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making faces :: mac shows flashes of their dark side

one of the first things that attracted me to mac many years ago was the fact that their colour selection was so brilliant and diverse compared to others. incredible teals and violets with misty grey overtones and bright pops of pink... no one was doing that. of course, nowadays, everyone is doing that and, as concerns about inventory have become larger and more burdensome, others have overtaken mac in terms of colour selection. but one of the ways in which mac still has an edge is in their offering of autumn-appropriate dark lip colours. and this autumn/ winter season, they seem to be pushing that advantage as much as they can.

this makes me happy.

the first hint of their dark preoccupation came in the form of a limited edition lipstick [which sold out and has subsequently been restocked] inspired by music artist azalea banks. i don't actually know anything about banks, sort of how i didn't know anything about nicki minaj before mac did a lipstick inspired by her in late 2010. apparently the shade "yung rapunxel" is named after banks' shady alter ego and is a reflection of her own dark side. and to that end, the colour could hardly be more appropriate.

young rapunxel :: natural light
it's a deep, dark purple with a slight tinge of plum. it's not quite opaque, although it certainly has enough colour to make an impact. i found it difficult to compare to any standard mac formulas, although there have been other limited edition shades [like "digna" from the 2010 marcel wanders collection] that were similarly dark, but had a little sheerness. i have mixed feelings about the formula. on the positive side, the fact that it isn't completely opaque means that it melds easily with one's natural lip colour. and applied lightly, it can be less intimidating than a lot of vampy colours. on the negative side, the sheerness means it's tricky to get the shade to apply really evenly and, for a colour this dark, the lasting power isn't great.

armani has a better handle on how to do the almost-opaque formula that applies evenly and lasts, but their lipsticks are double the price, so i'm willing to cut mac some slack on this one. once you do get it on smoothly, the colour is very nice and the formula feels pretty good on the lips.

young rapunxel :: with flash
the shade that leaps to mind as a comparison is mac's own "cyber", which you can see in action here. "cyber" is completely opaque and has a grey tinge that "young rapunxel" lacks. as a result, "yung rapunxel" is probably more wearable, while "cyber" is more dramatic. [on a side note, "cyber" is an older shade and not the best of mac's formulas, being a little uneven itself.] the limited edition shade "plum bright" is lighter and brighter, but also in the same league. giorgio armani #604 [seen here] is lighter and more purple. most other vampy shades are noticeably redder or more berry- "young rapunxel" is definitely in the purple camp and those who love the colour will probably find it easy to love this one.

the shade is available online only from www.maccosmetics.com and only in the united states. [many thanks to the beauty fan who smuggled one up here for me.]

most interestingly, this seems to be only the beginning of mac's exploration of its dark side. in late november, mac will once again have a "black friday" offering on line. this year, they're bringing back the shimmery gunmetal grey shade "jet", which was one of my very first mac shades. it used to be part of the permanent assortment, but was discontinued years ago. now it'll be making a return starting on "black friday" in the united states [the day after thanksgiving] until quantities are exhausted.

in addition, mac will apparently be launching two collections in january that will feature more dark purples, lavenders and supposedly a sparkly black lipstick, something i've not seen before and am quite curious about.

many thanks to the denizens of specktra for this intelligence.

i love it when mac returns to their edgy roots and while "yung rapunxel" may have a couple of drawbacks, i do think that it's an excellent way to explore the edgier side of vampy lips for a decent price.

here's a quick look i did with it [i believe for the last caustic lounge].

the base ::
gosh velvet touch foundation primer
urban decay naked skin foundation "2.0"
gosh liquid concealer "light"
laura mercier pressed powder "porcelain" [have to say, this one looks fine in person, but photographs terribly- you can always see the powder, no matter how lightly applied]
mac paint pot "painterly" [eye shadow base]

the eyes ::
rouge bunny rouge e/s "angelic cockatiels" [light honey bronze]
laura mercier e/s "african violet" [medium violet with gold sparkle]
le metier de beaute e/s "fig" [burgundy purple]
inglot e/s "352" [peachy highlighter]
urban decay 24/7 eye liner "perversion" [black]
cargo lash enhancer mascara

the cheeks ::
mac powder blush "strada" [cool mauve taupe]
edward bess quad royale "south of france" [shimmery mauve sand]

the lips ::
mac l/s "yung rapunxel" [dark plum purple]*

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