In the MAC Playland Collection, MAC Toys With Chromatic Candy Colors

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MAC Playland Collection

Welcome to MAC Playland!

OK, you win. We’re playing hooky today, but if we’re gonna do this, let’s do it right.

After all, we’re heading to MAC Playland, for goodness sake! I am not about to get sidelined by sore feet.



No, ma’am!

First, let’s ditch the heels in favor of a good pair of walking shoes. We’re going to be covering A LOT of ground today, so we all need to be comfy.

You know I love ya, doll, but I don’t want to hear about your bunions en route to the carousel. :)

Hmm…

As for meals, we’ll be feasting upon cotton candy pinks and frozen lemonade yellows, and that’s just to start (you know I’m all about the snacks, yo).

MAC Playland Collection

20 of the 22 pieces in the MAC Playland Collection (not pictured: Casual Color in Young at Heart and Hi Jinks)

In Playland, there are 22 colorful rides, also known as products, so we should really get going.

I have our tickets right here, but before we go, can I just say that I wouldn’t want to ditch work with anyone else? Just you. :) We’re going to have so much fun today! Makeup partners in crime for life!

The MAC Playland collection

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink! — seriously, if you’ve ever wanted to rock a ROYGBIV of MAC products on your face, you could do it here. In North America, the collection arrives at maccosmetics April 15, MAC counters, stores and maccosmetics.com April 17, while it docks at international piers in May.

It’s a fantastical voyage to a playground of color — a bright break from the naked 9-to-5 beiges and browns we’ve seen so much of lately.

MAC Playland Lipglasses

The MAC Playland collection Lipglasses, $15 each

When a collection features a yellow Lipglass…you pretty much get the feeling right off the bat that the color story isn’t heavily rooted in reality.

Yup, this one’s for the dreamers — the gals and guys who like their makeup with a dose of theatrical whimsy.

Of Playland’s 22 pieces, half of them — 11 — are Lipsticks and Lipglasses. I think of the release as a lip collection, first and foremost, with a handful of multitasking eye and cheek products — three Casual Colors (creams for both cheeks and lips), four Chromagraphic Pencils and four loose Pigments — there to reinforce the idea of makeup playtime.

MAC Playland Lipsticks

The MAC Playland collection Lipsticks, $16 each

Make a mental note to check out the Amplified Lippies in this launch because they’re bangin’. I think Sweet Experience, Happy-Go-Lucky, Toying Around and Red Ballon are right up there with iconic MAC Amplified shades like Girl About Town and Impassioned. You’ll want to get on that ride, ASAP.

MAC Happy-Go-Lucky Lipstick

Amplified Creme Lipstick in Happy-Go-Lucky, a hot pink

MAC Playland Lipstick

Frost Lipstick in Playland, a frosty yellow gold

MAC Head in the Clouds Lipstick

Frost Lipstick in Head in the Clouds, a red with pearl

MAC Red Balloon Lipstick

Amplified Creme Lipstick in Red Balloon, a hot fuchsia

MAC Sweet Experience Lipstick

Amplified Lipstick in Sweet Experience, a bright pink

MAC Toying Around Lipstick

Amplified Lipstick in Toying Around, a hot coral pink

MAC Bright Side Lipglass

Lipglass in Bright Side, a creamy yellow

MAC Carousel Lipglass

Lipglass in Carousel, a creamy pink

MAC Live It Up Lipglass

Lipglass in Live It Up, a creamy orange

MAC Lots of Laughs Lipglass

Lipglass in Lots of Laughs, a creamy peach

MAC Pure Silliness Lipglass, a creamy lilac

Lipglass in Pure Silliness, a creamy lilac

MAC Playland Lipglass Wands

Lipglass wands from the left: Bright Side, Carousel, Live It Up, Lots of Laughs and Pure Silliness

