[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I’m just guessing that the title to this collection with Spanish singer, Rosalia, that it’s the result of many hours of agent and contract wrangling. Nonetheless, it’s a collection that appeals across the globe – Rosalia has been a Spanish star for several years (despite being a youngster at 26) with her popularity rising in other countries by the day. She’s very much a MAC choice – individual, fierce and dymanic.
There’s no doubt that this is a visually stunning collection – part of me wonders if it’s been held back because of the pandemic – it feels strange that we have Ruby Woo (red), Rosalia (red) and Christmas (red) in quick succession. I’ve told you all I know personally about Rosalia – oh, and that’s she sings in Spanish and is from Barcelona – because I hardly ever listen to music so think I’ve missed the boat on this one. Interestingly, there are five nail polishes in the Rosalia collection and MAC doesn’t break out the varnish for just anyone.
Nails are very much a part of Rosalia’s style – that strip of jewels that you see in the top picture is a set of nail gems. They’re utterly lovely (but will probably end up on my phone case!) and if you have the nails for them are a beautiful accessory. They’re £14 each HERE and would be my top recommend from the collection (particularly the neutrals – the shade you see here is Cayena).
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There’s a palette, a highlighter quad and five lip products as well as the nail polishes. I’ll start with the bad news – it’s one of the least workable MAC palettes I’ve ever used. I just couldn’t get decent swatches from it all although it is in the metallic/neutral colour scheme that Rosalia uses. The metallic pressed powders were so difficult to apply easily and there just wasn’t enough pigment in the neutral shades (bar one) to get anything more than a powdery nuance.
I used a Bobbi eye brush for this (same stable) and this is my second attempt. I don’t know what to say about it really other than good luck. It’s £35 HERE.
On the other hand, the Face Palette swatched like a dream! Gorgeous, buttery soft textures that are smooth as silk on the skin and give you all the glow you could want. I love the coral-brick shade that you can use as a super glowy blush and although I feel this could work on most tones, it does run to warm. It’s £40 HERE.
See what I mean? Pretty as anything.
The lip selection is strong! The Retro Matte Lipstick is called Red Chile, £17.50 HERE and is one of five shades, while the Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick is Spicy Pimento and is £19.50 HERE. There are three other shades.
These are SO blazingly red and it looks like Spicy Pimenton might well be sold out. I like all of this collection bar the palette and I’m scratching my head about it – I think these very soft metallic almost-creme-powders just don’t work terribly well. They’re better if you flat press them gently to your lids with your fingers but they do not like to get on a brush. There’s not the same accuracy with finger pressing and there will be drop. Your non-affiliate link is HERE.
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