MAC Cosmetics All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection — Love The Skin You’re In!
When I first heard that MAC Cosmetics was launching a collection of cosmetics dubbed “All Ages, All Races, All Sexes,” I was equal parts intrigued and apprehensive. On the one hand, I’ve always appreciated MAC’s commitment to providing a broad range of makeup (particularly foundations, concealers and powders) to suit the needs of its diverse clientele. Ask any woman of color (myself included) and, until recently, there were very few other lines that provided high-quality makeup that actually matched our skin tones. On the other hand, I was a bit queasy by the United Colors of Benetton-esque vibe of the collection’s name, and the overly simplistic “Ebony And Ivory” tone of it all. I could almost picture the advertisements, which I knew would feature a black woman and a white woman in some sort of embrace or friendly stance. Sure enough, that’s precisely how the dominant ad looks: two models in draped ensembles matching their particular flesh tones and matching beanie hats covering their tresses, with the white model wrapping her arms around the black model’s shoulders. As soon as I looked at the image, I wondered, “What happened to the all races part?” As a Latina, I’m always perplexed and perturbed by the way any racial discourse in this country is condensed into a white vs. black dialogue,thereby practically negating the experience of all other racial groups (Asian, Latino, Pacific Islander and Native American communities). Had they featured an Asian model and a Mexican model, for example, I would’ve been a happy camper — it would’ve been refreshing to finally see a shift in the paradigm.
But enough about the campaign and the collection’s unfortunate choice of name. What’s the scoop on the products? Well, as you might imagine, the lipsticks, shadows, powders, and blushes offered are earthy tones in a variety of shades so as to complement all skin tones. I actually really enjoyed all the products I tried and found them to be quite flattering.
Here, a look at the products in the collection:
The lipsticks in this collection sound words that would be engraved into some monument at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.: there’s Equality, a lustrous pale mauve hue; Myself, a creamy pale nude shade with yellow undertones; Empowered, a coppery brown; and 5N, a Fudgsicle-colored sheer brown hue with plum undertones. I had the chance to try the “Myself” and “5N” shades, and I really liked both of them. The “Myself” lipstick is perfect for my complexion, since I have some yellow undertones to my skin, and it’s a lipstick I can wear when I want to cancel out the lips and draw attention to the eyes. The “5N” hue, meanwhile, makes more of a statement on my lips, but it’s still sheer enough to feel right for regular use.
Check out the swatches and photos below:
MAC Lipstick in Myself, Equality, Empowered, and 5N, $14 each. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Myself” and “5N” Lipstick Swatches:
MAC “5N” Lipstick On Lips:
The Lipglass hues are also earthy tones with varying amounts of intensity and warm or cool undertones. The Lipglass colors in the collection are: “Glamour for All,” a frosted sheer pink-ish hue; “Liqueur,” a warm coppery brown hue; “Naked Frost,” a sheer, pearlized taupe; and “Spirit & Soul,” a deep dark chocolate with a purplish pearly finish.
I personally checked out the “Liqueur” Lipglass and I loved the shade, which reminded me of warm maple syrup. Check out the swatches of the shade below!
MAC Lipglass in “Glamour For All,” “Liqueur,” “Naked Frost,” and “Spirit & Soul,” $14. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Liqueur” Lipglass Swatches:
The “All Ages, All Races, All Sexes” collection features four eye shadow hues: “All Races,” a matte light mauve taupe with cool undertones; “Banshee,” which is billed as a high-shimmer dirty taupe with frost and sparkle diamond clusters; “Cross-Cultural,” an earthy matte brown with yellow undertones; and “Showstopper,” a deep, dusky brown with a velvety finish.
I tried the “Banshee” and “Showstopper” shades and found that they work beautifully together. The “Showstopper” color is this wonderfully dusty espresso brown hue with a matte finish, while the “Banshee” hue is an extremely luminous shade. Though it’s billed as a taupe hue, I’d actually describe it as more of a mauve hue mixed with a light fawn shade. The one thing about this particular shadow that takes some getting used to is its texture. The high concentration of sparkle makes it feel a bit coarse on the lid, as opposed to the other shades which have a silkier texture. That being said, it looks incredible on, illuminating eyes while still looking very natural an effortless.
MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow, $14.50. Visit MACcosmetics.com
MAC “Banshee” and “Showstopper” Swatches:
MAC “Banshee” and “Showstopper” on Eyes:
The collection includes two Beauty Powder Blush shades: “Personal Style,” a mauve taupe, and “All’s Good,” a rosy bronze shade with cool undertones.
MAC Beauty Powder Blush in All’s Good:
MAC Beauty Powder Blush. Visit MACcosmetics.com
For more dramatic looks, you can add some serious shimmer to eyes with one of the collection’s two pigment options: “Rich Life,” a dark cool brown,” and “Universal Mix,” a white gold hue.
MAC Pigment in “Rich Life” and “Universal Mix,” $19.50. Visit MACcosmetics.com
WANNA CHECK OUT A FINISHED LOOK? HERE GOES!
I’m kind of mad that I didn’t apply some brow gel on before taking this pic since my eyebrows are clearly not cooperating but let’s move past that and focus on the rest of the look! LOL.. Okay, all jokes aside, to create this look I applied MAC powder to my face, then swept the “All’s Good” Beauty Powder Blush along the cheeks. Next, I applied the “Banshee” eye shadow along the lower lid and crease and layered the “Showstopper” shade on top, concentrating on the mid-to-outer section of each lid. Lastly, on lips, I applied the “5N” lipstick” an finished off with a dab of clear gloss along the center of the pout.
**This piece was written using product samples submitted for editorial review by MAC’s publicity department.