I was working away like a little squirrel last week when a MAC email popped up advertising their new range in collaboration with Charlotte Olympia. The only reason I have any clue who this person is is because there was an interview with her and this range was featured in Allure Magazine this month. But this image just captivated me with its sheer glamour (not something I achieve very often, if ever!) and I knew I had to get my hands on some of this stuff. The packaging alone kills me.
I immediately loved her signature spiderweb motif and the whole Old Hollywood vibe. I was expecting everything to be sold out online as it usually is by the time I click on the email link, but lo and behold there were still some bits left which I felt I needed to have. Sadly the quirky makeup bag was sold out, but you might be lucky to find one in store.
I’ve been thinking recently that I need a new red lipstick. Red lips scare me a bit to be honest and they seem so high maintenance, but with winter coming up I might get bolder in my makeup and red lips are a classic for a special occasion. I picked the lipstick in Leading Lady Red (R230). It is a deep red with a slight cool undertone. It is meant to be matte but isn’t 100% (although in this picture I had some lip oil underneath). It wears really well and can be a deep red or you can blot the majority off for a berry-red stain.
I also got a cream colour base in Golden Age (R280), an antique golden bronze. This has a dewy, sheer finish and is subtle enough for red lips but also a perfect swipe-and-go beach bronze shade for summertime. It is very similar to Dior fusion mono in meteore except without the sparkle. For darker skin tones this would also make an amazing cream highlighter.
I think the combination of the golden eyes and red lips is beautiful, but I would happily combine the golden cream colour base with a more peachy-nude lip and cheek, or pair the red lips with winged liner this winter.
Here is the whole collection in its glamorous glory.