MAC Playland Pigments

MAC Playland Pigments, $21 each

MAC Neo-Orange Pigment

MAC Pigment in Neo-Orange, an intense neon salmon

MAC Hi-Def Cyan Pigment

Pigment in Hi-Def Cyan, a cyan/blue

MAC Ever So Yellow Pigment

Pigment in Ever So Yellow, a soft yellow with pearl

MAC Golden Olive Pigment

Pigment in Golden Olive, a highly frosted greenish gold

MAC Playland Chromographic Pencils

The MAC Playland collection Chromographic Pencils, $16 each

MAC Genuine Orange Chromagraphic Pencil

Chromagraphic Pencil in Genuine Orange, a bright orange

MAC Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil

Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta, a matte magenta

MAC Hi-Def Cyan Chromagraphic Pencil

Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan, a — you guessed it! — hi-def cyan

MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil

Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black, a deep black

MAC For Your Amusement Casual Color

MAC Casual Color in For Your Amusement, a bright pastel pink ($21)

MAC Playland Lipstick Swatches from the left: Playland, Sweet Experience, Happy-Go-Lucky, Toying Around, Red Balloon and Head in the Clouds

Lipstick Swatches from the left: Playland, Sweet Experience, Happy-Go-Lucky, Toying Around, Red Balloon and Head in the Clouds

MAC Playland Lipglass Swatches from the left: Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Carousel, Live It Up and Pure Silliness

Lipglass Swatches from the left: Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Carousel, Live It Up and Pure Silliness

MAC Playland Swatch of Casual Color in For Your Amusement

Swatch of Casual Color in For Your Amusement

MAC Playland Chromagraphic Pencil Swatches clockwise from the orange heart in the lower left: Genuine Orange, Hi-Def Cyan, Process Magenta and Black Black

Chromagraphic Pencil Swatches clockwise from the orange heart in the lower left: Genuine Orange, Hi-Def Cyan, Process Magenta and Black Black

MAC Playland Pigment Swatches from the left: Neon-Orange, Ever So Yellow, Golden Olive and Hi-Def Cyan

Pigment Swatches from the left: Neon-Orange, Ever So Yellow, Golden Olive and Hi-Def Cyan

MAC Happy-Go-Lucky Swatch

Amplified Lipstick in Happy-Go-Lucky, a hot pink

MAC Toying Around Swatch

Amplified Lipstick in Toying Around, a hot coral pink

MAC Red Balloon Swatch

Amplified Lipstick in Red Ballon, a hot fuchsia

MAC Sweet Experience Swatch

Amplified Lipstick in Sweet Experience, a bright pink

MAC Playland Swatch

Frost Lipstick in Playlalnd, a frosty yellow gold

MAC Head in the Clouds Swatch

Frost Lipstick in Head in the Clouds, a red with pearl

MAC Live It Up Swatch

Lipglass in Live It Up, a creamy orange

MAC Lots of Laughs Swatch

Lipglass in Lots of Laughs, a creamy peach

MAC Carousel Swatch

Lipglass in Carousel, a creamy pink

MAC Pure Silliness Swatch

Lipglass in Pure Silliness, a creamy lilac

MAC Bright Side Swatch

Lipglass in Bright Side, a creamy yellow

MAC Golden Olive, Ever So Yellow and Black Black

Wearing Golden Olive Pigment on my lids, Ever So Yellow Pigment in the inner corner, and Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil on my waterlines

MAC Playland collection Hi Def Cyan

Same eye look, but with Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan smudged along the lower lash lines

The 22-piece MAC Playland Collection includes…

  • Frost Lipstick in Playland, a frosty yellow gold ($16)
  • Amplifed Lipstick in Sweet Experience, a bright pink ($16)
  • Amplifed Lipstick in Happy-Go-Lucky, a hot pink ($16)
  • Amplifed Lipstick in Toying Around, a hot coral pink ($16)
  • Amplifed Lipstick in Red Balloon, a hot fuchsia ($16)
  • Frost Lipstick in Head in the Coulds, a red with pearl ($16)
  • Lipglass in Bright Side, a creamy yellow ($15)
  • Lipglass in Lots of Laughs, a creamy peach ($15)
  • Lipglass in Carousel, a creamy pink ($15)
  • Lipglass in Live It Up, a creamy orange ($15)
  • Lipglass in Pure Silliness, a creamy lilac ($15)
  • Casual Color in For Your Amusement, a bright pastel pink ($21)
  • Casual Color in Young at Heart, a bright pink ($21)
  • Casual Color in Hi Jinks!, a bright coral ($21)
  • Pigment in Ever So Yellow, a soft yellow with pearl ($21 and safe for use on eyes, lips and body)
  • Pigment in Hi-Def Cyan, a cyan blue ($21 and safe for use on eyes and body, but not for lips)
  • Pigment in Neo-Orange, an intense neon salmon ($21 and safe for use on body, but not for eyes and lips)
  • Pigment in Golden Olive, a high frosted greenish gold ($21 and safe for use on eyes and body, but not for lips)
  • Chromagraphic Pencil in Genuine Orange, a bright orange ($16 and safe for use on lips, but not for eyes and waterlines)
  • Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan, a cyan blue ($16 and safe for use on eyes, but not for waterlines and lips)
  • Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta, a matte magenta ($16 and safe for use on lips, but not for eyes and waterlines)
  • Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black, a deep black ($16 and safe for use on eyes and waterlines, but not for lips)

