Normally celebrity collections with brands don’t tempt me too much. In fact, apart from the dreamy Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder collection earlier in the year, a celeb face doesn’t normally make me run to the shops. I’d say I’m normally level headed about these kind of things. That was until I heard Mariah Carey and MAC mentioned in the same sentence. What could be more glamorous and New Years appropriate than an edit from Mimi herself?! From that moment on I had my heart set on bagging a little slice of the collab.
Fellow snappers will have seen on my Snapchat (my username is madefrombeauty0 if you want to add me too) the absolute disaster of MAC’s customer service when it came to me ordering the pieces from this collection. Whilst I’d love to write a long ramble about how bad their customer service was (which involved me receiving two empty envelopes from them, on two separate days, despite them telling me my order had been dispatched), I’m going to try to forget all that and get into the products!
The first thing I knew I had to get my hands on from the collection was the Touch My Body Loose Powder. If there’s one thing I wanted from this collection it was to capture Mariah’s diva glow – and this product was just the ticket! The powder comes in a large box covered in the same glitter that themes the whole collection with the MAC logo and Mariahs signature in gold on the top. Inside there is a white pouf, with matching glitter ribbon.
The product itself is dispensed through a sifter. The powder is for adding glow and warmth to the body and face. For a light dusting you could use the pouf or your own brush to apply.
The Touch My Body powder is a warm coppery shade, with a rosy undertone. There is a lot of golden glitter in this product for building a glow on the décolletage or adding sparkle to the front of legs. You can see that swatched, the powder seems to have a lot of pigment, but when dusted on the skin just adds a subtle sheen.
I have tried to capture the effect it gives when applied evenly to the skin below:
You can see, even in photos, the dramatic difference the product makes. My arm on top has the powder applied and looks glowing, slightly more tanned and healthier. The skin on my arm without the powder doesn’t look nearly as nice!
The only problem with this powder is that…well, it behaves like a powder. Throughout the day I have found that the colour can transfer on to fabrics, so maybe not the best thing to wear with your best top! The sheen does fade after a couple of hours, as the powder starts to wear away, but thankfully not in a patchy way, just slowly throughout the day. I can’t say that I’m surprised or disappointed with the fact that the powder doesn’t have huge longevity, as I would expect any powder illuminator to do the same.
Although this will not be a product I will be using everyday, I am so happy I managed to purchase it. With a tan in the summer and lightly dusted onto shoulders this is going to be beautiful! And in the meantime, as least I can feel like an ultimate diva puffing on the sparkle at my dressing table!
The other product I purchased was the lipstick in Dahhlinggg! Aren’t the packaging of these lipsticks to die for?! So adorable! The glitter coating on this packaging is smooth to the touch, so it feels like a normal MAC lipstick just ultra bling!
My favourite formula of MAC lipsticks are Cremesheens, and so I was happy to find that Dahhlinggg! (the colour that first caught my eye) came in that finish. Cremesheens are formulated to be semi-opaque, moisturising and slightly glossy. Dahhlinggg! is a pinky peach shade with warm undertones. I have found this colour works brilliantly with red and peachy lip liners.
For me Dahhlinggg! is the perfect slap-on-and-go shade. I like to keep the lipstick in my bag to top up throughout the day. It’s the kind of no-worry shade that I can see myself reaching for everyday. The only problem with Dahhlinggg!, because it is a Cremesheen, it can go on a little patchy to begin with. The semi-opaque colour can mean that things can look a little uneven until I blot the colour into my lips a little with my finger. Not a biggie for me, but I know this would drive some people crazy.
So what do you think of the items I picked up from the MAC X Mariah Carey collection? Do you think they are worth the hype? Let me know in the comments below!