Thursday, August 13, 2009

MAC Makeup Artists Collection Haul - Pics, Review & Swatches

Hi Bellas,

After waiting in line for over an hour (check out my video to hear about the dramazzz), I finally got to take a sneak peak of MAC's Makeup Artist Collection.

Of course I showed up rolling with my homies from my beauty clique Joy and Leslie.

I finally got to meet my fellow Georgian YouTuber Makeup By Tiffany D. We've been meaning to meet for months and finally got the chance! She's super sweet and gorgeous in person :)

I also met some of my subscribers and they were so friendly and nice! Hi guys! The preview events are so much fun because you get to be around other MAC junkies. They also served wine and h'ors d'oeuvres. There were even two artists on site drawing portraits of customers. I didn't wait in line but Tiffany did. I can't wait to see her pictures.

Make sure to check out my haul vid! I also filmed a tutorial on the look I'm rocking in the vid...stay tuned for that!

Here's a shot of my complete haul.

Let's start off with the Technakohls. They included the classic Graphblack along with 4 new neon, super bright colors. These pencils have amazing staying power, more so than any other MAC pencils. I love the bright shades, I can't wait to use these. I swatched them on my hand and they are indeed bright!

I picked up a few lipglasses that were super pretty. The first just looked gorgeous in the tube. It has no glitter, more of a molten apricot sheen. It actually swatches pretty similiar to Queen Bee lipglass from the Naked Honey collection, so if you have that you can skip. This would look great on everyone since it's a neutral color but still has a golden sheen.

I also picked up Personal Taste lipglass. This is a super frosty pink. I honestly picked it up because the MAC artist put it on Joy and I loved it! I found that when I applied it, it looked more frosty on me. I toned it down a bit with my Plum Soft cremestick liner and it looked great. Stay tuned for that tutorial.

The lipgloss went great with Joy's eyeshadow.

Do you remember Jampacked lipgloss from the Cult of Cherry collection? This one, called On Display reminded me of that. I love this plum color. It's a hit with my Southeast Asian brides! On its own, it gives a subtle berry stain. With a liner and lipstick you'll get a gorgeous wine toned lip.

They had a few single shadows. I only picked up one. This one didn't translate too well to the pics but it's a super pretty frosty orange. I think Fab & Flashy e/s (also limited edition) may be a dupe, but I don't own it. This actually is pretty pigmented when packed over a base. I like it!

I was excited about the quads. I like how quads have colors that are grouped together so you don't have to think about picking's done for you! The 3 quads were pretty neutral tones.

The first is In the Gallery. This quad has a subtle pink/purple theme. The shadows are pretty matte with the exception of a shimmery lilac color. Scandalous Beauty did a video on this and the colors looked amazing on her. She showed that as long as you wear a good eyeshadow base and know how to apply color, you can rock any matter what skin tone. It might be a bit tricky to get at first, but I do a tutorial showing you how to rock these colors. I actually like how the colors are matte and mature. They remind me of makeup from the "Waiting to Exhale" era.

From my research on Specktra, I already knew I was going to get the Photorealism Quad. If you like greens, this is a must have. Like the other quads, the colors are still understated though. This would make a great fall combination. Out of the three, I would recommend this one. You'll get the most color and ease of use from it.

The Notoriety quad is the most neutral out of the three. It has earth tone colors that neutral shadow lovers would love. In my opinion, it's alright, I picked it up for my clients who like the natural look. Personally though, I think you could skip out on this one.

Here's the look I wore to the MAC preview party. I really liked the way it came out. It reminded me of Barbie Doll makeup. I think I might do a tutorial for it. Would you guys like to see one? Let me know in the comments!

Till next time, Ciao Bellas!

Atlanta Makeup Artist


ellamejia2001 said...

Great swatches and u look amazing.

slvrlips said...

Hey Ren, How are u? Great Haul and we had a little drama here in DC at our pre-release party as well. I love your look you wore to the party & in the video both are very cute and chic.

Tysh said...

Great haul, I had my eyes on the green quad and the liners, I need to hit the PRO store pronto, I can't wait until next week, LOL. Please do a tutorial I am loving the color combo. By the way your blouse is beautiful.

Dee said...

I'm loving On Display Lipglass and In the Gallery quad. I can't wait to get my hands on them! Great swatches Ren. I'm looking forward to you doing a vid on the quads. I love what you wore.

Phyllis Bourne said...

I'm drooling over your haul!

Eclecticldy said...

think i told ya then but your eyes were the hotness on tues :)

Amina said...

I am also drooling over here!
New Spirit is sooo beautiful!
And those bright colors!!

LaDonna said...

This look is the most beautiful one I've ever seen! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Can't wait to watch the video and totally getting the photorealism quad (glad that you think it's the best one to get, haha). I want the technakohl liners too (green, blue, and purple!)

Joyce said...

Love the makeup! Yes please do a tutorial on what stuff you used :)

Linda said...

Hey Ren! I just love your makeup! Please Please do a tutorial. I also love the top you have on. Can you tell me where you got it? Thanks a bunch! THis could be my birthday look and that is coming up real soon. Keep up the great work!


.cupcake love. said...

You look SOOO hot Ren ! :)
I love the haul !

shannons said...

Please do a tutorial on what you have on!! I'm attending the event here in VA on thursday.. Thanks for the tips !!

Melissa said...

The makeup look you wore to the MAC unveiling is hawt. Please, oh please, do the tutorial for it!!

Jasmin said...

Lovely pics! Gorgeous look!!!

iamgrape1119 said...

What an amazing haul! I love your FOTD! It's so dramatic and fun! All the ladies look amazing!

Shadowy Lady said...

Thank you so much for the helpful review Ren. Would you say the Teknakohl stay on the water line longer than UD 24/7's?
Btw, I love the makeup you wore to the event. You are very talented :)

MakeupByAmberRashid said...

I absolutely LOVE the look your wore to the event! You look stunning. I especially like how you did your lips. I would have never thought to use that color on the lips wit green and blue eyeshadows. I would love it if you could do a tutorial on it.

Nidala said...

Please do a tutorial on this one! :) Pretty please?

Jenna said...

Would love to see this tutorial. The colors are amazing and you look stunning.. Are you using the Artistic License and the Auto-de-blu technakohls? Would love to see how this look is done. :)

Alicia-Gilpin said...

it looks fab ren!

thanks xx

Dyan said...

Amazing! Tutorial Please!!!!

Adayla said...

This looks amazing!! Does look like a barbie doll!! TUTORIAL Please!!

Foxy Roxie said...

Hi =)


Will there be a tutorial on this? This looks sooo fab.

Taina said...

I agree with everyone, Tutorial please! Love the colors! :)

SAUCY | eff. | BABY said...

Your makeup is amazing!

You look gorgeous Ren!

LOVEEE the New Spirit & Personal Taste Lipglasses



nadz said...

hey just made a blog account today,and i'm inspired to create my own makeup blog ;) Can you please do a tutorial on the make-up u look fab ...