The MAC Proenza Schouler Collection Clothes Lips, Eyes, Nails and Cheeks in Casual Cool Girl Style

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MAC Proenza Schouler Collection

Nine of 15 pieces in the new MAC Proenza Schouler collection

I’m working the catwalk every single day, son. Every. Single. Day!

First, they said I was too short, and I was like, “BAM! Here’s your too short.” I’m 5’1″, and I can stomp-walk and hip-pop with the best of ’em!


Look out, Tyra, Naomi and Linda.

Why, just this morning I walked the cat for Proenza Schouler…

MAC Proenza Schouler

Mangrove Lipstick on my lips, and Rich Experience and Black Ice Pro Longwear Eyeliners on my eyes, all three from the new MAC Proenza Schouler collection

Wait — you didn’t think I was talking about actual runway modeling, did you??

GURL! 🙂 I was talking about actually walking my cat. He’s leash trained.

Sometimes it’s more like sitting with my cat, because he doesn’t always like to walk, but still — my take on cat walking is far removed from the world of high fashion.

The high stakes world of professional pet assisting…

Today, though, it was a little less far removed from fashion because, get this — I actually wore makeup inspired by the catwalk on my cat walk. 🙂

Enter MAC Proenza Schouler, the brand’s latest fashion collaboration.

Proenza Schouler, the New York-based women’s wear and accessories line, was founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (interesting factoid: they met while attending Parsons School of Design).

Proenza Schouler


The guys are well known for their refined outlook on casual cool girl style, and the 15-piece limited edition collection by MAC seems very much in line with that to me. I certainly see pieces here that cool girls would wear.

MAC Proenza Schouler

With two ombre blushes, four nail polishes, two lip pencils, two eyeliners, four lipsticks and a face brush, all decked out in limited edition packaging, the collection feels dressed up without trying too hard. It’s makeup for gals who like wearing makeup to accentuate a feature or two, and who may not necessarily reach for three different eyeshadows to wear in the crease on the daily. You know what I’m sayin’?

The MAC Proenza Schouler Collection: Some Thoughts…

Availability: Arriving online April 21; at MAC stores and counters April 24; and at international locales some time in April.

MAC Proenza Schouler

MAC Proenza Schouler

Lustre Lipstick in Woodrose ($22)

MAC Woodrose Lustre Lipstick

Lustre Lipstick in Woodrose ($22)

Lustre Lipstick in Woodrose ($22): LOVE the MAC Lustre formula. My dry lips are like, YES! every time I pull a Lustre lipstick out of my purse. They’re just so blasted hydrating and comfortable.

On me when I wear it by itself, Woodrose, a sheer, silky light beige, can look very cool-toned — almost gray. I have to pair it with either a warmer lip pencil or a gloss to keep from looking like a zombie, but if you crave cool-toned nude beiges, it might suit you well.

Satin Lipstick in Pinkfringe ($22)

MAC Pinkfringe Satin Lipstick

Satin Lipstick in Pinkfringe ($22)

Satin Lipstick in Pinkfringe ($22): Technically a Satin, which usually comes with some shine, this cool-toned flamingo pink almost looks like a matte to me. I think I like it more in the tube (so pretty!) than I do on my lips, as it has a knack for settling into my horizontal lip lines and catching on any flakes.

You may have better luck with it than I do if your lips aren’t as dry as mine, but I find myself having to do a lot of prep work to make this one work for me.

Matte Lipstick in Mangrove ($22)

MAC Mangrove Matte Lipstick

Matte Lipstick in Mangrove ($22)

Matte Lipstick in Mangrove ($22): This orangey matte red is cray-cray smooth and darned near flawless. One pass completely covers my lips without a semblance of patchiness or weirdness. I call it a MAC Lady Danger kissing cousin. They’re both very similar, but I think Mangrove is slightly redder and more orange. But not much.

Lustre Lipstick in Primrose ($22)

MAC Primrose Lustre Lipstick

Lustre Lipstick in Primrose ($22)

Lustre Lipstick in Primrose ($22): Like a more pigmented version of Clinique’s classic Black Honey Lipstick, this smooth operator is absolutely beautiful. is absolutely beautiful.

A sheer berry plum Lustre, it’s not exactly the kind of color I’d typically wear in spring/summer, but I’m looking forward to spending quality time with it in fall — early fall, before lips have transitioned to full-on deep and vampy.

I think it would look particularly striking on darker damsels/dudes.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks

Lipsticks clockwise from the pale beige: Woodrose, Mangrove, Pinkfringe and Primrose ($22 each)

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils and Eyeliners ($21 each)

From the left: MAC Proenza Schouler Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in High Energy and Dynamo; Pro Longwear Eyeliners in Rich Experience and Black Ice

From the left: Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in High Energy and Dynamo; and the Pro Longwear Eyeliners in Rich Experience and Black Ice ($21 each)

Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice ($22): What we have here is a basic black matte liner. On my NC42 skin, I can see the slightest hint of charcoal gray in it, so it’s not a true midnight black, which I guess makes it kinda interesting. This one might be best for the die-hard Proenza Schouler fans who want it more for the packaging than the color, since the shade is already available in the MAC permanent collection. Oh, and FYI — you’re paying a little more for the packaging as the Proenza pencils are $21 each, while the permanent shades are slightly less at $19.50.

Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Rich Experience ($22): Rich Experience, a dark brown liner, is another repromote from the permanent collection. Smooth, creamy, and it dries in a flash, so I like it more for waterlines than lash lines, as I can’t really smudge it as much as I’d like.

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in High Energy ($22): I love how bright orangey red High Energy (also a repromote) works with Mangrove Lipstick. The Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are generally awesome, ya know? They’re smoother than RyGos, non-drying, and last all day long on my lips.

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Dynamo ($22): This intensely pink cream lip liner is — you guessed it! — also a repromote. I actually wear this one all the time. EPIC with hot pinks, I think it also plays well with yellow- and blue-based pinks, which is nice.

MAC Proenza Schouler Pro Longwear Lip Pencils and Eyeliners ($21 each)

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils and Eyeliners ($21 each)

129 SE Powder Brush ($38.50)

MAC Proenza Schouler Brush ($38.50)

129 SE Powder Brush ($38.50)

129 SE Powder Brush ($38.50): Wow, almost $40? Really? As far as face brushes go, I think the 129 SE Powder Brush applies powders and blushes just fine, but I don’t know if its skills justify the price. The brush head is a tad narrow for me, and the bristles could be softer (IMO). Also, ya know, I haven’t had the greatest luck with the shorter handled MAC Brushes. Not sure why, but they seem to fall apart sooner than the brushes in the permanent line.

MAC Proenza Schouler Brush ($38.50)

Proenza Schouler Brush ($38.50)

Swatches (for reference, I’m a MAC NC42)

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick Swatches from the left: Woodrose, Pinkfringe, mangrove and Primrose

Lipstick Swatches from the left: Woodrose, Pinkfringe, mangrove and Primrose

MAC Proenza Schouler Pro Longwear Eye and Lip Pencil swatches clockwise from the brown heart in the lower left: Rich Experience, Black Ice, Dynamo and High Energy

Pro Longwear Eye and Lip Pencil swatches clockwise from the brown heart in the lower left: Rich Experience, Black Ice, Dynamo and High Energy

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Woodrose

Lustre Lipstick in Woodrose

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Primrose

Lustre Lipstick in Primrose

MAC Matte Lipstick in Mangrove

Matte Lipstick in Mangrove

MAC Satin Lipstick in Pinkfringe

Satin Lipstick in Pinkfringe

The entire MAC Proenza Schouler collection includes…

  • Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, a pink coral/tan ombre ($30)
  • Blush Ombre in Ocean City, a vivid orange/tan ombre ($30)
  • Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice, a rich black ($21)
  • Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Rich Experience, a dark brown ($21)
  • Lustre Lipstick in Woodrose, a light pinkish beige ($22)
  • Satin Lipstick in Pinkfringe, a vivid flamingo pink ($22)
  • Matte Lipstick in Mangrove, a bright orange red ($22)
  • Lustre Lipstick in Primrose, a sheer berry plum ($22)
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Dynamo, a pink cream ($21)
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Dynamo, an orange red cream ($21)
  • Nail Lacquer in Thimbleweed, a pale nude ($17.50)
  • Nail Lacquer in Dayflower, a plum ($17.50)
  • Nail Lacquer in Bougainvillea, a bright orange coral ($17.50)
  • Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, a black cream ($17.50)
  • 128 SE Powder Brush ($38.50)

Right now I’m thinking that Mangrove and I are going to have a lot of fun this summer…

OOH! — with some black winged eyeliner. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nki says:

    Thank you so much Karen for these swatches, I see my entire pay check going to Mac, frm this collection to Playland. I am so excited and really want both ombré blushes

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nki!

      So glad to hear you are excited by these new collections. Have you been a MAC fan for long? I’ve been wearing the brand since 1996, eek!

  2. sarahc says:

    Thanks for the lovely pictures. Some of these are fall colors like Primrose. They’re very pretty, but I would wear that in October or November, not now.

  3. Agata says:

    I actually really like Pinkfringe. And your photos are so pretty!

  4. karen’m fascinated by this collection! I need everything! loved
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  5. Kim says:

    Well, it’s not really fair to judge because you make everything look good! That said, I’m going to show how unfashionable I am by saying that I’m not excited by the packaging. 🙁

  6. Alison M says:

    Such fun packaging on this one! Very refreshing to see it so colorful.
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  7. Cindy KC says:

    I was told by a MAC MUA that the short handled special edition brushes are made by a machine whereas the permanent long handled crushes are hand made. She indicated that through their MAC brush training that the limited edition/special edition brushes aren’t meant to last. They are meant to be used for a year and replaced. That is why I don’t buy them. At that price point and quality I would much rather purchase the real techniques brushes.

