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Oh, heavens! Look at those naughty names… Spank Me, Beg For It and Think Kink? And those are just the tip of the S&M iceberg, haha. I think it’s safe to say that the new MAC Dark Desires collection was inspired by some sort of 50 Shades of Grey type situation.
But I’m thinking that this collection is going to make a different kind of fantasy come true — one of my makeup fantasies — which is to be able to draw winged liner and not have it take half a day!
OK…so maybe half a day is exaggerating (barely), but you know what though?! It feels that way sometimes, especially when I’m deep in it, and I’ve been sitting there futzing with the angles for 20 minutes.
I know you feel my pain!
There’s a reason for that saying about winged liner being the reason why everyone’s always late (why can’t I remember that saying??).
MAC Dark Desires promises to upgrade your winged liner life with a new product line called The Well Eye Shadows ($20).
They aren’t ringing any bells for me, so I think these are brand-spankin’ new.
Designed from the start to be applied wet or dry, these super soft, pigmented powder products are dual-purpose. You can use them as eyeshadows and/or eyeliners.
The little packages are slimmer than MAC’s regular eyeshadows, and check this out: each one has a divot, or “a well,” right in the middle of the pan.
The idea is that you’re supposed to wet your brush, then swirl it around in the divot, then apply the wet powder to your lids.
So The Well Eye Shadows? For winged liner, big paws up from me. Compared to gel or liquid liner, I think these are easier to control when wet, and when I use them I spend way less time fixing my mistakes.
I dunno… I just feel like I have more leeway with them than I do with gel or liquid liner.
Liquid liners are usually runny and very pigmented, so you have to be absolutely on point with your placement; otherwise, you get liner in your crease (boo!).
Gel liners are also usually very pigmented, and usually more forgiving than liquids because of their thicker formula, but they can still be tricky and easy to over-apply. Sometimes they’ll end up looking really thick and start flaking.
But I can build out my lines more slowly with these wet powder liners, much like gel liners, except that The Well shadows don’t look as heavy if you accidentally over-apply them, and they don’t lift off or flake.
They also set pretty quickly, and so therefore don’t transfer up into my crease, which is one of my BIGGEST liner pet peeves.
Basically, as liner, I think these rock (I go into how I feel about them as eyeshadows in the video at the top).
The 22-piece collection, which is mostly eye products, also includes four lipsticks and two nail lacquers, but yeah, this one’s crazy for eyes. You’ll find it making dark makeup fantasies come true at MAC counters, stores and online December 3, 2015, through January 14, 2016.
Befitting a name like Dark Desires, the colors are super saturated and dark, and black plays a big part. Most of the pieces have either a figurative or literal reference to black in them.
The MAC Dark Desires collection
- Cremesheen Lipstick in Black Night, a black with red and gold pearl ($17)
- Cremesheen Lipstick in Boyfriend Stealer, a blackened plum ($17)
- Cremesheen Lipstick in Heavy Petting, a burgundy ($17)
- Glaze Lipstick in Ring My Bell, a pale cool neutral ($17)
- The Well Eye Shadow in Beg For It, a matte black ($20)
- The Well Eye Shadow in Switch Me on, a matte dark navy ($20)
- The Well Eye Shadow in Midnight Tryst, a matte chocolate brown ($20)
- The Well Eye Shadow in What’s Your Fantasy, a black with heavy multi-colored pearl ($20)
- The Well Eye Shadow in Think Kink, a grayish silvery white ($20)
- The Well Eye Shadow in Dark Desires, a matte blackened eggplant ($20)
- Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline, a black ($16.50)
- Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Orpheus, an intense black with golden pearl ($16.50)
- Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Mystery, an intense black with green pearl ($16.50)
- Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Raven, an intense black with red pearl ($16.50)
- Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash ($22)
- Haute & Naughty Black Lash ($22)
- Fluidline Eye Liner in Blitz & Glitz, a black with golden pearl ($16.50)
- MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Spank Me, a black with multi color glitter ($22)
- MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Pearl Varnish, a white gloss with pearl ($22)
- MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Erogenous Zone, a violet with multi color glitter ($22)
- MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in 6-Inch Stilettos, a blackened blue ($12)
- MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Unzipped, a blackened green ($12)
There’s a lot more info in the video. Thank you as always for watching. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,