Last month MAC released a small collection in collaboration with Proenza Schouler, the New York-based fashion and accessories brand founded by designers (and fellow Parsons School of Design alums) Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. Two of the more popular items from the collection--the Blush Ombres in Ocean City and Sunset Beach--although very tempting, did not make their way into my shopping cart, as I still haven't made a dent in my Ripe Peach Blush Ombre from the Spring Colour Forecast collection four years ago (was it really that long ago--where does the time go?!). But, due to my weakness for nude polish and the color pink, I could not resist picking up Pinkfringe Satin Lipstick ($22) and Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer ($17.50).
Thimbleweed is a very pretty cafe au lait tone with a highly glossy finish. I love the shade, as it is neither too warm nor too cool--just a perfect, understated nude. I noticed some streaking during application but the polish leveled out nicely in the end. I used three coats for the photos above and below and skipped topcoat so that you can see how shiny it is on its own.
|Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer|
|Pinkfringe Satin Lipstick|
Pinkfringe is a bright flamingo pink in a satin formula. It is quite pigmented and has extremely fine iridescent shimmer particles, which are not noticeable on the lips--you won't even feel them or know they are there, unless you look very closely. It does not have a shine to it, but the finish is not drying as a matte lipstick would be. Interestingly, it leaves a fairly significant pink stain on the lips after it wears off. I find this to be an advantage because it means less touching-up throughout the day.
|Left to right: Bombshell, Pinkfringe, Sunny Seoul, and Flamingo|
I don't own any other pinks quite like Pinkfringe but have compared it with a few of my MAC lipsticks that looked to be the most similar. Among these, Pinkfringe is by far the brightest and most opaque. Before trying it on I thought it might be along the lines of MAC's Flamingo, but actually it is a much cooler-toned bubblegum pink, whereas Flamingo (and Sunny Seoul) is a coral with pink tones. Bombshell, a plummy-rose pink with golden shimmer, doesn't have much in common with Pinkfringe either, being quite a bit darker, with a frost finish, and not nearly as vibrant.
|Pinkfringe + MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in the shade Revved Up|
I rarely consider a not-quite-right color a shopping failure, but rather an opportunity to experiment with mixing different shades to come up with a color that works for me. Here is Pinkfringe topped with a sheer peach-toned, glossy lip pencil (MAC's Revved Up) and defined with a light nude liner (Trish McEvoy's Bare, sadly discontinued). I think the color is still bright and fun, but this combo gets rid of the cool tones and transforms it into a more of a wearable pink for everyday.