MAC Archie’s Girls Collection for Spring 2013 Review, Photos & Swatches

MAC Archie's Girls Collection for Spring 2013

The MAC Archie’s Girls Collection for Spring 2013 is a large three-part collection, including a line-up inspired by Betty, one for Veronica and one of Archie-based accessories.  The collection launches in store on February 7, 2013, however you can keep an eye out online as they usually go on sale about a week prior.

I only have a couple pieces from the collection to show you, so I decided to stuff it all into one, all-inclusive post (partly for your convenience, and partly because I’m falling behind on Spring collections, haha)! To see the full collection, click here.

Eye Shadow X4

MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoled Rich
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoiled Rich
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoled Rich
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoiled Rich
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoled Rich
Note the packaging
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoled Rich
MAC Eye Shadows in Pin-Up Purple (Left) & Spoiled Rich (right)
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoled Rich
MAC Eye Shadows in Ron Ron Run (left) & Gravel (right)
MAC Eye Shadow X4 in Spoled Rich
Swatches (L-R): Pin-Up Purple, Spoiled Rich, Ron Ron Run & Gravel

First up, the MAC Eye Shadow X4 Palette ($44 USD / $52 CAD) in Spoiled Rich is a 4-pan, rectangular palette with purple-based eyeshadows. The shades include Pin-Up Purple (a light, lilac shade), Spoiled Rich (a deep, rich grape), Ron Ron Run (a deep, indigo blue purple) and Gravel (a dark grey).

The quality of this palette is better than many pre-made MAC palettes I’ve seen, but it’s still not entirely up to par. The eyeshadows are a bit chalky and go on patchy (especially the deeper shades), and I feel like the textures need more variety.

This palette makes a nice purple smoky eye… but that’s about it. It’s not very versatile, and the quality of the shadows isn’t up to par. Having said that, the end result can be quite pretty, if you blend enough and have some patience.

RATING: B-

Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica's Blush
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica’s Blush
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica's Blush
Note the packaging
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica's Blush
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica’s Blush
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica's Blush
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica’s Blush
MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica's Blush
Swatches (L-R): Beauty Powder base, Powder Blush hearts & both shades mixed together

Next, the MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30 USD / $35 CAD) in Veronica’s Blush is a beautiful complexion enhancer, with a pearlescent pink Beauty Powder base with bright pink Powder Blush hearts. When blended together, the powder turns into a luminescent pink blush that can be used as an overall highlighter or just as a blush. You could try to use the base and blush hearts separately, but that would be quite tedious.

The pink hearts go all the way through the powder, which means the color and texture will be consistent all the way through. I really love this product; I think that it’s one of the best highlighters from MAC that I’ve tried, even though it does have a little more pigment than usual. It goes onto the skin smoothly, blends beautifully and is so finely milled all you can see is a healthy, luminous glow.

RATING: A

Powder Blush

MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess
MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess
MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess
Note the special packaging
MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess
MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess
MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess
MAC Powder Blush in Prom Princess, Swatched heavily (left) & blended out (right)

The MAC Powder Blush ($22 USD / $26 CAD) in Prom Princess is a mid-tone berry pink blush with a satin texture. It seems like something a little more appropriate for the fall season, however being in Veronica’s sultry line-up, it could make a nice blush for an evening out. It’s quite chalky, for a satin blush, and goes on a little patchy. However, at the same time, it’s quite pigmented because of its deep hue, so a very little needs to be used and blended very well. It’s not the most fool-proof blush, but it does have a nice effect when applied lightly.

The packaging is white with Veronica’s face & name on top of the clear plastic window. I’m not a fan of the white packaging; I find it looks a little cheap… but I do think it matches the theme of the collection. Nice blush… not the best MAC blush I’ve tried… but if you’re looking for this berry hue, you will probably enjoy it.

RATING: B+

Lipstick

MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright
Wearing the MAC Lipstick in Betty Bright

Next, the MAC Lipstick ($16.50 USD / $20 CAD) in Betty Bright is a light, peachy coral hue with a Satin texture. It’s very pigmented, creamy and applies nicely without settling into lip lines or feathering. The special packaging is white with a Betty image on the base of the lipstick. Satin formulas have a semi-matte finish with a fairly comfortable wear; they aren’t as hydrating as Cremesheen textures, but they are much more wearable than Matte textures for me.

I prefer to wear this lipstick by gently tapping it onto my lips, for just a sheer hint of color, because it is so pigmented. I think this shade will look awesome with a summer tan! It’s unfortunate that the price has been increased just for the special packaging… but that’s something I think we have to come to expect from MAC now.

RATING: A

Nail Lacquers

MAC Nail Lacquers in Double Trouble (left) & Comic Cutie (right)
MAC Nail Lacquers in Double Trouble (left) & Comic Cutie (right)
MAC Nail Lacquers in Comic Cutie (left) & Double Trouble (right)
MAC Nail Lacquers in Comic Cutie (left) & Double Trouble (right)
MAC Nail Lacquer in Comic Cutie
MAC Nail Lacquer in Comic Cutie
MAC Nail Lacquer in Double Trouble
MAC Nail Lacquer in Double Trouble

Finally, two of the MAC Nail Lacquers ($17.50 USD / $21 CAD) in this collection include Comic Cutie, a bright coral pink from the Betty collection, and Double Trouble, a deep, inky navy blue from the Veronica line.

Both shades has a nice, opaque color after two coats… however the texture was quite thin and runny. Not the most fool-proof polishes I’ve worked with from MAC, but despite the streaky application, the final results were still nice. MAC Nail Lacquers typically last 3-4 days without chipping on my nails.

RATING: A-

Look Book: Archie's Girl
Check back tomorrow for a tutorial on this look I did using the MAC Archie’s Girls Collection!
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