THIS, people, is Mac’s big autumn launch and as one of the annual two eight week collections, it’s a real seasonal pillar for the brand. A Novel Romance is all about kitsch, vaudeville fun according to the visuals, but actually, it’s pretty much business when it comes down to the very, very extensive product offer.
This is a 41 piece collection, (including three brushes), and is all about vampy autumnal shades as well as some fun brights. Oh, and those visuals.
But what really marks A Novel Romance out is the fact that, casual as you like, Mac has snuck two brand new product categories in. They are Fluidline eye pencils, €19, the brand’s gel-pen twist up offer to rival Benefit and Maybelline’s versions (but really, not quite the same thing), and Electric Cool eye shadow, €20. This has a malleable, soft cream shadow texture that seems to be precisely what the Big Bounce shadow of a few years ago promised, and didn’t deliver. This seems to, so, phew.
We’ll also see six nail lacquers, €10, six lipsticks, €19.50, five Lipglasses, €18.50, Haute and Naughty too black lash, €23.50, two Powder blushes, €23, and three shadow quads, €40. Everything, barring the Fluidline eye pencils and nail shades, which go into the permanent line, are limited.
I’ve got five pieces from this 4th September-launching collection, so let’s take a look.
Look! Bouncy! This is Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Superwatt, €20, and yes, it does feel slightly cooling, and it has a very dense, but yielding texture. Swatch is below.
Here’s one of the seven permanent Fluidline Eye Pencils, €19. These twist up, so no paring and mess. I’m trialling this ‘un now.
This is one of three shadow quads: it’s €40, it’s called A Novel Romance, and shall we just gaze at it for a bit?
Absolute must-have piece. It’s got a mix of pearl, frost, matte and velvet textures and wowee zowee, basically.
I’m less keen on these, but I think Lipglass in Pure Fiction, €18.50, and Lipstick in Lingering Kiss, €19.50, aren’t the nicest colours in the range at all. There are reds, pale pinks and nudes as well as those strong berries, so have a gander on counter.
So, you want swatches?
Swatch of Electric Cool shadow in Megwatt; A Novel Romance quad.
Fuidline eye liner in blacklit, Lipstick in Lingering Kiss and Lipglass in Pure Fiction.
Liking the look of anything?