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MAC Mickey Contractor Limited Edition Review & Photos
Now here comes my personal review of the MAC Mickey Contractor LE, just as I have promised. My shopping list was rather short though, as I do prefer MUFE foundations or I actually mix the perfect foundation shade using MAC face and body foundation etc. So those are the reasons why I did not pick up any foundations. If you are fond of the MAC foundations, I would definitely go ahead and pick it up, as the included shades should be quite fitting for indian skin tones. Again, this is just a matter of personal preference. I also didn’t get any of the brushes, as I already own them. So my focus when I was shopping for the LE items was definitely on the limited products.
I am completely aware of the fact that many of you have anxiously anticipated the release of this LE and I wasn’t quite sure if I should go ahead and do a review of the products, since quite a few of the items didn’t really work for me. So again, I just wanted you to know that this is a review solely based on my personal opinions and experiences, which can of course quite differ from whatever experience an indian beauty might have with the LE. Furthermore my apology that I could not include swatches of every single item purchased – I tried to catch the missing swatches on cam several times but the light was too bad.
Now on to my review:
MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection Eyeshadows:
All three of them were rather disappointing. The colour payoff is by no means as good
as I have anticipated (swatches were made with a 239 brush dipped in twice). Especially Marvel is rather sheer and turns out quite blotchy.
To be honest, in my opinion MAC’s permanent range offers in all three colour spectrums eyeshadows that are not only more interesting but also way more versitle. Only Saffron was quite an exception and did live up to my expectations, but I ended up not buying it, as it is too warm for my skin type and I am not really able to use this kind of colour in my daily makeup routine, but nevertheless I do recommend this colour for its colour payoff and brilliance.
MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection Fluidlines:
Siahi is a gorgeous, deep and brilliant blue hue and most definitely among the products that I would recommend to get from this LE. Ivy instead is not as opaque and needs two layers to be so. This might be a criteria that is quite important for older beauties, who often have difficulties with liner textures that are on the dry side. But don’t get me wrong, I really don’t want to criticize Ivy by any means, although this has happened on quite a number of blogs. Green is always a difficult colour, especially in product categories that do have a versatile texture performance (talking about fluidliners, this means that the product should be creamy in application and then dry down and stay put for the finish). Another advantage of the easy and first-lay-sheer application is that you can create an array of different effects by blending in different colours. I do know, that everybody did expect a brighter, more intense green colour, escpecially it coming from MAC, but honestly, I do have the impression that a lot of reviews from western blogs simply forgot to consider the fact that a non opaque texture allows you to create effects blending together with your own skin tone and a sheer application of a green shade does create together with an olive skintone some marvellous effects. Of course reviews should only be the essence of a personal opinion, but often enough, they do neglect the fact that skin tones other than white do create completely different colour effects. My test runs with Ivy on darker skin tones give me right on that theory, as I experienced Ivy to be extremely versatile, beautifully interesting in one layer and turning brilliantly bright with two layers.
MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection Blushes:
Along with the eyeshadows, the blushes were an equal disappointment, the texture not as much as the colours. I am not a fan of this concept which leans more towards sculpting/highlighting (since there are special products for this purpose available), just take a look at the golden sheen/shimmer that Gana features, this is definitely just a highlighter and not a blush in common sense.
Sur is a completely neutral colour and for my taste way too brown. I wouldn’t be bickering as much if the LE would have featured more blushes, because then Sur would have been a nice addition, but as the single real blush in this LE, I am quite disappointed .Sur is also missing that little hint of blue, that would have made it a better match for the Indian wintertype skin. So, the only interesting thing about Sur is a neutral brown colour, which is okay as a staple base product, but why would I buy it if it is a limited edition product, which I cannot get from the base range of products that MAC features? The texture of both products though is excellent, and they both create a nice velvety smooth finish, so if you don’t have any blush from this colour range and you don’t mind that both products are LE, go ahead and get them, just don’t expect the colours to be very wowing colorwise. I should not forget to mention that Sur can turn out to be quite versitile, if you like to experiment or if you blend it in with other blushes, so it can be an interesting blush after all.
MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection Lipsticks:
I only got Gulabi and Mehr, Mocha is a permanent colour and Yash was not only too faint but also way too warm to look good on me. Nude colours of this spectrum only look good on warm skin types (means: spring and autumn colour types), at least in natural daylight, you might get a different result if you using artificial light and a photo flash, but, isn’t natural daylight what counts when it comes to our everyday makeup routine?
Gulabi is a bright, intense pink in the amplified finish. I think the amplified finish was an excellent pick for this lipstick, as it keeps this almost moist looking sheen locked on your lips. Especially for Indian beauties Gulabi would be my first pick.
Mehr probably looks quite nude on Indian beauties, actually the colour is quite similar to MAC lipstick Cosmo, but Mehr features a matte finish. You can’t see the matte finish right away after application, which is nice and creamy by the way. So, if you just wait for a couple of minutes after application without blotting or pressing your lips together, you will see how the colour sets down to this beautiful matte finish. Honestly, I wouldn’t have put Mehr on my shopping list if it would not have had this stunning finish while still being nice and creamy on your lips.
The colour itself is not the spectacular feature of this lipstick, but the finish definitely is. So if you are looking for a pretty nude color with matte finish, you will be more than satisfied with Mehr. The only exception will be very dark skin types, as the colour might look more like flesh than nude.
Overall rating of MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection:
The whole collection, in my opinion, is way too neutral with only very few colour accents, which on top were really disappointing. The Eyeshadow Quad is also to neutral and leaning extremely towards the brown side. I mean, if MAC wants to feature brown shades, why not go ahead and release a repromote of Showstopper or another really deep, contrasting brown (Showstopper as well as the discontinued Signed, sealed should be included anyways in MACs permanent range). I do understand, that colours which do look boring and unspectacular in their pots are not doing as well at the regular counter, but to discontinue such highlights without making them part of the PRO range, is just beyond me and quite a big mistake in my eyes. I do expect from big names like MAC that they do feature colours like that in their permanent range, so that their customers have the time to discover the versatility of those colours and textures. But no, instead we have Carbon featured in the Quad, a matte black contouring colour which can’t do anything besides looking good in its pot. I tried out a variety of drugstore brand black eyeshadows which performed way better than Carbon, I am still puzzled how MAC can even feature such a horrible texture. I mean, an experienced beauty will of course be able to work with Carbon, but there are just way better black matte eyeshadows available, so why bother with Carbon? Overall, the Quad is just too basic looking for a limited edition, two of the colours are permanent anyways and the other two limited edition colours can be easiliy duped with colours from the permanent range. The glosses are altogether just to nude, faint and lifeless and again, also easlily substituted.
So, if I do compare this LE with the Manish Arora Edition, Manish was way more interesting and intriguing. Though, after some of Ratis comments replying at my questions on IMBB I do know more about the general opinion of the majority of indian beauties when it comes to make up in general, which I did not know before. Considering this new knowledge, the concept of the LE seems to be very well structured by Mickey and the inclusion of all the nude colours makes more sense. Looking over the facts now that I know from Rati, the colour concept of this LE will be very attractive for the Indian market. Personally though, just being me, I did expect more and brighter colours to be included in this LE as well as less permanent shades.
Also read :
- MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection Product Price List India
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