At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of a M.A.C. Cosmetics Collection with an all black theme, but Style Black by M.A.C. is a beautiful surprise!
While everything in this collection is black-based: lips, eyes, nails,etc the purpose of makeup, mostly, is to enhance, not shock. You might not think of black makeup as being sexy and wearable, but when you actually try the products in this collection, you find that none are goth or crazy (unless you choose to pile it on and wear it that way). Select one black makeup item as a focal point, or wear black with other colors, or make it softened and muted, and Style Black makeup instantly updates your look, without having to try too hard.
For example, the Mineralize Eye Shadows $19.50 in Cinderfella, Gilt by Association, , Blue Flame and Young Punk, feature black-based, semi-sheer shadow that’s marbelized with gold, silver, blue or red shimmery glitter. Mixed together, the black morphs into an edgy charcoal, blue, bronze, or plum color with just enough glitter to add interest. If you’re wary of too much black on your eyelilds, you can simply smudge it down, or use it as a glamorous eye liner.
For fun, add 1960’s allure or retro drama easily, with Greaspaint Stick in Intense Black $17.50 and make your eyes, interesting. Are you a Goth or a Warhol Girl? Vampira, or simply, a vamp? Black makes you mysterious! There is also an Eye Kohl $14.50 and Penultimate Eye Liner in True Black $16.50 to help you realize your fantasies. You can be the one everyone thinks is a famous star, or simply add one of these lovely black accent to your usual eye looks.
When it comes to lips, I have a little bit more trouble with Style Black, but I tried the Cremesheen Lipstick in Black Knight $14.00, a slick, true black that can be worn intense and opaque, or blotted down a bit. It was wearable, and different, and I liked it! You can use it slicked over with clear gloss, or, even better, one of the three Glimmerglass Lipglosses $18.oo in Bling Black (sheer black with gold pearl); Blackfire (sheer gblack with pinkish purple pearl) or Blackware (a creamy, true black). These sexy, silky glosses take on a life of their own over bare lips, adding just a hint of tint and a lot of sheen that make lips pouty and modern. You don’thave to be afraid of the dark any longer! There’s also Mattene Lipstick in Midnight Media (dense matte black) and Night Violet (deep purple grape). They’re seriously dark, and dramatic, but if you can carry them off, you’ll be the one everyone wants to meet.
A milder way to wear black is on your fingernails and toenails. Three Nail Laquers $12.00/each delight without going so overboard you couldn’t wear them to the boardroom: “Seriously Hip” is a black with gold particle pearl. I have it on my fingers right now. It looks very deep in the bottle, but when the shiny, opqaue black mixes with the gold shimmer, it creates a black/khaki colored polish that has a beautiful, gold sheen in the light. “Baby Goth Girl” is black with a pink-pearl shbimmer that is black, but gives off a hint of pink in the right light. “Nocturnelle” is a true opaque black that reminds me of the gorgeous sheen of a new, black limousine. Nothing but glossy, black shine and it looks elegant beyond the ordinary. If you want to, use a matte top coat and make this polish into something else, entirely.
The main idea of this collection is to get to know it, play with it, and then make looks your own signature. Make it sexy, make it shocking, or make it pretty–what you do with it is up to you.. As I experiment, I like it more and more and more…it’s fun to step outside of the box now and then, and MAC style Black lets you do it, beautifully
Here is a rundownon the entire collection:
Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
■Black Knight Creamy true black (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
Mattene ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
■Midnight Media Dense matte black (Limited Edition)
■Night Violet Deep purple grape (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
Glimmerglass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)
■Bling Black Sheer black with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
■Blackfire Sheer black with pink purple pearl (Limited Edition)
■Blackware Creamy true black (Limited Edition)
Mineralize Eye Shadows ($19.00 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)
■Cinderfella Black with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
■Young Punk Black with pink purple pearl (Limited Edition)
■Gilt by Association Black with gold bronze pearl (Limited Edition)
■Blue Flame Black with blue pearl (Limited Edition)
Grease Paintstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)
■Black Intense black (Limited Edition)
Penultimate Liner ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)
■Rapidblack True black (Permanent)
Eye Kohl ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)
■Smolder Intense Black (Permanent)
Cream Colour Base ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)
■Black Creamy True black (Limited Edition)
■Bat Black Burgundy black with pink pearl (Permanent at PRO)
Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)
■Nocturnelle True black (Cream) (Permanent)
■Seriously Hip Black with gold particle pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
■Baby Goth Girl Black with pink and purple pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
■#214 Short Shader Brush Short, rounded, double-chiselled brush with soft, natural bristles. Can be used with shadow to line and smudge around the lash line and very effective for densely shading lids. (Permanent) ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)
Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($19.50 U.S. / 23.50 CDN)
For all skin types. Volcanic ash (in the form of mineral-rich clay), sugar crystals and natural enzymes combine to exfoliate and remove excess oils from the skin. 3.4oz (Limited Edition)
Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask ($19.50 U.S> / $23.50 CDN)
VATM contains natural volcanic ash to cleanse and treat the skin. The mineral-rich ash works with oat kernel flour to help absorb excess oil from the skin’s surface. A combo of natural oils (lavendar, sunflower, safflower seed and evening primrose) help lubricate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and moisturized. It helps to even out the skin’s texture and leaves the skin feeling smooth and perfected for makeup application. The unique formula glides effortlessly onto the skin, allowing ample playtime. The mask heats up on the skin when used with water and removes impurities from the surface, leaving skin looking radiant and fresh. Use 1-3 times a week. Derm-tested, non-acnegenic and for all skins. 3.4oz (Limited Edition)
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