So……I’m not a fan of Rihanna…at all, BUT when I heard that she agreed to a multi collection deal with M.A.C. that started with the creation of a customized shade of lipstick in the Retro Matte finish, ah went bazodee!
The Retro Matte finish is the SINGLE BEST FINISH FOR A LIPSTICK EVA! Ruby Woo is my favourite lipstick and is my go-to with a high bun. So this shade is supposed to be what Rihanna wears on tour, a blue-based red, that’s universal on all skintones. Last week, M.A.C. released it online and it sold out in 3 hours…..yup, I was one of those waiting on that virtual line! There is no special packaging (I thought at least the box would have something on it), but engraved on the lipstick, was RiRi’s signature.
Inspired by 4 of the most well- known villains in animated filmography, M.A.C. presents the Venomous Villains collection, in collaboration with Disney.
Maleficent, Cruella, Evil Queen, Dr. Facelier, image courtesy of Specktra
Each character comes with it’s own storyline, colour scheme/collection and limited edition packaging. An updated version of the colours used to create the characters. There are also face charts that accompany each collection. The packaging is glossy black with each character painted on in vivid colour.
The VV collection is huge, but fortunately quite a few of the products are repromotes or part of the permanent line. There are also a few new products like the Magically Cool Liquid Powder, which is part of the Maleficent collection. Of course the packaging is LE so that this will sell like hot bread on a Sunday morning!!! People have been buzzing about this since July so, uhmmm yeah, get it while you can.
So I was not going to post on this, but it has been blowing up all over the internet. This has been the source of a lot of drama and outrage for the past few days/weeks. It’s the M.A.C. collaboration with Rodarte that is coming out in mid-September. I’m going keep it brief here as many, many people have gone into this issue in depth. I’ll post links of some of the articles. I think it’s important to know about this especially since there has been a reaction from M.A.C. So here goes…
M.A.C. usually does a couple of collaborations a year with designer – they’ve done DSquared, Emmanuel Ungaro, Alexander Mc Queen to name a few. This time around, they chose the design duo from Rodarte and created a collection based on their Fall/Winter ’10 offering. The ladies from Rodarte stated that they were inspired by a road trip they had taken through Texas. It would have been all fine and dandy except the centre of their inspiration is the notorious border town of Juarez. If you have never heard of Juarez, its a town on the Mexico side of the US-Mexico border where people are severely impovrished and women are brutalized. There seems to be no law and most cases remain unsolved. Google it. It’s not a good story and Rodarte was apparently draw to the clothing of the female factory workers. Uhmm….right.
Then the images and the names of the products in the line came out and all hell broke loose! Folks were infuriated and quite rightly so, there were items called ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Juarez’ and the main promo image was of the deathly pale female with darkened eyes, made to look dead. People have been all over YouTube, Twitter, the blogosphere decrying and demanding that M.A.C. pull the collection. So much so, after days of badgering, M.A.C. sent out a statement staying that they were going to rename the collection and donate some money to a charity in Juarez.
Yesterday M.A.C. brought out a bumper crop of new products, which included the limited edition Alice + Olivia collection, which is really small and selling out fast!!! It’s really small and supposed to be kinda carefree and partylicious.