Few brands do quirky and collectable in the same light as MAC do. Over the years these guys have collaborated with everyone from Barbie to Rihanna, and the latest collection has a nintiestastic Troll theme (anyone else obsessed with these back in the day?!). Last week we were lucky enough to preview what’s in the MAC pipeline for the coming months, and there’s a lot to look forward too. One collection which has both gorgeous autumnal tones paired up with some serious quirkiness is the new It’s a Strike collection.
This ridiculously cute bubble-gum bowling theme has accent pillars of lime green and rich berry, but fear not the lime green pops - the full collection is one of the most wearable for autumn 16 that I’ve seen. Bowlarama is the only satin shadow, and that’s the lime green accents (think tear duct highlighter or lower lashline colour pop), the other five eyeshadows (€18.00) are all matte and very wearable:
Gutter Gal – off-white grey (matte) Bowlarama – bright lime green (the only satin shadow) Bowl Out – mid-tone grey (matte) 300 Game – blackened cherry (*love* matte) Join My League? – dark espresso (matte) Carbon – intense black (matte)
There’s definite elements of the latest ‘Greige’ trend, with lots of beige-grey tones and then the star of the eyeshadow show which I’d put my money on selling out, 300 Game – a matte blackened cherry (a more beautiful autumn smoky eye there never was).If collectables are your thing, then you’re going to be needing Trophy in your autumn makeup bag; a multi-coloured pearlmatte face powder complete with embossed bowling pin patterns. Almost too lovely to use but with the most gorgeous luminous finish (€22.50). There are two creamy texture blushes, one neutral (Have a Lovely Day!) and one with that deep berry tone (BlindScore – €22.50). Hands down the best bit of this collection, for me anyway, is in the lip colour wardrobe. This is pretty much all the autumn lip colour you’re going to need and right on trend with the mostly matte finishes and so intensely pigmented. Bowl Me Over (pictured here - €19.50) is our hands down favourite for a deep autumn berry lip.
Honeylove – light rose beige (matte) Flat Out Fabulous – bright plum matte (retro matte) All Fired Up – bright fuchsia matte (retro matte) Perfect Score – deep red (matte) Bowl Me Over – deep burnt brown (retro matte) (online exclusive) Liquid Lurex – tarnished gold (dazzle) Babes and Balls – deep burgundy (matte)
If matte just isn’t your thing, there’s an impressive five new creemsheen lip-glosses on offer – again impressively pigmented and also complete with jojoba oils to condition lips (€21.50). Generally with any cosmetic collection there’s elements I love and the rest I can take or leave, I’m pretty much lusting after everything in It’s a Strike collection though, which it pretty rare! The colours are perfectly timed with transitioning into autumn and the matte finish of both the eyeshadows and lipsticks have me sold. MAC , It’s a Strike collection hits counters nationwide from August 25th.
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