The M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia collection was always going to be a standout for me – I love the British-born designers style and her quirk, and her accessories are to die for. It seems like the perfect partnership as both brands are whimsical, chic, unafraid and shamelessly colourful.
The inspiration behind the line is silver-screen sirens and Old Hollywood glamour, which designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal claims is a major influence on her daily look (evidence, above). Naturally this means that the packaging of this range is outstanding, with hues of red and gold and Dellal’s signature spiderweb motif echoed across the collection.
My favourite piece from the collection – no surprises here – is the Leading Lady Red lipstick, which is described by M.A.C as a “deep red”. In reality it’s a muted, medium-dark red with subtle, cooler pink undertones and a super flattering, semi-matte finish. It has a velvety, smooth, light-medium thick texture and a perfect opaque colour coverage that lasts and lasts. A close runner up is the Starlett Scarlet lipstick, which is described as a “true red”. In the tube it’s a bold, bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones that will suit a bunch of skin tones and has a semi-matte finish. It has the perfect velvety-smooth feel that M.A.C has been putting out for their matte finishes of late and once again, a great opaque pigment.
Other personal standouts for me are the M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia Liquid Eyeliner, which is described as a Nearly Natural deep brown that flatters like you wouldn’t believe. The M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia Pigment is another winner, a flesh toned beige with pearl vibe that highlights and softens to boot. There is also a beautiful compact and – naturally – a highly covetable makeup bag available and honestly, what is not to love.
The beautiful, limited edition collection is unleashed in New Zealand April 18, 2016 at select authorised M.A.C locations.