When this package arrived from the UK my husband thought I was a total nutcase. Why would someone, who gets sent makeup by PR companies on a regular basis, "waste" money on buying more?
Because darling, these products are NEW.
Now I am not so blindsided by makeup addiction that I can't see that he has a legitimate a point. I could well get sent some of these in a couple of months time (when Dubai finally gets the collection) but I had a packaging crush and felt a rush to invest. Here then is my MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection haul and a whole bunch of first impressions.
This haul was spurred on by Marni Keane's Snapchat. A MAC artist applied the cream colour base in Sepia on her lids and lips and I decided that I needed to attempt to replicate it.
As it happens that product is my favourite from the haul - by far.
I picked up:
* Golden Age cream color base
* Sepia cream color base
* Pro Longwear lip pencil in He Said, She Said
* Lipstick in Starlett Scarlett
With red lips and golden toned skin the collection is clearly inspired by a glamorous Hollywood era and the concept aligns with the nature of the Olympia brand - classic but executed in a playful and fun way.
The two products I have been experimenting with are the color bases.
As you can see from the dodgy swatch, Golden Age cream color base is a metallic gold. It's the kind of product designed to be dotted on the top of cheekbones and/or in the centre of the lid, with it's loaded shimmer consistency reflecting light. I am not normally one to shy away from shimmer but in this case it makes Golden Age trickier to work with than it's counterpart and it doesn't blend tremendously evenly as a result.
Curiously for a CCB it cannot be used on the lips - there is a warning on the back of the packaging - and I was always under the impression that these were versatile multi-use products.
Sepia may look a little murky and disconcerting in the pan but this is superior in terms of both texture and tone. There is no shimmer to battle with, making it easier to blend, and the appearance is less shimmery and more flattering. It might appear poo-brown but it actually translates as a cool medium brown tone, completely wearable as a contour or on the eye lids to give a subtle, light glossed finish. If you took the grey undertone out of Kevyn Auction's Sculpting Powder, you'd probably get a shade similar to this. It's bloomin' fantastic and my little makeup assistant and I admired it today when we put it....well, basically everywhere!
Now the lip products.
Mmm I'm going to confess something to you here. I'm not sure why I got these. That is a statement that is guaranteed to elicit a "you muppet" from my husband.
Now it's always handy to have a red lip liner so I don't technically regret this - it's a lovely rich berry tone. The Pro Longwear is waxy in texture and long lasting. So....yay?
Look it's a lovely colour a warm red that channels NARS Cruella, albeit in a slightly lighter shade, but as a true red I feel very self-conscious in trying to pull this off. That's more my problem than the lipstick's but I will also pitch in and say that the texture isn't as flawlessly opaque as I thought it would be. Having read Temptalia's review it would seem I got the dud out of the three that were in the collection. If I do grow a pair I will attempt a face of the day with it on but what are the chances I never make it out the door with it on? :) I'm weird - nude I can do, deep purple I can do, pink and raspberry I can do but red makes me feel like a bit of an old hag. I clearly did not think this part of the order through!
So out of my haul my one strong rave and recommendation has to be levied at Sepia cream color base. It may be the ugliest product in the pan but it translates as the most beautiful on the skin.
Did you pick up anything from this collection? :)
Thanks for reading!