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MAC Cosmetics Shop MAC, Cook MAC Collection — Is It Tasty Enough To Buy?

Packaged in groovy, 1960s-flavored, Stepford Wife-approved and B52s-coveted boxes with pink-and-white or turquoise-and-white gingham patterns or , alternatively, featuring concentric, bubble-like spheres in carnation pink, turquoise, and yellow color schemes, the products in MAC Cosmetics‘ new  Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection are designed to be punchy, bright, and flavorful enough to satiate all appetites.

The first half of the collection, the Shop MAC section, features a range of Lipstick, Kissable Lipcolour, Cremeblend Blush and Eye Shadow x4 products in shades that reference everyday objects and daily routines while simultaneously making these seem grandiose and superb. The eyeshadow quads are perhaps the most successful in this regard, incorporating exciting hue combinations like a Peeps-worthy yellow with a deep, mysterious, marine blue (in the case of the Colour Added palette) or shimmering tangerine with a dusky matte coral pink (as with the Call Me Bubbles quad).

The second half, the Cook MAC portion, features bright colors inspired by dips and sauces, spices and herbs, fruits and vegetables, and decadent desserts. A deep brown Fluidline is dubbed Wholesome, perhaps referencing to the color of full grain breads, while a sheer red Tendertone Lip Balm SPF 12 is dubbed Hot ‘N’ Saucy to highlight the color of such common culinary fare as Tabasco sauce, Sweet & Sour dipping sauce, and shrimp cocktail sauce.

As with most limited-edition MAC collections, a strong emphasis was placed on packaging — and it’s those retro-flavored boxes that will entice women to, well, Shop MAC. As for the actual products in those neat little boxes, some are worth the investment (particularly the eye shadow quads) while others, disappointingly, are re-releases of shades introduced in prior collections (which will come as welcome news for those who didn’t nab them the first time around but will frustrate those like myself who crave new and exciting hues).

Check out images of the entire Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection after the jump, along with swatches of different eye shadow, lipstick, cream blush, lip balm, and gloss shades.

 

EYE SHADOW X4

 The Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection includes three eye shadow quads, one featuring a combination of cool mauve, pink, blue and violet hues; another incorporating fiery shades of copper, orange, salmon pink, and golden tan; and a particularly quirky compact juxtaposing bright and pale yellow with blackened turquoise and dark gray. Below, you’ll find the scoop on all three quads.

COLOUR ADDED:

There’s no arguing that the Shop MAC Colour Added Eye Shadow x4 ($38 at MACcosmetics.com) figures as the most unique of the eye shadow quads thanks to its refreshingly unusual assortment of colors. The Colour Added quad incorporates the following shades: Laundry Daze, a light, almost eggshell-like yellow with a soft, almost creamy texture; Colour Added, a veluxe pearl eyeshadow in a perky yellow shade reminiscent of classic marshmallow Peeps; Pre-Packaged, a veluxe pearl eye shadow in a deep marine blue with teal undertones; and Self-Serve, a true medium gray with a hazy, slightly dirty quality and a satin finish.

Here’s what the four eye shadow shades look like on skin:

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CALL ME BUBBLES:

The Shop MAC Call Me Bubbles  Eye Shadow x4 ($38 at MACcosmetics.com) focuses on the warmer side of the color spectrum, with enough citrus-y shades to fill an orange grove. The palette includes the following hues: Call Me Bubbles, a light champagne nude shade reminiscent of the bubbly you’d pour in a flute before adding in some OJ for a morning mimosa;  Fresh Daily, a yummy tangerine color with a frosty finish; Full of Flavour, a punchy coral pink reminiscent of the pulpy inside of a pink grapefruit; and Brash, a pearly copper color with red orange undertones.

Here’s what the shades look like on skin:

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COLOUR ADDED:

Last, there’s the Shop MAC Shop & Drop Eye Shadow x4 ($38 at MACcosmetics.com), a deliciously on-trend quartet of mysterious purple, blue, gray, and lavender-tinged pink shades. The most mesmerizing players in this quad are Power Boosted, a deep violet with a veluxe pearl finish reminiscent of American beautyberry fruits, and Shop & Drop, an almost sinfully indulgent, near-black midnight blue hue with a satin finish and a sprinkle of silver shimmer. Sugar Shock, a soft, powdery, matte hue reminiscent of a pink meringue  adds a dainty element to the palette while Hypnotizing, a mauve-tinged gray with a frosted finish, functions as the perfect middle ground, balancing the color scheme.

