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MAC · Proud To Be Canadian


To celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, MAC has created the Proud To Be Canadian Collection, three products with special edition packaging inspired by our nation’s flag. Originally launched in 1984 in a Toronto salon, MAC has since gone on to become one of the most loved brands the world over and is now sold in over 150 countries around the globe. A leader in promoting originality and fearless artistry, MAC is a brand that will always have a special place in my heart from the day it launched — and yes, my Canadian pride is most definitely showing.



MAC In The Spotlight · Strobe Cream & Extra Dimension Skinfinish



Primers & highlighters have become a ubiquitous part of our beauty regimen and now come in so many different forms — a good thing too, since this isn’t exactly a one-size-fits-all kind of product and options are always a good thing. One such item that can usually be found in most makeup artists kits and beauty vanities the world over, is MAC’s Strobe Cream, now available in 4 other shades apart from the original. Then there’s the Extra Dimension Skinfinish powders with their prismatic surfaces that just beg to be applied; I’ve yet to meet a highlighter I didn’t want to almost bathe in.



MAC · Cool Neutral Palette, Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara & Oval 6 Brush


So what do the Cool Neutral Palette, Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara and the Oval 6 Brush all have in common? Apart from the fact that they’re all from MAC, these products have become staples in my beauty repertoire. With the copious launches this brand puts out every few weeks, it’s easy to overlook standout pieces such as these that also happen to be part of the permanent lineup. How refreshing to not have the dreaded ‘limited edition’ designation to contend with, wouldn’t you agree?



MAC · Instacurl Lash Mascara

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara opener


When it comes to mascara, there’s always room for innovation — from the formula, the brush, and even the tube shape. Instacurl Lash, the latest to come from beauty powerhouse MAC, has nailed it on all counts … and all this before you even try it on. Did I mention that the brush head is adjustable?

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara

Instacurl Lash Mascara (CAN $28.00) | A rich black hue in an ophthalmologist tested formula that is said to be clump, smudge, and flake-free and while not waterproof, it is sweat and humidity-resistant. But first things first: the tube. Looking suspiciously dagger-like (or a sabre-tooth tiger fang, maybe?), once the brush is removed from the tube, the top (yellow) part can then be rotated to adjust the angle of the brush (see the diagram below). Pretty cool, no?

Far from being gimmicky, this feature is actually rather brilliant, as you can then ‘form’ the brush to fit your unique eye shape. Since eyelids are not universally the same, having a brush that adjusts makes perfect sense and enables the user to effortlessly reach all lashes. After having tested Instacurl for several weeks now, and despite the initial learning curve (LOL) in using this feature, I’m a fan. And while this may not be the most volumizing mascara I’ve ever tried, I absolutely love the length and definition it provides, along with the fact that it stays intact throughout the wearing. Bonus points scored for being easily removed at the end of the day, without needing to use excessive force for the job either.

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara 2

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara 3

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara brush positions

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara swatches new


You’d think that with the plethora of new mascara launches, it would be near impossible to come up with something original, yet somehow MAC has managed to do just that with Instacurl. Putting aside the conversation piece that is the outer casing (fill in the blank: it looks exactly like a _____), it’s the excellent formula which speaks for itself and for mascara-fiends like me, that fact alone makes it definitely worth checking out. Just keep the sniggering to a minimum.

Available at The Bay and MAC counters

MAC Instacurl Lash mascara closer

Purchased product/As always, all opinions my own

MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9



Paying homage to divine Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, the Diwali Festival of Lights is celebrated yearly (this year it begins on October 30) with a gathering of friends, family, light, colour, sharing of sweets and numerous fireworks. MAC’s Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9 honours this tradition with the release of a limited edition palette of 9 mini shadows, complete with a rainbow of wearable colour to help you channel your own inner goddess.



Diwali: Festival of Lamps, Light, Colour & Sweets (image)


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9


Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9, limited edition (CAN $42.00) | Housed in a slim-profile compact, these nine mini shades come in a variety of textures — from matte to shimmery — and can be mixed & matched to create as many looks as your imagination can come up with. There are enough ‘neutrals’ to keep things grounded and a few more vivid hues for those who crave a bit more colour in their eye makeup, or anyone looking to punch things up a notch.

The colour breakdown:

  • Rice Paper (frost) – bone
  • Goldmine (frost) – pale gold
  • Amber Lights (frost) – light golden bronze
  • Coppering (veluxe pearl) – coppery pink
  • Cranberry (frost) – berry pink
  • Embark (matte) – mid-tone brown
  • Humid (frost) – soft emerald
  • Deep Truth (frost) – blue indigo
  • Carbon (matte) – smudgy black

First of all, all nine shades in the palette are also part of the permanent range; a good thing too, because any one colour here that you absolutely crush on can always be repurchased. In the swatches below, I’ve divided them by tier, starting at the top and working my way horizontally; the shades of the first row honour the gold/yellow spectrum and have the lightest colour payoff, with Goldmine actually applying much lighter than what’s seen in the pan (although it can be boosted by using a dampened brush), but all three work beautifully as inner eye or brow bone highlighters. The middle row honours the red spectrum and while both Coppering and Cranberry (the latter one of my all-time fave MAC shades) are vivid hues, they are extremely flattering against all eye colours and provide a stunning counterpoint to the depth of Embark. The last row honours the blue/green spectrum with two shades that are bright enough to stand out, but can still be worn sheered out as a light wash, perfect for anyone who’s colour-phobic but wants that little kick just the same. As to Carbon, its texture is one that can be hit or miss, but I finally figured that it was never meant to be an intense black; think of it as more sooty-like, and you’ll understand the finish much better. All blend extremely well and last without fading when applied over primer.


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9 (swatches in direct sunlight)


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9


MAC · Light Festival Eye Shadow x 9


What I really like about this palette, is that it’s not only quite different from the shades I usually reach for (i.e.: neutrals), but it’s small enough to be perfectly travel friendly; I find it handy to have everything housed in one compact without needing to pack a slew of eyeshadows. You get a variety of colours without the commitment of a full-sized shadow (that you’d probably never use up anyway), and that totally works for me.

Available now at The Bay, MAC counters & online


Press sample/As always, all opinions are my own