I've been in a bit of a quandary since that limited-editions post because a) this is a MAC limited-edition collection and they do sooo many, and b) this collection launched a few weeks back, which means some items – the eyeshadow palettes and makeup brushes – have already sold out online. Some MAC locations may still have stock of those items, though; with any luck this won't turn into a disappointed-in-limited-editions-because-I-couldn't-get-what-I-wanted situation. #Ihatethattoo
This range, created in partnership with beautiful producer, actress, model and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi, is all about eye-catching packaging and vibrant colour with a side of warm neutrals. Of most interest to me of course, are the lip shades, a pretty blush duo, and yeah, I'm kind of a sucker for the weighty packaging.
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I've got a few snapshots of the MAC Padma Lakshmi items here in case you haven't already seen everything:
See? The packaging. According to Coveteur, "the pattern is an imprint of the underside of a plate from her homewares collection." And it's weighty. "I wanted it to feel very luxurious because, for some women, makeup is their big splurge,” she said.
I wish I had that bright Winnipeg light to shoot in; these were snapped in cold, cloudy-day blue-hued natural light. Please forgive any shade wonks.
As I mentioned earlier, this is where "limited edition" can be an upsetting pair of words: both eyeshadow palettes ($33 CAD each at maccosmetics.com) sold out online fast.
However, on the MAC website, to the right of the product image there's a "grab it in-store" link to search out a location that may still have stock along with a note about whether you should call to confirm availability.
I'm more about the MAC Padma Lakshmi cheek duo on the top left of the above image – that juicy shade combo says "what ice storm?" Called Melon Pink ($33 CAD at maccosmetics.com), it's not a never-before-seen pairing – for sure we've seen shades like these put together this way before. But they're sooooo flattering on fair, olive and medium-deep complexions.
That powder blush duo on the right is called Moon & Shine ($33 CAD at maccosmetics.com); it's a frosted champagne highlight and matte beige.
The MAC Padma Lakshmi lipsticks ($18.50 CAD at maccosmetics.com) – hello, lovelies! I'm drawn to the three most vibrant, of course, and that pretty peachy gold lip gloss... I've just started wearing it; it already lives in my backpack's front pocket. Called Nefertiti ($21 CAD at maccosmetics.com), it's a sheer shimmering peach-gold that serves as an easy swipe-without-a-mirror shine, or as a topper for any of the lipsticks. You caught the "sheer" word there, right? Not for anyone who loves a high-pigment gloss, but a lovely addition for a no-effort, subtle-beauty type.
Lookit, I swatched for you! On my arm! One swipe of each shade! Obviously I'm all about that vibrant matte fuchsia in particular, Mittai Pink, and Blue Blood, that bold, "true red," according to MAC. Sumac is a deeper berry or plum than I usually gravitate toward, but so gorgeous. I'll be trying a dab on each cheek, too.
Most of the lipsticks are matte; Apricot Gold is an Amplified finish, and Sunset Rose is a Creamsheen formula, brown with pearl pigments.
Have you already checked this collection out? Does/did anything appeal?