If I told you that MAC was releasing a collection of fragrances inspired by some of their most iconic lipsticks (they are), and then told you that they were also re-releasing the lipsticks with colorful matching caps, would you almost immediately wonder, “Ooh! Will the lipsticks be scented too?”
Because that’s what I wondered about the lipsticks that accompany the new MAC Shadescents fragrance collection. I was curious, so I checked, and they aren’t (oh, you know, just sitting here smelling a whole bunch of lipsticks!). I mean, they do have that good ol’ MAC vanilla fragrance.
The six-scent Shadescents collection is coming soon to MAC counters with six $57 eau de parfums inspired by some of MAC’s most iconic lipsticks, each of which are also getting special matching packaging.
The same exact lipsticks are also available in the MAC permanent collection now, but these are just extra fancy. The perfumes will be permanent, but the special edition lipsticks are LE.
The MAC Shadescents
Ruby Woo — woody floral
Candy Yum-Yum — fruity floral gourmand
Lady Danger — woody floriental
My Heroine — woody leather
Creme d’Nude — amber musk
Velvet Teddy — wild honey
If you’re an old-school MAC-aholic, you might remember that MAC had a line of perfumes way back when, but they discontinued all of them except Turquatic.
Until now. Now they’re back in the perfume game with Shadescents.
The fragrances are all made to have personalities that match their accompanying lipsticks, like bright hot pink Candy Yum Yum.
With sweet notes of cotton candy and pineapple, the Candy Yum-Yum scent (kind of reminds me of Thierry Mugler Angel) is equal parts playful and bubbly. I can see a girl who loves Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick wearing this as I walk by her at the mall.
I’ve worn all six of the shades… I want to call them shades! I mean, “all six of the scents,” over the past few days. As eau de parfums, they’re concentrated and longer lasting than a typical eau de toilette. I can still detect them on my skin after I take a shower.
To me all of these are wearable, and they don’t seem like basic, budget perfumes. They smell high-end, whatever that means — like if I mixed Clean perfumes with Tocca, then threw in a pinch of Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Byredo.
I really, really like the Lady Danger scent. It has bright cherry notes that come through at the top (like a fruity version of Dolce & Gabbana The One), and Creme d’Nude, which smells like skin that’s been freshly washed with an expensive musky soap.
My Heroine and Ruby Woo could totally pass for unisex scents. I think both are slightly masculine. I get notes of incense and tobacco from My Heroine, and leather from Ruby Woo… Very, very Tom Ford.
As for Velvet Teddy? — I get a tasty cup of vanilla tea with half a bottle of honey squeezed into it. It’s on the sweet side…but it’s definitely not as sweet as Candy Yum-Yum.
The perfumes will be $57 each for a big 1.7-oz. bottle, and their accompanying limited edition lipsticks will be $17.
Out of curiosity, do you remember any of the O.G. MAC fragrances? Inquiring minds want to know. I remember one with a white cap and one with a gold cap… Can’t remember what they were called, though.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,