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MAC Spring Colour 3 Forecast — A Purple Reign


Every time I look at the photos of the MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour 3 Forecast collection, I feel like breaking out into Prince’s “Purple Rain.” And, of course, the collection is based on exploring the different members of the purple family: lavender, mauve, plum, lilac, violet, eggplant purple, and more. This collection is, of course, the third part of MAC’s Spring Forecast, which incorporates four collections themed according to the predominant color scheme explored. The forecasts predict the eye shadow, lipstick, and blush hues that will prevail during the spring season, based on the runway makeup seen on the runway during the Spring 2010 couture and ready-to-wear shows in New York, Paris, and Milan.

Those of you who remember our coverage of the Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week shows might recall that purple lids and lips prevailed at shows like Vena Cava, where MAC makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds created a matte purple lip. The trend continued in Milan, where the Versace show makeup consisted of lavender liquid eyeliner along the upper lash line and purple eye shadow on the lid and beneath the lower lash line.

Though this is a more condensed collection than the Spring Colour 1 Forecast and Spring Colour 2 Forecast collections, it’s chock-full of on-trend goodies.


I like to think of this blush as a more dramatic, deeper version of the Azalea Blossom blush in the Spring Colour 1 Forecast collection. Instead of a pinkish lavender color, however, these colors yield a merlot-tinged, reddish plum color when blended together.

MAC Blush Ombre in Vintage Grape, $25. Visit MACcosmetics.com

Here’s a swatch of the Vintage Grape blush:




Two lipsticks were created for this collection: Radicchio, a blue-tinged mauve hue (pictured above at left), and Hang-Up, which is described as a deep berry color (presumably a blackberry-meets-raspberry shade). I unfortunately haven’t tried either of these yet, but I must say the Raddichio lipstick is calling my name!

MAC Lipstick in Radicchio and Hang-Up, $14 each. Visit MACcosmetics.com



Again, two lip gloss shades were created for this streamlined collection, both with similar tones as those utilized when concoting the lipstick shades. First, we have Lavender Wind, a pearlescent, pink-ish lavender hue. Next, we have Purple Rage, a frosted, shimmering deep berry shade. I had the chance to try the Purple Rage color, and I was smitten by how the purple tones are mixed with reddish, almost wine-like tones. I’d say it’s more of a reddish color than a purple hue, but it’s those blue-purple undertones that give this merlot shade such a kick.

MAC Lipglass in Lavender Wind and Purple Rage, $14 each. Visit MACcosmetics.com

Here’s what the Purple Rage Lipglass looks like on skin:


Instead of individual eye shadows, MAC created a funky eye shadow quartet for the third installment of its Spring Colour Forecast  range. The quartet includes the shades Mink Pink, a velvety, nude-ish pink; Bruised Plum, a dusty mauve shade; Black Tulip, a slightly rosy, frosted lilac color; and Jungle Moon, a mysterious, dark eggplant hue.

MAC Colour 3: Eyeshadow X4, $36. Visit MACcosmetics.com



Purple nails are a huge part of the beauty industry’s current fascination with this hue,¬† and this deep violet hue perfectly addresses the trend, plus the creamy finish gives it a slightly less jarring feel.

MAC Nail Lacquer in Imperial Splendor, $12. Visit MACcosmetics.com

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