Saturday, May 10, 2014

From the MAC Proenza Schouler Collection: Pinkfringe Lipstick & Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer - Photos & Swatches


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: BombshellPinkfringeSunny 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 alone
You can see above how bright and bubble-gummy Pinkfringe looks on me. I've worn it here without any lip liner or gloss. I'm definitely not accustomed wearing pinks as cool and bright as this one and the color does not suit me. Despite, this the formula is quite nice and long-lasting, and the Proenza Schouler packaging is definitely colorful and unique, so it is still worthy of a thumbs up!

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. 

10 comments:

  1. Pinkfringe!!! I don't think I paid much attention to this shade till I saw it on you! Love how you layered the gloss over it as well. Very, very spring-appropriate!

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    1. Hi Sunny, I wasn't even planning on getting anything at all from this collection but saw this one in Nordstrom and was tempted and ended up ordering it online a week later! :) It is definitely a spring-y color :)

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  2. I too, need a slight warmth to my pinks especially if they are pale or bright. I can get by with more blue tones if I stick to mid tones or darker. Glad I'm not the only one who has to be "careful". Btw, I love the looks of Flamingo!

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    1. Hi Grinxdor, I can also wear more blue toned pinks if they are darker. Most of the time I stick to peaches and corals. Flamingo is a pretty shade - it was one of those MAC limited editions that sold out a couple of years ago, but they recently re-released it! :)

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  3. I love the look of it on you paired with Revved Up. I think I might pick up something from this collection, just trying to make my mind up :)

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    1. Hi Clare, Thank you! :) I love Revved Up over lip pencils - it is semi-sheer and adds a nice shiny finish. I was very tempted by the blushes :)

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  4. Hi Shannon,

    Oh my goodness, PinkFringe looks so amazing and vibrant on you! I love the fun packaging the the PS for MAC collection has too :)

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thank you! :) I think it is probably the brightest pink I own. I was surprised at how pigmented it is! The packaging is so colorful :)

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  5. OMG!!! Those lippies are so pretty. I super love the colors. They are not too light and not too dark. I also love the nude nail polish as well.

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    1. Hi Alice, they are great for spring/summer! I'm always a fan of pink & coral :)

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