NEW MAC COLLECTION ALERT! The MAC x Brooke Candy collection…
Last year, Kat Von D delighted us with her Star Studded Eyeshadow Book, a set with 24 shadows that were pretty damn good. And this year, the brand has stepped up their game with the Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette ($71 CAD), another 24 shadows that are even bolder and more vibrant than last year’s collection.
“Go crazy for color with 24 new high-pigment eye shadows in a palette inspired by vintage vinyls. With a striking combination of technicolor brights and everyday neutrals, this palette proves that there’s no shade too bold or combination too daring. It features an inner wheel of seven nudes and neutrals surrounded by an outer wheel of 17 vivid brights.”
The big box o’ fun comes with a detailed card outlining three looks to complement three of KVD’s signature Studded Kiss lipsticks, Poe, Noble and Thin Lizzy. Since this year’s palette isn’t split up into quads, I am just going to run through them three by three by three.
Echo – purple blue glitter
Muse – lilac satin
Anthem – warm purple satin
I’d say Echo is the most disappointing shade of the whole palette. It really isn’t very bold or vibrant and just provides a wash of colour. It isn’t as bad when applied on the eyes, but you definitely need to dampen your brush. Muse is a beautiful soft lilac that is very pigmented, and Anthem is a pretty nice, yet somewhat patchy, satin formula purple.
Hyperballad – sea blue matte (AND IT’S A SONG BY BJORK!)
Synth – electric blue matte
Dark Wave – deep navy satin
Now that’s what I’m talking about! All three of these shades are highly pigmented, smooth and gorgeous.
Vinyl – neon green matte
Misfit – kelly green matte
Lemmy – grass green shimmer
Again, three very vibrant and true-to-pan shades. I was blown away by the duochrome shift of Lemmy! Vinyl was a little bit chalky but definitely not super patchy.
Analogue – burnt orange matte
Frau – deep mustard yellow matte
Legend – golden yellow shimmer
I was the most impressed with Analogue out of these three. It’s very hard to find such vibrant, bold oranges in a matte shade that don’t go on patchy or powdery. Legend is also a beautiful golden lemon yellow shimmer that would be perfect for the centre of the lid or the tearduct area.
Destroyer – bright strawberry matte
Rewind – aubergine shimmer
Harpsicord – metallic bronze
Destroyer was a little bit disappointing, it was a slightly powdery and patchy… but those other two shades… WOW! Both Rewind and Harpsicord were perfectly balanced and smooth with only one swipe of my finger.
Anthem (again) – warm purple satin
Love – shimmery rose glitter
Swoon – fuchsia matte
Again, this is another swatch of Anthem and it is still a bit patchy (although the second time around it’s not SO bad). I am definitely impressed with the even colour and pigmentation of Swoon though, it’s a beautiful soft pink matte.
Now onto the neutrals!
Strutter – taupe matte
Vox – chocolate brown matte
Moulder – butter yellow matte
The pigmentation and formula of these remind me a lot of the Shade and Light palette from KVD. These are very buttery and finely milled. Moulder is a bit on the powdery side though, but Strutter is the PERFECT transition shade.
Noble – nude matte
Skulls – iridescent pearl
Black Metal – black matte
All three shades are perfect, and I can’t get over how matte and beautiful Black Metal is. This reminds me of MAC Carbon, back when the formula was actually decent. Skulls is a really beautiful pearl shade that you can mix with any of the mattes to add depth and shimmer.
Noble on the left, Strutter on the right. These are close in comparison but Noble is warmer, best used with golden tones and warm yellows, oranges. Strutter is very neutral and versatile, perfect for transitioning any shade really.
Black Metal (again) – black matte
Lyric – white pearl
Strutter (again) – taupe matte
For someone with fair skin, Lyric is a beautiful highlight shade with a hint of pink luminescence.
Now for some looks!
Using the tutorial made to complement the Noble lipstick shade:
- Sweep Muse (lilac shimmer) across brow bone
- Apply Swoon (fuchsia matte) in crease
- Wrap outer corner of eye with Echo (blue purple glitter)
I also added a bit of Echo to the lashline for definition, some Muse to the inner lid area for highlight and finished the look off with some Benefit They’re Real mascara in Beyond Blue. I think people at work aren’t used to me wearing bold colours so I received a ton of compliments on this look throughout the day. Thanks Kat Von D!
Now this look, I went out on my own trying to create something that would mimic the Autumn leaves.
This one is simple:
- Sweep and blend Strutter (taupe) across my browbone for transition
- Use a pencil brush to deepen the crease and outer V with Analogue (orange matte)
- Blend Harpsicord (metallic bronze) all over lid and into crease
- Finish with Vox (deep brown matte) just in the outer corner into the lashline
I also used a bit of Moulder (butter yellow matte) to transition Strutter from browbone to brow and I finished off with a few coats of Charlotte Tilbury mascara.
I’d say 85% of these shades are impressive with only a few requiring a bit of work (either by using a damp brush or extra layers). This palette is only $5 CAD more than last year’s edition, which is actually pretty on par with the dollar exchange rate inflation, sorry Canadians.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOUR COMBO FROM THIS PALETTE?
The Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix eyeshadow palette is available now at Sephora, currently sold out online so check your local store!
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