Friday, August 26, 2011

MAC Styledriven Collection For Fall 2011: Pro Longwear Eyeshadows - Photos, Swatches and Quick Reviews

MAC Styledriven Collection is due to launch in September 2011, but I got a little sneak peek on their eyeshadows in-store a couple days ago. And without wasting any time, I swatched them all, snapped photos, all 16 of them, and here you are! :D

Boy, when was the last time I managed to go to a MAC store when a new collection is launched? It seems like aeons ago, but back in Malaysia, there are plenty of MACs around me! :D Unlike the town in the UK where I live. I really can't imagine living in a place where there is no MAC! :P

Please pardon the not-so-good quality photos as these were taken under the store yellow lighting, and I was in a hurry that day, as always. ;)

And before you start to scream or cry for yet another lemming-worthy MAC collection, products from this collection are supposed to be permanent.

Generally, the colours are gorgeous, brights with some neutrals, with good pigmentation and colour pay-off, with the exception of a few, which I will point out as I go along describing each individual colour. Most of them have buttery smooth and 'creamy' texture that makes swatching easy. I would say that most of them have texture between a hybrid of Veluxe Pearl and Mega Metal eyeshadows.

I can't say about the wear time yet, as I have not tried any on my lids.

MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows

MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
Top, L-R: Carefree, Sunny Outlook
Bottom, L-R: Hot Paprika, Tease With Ease

Swatches of MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
L-R: Carefree, Sunny Outlook, Hot Paprika, Tease With Ease

Carefree - Pale yellow with a hint of gold with a frosty finish. Would make a great highlight colour.
Sunny Outlook - Yay! for another yellow eyeshadow. This is bright yellow with a slight frost finish.
This yellow is much prettier and brighter than the yellow shade from Double Feature 1 palette (MAC Colourization).
Hot Paprika - It's some sort of a burnt orange shade with a hint of coral with frosty finish. This shade reminds me of the orange shade from Double Feature 8 palette (MAC Colourization), but pigmentation of this is better and the colour richer.
Tease With Ease - It's a bright fuchsia shade with a slight frost finish, but it feels a bit chalky when I swatched it, and doesn't feel as 'creamy' as the above 3 eyeshadows. Nevertheless, it's a pretty colour with moderate colour pay-off.

MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
Top, L-R: Fresh Flare, Styledriven
Bottom, L-R: Weathered, Thru The Night

Swatches of MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
L-R: Fresh Flare, Styledriven, Weathered, Thru The Night

Fresh Flare - It's a bright kelly green with a frosty finish. It has some yellow in it. As much as I love green eyeshadows, somehow I am not too taken by this shade.
Styledriven - As the name of the collection. It's a baby blue shade with frosty finish.
Weathered - It's a greyish blue shade with a frosty finish. Together with Styledriven and Thru the Night would make a great smokey blue eye look.
Thru The Night - It's a dark navy blue with frost finish. This colour is slightly drier, not 'creamy' as the others, and slightly chalky when swatched. It looks similar to the navy shade in Double Feature 8 (MAC Colourization) but slightly better in terms of pigmentation and colour pay-off, compared to the latter which felt dry when swatched, and hard to get the colour to show up on my skin.

MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
Top, L-R: Plush, One To Watch
Bottom, L-R: Pink Frontier, Sweet Satisfaction

Swatches of MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
L-R: Plush, One To Watch, Pink Frontier, Sweet Satisfaction

Plush - It's a purple with blue undertone. It has a satin finish, and pigmentation is not as good compared to the rest of the eyeshadows. Slightly drier and chalky.
One To Watch - It's a light brown, slightly beige. It has a satin finish. Pigmentation is good and colour pay-off too.
Pink Frontier - Another kind of my favourite shade! It's a soft pink with frosty finish. I would use this as a base colour on the lids, pairing with, for e.g.: Hot Paprika and Tease With Ease, with black eyeliner. Or this would make a nice wash of colour on the lids!
Sweet Satisfaction - It's a soft beige colour with frost finish. Would make a great highlight colour and also for the inner corner of the eyes.

And now.....the browns and neutrals! The following 4 have good pigmentation and colour pay-off.

MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
Top, L-R: Make Your Mark, Legendary Black
Bottom, L-R: Keep Your Cool, Lie Low

Swatches of MAC Styledriven Collection Pro Longwear Eyeshadows
L-R: Make Your Mark, Legendary Black, Keep Your Cool, Lie Low

Make Your Mark - It's a dark brown with satin finish.
Legendary Black - It's black with some green undertone/pigment. Its finish is satin though.
Keep Your Cool - It's a mid-tone grey with some brown.
Lie Low - It's a brown with frost finish.
Somehow, these 4 shades remind me of some of the shades from Urban Decay Naked Palette, but I don't have the Naked Palette with me right now to make any comparison.

I am glad MAC make this collection permanent. So there's no rush for most of us to get them. I just wish MAC could bring back the Mega Metal eyeshadows (from Peacocky Collection) and make them permanent as well. I missed out on the Peacocky Collection (January/February 2011) and there are still so many eyeshadows from that collection that I don't have!

Each eyeshadow is 3.4g and costs RM80. A good deal for quite a large amount of product.

So, are you getting any of the eyeshadows?
Which one(s) are your favourites?

Have a happy weekend!


Rakhshanda said...

love love the all shades..all are pigmented and beautiful.

Noniek said...

Wow the colors are pretty! Mac always the best ;)

gio said...

What a nice collection! The colors look pretty and pigmented. Thanks for the swatches.

Anonymous said...

So nice to hear that you're back in M'sia (for good?).


Vonvon said...

Yes, Rakhshanda, they are all very lovely!

Vonvon said...

Agree with you, Noniek! When it comes to the colours and variety of eyeshadows, MAC is one of the best!:)

Vonvon said...

You are welcome, gio! The eyeshadows in this collection are some of the best from MAC in recent times. :)

Vonvon said...

Hi YS, back for summer only. :)

Joyce {} said...

Sweet Satisfaction is looking gorgeous. It's perfect for an everyday neutral eye look. I think this will be a very popular eyeshadow. Good thing it's permanent. =)

Vonvon said...

Hello Joyce, thank you for dropping by and commenting.

I thought the same of Sweet Satisfaction too. But I have quite a number of similar shades. And it's quite widely mentioned in the MAC AW11 trend book as well.

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across your blog, and I wanted to say your rare amazing for having these swatches! I'm spazzin out right now =]

Vonvon said...

Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for dropping by and commenting.

I am glad you like these swatches. Hope they will be of some help to you and others. :)