No quads or palettes to limit your creativity here. With so many single pieces, the sky is the limit.

Yeah, there are some out-of-the box things, like hello! — neon orange loose pigment? But there’s also a lot of wearable stuff, too, especially if you beam for bold lips.

If you were lookin’ to wear some crazy-@ss yellow lips, however, you may not get that from Playland and Bright Side — at least not without some effort and helper products.

To my eye, Playland Lipstick looks more like a frosted copper on my kisser, and Bright Side looks more like a sheer tinted yellow than a bright canary.

MAC Playland Collection

That’s Casual Color in For Your Amusement, with Pigment in Neon-Orange on my cheeks

As for the Casual Color cheek/lip creams, pigments and pencils, fun! — but they almost seem secondary to the lip products to me. You can already find all four of the Chromagraphic Pencils in the MAC Pro line, and High-Def Cyan and Golden Olive Pigments are permanent, too. Since many of them are already available, I don’t feel a sense of urgency, like I do about the new lipsticks and glosses.

MAC Playland Collection

Sweet Experience Amplified Lipstick on my lips

If you do decide to take one or more of the Chromagraphic Pencils or Pigments home, be sure to double-check the boxes and/or inserts to make sure they’re approved for use the way you’d like to use them — on eyes, waterlines or lips. Even though the loose pigments and pencils are referred to as “multi-use products,” they come with small print. Some of the shades, like Genuine Orange and Process Magenta, aren’t approved for eyes or waterlines, so be mindful of that.

I hope you had fun with me today in Playland. :)

If I may, don’t miss the lip products if you come back, in particular those beautiful Amplified Lipsticks.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. karen says:

    I always love reading your reviews!! very pretty!

  2. sarahc says:

    Does not compute! So much pretty everywhere! Oh my gosh I love these pictures. I have to get my hands and lips on those lipsticks.

  3. Agata says:

    This collection is really gorgeous and perfect for spring. I am surprised I haven’t heard about it until yesterday! The lipsticks look great, especially Happy Go Lucky!

  4. Chris25 says:

    I love Red Balloon! It’s the perfect bright-lip-neutral-eyes color for spring.
    Chris25 recently posted … Review: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

  5. LOVE the cotton candy background! (Im assuming thats what it is!) I love everything here…even the yellow lipstick! My faves are the Toying Around Lipstick and the Golden Olive pigment!
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  6. Leah says:

    I’m so glad they’re released so many beautiful lipsticks!! I love the frost lipstick in playland! x

    http://leahpaigejones.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. omg all those colors look soooo good..
    I need more money to buy all the things..

  8. Majick says:

    WOW – I can almost pass on MAC most of the time because I have so much other stuff too but…

    AMPLIFIED is my FAVORITE MAC lippie formula of all time. I think I’m going to have to break here and get at least a couple of the new lipstick shades. I’m safe for now in the gloss arena.

  9. Nki says:

    Thanks for the swatches Karen, I hope I can snap up every single item, lovely colours for spring

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome, Nki. :) I hope you love the lipsticks just as much as I do. If you end up getting one send me a pic of you wearing it! I would love to see it.

