Taking Neutral Lips for a New Spin with MAC Spring Colour Forecast

Published in: MAC Makeup

With more than 40 precious pieces of eye, lip and face makeup spread out among its four different color-themed collections, the new MAC Spring Colour Forecast release overwhelmed me at first. There’s *a lot* in it to digest, and when you’re prone to frequent bouts of makeup-related stimulus overload (like moi), it can be a bit much.


To explore the collection, I’ve been trying to bite off little bits at a time, my own Mini Makeup Missions. 🙂

It’s the approach I took last night at the San Francisco MAC Pro Store release party for Colour Forecast. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get hands-on time with everything, so I concentrated on products I knew I could use for a simple look I’d wear pretty often, in this case a neutral lip look with a little twist.

MAC Pro Store on Union Street, San Francisco

Like a lotta ya’ll, I usually reach for peach, pink or beige lip colors when I want to wear something conservative on my lips — something like shimmery golden peach/pink MAC Nymphette gloss, which I’m still deeply in love with.

Last night, though, I wanted to find something still neutral-ish, but with a little spice to shake things up.

I think I found it in these two purple Lipglasses ($14 each): Lavender Wind (a sheer purple with blue and gold shimmer) and Purple Rage (a shimmery, deep golden plum).

Purple Rage (left) and Lavender Wind (right)

Here they are on their own…

Lipglass in Purple Rage

Lipglass in Lavender Wind

And here they are mixed together…

Lipglass in Purple Rage layered beneath Lavender Wind

I think it’s a fresh take on a standard neutral lip — a light plummy violet infused with pretty gold and blue sparkles.

Mini Makeup Mission accomplished!

Nekkid lips


Hmm… What are some other potential Mini Makeup Missions?

  • A bold cheek and lip color to wear together?
  • Colors to wear with staple MAC eyeshadows (mine are Woodwinked, Sable and Soft Brown)?
  • A shimmery eyeshadow to brighten up tired eyes?
  • An unexpected smokey eyeshadow combo?

Having virtual missions with specific beauty problems to solve usually makes exploring big collections like Spring Colour Forecast easier for me.

What’s your strategy when it comes to investigating new MAC (or other) makeup collections? No matter which approach I take, I always try to remember that it’s just makeup. Priority No. 1: Have fun. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Hafsa says:

    ooh I LOVE Purple Rage! So beautiful 🙂
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… The Elephant In The Room =-.

  2. I went to the unveiling of this collection last night as well. I looove this whole collection! Bought so many new goodies. Isn’t Purple Rage gorgeous??
    .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… NOTD: China Glaze Grape Pop =-.

  3. Katie says:

    I only bought 2 lipsticks, “Bubble Gum” and “Victorian,” they’re so pretty

  4. Nicole says:

    I saw you at the event =)!

  5. Livia says:

    I’d love to get Purple Rage! When its out in the UK 🙂 x
    .-= Livia’s last blog post… MAC in Lillyland Cremeblend Blushes: Joie-de-Vivre & So Sweet So Easy Review & Swatches =-.

  6. Nina says:

    What ive learned is not to get too excited with all the new stuff that comes out … and focus on stuff I would actually wear.

    There have been so many collections where I just got what I thought was pretty … and those things ended up in the drawer – unused. The stuff ive gone back for — those are the ones that are actually heavy in the rotation.

    So for this one — I might focus on the lip stuff and the blushes. I have far, far too many eyeshadows to allow myself to be tempted by some more.

    But then again — who knows what would happen when im actually in the store? 😀

  7. Sindy says:

    How do u find the e/s palette new look?? Looking better or more attractive?

  8. Shadowy Lady says:

    I went to the preview too and got mostly lip products. Purple rage looks much more red on me :/ maybe it’s different pigmentation in our lips
    .-= Shadowy Lady’s last blog post… Neutral Makeup Inspired by Spring Colour Forecast =-.

  9. amy says:

    I am liking Purple Range but I really like it mixed with Lavender Wind.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC Lillyland Cremeblend Blush Joie-de-Vivre Product Picture, Review and Swatch =-.

  10. Devs says:

    I am really liking lavender whip alone. When there are new collections like this I usually look online to see what I like and what I REALLY need, and then I go into the store wtih a set mind on things that I might purchase, depending if I like them in to store or not.

  11. angie says:

    Purple Rage looks amazing with your skintone!! you should definitely pair it with a golden bronzey eye!

  12. Tavia says:

    OMG how many people were in the store at MAC’s . I’ve never seen a MAC Studio so full with people before or maybe this is just happening in U.S.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Update: ORLY Sweet Spring II 2010 Collection – Swatches + New Spring Lipgloss Swatches =-.

  13. Karen B says:

    the combo is gorgeous on you!
    I usually just go in and try to take it all in. Usually I just naturally gravitate towards a part of the collection and once I decided on one or two items I then browse the rest for hidden gems. It sounds very unlike a strategy but it’s worked for me so far 😉
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… L’Oreal Products =-.

  14. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    Purple Rage looks amazing on you!

  15. Pinch says:

    Purple rage looks absolutely gorgeous on you, and layered they make an interesting twist! 🙂
    .-= Pinch’s last blog post… Nails: OPI Over the Taupe =-.

  16. Marce says:

    LOVE Purple Rage on you! It looks fabulous! Lavender Wind is really pretty too but Purple Rage just knocked me off my feet.
    When it comes to checking out new collections, I think if I really need the product, and if I don’t have anything similar in my stash. Since MAC is expensive, I usually control myself! Now and then I’ll splurge…I’m still waiting for Warm & Cozy, though, so there’s time to save up 😀
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… A look at the Grammys =-.

  17. knownever says:

    It’s true! The size of this collection makes it easy for some standouts to get lost in the crowd. I mean, those blushes are obvious stars so I was really overlooking the lip products. Lavender Wind is quite pretty, although it seems like it might not be that bold from a distance.
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… A Major Gripe =-.

  18. Tami says:

    OMG Karen, Purple Rage looks fantastic on you! I may have to take a closer look at this shade:)

  19. Vonvon says:

    Wow!! Love the Lavender Wind on your lips, and combining Purple Rage with it, brings out the color of Lavender Wind even more!!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Review: L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Long Lasting UVA/UVB Protector SPF 50/PA+++ =-.

  20. Sharon says:

    I really, really want Lavender Wind. It will make an awesome replacement for my favourite Lancome Plum Freeze juicy tube, which is discontinued. Same awesome sparkles!

    Have spent more money on makeup since discovering this blog than I spent in oh, probably five *years* before that.

  21. Sophia says:

    Oh, my – Purple Rage sure is amazing. It’s absolutely gorgeous on you. I also have to give it bonus points for having a name that is oddly reminiscent of a song an 80s acid rock band might produce.

  22. Veky says:

    Purple rage is wonderful! <3
    .-= Veky's last blog post… Beauty review: Oriflame Swedish Spa Sea Algae Purifying Face Mask =-.

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