  8. Solangel says:

    I’m curious about the blushes now!

  9. Danielle says:

    I am really loving Mangrove, but I already have so many like it. *decisions*
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  10. Fancie says:

    That is the cutest picture of you and Tabs! I was seriously considering skipping the lipsticks but Mangrove is really starting to grow on me. I’m not much of a red or orange lip kinda gal but that’s one beautiful lipstick. I may end up caving. Le sigh.
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  11. oh my! I normally don’t fall for LE packaging, but this one is really cool! Sooo waiting for this collection to hit India <3
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  12. Ruchita says:

    This looks like a fun collection! The lipstick colors are pretty.

    That second pic of you and Tabs is so sweet!

    I’ve been a bad pet assistant. It’s been a while since I’ve taken Sir Mingus out on a walk. However, we have no yard or driveway yet in our new house so everything is a muddy mess. Mingy has no problem with it, but I don’t want dirty paw prints on my new carpet!

  13. Andi says:

    Love your necklace! Where is it from?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andi,

      I wish I could remember. It was a gift for my husband from several years ago, and it was by an independent designer here in San Francisco. If I ever figure it out I’ll let you know.

  14. Sandy says:

    I love your necklace, how pretty!

    I have been dying to get my hands on the blush ever since I saw the promo pics a month or two ago. I love the Mangrove lippie on you—I will have to bleach my teeth for like 10 days straight before I dare wear that color, though. What price beauty?

  15. Lena says:

    you rock primrose! i love these colors but as i age, i think they look more and more harsh on me. i’m glad though that i wore the hell out of ’em in my 20s — daily and to the office! no regrets!

    have you (or will you) be reviewing the blushes? i look forward to them, i’ve been wanting to try an ombre blush from mac, but they sell out so quickly…
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  16. Allison C says:

    “Cool Girl” style, I love it! I just read an article in a magazine about cool girls in film throughout history. And I love the shades!! So pretty!
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  17. Meg says:

    It feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this collection to come out lol. I’m dying for those blushes!!
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  18. Natasha says:

    Oh, it’s all so beautiful & I love those names! I need the Pinkfringe now!
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  19. Sylirael says:

    There are a few things from the collection here that caught my eye, but now I’m confused by the MAC lipstick finishes – some say that the lustres are drying, some that they’re hydrating…since dry lips are a problem for me, I wish I could tell which it was! I don’t use testers in store on my lips (*shudder* and no, MAC people, dipping it in alcohol for 2 seconds does NOT sterilise anything), but since MAC lipsticks are $50 each here with no returns, I don’t want to buy it and find out it’s drying…

    Not exactly the biggest life problem ever, but annoying, nonetheless! 😛
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  20. amanda says:

    I recently got my cat a harness and leash set (my husband begged me to get her one, lol) and she has been out a few times. She was always so curious as to why my dog went outside and she didnt. I may have to get the cat and the dog shoes, I see my dog’s breed on the dog shoes.

  21. Erin says:

    Woodrose and Primrose might actually get me to buy MAC even though I have them on ban!
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  22. CKG says:

    Why, o, why did I look at your pics, you make all the lipsticks look great lol and here I was thinking that all but Mangrove were bleh.
    The Ocean City blush looks nice but I’m afraid to see what MAC’s site will look like when MxPS launches

  23. Vineetha says:

    I am thinking Mangrove and maybe the ombre blushes from the collection. I thought MAC Playland was releasing today online, guess not! 🙁
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  24. Pink fringe and mangrove from lipsticks and High energy & Dynamo from liners.. 😀 ..Grgsss shades and such a stnning pakcaging.. 😀

    MAC is making it large with so many collections back to back!
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  25. Rhea says:

    The lipsticks look great but I don’t think 22 is a good pricing. I’d much rather buy a couple nice matte lipsticks for 15. The rest just seem unjustifiable and not too great:/
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  26. Edi says:

    Hi Karen! Thank you for the review! Would you know the products on the model’s lips? Thanks!

  27. Carole says:

    You rock Mangrove!!! I absolutely love the fact that you do not take yourself seriously!!! But you ARE gorgeous, 5’1 and all!!!

  28. Alison_M says:

    I’m really excited for the blushes, as they look really bright. Can’t wait to see them in person. You mentioned that your limited edition brushes fall apart sooner. A mac rep told me that they are machine made rather than hand made like the permanent brushes are. Don’t know if that is true, but in my experience (and yours, it seems) they are of a less than great quality.

  29. joy says:

    What blush are you using in these photos? Just gorgeous.

  30. adhit says:

    OMG! Your cat is so fat!! Sooo cuteee!!
    Btw, the Mangrove lipstick looks gorgeous on you~ ^^

  31. monibackincali says:

    Karen, why is it that all this makeup always look better on you than it does on me???! Argh.

  32. monibackincali says:

    Dear Hot Momma, gasp! we NEED to know what blush you are wearing!!!!?

    PLEEEEEEEEAASEE and thank you!

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