MAC Haute Dogs 2015 Collection

MAC just launched the Haute Dogs collection – online just over a week ago, and most stores in Canada today!

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This canine-inspired collection features “fur toned” shades for eyes and “regal berries” for lips. It has much more of a neutral/warm vibe than previous collections, with mostly mid-tone neutral shades and some berry tones. According to MAC, this collection was inspired in part by the Westminster dog show, and the unique bond between human and hound – or more specifically, four “fashion luminaries” (Kim Hastreiter, Nicola Formichetti, Houghton’s Katharine Polk, and James Gager.)

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The collection includes: three Mineralized Eyeshadow quads, four Fluidlines, two veluxe brow liners five Mineralize Rich Lipsticks, four Mineralize Glasses, three Studio Nail Lacquers, two lip pencils, 2 eye brushes, 3 Shaping Powders, 1 Sculpting Powder, 2 Mineralized Skin Finishes, and 2 face brushes. I saw a couple of other face powders posted from others online, but as far as I know those are not available in Canada – they are not in store and not listen on the Canadian site.

Overall, I think this is a nice collection but honestly is not as impressive as it could have been. For such a large colour collection, especially for Fall, this collection could have been amazing. The lipsticks were all mineralized formulas, which I personally am not a huge fan of. They were on the sheerer side, and if you don’t like the super buttery texture, then you may not be a fan of these. The glosses were pretty, but nothing that I felt I didn’t already own. I was really disappointed that neither of the Skin finishes were new releases. Come on, Mac! Give us a new skinfinish! The Mineralized eyeshadows are pretty, but I personally find them a bit dry and not as pigmented as I would like. I think the superstar products were definitely the Fluidlines (which are absolutely amazing) and the brushes.

As a whole I didn’t love this collection, but there were a few gems that I wanted to add to my collection!

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The Sculpting Powder in “Shadester” is described as a leathery brown and is great for a more natural bronze, or a soft contour. It’s smooth, applies really well, and also blends out easily.

The Fluidline in “Catch My Eye” is absolutely stunning. At first glance it looks silver, but when you swatch it you instantly see gold and pink shimmer/glitter, adding extra dimension to it that changes in the light.

The brushes are super nice, soft, and unique. The 161 Duo Fibre Face Glider Brush is such a nice brush for a softer contour. This would be great for someone learning to contour, as it applies product very softly. The 139 Duo Fibre Tapered Face Brush is very multi-use, and is a great slightly tapered fluffy brush.

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What are your thoughts on this collection?

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