Saturday, December 27

Heart of Gold

Does any beauty brand do collaborations as well as M.A.C.? Hot on the heels of well-received partnerships with Lorde, Proenza Schouler, Nasty Girl's Sophia Amoruso, and the entire Simpsons clan, Prabal Gurung released his 14-piece set for the brand this month.  With apologies to Marge Simpson- whose Nacho Cheese Explosion Lipgloss, did in fact sell-out- it's the brand's most beautiful collaboration yet, with three lipsticks, three lipglosses, three eye shadow duos, a kohl pencil, a liquid liner, bronzing powder, a cream color base and a brush. 

Prabal Gurung's collection for M.A.C. Cosmetics does not only focus on the makeup products; his genius is also in the packaging.  While M.A.C. promises more luxurious-than-usual formulations to justify the higher price points, the real standout is the quasi-quilted gold packaging, which Gurung says was inspired in part by artists Damien Hirst and Sylvie Fleury, as well as products he rembered his mother using.  The colors are equally dazzling; think majestic purple lipgloss, cherry-red lipstick, and rich tawny bronzer in Art Deco–style casing.

"I knew I wanted to create a product that would be recognized not only for its incredible quality, but also for the luxury of its packaging. I was inspired by the jewelled minaudieres of the 1920s – decadent and true collector's items," he said.

As for the line itself, according to a post on Prabal Gurung's Instagram, inspiration comes from "strong, substantive women and bold colors." 

All of the items in the collection range from $20-$70 and can be purchased at

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