In an age where diversity and gender identity is at the foreground of pop culture and daily conversation, it’s no surprise that MAC Cosmetics feels no need to shout about it. The premise of acceptance and representation has always been in the DNA of this Canadian-born brand. At the very beginning of social media, this professional favourite was a staple of every YouTube video. I don’t remember a single piece of content that didn’t feature a paint pot and Fix + back then. Fast forward a decade of online content, the beauty giant is still standing strong. While we might say that quality speaks for itself, the company that is now part of the Estee Lauder group, has been rather quietly building collaborations behind the scenes. We’ve all seen the celebrity-backed Viva Glam lipsticks but partnering with Korean pastel queen, Pony Park has got us sitting up in our seats. With 5.3 million subscribers and 6.8 million followers on @ponysmakeup at the time of writing, this is a millennial idol to watch out for. As for her covetable collection with MAC, look out for covetable mystical packaging, moon and star motifs and multi-use, K-beauty inspired textures.
EYE SHADOW X 8: HOCUS POCUS
The palette comes in eight beautiful earthy tones, from a very light pink glimmer to a matte brick brown (£34). The shades compliment each other perfectly, so perfect for transitioning that pretty nude eyelid to a deeper, sparkly night look. And in usual MAC style, they’re effortless to blend. The velvety formulation not only feels but looks gorgeously pigmented on the lid. Because of its opaqueness, I loved using one shade swept over the whole lid (if you have similar toned colouring, lie-low worked the best for me). The neutral tones across the collection was a massive plus, as it meant I could use the products on a daily basis.
MATTE LIP MOUSSE
It’s not a secret that many matte formulations dry out your lips pretty quickly and over the course of a few lattes and lunch, colour becomes quite patchy. This lip mousse (£20) is K-beauty inspired, super soft and hydrating throughout the wear. It’s lightweight, yet buildable and also smells fantastic! Not only is it long lasting, it doesn’t dry out at all, which makes it ideal for blending onto the cheeks as a blush. Here’s a tip, avoid using lip gloss under/over it as it’ll cause the shade to fade quicker. No surprise this is currently sold out online, try in-store or at Harrods if you’re in London!
PLENTY OF POUT PLUMPING LIP GLOSS / PONY PARK
Who doesn’t love a glistening pout? Especially now the early 2000’s are back with a vengeance (wondering if we’ll see couples in double denim any time soon), we could all do with a little shimmer. And if that doesn’t make your lips look juicy enough, Pony’s one is a plumping gloss (£20).
EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH / PONY PARK in SKY’S THE LIMIT
This product is beautifully presented, so much so that I really didn’t want to swatch it with mere human fingers. That’s how you know you’ve got yourself a stellar makeup collaboration. But I’m glad I did because it’s the most amazing warm-toned highlighter (£28). The pigment and gold shimmer works well with my fairer complexion in creating a natural iridescence to the skin. The size and little mirror makes it great for carrying around and you’ll want to casually, repeatedly pull it out of your bag just to show it off. This wears for up to eight hours and throughout a day of errands and shoots, it didn’t require any touch ups. But when it comes to my absolute hero product… they are all equally amazing!
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Words and imagery by Alise, @the_alisejane