When I caught wind months ago about a collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and Archie, I knew that my wallet would be wailing.
Unfortunately for Mr. Piggy Bank, I wasn’t wrong.
At the end of January, the MAC Archie’s Girls Collection went live online. (I’ve never rushed home so fast! I literally was running in heels!)
Yes, the collection will hit stores in a couple of days, but for limited editions like this, it can be hard to get hold of because the demand often outweighs the supply.
Since I wasn’t interested in rubbing elbows with others to get what I wanted, I tried my luck online. Thankfully, running home like a maniac after work paid off. I got everything that was on my To-Buy List. To put the insanity in perspective, some items sold out in around an hour or so!
MAC lip products are my Kryptonite. (Oddly, I’m never tempted by their nail polishes.) Maybe it’s that their lip products come in every single shade and finish that you could ever want or need. Perhaps it’s their yummy vanilla-cake-batter scent. Or maybe it’s because they come out with cool themes for limited-edition collections!
Whatever the case, MAC waved their magic wand over me, and I fell prey to the cosmetic curse. 😉
This MAC Archie’s Girls Haul was a major splurge for me, and it’s not my typical beauty-shopping habit to drop a couple of hundred dollars in under 5 minutes. (Heck, if I shopped like that, I’d be broke in less than an hour!)
My birthday is near the end of this month, so I’m considering this as an early present to myself. I don’t really go all-out for my birthday celebrations, and I hardly ever get birthday presents from others, either, so I felt like it was time for a treat…one that wasn’t nail-polish-related! 😉
By the way, you may not have known, but my first beauty addiction was actually lip gloss! I used to have tons, but then I found nail polish, and lip gloss was forgotten. I fear that the MAC Archie’s Girls Collection reinvigorated my love of lip products! (Ahh! Haha!)
So here is the damage I did. Well, maybe I should take a photo of my wallet and put a tired face on it. 😉
These are all the lip products:
A closer look at the boxes that the lipsticks come in:
I got these colours. Obviously Betty Bright is from the Betty collection. The rest are from the Veronica collection.
I’m a big fan of Veronica Lodge from the Archie comics. Betty Cooper was nice, but Veronica had attitude. Her stories were usually crazier and more interesting to read. Plus she had an extensive wardrobe and a fun fashion sense, so my eyes were usually drawn to her.
This post won’t have any swatches, just photos of the products because this is a haul. I’m a little weird, but the first time I use a lip product, I always have to wear it on my lips and not just swatched on my arm.
I think that I’ll review a few items from this MAC Archie’s Girls haul, so you’ll see some swatches eventually.
Also, although a lot of the products I’m showing are sold out on both the Canadian website and U.S. website, I’m still sharing them with you in case someone finds it helpful. You may be able to track them down when they release in stores, and countries outside Canada and the U.S. actually have launch dates that are much later.
I just received my MAC order on Monday (which is the day I prepared this post), so I haven’t had a chance yet to truly test any of these.
Based on my initial impression when I opened the MAC lipsticks, I have a feeling that Daddy’s Little Girl will be my favourite. And, I’ve been looking for a good bold red, so I’m hoping that I can pull off Ronnie Red.
The Betty Cooper lipsticks all have this cute packaging. The tube is white with a black middle band. Below is our fair-haired gal smiling and dreaming about redhead cutie, Archie Andrews.
When you turn the tube, you can see a little picture of Archie in her ‘heart bubble’.
Turn the tube some more, and there are more hearts.
This is what MAC Betty Bright Lipstick looks like. It has a Satin finish.
The Veronica Lodge lipsticks have the same concept:
Here’s MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick. It has a Matte finish.
(Click here to see my MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick Swatches & Review!)
Here’s MAC Daddy’s Little Girl Lipstick. It has a Satin finish.
This is MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick. It has a Cremesheen finish.
I ‘only’ got 3 MAC Lipglasses (which is their way of saying lip glosses). Mall Madness is from the Veronica collection. (Got 2 of these.) Kiss & Don’t Tell is from the Betty collection.
Here’s what they look like side-by-side. I turned the 2nd Mall Madness around so you could see the ‘heart bubble’.
MAC Mall Madness Lipglass is a mid-tone pink violet. Sometimes I thought I could see peach glitter, but that may have just been a reflection of the light.
MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell Lipglass is a bright coral.
The cardboard box for the MAC Archie’s Girls Brush Kit had this on the front.
The brushes come in a collectible tin box. I think I’ll use this to store all my MAC lip products.
I tilted it so you can see it’s a shallow tin with silver piping and an embossed front.
When I took the lid off, I saw that they neatly wrapped the brushes in tissue paper.
Here are the mini brushes you get:
- MAC 266 Small Angle Brush
- MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush
- MAC 242 Shader Brush
- MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush
- MAC 167 Face Blender Brush
All of the above are labelled “SE”, which stands for Special Edition, I believe. That’s because they’re smaller than the regular MAC brushes.
Since I spent an insane amount of money on this MAC Archie’s Girls limited-edition Collection, they sent me a free large pin.
When I saw it on the website, I thought the pin was going to be tiny, but it’s much bigger. I’m not going to pin this on anything. It’ll be a souvenir, kept in the package.
To get this, you have to spend $90 CAD or $75 USD. The pin’s nice, but I wouldn’t hike up my order just to get it.
So…there you have it. That’s everything I splurged on. Can you hear that? It’s my wallet, panting, out of breath… 😉
Do you prefer Veronica Lodge or Betty Cooper? Have you bought or will you buy anything from the Archie’s Girls Collection? What’s your favourite item from the entire collection? Have you ever splurged like this on beauty products?