

    I have the same problem with the lip stains, this looks great! Thanks for the swatches

  10. Catherine says:

    Oooh, how’s the wear on the Greasepaint Sticks? I’m lusting after Below Ground!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… First Konad NOTW! Purple on purple. πŸ˜€ =-.

  11. amy says:

    I want to green greasepaint stick and the pure black one. Can’t wait to see the lipstains swatch on your lips. They look delicious and juicy and it reminds me of fruit punch.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Lavender, Violet and Burgundy Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette Curiouser, Wonderland and Queen =-.

  12. Karen B says:

    Looks lovely and indeed a bit unusual for spring but I like MAC that way πŸ™‚ I could see some of those paintsticks and stains in my daily routine…
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Lacey Brown =-.

  13. Rica says:

    I want all the greasepaint!!! But I know that’s impossible and it will hurt my wallet… like big time. So need to pick out the right colours. But which? I think I like Dirty the most (ok, that sounded wrong).

    I also love lipstains. But I was thinking that we might not be able try it in store, because it’s not sanitary. Even if we can, there’s no way I can try on another colour right after because, you know, it stains!
    .-= Rica’s last blog post… FOTD with minerals… =-.

  14. Ohhh, I’ve got my eye on Greengrease, Below Ground and Slick Black! Perhaps more when I see them in person. I think a few pearlglides too and maybe try out one of those lip makers.
    .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… China Glaze Joy =-.

  15. Shadowy Lady says:

    I cannot freakin wait for this collex. Thanks for the lovely swatches Karen. I my dream wishlist: ALL GPS, lol!
    .-= Shadowy Lady’s last blog post… Steel Blue =-.

  16. Donna Vitan says:

    Cool, I hope they last long!
    .-= Donna Vitan’s last blog post… My glasscase kicks your glasscaseÒ€ℒs ass =-.

  17. Sylvie says:

    Thanks for comparing the new greasepaint sticks with the older ones. That just allowed me to cross 3 items off my list πŸ™‚

  18. Meghan says:

    very nice! i’m def picking up the style setter lipstain and the designer purple liner!

  19. bisbee says:

    I’m waiting for those Lip Markers…if they are LE, I may have to get backups too!

  20. Nina says:

    I have my eyes on the Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers … I like the idea of it and the colors are very flattering on almost all skin tones!!!

  21. Toni says:

    Gorgeous colors! I am totally wanting the Pearlglide eyeliners and the lip stains. I also want the greasepaint sticks in V, B, and Uniformly Blue. Thanks for sharing the swatches! Can’t wait to see these at the counters!

  22. Tracy says:

    I am so excited about this collection! I can hardly wait. We’ll be on holidays at that time, but I’ll definitely be stopping by a MAC counter to buy most of it!
    .-= Tracy’s last blog post… Product I Don’t Know How I Lived Without =-.

  23. nadine says:

    Thanks for the swatches and review. I missed out on all the gps in the last collections. I won’t miss out again. I want them all and the liners. Not sure what lipstains would look good on nc50 complexion. Any advice?

  24. Stephanie says:

    So I LOVE lipstains and I am on the hunt for the perfect one, lol! Right now I am using the Cover Girl version, but they just don’t last long. Not on the lips but as fars as they dry out in like a month. Have you tried the Cover Girl ones, and how do they compair to MAC. From your swatches I am drooling, lol.

  25. Lindsay says:

    Tabs is too funny! Can’t wait for this collection to come out!
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Get your shop on =-.

  26. Isabel says:

    I usually try not to get caught up in all the MAC hype (don’t hurt me..) but I think I might run out and pick up a Greasepaint Stick in Dirty. I loved the look you did with the greasepaint stick from the Style Black collection layered with Young Punk. Although some MUA reviewers say that the formula doesn’t blend easily.. hm, decisions, decisions.

    • Karen says:

      Hmm, I think one trick is to work with it quickly. I’ve found that once the Greasepaints are dry they don’t move… but when they’re still “wet” they blend fairly easily.

  27. Sarahc says:

    These are a surprise color palette with spring already here, but I like all of the pigmentation. Don’t the prices seem lower than usual for Mac prices or is that just me??

  28. Frances says:

    I am so excited about this collection!!! I will be at my MAC counter on April 1 to get these!

  29. Scientific Housewife says:

    The colors are great. I might have to check those out!

  30. lexi says:

    Hi Karen,
    I am hoping you can respond to this comment. I LOVE the look of the Dirty greasestick but how do you think it compares to Benefits’ Birthday Suit. Yes, different uses I know but I would probably use Dirty as an e/s base and if it’s very similar to Birthday Suit I may just pass!

  31. Tara Brooke says:

    Colors are gorgeous! I love the dark colors for the smoky effect and it won’t wear off easily, that’s whats important. I also love the lipstain markers, sexy long lasting effect! Thanks for sharing the collection!

  32. Kelsey says:

    Deeefinitely need to check this stuff out. I’m really interested in the lipstain markers and the greasepaint sticks..
    .-= Kelsey’s last blog post… Calling All Bloggers AND Vloggers! =-.

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