Here ya go:
I put it all together in an FOTD:
I used to Taraji Glow as a color wash around my eyes, with Highlight the Truth on the inner corners. Highlight the Truth is on my cheeks as a blush, and Strip Me Down on the lips. Foundation is a combo of Koh Gen Doh Aqua Foundation in Ochre and Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Banana. Powdered with Charlotte Tilburry in #2 Medium.
Listen, Taraji was NOT messing around on pigmentation. Everything is super pigmented and I highly recommend a light touch. This is absolutely a collection with warmer skin tones in mind, so that everyone can enjoy a ‘nude’ no matter what. I already joked that I bet Taraji was in the background telling them to make sure warmer skin tones could use it easily use these colors as their go-to for quick and easy color washes and nude looks. I wholeheartedly applaud this effort. There’s nothing worse than having to use 10 different lip pencils and glosses to make a ‘nude’ lipstick look less like ashy spit in my skin-tone. This lipstick completely did away with that concern.
The fact that this collaboration sold out (at full price I might add. Pro discounts were not eligible) so fast is a testament to this inclusive need. Kudos MAC for putting out such a kick ass, albeit cozy, collection. I’ll make an effort to be a little nicer to them in the future…
I pulled some of the more ‘charitable’ new releases from Chantecaille and Kat Von D to put this together. You’ve already seen the Lion’s palette. The Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Project Chimps is an orange-based red that I find actually wears more comfortably than her regular colors. I struggle with Lolita II in terms of dryness and flakiness. But this set in about 30 seconds and wore comfortably for hours. It’s described as a ‘warm brick red’ but it’s not … at least not on me. It definitely translates much lighter than brick and is more orange than ‘warm’… even though orange is a warm color. Am I making any sense? Maybe not.
Anyway, to the makeup! The base is a combination of By Terry’s Lumiere Foundation in #8 (which I don’t think they make anymore) and Koh Gen Do’s Aqua foundation in Ochre. Ochre is super yellow, and By Terry pulls a little pink. So I combined the two to neutralize them. Powder is Charlotte Tilbury pressed in #2 (which has quickly become my jam, much to the chagrin of my wallet). Blush isn’t really that at all… it’s Highlight The Truth (which says Taraji Glow on the back) from the MAC Taraji P. Henson collection. It’s such a strong peachy gold that I can easily wear it as a blush. It would only be a highlighter on much darker skin, and honestly I think they did that on purpose and… KUDOS! I soooo feel like Taraji was in the background talking about: “Y’all got PLENTY for the pale girls. Y’all need to hook my pigmented beauties up!” You know she was.
Eyes are mostly the grey and rust colors from the Chantecaille . As you can see, they kind of mashed together. The grey is matte and the rust is shimmer but damn if they don’t both look BROWN. I’m working on that. I put the tiniest bit of the highlight color near the tear duct. Y’all WHY do my brows look like that? SMH. I need to call Jennifer… who I’m pretty sure is on vacation or something because my phone has not buzzed with an appointment reminder. Dammit.
The liner is Tom Ford Eye Definer, which so far is so very good. BUT I always think that about a new liner and that joint dries out 10 days later so I’m reserving final judgement for a while. MUFE pissed me off so damn bad… started skipping just weeks after I bought it (damn felt tip liner). But this one has a brush and it’s making a difference. Takes a little more control… which is funny for me because I’ve clearly been out of practice from using felt tip liners and gel liners/brushes. But it’s holding up well for the moment.
You already know what the mascara is. 😉
The lips were applied two different ways: center from the wand and edges with a brush. This liquid lipstick isn’t super thin, but it’s just enough to make me a little nervous so I did a little precision work.
MAC keeps trying to pull me back into their shenanigans and I refuse. REFUSE. But I did stop running away from their 50 billion launch emails long enough to do two things: support Star Trek (which collaborated to celebrate a 50th Anniversary), and Taraji P. Henson (because … BOSS).
The only thing that made sense in the Star Trek collection were the Trip The Light Fantastic Powders. Let’s be honest: I’m not wearing the rest of that madness on a regular and neither are most of y’all. I’m here to be your practical luxury (wait, should those two words go together?) guide to all things makeup.
