“Give me Liberty or Give me Death” were the famous words attributed to American freedom fighter Patrick Henry. But that’s morbid isn’t it? Instead MAC Cosmetic’s new collection is called “Give me Liberty of London” – a collection done in collaboration with Liberty a very famous fabric store and luxury department store in London.
If you ever go to London, do go to Liberty’s – the exterior of the store is built in Tudor style and is a whimsical throwback to the Elizabethan age. These days, it has expanded from being a fabric store to a luxury department store but its worth a visit and I love their deep purple plastic bags which is their signature colour! I think my Mom still has hers kept away from our last visit there 🙂
MAC’s new “Liberty of London” collection draws inspiration from the fabrics that Liberty’s carries. The packaging is white with whimsical artwork on it. In another time and in another place I’d say it makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. But in this time and place I’d not say it because I think its far more whimsical than the current perception of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 😛 But there’s my prejudices showing. Some pictures of products are after the cut.
The collection is quite large and for MAC, quite muted.
Images show from top left:-
- Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (peach with shimmer) with Summer Rose (pink with shimmer) closed next to it to show you the case.
- Deborah Henry rocking MAC’s Liberty of London look – she looked amazingly like the model on the ad!
- Lipsticks (from left) in Ever Hip (creamy light coral), Peachstock (peach), Blooming Lovely (lilac mauve) and Petals and Peacocks (bright pink)
- Eyeshadows (from left) in Give me Liberty of London (light matte pink), Birds and Berries (Dark green blue), Bough Grey (bluish gray), Flame’s Desire (reddish purple) and Free to Be (matte coral)
There are also 2 lipglass, 2 blush, 2 nail lacquer and 2 sizes of makeup bags in the Liberty for MAC print.
My eye was caught by the Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl. I’ve been using Shy Beauty for a while now and I’m quite liking it used as a very light blush instead of merely as a highlighter as recommended. I’m just wondering if Shell Pearl might not be quite close in shade to Shy Beauty. Maybe I’ll bring Shy Beauty and compare it in store 😛
The MAC Liberty of London collection is now available at all MAC stores. No swatches from me but you can expect the inimitable Jenn to provide us with swatches soon! 😉
I think it would have been nice if MAC had come up with an eyeshadow colour that’s the signature purple of Liberty’s. Perhaps Flame’s Desire was meant to be it but its not quite deep enough a purple for that.
Inspired by Liberty Fabric in Strawberry Thief
If you are wondering where the “Liberty of London” features in MAC’s new collection, its in the design on the case. MAC drew inspiration from the fabric designed by William Morris in 1883 – a design called Strawberry Thief. Here’s how it looks:-
MAC updated it on a background of white and added splashes of colour and then colour coordinated their cosmetics with the colours on the design.
Has anything caught your eye? Its just Shell Pearl beauty powder for me for now but if I find its too similar to Shy Beauty I’ll pass 🙂
MAC Give Me Liberty of London prices (Malaysia)
Beauty Powder- RM105
Powder blush -RM79
Nail Lacquer – RM42
Liberty of London Makeup Bag, small-RM98
Liberth Of London Makeup Bag, medium-RM121
Liberty of London Scarf- RM450