Charlotte Olympia X MAC
Who could resist spiderweb-adorned packaging?! I know I couldn't! Before I even knew what the product line would include, I had this collection - Charlotte Olympia X MAC - on my very long to-buy list. I couldn't go hog wild and buy it all, as much as I wanted to, but I did end up purchasing much of what I thought I would use or found interesting.
Out of the three lipsticks, I really like the "Retro Rouge". I had been looking for the perfect red with a brown undertone. A lot of what I had been seeing had orange undertones, which isn't always the best for my complexion. As for the lipliner, I got the "He Said She Said" colorway.
The lipliner looks a teensy bit too bright for the lipstick, but it's really gorgeous and a keeper nonetheless!
I was so intrigued by the Cream Colour Bases that I had to get both.
These colors are absolutely amazing! I love how creamy and smooth they feel and with just one swipe, left an impressive amount of color. Golden Age (left) has the most beautiful golden shimmer in the warm brown. It's such an elegant color. The golden shimmer isn't too in-your-face and leaves the most subtle effect. Sepia (right) is such a rich brown - not too cool or grayish, and not too warm. In the pan it looks a little... boring? But once I swiped it on, it has just the slightest peach in there making it a perfect pairing with Golden Age.
Next up is the liquid eyeliner. I almost took a pass on this one, assuming it would be black. But when I read the description and realized it was a deep deep brown, almost black, I had to give it a try. And yes... that packaging!! Who could resist?!
The applicator tip is firm, yet flexible. I really felt comfortable drawing with it. I usually like a pretty firm tip, but this one was nice and I felt in control. It dried down to a deep rich matte brown. The MAC website mentions using this on the body as well as the eye. Maybe some strategically placed Old Hollywood Glam moles perhaps?
And, this little teensy jar of goodness is like fairy dust, dried unicorn tears or whatever other magical creature you can think of. This is the Loose Pigment in "Overdressed". Looking at it in the jar doesn't do it justice.
... and this picture doesn't do it justice either. A bit too subtle for it to show up well. But it reminded me of champagne-colored silk charmeuse. So so gorgeous! You really have to see it in person. It's not as white as you would think looking at it. It's very pearly, with gold and champagne tones. Stunning.
Last, but not least I had to get the mirror! It's plastic, and a little cheap-feeling, but it is light making it very easy to carry around. I'm a little afraid that the gold will eventually chip off though. I may have to keep it in a safe place. One side is a magnified mirror, and the other side is a regular mirror. The whole thing slides open if you were to hold it in one hand and "snap" your fingers. It reminded me of a fan - again, very old Hollywood glamour!
Charlotte Olympia talks about 10 things you may not know about her and she mentions Old Hollywood Glam. You can see it all over this beautiful collection. Everything seemed reminiscent of it that era. Check her out here: