Having been trapped indoors for a majority of the past few months through frigid winds, endless snow flurries, and freezing temperatures can make a girl go a little stir-crazy. With the release of the MAC 2014 Spring Collection called A Fantasy of Flowers, I was instantly envisioning greenery and budding flowers, a dream that will seem to never come true during this harsh winter in Michigan. I typically don't dive into collections, especially when expensive, but this one was just the pick-me-up I needed this month to inspire me and lift my spirits until true spring arrives.
I don't own many nude glosses (or any glosses from MAC for that matter), so I figured that was an acceptable reason to pick up this pretty one from the new collection. Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass is a warm pinky peach shade with some micro-fine shimmers. The formula is smooth and not too sticky, and overall it is a nice quality lip gloss. The color isn't as unique as some of the others that were released (I also loved Playful Petal) but it's a staple I can wear a lot when adding some shine to nude lipsticks or on bare lips.
Both of the lip colors I purchased ended up being sheer (MAC Lustre finish), which was initially disappointing, but as many lipsticks I own are opaque and more pigmented I warmed up to them and figured they would be a good addition to my collection for more natural looks. Fleur d'Coral lipstick is a creamy peach with warm pink tones. Naked Bud is a peachy nude with more neutral tones. Both of the lip colors have a thin texture and a sheen that accentuates your natural lip color and gives a 'pillow soft lips' effect. Again I don't have too many sheer shades so I am happy to own them, but if they were slightly more pigmented I feel as though I would love the colors even more. My only true complaint would be that the formula tends to accentuate any dryness or cracks and settle into fine lines, especially on untreated lips.
The Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush is a cool medium pink with a frosted, high shine finish. It is flattering on the skin for such a bright shade and has nice, buildable pigmentation. It has an almost whimsical look to it and adds a soft pop of color/highlight to the cheeks. The lasting power isn't great as it tends to fade a few hours short of a regular powder blush.
I was a bit disappointed with the Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose, as shortly after purchase I found out that it's not the same shade as the popular one released in 2012. I was lucky that the randomized baked colors in mine have more bronze veins than peach, but even so it's nowhere near as deep in color as the other was. Beauty blog guru Temptalia has an excellent comparison post on both of the Skinfinishes that were a part of this collection where the pigmentation differences are notable and described in more detail. The 2014 Stereo Rose is a dimensional, warm peach tone, almost like a metallic copper rose mixture. It looks so gorgeous swatched and on the skin, and I will still enjoy using it despite it not being the color I initially thought I was going to receive.
Overall I think this collection is full of pretty, soft shades that have brightened up some of the winter blues I've been feeling lately. If you are into the glowing, shimmery finish of the mineralized products I would go for the blushes and even the Skinfinishes, deceiving names and all. Though sheer, the lipsticks are a fresh swipe of color for natural days and I would recommend both as well. The gloss isn't anything special, however it can be a solid staple with a cute name if you lack nudes in your collection.
I believe most of A Fantasy of Flowers is still in stock on the MAC website as well as at select retailers (Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's). If you are looking for swatches check out Temptalia's post as she has tons of photos to see on almost all of the products. I apologize that I wasn't able to get more in depth with pictures of this collection, however an unfortunate sinus cold has slowed me down and cut my plans a bit short.
What products are you excited to use this coming spring?