The mother of all makeup collaborations is about to drop, as MAC Cosmetics have partnered with Netflix for a Stranger Things collection in the wake of the upcoming series.
From May 16, a limited edition range of eyeshadows, blushers, lip glosses and brushes will hit stores and MAC’s website.
For the filming of the upcoming series, MAC products were used on the actors and this collection creatively captures the creepy feel of the show.
‘Coming of age in a small town in the 80s, I completely relate to the vibe and characters of Stranger Things,’ said Fatima Thomas, a senior makeup artist at the brand.
‘This collaboration perfectly captures the essence of the era: spirited, adventurous and fun.’
The range is split into two halves, to represent Hawkins and the Upside Down.
Hawkins products are colourful, playful and innocent, just like the children were before they met with the Upside Down.
There’s a neutral pink gloss and 80s blue eyeshadow in that half of the range, while Upside Down products are deeper – from a yellow gloss to shadowy eye colours.
The great thing about this dual collection is the range will suit a variety of skin tones.
Though there are only two blush shades, the difference between them is considerable – one is a pale pink, while the other is a deep reddish tone.
Products range from £18 to £35 and we were able to test the lot.
We found you only needed a light hand when applying the blushers – they packed a punch and could easily be built up.
It’s worth noting that the deeper shade, He Likes It Cold, is much redder in real life and darker than it looks in the promotional imagery – you can see in our video below.
Compared to the usual MAC formula, they were that bit more pigmented.
The same goes for the MAC shadows – sometimes MAC’s usual formula can be a little on the dry side, but not with this palette.
The shades worked well with fingers and a brush, and could be layered. We think the Upside Down palette will be the most popular of the two, as it’s slightly more wearable with muted shades among the vivid tones.
Having said that, both colourways come with practical shades and vibrant pops.
Then we tried the lip glosses, which come in an interesting mix of colours.
The Hawkins shades are ‘safer’, all in varying shades of pink, while the Upside Down has some unusual shades that we were unsure of on a first glance.
First there’s a bright yellow – surprisingly, it shows up like a warm honeyed tone on the lips, which is extremely wearable.
Then there’s a black, which looked patchy unless a deeper lipstick or lip liner was used underneath.
Like the classic Lip Glass formula, the glosses are on the thicker side, feel moisturising, and are semi-opaque.
Though tied to the show, this collections feels right for the summer, in which makeup trends skew towards being more colourful and playful.
You can’t go wrong with these classic formulations from a heritage beauty brand.
The packaging adds a nice touch, and Stranger Things fans will likely love it.
There’s also talk of a special limited edition bag that will come as a gift with purchase – so keep your eyes peeled.
MAC X Stranger Things launches May 16.