MAC have released a very trendily-packaged and very functionally-coloured collection with Caitlyn Jenner, and I received four items from the collection from PR. I have mixed feelings about the collaboration, as I did with the MAC/Miley Cyrus Viva Glam release. As a cis-het person I’m not the best person to launch into a criticism of Caitlyn Jenner, but the gist is that while Caitlyn Jenner has raised the profile of transpeople in the media, her personal beliefs are pretty questionable (intensely Republican, not keen on gay marriage). This article from Tranzgendr goes into it a little better than I can.
That aside, there are some great products in the collection and if that’s enough to get you reaching for your wallet, I’m pretty sure most of them are still available on counter in New Zealand.
The packaging in this collection is very on-trend—it’s a combination of shiny gold and rubberised black. It seems more suited to a brand like Gerard Cosmetics (what happened to them?) than MAC, but it’s not too lurid. The gold is quite yellow, and the gold cap on the lip liner makes it virtually indistinguishable from the Napoleon lip liners in my collection.
All the items I received are in exactly the same colour family, as you can see in the swatches above, and they’re all very wearable. It’s quite a nice change from the many tangerine-orange and milky-lavender-pink lipsticks MAC often whacks out in limited-edition collections—does anyone buy those??
MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, $38 NZD is one that has been hard to pin down since Kylie Jenner was purported to wear it before she started hawking her own lip products, and it’s a nice dirty rose colour that is not dissimilar to Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude.
MAC Rockit!, $42 NZD is a beige-y Creamsheen lipstick, so it doesn’t have the world’s best longevity but given how close it is to my natural lip colour, that doesn’t matter. It obviously pairs well with Whirl and is a nice everyday colour.
The Creamsheen Glass in Beautifully Bare, $50 NZD would be beautiful if Wellington weren’t so windy so not a very practical product to me, but a lovely colour nonetheless. (Why do MAC lipglosses cost more than lipsticks?)
Lastly the Powder Blush duo in Buddy, $60 NZD is a combo of a muted matte bronze-y powder and a pink with golden shimmer (quite like NARS Orgasm). I’ve swatched them separately but I can also see them looking lovely and natural swirled together.
The rest of the collection includes a bronzer, some single eyeshadows, an eye pencil and a false lash as well as other shades in the lipstick, gloss and lip liner.
If you were only planning on buying one item I’d suggest the split-pan blush or perhaps the liner in Whirl. If you were planning on spending your money on a non-Caitlyn-Jenner-affiliated MAC collection, take a look at the Taraji P. Henson Viva Glam lipstick which comes out on Thursday.
What do you think about the ‘wearability’ of MAC’s limited edition releases? Will you be buying anything from the Caitlyn Jenner collection?