Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MAC Strength

Strength is the first of the two full color collections that MAC came out with this week, we will look at Apres Ski tomorrow.  I heard a rumor that only Apres Chic will be coming to the counters and that Strength will be an online and free standing store only release however I have not been able to reach my local counter and get the rumor confirmed or denied.  I am hoping that this rumor is very wrong since this is my favorite of all the collections that were released in this round of MAC collections.  Whatever happens, I do know that I will be ordering some of the products from this collection from the website, I am so excited for the lipsticks in this collection and I will order them as soon as possible!

This collection consists of a bunch of new eye makeup products and then a few selections for the cheeks and lips.  This collection has more of the Eye Shadow x 4 product in them, I have had some very mixed reactions to these quads.  I have one from a limited edition collection from late 2010 that had a quad that I loved (the collection had something to do with cats and all the shades were neutrals) but so many of the other quads have questionable quality of the shadows.  Almost every single limited edition quad that has been released recently has had one or two good quality shadows but one or two that are horrid.  Also, many of the quads have not contained only limited edition shades but are a combination of permanent and limited edition shades, but the limited editions shades are the lower quality shadows.  Therefore, it makes no point to purchase any of the quads since I could buy the regular shadows themselves if I like the shades that much.

Strength is described on the MAC website as follows, "Flex your femininity with a colour collection that's fearless, elegant and strong. Strike a powerful pose, stand out, redefine the notion of beauty - and do it with strength too irresistible to ignore."  I am all about strong lip and nail shades for the winter and then into the spring so I am excited to do some shopping from this collection!


Eye Shadow x 4: All Woman - An Eye Shadow Quad in four shades: Flawless Figure, Brains and Brawn, All Woman and Black Magique. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully.
- Flawless Figure - pale warm shimmering white (Veluxe Pearl)
- Brains and Brawn - midtone taupe (Matte)
- All Woman - greenish dark gray (Satin)
- Black Magique - deep dark black with warm tones (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 4: Inner Strength - An Eye Shadow Quad in four shades: Lithe Spirit, Inner Strength, Fabulous Fit and Heatherbelles. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully.
- Lithe Spirit - palest white pink (Satin)
- Inner Strength - light cool mauve taupe (Matte)
- Fabulous Fit - midtone cool gray (Matte)
- Heatherbelles - deep charcoal (Satin)

Opulash - Superlative style & state-of-the-art science merge. A new formula in a more saturated intense black with extra-volumization, expansion & curl delivered dramatically with our most bodacious brush yet. Lasts 15 hours!

Penultimate Eye Liner - A liquid pen-style liner that provides the ultimate precise, bold line in a rich, deep carbon black shade. Goes on fluidly, in one steady stroke, to style any fashion of eye line.

Technakohl Liner - A mechanical pencil-style liner. In formula, soft and creamy, with an intense, rich, colour deposit. Blends on application: dries quickly to a long-wear, non-smudge finish. Versatile. An easy way to line the top and lower lash line of the eye. When applied at a 90 degree angle, provides a thin precision line. For thicker application, apply at a flat angle.
- Graphblack - rich graphic black

Kohl Power Eye Pencil - A kohl pencil that has all the intensity and colour power of ultra-soft carbon. Specially formulated to provide deep, fully opaque coverage, provides an intense, smoked finish with duo-chrome pearl. Versatile in application: blend or smudge.
- Feline - rich black

Lipstick -  Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.
- Pink Pigeon - bright cleanest pink
- Party Parrot - bright red-pink
- Strong Woman - bright violet
- Absolute Power - rich red
- Firm Form - gilded black with gold pearl

Lip Pencil - A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip. Lip Pencils have a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for lining the lips or filling them in. They are long-lasting and available in a wide selection of colours that each work well with many different lipstick shades.
- Lasting Sensation - bright coral
- Embrace  Me - vivid pinkish fuchsia

Powder Blush - Colour for the cheeks and face. Various formulas. Different looks.
- Taupe Shape - satiny taupe
- Poised - muted pinkish brown

Nail Lacquer - Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Three long-wearing finishes - Cream, Sheer, and Frosted. Visibly different. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection. Go hi-lacquer!
- Muscle Tone - pale neutral nude
- Triumphant - midtone cool brown

275 Medium Angled Shading Brush - For applying and blending eye shadow. This brush has soft, smooth fibers and a full, angled design. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

168 Large Angled Contour Brush - For expert application of cheek contour. This brush is a large angled contour - the fibres form a buffed edge and are soft and firmly bundled. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

My favorites pieces are the lipstick shades, as we all knew that they would be!  My first choice if the bright pink matte shade, Pink Pigeon.  I want to see how this shade compares to Candy Yum Yum, I still haven't gotten a tube yet (website is sold out and there is no way that I would visit the mall right before Christmas) and I want to see if I need both of them or if one is better than the other.  Absolute Power is another great MAC red shade, so I will want to add this to my collection and Party Parrot is a red and pink hue that will be a great red for the warm weather months.  Those are my three favorites from the collection and it looks like my lipstick collection is going to get larger within the next few days. 

I am on the fence about the Inner Strength Eye Shadow x 4, I love these silver and lavender shades.  My concern is that the quality range is so all over the place on these products and if the product is not at the counter, then I will have no way to try it out before I order it.  I will have to find as many reviews as I can over the next week.  If the quality is there, then this will be a great palette to create muted silver and lavender smoky eyes and will contain come new highlighter shades for strong charcoal smoky eyes.  I wish the quality was more consistent on these products because this color combination has such potential...

The rest of the eye makeup is nothing that I must have right now.  I will buy the mascara at some point and I love the Penultimate formual however all of these products are permanent and I can buy them whenever I need to.  At the moment, I have no need of any of these items so I will just put them on the back burner for now.  Nothing in the rest of the collection really excites me, I would wear any of the blush or nail polish shades and I will just skip right over them this time around. 

Tomorrow is the Apres Chiccollection, the last of the new MAC collections and then we will see of Strength is still my favorite or if Apres Chic can catch my eye even more!

photo courtesy of MAC

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