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.

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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



MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows in Mortal

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal


MAC Brooke Shields: Wearing Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows in Mortal and Trusted Instinct on my eyes and Cream Colour Base in Cherished on my cheeks

Wearing Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows in Mortal and Trusted Instinct on my eyes and Cream Colour Base in Cherished on my cheeks

Gravitas? I’m still trying to track one down! I’m a woman on a mission, but I have taken the new Veluxe Pearl Eye Palettes in Trusted Instinct and Mortal out for a spin.

I think both are super pretty, with a soft, almost creamy quality that’s very Cle de Peau. They’re unusually easy to blend, and I love the glow they give to my lids (and how they don’t emphasize my fine lines).

MAC Brooke Shields Swatches from the left: Lipglass in Artful, Lipglass in Knockout, Lipstick in Gospel and Lipstick in Excite

From the left: Lipglass in Artful, Lipglass in Knockout, Lipstick in Gospel and Lipstick in Excite


MAC Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished

Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished

As for the Lipsticks, Lipglasses and Cream Color Base Duo, again, easy, with soft, dewy, fresh textures and finishes.

MAC Brooke Shields Lipstick in Gospel

Lipstick in Gospel


MAC Brooke Shields Lipstick in Excite

Lipstick in Excite


MAC Brooke Shields Lipglass in Knockout

Lipglass in Knockout


MAC Brooke Shields Lipglass in Artful

Lipglass in Artful

Of the pieces I’ve already tried, the only one I’m not feeling is Scone, the neutral tan Bronzing Powder, but I think that’s because of how sheer it is on my NC42 skin.

Yes, it’s also easy to blend, but I think paler princesses will probably have better luck with it.

MAC Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder in Scone

Bronzing Powder in Scone

Lastly, the limited edition gray and orange packaging: I’m on the fence. I like that it’s different…but the matte gray looks a little too “plastic” to me. It reminds me of children’s toys. I don’t know if it’s worth the price premium.

MAC Brooke Shields Collection Boxes

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I do love the makeup, though.

The MAC Brooke Shields collection includes…

Cremesheen Lipstick in Excite, a bright orangey red, $22 US/$26 CAD
Lustre Lipstick in Gospel, a sheer rich burgundy, $22 US/$26 CAD
Lipglass in Artful, a soft mid-tone coral, $22 US/$26 CAD
Lipglass in Knockout, a bright orangey-red, $22 US/$26 CAD
Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Trusted Instinct, $44 US/$53 CAD
Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Mortal, $44 US/$53 CAD
Brow Set in Clear, a colour-free gel, $17 US/$21 CAD
Veluxe Brow Liner in Brunette, a muted mid-tone gray, $20 US/$24 CAD
Opulash Optimum Black, an intense black mascara, $17 US/$20 CAD
Cream Colour Base Duo in Cherished, a bright coral pink and a soft burgundy rose, $31 US/$37 CAD
Bronzing Powder in Scone, a neutral tan, $27.50 US/$33 CAD
Nail Lacquer in Dignity, a soft coral with a cream finish, $17 US/$19.50 CAD
Nail Lacquer in Pricey, a deep burgundy with a cream finish$17 US/$19.50 CAD
Gravitas Eye Shadow Palette, $85 US/$102.00 CAD, which includes…

  • Pretty, a soft golden peachy beige (Satin)
  • Soft Brown, a soft golden peachy brown (Matte)
  • Expensive Pink, a pink with duochrome (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Clove, a mid-tone golden brown (Satin)
  • Satin Taupe, a taupe with silver shimmer (Frost)
  • Canter, a soft neutral gold (Frost)
  • Luscious, a neutral bronze (Frost)
  • Antiqued, an ash brown with bronze (Veluxe Pearl
  • Psyche, a shimmering golden olive (Frost)
  • Carbon, an intense black (Matte)
  • Shroom, a soft beige with shimmer (Satin)
  • Persuade, a mid-tone cool grayish brown (Matte)
  • Plummed, a shimmering dark plum (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Lofty, a cool blackened brown (Satin)
  • Pepper, a dark charcoal (Velvet)

What do you think? Inquiring minds want to know.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Nan says:

    I agree with your review and think you’re dead on — I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shadows of the Gravitas palette! Mine should arrive on Monday, and I’m excited to stock up on some ol’ faithfuls, along with interesting, new and wearable neutrals!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nan!

      Oh, lucky girl! I put one in my cart and waited too long to pull the trigger. I can’t wait for you to get the palette. You’ll have to tell me what you think.

      Seriously… never in my life have I been so excited to wear Soft Brown. 🙂

      Did you pick up anything else from the collection?

  2. Kuz says:

    It’s so great to see MAC’s softer, elegant side. Brooke is such a classy lady – very fitting collection! 🙂

  3. Agata says:

    I love this collection as well. I really want the Gravitas palette but $85…I think my hubby would kill me. Lol.
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  4. Karen, you look so gorgeous wearing this collection! The Gravitas set sounds like such a great deal, but I don’t think I’ll get it since I already have some of the shadows in the set, so it feels a bit redundant. The veluxe e/s sets though look beautiful!!
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  5. Kwmechelle says:

    I’ve been waiting for this collection to launch. While I love MAC’s edgy appeal & out of the box flair (hello Marge Simpson collection) I feel like this is such a mature release with classic, timeless pieces that everyone can wear. I think I’m one of only a few who don’t mind the packaging.

    I think its beauty is subtle & understated.

  6. Laarni says:

    YES for Brooke Shields! And I love that you wore an orange top for this collection. Hihi. I am eyeing Trusted Instinct!
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  7. Such a classic collection! Love the lip products from this collection.
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  8. May says:

    Dear God!!! I do not know where to start. Karen, I love ‘Gospel’ on you. As for the Gravitas Eye Shadow Palette, I can see why you are disappointed about not getting it. I really want it but $102 CAD I just do not know if it is worth it for me since I am a rookie when it comes to make up. Some part of me thinks maybe this will motivate me. If not the Gravitas palette which one would you recommend? I want to get out of my comfort zone which is very natural but I am a rocker/disco goddess on the inside.

  9. Bella says:

    I love the palette and your look, but I honestly just don’t need it. And I’m astounded by how horrid Brooke Shields looks in the campaign photo’s. I hope that those gaunt, unnaturally hollow cheeks are a combo of excessive contouring and bad photoshop rather than that my 80’s idol actually looks like that now!!

  10. I definitely want to check this one out for myself, it seems like there are a few gems in this collection.
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  11. Melanie says:

    I like the Trusted Instinct colors!

  12. Rachel Runyan says:

    I’m jonesing for the Gravitas palette. I like the bronzer, but don’t need it. I really like the color base duo. The rest of the collection doesn’t excite me, and the packaging is “meh.”

    It all looks great on you, but what doesn’t look great on you?

  13. Barbara B says:

    Want Trusted Instinct and Mortal AND Gravitas but my budget says no.
    You were really rocking the short-shorts in that link to the haircut girl!

  14. Kim says:

    Oh, it’s all lovely. And Brooke still looks amazing after all these years. What I remember most about her was her very full eyebrows. It became such a craze (and I’d never even thought about eyebrows before then). 🙂 I don’t mind the packaging but it’s a much more masculine look, to me. You see a lot of gray and orange in men’s grooming. Interesting choice.

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