Cold As Ice — MAC Trend F/W 09 Collection
Remember the strong, confident femininity that a Eurythimics-era Annie Lennox managed to ooze even when donning a tailored men’s suit? That’s the spirit channeled by many of this fall’s beauty looks. Icy dark blues, steely grays, asphalt-esque blacks, and matte, concrete-inspired whites pop up on eyelids, often paired with nude or, conversely near-black lip colors. The new MAC Trend F/W ’09 collection zooms in on some of these looks, with an extra strong emphasis on blackberry-colored lipsticks and lip glosses.
Below, I’m showing you photos of the entire collection, as well as swatches of the MAC Lipglass I tried on Runway Wave, a cool nude with a pearly finish, as well as the two lipstick shades I tested, Our Pick, a beige color with grey undertones and a satin finish, and Faultlessly, a dark purple hue. I was probably most excited about checking out the Faultlessly lipstick since I’m a sucker for adventurous hues and the dark, blueberry color made me swoon. Unfortunately, when I smoothed it on my lips, I can’t really say the Faultlessly shade met my expectations — in order to pull off such a dark purple color, the pigment has to be evenly distributed throughout your pout, and this lipstick feathered a lot on my lips, migrating towards the edges of my mouth so that the fleshy center of my lips ended up looking considerably lighter (which gave me that pastrami-like look on my lips that I absolutely abhor). I tried reapplying, blotting, using a lip brush — you name it. I finally tried gliding a bit of Urban Decay’s Lip Primer Potion and dusting some powder atop my lips before applying the lipstick, and this allowed for a more even distribution of color — but, even then, I kept checking the mirror to make sure my lips still looked the way I desired. Still, I did really like the Our Pick lipstick and Runway Fave lip gloss color, and both manage to be right on trend while promising to have relevance way past this season.
MAC “Red Full-Stop” Lipstick, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Hipster” Lipstick, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Our Pick” Lipstick, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Faultlessly” Lipstick, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Asphalt Flower” Fragrance, $22. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “New Berry” Lipglass, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “So This Season” Lipglass, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Runway Fave” Lipglass, $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com