Hello my lovely blogders! Today was a very exciting day for me, the MAC Archie’s Girls collection finally came out in stores! This is one collection that I did not want to miss out on – the colours are just gorgeous and the packaging is beyond super cute. Let’s get right into the photos and swatches!
PS – I have a giveaway for all you lovelies at the bottom of this post. Stay tuned!
I’m going to start with the Veronica side of the Archie’s Girls collection. The products in this half of the collection are deeper and more sultry, just like Veronica Lodge herself.
The first thing I bought was a lipstick in Ronnie Red. Ronnie Red is a matte and, as you can see, it’s an absolutely beautiful pure red that goes on (surprise surprise) matte. I think that this shade is universally flattering and the staying powder is amazing. Ronnie Red didn’t dry out my lips and it applied incredibly smoothly. There was no settling into fine lines or any emphasis on dryness, the colour made my lips look very pretty and was actually rather hydrating.
The next product I bought is a partner for Ronnie Red – it is the Veronica Lipglass in Strawberry Malt. I really love the vibrant shade and it’s interesting because it’s not a completely opaque colour. It actually looks like a jelly because you can kind of see through it but at the same time the colour is extremely bright and vibrant. Strawberry malt looks absolutely stunning on top of Ronnie Red, it’s the perfect high-shine, show-stopper red.
The last thing I got from the Veronica side is the pigment in Black Poodle. I actually wasn’t planning on buying a pigment because they’re pretty pricey, I got it as a gift for my mom when I saw the name. We sure do love our poodles! Black Poodle is a gorgeous black with tiny red glitter. I think that it would be absolutely beautiful to use for a sexy smokey eye, especially for the quickly-approaching Valentine’s Day.
Now although I do love Veronica’s spoiled little daddy’s girl persona, I really am more of a Betty girl by nature. Too bad I’m not blonde! That said, here are the products I bought from Betty Cooper’s side of the collection.
My favorite colour from the collection comes from the Betty side of things. This is the lipstick in Betty Bright and it is such a fun, vivid, playful summer shade! It makes me look instantly tanner, which is pretty nice for my pale, wintery self. Betty Bright is an opaque coral pink that, despite being a Satin, applies like a charm. I found that it was opaque with just one swipe and, despite not being as hydrating as Ronnie Red, it didn’t highlight any dryness and looked really nice on.
I ended up buying every lipglass from the Betty side of the collection, and I can’t say I regret it. This is Kiss and Don’t Tell, a pink coral that is a partner for Betty Bright. I love this lipglass on its own or on top of Betty Bright, it is super flattering and really adds some beautiful shine.
The Betty lipglass in Summer Sweetheart was actually the first thing that caught my eye from this collection. It’s a very pretty nudey peach that just adds a hint of lightness to my lips. My lips are rather pigmented and this colour looks really pretty on them. Summer Sweetheart gives you just a hint of colour and a lot of shine, so I think it would be perfect for hot summer days when you’re going for a “no makeup” makeup look.
The Betty Lipglass in Stay Sweet is actually, unfortunately, one of my least favorite parts of the collection. I picked it up because it’s a really sweet milky pink and I’m just crazy for those kinds of colours, but the lipglass itself really settles into the lines on my lips. What’s more is that, on my lips at least, it looks kind of corpse-like when worn on its own. I think that it’s the coldness of this colours paired with the lightness of my complexion that kind of makes my lips look like I’m really cold. Or a zombie. However, I am excited to layer this on top of warmer tones, I see potential for Stay Sweet!
Now, the girls can’t seem to share Archie, but they do share some really nice products in this collection.
I am obsessed with this Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me, because it really is just the most flattering thing. The colour is a beautiful shimmery coral that I think would be absolutely gorgeous as a nice summer blush. Just looking at it is refreshing! Plus, look at those little hearts, aren’t they just darling? In my opinion, Flatter Me is much more, erm, flattering on my skintone than its counterpart, Veronica’s Blush. Flatter Me is much warmer and and looks a lot more natural, while Veronica’s Blush has a very silvery sheen to it and looks a bit too cold to be my kind of blush.
Here are some swatches of all the products I mentioned. The top row, left to right, is Summer Sweetheart, Kiss and Don’t Tell, Stay Sweet, and Strawberry Malt. Under Kiss and Don’t Tell is Betty Bright. Under Strawberry Malt is Ronnie Red. To the far left is Black Poodle. To the far right is Flatter Me. All of these are applied without primer. As a side note, I took these photos last night and, despite washing my hands thoroughly, Ronnie Red and Black Poodle have left a stain.
You know how I said that Betty Bright was my favorite colour from the collection? Well, the Brush Set is my favorite piece from the collection, hands down (and up). I honestly could not believe the value that I was getting with this set – you get 5 brushes and an adorable tin in which to store them for only $60 (in Canada). They’re MAC brushes, you guys! I’ll admit, they’re not full size brushes, and they’re not completely the same as their full-size counterparts, but I still think that this set packed the most bang for the buck in the collection.
The brushes included are the 266 (Small Angle), 242 (Shader), 226 (Small Tapered Blending), 167 (Face Blender), and 168 (Large Angled Contour). As I mentioned, they are smaller sizes of the brushes, but I would take smaller brushes with adorable little hearts on them over the full-size version any day. As for the texture of the brushes, I’m really not feeling the scratchiness that others have mentioned. The large angled brush is a tiny bit stiff but I wouldn’t call it scratchy. The face blender, in my opinion, isn’t scratchy at all! I really like it. The angled eye brush isn’t scratchy either, nor is the shader. The scratchiest is probably the blending brush. The tin is also stunning, I definitely see myself using it to store all kinds of goodies!
Overall, I’m very happy with my (shameless) haul from the Archie’s Girls collection. The packaging has to be my favorite that they’ve had in a long time and the colours are really fun and perfect for the summer. Let me know what you think! Until next time