Last week, I announced the arrival of MAC’s new color collection inspired by the graphic expression of French graffiti artist Fafi. Since then, I’ve actually had an opportunity to play around with the products a little bit.
In my opinion, the two standouts of the collection are the paint pots and lip colors. The brightness of the colors are tempered by the textures – so you can be garish, if that’s the look you’re going for; but you can also apply with a lighter touch, and the shades are totally appropriate for day or the office.
Some other bloggers have criticized the packaging – instead of printing the Fafinettes directly on the lip glosses and lipstick tubes, the artwork is printed on stickers, which are wrapped around the packaging. If packaging is très important to you, then I suppose you could find fault. But the quality of the cosmetics is what matters most to me, and I was not disappointed.
Here are some swatches of the Paint Pots, Lip Glass, and Lipstick from the Fafi color collection (click on photos to enlarge).
Top row: Nice Vice, Rollickin’, Perky
Bottom row: Cash Flow, Girl Friendly, Layin’ Low
Lip Glaze (l to r): Sugar Trance, Squeeze It, Cult Fave, Totally It
Lipstick (l to r): High Top, Fun ‘N’ Sexy, Utterly Frivolous, Not So Innocent, Flash-N-Dash, Strawbaby
Although I tried my best to capture the fabulosity that is Fafi, my camera can only do so much. I encourage you to visit your local MAC store or counter and experiment with the products.
And because I love you all so much – and want to thank you for visiting me regularly – I’m hosting another giveaway. One of you will win $175 worth of Fafi for free!!! See that pic to the left? That could be yours!
Here’s what you’ll get:
Cult Fave (blue mid-tone pink with white pearl – frost)
Squeeze It (brassy plum – frost)
Sugar Trance (creamy soft pink with white and rainbow pearl – frost)
Not So Innocent (sheer tan with pink and peach pearl – glaze)
Strawbaby (coral rose with rainbow pearl – luster)
Girl Friendly (creamy gray pink – cream)
Perky (cream coral with white pearl – satin)
Fascinating (snake eyes white matte)
Smolder (intense black)
Girls Will Be Girls (pink with coral pearl – frost)
Boom! (rich eggplant with purple pearl – frost)
Rectangle Fafi Small Makeup Bag
To enter the giveaway, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Fafi Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, February 24th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 25th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!