MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection

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MAC’s latest offer, the Bao Bao Wan collection, is based on the ‘high-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer’ that is Bao Bao Wan, one of China’s most renowned style stars. The bold and brazen collection which she and MAC collaborated on looks positively exciting and boasts rich jewel tones and high-impact metallics. I tried several of the products from the Bao Bao Wan collection, starting off with Bao Bao’s Jewels Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, which is a square compact incorporating five eyeshadow shades, each with a Veluxe Pearlfusion finish. The eyeshadow shades are MAC’s loose pigments but pressed into an eyeshadow palette. I prefer this as the compact looks pretty and also application is less messy.

The five shades are all highly metallic and quite shimmery, and very reflective in the light. I usually find that metallic eyeshadows don’t lend to a high colour and pigment payoff, but MAC have formulated these well so they deliver on pigmentation. I would recommend wearing them with an eyeshadow primer though, due to the minor fallout I experienced when wearing without.

The five shades are versatile as you can apply them wet or dry - the former gives a longer-lasting, saturated metallic finish, whereas the latter gives a softer but shimmery finish. From top to bottom is a light rose-gold, a yellowy gold, an orange-brown, a grey with taupe hues, and lastly, (my favourite shade) a medium blue with grey undertones.

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I also tried two Bao Bao Wan Lipsticks, namely Burmese Kiss and Forbidden Sunrise. Burmese Kiss is a hot coral pink with a matte finish. I like the boldness of the pink and find it particularly suited to the warmer weather approaching. The formulation is creamy and despite the matte finish, is non-drying and leaves lips feeling soft.

Burmese Kiss is quite opaque and lasts for a long time on the lips without the need for a touch up. It’s a similar case with Forbidden Sunrise as that has the same formulation and texture. Forbidden Sunrise looks very orange in the tube but is surprisingly wearable, especially if teamed with a peachy blusher. Both shades lend to a high definition look and give full colour with one stroke.

Lastly, I tried the Bao Bao Wan Beauty Powder, which is an iridescent pressed powder. You could use this as a face powder or a highlighter. For me it’s more suitable as a highlighter due to the intensity of the shimmer being slightly too much to use on the whole face. This beauty powder is a pale rose-gold, quite similar in colour to the first shade of the eyeshadow palette.

I really like this as a highlighter because it gives a high glow and sheen, and uses ‘shimmer flecks’ rather than glitter, with a finely milled form that doesn’t draw attention to pores like a regular highlighter might do. The colour is elegant, and I would guess is complementary on all skin tones. The beauty powder is my favourite item of the collection.

Each item from the collection has grey packaging which looks to be infused with glitter, to vamp up the aesthetic appeal. My overall thoughts on the collection are that it’s a bold collection which uses striking colours, serving to make the products stand out to the majority of other spring collections.

The focus on colour and unusual hues hasn’t compromised on quality, as each product sits well on the face and for a good number of hours too.

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MAC’s Bao Bao Wan collection is available now. For more information please visit the website.