Sorcery is a brutal business. Between the handsome princes hell bent on thwarting your dastardly plans and the difficulty in procuring eye of newt and other essential ingredients, there’s the whole time-consuming nature of conjuring and the plotting of evil deeds.
A successful villainess doesn’t even have time to touch up her lips these days, what with all the demand for demon summonings and whatnot.
Can you imagine the mighty Maleficent, star of Disney’s upcoming movie and MAC’s latest collaboration, pausing in the middle of a curse to grab a lip brush to reapply her red lipstick?
Please. It makes perfect sense that MAC, in working with the dark sorceress herself, would populate the new MAC Maleficent collection with lip products that last a supernaturally long time.
I’m no sorceress, obviously (well, not yet, but who knows what the future holds!?), but I’ve been wearing the True Love’s Kiss Lipstick, Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass and Kiss Me Quick Lip Pencil from the release this week, and all of them last a solid 6-7 hours — more than enough time to cast a fireball spell, cook a big batch of witch’s brew and/or frighten some local villagers.
Of the 14-pieces in the release, many of which are re-promotes from the MAC permanent line, the lip products conjure up some seriously stunning red lip magic for me. Total musts for crimson lip lovers.
In Disney’s Maleficent, which comes out this summer, Angelina Jolie plays the allegedly devilish Disney sorceress of Sleeping Beauty fame, who may or may not have been the villainess she was once portrayed to be. The film chronicles Maleficent’s “true” rise to power.
Yes, MAC totally has a thing for the bad gals (remember Venomous Villains?).
The Maleficent collection has a vastly different color story than the Maleficent portion of Venomous Villains did. Where VV’s cool-toned purples, blues and greens drew upon Maleficent’s skin and wardrobe from Disney’s original Sleeping Beauty, the new collection evokes Maleficent’s evil elegance, with bold neutrals for eyes and cheeks and, of course, that intense red lip.
In the Maleficent movie posters I’ve seen, Angie has a whole scary/cool thing going on — super contoured cheeks, bold red lips, striking eyes in neutral tones. No green skin like the original Disney character, but more of a chilling gray…
She kind of looks like a witchy version of one of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love video girls from the ’80s, which I think is pretty damn fabulous!
With the exception of the grayish skin (really, though, would ya want that, anyways?), the look could be recreated with the 14 products in the MAC Maleficent collection — if you wanted to, that is.
But here’s the kicker that will probably peeve more than a few MAC fans: most of the pieces are re-promotes with limited edition packaging, and MAC does charge a little bit more for them.
Yes, you’re mostly paying for the packaging here, unless you don’t have some of these products.
And I sure do like the packaging! Like that logo, which looks like black wings, and the wings look like crows (Maleficent has a thing for corvids), which also form the shape of the letter “M.”
It’s on the main pieces — the quad, lip products, the cheek/face powder and the polishes.
I mean, it’s a bummer that MAC didn’t go with completely new colors for the release — it seems like a missed opportunity — but that said, I really do like many of these products and have for years.
On the bright side, there are several beautiful, useful pieces in this launch that one could easily wear every day.
First, the items that are new and aren’t re-promotes, like True Love’s Kiss Lipstick ($17.50), which has MAC’s Amplified formula.
Intensely red and bright True Love’s Kiss Lipstick looks a little like MAC Dubonnet, only brighter, and as I mentioned, it lasts a good long while. Incredibly smooth and intensely pigmented, I think it’s a beautiful classic red.
And while True Love’s Kiss easily holds its own by itself, it rises to even greater power with Anthurium Pro Longwear Lipglass ($22) on top.
The two go together like red lips and carnal thoughts.
Anthurium feels pretty sticky, but it’s also long-lasting, smooth and doesn’t budge once it’s on.
And then there’s the Beauty Powder in Natural ($30), another one of the completely new pieces in the launch. A soft peachy pink with a barely-there sheen, it subtly reflects the light.
At first, I was afraid it would go chalky on me (I’m an NC42), but it doesn’t, which was a nice surprise.
Easy to blend, it also looks natural on the skin. I use it to add a subtle highlight to my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, along my brow bones and my cupid’s bow, and I think it complements the Sculpting Powder in Sculpt from the collection ($23 — one of the repromotes), which I think of as a total goof-proof contouring shade.
Sculpt blends so easily that it makes carving out severe cheeks and everyday contouring equally easy.
You can also wear it layered on top of Bright Forecast Prep + Prime Highlighter ($25, and yup, another re-promote, but it’s a great one!). In these pics, I’m wearing that combo between my brows and in the center of my forehead for a spotlight effect.
Uninvited, the neutral nude Nail Lacquer, is the last of the new pieces in the launch. I haven’t tried it on yet, but my first impression? Eh, it looks like a fairly standard nude beige. A little uninspiring.
As for the quad…
While the Eyeshadow X 4 quad in Maleficent ($44) may be comprised of re-promoted colors, it does highlight some seriously standout products from the permanent line.
Three of them are blockbuster greatest hits — matte black Carbon (fab for lining eyes and smokey looks), cool satin brown Concrete (I wear this in my brows) and shimmery gold Goldmine. The fourth shade, Ground Brown, was a discontinued matte dark brown from the permanent line.
Ground Brown deserved resurrection here because it blends and buffs out beautifully, and it’s neither too red nor orange.
Give it a try in the crease one of these days in a look with brown smokey eyes! Seriously, though, I could easily reach for this quad almost every single day and use at least one of the colors, but then, I’m kind of a ho for neutrals, LOL!
I think you may have to love neutrals to really be into this quad…
As for the 36 Lash false lashes in the release, they’re a long-time fave of mine, but I actually haven’t worn them in a while. Wearing them for these pics this week reminded me how much I like them.
Because they have longer lashes at the outer corners, you get this beautiful winged-out look. They look hella long and heavy but feel surprisingly light and comfortable. Plus, they’re easy to apply (Note to self: I need to give this bad boy the Unsung Heroes treatment).
Yes, most of the pieces in Maleficent are re-promotes and, yes, you’ll be paying a little more for the limited edition packaging, but many of these pieces are STILL worth your time, especially if you don’t have some of them and like bold neutrals and a strong contour.
The entire MAC Maleficent collection includes…
- Amplified Lipstick True Love’s Kiss, a clean bright red ($17.50)
- Pro Longwear Lipglass in Anthurium, a clean bright red ($22)
- Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick, a yellowish red ($21.50)
- Eye Shadow X 4 in Maleficent, which includes Ground Brown (a matte dirty deep brown), Concrete (a satin taupe brown), Carbon (an intense matte black) and Goldmine (a frosty gold)
- Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, a true black ($21.50)
- Eye Brows in Fling, a light taupe ash blonde ($17.50)
- Sculpting Power in Sculpt, a soft taupe matte ($23)
- Beauty Powder in Natural, a soft peachy pink ($30)
- Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast, a mid-tone peachy coral ($25)
- Nail Lacquer in Univited, a neutral nude with slight pearl ($17.50)
- Nail Lacquer in Flaming Rose, a true red ($17.50)
- Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, a black-as-night black ($17.50)
- 36 Lash ($17.50)
- 30 Lash ($17.50)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict and part-time sorceress,
P.S. Check back later today for MAC Alluring Aquatic!