Roses are red, violets are blue; the MAC A Rose Romance collection arrived today, what say you?
At first I wasn’t sure I would dig it, but after previewing a few items last week and checking out the full collection today, I’m a fan.
Beauty Powder in Summer Rose
Beauty Powder in Blush Of Youth
If you wear cool tones well, you’ll probably find a lot to like in this collection of lip, eye and cheek makeup (with some face, nail and perfume products thrown in for good measure!).
Gel Blush in Just a Pinch
Violet dominates the color palette, but MAC sprinkled in some pinks, plums and reds — along with a dash of light blue and silver — to spice things up.
See Thru Lip Colours in Tender Tryst, Loving Touch, Secret Crush
Lipglasses in Magnetique, Steal My Heart, Virgin Kiss
Lipsticks in A Rose Romance, Odyssey, Way to Love
The A Rose Romance palette exudes a moodiness that feels totally different from last month’s lighthearted Sugarsweet pastels. These shades give off a vibe that’s both beautiful and tragic at the same time, kinda like bittersweet Jeff Buckley love songs or three-legged dogs playing fetch in the park.
In terms of finish, sheer rules this collection. The Beauty Powders, Lipsticks and Lipglasses apply with a transparency and dewiness reminiscent of wet flower petals on the sidewalk after a spring rain.
There are a few great products that I haven’t seen before, and some are totally worth hoarding, along with other items worth a closer look.
Shadowy Lady Eyeshadow
Of Summer Eyeshadow
Creme de Violet Eyeshadow
Et Tu, Bouquet? Eyeshadow
Just a Pinch Gel Blush ($20) is one item I plan to stock pile. This rosy blush applies with deep pigmentation, yet it’s still easy to apply and blend. I’m guessing that this one’s going to sell out fairly quickly.
The See Thru Lip Colours ($14 each) also stood out. These lip stains create no-fuss color and last for hours. Sometimes I feel like gloss and lipstick can look very heavy on the lips, so when I want a lighter, more natural look, the Sheer Lip Colours will fit the bill nicely.
Last but not least is Fix+ Rose spray ($17). I picked up this makeup setting spray for the face today, and my makeup sixth sense can already tell it’s going to be a winner. It smells liked crushed rose petals and feels hydrating on my skin. Oh so lurvely!
Circa Plum Pigment
As for the rest of the collection, I also really like Circa Plum Pigment ($20) and Of Summer eyeshadow ($15) (two purples that apply and blend with ease), Love & Friendship Nail Lacquer ($11) (a creamy, opaque violet polish that doesn’t streak), and Creations Hue in Dejarose ($22) (a perfume with tea rose notes and a soft patchouli dry down).
Splashproof Mascara in Black
Creations Hue in Dejarose
Love & Friendship Nail Lacquer
A Rose Romance
Top: Splashproof Mascara in Black; Second row from left to right: Blush of Youth Beauty Powder, Summer Rose Beauty Powder, Circa Plum Pigment, Mutiny Pigment
From left to right: Creme de Violet, Et Tu Bouquet, Of Summer, Shadowy Lady, Silverthorn Eyeshadows
From left to right: A Rose Romance, Odyssey, Way to Love Lipsticks
From left to right: Loving Touch, Secret Crush, Tender Tryst See Thru Lip Colours
From left to right: Magnetique, Steal My Heart, Virgin Kiss Lipglasses
Love & Friendship Nail Lacquer
A Rose Romance has a few neat things I’ve never seen before, along with some stand-out purple products.
Bust out the credit card for…
- Just a Pinch Gel Blush
- Fix+ Rose
- Love & Friendship Nail Polish
- All three See Thru Lip Colors
- Of Summer Eyeshadow
- Circa Plum Pigment
On the “maybe” list but still worth checking out…
- Mutiny Pigment
- Both of the Beauty Powders
- Shadowy Lady, Silverthorn eyeshadow, Creme de Violet and the Et Tu Bouquet eyeshadows
- Splashproof Mascara
Unless you’re a hard core MAC collector, pass on the…
You might like the A Rose Romance collection if…
- …you look great in violet shades,
- …you have a cooler skin tone,
- …you prefer sheer lip and cheek makeup.
Hey, gals! Sorry for the late post. Do you ever have those days when it seems like it takes forever to get anything done? I’ve been having one of those today. I spent half the day puttering around (skipped school) and the other half watching Lifetime movies on TV. It was relaxing but not very productive at all.
Anyway, what’s going on with you? Did you have a good day today?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,