Beauty Buzz. M•A•C’s Limited-Edition alice + olivia Color Collection

July 6, 2010 • Beauty


Hip, playful, unpretentious and unabashedly fun, is the best way to describe the newest limited-edition collaborative collection from M•A•C Cosmetics. This time it's with designer Stacey Bendet of the celebrity cult-fave line, alice + olivia. The line is known for it's uptown-meets-downtown aesthetic and colourful, playful vibe, so the inspiration for the makeup collection was a no-brainer for M•A•C Cosmetics!

The collection includes three delicious new shades of Dazzleglass Creme, three absolutely shimmering, color-saturated Pigments, and Nail Lacquer in three “it” shades were made to totally rock out this summer!

Q&A with Stacey Bendet

? alice + olivia
started out being known for its awesome pants. How does a girl evolve
from bell-bottoms o getting involved with the ultimate topper, makeup?

SB: Well, to me it’s all about color, whether it’s a crazy pair of
striped bell-bottoms or the perfect purple nail polish. It’s about a girl
having a great time when she dresses up; and who dresses up without

? As a line, a+o is known for its playful, fun use of
color and textures. How does this translate in terms f your new
collection with M•A•C?

SB: We wanted the makeup to be fun and
playful; for me clothing and cosmetics should be whimsical, they should
both make you smile and feel flirtatious. With that in mind, I wanted
our packaging and our colors to be like candy. Everyone loves candy.

?  You're known to rock some pretty megacosmetics yourself. Can you
describe your ultimate beauty look? 

SB: I am known for wearing
really dark, defined eye makeup, bright fun nail polish and pale glossy
lip gloss; t was kind of amazing getting to translate my signature look
into a M•A•C collection! 

? Who is your beauty icon?

SB: My
daughter Eloise. I mean, she wakes up and looks perfect. She even looks
perfect with peanut butter and jelly smeared across her face and
strawberry smoothie in her hair. I am so jealous.

? What's always
in your makeup bag

SB: I always have a little bit of body
glitter, a black M•A•C Liquidlast Liner and some sort of cream blush. nd
my secret for a dewy look is a touch of organic body oil on the cheeks.

? How is designing a color cosmetics collection different (or
similar) compared to designing clothes?

SB: Designing clothes is
more stream of consciousness. When we’re working on a season, it’s
months and months of designing pieces and then creating a story out of
them. With cosmetics, it was more like saying to M•A•C Product
Development, “Here is our story, now what products and colors work into
that?” They really brought it to life. But I think both clothing and
makeup are very much about color and texture and what each piece and
product represents for the woman.

? Any products in the line that
you're hopelessly obsessed with?

SB: All of them, obviously! (Especially the nail polishes!)

So am I which is why I wore the nail color 'So Rich So Pretty' (a party-ready purple with a hint of frost) to the beach this weekend. I'm totally obsessed.

The M•A•C alice + olivia Collection will be available at counters and starting July 8, 2010 through August 2010.

– Lauren Dimet Waters

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