  10. Miki says:

    Love Toying Around and Red Balloon lipsticks, but I wish they would have done an orange-y one to go with that lipglass!
    Miki recently posted … Clarisonic Brush Heads: Comparison and Review

  11. Brittany says:

    Toying Around looks gorgeous! I can’t wait for this collection to launch in the UK!
    Bea x

    Bea’s Beauty Blog

  12. Sunny says:

    Oh how fun! Not surprisingly, I’m eyeing Toying Around and Golden Olive. Red Ballon is really gorgeous as well!
    Sunny recently posted … Dior Addict Fluid Stick First Impression!

  13. Trisha says:

    Wow! That yellow Playland lipstick is GORGEOUS! It’s been a really long time since I’ve really wanted a MAC product. I guess it had to happen some time, right?
    Trisha recently posted … Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Saves You From the Burn

  14. Fancie says:

    I actually love Playland and Brightside on you! I was hoping they’d be more in your face but I like how wearable they are. Luckily, I don’t think I have to have any of the other lipsticks. They look pretty dupable. So just the yellow lippies for me. Hopefully one of those Casual Colors don’t end up in my basket too lol
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  15. Allison C says:

    Love reading your creative posts, Karen! You’re the best. What fun shades, and I love your cotton candy backdrop.
    Allison C recently posted … Milani Baked Blush Spring 2014

  16. I’m on a spending ban until my birthday (July 16), but I really want Toying Around. [sigh]
    Rikki Poynter recently posted … top five lipsticks for spring.

  17. Erin says:

    I’m surprised how much I love the yellows! On you they are really great! I might actually consider the yellow lip gloss because it looks like a cooler yellow and might make an interesting shade with my natural color!
    Erin recently posted … Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation Review

  18. Vanessa says:

    Ooooooo cyan… should I? Hmm mmmm

  19. gio says:

    I love how colourful and fun this collection is! Everything looks gorgeous, especially the lipsticks!
    gio recently posted … Do Black People Need To Wear Sunscreen?

  20. Fran says:

    All the lipsticks look gorgeous on you, Karen! I’ve got to try Red Balloon, Happy-Go-Lucky, and Toying around for myself. The Golden Olive pigment is beautiful, and I really like the Process Magenta pencil.

  21. Alexandra says:

    I love, love, love your setting for these pictures. One word: heavenly :) And your swatches are great as always. I originally planed to skip on this collection, but I’m no longer sure after your review… ;)

    Much love from Germany,

    Alexandra

  22. Ashleigh says:

    I am really intrigued by that golden Playland lipstick. It actually looked wearable in your lip swatch. You should throw together a look centered around that lipstick color! :)
    Also that golden olive pigment looks like a million bucks on your lids. I’ll have to give that one a go next time I’m at a mac counter!

  23. Nani says:

    Love it Karen! Your creativity never fails to impress! What’s your take on Toying Around? Is it pretty similar to Impassioned?

  24. Brian AKA Roulette says:

    LOVE the yellow pigment mixed with the olive pigment on you!! Also really feelin Toying Around lippy. Thanks for sharing, gorgeous!!

  25. Kaycee says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the playland lipstick, it looks so gorgeous! The pigments are pretty too, perfect for a summery look!

  26. Nicole says:

    What, no Kitty Purry references?

    Toying Around and Red Balloon are two shades I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for once they arrive in Melbourne. Oh, and Bright Side really surprised me – it reminded me of Ev Rev, just not as pink.

    Me likey.
    Nicole recently posted … Beauty in a tick: Arbonne’s CC Cream

  27. Sylirael says:

    I think the liners and pigments are the best things in this collection! The lipsticks are nice, but not really anything beyond what’s in MAC’s usual collection/releases. I wish they’d actually gone all the way and made the yellow gloss opaque, too.
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  28. Rhea says:

    I love MAC amplifies and I don’t lie, I want every single one of these products! Great vibrancy and knowing MAC similarly good pigmentation.
    Glossedonbeauty.blogspot.com
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  29. Such an amazing collection. those golden lipstick turned out to be wearable.. but rest lipsticks were great!!
    I would love to try all the pencils and pigments here.. :D
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  30. butterfly says:

    I love all your posts! We have pretty much the same skin tone so if it looks good on you then it will on me he he ;)
    Anyway reading so much conflicting info. I saw on another post it will be on US .com on April 10th. Is this correct?

  31. butterfly says:

    I forgot to add you are so elegant and playfully beautiful!

