I have here two items from one of the latest MAC Collection, Archie’s Girls. Though I pretty much wanted to get everything, I controlled myself and
reassessed my life choices made the executive decision to just get only a few items. Which is a pretty great feat for me, because let’s face it—if there’s any sort of Beauty Bandwagon, I’d probably jump on it.
Technically, I only have one item (a pearlmatte powder), since I got the Ronnie lipstick for my sister, who loves dark plummy shades. I do have my eye on a Betty lipstick (Betty Bright), but I can’t seem to get a hold of it. I’m not sure if these are officially out on MAC counters now, but it should be any day now, as the press launch coincidentally happened yesterday.
OKAY, up first is the lipstick. We have Boyfriend Stealer, which is the darkest of the six shades that came out. It’s a cremesheen lipstick, which is basically a MAC range that is “ultra sheer and uber moist, it features flat pigments and a creamy high shine finish to lips.”
It looks super scary in the tube—a super dark purple for that instant goth or really evil woman look—and it gives me such joy, imagining Veronica wear the shit out of this shade. Here’s the beautifully nostalgic Veronica-emblazoned lipstick tube:
And here’s my sister wearing the lipstick. This was taken about an hour after initial application.
I asked her how the longevity was, and she said it comes right off after eating. So, I asked her more specifically if she thought it would last 4 hours on her without any sort of rubbing of lips or smacking of lips or coming into any contact with food, and she said ‘no.’
So, it’s not particularly long-lasting, but you can always reapply anyway.
Next up is one of the two Pearlmatte Powders—Veronica’s Blush! This pearlmatte powder is comprised of the Play It Proper beauty powder (silvery pink base) and Frankly Scarlet powder blush (light strawberry hearts).
“Love is in the details with all-new Pearlmatte Face Powder combining pearlized and satin shades to achieve an array of looks. Hearts are adorably stamped onto the base. Effortlessly blends with a rich and creamy texture. Use for highlighting and blush effects or as an Eye Shadow with a velvet-smooth finish. Limited-edition Archie’s Girls packaging.”
MAC suggests you use this as a) a highlight, b) a blush, or c) eyeshadow. I’m not too sure about a pink eyeshadow, but these would look so good all over everywhere else on your face.
Swatches, top to bottom: Play It Proper, Frankly Scarlet, swirled together.
So, so, so pretty. Frankly Scarlet barely has any shimmer or sheen to it, but when you mix it with Play It Proper, there’s just a beautiful resulting luminescence. I think this is compact has such a deceptively sweet overall vibe. You can just see there’s a hint of evil in there.
Here it is on my face! I used the swirly mixture on the high points of my cheeks, with Frankly Scarlet on the hollows of my cheeks (???), and Play It Proper down my nose and on my browbone. I think this whole multi-use (is it multi-use?) product is excellent at imparting that glowiness without being over-the-top with the shimmer. I have another picture, if you scroll all the way down, that shows the round apples of my cheeks (!) and you can definitely see the glow there.
The thing with this is that it’s kind of hard to isolate the deeper pink areas because they’re just concentrated on little hearts. I mean, I could get a tiny brush (which is what I did for this look) and kind of wave it around my cheeks, I guess, but that could result into a patchy application if you’re not careful.
I have the same “challenge” with the Prestigious Bordeaux Eye and Cheek Palette from the shu uemura x Karl Lagerfeld collection. The pan was just too small for the blush, but you can imagine how much more difficult it is for this.
Frankly (Scarlet), I feel like if you want the blush, you should just go get the blush. After all, the effect you’re after from this palette is easy enough to get from swirling around the base with the little hearts that are embedded into it.
Or you know, suck it up and use a small fluffy brush to get the color like I did. Other than that, I love this powder. Two thumbs up from me.
And look, the whole gang is on the compact!
I don’t know what the big fuss is about Archie (Jughead is where it’s at), but I won’t say ‘no’ to lipstick and pretty makeup.
On my face: L’Oreal Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation (N5 Pure Honey), Snoe Beauty Poudre Phenomenon, NARS And God Created the Woman Palette (Kalahari, Galapagos & Coconut Grove), MAC Pearlmatte Powder (Veronica’s Blush), The Body Shop Brow and Liner Kit (02), Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick (Fresco)
I purchased my Archie’s Girls items from Carefree Shopper, but I’m still on the lookout for another lipstick in Betty Bright.