MAC and Charlotte Olympia launched a limited edition collection a few weeks ago. I’d been following their every post on Instagram for weeks, and generally annoying the staff of the KC MAC store on the Country Club Plaza. They were nice to put up with me though, and the collection doesn’t disappoint.
I’m pretty fond of Charlotte Dellal, the founder of Charlotte Olympia. She’s gorgeous and her brand is my kind of whimsical. I can’t afford it though, so this is my way of owning a little piece of her style.
Cream Color Bases
The collection has two options, though at least one of them is part of the regular collection too. On top is Metallic Antique Bronze. it wears like a sheer, muted gold. Below is Sepia, a dirty chocolate brown. This is a warm, matte brown, but it still has the blendability of the metallic formula. It looks like it would be boring but it’s great for a simple yet chic eye look, in keeping with Charlotte Dellal’s personal style.
The MAC pigment in Overdressed (in the top photo) is one of the nicest surprises in the collection. The packaging is glamorous and delicate. MAC calls Overdressed a pearly beige, but it’s a very pale beige. I’ve had pigments from MAC before but they’ve always been intense colors. This color is really fantastic, it’s glamorous without being over the top. Used with a wet brush though it intensifies the shimmer and amps up the glamour. It’s great with a bronze shadow used in the crease.
Lipstick and Lipmix
The 3 lipsticks in the collection are housed in lucite and gold packaging featuring the Charlotte Olympia spiderweb motif in gold. It’s exquisite packaging. I am glad MAC has started doing more elaborate special packaging for limited edition collections. The Dita Von Teese lipstick from a few months ago had the standard MAC packaging but in a shiny finish and Dita’s signature in red. It was a nice, special touch, but this is a whole other level.
Starlett Scarlet is a true red in the matte formula. It leans slightly warm, though not as orange as MAC’s Lady Danger. It’s pretty amazing and I’ve gotten several compliments. It also seems less drying, it’s very wearable. Leading Lady is a deep red, slightly brown, and Retro Rouge is an actual dark red brown.
I also got the Lipmix in Red. They call it a bright, “primary red”. I specifically got this to see if I can mix it with some of MAC’s retro matte formulas to make them more wearable. I know I’ll alter the colors a bit but it’s a chance I am willing to take. It’s basically an emollient, creamy color that can be used lots of ways to create new effects. If it works out mixing it with the retro mattes, I’ll post an update.
And the rest…
I also picked up the nail lacquer in To Have Or Have Not, which is an orange red. That’s pretty much my favorite color of red. There’s also a deep red called Old Fashioned and a bright, opaque white called Good Old Days. This packaging might be the best in the collection, it’s soooooooo 1940’s! I have mine displayed on my vanity with the rest of the collection.
I was a tad disappointed to see the liquid eyeliner for the collection and the mascara are brown. It just seems so…natural. But honestly Charlotte Dellal is platinum blonde and brown probably looks smashing on her. She wears a pretty thin line of liner, which is very 40’s, very Veronica Lake. It makes sense brown would be the way to go, I think I just talked myself into trying it!
The outer packaging/boxes for the collection is fabulous, featuring artwork from Japanese artist known as Lady Weird. Some of the teaser images on Instagram featured the cutest drawings, so I was a bit disappointed that the boxes didn’t feature more of her work. I get the impression from my Instagram investigating that other markets had a more elaborate display that may have featured more of her drawings. But still, what a perfect collaboration and I can only imagine it was an amazing experience for them both!
I don’t get that excited about the MAC limited edition collections, even when I am interested, I just don’t have the energy to fight the crowds—online or at the stores—to get what I want. This was definitely one of the exceptions. If you’re a fan of retro style and great packaging, I definitely recommend checking it out!