Are your clicking fingers ready? The Riri Hearts MAC Fall 2013 collection drops online today at noon EST. There’s a lot to take in and a lot of opinions have already been shared online, but I thought that I would add my voice to the mix. I received several of the pieces from my friends at MAC (thanks guys!) and while I haven’t had a chance to play with the products as much as I would like, I do have a few first impressions to share.
MAC’s limited edition packaging truly adds another dimension to products and this collection is no exception. The pale pink plastic mixed with a rose gold chrome elevates the collection and creates a ‘must have’ feeling around the few permanent items that have been repackaged for this collection. These include the Veluxe Brow Liner pencils, in Deep Brunette and Deep Dark Brunette, mascara in Extended Play Lash in Gigablack, lashes #35 and #36, and Liquidlast Liner in Pointblack, all of which receive a price increase over the permanent, black packaged counterparts.
Riri Woo makes a third appearance, but this bullet feels extra, super special thanks to the snazzy packaging. The color, which is pretty snazzy, comes flanked by a Riri Woo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil and Lip Glass. I also received Nude, a lipstick that is a deeper brown nude, perfect for those with medium skintones and deeper. The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Talk That Talk is described as a dark plum cream, and if you haven’t already invested in Nightmoth, this might be a nice alternative for darker lips. The Pro Longwear formula is a bit creamer than the standard Lip Liners.
Making a second appearance in a Rihanna collection is Hibiscus Kiss, a Powder Blush Duo. If you’re fair, this blush duo could seem intimidating, but don’t be fooled. The powder feels finely milled and ultra smooth, making the distribution of pigment more gentle than you might expect. I’m an NC 20 or 25, depending on the day, and while I wouldn’t use the top of the duo as a contour, it adds a nice matte bronze flush to the cheek. The bottom shade has a soft, golden shimmer that doesn’t overpower the cheek.
Bad Girl Gone Good blush was a nice surprise, being far more wearable than expected. Described as a warm copper, it shows up as a nice terracotta flush on my cheeks. The satin finish also softens what could be an overly orange or ruddy color into something that has an Indian summer vibe. Rounding out the cheek products is the Diamonds Cream Color Base. Thanks to this product, I’ve revisited my love for CCBs as a whole. Diamonds in particular is fantastic. It doesn’t look like much in the pan, but a warming swirl of your finger will reveal a color that I can best describe as shimmering sands. Less is more with CCBs, so a soft tap of your finger on the high points of your face will give you a gentle highlight that catches the light. Any more than that and you run the risk of the cream not only giving you a disco ball effect, but also running away. Trust me – I speak from experience.
The eyeshadow quads have caused a lot of fuss online, both good and bad. I can only speak from my experience with Her Cocoa, but I think here’s more there than meets the eye. Starting from the top left and moving clockwise, the Her Cocoa quad contains: a warm golden shade that is likely a veluxe pearl formula, a cool, smooth satin pink that radiates with a gold duochrome when swatched, a cool brown that has a purple undertone, and a warm, light copper that could be a great all over shade that would build dimension with the right tools. I like how there are a variety of textures in this quad, as well as both cool and warm undertones. I think it allows for a wider range of looks than other quads that I have seen from MAC. There is splendor in the simplicity, though I will caution against expecting a lot from the gold veluxe pearl shadow. It is not intensely pigmented, but it would make a great pop of shimmer in the middle of the lid.
There you have it – my thoughts on the Riri Hearts MAC Fall 2013 collection. What have you seen, loved, or are curious about? Anything appeal to you?