  32. Sam says:

    I wish they would’ve released some bold shadows because I’m not a huge pigment girl thought the olive is beautiful. Im hoping to get the lipglass in lots of laughs & toying around and sweet experience lipstick.

  33. Ankita Singh says:

    Playland, Head in the Clouds and Toying Around look gorgeous on you Karen!

  34. I love Golden Olive!! The lipsticks are a real head turner, I quite like Toying Around!
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  35. Kim says:

    Darn it! I was hoping you’d do a Genuine Orange eye. I’m so bummed to hear it’s only safe for lips. :( Still, I think you did a beautiful, spring look. It says “Easter” to me, in a good way. :)

  36. Natalye says:

    The Playland lipstick looks really pretty on you!
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  37. Sereena says:

    Wow! I never thought the yellow Playland lipstick would actually look good on anybody, but on you if definitely did. Head in the Clouds also looked stunning, love the red fierce color. I can’t wait to check out this collection in Holland. We’re always behind in Holland…*sigh*

  38. Daphne says:

    Do you think that Playland could be easily layered over vampy shades like deep reds and plums? Maybe even purples? If so, I think the results could be stunning, especially for this fall!

  39. Jen says:

    Ohh I know where my tax return is going bahaha

  40. Angel says:

    They all are so beautiful. Definitely puts you in the spring mood. I think I will get Red Balloon and Happy Go Lucky. I got Pink Poodle and Glam last week, and I really didn’t like either. Do you think these two are similar to Red Balloon and Happy Go Lucky. So many times I buy these lipsticks and get them and they look so similar to other MAC colors I already have.

  41. Anita says:

    Neo-Orange is my favorite MAC pigment, I get so happy when it gets repromoted.
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  42. Diane says:

    Gotta get sweet experience, looks gorgeous!

  43. Beyond Blush says:

    The lipglasses look beautiful!! :)
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  44. butterfly says:

    Hurry to Macys.com (in the united states)they have it for sale now! Just placed my order. I don’t know how they got it early but take advantage!

  45. Sam says:

    Soooo I just placed my order this morning and I ended up going with 2 of the live it up lipglass, one lots of laughs lipglass and toying around lipstick. I had sweet experience in my cart but at the last second I took it out because I did buy patentpink recently (mind you I will be trying it in store) prep + prime radiant rose highlighter & we’ll dressed also ended up in my cart lol
    I’m so excited to get them and the express shipping code MACEXP still works if anyone’s shopping today

  46. Sam says:

    Ps it’s snowing here north of Toronto so I needed a ill color to cheer me up :p

  47. Angela Hix says:

    You always write the best reviews Karen!
    Thanks for doing what you do! ;)

    Also, have fun in Georgia! Wish I was joining you! Nicatero is an inspiration and seems to be just a down to earth fun loving guy.
    Take lots of pics!

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Angela. I totally agree with you about Greg Nicotero. Glad you enjoyed that post. Wish I could say it was really happening…but it was an April Fool’s joke. :) It’s been kind of a tradition of mine.

  48. shyla says:

    Omg, I totally missed this at the Mac counter today. I picked up Impassioned and a few others, but did find a sample of hi jinks that the MUA handed me.

  49. I am abolutelly in love with Toying around

    xx
    nAiLee

  50. Emily says:

    Hey Karen!

    This is my first time on your site and I love it! How close do you feel Sweet Experience is to Viva Glam Gaga #1 lipstick? I also can’t decide if I want Happy Go Lucky or Candy Yum Yum because I hear they’re similar?

    Thanks for your help!
    Emily

  51. Natalie says:

    I missed this collection and now most of the things I wanted are sold out!

  52. Michelle says:

    I stumbled onto your blog and I am happy that I did! You did a great job of introducing the collection and describing each product. The pictures are awesome! You made me want to go out and buy each lippy. Mac should take notice.

  53. April Walker says:

    Im just getting back into makeup and Ive NEVER used MAC..dont judge..ha..Im using it now, at age 46, I’m a MAC girl for sure now. Im late to the play land party but I did find a few of the amplified lipsticks. Can’t wait to try them. I will be on top of next one launched. Good review of this. Helped me a lot.

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