I’m getting fired up, fellow MAC fans! Next month two exclusive, Nordstrom-only MAC collections arrive, the first for ladies who love bright colors and the second for gals who gotta go neutral.
If you’re on the market for bright summer colors, consider the Graphic Gardens collection’s black and white flower print makeup bags and eyeshadow palettes, lip kits and brush kits ($35-50) in greens, blues, pinks and grays.
Or, if you’d prefer basic neutrals for your eyes, cheeks and lips, check out Look in a Box, which offers three color-coordinated makeup kits ($60 apiece, but valued at $100), each one with six pieces — eye, lip and face makeup as well as a kabuki brush — designed to create a complete look.
Last weekend I spent a few minutes with both of the upcoming collections — now available for pre-order at Nordstrom stores and online (for pick up or delivery next month).
Graphic Garden Palette, $35
I’m a palette kinda girl, so I was most interested in Graphic Garden’s two eyeshadow palettes, Graphic Garden and Fresh Cut ($35 each).
The Graphic Garden palette comes with six shimmery shadows in cool-toned shades of green, blue, gray, beige, purple and black. Each of the colors has excellent color payoff (soo rich!), and one could easily mix and match the shades for a variety of different looks.
Fresh Cut Palette, $35
Now, Fresh Cut kinda fooled me at first. Its pink, bronze and brown shades looked warm in the pans, but the shadows apply super sheer, requiring several layers on both my tan NC 35 skin as well as lighter NW 20.
Baby Blooms Lip Bag, $35 (includes Lipglass in Baby Blooms; Lipsticks in Soft Illusion, Amplified Spice Flower; and a black makeup bag with a white floral print)
Summer Crop Lip Bag, $35 (includes a Lipglass in Summer Crop; Lipsticks in Semi-Annual and Garden Bed; and a white makeup bag with a black rose print)
Define and Blend Brush Set, $50 (includes short-handled versions of the MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, 190 Foundation Brush, 252 Large Shader Brush, 219 Pencil Brush and the 209 Eye Liner Brush, as well as a white makeup bag with a black rose print)
Shape and Perfect Brush Set, $50 (includes short-handled versions of the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, 129 Powder/Blush Brush, 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush, 212 Flat Definer Brush and 194 Concealer Brush, as well as a black makeup bag with a white floral print)
Correction: it looks like two of the brushes in the sets were mixed up in the store. The Define and Blend Brush Set should have the 128 Powder/Blush Brush, and the Shape and Perfect Set should have the 168 Large Contour Brush.
Graphic Garden on NC 35 skin
Graphic Garden on NW 20 skin
Fresh Cut on NW 20 skin
Graphic Garden on the left and Fresh cut on the right; both on NC 35 skin
Graphic Garden on the left and Fresh cut on right; both on NC 20 skin
Look in a Box
Sweet Tease ($60)
I think MAC did a fantastic job coordinating the colors for the Look in a Box kits ($60). Each of the three sets — Sweet Tease, Sun Siren and Seductress ($60) — features some of my favorite MAC neutrals from the permanent line, like Amber Lights, Shroom and Mulch.
Each box comes with two eyeshadows, one face powder, a lipstick or gloss, a kabuki brush and Zoomlash Mascara in Zoomblack.
To buy the six items separately would cost about $100, so the $60 price tag breaks down to a pretty good deal.
My favorite of the three sets has to be Sweet Tease. It comes with shimmery pink Lustreglass in Love Nectar, Eye Shadows in Mulch and Gleam (a shimmery brown and a shimmery gold) and shimmery, light pink Beauty Powder in Shell.
All of the colors seem easy to wear, and I’m guessing they’ll flatter a wide range of skin tones.
Sweet Tease swatches from left to right: Lustreglass in Love Necter, Eye Shadow in Mulch, Eye Shadow in Gleam, Beauty Powder in Shell
Sun Siren, $60
Sun Siren swaches from left to right: Dazzleglass in Get Rich Quick, Eye Shadow in Amber Lights, Eye Shadow in Shroom, Bronzing Powder in Bronze
Seductress swatches from left to right: Slimshine Lipstick in Bare, Eye Shadow in Knight Divine, Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch, Iridescent/Pressed Powder in Belightful
Just another manic Monday
Ladies, I’ve had one of *those* Mondays — you know the kind — where your every thought comes slowly, and it feels like you’re swimming through mud.
How’s your day been? I hope it’s gone better than mine!
I’ll be happy if I can make it to dance class tonight. I haven’t gone in FOREVER. Maybe that’ll help me snap out of this funk.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,