Last year, M.A.C Cosmetics launched a beautiful oriental collection. Remember M.A.C Cosmetics x Bao Bao Wan? It was one of my favourite collections to have been launched by M.A.C. Yesterday, another beautiful oriental collection was launched in New Zealand: M.A.C Cosmetics x Chris Chang. And, of course recently, it was the ever-gorgeous couturier Guo Pei collaboration. In a fashion & beauty world saturated with wonderful European influences, I totally welcome stunning Asian influences too. Today is definitely one of those days where I am struggling to continue on with the day. It’s definitely a rare ocassion but it happens when my planned and organised schedule is rudely disrupted! So, I took a break from my law work for the afternoon and decided to visit a world of vivid colours and kaleidoscope dreams. M.A.C is a brand that constantly amazes me with their eye-catching limited edition collections as well as their interesting collaborations with artists that you normally would not have thought of in the first instance!
China’s most outlandish fashion designer puts an acid-soaked twist on her modern M.A.C collection, featuring a vivid kaleidoscope of cutting-edge colour, inspired by the ancient Chinese art form Kunqu. Surreal hues of lipstick, cream colour base and eye shadow and specially designed packaging are saturated in her signature dramatic flair.
Inspiration: Futuristic Vintage
The inspiration derives from the traditional aesthetics of ethnic tribes and costumes from various countries, as well as the transformative world of art. Chris Chang described that her designs are for women who are eccentric and confident; “Color is the integral fuel of my imagination and the spirit M.A.C and I share. This collaboration is a dream come true for the maximalists of the world.” The theme is Kunqu madness and it is one of the oldest performance arts from China which combines singing, poetry, acrobatics and dance and many hand gestures; hence has a very specific, avant-garde look. It’s all about exaggeration and it only took Chris five minutes to decide that this collection was going to be around Kunqu.
The shades in the collection are stunning and nothing short of colourful. I’m loving my lipstick in Gold XIXI which is a lemony pastel yellow. At first glance, I was pleasantly shocked by the bright yellow shade and usually would not be my first choice. Upon application however, it’s a lustre shade of yellow gold. I wouldn’t really wear the shade on its own, however I’ve been advised many makeup artists do tend to keep a yellow shade in the kit as the shade enables you to layer it above other lip shades to create a custom hue. It’s all about getting creative and that’s exactly what I will be doing. Every girl loves customisation, don’t we?!
I have two eyeshadows from the collection; Electric Mandarin which is a matte neon mandarin orange and Pale Pipa which is a matte pastel turquoise. It’s a stand-out collection for those who love getting creative! The colours and the patterns on the packaging are so aesthetically pleasing and it has to be the most beautiful beauty collection I have set my eyes on in awhile! And of course, I don’t leave home without my M.A.C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed. This collection has its stand alone finishing powder with stunning packaging which I am just happy to gaze at! The packaging alone is what dreams are made of. It is a silk screen print and is a collage of icons, symbols and illustrations she had used in her previous fashion collections. Chris advised us not to be scared of wearing certain colours and that there’s really no color that you cannot wear, it’s just a matter of how you wear it and how you apply it. It’s all about breaking free from stereotypes and certain mindsets. I like that.
Here are some snapshots I took:
This collection truly makes me feel like an oriental doll. I’m going into M.A.C cosmetics soon to purchase a couple more of the lipsticks and a few cream colour base pots to add to my growing collection. Nothing cheers a girl up like retail therapy, colour and makeup!