The MAC Boom Boom Bloom Collection Offers a Bouquet of Proper Petal Pinks

Boom Boom Bloom!

Quick take: This limited edition spring launch has lots of lovely wearable pinks for your eyes, cheeks and lips. Definitely grab ye a bottle of the Cherry Blossom Fix+ if you’re already in the Fix+ fam. And if you like wearable makeup like I do, check out the eye palette, the pink cheek powder, Tsk Tsk Lipstick and Heartmelter Lipglass.

[PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT] The first time you spritz the new $28 Cherry Blossom MAC Fix+ on yourself, you are strongly advised to sequester yourself somewhere where you can be obnoxious in private, because you are very likely to become so enamored with the scent (it really does smell like cherry blossoms!) that you’ll want to spray it everywhere — on your face, in your hair, all over your body, under your ‘pits (true story)… Perhaps even on the closest available toddler.

I may or may not have enveloped my entire person in a nimbus cloud of the stuff when I got out of the shower last night. *shrugs* Needless to say, I’m going through this gorgeous bottle very fast, and I am tempted to hoard a backup or two (but I’m not going to, I swear).

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I’m a MAC NC42.

Cherry Blossom Fix+ is just one of the springy surprises in the flower-fueled MAC Boom Boom Bloom collection available now. The most striking thing about it — beyond all of the pink, ERMAHGOSH! — is the elegant, upscale LE white packaging, complete with pink petal cherry blossoms. (Extra points for the light pink metal on the inside of the lipstick tubes!) I think it looks almost like something Shu Uemura would do.

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Eyes: Eye Shadow X9: Kabuki Doll, MAC Coffee liner, Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara. Cheeks: Fleur Real High-Light Powder with a light dusting of Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Give Me Sun. Lips: Wagasa Twirl. Skin: Studio Fix Fluid in NC42 mixed with Strobe Cream in Pinklite set with MSF in Golden Tan, with a light spray of Cherry Blossom Fix+.

“Pink” is the theme, but don’t expect Easter egg pastels.

Well…there is a little of that happening in a few of the lipsticks and the glosses, but in the nine-pan eyeshadow palette and the cheek powders (which are technically highlighters but can double as blushes), the pink is more of whisper or suggestion.

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Eyeshadow X9: Kabuki Doll ($33)

MAC sneaks it into the eye palette as well, but it’s just a pinch of pink in the matte browns, which are so creamy soft and fun to blend, and the same goes for a few of shimmers (there’s a little glitter fallout there, BTW, but it’s not much).

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High-Light Powder in Fleur Real ($30)
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High-Light Powder in Spring Bling ($30)

With the cheek colors, the pink powder is more rose than pink (the darker ombre is an overspray), and the bronze has a subtle undercurrent of pink. Side note: Proceed with caution using the bronze because it’s frosty enough to make a metallic robot think twice (SERIOUSLY SHIMMERY).

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Lipglasses, $18.50 each
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Lipsticks, $19.50 each

The lips, though? Oh man, so pink! I’m 100% in support of pink lips, but FYI, the lighter mattes, like blueish pink Wagasa Twirl and yellowish pink Hi-Fructease, are super opaque, and when I go full-on with them, I feel silly, like I did when I tried to wear all of those crazy pastel MAC Nicki Minaj lip colors…

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The lighter Boom Boom Bloom lippies are way too much for me at full-tilt color, but I think they’re totally doable (and super pretty) when toned down. I’m wearing the shade called High-Fructease in the pics here lightly dabbed on and pressed down with a finger (I have a feeling that this lipstick would also make a great cream blush). I don’t have that issue with the brights, though, as they’re purr-fect.

Even if you aren’t a MAC fanatic or adherent — don’t worry, we can still be pals! — at the very least, peep the packaging. I think it’s some of the best MAC has done.

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How gorgeous is this packaging?

Boom Boom Bloom is blooming at MAC counters and online right now.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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