“Excellent…” she said maniacally, her fingers steepled in front of her, Mr. Burns-style.
Twenty-five years and still “doh!”-ing strong (LOL! Ooh, bad pun.)
You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later — that MAC would eventually collaborate with Team Springfield. It was just a matter of time before MAC would accumulate the requisite amount of bright pigments for the products and packaging. I mean, seriously — that red, yellow and blue, and the lacquered black edges? It’s so very MAC!
I should say here before we really get into this that I’m a kid at heart and a lifelong cartoon and comics fan, so I’m a sucker for silly things and makeup that doesn’t take itself too seriously (or really anything that doesn’t take itself too seriously).
To quote the great Bart Simpson, “Don’t have a cow, man, it’s makeup!”
OK, well, I added that last part…
I can see how this particular collaborative pairing may have worried fervent MAC fiends, considering the preponderance of primary colors like bright yellow and blue in The Simpsons. I wondered if the makeup colors were going to look too cartoony or costume. Who knew, right? I swore I’d seen packaging like this at Party City next to the sexy clown costume.
Well, fear not, fabulous reader, because this collection does not channel The Simpsons literally. It’s whimsical, yes, but it’s also bold and pretty. While trying everything on, I had many more “Ooh!” moments than “Eww…”
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Quad
Take That Trillion Dollar Look, the green quad, and one of two quads in the collection (my favorite one!), for instance.
Hello, how am I supposed to say no to a bright lime green eyeshadow? Answer me that. How?
Talk about fun, especially if you dig that classic MAC girl look.
You know the one I’m talking about — the bold eyes with a dash of drag queen fabulousness.
The shadows in That Trillion Dollar Look are all rich, intense and shimmery. In other words, catwalk ready.
Pop a pair of spiky 7 Lashes (a re-promote from the permanent line decked out in special Springfield packaging) on your eyes and don MAC black from head to toe, and you’ll fit right in with the makeup artists at your favorite MAC counter.
MAC Powder Blush in Sideshow You
That Trillion Dollar Look Quad, by the way, looks awfully epic with Sideshow You, the satin light peachy coral Powder Blush.
I think the greens in the quad go really well with the peachy coral. Plus, there’s something about this blush that simulates a youthful flush. I swear, when I wear this, I look like a wee lass of 29. I wore it out to dinner with a girlfriend this week, and the waitress actually carded me.
So pigmented, this blush, so use a delicate hand.
If Sideshow You catches your eye, remember this date: September 4. That’s when the collection launches in stores and online, and Sideshow You is an online exclusive.
MAC Lipglass in Grand Pumpkin
While we’re at it, I think Sideshow You looks as tasty as a Homer-style doughnut when paired with Grand Pumpkin, a bright creamy orange Lipglass.
It’s kind of a holdover, I guess, from summer’s orange lip trend, so if you aren’t ready to bid farewell to orange lip colors, now’s your chance to grab one more before it’s “Full steam ahead to fall!”
MAC 7 Lash false lashes
Why have I not tried these before?? They’re re-promotes from the permanent line, but they’ve got that special edition packaging.
They’re so nice, long, lightweight and great. I love these.
The lashes are in spiky bundles (spiky like Marge’s lashes or Lisa’s hair), and they bring bad-@ss drama without heavyweight lash noise. Just be careful if you intend to clean and reuse them because they’re very delicate (but fab!).
MAC Lipglass in Nacho Cheese Explosion
A couple things in this collection are misses for me, like neon lime yellow Nacho Cheese Explosion (despite the super cool name).
I thought it would be something I’d like, but it turned out kind of gross and weird on my lips. Sort of milky and patchy, and I dunno… Green? Just not cute.
MAC Nail Stickers in Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cles
And then there are the nail stickers… No, this isn’t 2009.
But seriously, remember when everyone was going ga-ga over Minx nails? Yeah, these feel a few years late to me, but they’ll still be fun, I guess, for Halloween.
Or maybe as a gift for the gal pal in your life who loves The Simpsons so much that she quotes the show all the time and named all three of her cats Snowball I, Snowball II and Snowball III.
Good old-fashioned fun
If you aren’t a Simpsons fan, these are still MAC products. Behind the cartoony packaging, primary colors and wacky names are some great MAC colors, and you can definitely achieve that classic MAC girl look.
When/where can you find it?
The 10-piece limited edition collection debuts at all MAC locations and online September 4 through October 2 (and internationally some time in September).
The 10-piece MAC Simpsons Collection includes…
LIPGLASS, $16.50 U.S./$20 CAD
- Nacho Cheese Explosion, a bright neon lime yellow
- Grand Pumpkin, a bright creamy orange
- Red Blazer, a bright fucshia
- Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy, an electric blue violet
THAT TRILLION DOLLAR LOOK QUAD, $44 U.S./$53 CAD
- Lisa’s Spikes, a lime green with a Frost finish
- Apple Squishee, a mid-tone Kelly green with a Frost finish
- 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds, a dirty olive green with a Veluxe Pearl finish
- Chalkboard Dreams, a deep blackened teak with a Velvet finish
MARGE’S EXTRA INGREDIENTS QUAD, $44 U.S./$53 CAD
- Harpooned Heart, a light baby pink with a Lustre finish
- Sexy PB&J, a mid-tone bright violet with a Veluxe Pearl finish
- Beehive Blue, a mid-tone bright blue with a Veluxe Pearl finish
- Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag, a deep navy with a Frost finish
LASH, $18.50 U.S./$22 CAD
- 7 Lash
POWDER BLUSH, $24 U.S./$28.50 CAD
- Pink Sprinkles, a cute blueish pink with a Satin finish
- Sideshow You, a light peachy coral with a Satin finish (online exclusive)
MAC NAIL STICKERS, $16.50 U.S./$19 CAD
- Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cles
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Since we’re on the topic of Springfield, do you have any Simpsons-related stories? They have been on TV since…the dawn of time, after all.
Mine is from back in high school, sophomore year. My best friend Jen had a pair of Bart Simpson jeans. They were regular blue jeans but had a huge Bart Simpson picture on the left thigh, and because I sat next to her in biology, I had to look at that Bart Simpson all year long…