I love it when life imitates art, or seems to, like it did yesterday when a storm passed overhead while I was contemplating the Eyeshadow X4 quad in Interior Life ($38).
The gray clouds came out of nowhere — clear skies one minute, a downpour the next — and when a blast of thunder roared, I was clutching the quad and its four cool-toned shades.
Remember this scene from the end of the first Terminator movie?
Looking up at the sky and then down at the quad, I realized that both of them were cut from the same cloth, a shawl of moody grays, purples, blues and pinks…
Now, I like these colors. I do. They’re just not the easiest shades for me to wear, and if you’re a damsel with a darker skin tone like mine, you might find that these shadows appear quite sheer when applied.
Who is Daphne Guinness?
The Honorable Daphne Suzanne Diana Joan Guinness, the Irish heiress to the Guinness brewery fortune, is a style icon and world-renowned fashion journalist. Tom Ford once called her “one of — if not the — most stylish women living.” She was also the inspiration behind last year’s holiday collection from NARS.
This year, MAC joined forces with Daphne to develop a 21-piece collection for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails in a mostly cool-toned palette of gray, pink, brown, taupe, charcoal, blue, green and lavender.
I’ve played with nine of the pieces so far, and from what I’ve seen, this release looks stunning for lighter lasses who wear cool-toned grays, pinks and purples well.
With Interior Life, MAC continues to play with sheer pigments. In comparison to Miss Piggy Pink, I think these shades offer a touch more coverage, and while I can appreciate MAC wanting a change of pace, I can see why it might ruffle the feathers of MAC fans addicted to pigment.
MAC went with quiet finishes for this quad, which should appeal to gals averse to shimmer. Even though, technically, light pink Stratus is the only matte, the other finishes here (two satins and a veluxe pearl) still appear almost matte on my skin.
To work this quad by itself, I have to get creative, layering the shadows atop a darker, sparkly base like Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut. But if you have the coloring to pull it off, go for it. Worn by itself, I think this quad has the potential to produce a wonderfully sculpted, clean look a la Bobbi Brown.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to North American MAC counters and stores and online December 26; internationally in January
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
I’m playing catch-up
Happy Friday, fabulous. Guess what? Yesterday I recorded two classic Christmas movies I’ve never seen before, White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life. Yup, I know, but I’ve never seen either of them before, so I’m really looking forward to watching them tonight.
In other news, how are things going out there today? What are you up to?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,