MAC is back with yet another collaboration, this time with the "beautiful bon vivants of New York society", the Brandt Brothers. Bon vivants basically means "culturally refined" and this collection is definitely that but with a bit of fun thrown in by way of the liners and lip stains.
The packaging is sleek AF - a black gloss with the brand and collab name across in a matte black, which I love.
4 Pillars Eye Shadow x 4($33.00 // MAC). The four shades in this quad are Mother's Milk (soft matte beige, satin), Sandstone (soft matte taupe), Mystery (muted plum-brown, veluxe pearl) and Carbon (intense black, matte). I love every single shade except Carbon. It shows up in quite a few palettes and collections within the brand year after year and it's beyond me why it's not reformulated. The formula of Carbon in this quad is incredibly stiff... all I can use it for is as a liner (wet) and blended into the outer V over-top of another color just to deepen it. All of the other shades are perfection and they do all come together to make a nice quad for a smoky eye.
Eye Kohl($17.50 // MAC). There are three eye kohls within this collection - one is Smolder (intense black) which is part of the permanent line and the other two (shown below) are El Dorado (bold gold) and Paragon (champagne gold). MAC Kohls in general are some of my favorites (Teddy is a major HG of mine and has been for years) and these two are no exception. They're soft enough to be perfectly smudgeable but oddly don't disappear quickly in the waterline. In fact, they've stayed in my waterline a lot longer than some other liners that are specific for the waterline. If you love Eye Kohl you must own these two!
The swatches below are done dry without primers (as usual):
In addition to these products you can also pick up several Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers (I have my eye on Bitten Lip) as well as several permanent items and skincare products (which are online exclusives).
Are you planning to pick up anything from the MAC x Brandt Brothers Collection? Share your wishlists in the comments below!
The MAC x Brandt Brothers Collection is available in North America beginning June 2, 2016 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com. Look for it Internationally in August 2016. This collection is limited edition.