First the good:
These are awesome. The middle one (the coral) is naturally my favorite. Looks fabulous on my skin. But they are all good. Luna Luster (left) is a warm pink, Strange New Worlds is (obviously) coral, and Highly Illogical is a golden plum. All pretty. All worth it.
The swatches are fairly accurate in terms of light reflection and opacity. They are NOT super pigmented, but they do the most in terms of bringing out whatever color you’re already wearing. I actually wear the coral and plum alone as blush. Love them. Get them. You’re welcome.
Now to the bad/raggedy. They just did my girl Taraji so damn wrong:
See the issue? They’re labeled backwards. SMH. I got them in the mail like WTH? Highlight the Truth is clearly a highligher color, while Taraji Glow is supposed to be the warm rust color. But not mine. NOPE. They’re backwards. Yayyy MAC. So damn trifling.
But they ARE gorgeous, so I’m not too mad. I also got the lipstick (which is not here yet), so when it gets here I’ll swatch all three. I will say that Taraji Glow has no shimmer that I can see, which I really like. It’s an amazing blush color for deeper skin tones, and will work on me for a uniform wash (eyes/cheeks/lips) with variable pressure and mix medium. I can’t wait to play with it.
Swatches are coming. Ciao for now!
Holidays mean nothing to the small business owner; What needs to be done needs to be done. So emails, promotions, sorting, order details and caffeine boost oversight is the order of the day. Oooh to the caffeine boost. I’m so excited y’all, and I might have to take down that disclaimer about using it at night because I used it Friday night and went RIGHT TO SLEEP like normal. Then again, caffeine really doesn’t have that jolting effect on me like it does other people so there’s that. Maybe I’m a mutant. 😉
I took a minute for makeup ’cause I promised a dawn coffee meet and I wanna look like I tried a little bit. I kept the skin simple with MAC Face & Body (I’ll spare you the spiel today) and Charlotte Tilbury Pressed Powder in Medium. Jury is still out on that powder. I love the finish but I’m not sure if it’s too much for my oily skin. I still prefer Innisfree, but I’m trying to be open. Highlight is Becca Pearl (all that shine is completely manufactured for a change) and mascara is Armani Black Ecstasy. Lips are a combo of Lipstick Queen’s Seven Deadly Sins in Lust and Envy. I set the whole thing with Farmacy Skin Dew because… dewy!
Yes, the brows look a bit crazed on purpose. Or maybe not on purpose. It’s one of those things that got outta control with too much ‘definition’ and I was dangerously close to looking like an Instagram Lemming. So I brushed brushed brushed all the product out and decided that it was just gonna be what it’s gonna be. So there it is.
Let me get back to work. Love, Light, and Laughter… Always.
Wow, is all I can say. Once again, Armani performs above and beyond expectations…
MAC Face & Body (C6)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
MAC Blush in Stylish Me
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Blue Beetle (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in Bashful Blush
I used the two golden hues from my MAC Indulge haul: Gilt Gourmet (fluidline) and Three Ring Yellow (eyeshadow).
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation (Cocoa Light)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (03)
MAC Blush in Stylish Me
MAC Fludline in Gilt Gourmet (inner lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Three Ring Yellow (entire lid)
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Noir (lashline & waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Shiseido Lip Lacquer in GD 817
MAC is… as always… the master of absolutely stunning imagery. The new Indulge Collection features a selection of richly hued eyeshadows, lippie, nail polishes and fluidlines. I fell in love with a few of the more ‘opulent’ offerings… both in name and sparkle content.
Eyeshadow in Three Ring Yellow
Fluidline in Gilt Gourmet
Fluidline in Deliciously Rich
Nail Polish in Magnificent Feast
Three Ring Yellow
Gilt Gourmet and Deliciously Rich
I also found a Farasha Eyeshadow (Art Of The Eye Collection) buried in the back of the MAC Warehouse…
Although it’s not part of the Indulge Collection (and is otherwise sold out), I thought it was rather perfect that I was able to get it with this order.