MAC Cremesheen Glass, $18 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
Few brands do color as elegantly and adventurously as MAC Cosmetics â€” which is probably why I’m most enthused by their more kaleidoscopic collections (such as last summer’s “Style Warrior” collection or their Fall 2009 “Makeup Art” trilogy. The new “In The Groove” collection (available in July and August), then, figures among my favorite of 2010 thus far.
Here’s how I like to think of the collection: take the in-your-face boldness of Bollywood-ready ikat dresses in bold green, copper, and bronze hues; add in the Bohemian, retro flair of bright pink, turquoise, and purple tie-dye tunics; stir in some of the hip, mod flavor of ’60s-inspired, Mondrian-esque color blocking; and add some of the debauchery and fun-loving spirit of metallic and deep pink, purple, green, and blue disco-era roller rink fashions; then set the entire thing to a summery soundtrack. The end result is a collection that draws from the past but informs the future with its modern take on Bohemianism.
Below, you’ll find images of all the products in the collection, along with swatches of the products I tried and some fun looks created with them.
The “In the Groove” collection (pictured above) includes six Cremesheen Glass shades: Chillin’, a sheer minty green with bluish undertones; Fashion Whim, a pale beige; Going Casual, a grayish lilac; On The Scene, a nude-ish coral color; Right Image, a mid-tone blue pink; and You’ve Got It, a dark silver gray with a hint of taupe.
When you gaze all at the colors in their tubes, the oddest, most intriguing one is, of course, the Chillin’ shade, since it looks like a shimmering, paler version of a mint green 1963 Pontiac Tempest (a reference I can only making after watching My Cousin Vinny way too many times!). As you’ll see in the swatches below, however, the shade looks much more subtle on the skin, like a frosty white with a hint of a blue-gree undertone to give it its icy feel.
Here’s what Chillin’ looks like on the skin:
MAC “IN THE GROOVE” CREMESHEEN LIPSTICK
1. I Like It Like That
MAC I Like It Like That Lipstick, $14. Available at MACcosmetics.com
The name of this lipstick alone has me totally sold — which means, if you’ve never watched the romantic comedy I Like It Like That with a young Lauren Velez, you need to hop over to Netflix on the ASAP tip. Cool movie reference aside, this creamy shade is a deep blue pink color that would make Blondie fans smile.
2. Creme d’Nude
MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick, $14 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
This nude hue boasts pale peachy tones that will perk up the pout in the sizzling summer months while also playing it safe enough for you to experiment with mosaic-worthy eyeshadow looks.
MAC Jazzed Lipstick, $14 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
Coral has been one of the reigning hues this season and this creamy, slightly sheer hue taps into the craze.
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