Recently launched on the MAC web store is the Antonio Lopez collection, if you are unfamiliar with Antonio Lopez he was and still is a notable fashion illustrator whose work appeared in such publications as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Interview and The New York Times. Fans of his work and MAC lovers alike are in for a treat not only is the collection mainly constructed of limited edition shades but the packaging is to die for.
I can't make up my mind if the illustration on the palette reminds me more of Adam Ant or Bowie from the 80's? Truthfully I wasn't even born when either went through their "let's look like a space age pirate" phase so my opinion is moot but there is no denying that the design is rather funky regardless. Size wise this palette is rather dinky and can easily fit in my child like hands but in this instance size is deceptive as the pans of eyeshadow are on par with any other MAC eyeshadow palette released. Dinky, cute, robust with a good sized mirror a brush rather than foam applicator is also included. What else could you ask for.
Sadly September is a light month for me (read as I am broke) so I couldn't purchase all that I wanted from the Antonio Lopez which is probably just as well as I could go nuts! In the end I settled on the Creative Copper palette which features six various warm eyeshadows of various formulations, all six shades are new to the collective but do remind me of other MAC eyeshadows. Rather than give a broad sweeping statement I have quickly summarised each shadow below.
Easy Gesture (Frost) - A light sheer shimmery warm cream hue, this reminds me of a more pink toned version of MAC Shroom. Yes this is sheer but it has no application faults and makes for a great natural looking highlighter.
Artristic License (Veluxe Pearl) - A light yellow based pink that has a duo chrome golden effect, think of it as NARS Orgasm blush but for your eyes. Well pigmented and simply beautiful. Somewhat similar to MAC Expensive Pink.
Dear Cupcake (Satin) - This is the one shade in the palette that I won't get any use from as I simply don't suit pink eyeshadow but hey 5 out of 6 eyeshadows is still a winning combination for me. Again this is a yellow based pink but more of a mid pink with a soft matte finish. Well pigmented and soft to the touch, I can't help but think this would make a beautiful blush.
Creative Copper (Lustre) - A light, bright true gold eyeshadow that blends out rather well and is the perfect gold shade to avoid that overly stark effect some metallic shades tend to have.
Golden Touch (Veluxe Pearl) - In my opinion this is the more golden based sister of MAC's Satin Taupe - a pretty and original shade that manages to reflect both golden and grey/green at the same time while being wonderfully pigmented. I would like to see this shade make it to permanent status as I can imagine most would adore it.
Carbonised (Veluxe Pearl) - A complex hue, a mix of purple, black and brown with a light sheen finish. This is somewhat reminiscent of MAC's Beauty Marked eyeshadow but a lot more pigmented and where BM leans more purple/red based this has a stronger brow undertone.
In my opinion if you are a fan of warm eye products you will only kick yourself at a later date if you don't purchase the MAC Antonio Lopez Creative Copper Palette while you have the chance.
MAC Antonio Lopez Creative Copper Palette £35 via MAC - link