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Sneak Peek: MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall As Seen By Maria Kalman Review and Swatches


Maria Kalman obviously thinks of Fall as being a vibrant time of the year. Although a Fall Collection no one can say that Maria Kalman hasn’t created some bold, bright, beautiful shades for her MAC Collection this upcoming September.

As part of the MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Collection the Maria Kalman for MAC Collection is made up of six shades of shadow and five shades of MAC Technakohl. Unconventional for Fall? For sure. Beautiful? No doubt.

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I have a very small stash of goodies from this collection that I’ve swatched for you and will give you a very brief babble about. This collection cries the Muse’s name as it’s filled with beautiful, fun shades. It’s not typically Fall but it’ll be nice to stash away for when Spring arrives next year!

I have two of the six shadows to show you and I’ll be quite excited to see the rest upon their release. The shades I have are Crest the Wave and Maria’s Mood. Crest the Wave is a rich buttery yellow with a frost finish and Maria’s Mood is a blue pink with a satin finish. Out of the two Crest the Wave has the best pigmentation but I’m not fond of the frost finish, regardless the shade is truly lovely. Maria’s Mood is a vast disappointment as it has a very sheer color payoff plus it’s a good deal chalky and almost matte in finish.


The MAC Technakohl is even more exciting than the shadows as they are so fun and funky with greens, oranges, and teals as the dominate colors. The two I have are Full of Fuchsia and Artistic License. Both shades are very fun and a rare treat for kohl colors!


Maria Kalman is famous for her whimsical visual dairies. Her shades for MAC are cheeky, witty, amusing, and playful.

Her collection will be available in September from MAC with the other three in the MAC Make-Up Art series.

What do you think of fun shades for Fall?

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Sneak Peek: Richard Phillips for MAC MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall 2009 Review and Swatches


As Fall approaches MAC releases (September 2009) it’s brand new three part color series which is a collaboration with three artists who work in three separate mediums, photograph, paint, and illustration.

One of the three collections is the Richard Phillips for MAC Collection. Richard Phillips is an expert photo-retoucher and creates lush seven-foot tall oil paintings of men and women based on photographs he cuts out of magazines. His collection is the largest of the three color stories releasing and includes three shadow quads, various lipstick and lipglasses, and blushes covering lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Jump ahead for a small peek at a few pieces!

The Muse was treated to an early sneak peek of the Richard Phillips for MAC, MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall 2009 Collection and will give you a few pictures of the items she has available right now. Most of the items I received were very simple and would make for a stunning Fall nude look.

I’ll be indulging in all of the MAC quads but the one I have to show you today is the MAC Eye Shadow Quad in Notoriety. Notoriety contains Skintone 1 (light white pink), Skintone 2 (dirty gold), Notoriety (brown with golden pearl), and Rich & Earthy (coral bronze). The quad is surprisingly gorgeous in it’s simplicity and I’m looking forward to creating a warm, nude Fall look with it.


The two lipglasses I received were New Spirit (beige coral) and Young Thing (creamy gold). Out of the two New Spirit is the prettiest but isn’t unique for me as it reminds me of a few shades of lipglass I already own. Young Thing is a bit to nude for me so I’m doubtful it’ll be a love but we shall see!


MAC Lipstick in Lovin’ It neutral light brown which is fairly pretty and will pair up well with the Notoriety Quad. It’s a decent Fall shade but nothing to get too crazy over.


And finally MAC Blush in The Perfect Cheek is a pale matte off pink. This I’m really not loving and I’m unsure will even show up as it looks quite chalky and sheer. But I do admit it’ll also pair up with the other items and compliment the shades in this collection very well.


Overall, I’d say the quads are quite special in this particular release and I’m looking forward to seeing the other two, In the Gallery and Photo Realism. So far I’m not too impressed with the lipstick, glosses, and blush I have on hand but I’ll reserve further judgment until I see the rest in person!

Anyone hyped about this collection?

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This post will be updated with swatch photos shortly.

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Popular Searches Of The Week

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Here’s some popular keywords that brought readers to Musings last week. Check ‘em out.

Since LA Ink premiered the buzz around the Internet has brought many searches in for Kat Von D Concealer and how Kat Von D looks without her tats. The brand new Kat Von D Perfume has also caused a stir in my search box!

