Last night my sister and I went to the release party for M.A.C's 'Venomous Villains' collection at our local M.A.C store. I believe M.A.C has these release parties twice a year (one in February and one in September). I got my invitation a couple of weeks ago from a friend who works at M.A.C, but anyone can get an invitation to these events by calling their local M.A.C store.
I had never been to one of these events before, so I was surprised to find out that they actually shut down the store from 7pm-9pm for the party. My sister and I had signed up for the 7pm time spot and had been told not to be late or we would lose our turn to see the collection. We got there 10 minutes early and waited in a roped off line until the event started. In order to get into the event, you had to give them your full name and, if you wanted to have a drink inside, show them your I.D.
The store we went to is quite small and was very crowded. There were several large posters of the different villains around the store and two cutouts of the Evil Queen and Cruela Deville. The entire collection was displayed on a table in the middle of the store, and there were several M.A.C ladies around to help you try out different pieces from the collection. There were raspberry mojitos for those of age (unfortunately I forgot my I.D so I wasn't allowed to have any), a few different little hors d'ouerves and chocolate tarts being passed around on trays. Finally, everyone was given a pen and a piece of paper that contained all of the names of the different products from the collection, so you could check off what you wanted to buy and when you were finished looking, you could hand in your paper and the M.A.C staff would collect up what you wanted and ring through your purchase.
There were so many people around the collection table that we decided to check out the rest of the party first. In one corner of the room, there were two costumes to dress up in. One costume (Evil Queen) consisted of a crown and cape and the other (Cruella DeVille) consisted of a fur coat, long arm length gloves, a wig and a pair of sunglasses. We went over to take a look and before we knew it we had been dressed in the costumes and one of the M.A.C ladies was taking our picture with an old polaroid camera. It was a little embarrassing being the first ones in the costume, but it also made for a good story and picture for this blog.
Once people began clearing away from the main table, we made our way over to the collection and began swatching. I'd seen the collection and all of the swatches on the Temptalia website and surprisingly didn't find much I was interested in. I thought this might change once I actually got to see the collection in person, but, to be honest, there wasn't much I wanted to buy. All of the packaging was really cute, but its appeal was quickly diminished when I found out that the prices of the products in collection had been raised at least of a couple of dollars from regular M.A.C prices.
In the end, I got two pieces from the entire collection, both from the Evil Queen part of the collection. The first product is a very bright red-coral lipstick called 'Toxic Tale'. I have a lot of coral lipsticks but I couldn't pass this one up because it is so bright, so smooth and super opaque. To be honest I was kind of surprised to see this colour of lipstick in the collection as most of the other lipsticks were darker and seemed more appropriate for fall. The second item I got was 'Bite Of An Apple' blush. The colour of the blush is pretty much an exact match for the 'Toxic Tale' lipstick. Although the blush looks super bright in the package, it actually applies very little colour to the cheek making it more appropriate for fall looks.
Overall the party was really fun and it was awesome being able to see and swatch the collection before it is officially released on September 30th. I think it's so cool that M.A.C and Disney were able to work together and come up with a collection based on some of the most evil villains from past Disney movies and I can't wait to use my new products. To see a list of all of the products in the collection as well as photos and swatches from the new collection, you can click here.
Let me know in the comments below which items you are most excited to get your hands on when the collection hits stores next week.