Every now and then M-A-C Cosmetics comes out with a large collection that shows the company is a true, trend setter. All Ages, All Races, All Sexes (Available January 7, 2010 through March 2010) is one of those collections.
Something for everyone is a tall order, and M-A-C fulfills it well, with nudes, and a focus on defiined brows, cheeks, and lips. I haven’t noticed a lot of substantive reviews of this collection–mostly bloggers seem to do the least possible these days, and just put up photos and the names and prices of products. Maybe they don’t want to criticize the collection (and neither do I) but honestly, it is very chic but minimalistic in a way that takes work. “Nudes” don’t just “happen” to look good. You need to apply the right shades, carefully. This one, an homage to the late 70’s, is very “earthy.” If you don’t want to look too “sculpted” you have to know how to apply this look, it’s not dash -and – go.
But that being said, there are individual pieces I really do like (see my reviews in purple). Here is the rundown on the entire collection:
Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN) (MAC offers 9 different lipstick formulas: Lustre, Satin, Frost, Glaze, Matte, Cream, Sheer, Clear and Tone). This collection features Lustre (creamy, moisturizing, somewhat sheer, and with a sheen), and Satin (high color payoff and a semi-matte finish). Nudes like All Ages, All Races, All Sexes will give you a very different look depending upon the formula.
Myself Creamy pale yellow beige (Lustre) (Limited Edition) *See Photo- this is a moistly-matte look that is paler than most natural lips, but still has some pink in it. Brighter than a base, but the opaqeness gives it more significance on your lips.
Equality Light dirty mauve with traveling pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Empowered Creamy mid-tone neutral brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)
5N Plumy sheer brown (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote) *trendy but subtle, and almost universally flattering (really not for redheads), this color will take you all the way through Spring.
Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
Glamour for All – Sheer pale baby pink with pearl (Limited Edition) *this is not all that sheer and is is very light, moist and shiny, but if you apply it with a heavy hand and it’s a bit startling. Apply one coat, purse lips to coat and smooth out the color, and it’s pretty. The color in the photo is deeper than the actual.
Spirit & Soul – Frosted dark cool brown (Limited Edition)
Liqueur – Frosted mid-tone pink brown (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Naked Frost Sheer taupe with silver pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
All Races Cool light mauve tapue (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Cross-Cultural Dark yellow brown (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Banshee Dirty taupe with frost and sparkle (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
Showstopper Deep blackened brown (Matte) (Limited Edition) (Repromote) *a blackened brown that’s not too light, not too black, and not harsh–a perfect lid/liner color. Use it to make a smoky eye, modern
Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.00 CDN)
Universal Mix Sparkly white gold (Limited Edition)
Rich Life Dark cool brown with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
Beauty Powder Blushes ($19.50 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)*
Personal Style Light mauve taupe (Limited Edition) *sheer, silky blush with a bit of shimmer offers a user-friendly, sculpted, disco look, as long as you don’t pile it on without seeing how it looks on your skin. The color looks peachy brown in the compact, but the mauve really shows quickly on your cheeks. If you swipe on too much at once, the look can be harsh or too “retro.” It looks very pretty, applied with a wide, soft brush.
All’s Good Cool deep rose (Limited Edition)
Impeccable Brow Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Permanent) *I tried tones on opposite sides: Blonde, and Black. The blonde is perfect for light to medium but you’d have to have very dark brows to use the black. It makes a decent liner, though. –
Blonde Pale yellow brown
Dirty Blonde Cool light brown
Taupe Mid-tone taupe
Black Blackened dark neutral brown
Penultimate Brow Marker ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition) *pen shaped brow filler in a sheer, liquid liner form. The fine-line brush lets you add the color just where you have a “spot” that needs attention. You can smooth it in and wipe it off while it’s wet, but once it is dry it stays put until you wash it off). Love the idea, but I caution you not use too much if you have thick or light brows. I filled in too much, and then the “Universal Sheer Neutral Brown” didn’t look natural.
Brow Set (Permanent)
Mink *see note about the Penultimate Brow Marker Above. This color is best for naturally dark brows. Lighter brows, use the Clear, only
Brow Pencil (Permanent)
Blot Powder/Pressed (Permanent)
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