For some reason or another the Too Faced Smurfette Collection has generated quite a fair bit of incoming traffic lately. Everyone is searching up the smurfs…could it be we might see another smurfy collection soon or maybe it’s just about ready to hit the clearance bin!

Folks are obviously feeling the heat and humidity because searches for warm weather friendly makeup are abound like MAC Just a Pinch Blush, Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation, and Lush Tea Tree Water Toner.

Milani Runway Eyes Wet and Dry Eye Shadow in Beach has been named my fav a few times here at Musings and obviously it’s a fav this Summer as the searches are pouring in trying to find swatches for this great Summer shade!

The searches are also pouring in for Fall Makeup Collections 2009, Winter Collections 2009, and of course Holiday 2009. Obviously this heat doesn’t sway anyone from yearning for Fall and Holiday looks!

And that’s the top searches bringing people into Musings this week!

What are you searching for on my blog?

Do share, curious minds!

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MAC Holiday Collection 2009 MAC Magic, Mirth & Mischief

More mischief is a foot with two photos of MAC Holiday Dazzleglasses, check ‘em out below!

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Hmmmm, how typically holiday-ish with shades of gold and silver!

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MAC Holiday 2009 Lip and Face Palettes and Kits

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Ahh now this I can get on board with. I expressed my dislike of the MAC Holiday 2009 Face Collection earlier this morning but I’m suffering none of the same feelings for the MAC Holiday 2009 Lip and Face Palettes, these I can get excited about.

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From the looks of things I think we can all agree these are very nice and very new. Unlike many years past with the standard flip top compact MAC is embracing a new style of eye palette and just an overall revamp of the palettes in general. It’s been a while in between updates and I’ve taken note that these are very different from prior releases, loves it! Also appreciating the babble design with the dominant pinkish, lilac base, very pretty and possibly mirror-like or shiny too?

See below for the release details!

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Heavenly Dish Neutral Lip Kit ($22)
Floating Lightly (pale neutral pink beige)
Heavenly Dish (sheer mid-tone neutral pink)
Barely Visible (glossy pale nude with pearl)

Possessed By Pink! Lip Kit ($22.50)
Tickled (dark plum)
Laugh A Lot (creamy mid-tone blue pink)
Sweet Smile (glossy mid-tone pink with pearl)

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6 Sorceress Eye Shadows ($36)
Magnetized (light frosted lavender)
Altered State (deep frosted blue purple)
White Rabbit (frosted soft white)
Edge of Dark (charcoal with silver pearl)
Hold My Gaze (mid-tone cool green grey)
Hypnotizing (frosted grayed mauve)

6 Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows ($36)
Dare Ya! (light frosty peachy pink)
Devilishly Dark (rich brown with gold pearl)
Oh My Darling (pale frosty cream)
Prankster (mid-tone frosted olive)
Sorcery (blackened burgundy)
Gold Tease (frosty mid-tone gold)

6 Mystic Cool Eye Shadows ($36)
Cool Incantation (opalescent white gold)
Shhh, Donít Tell (pale neutral pink)
Blue Enchantment (dark frosted turquoise)
Rose Potion (mid-tone frosted rose)
Deep Secret (deep frosted indigo)
Violet Vow (deep cool brown)

6 Smoke and Mirrors Eye Shadows
Fire in Her Eyes (frost neutral beige)
Black Magique (black with gold pearl)
Deception (frosty golden brown)
Spell No. 9 (soft muted pink beige)
Wide-eyed Wonder (mid frosty grey taupe)

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Hocus Focus Colourful Face Kit ($38)
Pretty Baby (soft baby pink)
Peachykeen (mid-tone peach with pearl)
Sunsparked Pearl (frost warm beige with pearl)

Fab-racadabra Bronze Face Kit ($38)
Golden (muted gold tan with gold pearl)
Sunbasque (gilded peach with pearl)
Buffed & Polished (frosty bronzed gold)

Overall, I love that MAC too the initiative to revamp Holiday 2009. It’s fresh, different, and very exciting. I’m curious to see the face kits and very excited to see all the eye palettes. I’m looking relishing the idea of this release and can’t wait to get my grubby little hands all over it.

What do you think?

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