Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MAC x Zac Posen Collection: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.
For Spring 2016, MAC is releasing a lovely color collection in collaboration with the beloved fashion designer Zac Posen. Filled with elegant yet daring colors, the collection is available starting February 25th. To see my reviews and swatches of a few selections from this range, click......
MAC x Zac Posen Collection
Packaging:
The MAC x Zac Posen Collection has a very sleek and modern design. The Eye Z You Palette is housed in a small square grey plastic compact with a matte finish. Inside are a small mirror and a mini shadow brush. The shadows are set in a gold-rimmed plastic insert, which complements the golden embossing on the lid.
The lipstick from the collection comes in a similarly styled rectangular tube. The color is slightly darker than the grey of the palette but it has the same gold embossings and detailings. Last but not the least, the Zoom Lash Mascara also comes in a dark mossy grey tube. The applicator is a thin and tapered bristle wand.
MAC x Zac Posen Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Zac Posen Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Zac Posen Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
Formulation:
The Eye Z You Palette ($52 CAD) holds six purple-themed shadows. I honestly have not had a good experience with MAC's palettes so I was kind of expecting the same with this. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The majority of the shades are very smooth and decently pigmented. Read the individual shade reviews below.

Preferred Blond: Matte greige with a hint of mauve; very smooth and fairly pigmented with no patchiness.
Performance Art: Shimmery lilac beige; buttery and nicely pigmented.
Palatable: Shimmery medium grey frost; creamy and decently pigmented.
MAC x Zac Posen Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
Phoof!: Shimmery pinkish white; pigmented and creamy.
After Dusk: Shimmery plummy rose; super buttery and pigmented, this is definitely the best shade from the palette.
Mauve Over: Satin warm plum; very smooth but not as pigmented as I would have hoped.
MAC x Zac Posen Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Zac Posen Lipstick in "Darling Clementine"
The Mac x Zac Posen Lipstick ($21.50 CAD) in "Darling Clementine" is a really bright orange with a mostly matte finish. This immediately reminded me of "Morange" from MAC and I actually swatched them side by side on my hand. This shade is in fact the exactly same shade as "Morange" (as far as I can tell), expect that "Morange" has a cream finish while "Darling Clementine" has a satin/matte finish. The formulation for this incredibly pigmented and while it has a matte finish, the texture doesn't feel dry or clingy. Although not transfer-proof, "Darling Clementine" has a nice wear, at least five or so hours with minimal eating/drinking.
MAC x Zac Posen Lipstick in "Darling Clementine"
MAC x Zac Posen Lipstick in "Darling Clementine"
MAC x Zac Posen Lipstick in "Darling Clementine"
MAC x Zac Posen Zoom Lash Mascara
The Zac Posen Collection Zoom Lash Mascara ($21.50 CAD) is not a new product release but a special edition packaging of the original Zoom Lash. This is a pretty simple mascara with a fairly small wand that's great for people with shorter lashes like mine. The mascara is lengthening and somewhat volumizing but it doesn't hold curls very well for me. It is not waterproof.
MAC x Zac Posen Zoom Lash Mascara
Overall:
This is definitely one of the more interesting collaboration collections I've seen from MAC in the past few months. I love the simplicity and the elegance of the packaging and I particularly enjoyed the lipstick and the shadow palette.

Availability:
MAC x Zac Posen is available across North America starting February 25th, 2016.
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