I suppose the very first spark that led to MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass ($14.50) ignited one day in Mrs. Mannah’s second-grade class. The year was 1982, and I’d just met Jen, who would quickly become one of my lifelong BFFs.
Evolution Revolution is the shade I created for the upcoming MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection, a nine-piece collection of MAC Eyeshadows and Lipglasses launching June 21, exclusively online (available now!). It’s also the real reason for the secret squirrel trip I took to Toronto last April.
MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass
MAC Lipglass in Evolution Revolution
Jen and I still recall with frightening accuracy all of the cute boys in our second-grade class. “Remember Lee, with the missing tooth?” Jen will ask. “Oh, yeah,” I’ll reply. “Total hottie.”
Sometimes I find it hard to believe, but we’ve been obsessing over boys for nearly 27 years. Jen’s having a baby boy in the fall, and I can already tell he’s going to be the new object of our affections.
The next piece of the EvRev puzzle fell into place the very next year in Mrs. Hartunian’s third-grade class, which is when I met Cindy. She had long black hair, a talent for drawing graceful pictures of glamorous girls, and a great Granny Goose potato chip hookup (her dad worked there, so she would always bring a huge box of assorted chips to every class party).
Cindy is still my number one surf buddy, and the one person I can always depend on when I’m feeling blue.
But Evolution Revolution’s real roots didn’t take hold until high school, when Jen, Cindy and I all played flute in the school band. It was between orchestra rehearsals and marching band competitions (BAND GEEKS!) that our friendship really grew.
Evolution Revolution honors the bonds of friendship and the people who are there for us through good times and bad. But that’s not the entire story behind this warm peachy pink gloss…
What is the MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection?
Back in January, MAC asked a group of beauty bloggers to submit ideas, in pictures and words, for an upcoming collection of Lipglasses and Eyeshadows. Nine of the submissions would eventually go on to become the products in the release.
When I was brainstorming ideas for colors, two things kept popping into my head: 1) memories of a trip that Jen, Cindy and I took to Maui a few years ago; and 2) how we’re all shaped by the challenges we face. Two hundred and fifty words later, Evolution Revolution was born.
In a way, I’m thankful for the obstacles life regularly throws in my path, because it’s the challenges that force us to change, grow and evolve.
One afternoon, while I was on vacation with two of my closest friends from childhood, I witnessed something I’ll never forget. We were on the last day of our girl’s trip to Maui and had pulled the car over at an unnamed beach to catch one final sunset before heading home. Standing there on the side of the road, I caught a glimpse of the light falling on our faces the moment the sun drifted beneath the horizon. The colors flashed from buttery gold, pink, peach and purple to glittering blue and green and back again.
It was one of those moments when you feel like you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. I realized that every bump in the road helped me get to that spot, changing me into the girl standing there on that strip of sand, etching that moment into memory.
Like colors shifting in the light as it falls on a woman’s face at sunset, the colors of Evolution Revolution Lipglass are beautiful and complex — from some angles, pink; from others, peachy gold. And when the light hits them just right, we see brief flashes of purple, green and blue micro glitter.
We all face challenges that change us, but I like to think they also help us get where we need to be.
That is Evolution Revolution.
I also submitted a few pictures with the idea…
Cindy, me and Jen on my wedding day in 2006
The nameless beach on Maui where we watched the sunset
Just a random picture of a flower I took; I like the lightest pinkish peach parts on the petals
Some more imagery for the Lipglass…
In the lab at the EstÃ©e Lauder Companies Canadian Innovation Centre last April, I mixed pigments like a mad makeup scientist until everything about the color felt just right.
MAC paired each of the bloggers with a chemist during the color mixing/matching phase. Cheryl (she invented the MAC Acrylic Paints; can you believe it?!) and I hit it off right away!
The first two versions of Evolution Revolution were a little lighter than I envisioned, so Cheryl helped me make a few adjustments
The very first finished tube of Evolution Revolution
I can only hope that MACaholics love the color as much as I do, because when I hold it in my hand, I see much more than a Lipglass…
I see the fabric of lifelong friendships.
I see the strength within each and every one of us.
And most of all, I see you.
The subtle green, blue and purple glitter sparkles on your lips as you walk across the stage on graduation day. The tube waits patiently in your purse on your first day to work. The wand waves in your fingertips as you realize that, yes, you’re finally over him, and you know you’re going to be okay.
This Lipglass is my love letter to you, my friend, and I hope it helps you write the story of your life.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Since you’re here, it’s probably safe to assume that you like MAC Cosmetics as much as I do. 🙂 Have you seen my MAC Gallery? It’s a visual way to search for MAC reviews and looks on Makeup and Beauty Blog.
The Entire MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection
LIPGLASSES ($14.50 US/$17.50 CDN)
Karen’s Lipglass, Evolution Revolution: A warm peachy pink with subtle purple, green and blue micro glitter
Patrice’s Lipglass, All Of My Purple Life: A deep purple/grape with subtle sparkle
Lily’s Lipglass, Caqui: A persimmon orange
Aileen’s Lipglass, Sonoran Rain: A deep coral-red with gold and silver pearl
Wendy’s Lipglass, Nitro:licious 2046: An intense shiny red
EYESHADOWS ($14.50 US/$17.50 CDN)
Amber’s Eyeshadow, Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle!: A deep rusty brown with champagne-colored sparkle
Christine’s Eyeshadow, Jealousy Wakes: A seething emerald green with teal and gold pearl
Lesley Ellen’s Eyeshadow, Parisian Skies: A muted grey-blue
Lianne’s Eyeshadow, Hocus Pocus: A dark sooty grey with silver pearl