Friday, December 23, 2011

The Must Haves of MAC's Daphne Guinness Collection

I'm not sure what it is about MAC's post Christmas collections, but they always end up being my absolute favorites of the year. While I loved the color story and concept of Daphne Guinness, there aren't as many items I feel that I need to have as there are in the upcoming Naturally and Iris Apfel collections (both release January 5th in the US).

There were two main items in Daphne Guinness that I knew I had to get my hands on. Though there may be other items in the collection that speak to you, these two products are the must haves in my humble opinion.

(Left to right): MAC Circa Plum pigment, MAC Vintage Grape Blush Ombré

I'll be quite honest with you, part of the reason I wanted Vintage Grape is because I missed out on the Blush Ombrés when they released with the Spring Color Forecast collection. Though I've since managed to pick up Ripe Peach and Azalea Blossom, I hadn't yet tracked down Vintage Grape

If you'd spoken to me at this time last year, I would have told you that I didn't believe Vintage Grape was a must have. I certainly no longer feel that way. While I've read several reviews that state that this blush isn't incredibly pigmented, I'm not entirely disappointed. Vintage Grape appears quite purple in the pan, but looks exactly like wine when applied on the cheeks (hence the name). Were this blush any more pigmented I would be concerned that I couldn't pull it off on my pale, NC20 skin. When applied with a stippling brush, Vintage Grape gives me the loveliest hint of a wine stain on the apples of my cheeks.

Circa Plum pigment is a product I've known I wanted for quite some time. I have green eyes, and absolutely adore the look of greyed purples. In my opinion, Circa Plum would be flattering on all skin tones: it's subtle, shimmery but not glittery (an important distinction for me as I'm not the biggest fan of chunky glitter) and is quite dimensional.

I'm impressed with Circa Plum because there is very little difference between the quality and pigmentation of the product when applied dry vs. wet. Even one of my favorite pigments--Illamasqua's Ore (reviewed here)--is virtually non-existent when swatched dry.

(Left to right): Circa Plum swatched dry, Circa Plum swatched wet

I was interested in the differences between the top and bottom shades in the Vintage Grape Blush Ombré. It seems as though the side that causes any pigmentation problems is the top, lighter shade; however, when blended any difficulty picking up the color is virtually eliminated.

(Left to right): Vintage Grape light shade, Vintage Grape dark shade, Vintage Grape mixed, Circa Plum swatched dry, Circa Plum swatched wet

I had a bit of a play with my two picks from Daphne Guinness today and got quite into the subtle purple theme. I can definitely see myself getting into plums and wine shades during the wintry months ahead.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW30
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
Skin79 Super+ BB Cream 
Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation
MAC MSF Natural Medium 
MAC Vintage Grape Blush Ombré

MAC Brow Pencil Lingering 
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
MAC Pigment in Circa Plum
Urban Decay Buck (to blend the pigment into the crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner Bourbon
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Face Atelier Plum Lip Glaze
(More on this product later, I'm absolutely in love!)

Though I am a bit disappointed with the collection overall--I desperately wanted to like the shadow quad, but I had the opportunity to swatch at the counter and was sorely disappointed--the Blush Ombrés and pigments seem quite promising. Thanks to Bloomin' Beauty's wonderful swatches of Aurora pigmented, I'm considering picking it up as well.

What items from MAC's Daphne Guinness collection will you be picking up?