Limited Addiction: MAC’s Posh Paradise & Fall Color 2011 Collections

14 Apr

Hello Doll’s…

Sooo the the collections I’m “hauling” today are two out of that back log I was talking about in my previous post.  They’re both from September 2011… yes 2011!  They’ve been chillin’ untouched and screaming to be played with, and now I finally can.  First up…

Posh Paradise

Ha!  The name alone had me sold folks!

According to MAC:

Succumb to temptation in a Paradise that invites taboo encounters. Rare and exotic, these delights are divine; fig leaves meet fashion beneath a jungle canopy where Seeds of Desire sprout. Discover Unknown Pleasures with lavishly lush Nail Lacquers and Mattene Lipsticks. Semi-matte lips get ultra-pure colour in a slinky, slither-smooth formula that feels as light on the lips as lust. Trespass tantalizingly with pearlized Paint Pots in shades that create seamless coverage while blending smoothly over lids. Indulge yourself with a plush, posh and provocative collection of hypnotic hues.

*Info taken from Temptalia*

As you can see above, there are ten lippies, two nail lacquers, and eight paint pots featured in this collection, all of which are limited edition.  The lippies were ok, nothing very exciting, and I can say the same for the lacquers.  When it came to the paint pots though… OMG!  That’s what truly excited me… I LOVE PAINT POTS!!  MAC very rarely releases new paint pots with the massive amount of collections they pump out all year, so when they do… its always very exciting.

After checking out swatches and then seeing them for myself, unfortunately for me, (though not for my wallet), I was a bit underwhelmed.  Of the eight that were released… I only picked up three as the rest either looked like something I already had or just didn’t seem special enough to me.  #MajorLetDown

On to the pics and swatches!

Genuine Treasure, Pure Creation, and Half-Wild

Genuine Treasure, Pure Creation, and Half-Wild

Genuine Treasure, Pure Creation, and Half-Wild

So yea… that picture is absolutely AWFUL… I know… Hence the photography situation, but ladies (and gents) you’re gonna have to take my word for it on this one!  The pigmentation in these babies are INSANE, so whether you wear them alone or layer shadows on top, color is going to pop like crazy… this is not for the weary!

Genuine Treasure has a dark, antiquey-gold base and is chock full of sparkle.  Good sparkly though, not frosty golden girl sparkle.  This one will look awesome alone, especially if you’re just running out the door and just want to add something fancy real quick without any fuss.  I haven’t tried the combination yet, but when I first saw this, what I immediately wanted to do is layer MAC’s Satin Taupe on top, and then perhaps a black winged liner… I’ll keep you posted on that one.

Pure Creation I’d describe as a turquoise blue… a dark turquoise blue.  Its super deep and would be awesome for making a brighter blue super smokey or a medium/darker blue richer.  The possibilities are endless.  I’d say the same for Half-Wild, only the royal purple version.  I’d also like to see them used together.  At first glance, both Pure Creation and Half-Wild have a matte finish, but once you really zoom in, there is a VERY slight sheen, almost metallic look.  I saw a few sparkles… and when I saw few, I mean FEW… as in I probably shouldn’t have mentioned it at all few, lol.

Ok… On to the next…

Fall Color 2011

This collection was inspired by Artist Cindy Sherman, best known for her “eclectic” photography, film directing, and personality.  I suggest you give her a little Google, though not at work, so you can see for yourself.  She’s a bit indescribable to say the least, but for blogging sake, I’ll throw out a few adjectives… how’s morbid, pornographic, disturbing, and mind-boggling work for ya?  In the bit of research I’ve done, the most common bit of information I’ve found is that she works ALONE, conceptualizing every story or character she tries to portray and handles every aspect, including wardrobe selection, hair and makeup, set, and…. model.

Cindy created all of the visuals used for the displays for this collection.  The collection at first carried her name, then was was switched to “Fall Color…” creative differences perhaps?  Who knows?

When reading reviews about this collection, everyone described Cindy Sherman pretty much the same as I, BUT no one really touched on their thoughts on these particular visuals for MAC.  So since no one else wanted say it… I’ll say it… These pics are creepy!  Point, blank period.  Nan one of them made me want to purchase anything, did they create curiosity, yes, did they make me want to buy makeup… hell no.  I purchased from this collection because I’m a makeup junkie and saw products I liked.

I will say, however, that I think its cool that MAC opened up this window to one of the worlds top paid artis… we can always use a little more culture right?  Anyway… on to the makeup!


Yea!  Its a huge collection!  And in case you were wondering, no, Cindy Sherman had no hands in the design of any of this.  To be honest, the majority of this huge collection is permanent at the either the MAC or MAC Pro store.  That fact was kind of depressing, but once again, my wallet appreciated it.  No need to rush out and buy what’s always going to be there right?  I get it though… I guess. Releasing some of these products in collections brings to light products that people might’ve ignored or never discovered otherwise.  With that being said, I only purchased four items, three of which are permanent at the pro store.

Chromagraphic Pencils in Processed Magenta and High Def Cyan, Show Orchid Lipstick, and Orange Tempera Lipglass

Show Orchid Lipstick


Magenta Madness & High Def Cyan Chromagraphic Pencils, Show Orchid Lipstick, and Orange Tempera Lipglass

Chromagraphic Pencils are multi-purpose pencils that are apart of MAC Pro’s permanent line and come in a wide range of colors.  Magenta Madness and High Def Cyan are the first two I’m adding to my collection.  These pencils can be used pretty much all over the face, for artistic work that is, but for my personal usage, they’ll be used on the lips and eyes.  You have to read the labels on them though, because some aren’t lip and eye safe.

Show Orchid lipstick is also a permanent MAC Pro product and one of most popular colors in the line.  I would describe the color as a super bright magenta with purple undertones.  Its a universal color that would suite all skin tones.  I especially love it on my medium caramel/red undertone complexion and those even darker.  Its a gorgeous, rich color that has a creamy and very pigmented amplified finish.

Orange Tempara lipglass is one of the few limited edition products in this collection.  I’d describe this color as a milky, peachy nude.  VERY pretty, but let me tell you, its pretty high maintenance… so I’f you’re not willing to put in the work needed to wear this smoothly… don’t even bother with it.  If you have fine lines in your lips, I’d use a plumper first to smooth them out, because this gloss will settle into them.  Also, be sure to exfoliate or you will look crusty, lastly, this color is opaque enough to wear on its own, as well as layered over a lippie, but using a liner wouldn’t hurt.

Ok, that tis’ all for this round! But I still have a good bit to haul, so stay tuned!

Lata Lovah’s


2 Responses to “Limited Addiction: MAC’s Posh Paradise & Fall Color 2011 Collections”

  1. Ellie April 24, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Love your post on m.a.c, I love their products!!!! I’m going to try some of these products:)


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