for their second big fall collection, it kind of seems like mac is taking pot shots at themselves. the imagery used for marketing [ads, in-store displays] features three portraits by artist cindy sherman, each one an embodiment of exactly what most makeup wearers seek to avoid when they start to put on their mask of the day. the faces of the collection are an overblown dowager, a slightly demented-looking doll and a sad clown, none of them beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time a reminder that cosmetics are- and should be- funny.
each "model" has her own miniature collection, the first a sultry set of darker shades and purples [and, to my eye, the only one of the three that is in any way autumnal], the second lighter, more pastel colours and the third a group of "ow my eyeballs" brights. so there's likely to be a little something for every taste included.
the strange part is that it's also likely that many fans already have the shades they want, since a lot of the collection has either been available before in limited edition or is part of the permanent line-up at their pro locations. [there's even a few shades snuck in from their regular permanent collection.] it makes for a nice opportunity to grab some old favourites and see things that you might have missed, but i have the feeling that people who have followed mac a long time are going to end up feeling a little left out.
MEET THE PRODUCTS...
|l to r :: neon orange, show orchid, violetta, fusion pink|
the product which is doubtless going to cause a stampede of desperate customers is the mineralize skinfinish "lightscapade". because mac does so many limited products, certain ones end up going down in the annals of history, becoming almost mythical in the minds of fans. and nothing has become more mythical than "lightscapade". initially released in 2006 and not seen since, it's the fairest highlighter mac has ever done, imparting a pearly, moonlit sheen to the skin. i'll admit that i've always fed the fires. i bought it originally and fell so in love with it that i went back and paid a little above market to get a replacement from a private sale. on pale skin, it makes one luminous, without the sort of warm tone that a lot of highlighters have. even on darker skin [although it's a little trickier and i advise trying it out before committing], it can add a soft glow without becoming ashy. it's actually a very nice, lower cost alternative to guerlain's meteorites, which are about the closest thing i can think of in terms of appearance. [lightscapade has a bit more of a sheen.]
|the "lightscapade effect"|
[note: as with many mineralize products, there can be a lot of variation between single units, depending on how much veining and of which colours is present. if you have a preference, it's worth asking the associate to let you have a look at which one you're actually buying. some version of lightscapade are more beige, while others- with more blue- are cooler and show more as white.]
there are other products available with the launch, but i'll limit myself to these, since they're really what i've had the chance to look at in some detail. although there is a sense that i've seen a lot of the shades before, i have to admit that a lot of the colours are personal favourites. it's a collection of solid quality and one that invites you to have fun. you're putting paint on your face. it should be an activity that's silly and strange and completely enjoyable.
since there are so many repeat products here, there are actually a lot of looks i've already posted that feature some of the products.
you can see more of show orchid here.
and a look with fusion pink here.
and a quick peek at a me wearing neon orange at the bottom of this post.
although it's more subtle, you can see shots of lightscapade in daylight in the third look of this post. i personally think that this is a product that really shines [not literally] at night, but to each their own.