The Autumn is by far my favourite time of the year. As a teacher, I see September as the start of a new year, rather than January. For me, September is all about fresh starts, new clothes and of course the Autumn beauty releases. At this time of year I am ready to leave behind the pink lips and barely there makeup and instead I am ready to embrace bold plum toned lips and a slightly more intense makeup look.
This September Mac have really ramped up their new collection releases with both permanent and Limited Edition releases. As Mac collections have a tendency to fly off the shelves quickly, I thought rather than doing full reviews on the products, I would give you an overview of what is on offer, before they all sell out.
First up, is the It’s A strike collection. A 26 piece collection based around bowling. Seriously, how do Mac come up with the ideas for these collections? This collection is big on the lip products and eyeshadow. Both of which have a large amount of matte shades.
I received 3 items from the collection to try out. Perfect score lipstick, 300 Game matte eyeshadow and Throw a spare Cremesheen glass. Sometimes with Mac limited edition collections, some of the colours are a little out there, but all three shades that I received are very wearable and in fact suit this time of year perfectly. Perfect score is a beautiful deep red colour with a comfortable matte finish. It is the retro matte lipsticks in Mac that I find a little drying on the lips.
300 game is again a burgundy colour and while beautiful when applied, the colour payoff isn’t as good as other Mac shades and it needs a little work to get a good blend.The It’s a strike collection is available now in all Mac store. You can browse the collection online here.
To Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Mac have launched their very own 25 product strong Star Trek collection. It is said that the collection is based around 4 characters from the show, but having never watched a single Star Trek episode, I am not going to even pretend I know who they are, but I am sure there are plenty of makeup lovers out there that are delighted to see this collaboration.
Mac have kept quite close to the idea of space with plenty of metallic shades. You can choose from nail lacquer, lipstick, eyeliner, lashes, mascara, lipglass, powder, and eyeshadow, each sporting a Star Trek appropriate name. I received the lipstick Kling-it-on and the lipgloss set to stun.
The Star Trek is a fun collection, that will have many Trekkies racing to their nearest Mac this September. I believe the powders are out of this world ( do you like my Star Trek pun?) but I have yet to see them in the flesh. You can browse the collection here.
With brow products flying off the shelves, Mac have added to their brow wardrobe with the all new brow sculpt collection. As the names suggests, the brow sculpt products are about sculpting and enhancing the shape of you’re brows by gently filling them in using matte colours. I love that Mac are taking a gentle approach to brows, rather than the full on heavy brow look.
There are 3 new products in the brow sculpt range. Firstly the Brow sculpt, which I received two colours to try. The retractable pencil has an angled tip, that promised to fill in and sculpt out your brows. You can use the flat edge for a more defused looking brow or you can create a more precise look using the more pointed tip. Thankfully Mac have also included a brush on the opposite end which is great for grooming though your brows before applying product.
There are 7 shades available in the brow sculpt and each pencils costs €21. As these are part of the permanent range, I will have a full review up in a few weeks.
Next product in the range is the big brow pencil, which is a chubbier version of Macs eyebrow pencils. This is said to be a chubby mechanical pencils that is a cross between a wax and a powder. The colour is buildable but it is said to apply far faster than a regular pencil. Whereas the brow sculpt will give you a nice sculpted brow, the big brow pencils gives a more unstructured full sized brow look. It is available in 5 shades and costs €21.
The final product in the Brow sculpt range is the brow duo. This is a small palette of two powdered colours that compliment each other and can be used to blend into and sculpt out the brows. It is available in 3 shades, blonde, redhead and brunette and costs €26. You can buy it in Brown Thomas here.
The final two new releases that I have to tell you about, are actually an extension to the Studio Fix range. There is a perfecting powder and perfecting sticks. As the name might suggest these products are about trying to help you perfect the look of your skin. The powder itself was a little dark for me to use but on first use I found it nice and light on the skin. I liked the fact that there was a mesh dispenser, as often with powder it ends up going everywhere when I open the lid.
If I am honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what the perfecting sticks where, but it turns out they are a stick concealer and can be used to touch up your foundation during the day. Once I have given these a good trial, I will do up a full blog post.
Neither the powder or the perfecting sticks are available online just yet.
While all of the above products are available in Mac in Brown Thomas, it is worth nothing that Mac can be picked up 15% cheaper in the airport! I often use the click and collect service to buy Makeup and get my family to collect the products as they go through the airport. Cheeky I know, but it saves a few bob!! You can check out the Mac ranges in The Loop here.