Last night I attended a Preview Party for the upcoming Limited Edition MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection inspired by the Bombshell herself, Miss Marilyn Monroe. The collection is slated to be released on September 27th on maccosmetics.com,October 4th in North American stores and sometime in October Internationally. It consists of lipsticks in sultry shades of red with complimentary lip liners, sparkling dazzleglasses, beauty powders and all of the accompaniments to achieve Marilyn’s iconic look. I haven’t been this excited about a collection in a while. Does it live up to the hype? Take a look…
First of all, I expected more from the packaging and my first thought was that it’s kind of boring, and I feel MAC could have done so much more… but the more that I look at it, the more I like it. The simplicity makes it look more classy and grown up, and the images are quite sexy.
Lipsticks from left to right:
Deeply Adored (matte) Deep Red/ Burgundy
Charmed I’m Sure (matte) True Blue Based Red
Scarlet Ibis (matte, repromote) Bright Orange Red
Love Goddess (satin) Pink Tinged Red/ Berry
Pure Zen (cremesheen, repromote) Frosty Warm Nude
The lipsticks are my favorite part of the collection. All of the colors are super pigmented and apply well, and Pure Zen is a nice nude to balance things out. All of the shades would look great on a variety of skin tones. The lip liner pencils compliment the lipstick shades well. Both the lip liners and lip pencils retail for $16.50.
Left to right: Redd, Cherry, Beet
The Dazzleglasses ($21.50) would look pretty over the lipsticks to add some shine and give a different look.
Little Rock, Phiff! (repromote)
The beauty powder ($28) and blushers ($22) are kind of meh. Unless you are really pale or have a light complexion they won’t really work, even as a highlighter they are underwhelming.
Forever Marilyn Beauty Powder
Legendary Blush (satin) and The Perfect Cheek Blush (matte, repromote)
Forever Marilyn, Legendary, The Perfect Cheek
I don’t really care for the large eyeshadows ($21) that much. All of the shades kind of look alike and are not that pigmented with the exception of Showgirl which is a little better. The only thing that saves them is the Veluxe Pearl texture which makes them apply nice and smooth, but they are still a bit patchy though. These do look like nice shades to achieve the look but I don’t know, I wasn’t feeling them at all. I’m pretty sure you can find plenty of better performing dupes already in your collection as the shades are not that unique.
Silver Screen,Preferred Blonde, How to Marry, Showgirl
I didn’t get a chance to get to the nail polishes, but it consists of 4 shades of red from coral to wine and a glittery gold. The rest of the collection consists of the Penultimate Brow Marker ($18.50), Brow Finisher ($15), Penultimate Eyeliner ($18.50), Eye Kohl ($15) in Fascinating & Smolder, False Lashes Mascara ($20) in Extreme Black and a pair of false lashes ($16). You will definitely have all of the essentials to get Marilyn’s look. Heads up to pro members, you can use your MAC Pro Discount on this Collection.
There was a few demos to show you how to achieve some looks with the collection. There was also an exhibition of photos of Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene, and if you’ve ever been to a MAC party you know that there was hors d’oeuvres and champagne.
So what did I pick up? I got the lipstick in Love Goddess with the Lip Liner in Beet and the Brow Finisher. I also picked up a new Brow Pencil in Stud as mine had ran out.