Fabio, dahling, take me now! — to the computer, so that I may satisfy this hunger burning deep within my soul.
Huge both in terms of the fact that it’s the brand’s big release for fall, and huge just in terms of the number of products, especially the eyeshadows.
Overwhelmed much? I am. If you’re looking for a place to start, steer your lusty makeup-lovin’ loins toward one of my favorite quads in the collection, the aptly named A Novel Romance ($40).
This one, I think almost anyone could wear because it covers the color temperature bases well. You have your warmer olive, My Fantasy (the lightest shade), and the golden pearl in Rising Passions (the darkest shade), which balance well with the quad’s cooler-toned elements, namely grayish mauve Fall in Lust and blackened brown Dance in the Dark.
That balance of warm and cool could make it pretty popular with many different skin tones.
One might expect the mix and warm and cool elements to straight-up brawl and not get along, but no. They don’t appear disjointed or mismatched to me. When I wear these shades together, I think they mesh well. It’s very zen…
Heck, if I can’t achieve balance in my day-to-day life, at least I can achieve with my makeup using this quad. Ommmmm…
The combination of olive, mauve, brown and charcoal green also seems refreshing and unusual. Not the typical black/gray/dark blue/plum we see a lot in smokey fall palettes and quads. Here, you get all that sexy, sooty smokiness, but you get it without deep black, which I think is very “cool girl in a messy bun and leather jacket.”
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now online at maccosmetics.com; coming August 21 to stores, and internationally in September
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,