Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MAC Wash and Dry Collection - on counters now!

Bronzey hues, bright lips, coral highlighters and all with gorgeous packaging?  Yep, MAC's Wash and Dry collection is one worth checking out lads.  It's limited edition so come payday, get yourself to a counter so you can swatch everything!

Can we just talk about the packaging for a second?  Turquoise, coral and yellow ombre with a metallic sheen makes me happy and screams summer time.  It also screams "You're going to be able to find me in your makeup back quickly rather than rooting around a load of products with black packaging."

I got to see some of the products up close recently and got a couple of bits to test out too.  Starting with the Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trios, these soft, buttery and oh so shimmery shadows are new to me and after swatching Hot Wash below with it's peachy bronzey goodness, I think it'll make a lovely easy to wear summer eye.  I do like a shimmery metallic eye in the summer and the fact that there isn't a huge amount of waste when it comes to packaging means it'll take up minimal room in my makeup bag.  See how I'm already using the future tense when talking about this?  There are two other trios in the collection but I only have eyes for this one.

Now, regular readers of the blog or viewers of my videos will know I have a bit of a soft spot for all things peachy and coral.  There's no point in trying to hide it because when I see things like the High Light Powder in Freshen Up, all coolness goes out the window because this one made me squeak when I saw it.  It made me go "Ooh" when I held it and it made me go silent when I swatched it.  It had to have been a bit uncomfortable for the other girls at the table, but just look at it....

The powder is made up of three shades, a pale neutral shade, a soft peach shade and finally, a gorgeous coral shade.  There's a golden overspray which disappears after first use and what you're left with is a wonderful, wearable peachy blush.  But what makes this even more justifiable (apart from the packaging and sheer beauty of it obviously) is that you can mix and match the different shades in the pan to customise your blush.  I know this is marketed as a highlight, but I'd wear this as a blush and look only fabaliss.

Another product that made me make weird noises (weird for others, normal for me) is MAC's lipstick in Morange.  I will make this mine come pay day.  It's pigmented, it's orange, it's bright and if summer was a lipstick, it'd be Morange.  There are three other lippies in the collection, Creme D'Nude, one that I used to think would be too nude for me but I'm coming around to the idea, Tumble Dry, a light peachy coral which sounds right up my street and Steam Heat, a bright pinky red that's pictured below.  Morange, I'll be seeing you shortly ok?

There are four lipglasses in the collection too.  Domestic Diva, pictured below is described as a frosty pink and immediately I wondered whether I could pull off a frosty lip.  I needn't have worried because it's completely wearable and has taken up residence at my desk at work.  I have my eye on Laundry List too because if anything is described as a vivid orange, I'm going to need to investigate.

Domestic Diva has a medium level of opacity, feels light and comfortable on the lips, is slightly on the sticky side, but is one I've been reaching for time and time again.

There are two bronzers in the collection along with two Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders.  I have the more neutral shade Delicates to play with and there's a more red toned shade, Golden Rinse, that Orla talks about here.

Delicates is the perfect name for this bronzing powder because it gives a delicate, bronzed hue to the skin and for fair skinned ladies like myself, there's no fear of going overboard with it because it's got a light to medium level of pigmentation, so bronzing newbies, this is a good one to try out.

The effect on the skin is soft, contoured and you can see in the photos that there are no warm or red undertones to it meaning one can sculpt some cheekbones easily.  Because it has the finest shimmer running through it, and I do mean fine, it gives off the softest sheen on the skin and I've been loving focusing it on the hollows of my cheeks, but also bringing it up a bit onto the apples too.  If you're so inclined, you can totally dust this all over your face to give your complexion a bit more bronziness.

The powder is so finely milled that even a close up photo of my cheek below wearing it just looks like my skin.  Faking nice skin and cheekbones is one of my favourite things in life!

So my advice is to hit up your local MAC counter and go check out the Wash and Dry collection.  By all means you can freely purchase the bronzing powder and lip gloss, but do me a favour and leave a Morange lippie for me will you?   Oh and the highlight powder.   And that eyeshadow trio too...

See anything that takes your fancy?


  1. Oooooooooh. Want! That's all I have to say on the matter X

  2. Siobhan Mary LeonardMay 19, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Oh WOW looks so Summery on the face! You've applied it amazingly
    Siobhan xx

  3. I wanted Hipness blush, but it was sold out after few hours... They should do the restock :D

  4. That orange lipstick looks exactly like MAC Sail le Vie lipstick from the Hey Sailor collection. I have a swatch and review of that lipstick on my blog if you want to compare.

    I might pick that orange lipstick up but nothing else really impressed me from this collection. Other than Viva Miley nothing has caught my eye at MAC, even the cinderella collection was a skip for me.

  5. I just logged on to the BT site to buy that bronzer and they don't have it,thank god!! Anything to do with faking cheekbones is right up my roundy-face street !!!!

  6. Karen (lovelygirliebits)May 19, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    I will fake cheekbones as long as we both shall live!! The bronzer is seriously gorge missus and there's one coming out from Bourjois that's also fab so stay tuned for that!

  7. Karen (lovelygirliebits)May 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    The orange lippie is a good pick missus, Viva Miley is gorgeous, need to check it out again myself x

  8. Karen (lovelygirliebits)May 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Aw man! By the way, love your username, I can relate!

  9. Karen (lovelygirliebits)May 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Thanks Siobhan! Lots of faffing and blending and anyone can do it ;)

  10. Karen (lovelygirliebits)May 19, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    You're a bridie of little words and no need to say anything else!

  11. I just have one Sleek palette (years old!) and I adore it. Must have a look at that foundation the next time I'm in Boots.

  12. Haha, that username describes me well and most of us who like cosmetics I think.
    I was able to get this blush - they had a rectock on Selfridges today, I don't know how, maybe it was because of my prays:)

  13. Grace ZiegfeldgirlMay 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    the collection looks gorgeous and i love the packaging. i'm not the only one who thinks it has a weird name though? wash and dry? reminds me of doing laundry.


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