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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,