I've gone from wearing a little bit of every brand on my face to sporting a brand bias.
This happens every now and then, typically a result of my rooting around in a drawer to rediscover old favourites. On this occasion though I think it was prompted by a film, specifically *cough, cough* House of Versace.
I definitely/maybe had a few when I watched this late one night but I thought this made-for-TV movie was just fantastic. The actress playing Donatella, Gina Gershon, was sporting a face full of slap throughout: a heavy base, bronzer, blusher, smokey eyes and a delicate nude lipstick. It cannot be a coincidence that the morning after watching this film I immediately adopted the same makeup aesthetic.
I wanted to wear make up and I wanted to wear lots.
With this mantra in mind I pulled out a foundation that never lets me down - MAC Studio Fix Fluid.
The Ronseal of the foundation world. Spectacularly unsophisticated in formula with a scent that clearly illustrates the manufacturers enthusiasm for chemicals, Studio Fix Fluid is my nostalgic fail-safe. It's also one of those magical foundations that seems to look better as the day goes on - sure you have a little bit of shine in the T-zone but everything else has literally bonded to your face, even after foregoing powder. This is quite amazing.
I mix two shades together - NC37 and NC15 - because: a) I had them in my drawer and b) it's always a struggle to find one bottle that actually matches my skin so mixing a darker and lighter colour seemed like a perfect solution.
I loved it from first application (with the MAC 181 and the Sonya Kashuk flat top brush to smooth). EVERYTHING is covered and everything seems to stay in place well. I am 99% sure anyone close to me can smell the SFF stench but this is a small price to pay for makeup happiness :)
I have worn this consistently now for about 10 days - pretty good going for me!
I pile it on with the following:
- NARS Laguna
- MAC Fun Ending blusher (more of that below)
- MAC Coil or Superwatt shadow (mentioned below as well) with Urban Decay "Naked" in the crease
- MAC Lingering brow pencil with MAC Beguile to set
- Kat von D liner
- Bourjois Volume 1 Second mascara
...alternating lips with something like Too Faced Nude Beach....
....or MAC Soar and MAC Peach Blossom which by the way is the most amazing combination for neutral, tawny lips. #obsessed
All this makeup excitement has meant that my allegiance to MAC has been rekindled and the truest manifestation of that is via a haul.
It started with a need to pick up MAC Lingering and side stepped into buying an Electric Cool shadow (one of those cream to powder formulations) and a blusher - Fun Ending from the A Novel Romance collection. Both items are probably impossible to find in the UK/elsewhere now as they are old arse collections. Here of course they are considered recent releases!
The Electric Cool shadows are weird. Weird but incredible once applied. The spongy cream formula requires a finger or a flat synthetic brush but the finish on the eye is high sparkle that makes your eyes shine. I love Coil so much, a rich reflective copper, that I actually went back and purchased Superwatt, a golden-edged taupe.
Now the blusher....oh the blusher...this is Fun Ending.
I bought this last week and to be honest with you I am itching to go out and buy another - if I can find it. It's just that perfect neutral shade - enough pink to avoid it being dull but coupled with enough neutrality to ensure that it sculpts and remains subtle.
It is a Satin formula and I think these have a tendency to apply slightly darker than they appear in the pan. This is definitely the case here but only marginally. Once on the skin you get a pretty, warm toned neutral that is far more interesting than Tarte Exposed and sits somewhere between MAC Well Dressed and NARS Douceur. Why, for goodness sake, is this limited edition? If I can get more than one I promise to do a giveaway!
So after all these years I think we can confirm that MAC still has me. The price point is reasonable, the brand is accessible and although I have bemoaned the onslaught of collection releases, there is always something new to hoard. What have you picked up lately? Anything from Lightness of Being? :)