To me, blogging is a marriage made in heaven for brands like MAC who release a mind-boggling amount of collections every year. Before MAC started sending me samples (and genuinely I think I heard angels sing when they first sent me a package) I used to be just as confused and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new products being churned out from them. I never knew where to funnel my meagre funds so often I let brilliant limited edition collections sail by because I just didn’t know what was good and what wasn’t. That’s where bloggers step in. You know you should never read just one review when you’re considering buying something and for the love of God if you’re ever tempted by a glowing review from me, cross check it with another few blogs to get an even rounder picture of a product. Blogging is perfect for a brand like MAC, with bloggers carefully sorting the good from the bad, the fantastic from the underwhelming. As it happens, today you’re in luck because the new Fruity Juicy release is great fun and more tropical than a can of Lilt sun bathing in a hoola skirt. So if you’ve decided to ignore the strangely cool weather and just embrace the fact summer is nearly here, this is a good way to do it.
The collection consists of 3 palettes (all with a mix of satin, frost and matte shades), 3 lipsticks, 3 Cremesheen Glasses, 2 bronzing powders, 2 Studio Sculpt Bronzing Powders, 2 Lustre Drops, Prep + Prime Fix+ with Coconut, 2 brushes, a makeup bag and a rather spectacular looking Pearlmatte Face Powder. Of course, I already have my eye on that fabulous powder and I figure most everyone else will too. I was sent an eyeshadow palette, lipstick and lip gloss to try and straight away I lost my reason at the tropical loveliness here. I’m really digging the black packaging with a florally, fruity design and I think it’s going to draw many ladies and gents in despite their best efforts to resist.
To the lipstick first in Calm Heat (€20), which is a creamy nude matte. I always feel too pale to work shades like this despite my best efforts but I really gave it a go and I have to say, it’s gorgeous if you have the gusto to wear it. It’s not an easy going nude, you need to commit to the fact it’s a proper light nude shade with a slightly unforgiving finish, but if you do and pair it with a smokey eye, it can look striking on. It settled slightly into the lines of my lips but overall it wore well and faded evenly. The creamy texture means it doesn’t descend into bridal zombie territory, you just have to have the confidence (and possibly the right skintone) to really rock this.
The Cremesheen Glass in La Salsa (€22), is the easiest, breeziest thing here to wear and despite it looking a little more full on in the tube, it’s a tame enough shade that would suit most skintones. It can be layered for a really glossy, pigmented finish but a quick slick of it also gives a nice day time effect. It didn’t feel gloopy or sticky but didn’t slide off within 5 minutes either and had a very flattering finish. At €22, the shade isn’t revolutionary but it’s a lovely, wearable little product and if you’re after a new MAC gloss and don’t mind the price tag, it’s very easy to get along with.
Finally, the palette in Fruit a La La (€33.50) is the showstopper here in its heavier metal packaging that opens to reveal 6 glorious eyeshadows. It’s actually a while since I tried a MAC eyeshadow as my daily wear tends to run to Urban Decay and Too Faced lately, but I was very happily reminded why girls obsess over their eyeshadows. These were a dream to apply – buttery, pigmented and extremely longlasting. The colours here won’t suit everyone but it’s worth noting that despite the stronger colours standing out (the frosty rose middle shade Arriba! is a stunner), there’s actually an even divide between brights and neutrals. The browns and creams are pretty glorious, rich and like velvet to apply. The brights are just as nice, you just need to have a certain skill set to rock colours like this and I’m completely devoid of those skills. More than that, these aren’t the shades I normally gravitate towards but I can absolutely appreciate how gorgeous they are and was surprised at how wearable they were able to look on. At €33.50, I do feel the price is right here because the quality and fun factor is through the roof here. It’s just a matter of whether you go bananas over the shades or not.
All in all, I have to say I’m really impressed with what I tried here. MAC have hit the nail on the head with these and although the lipstick wasn’t the greatest match for me, from the look of the other shades on offer and on the backing of what I’ve tried, this feels like a really strong collection from them which is great news for us but terrible news for our bank accounts. Sorry!
The MAC Fruity Juicy collection is available now from MAC stands nationwide or Brown Thomas online
*This review contains samples but it also contains no b******t