Years from now, in the distant future, when historical beauty buffs/artistic archeologists look back on MAC’s 2015 limited edition releases, the award for Best Dressed Collection could easily go to MAC Guo Pei.
This one is a beauty! — and the packaging is also unusual for MAC. The compacts, lipsticks, brushes and glosses are all wearing fabric accents with floral flourishes (there’s even a cute little lady bug on the print) and have details like real stitching on the fabric sides.
Unfortunately, the designer treatment also results in one of the more expensive MAC collections around. The two eyeshadow quads are — brace yourself for it — $70 each (!).
Yes, that’s crazypants.
Thankfully, the shadows are up to par for MAC. Unlike the shadows in some of MAC’s other limited edition quads and palettes, which for me are sometimes hit or miss (some feel harder than usual and aren’t as pigmented as their permanent collection counterparts), these are of comparable quality to the shadows in the permanent line.
Thank goodness for that.
All of the shadows in the two quads swatch beautifully, and I haven’t had any problems with blending, skipping, fallout or patchy/uneven application.
The collection is a collaboration with Chinese designer Guo Pei, famous in China for her elaborate hand-sewn creations, some of which take years to complete. Earlier this summer she made waves on the international scene with a magnificent gold and canary yellow gown worn by Rihanna to the Met Ball.
I’ve read that the gown, with its voluminous train and intricate embroidery, took two years to complete.
I can definitely see the fashion influence in the design of these products.
Ironically, despite the springy garden vibe I get from the packaging, the colors inside the products seem like fall — but they aren’t predictible. The lovely jewel-toned blues are spiced up with warm coppers and golds, touches of red, coral and pink on cheeks and lips, and charcoal grays for the eyes.
All told, it’s a pricey, pretty collection with jaw-dropping packaging.
I think the quads are great. I just wish they weren’t so expensive…
MAC x Guo Pei Collection
Limited edition; coming September 24 to the MAC website and October 1 through November 1 to select MAC counters and stores
- Eye Shadow X 4 in Night Sky with Matte Eyeshadow in Nehru (a matte black gray), Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Bright Moon (a warm white), Frost Eyeshadow in Blue Horizon (a mid-tone vibrant blue) and Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Celestial Peak, $70
- Eye Shadow X 4 in Morning Light with Pearl Lustre Eyeshadow in Sweet Vapours (a soft beige with pink duochrome), Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Walking Dawn (a light medium gold), Frost Eyeshadow in Amber lights (a peachy brown with shimmer) and Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Earthy Scent (a blackened brown), $70
- Fluidline in Blue Fountain, a creamy dark greenish blue, $17.50
- Fluidline in Darkness of Calm, a frosty dark espresso, $17.50
- Fluidline in Palm Tree, a creamy charcoal with pearl, $17.50
- Cremesheen Lipstick in Brave Red, a bright yellowish red, $30
- Lustre Lipstick in Zenith, a light nude, $30
- Lustre Lipstick in Ethreal Orchid, a mid-tone dirty coral, $30
- Cremesheen Glass in Pale Moon, a mid tone pinkish nude, $28
- Cremesheen Glass in Love of Roses, a true red, $28
- Cremesheen Glass in Bright Pink Bouquet, a nude coral, $28
- Matte Powder Blush in Lotus Blossom, a light bluish pink, $40
- Satin Powder Blush in Red Water Lily, a light coral pink, $40
- Beauty Powder in Moonlight, a translucent powder with small sized fine pearls, $70
- 213 Fluff Brush, $32
- 128 Powder Blush, $46
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,