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Once You Go MAC…there will be cheese. It’s been a while since I wrote about MAC products in this blog, no? Ummm… for good reason, you guys! I dropped so much $$$ on their lipsticks when I was pregnant (terrible hoarding situation back then, I blame my hormonal imbalance) that I swore off from the brand for a while as to not ignite any sparks of those tendencies. I love the brand that I’m even thinking of doing a Top 5 MAC Products entry soon. And exactly that.. MAC is such an easy to like brand that it’s hard to come out of that store without buying anything. Easy to like meaning I think their core products are solid, fuss-free (no bullshit necessary), wide in variety (the shades of lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes!) and priced relatively well (let’s not talk about the mark-up). But I’ve traipsed on to more dangerous makeup waters the past year that I’ve ignored the brand that started this crazy in the first place. Thankfully, the MAC motherhood and I are reunited through some of the MAC x Pedro Lourenço collection pieces that the beautiful ladies of MAC Philippines kindly sent over.
MAC Amplified Lipstick in Lady DangerAhhh! The beautiful coral red shade I’ve been going back and forth on purchasing but haven’t because of the original matte finish that’s incompatible with my ultra dry lips. Lady D in this collection is in the beautiful amplified finish that’s creamy with a soft sheen. I don’t have a lot of oranges in my stash because… yellow Asian skin. But I found that Lady Danger has a good balance of red and orange that doesn’t pull out too much yellow from my skin or teeth. The Amplified finish lasts a good 4 hours on me without meals. It tends to transfer a little due to its creamy finish but once the sheen has faded, the color (albeit not as bold as first applied) still lasts through and through.
MAC Pedro Lourenco Powder Blush Duo in CorolThis has gotten bad rap from the pro beauty bloggers (Temptalia, MakeupandBeauty, etc.) for being hard to work with and for its low color pay-off. Corol contains 2 blush shades — a light coral pink and a midtone neutral plum. Upon swatching with my fingers, it does provide a very sheer wash with the light coral pink needing a few more swipes to show up. It’s not as hard or dry as one beauty blogger noted, mine was quite smooth actually. I usually use a fluffy brush to apply blush but knowing this was more on the sheer side, I used a dense brush instead. Not that bad as the light coral actually only took two layers to show up on my cheeks and the plum shade showed up in one swipe. Blending wasn’t as effortless as I wanted but the result was a beaute! I didn’t expect I’d love the two shades together as much as I would (see face shot below). Although for skin tones darker than NC35/40, I don’t think the shades would show up easily (or at all).
MAC Pedro Lourenco Lipglass in Gold MirrorItem I was least excited to get because I had a bad experience waaay back with MAC lipglasses. The one I had was too sticky that I think it wanted to marry my hair and be forever with it (the dreaded hair all over your lipgloss phenonemon). So it’s actually been a (looong) while since I tried any MAC lipglass at all. I don’t know when MAC reformulated these but I’m beyond ecstatic to report that they aren’t the same lipglasses I used to know. Yay! Much smoother and not at all sticky! The shade I got it in is Gold Mirror, a “neutral gold”. It’s a brown-ish gold with multicolored shimmer and when I say shimmer… I mean sparkle! I actually don’t know when I can use this lipglass because I rarely ever wear any lip product with shimmer on. BUUUUT I think I will whip this out when I do some kind of futuristic or super nude look – which is soon because I want to share how this gold lipgloss looks on me (!!!). I thought I’d look more in the alien territory but I managed to make it look like Beyonce (or that’s what I coerced my brain into thinking!) or her pinky. More like her pinky.
Final ThoughtsMAC collections are coming out one after another that it’s definitely hard to keep tabs. I, for one, have been so overwhelmed with so many choices (and with only so little $$$!!) that I end up skipping on them without even bothering to look. Ahhh, the paradox of choice at work. With this collection though, I’ve been captivated by MAC yet again that I’m even skimming through the Osbourne collection in between typing this entry. Ooops. So as I was saying, while this Pedro Lourenco collection isn’t the best, it’s not one of the worsts either. I absolutely love Lady Danger in Amplified finish and have this weird liking for the Corol blush duo despite the bad raps over it. The shades individually are okay, but blended together look amazing on. Also, the packaging of this collection is quite unique to the brand — a rubbery smooth matte with gold accents (reminiscent of NARS, yes). Though I love this kind of packaging at first because it’s a joy to touch and hold — my obsessive compulsive gene is terrified at the thought of dust particles clinging on to them. Still, I like. Oh and one last note before I end this post — I absolutely had no idea who Pedro Lourenco was before this collection. FYI, he’s a Brazilian womenswear fashion designer.
Any thoughts on the collection? Good Lord, the nude quad is calling out to me you guys. Stop me.
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