Knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl…
Once upon a time, I was a mediocre knitter. Then I knitted and knitted and knitted until I’d created a scarf! — and after all that knitting, and all that yarn…I was still a mediocre knitter. 🙂
I haven’t quite figured out what the knitted pattern on the new Mineralize Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes in the MAC Lightness of Being collection has to do with the overall theme of the release, but I dig it.
The names of some of the pieces have a dance motif, like Beautiful Moves, and Leap and Modern Movement, but then there’s that knitted pattern on the pans… And all the pastels? I haven’t figured out what they’re doing here either.
Perhaps the collection was designed for a troupe of dancing knitters, or maybe it was inspired by the pastel pink leg warmers I so desperately wanted back in second grade.
Or maybe I’m just reading entirely too much into it, which is probably the case.
The new MAC Lightness of Being collection metaphysically materializes on the MAC website Dec. 23, and then arrives on MAC counters a few days later on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas.
With shimmery lemon, peach, blue, gray, lavender, mint and brown colors, it’s a fresh break from more serious and weighty winter mattes.
If you’re into MAC Mineralize products and/or pearly pastels, you should totally check it out.
For my makeup here, a look with gray eyes, pink cheeks and nude lips, I started with the light gray Mineralize Eye Shadow in Uninhibited, which reminds me…
Do you see how the pan is actually split in two?
It’s not easy to notice. It’s very subtle, but all six of the Mineralize Eye Shadows in the collection are like that, with a frost on one side and a pearl on the other.
I like that idea because you can play with the different finishes to create dimension. For this look, first, I applied the pearly gray side, which is not quite as shiny as the frost, all over my lids. Then I patted the frosty shade on the center of my lids with a finger for dimension.
I chose a satin finish eyeshadow from the MAC permanent line, golden brown MAC Cork, to use as a transition color in my crease, instead of going for a straight matte.
Now, I usually prefer mattes in the crease, but I opted for a slightly shimmery satin this time because I thought it might transition a little more smoothly into a frost. A matte would have worked, too, but it probably would have taken a little more effort.
After that, to give my brow bone a lift, I lightly dusted the pearl side from Natural Vigor, a champagne peach (also from MAC Lightness of Being), along the brow bone.
Natural Vigor, by the way, is one of my favorite pieces in the collection. Buffed on lids with a 217, it just glows. Super pretty.
To finish the eyes, I lined my water lines and lash lines with Slate, the collection’s dark gray eye pencil.
Understated but totally beautiful, Slate should do a lot of great things for brown, hazel and green eye colors.
So, now let’s talk about the cheek situation…
Not gonna lie, I almost panicked for a second the first time I tried on Please Yourself, the highly pigmented, super glittery pinkish plum blush and its borderline crazy-pants shimmer.
Picture a rollicking twenty-first birthday party that coincides with New Year’s Eve.
It took a few tries with it, but I eventually found a way to make it look passably natural. I think.
I barely loaded my blush brush with the tiniest amount, then lightly tapped it ever so gently on the apples of my cheeks, which resulted in a pinkish plum tint with the faintest essence of glitter.
Of course, you could go all mega glittery with it if you want to. Ain’t no shame in that game. Just buff the living crap out of it, because that seems to really boost the shimmer.
I could have skipped the highlighting at this point, but I couldn’t resist golden peachy pink Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade’s pearlescent glow.
Opalescent powders get me every time, and this highlighter looks like pure opal powder on the skin. I love it on my upper cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. If you’re a ho for highlighting (like yours truly!), don’t miss Lightscapade.
My lips look pretty boring here compared to the rich reds and plums I normally wear in winter, but I wanted to stay true to the whole “light and fresh” theme, so I’m wearing tannish brown Mineralize Lipstick in Touch the Earth (super moisturizing!), with pearly champagne pink Mineralize Glass in Poetic on top.
The MAC Lightness of Being collection includes…
MINERALIZE RICH LIPSTICK
- Be Fabulous, a washed-out pastel pink
- Luxe Natural, a light beige cream
- Dreaminess, a soft cool pink cream
- Style Surge, a neutral coral cream
- Touch the Earth, a light wood brown
- $22 US, $26 CAD each
- Poetic, a pale champagne pink with pearl
- Loose & Lively, a peachy orange
- One Cue, a golden pearl
- Boundless Energy, a violet pink
- Beautiful Moves, a pale mint with pearl
- $22 US, $26 CAD each
MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW
- Spiritual Life, a shimmery pale lemon with a half pearl, half frost finish
- Natural Vigor, a shimmery champagne peach with a half pearl, half frost finish
- Just Breathe, a shimmery light blue with a half pearl, half frost finish
- Uninhibited, a shimmery light gray with a half pearl, half frost finish
- Leap, a shimmery lavender with a half pearl, half frost finish
- Force of Nature, a shimmery brown with a half pearl, half frost finish
- $22 US, $26 CAD each
- Taupe, a dark brown
- Slate, a dark gray
- $16 US, $19 CAD each
- Lightscapade, a shimmery off-white with light pink, blue and yellow marbling
- Perfect Topping, a shimmery pale peach with lavender marbling
- $32 US, $37 CAD each
- Uplifting, a peach with bright orange marbling
- Please Yourself, a light pink with plum marbling
- $27 US, $32 CAD each
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
- Lightness of Being, a pale beige
- Modern Movement, a pale lavender
- $12 US, $14 CAD each
- 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow, $32 US, $38.50 CAD
- 159 Duo Fibre Blush, $35 US, $42 CAD
- 187 Duo Fibre Face, $42 US, $50.50 CAD
Available online December 23, 2014, and in stores December 26, 2014, through February 6, 2015.
What do you think of the collection? It’s interesting for winter, but I’m liking it so far.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,