If you’re confused by all the MAC collections that come and go, don’t fear – it’s pretty easy to keep up if you have an idea of how things work.
Most months MAC releases at least one limited edition collection that is on shelves for 4 – 6 weeks. If you see something you really like its best to get there as soon as possible though, as popular items can sell out really quickly.
MAC also launches new additions to their permanent lines every so often, so things can get confusing. The best way to keep track is to look at the packaging. If it’s in any way altered, it’s a limited edition. If it’s the standard black packaging, it’s there to stay.
You can buy these collections from MAC counters, and they’re also available online here. Every now and then there’s a small collection that’s exclusively available online – if you sign up for their newsletter you’ll be first to know. On that note, let’s take a look at this months’ launches.
Project Wan Bao Bao
I’m not going to lie, I had no idea who Bao Bao Wan was before this collaboration – in my old age I’m struggling to keep up with the cool kids (she’s a jewelry designer, amongst other things).
Either way, the project Wan Bao Bao (no idea why the names switch around) is beautiful and decadent, and it consists of the following:
Pressed Iridescent Powder, R620 (1 shade)
Veluxe Pearlfusion, R500 (1 shade)
Lipstick, R250 (4 shades)
Nail Laquer, R190 (3 shades)
Lightness of Being
Such an interesting collection! Aimed at the Northern hemisphere winter, it’s all about replacing deep, dark shades with frosted, pearlised pastels – which happens to be ideal for our scorching summer too. It’s sheer and whimsical, and in a fantasy situation I could easily make space for the whole collection in my makeup organiser.
MINERALIZE RICH LIPSTICK, R200
BE FABULOUS Washed-Out Pastel Pink
LUXE NATURAL Light Beige Cream
DREAMINESS Soft Cool Pink Cream
STYLE SURGE Neutral Coral Cream
TOUCH THE EARTH Light Wood Brown
MINERALIZE GLASS, R280
POETIC Pale Champagne Pink With Pearl
LOOSE & LIVELY Peachy Orange
ON CUE Gold Pearl
BOUNDLESS ENERGY Violet Pink
BEAUTIFUL MOVES Pale Mint With Pearl
MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW, R250
SPIRITUAL LIFE Shimmery Pale Lemon (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
NATURAL VIGOR Shimmery Champagne Peach (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
JUST BREATHE Shimmery Light Blue (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
UNINHIBITED Shimmery Light Grey (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
LEAP Shimmery Lavender (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
FORCE OF NATURE Shimmery Brown (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
EYE PENCIL, R185
TAUPE Dark Brown
SLATE Dark Grey
MINERALIZE SKINFINISH, R450
LIGHTSCAPADE Shimmery Pale Peach With Lavender Marble
PERFECT TOPPING Shimmery Off-White With Light Pink/Blue/Yellow Marble
MINERALIZE BLUSH, R300
UPLIFTING Peach With Bright Orange Marble
PLEASE YOURSELF Light Pink With Plum Marble
M·A·C STUDIO NAIL LACQUER, R150
LIGHTNESS OF BEING Pale Beige
MODERN MOVEMENT Pale Lavender
287 DUO FIBRE EYE SHADOW, R370
159 DUO FIBRE BLUSH, R480
187 DUO FIBRE FACE, R480
There are also two permanent additions to the MAC lineup:
Prep & Prime Blemish Control Gel has salicylic acid to help heal blemishes while prepping your skin for makeup application. R200
Prep & Prime 24 Hour Extend Eyebase aims to keep your eyeshadow exactly where you put it, while ensuring true-to-colour application. R300
These collections all launch this Monday, 19 January.