Hey, bubbles. 🙂 Just in case you were looking for makeup to wear to the laundromat…
BOOM! MAC Wash and Dry.
Yes, domestic divas, a freaking laundromat serves as the backdrop for MAC’s new summer collection, Wash and Dry.
As a woman who has probably spent approximately one third of her adult life hanging out in laundromats (I didn’t have a washer/dryer until I moved into this condo), I feel qualified to say that this is by far the schmexy-est laundromat of them all.
First, you don’t have worry about running out of quarters, or about somebody stealing your cat t-shirts and stretchy pants out of the dryer, or about that creepy dude lurking in the corner who you suspect intends to flash you. None of those are issues at this facility. In fact, the odds of that man offering to touch up your eye makeup are far greater than the odds of him exposing his manly bits.
This collection is so much more fun than washing and folding clothes. 🙂
It’s a pretty substantial one, too, with four steamy lipsticks (one word: BRIGHTS), four glosses, a couple of blushes, two nail polishes and a bad-@ss highlighting powder (stay tuned for that review) — oh, and bronzers, of course, because it’s not a legitimate MAC summer launch without a guest appearance by Refined Golden, obvs.
For eyes, there are a massive number of brow products, a few liners, a waterproof mascara and three eyeshadow trios, which leads me to this…
I’m wearing Permanent Press, one of the $27.50 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trios from the collection, in this toasty brown, smokey cat eye today, and I had absolutely no trouble blending it, thanks to the silky — almost creamy — Veluxe Pearlfusion formula. It’s super lightweight, so melding the colors into each other doesn’t require a lot of effort with a blending brush.
You can wear them dry, like I’ve done here, for a dreamy metallic shine, or apply them with a wet brush for more of a goddess-emerging-from-the-surf (or the laundry soap suds, in this case) foil-like shine. Either way, they last from 7-8 hours on my combination lids when applied atop primer.
MAC Wash and Dry Collection Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trios: Notes on the individual trios…
Permanent Press: When it comes to everyday eye makeup, I gravitate toward neutrals a lot of the time, so this trio of beige, neutral brownish bronze and black infused with golden pearl sits at the top of my laundry list.
It’s just so flexible! You can smoke it out for an intense look, or do a quick wash of color on your lids with it if you’re in a hurry (10-minute makeup, yo!). Or, do something sort of in the middle, like a smokey cat eye. I think this trio is the most workable of the three in terms of color temp, and the skin tones that could rock it, because of how neutral its neutrals are.
They’re pretty darned neutral. Not too warm, nor cool, so it should work well for most everyone.
Warm Wash: The copper in the center of this trio is so sparkly that I make grabby hands whenever I see it. Too bad its just SO chunky. I think a fingertip or a brush saturated with MAC Fix + might be the best tools to use for this one, and I’d steer clear of fluffy brushes, because they’re liable to throw Warm Wash powder particles all over the place.
Green Clean: Dat khaki tho!!! Wet or dry, it’s the business. There’s an undercurrent of gold in it that really makes it pop on a tan.
Ooh! — you know what would be pretty? Doing either the light pale green, or the lime green, lightly buffed on the lids with khaki cat eye liner.
Note to self: make that happen, ASAP. 🙂
One last thing — if you like to apply your foundation first, I suggest holding a tissue under your lash line when you apply and blend these Veluxe Pearlfusions to catch any wayward falling shadow, because I usually experience a little fallout with them, especially the darker colors.
Look for Pearlfusion-powered suds and laundry-themed adventure when these Veluxe Pearlfusions arrive for a limited time with the rest of the MAC Wash and Dry collection online May 14, and at MAC stores and counters May 21.
Now (ugh), let’s go do some laundry.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,