MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Overdressed pigment and Retro Rouge lipstick review

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Overdressed pigment and Retro Rouge lipstick review

If you asked me what my favourite MAC limited packaging was… I’d have to put the Charlotte Olympia collection on the list. There’s just something about the mix of spiderwebs and old Hollywood glam that really appeals to me, and it’s quite different than any MAC release I’ve seen (and I’ve seen them all).

Inspired by pinups, silver screen sirens and the bygone era of Hollywood glamour, the British luxury shoe and accessory brand is known for a vintage aesthetic that embodies elegance and femininity with a hefty dollop of charm.

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Designer Charlotte Olympia is known for her signature spiderweb, so it only made sense that everything in this collection had that mark.

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Overdressed pigment

Now I’m not usually one for MAC pigments (or any loose pigment for that matter), but look at the jar!

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Overdressed is described as a fleshy beige with pearl.

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Overdressed pigment swatch

On fair skin, this is a nice peachy/champagne highlight shade. It’s beige with a hint of peach shimmer. On darker skin tones, this would probably sheer out a bit and still leave a nice beige sheen.

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Using Kat Von D Lock-It Eye Primer in Fair as a base, I put Overdressed on the inner corner and centre of my lid, then blended it out to a darker pink shade. This gives a really dimensional pop of highlight.

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Retro Rouge lipstick packaging

The packaging on the lipstick doesn’t wow me as much as the pigment, it’s just a clear square case with a gold tube. But I do still love that spiderweb detail!

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Retro Rouge lipstick (2)

Retro Rouge is described as a deep brown red matte.

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Retro Rouge lipstick swatch dupe

It’s definitely one of the more matte mattes I’ve seen from MAC in awhile, but it does still have that nice hydrating, creamy texture. The closest dupe I have is Maybelline’s Creamy Matte in Divine Wine.

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia Retro Rouge lipstick

This doesn’t read too brown on my lips, more like a red burgundy. It’s super pigmented and really easy to create a sharp lip line. Great longwear too!

MAC Cosmetics Charlotte Olympia look fair skin

So here’s the complete look. For the eyes, the left side I used Overdressed pigment on the lid with Kat Von D Lock-It Eye Primer in Fair  and the right side is Overdressed on bare skin. You can see the pigment really benefits from having a light, cream base.

Also wearing: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Palette

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Although there are a lot of other pieces in the collection, I’m really happy I kept my haul small. The packaging is gorgeous, but the shades aren’t entirely unique. I’d definitely recommend the pigment, if not for the shade… for that jar!

Availability: Now online at MACcosmetics.com, in stores March 24.

 

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