The gold that graces each product in MAC’s new 14-piece Prabal Gurung collection doesn’t just make the packaging gorgeous. It fashions a world! It creates an experience! These pieces look so fancy that they could pass for pendants hanging from a famous rapper’s gold chains.
They could also probably pass for real gold bars.
No, seriously. These little bricks are heavy! — so heavy, in fact, that if I were to drop one on my foot, I’d probably need stitches.
Or, to put it another way, if I were to put all of them in a purse and swing it around, it would make one hell of a fine medieval weapon.
That the pieces could potentially double as weaponry is just one of many things I like about this new collaboration between MAC and fashion designer Prabal Gurung…who, I should say, was probably aiming more for elegance, sophistication and grace than hip-hop jewelry.
The embossed compacts have a classic heft and a commanding voice that says “opulence,” while the marriage of the matte makeup in the collection and shiny gold is sure to make many packaging paramours geek-out.
Before that, though, they’ll have to prepare themselves to pay a pretty penny, because MAC also upped the prices of these pieces to reflect luxury, ala Aerin and Tom Ford.
The price increase is extra painful when you consider the Bronzing Power. It contains the same amount of product (0.35 ounces) as the Bronzing Powder in the permanent line, but instead of costing $25…it’s $70.
Holy sh*t! I mean, yeah, it’s silky, soft and smooth, but that’s a difference of 180%.
If you can get over that initial sticker shock, I do think the collection has some beauties, especially if you like makeup that’s understated and elegant.
The vibe reminds me of Aerin (especially the grays, neutrals and soft pinks), like Aerin makeup seen through a MAC lens, or almost like Brooke Shields, Part Deux.
If that speaks to your soul, keep an eye out for the Eye Shadow Duo in Cinder (the light gray shade is divine!) and the Lipglass in Light English Red, a neutral, long-lasting pinkish beige that should go well with most anything.
This is the kind of collection that looks forward to weekends in the Hamptons, with pigments on the sheer side and sheens instead of shimmers.
It seems like MAC is courting a very specific demographic here — perhaps a more mature gal who still loves her MAC, but is more interested in subtle complexities than potent pigments and bright colors.
The limited edition 14-piece Prabal Gurung collection arrives online November 20 and in North American stores and counters November 26 through December 24 (and internationally at select MAC locations, except China, this December).
The MAC Prabal Gurung collection includes…
LIPSTICKS, $30 US/$36 CDN each
- Lustre Lipstick in Light English Red, a sheer beige nude
- Matte Lipstick in Carmine Rouge a clean true red
- Satin Lipstick in Ultramarine Pink, a mid-tone dirty violet
LIPGLASS, $30 US/$36 CDN each
- Light English Red, a sheer beige nude
- Carmine Rouge, a clean true red
- Ultramarine Pink, a mid-tone dirty violet
EYE SHADOW DUO, $40 US/$48 CDN each
- Satin Ochre, a soft pale white gold with a Frost finish paired with a coral orange with a Matte finish
- Terre, a shimmering neutral beige with a Veluxe Pearl finish paired with a mid-toned warm brown with a Satin finish
- Cinder, a smoky cool gray with a Lustre finish paired with a dark charcoal with a Matte finish
KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL, $20 US/$24 CDN
- Feline, a rich black
CHROMAGRAPHIC PENCIL, $20 US/$24 CDN
CREAM COLOUR BASE, $70 US/$84 CDN
- Coral Lumineux, a vivid coral creme
BRONZING POWDER, $70 US/$84 CDN
- Matte Bronze, a bare-shouldered bronze
BRUSH, $70 US/$84 CDN
- MAC + Prabal Gurung Square Handled Buffer
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,