MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with French fashion house Giambattista Valli to launch the mother of all fashion forward lipstick collections. And boy, have they delivered!
Hitting beauty counters and maccosmetics.co.uk this week, the collection comprises five shades all inspired by Valli’s signature fruit and flower motifs – think plums, mandarins, peonies, red roses and cherries – all with a soft and velvety matte finish.
Naturally, there’s a colour to suit every skintone, mood and lipstick whimsy. The pale pink Bianca B and the peachy/orange Margherita will look incredible with a tan and are perfect for a daytime look, the slightly bolder fuchsia pink Tats and dark cherry Eugenie are ideal for a pop of colour, while MAC’s famous Ruby Woo has competition on its hands thanks to the warm red Charlotte.
But while the shades are, well, everything! The pièce de résistance of the collab is the sixth lippy. Transforming the matte shades into high-octane glazes, the Crystal Glaze Gloss (also known as Lena) is the secret weapon among the collection.
Explaining the effect in his own words, fashion designer Valli says of his first ever lippy collection: “The texture is matte because it really gives you something graphic and modern. It’s good for the daytime, but for the party you’re going to wear glossy.”
“It’s like the cocktail dress, you can wear it with flats during the day to the office and then you can change the shoes like you can do with the gloss – do it more fun.”
Likening his debut beauty range to the dresses he’s famous for, Valli says the idea behind the MAC range was to allow women to dress their lips, like they do their bodies.
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And that’s just what happened when make-up artist Val Garland debuted the range at Valli’s Paris Couture fashion show this week.
Models strutted the runway dressed from lip to leg to flouncing Giambattista Valli creations, with that gloss really showing off what it can do.
By Amy Lewis