Transformations
Transformations

Marian Newman has two collections with MAC – firstly, a five colour line called A Novel Romance; deep, almost industrial shades in kahki, blue, red, purple and wine.

A Novel Romance
A Novel Romance

From left to right: Midnight’s Orchid, Blue, Green Grey, Magenta Noir and Crimson. The difference with these shades is that they are all ‘off’colour’ – so a take on traditional shades.

Transformations
Transformations

As you can see, they’ve all got a high sheen (no glossy topcoat used in these swatches) with hidden shimmer that only shows in the light; otherwise, they look like deep gloss shades. My favourite shade is Crimson – a black-shot, deep red.

Transformations
Transformations

If I’m honest, it’s the Transformations that are the most exciting for me – although I’d gladly use any of A Novel Romance on a regular basis. Although we’ve seen topcoats before, there’s something about these that are just up a level – Green Pearl completely transforms a nail colour that winks and twinkles in the light. So from left to right: Green Pearl, Leather, Blue Pearl and Black Glow.

Marian Newman Tranformations
Marian Newman Tranformations

You can see how packed with iridescence Blue Pearl and Green Pearl are.

Transformations
Transformations

Right, so from bottom to top on the swatches: Green Pearl over Magenta Noir, Black Glow over Green Grey, Blue Pearl over Blue and Leather over Midnight Orchid. Although we’ve seen leather effects before, this is definitely a more sophisticated version that gives a finer leather effect than I’ve seen before.

I think of all of the Marian Newman Transformations for MAC, Black Glow is in one that is more for nail artists and backstage perfectors – yes, it down-grades by a shade but it’s for that infinitessimal colour shifts that matter when you’re matching fabrics or creating a very specific look, but probably not quite dramatic enough for us regular ‘transformers’!

I am fairly sure that Marian Newman Transformations for MAC are scheduled for a July launch – my top picks are Crimson as a base shade and either Green or Blue Pearl to give it a duochrome spin.

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