It had to happen. Marilyn Monroe is still one of the sexiest icons of the world, and therefore, it was only a matter of time until M∙A∙C Cosmetics tapped Marilyn for a collection. Although M-A-C has worked with many true divas, Marilyn Monroe has got to be the most enduring of all. Although the collection is limited edition, the Marilyn Monroe Collection, channels the legend’s lustre and sex appeal in shades and formulas meticulously Marilyn. Lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash, False Lashes Extreme Black and Eye Shadows in shimmering metallic and diamond tones provide silver-screen allure. The finishing touch: Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty Powder to evoke that flawless Forever Marilyn. The black and white photos that adorn the beauty shot and the various pots and compacts are a nice contrast to the colors within. And the colours are, like Marilyn, a melange of “hot” and “cool,” vampy and “vulnerable”
As you can tell from the photos of the entire collection, above, the compacts are going to make collectors absolutely drool, with Marilyn’s black and white photo on the outer cartons of some of the items such as the eye shadows and lipsticks, and the same image screened onto the actual containers. These special edition eye shadows are the more generously sized variety, too.
I didn’t really get a chance to personally test many of the colors or products, but since they’re M-A-C- you probably already are familiar with most of them. If I were you, I’d go to your favorite M-A-C Boutique or makeup counters (or barring that, order online) and stock up for holiday gift giving. Who wouldn’t want something from M-A-C with glamorous Ms. Monroe on it? They’re glamorous, and fun.
For the “single ladies” imagine going into the ladies room while in the “meet market” and swiping a Marilyn Monroe collection lipstick on your lips. As you look in the mirror, Marilyn reminds you to step up and be a star, even if your confidence and spirits are lagging after too many bad pickup lines flung from bar stools or club banquettes. If you’re working on getting closer to someone, or you’re already there, flames the fans of desire with Marilyn. Sex appeal” after all, may be mostly in the mind, and perhaps, from a kiss on the lips (“so continental” as Marilyn sang).
Pure Zen – Frosted warm nude (Cremesheen) (Repromote) * a pinked-up, semi opaque nude good for layering.
Scarlet Ibis – Bright orange red (Matte) (Repromote)
Love Goddess – Mid-tone pink red (Satin)
Charmed I’m Sure Dark – true red (Matte)
Deeply Adored – Deep scarlet (Matte)
Lipstick ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
Dazzleglass ($21.50 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
Phiff! – Sheer yellow peach (Frost) (Repromote)
Little Rock – Soft sheer white with pearl (Frost)
Beet – Vivid reddish-pink *bright pinked-red for layering or lining
Redd – Clearly red
Cherry – Vivid bright bluish-red
SRP $16.50 U.S./$20 CDN
BEAUTY POWDER: Forever Marilyn Sheer pale peach highlighter
SRP $28 U.S./$34 CDN
“Showgirl” eye shadow
LARGE EYE SHADOW:
How to Marry – Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde – Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen – True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl – Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl) *sexy blue/silver/grey that’s pearly not glittery or overly shimmery. It makes a beautiful smoky eye.
SRP $21 U.S./$25 CDN
BROW F INISHER – Clear SRP $15 U.S./$18 CDN
MASCARA – False Lashes Extreme Black Black SRP $20 U.S./$23.50 CDN
EYE KOHL Fascinating – Intense matte white *use it to line the inner portion of your lower eyelid or dot some on either side of the bridge of your nose right where your eye meets it to brighten and open up your eyes.
Smolder – Intense black SRP $15 U.S./$18 CDN
P E NU L T I MAT E E Y E L I N E R : Rapidblack – True black SRP $18.50 U.S./$21.50 CDN
P ENULTIMATE BROW MARKER SRP $18.50 U.S./$22 CDN
Legendary – Pale soft coral (Satin)
The Perfect Cheek – Neutral pink beige (Matte)
SRP $22 U.S./$26.50 CDN
Rich, Rich, Rich – (Online Exclusive) Glittery gold (Pearl)
Vintage Vamp – Rich deep retro wine (Cream)
Stage Red – Dark berry red (Cream)
Flaming Rose- True Red (Cream)
Kid Orange – Coral (Cream)
SRP $17.50 U.S./$21 CDN
FAUX LASHES: 35 Lash SRP $16 U.S./$19 CDN
The Marilyn Monroe collection is available North America at all M·A·C locations or www.maccosmetics.com