Launching today on our sunny island is the highly-anticipated MAC x Guo Pei Collection.
MAC’s annual luxe collection, it is a 180° change from the edgy Marcel Wanders pieces that dominated this category for some time, and is closer to the opulent gold of the 2014 Prabal Gurung collection but with the adornment of fancy florals.
Inspired by the happiness that the “soul garden” can bring forth, the gilded fabric-wrapped packaging is hand-sketched by Guo Pei herself. China’s haute couturier du jour, she recently gained more prominence after dressing Rihanna in an elaborate golden-yellow gown for the 2015 Met Gala.
As with MAC’s luxe offerings, you can expect to pay a hefty price for the elaborate packaging.
…merging vibrant jewel tones with lush neutrals, punctuated by deep graphite.
In the collection are:
- Eye Shadow x 4 in Night Sky (S$126)
Nehru/ black grey (Matte)
Bright Moon/ warm white (Veluxe Pearl)
Blue Horizon/ mid-tone vibrant blue (Frost)
Celestial Peak/ dark frosted blue (Veluxe Pearl)
- Eye Shadow x 4 in Morning Light (S$126)
Sweet Vapours/ soft beige with pink duochrome (Pearl Lustre)
Walking Dawn/ light-medium gold (Veluxe Pearl)
Amber Lights/ peachy brown with shimmer (Frost)
Earthy Scent/ blackened brown (Veluxe Pearl)
Thankfully, the shadows are mostly pigmented and swatch well; they carry none of the chalkiness that some pre-made MAC eyeshadow palettes are wont to do. Though they contain permanent colours amidst special-edition ones, these compacts are worth picking up if you love the packaging and the complementary combinations.
- Powder Blush in Red Water Lily (S$123)/ light coral pink (Satin)
- Powder Blush in Lotus Blossom (S$123)/ light blue pink (Matte)
The delicate flower (butterfly?) embellishment notwithstanding, I love the blushes for their softness of tone and blendability.
- Lipstick in Zenith (S$60)/ light nude (Lustre)
- Lipstick in Ethereal Orchid (S$60)/ mid-tone dirty coral (Lustre)
- Lipstick in Brave Red (S$60)/ bright yellow red (Cremesheen)
- Cremesheen Glass in Bright Pink Bouquet (S$60)/ nude coral
- Cremesheen Glass in Pale Moon (S$60)/ mid-tone pink nude
- Cremesheen Glass in Love of Roses (S$60)/ true red
In safe—almost boring—hues, the lip products might be prettily accented with floral-festooned fabric but aren’t outstanding in terms of colour. They are shades that will see a lot of wear, though.
- Fluidline in Blue Fountain (S$34)/ dark green blue (Cream)
- Fluidline in Darkness of Calm (S$34)/ dark espresso (Frost)
- Fluidline in Palm Tree (S$34)/ charcoal with pearl (Cream)
Housed in glass pots with pale gold lids, these crème liners aren’t as well-dressed as the rest of the collection but carry a beautiful smoothness that is characteristic of the range.
- Beauty Powder in Moonlight (S$132)/ translucent powder with small-sized fine pearls
- 213 Fluff Brush (S$55)
- 129 Powder/Blush Brush (S$83)
I don’t have a photo of the fairly sheer all-over powder as it practically disappears into my skin but it has a smooth, matte finish that will probably suit those in the MAC NC20/25 colour code.
In Singapore, this limited-edition collection is available from 1 October 2015 (today!) and is exclusively available at Tangs Orchard.