MAC A Fantasy of Flowers
Spring. Fifth grade. The mid ’80s. You couldn’t miss me as I navigated the hallowed halls of Alvarado Middle School, not because of my terrible hair (I had the same ‘do as all of my Filipino uncles… Ugh, so tragic!), but because I was a walking floral nightmare. Not a floral fantasy, like MAC’s new 34-piece A Fantasy of Flowers collection.
My floral jacket. It. Was. Hideous. It was the jacket I wore with every single outfit, even though it didn’t go with anything, and it just made me look crazy. It had this obnoxious floral print with all sorts of flowers just mushed on top of each other. It was ugly, but I thought I was the sh*t.
This collection isn’t like that jacket at all. It’s colorful, but in a balanced way that makes sense. It’s like wandering through a carefully thought out cottage garden…
There are lots of floral hues, pinks, corals peaches, purples and roses grounded with earthier browns and lush greens. It’s like a garden early on a dewy morning, and everything is fresh, and there’s a sense of newness, and that’s because there are lots of shimmery finishes here that catch the light, just like drops of dew catch sunlight on flower petals.
Most of the shimmer comes from the Mineralize products — Eye Shadows, Blushes and Skinfinishes.
This isn’t the kind of collection where the cheeks and eyes look real and natural, and for me that’s the fantastical part of this floral fantasy. The shimmers are turned up! — and wearing them makes me feel like a more glamorous version of my everyday self. Then, you add the really bright Fluidlines and Pigments in the release, which are like the statement pieces for me, and you get even more fantastical.
A Fantasy of Flowers Mineralize Skinfinishes ($30 each) and Mineralize Blushes ($25 each)
There’s a lot going on with cheeks and eyes here, and perhaps because of that MAC kept the lips relatively tame. The colors — pink, coral, peach, berry and rose — remind me of misted flower petals and fancy bouquets… All six of the Lipsticks are in MAC’s creamy Lustre finish, and the six glosses are Cremesheen Glasses, so the lippies are pretty much sheer-to-medium coverage. Nothing too heavy or super opaque, and even the darkest and brightest lip shades are sheer enough to allow some of your natural lip color to peek through.
I had some fun with these pics, but I have a lot more planned for this release — looks and more in-depth reviews. The release arrives on counters tomorrow and is available now on maccosmetics.com.
Take a stroll through MAC’s latest garden, and let me know what you think.
A Fantasy of Flowers Mineralize Eye Shadows ($21 each), Fluidlines ($16 each) and Pigments ($21 each)
A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glasses ($20 each) and Lipsticks ($15 each)
A Perfect Topping Skinfinish, a a pale pearly pink
Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish, a coppery bronze
Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eye Shadow, a pinkish brown, a chocolate brown, a yellowish pink and an icy bluish pink
Great Beyond Mineralize Eye Shadow, a deep bluish violet, a dusky plum, an icy white lilac and a soft mauve violet
Golden Hours Mineralize Eye Shadow, a coppery bronze, a golden brown, a soft golden peach and a pale yellow gold
In the Meadow Mineralize Eye Shadow, an icy shimmering white, a dirty olive green, a golden mint green and a pale yellow
Petal Power Mineralize Blush, a coral pink with golden shimmer
Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush, a mid-tone cool pink
Sassy Moss Fluidline, a vivid green
Phlox Garden Fluidline, a vivid violet
Lily White Pigment, a a pale buttery yellow shimmer
Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment, a shimmering acid green
Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass, a a soft pinkish peach
Flare for Fantasy Cremesheen Glass, a mid-tone pinkish beige
Pagoda Cremesheen Glass, a frosted cool pink
Playful Petal Cremesheen Glass, an electric magenta
Star Quality Cremesheen Glass, a bright orangey coral
Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass, a mid-tone violet pink
Fleur D’Coral Lipstick, a pale creamy peach with a Lustre finish
Naked Bud Lipstick, a neutral sheer nude with a Lustre finish
Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick, a sheer reddish coral with a Lustre finish
Rose Lily Lipstick, a sheer pastel pink with a Lustre finish
Snapdragon Lipstick, a mid-tone bluish pink with a Lustre finish
Heavenly Hybrid Lipstick, a mid-tone berry with a Lustre finish
In the Meadow Mineralize Eye Shadow Swatch
Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eye Shadow Swatch
Golden Hours Mineralize Eye Shadow Swatch
Great Beyond Mineralize Eye Shadow Swatch
Swatches from the left: Pigments in Lily White and Chartreuse Bouquet, and Fluidlines in Sassy Moss and Phlox Garden
Swatches from the left: Mineralize Skinfinishes in Perfect Topping and Stereo Rose, and Mineralize Blushes in Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power
Lipstick Swatches from the left: Fleur D’Coral, Naked Bud, Dreaming Dahlia, Rose Lily, Snapdragon and Heavenly Hybrid
Cremesheen Glass Swatches from the left: Nectarsweet, Flare for Fantasy, Pagoda, Playful Petal, Star Quality and Galaxy Rose
Lipstick in Fleur D’Coral
Lipstick in Heavenly Hybrid
Lipstick in Rose Lily
Lipstick in Dreaming Dahlia
Lipstick in Snapdragon
Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda
Cremesheen Glass in Flare for Fantasy
Cremesheen Glass in Playful Petal
Cremesheen Glass in Nectarsweet
Cremesheen Glass in Galaxy Rose
Cremesheen Glass in Star Quality
Mineralize Blush in Petal Power on my cheeks
Mineralize Blush in Azalea in the Afternoon on my cheeks
Mineralize Skinfinish in A Perfect Topping on my upper cheekbones
Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose on my upper cheekbones
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,