Friday, January 8, 2010

Selections from MAC in Lillyland for Spring 2010

After much anticipation, MAC in Lillyland arrived in stores on January 7. It was September when we got word that Lilly Pulitzer had partnered with MAC Cosmetics to create a makeup collection. (You can read MAC to Go Preppie at Best Things in Beauty.)

Naturally, I went straight to a MAC store on Thursday. "If you can’t afford to go to the resort, we will bring the resort to you with these products,” James Gager, MAC's senior vice president and creative director, told WWD. That was enticing, with our prediction of snow. A trip to Florida without airport security!

The Lilly Pulitzer pull was strong too. The bright, cheerful clothing is very popular in the South, and there has been a resurgence of its retro-chic look. Sure enough, I found three pieces I "couldn't live without" within the colorful, very pretty collection. There's that "pretty" word again! There are pieces to love.

The collection includes two makeup brushes, an eyeshader for $24.50 and a large angled contour brush, $32; two Technakohl liners, each $14.50; four colorful Lipgelées, each $14; two nail lacquers, each $12; three Paint Pots, each $16.50; four Cremeblend blushes, each $18.50, a Pearlmatte Eye Shadow compact, $19.50; and a Pearlmatte Face Powder, $27.

My selections? I had to have the Pearlmatte Face Powder, a pressed powder in which pearlized shades combine to produce a soft, highlighted finish. In this special limited-edition design, four complementary shades form a floral motif inspired by the signature patterns of Lilly Pulitzer.

Cremeblend Blush in So Sweet, So Easy - pretty in pink - came home with me. This poured cream blush is uniquely formulated to bring a natural, softly dewy look to the cheeks. It's best to apply with your fingertips and lightly pat it into your "smile." The color, depth, and dimension stay put throughout the day. MAC says it can be used on cheeks or lips. I like it on my cheeks and will try it on my lips this weekend. Joie-de-Vivre, another new color, is a gorgeous peachy coral that will delight peach blush wearers. The other two shades border on artsy. Optimistic Orange is definitely orange, and Florida is bright fuchsia.

The Paint Pots are a favorite. I choose Rubenesque, a frosty golden-peach with gold pearl (shown here). The other two shades are pretty too: Bare study, soft beige with gold pearl, and Fresco Rose, a frosty pink with matching pearl. Paint Pots are highly pigmented, long-wearing cream eye color - long-wearing, easily blendable, and colorfast.

The Lipgelée shades are all gorgeous sheer lip glosses. The collection features Lush & Bright (bright pink yellow coral with pink in a pearl finish), Preppy (blue pink with pink pearl), Resort Life (described as off-white with pink pearl - I would call it pearly beige), and Shift to Pink (light violet with silver in pearl finish.

The limited-edition Pearlmatte Eye Shadow compact combines matte and pearlized shades of green, pink, and white in a floral pattern. These are not my eye shadow colors. They would be pretty in a carefree summer shift, but not on my eyes. They may appeal to dark-skinned beauties.

This is a fun collection! You can see it online at the MAC Cosmetics Web site, at MAC stores, or Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's.

Top photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

1 comment:

Bonnie C. said...

Thanks for letting us know about Lillyland! :-) It looks like a fun collection, and I love when they do mosaics of different colors in a design for the face colors like this. :-)