Monday, November 19, 2007

Big MAC Attack

I hate crests and emblems. It’s probably because I dislike Juicy Couture. I don’t like its gaudy accessories with their insignia, and frankly, its velour tracksuits with the word “Juicy” emblazoned on the butt are tacky. Who wants to see (as I did) someone’s muffin top above a waistband with the word “Juicy” on it?

MAC Royal Assets holiday collection
6 Warm Eyes eye shadow palette

Still, I couldn’t resist buying this eye shadow palette 6 Warm Eyes from MAC’s Royal Assets limited edition holiday collection. The packaging features a white cover accented in gold with a crest in relief. The casing is made of metal, which provides some heft to the package, and has an authentic vintage look.

Makeup artist and blogger Elke von Freudenburg describes the shades in 6 Warm Eyes as “Golden leaf gold, pale shimmer peach, rich forest green, deep burgundy and rich earth brown.” There is also a matte tan with some pink undertones. The description on MAC’s web site has no relation to what’s in the palette.

Still, Elke didn’t describe the finishes. The shade that she describes as “rich forest green” has shimmer and looks like greenish gunmetal when applied. The deep burgundy is shiny. The rich earth brown shade (bottom row, right), which is matte, coordinates easily with the with the pale peach shimmer (top row, L), the matte tan (top row, R), and golden leaft gold (middle row, L). Coordinating the burgundy (middle row, R) and forest green (bottom row, R) shades with the other shades is more challenging (I prefer tonal shades). The burgundy and forest green shades probably would best used for the crease or outer corner of the eye.

I'll defer judgment on this palette until I'm able to experiment with all shades, including the burgundy and forest green shades.


Retainer Girl said...

I love your phrase "muffin top"; it's perfectly appropriate! I too dislike ridiculously gaudy cosmetic packaging. I favor brands like Clinique because of the simple yet elegant silver containers.

What's your favorite makeup brand overall (if you have just one!)?

The Style Page said...

Retainer Girl,

I like L'Oreal for their mascara and True Match makeup - that's one constant. Recent discoveries that I like come from NYX (eye shadow), Underground by Rimmel (lip color and blush), and Zuzu Luxe (eye shadows).

NYX is available through Ulta and Underground by Rimmel may be found at Wal-Mart, Target, Ulta, and Zuzu Luxe is a so-called "natural" line that I found at a Whole Foods Market outlet.