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So the Iris Apfel for M.A.C. collection came out a few weeks ago and this was a bright collection in the middle of winter doldrums.    This collection was inspired by rare and exotic birds, and is just in line with fashion and beauty trends for 2012.  Here are the details.

Image courtesy of M.A.C.

Anyway, here is a quick swatch of 4 of the lipsticks.

Swatches (l to r): Flamingo, Morange, Pink Pigeon, Scarlet Ibis

I did not look at anything else from this collection other than the lipsticks.  They are all bright and pigmented.  I’m not a fan of M.A.C.’s matte eye shadows.

I picked up two lipsticks:

Party Parrot

Party Parrot

Party Parrot

Party Parrot is a blue-based, bright-almost-neon pink.  It has a matte finish but not as bone dry as lipsticks such as Russian Red or Ruby Woo.  This colour is a little bright for me.  I will have to pair it with Nightmoth or Currant lipliner.

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

This is a bright, scarlet red, matte lipstick with a touch of orange.  Again, it has a matte finish that is not super dry.  I would also use Currant with this liner, but I am sure there is a better option.  The SOLE reason that I picked up Scarlet Ibis is that it is one of the national birds of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (Trinbago massive!).

Scarlet Ibis, image courtesy of Wikipedia

It is a protected, tropical bird and its image appears on the national Coat of Arms and  $1 bill.

Both of this lipsticks are very pigmented and will last for hours, just make sure you exfoliate and moisturize your lips before.

This collection is still available online in the US and should be out already internationally.

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