Here are swatches of the eye shadows in the Shop & Drop palette:

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LIPSTICK

The shades in the Shop MAC Lipstick ($14.50 at MACcosmetics.com) are a mixture of old and new, with colors like Runaway Red (first introduced in the MAC Me Over collection) and Innocence, Beware! (which debuted in the Venomous Villains collection) resurfacing and being accompanied by more recent concoctions like Watch Me Simmer, a highly pigmented, cantaloupe-tinged pink with a smooth satin finish, and Dish It Up, a semi-sheer, lustrous berry pink with lilac undertones.

I was excited to see Runaway Red making a comeback since it’s the type of blue-based red that many women will appreciate (in fact, when first released, tons of dark-skinned Middle Eastern, Latina, and African-America woman raved about the shade). I was less than enthused to see Innocence, Beware! return since it’s not a distinctive or even particularly memorable color — in fact, the warm nude lipstick doesn’t even hold a candle to the other flesh-toned shades in the MAC arsenal.

Additional shades include Quick Sizzle, a hot pink with a matte finish, and Naughty Sauté, a creamy Peptobismol-like pink.

Below, you’ll find swatches of fourof the six lipstick shades. We’re particularly impresses with Watch Me Simmer since it’s probably the most original shade in the bunch and the color payoff is simply fantastic.

 

 

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KISSABLE LIPCOLOUR

Rather than an array of sheer Lipglass hues or glitter-packed Dazzleglass shades, MAC paired its lipstick offerings with five Shop MAC Kissable Lipcolour ($19 at MACcosmetics.com) offerings. Each tube features a sponge-tip applicator much like you’d expect to find in an ordinary gloss but the actual product is considerably richer, more heavily pigmented, and creamier in its consistency, making it more of a creamy lipstick than a true lip gloss.

The five colors in the collection are: Flaunting It, a deep grayish mauve hue; Enchantée, a cherry blossom pink; Woo Me, a light toffee nude; Scan-delicious, a blue-based fuchsia; and So Vain, a muted coral pink.

Below, you’ll find swatches of the Flaunting It, Enchantée, and Woo Me Kissable Lipcolours:

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TENDERTONE LIP BALM SPF 12

The last of the lip offerings in this collection are the four Cook MAC Tendertone Lip Balm SPF 12 ($15 at MACcosmetics.com) hues. We first heard of these new tinted lip conditioners in September 2011, while backstage at the Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring 2012 show. For the fashion show, makeup artist Philippe Chansel created a look involving iridescent eyes and natural-looking lips and, to achieve the desired effect, he applied a red shade of the MAC Tendertone lip balm to models’ lips. After months of anticipation, we finally got the chance to try them, an we were surprised (and excited) about the way these managed to appear sheer on lips while also depositing a fair amount of pigment, so that any color basically served to emphasize the lips’ natural coloring rather than to conceal or overpower it. As a lip conditioner, however, it’s not the most potent product — it does soothe and moisturize lips but the effects aren’t as long-lasting as if you’d use a high-quality lip balm (like an EOS Lip Sphere, a Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, or a Votre Vu Champagne Kisses balm). Still, it’s a nice way to add a bit of sheen (and provide some SPF protection) if you’re wearing lipstick or to punch up naked lips on a low-maintenance day.

Below, you’ll find swatches of all four Tendertone Lip Balm shades: Tread Gently, a soft key lime green with yellow pearl (sounds scary but it really isn’t!); Hot ‘N’ Saucy, a sheer cherry red color; Purring, an orange popsicle shade; and Hush, Hush, a sheer golden nude with a sprinkle of yellow gold pearls.

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CREMEBLEND BLUSH

Three new Shop MAC Cremeblend Blush ($20 at MACcosmetics.com) spice up pale complexions, dulled by months of winter weather. For those who want to create a windswept effect, there’s the Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush, a blood orange hue. Those who desire pinchable cheeks, meanwhile, can choose between Florida, a bright flamingo-like pink. and Restore Dazzle!, a sugar plum hue.

All three blushes go on skin smoothly and are so richly pigmented that the smallest amount can have a powerful impact. Plus, they’re not saturated with glitter so that, while they give the visage a dewy look, there’s not too much of a twinkle factor.

Check out a swatch of the Restore Dazzle! Cremeblend Blush:

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NAIL LACQUER

Even nails get some fun flavor in this collection thank to the three new Cook MAC Nail Lacquer ($16 at MACcosmetics.com) shades, all with a creamy texture: Al Fredo, a bright yellow shade with greenish undertones; Salad Dressing, a medium aqua-teal shade with greenish undertones; and Kid Orange, a fluorescent coral red hue.

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