Liberty of London Founded was founded by Sir. Arthur Lazenby Liberty in 1875. The company was originally started in London as an oriental import shop, but soon expanded to produce Liberty Art Fabrics. The fabrics are as coveted and beautiful today as they were back then.
Now M.A.C. cosmetics has hooked up with Liberty of London to create a “cool Britannia” collection sure to make your makeup sizzle this Spring. The Give Me Liberty of London collection includes a comeback of Creamesheen Glass (sheer color with a touch of shine) as part if the M.A.C. permanent collection, in six new shades plus three “bring-back” essentials, and six Lip Pencils ranging from neutral to pinks and browns to accentuate the look. The collection also includes six, new, Mineralize Blush Duos for a limited edition run. Of course, there are a range of products for eyes, face, lips and nails, all created with colorful, coveted, collectible, Liberty of London accents and compacts. There are even makeup bags and totes…and a chic scarf, to send you on your way to Spring.
I was fortunate to receive pieces of this collection to “test drive.” I am not sure what I like best: the pretty makeup, or the happy, girly, “cool” white compacts with a re-imagining of an inconic, William Morris Liberty design (the Strawberry Thief, from 1883), and the mini-elements of (a bird or a flower) on all the other products. The outer cartons are also white, festooned with a color, liberty print of birds and flowers outside, big pop-art blossoms, inside. Some of the products are “re-promote” colors brought back to find a new life in this collection and the new ones seem to be universally flattering. But, like many of M.A.C.’s collection, this one “blooms” for only so long. You will want to get the items you want from this limited edition collection as fast as you can because these are sure to sell out quickly, and the entire collection is only available now through April 2010.
Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) – a powder with a soft perle finish in one of the cutest compacts around (limited edition)
Shell Pearl: pale peach with gold pearl
Summer Rose: Soft violet pink with pearl *I like the buildable color that lets you blush a little, or a lot. This one is flattering mostly to cool toned skin, but as a redhead, I liked it as a subtle wash of color with just a hint of shimmer. Flattering to all, I’d say
Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
Give Me Liberty of London: Flat creamy pink (Matte)
Free to Be Creamy true coral (Matte)
Dame’s Desire: Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost)
Birds & Berries: Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl)
Bough: Grey Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin) *this is the most trendy and unusual grey I’ve ever seen, a slightly greenish hue makes it neither khaki, nor grey, not to light, but not too deep. The entire look is a grey-green, something in-between, and it looks alluring, and unique, on lids.
Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN) *note: the liberty design on these white lipstick tubes is so cute, you have to have at least one–if only for their “wow” factor!
Ever Hip: Creamy light coral (Cremesheen)
Peachstock: Neutral peach (Satin) (PRO)
Petals & Peacocks: Creamy bright magenta pink (Amplified) * so not for my coloring, and so bright, clear, blue-pink, but on the right person: ooh la la!
Blooming Lovely: Creamy greyed lilac mauve (Amplified) *a so-so mauve/lilac with enough pink to make it pretty…and Spring-like
Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
Frankly Fresh: Neutral pink beige with soft pearl *not your average “nude beige.” This medium-toned beige has enough pink to make lips come alive, and still stay subtle.
Perennial High Style: Creamy bright pink coral * finally, one for blondes and redheads (but anyone can wear it to perk up a Winter-weary, pale complexion.
English Accents: Creamy mid-tone blue pink
A Different Groove: Deep purple brown with pearl
Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)
Dirty Plum: Sheer dark plum *M.A.C. has done so many purples, plums and mauves in cool tones the past few collections. This one is more subtle because it’s sheer, but apply it sparingly unless you want to look like a throwback to the disco era. Cooler, deeper complexions will benefit most from this one
Prim & Proper: Neutral nude
Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)
Vestral White: Creamy white (Cream)Blue India Dark green blue with pearl (Cream) *to me, this seems to be more of a Winter color, as it’s fairly deep gray, but the hint of blue and perle softens it enough to make it wearable in warmer weather with lighter clothes, too.
Visit your favorite M.A.C. Cosmetics counter, or retail boutique, or for more ordering options and a look at the Give Me Liberty Accessories, go to the M.A.C. Cosmetics Web Site
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