You know you’ve made it when you collaborate with fictional cartoon characters. The Marge Simpson collection for MAC is mounting proof that this brand can basically do no wrong. In my teenage, poster-collecting years, I delicately ripped many MAC ads from magazines and affixed them to my bedroom walls like trophies. Slowly but surely, my walls began to resemble a rag-tag yearbook of fun, famous people. Now, at this point, MAC’s many collaborators could probably fill several full-sized catalogues. Although this is akin to picking the favourite child as a parent, it’s time to countdown the top MAC celebrity collaborations… ever!
Rihanna for MAC Viva Glam
RiRi’s signature 2013 collection, RiRi Hearts MAC, sold out as fast as her tour dates. Like it or not, Rihanna’s carefree attitude and ever-evolving style are hard to ignore. The star of the collection, a bold red lipstick entitled RiRi Woo, flew off the shelves almost immediately. The best part of the deal? All proceeds from the Viva Glam collection goes towards those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Barbie Loves MAC Collection
Launched in 2007, this collaboration seemed like a natural move for both the brands. Barbie’s iconic pink perma-smile is so steeped in pop culture, and this collection cashed in on a serious dose of nostalgia for many. This product line featured bright peach and pink tones inspired by our favourite plastic playmates.
Lorde for MAC
While this is more of a mini collection, a MAC product line is usually a sign that a celebrity is making waves on the scene. It’s easy to forget that this songstress is only 17, as she radiates a sense of self-assurance not typical of the teenage set (see: Beliebers). Lorde’s collection mimics her signature look with a deep plum lipstick called Pure Heroine and a black eyeliner pencil.
Nicki for MAC Viva Glam
Pre-“Anaconda” Nicki Minaj was all about being pretty (fierce) in pink. Nicki often described herself as a Barbie, complete with pink wigs and outfits made for a grown-up party at Mattel. As such, the star of Nicki’s collection was her Pink Friday lipstick, a bright Barbie-inspired pale pink shade.
The Simspons for MAC
The Simpsons are so much more than the sum of their cartoon parts, combining cultural awareness (take Homer’s recent participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) and humour in an unprecedented way. In honour of the show’s 25th anniversary, MAC pays homage to the original blue-haired lady, Marge. This collection is not for the wallflowers – it features sky-high falsies, bright pinks, purples, and blues. With the dark nights of winter soon upon us, there’s no better way to brighten up the day than with some Marge-inspired makeup.
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