M.A.C's first beauty collaboration of the the year is already a contender for one of the best - and that's because they have make-up maestros James Kaliardos, Diane Kendal and Kabuki NYC on board. Bringing backstage beauty to your bedroom, see all of the products inspired by their signature vibes and why we love them.
1. Every single product is make-up artist approved.
Our heart may have skipped a beat when M.A.C lifted the lid on their collaborations with ultimate divas Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande and, of course, Caitlyn Jenner but there's something a little more exciting about this one.
Each product's formula, shade and texture has been approved by James, Diane and Kabuki, the masterminds behind the eye-popping beauty looks that shine from Fashion Week Catwalks, billboards and magazine covers (including ELLE) all over the globe. Every offering has been designed with both iconic looks and emerging trends in mind which makes them instantly worth your hard earned cash. In short, these guys know their stuff!
2. The shades kick us out of our beauty comfort zone.
Fuchsia pink blushes that pack a punch, pillar-box red lip glazes and mermaid-esque aqua eye shadow sticks are just a few bits and pieces that comprise the colour-laden complexion. They aren't subtle, but they are incredibly pretty - and what is beauty without a little experimentation now and again?
3. You can construct a full face.
Unlike other collections, this one boasts everything from nifty contour sticks to mascara that hugs and fattens even the tiniest of lashes, not to mention a melange of cheek and eye shadow palettes - we expected nothing less from three make-up maestros. James' collection is arguably the most Instagram-worthy thanks to the Full Face Kits comprised of two cream colour bases and a pearlescent pressed powder for sculpting and highlighting.
4. The black and gold packaging is so luxe.
Whoever taught us that it's solely what's on the inside that counts, well, they never laid eyes on the gorgeous black and gold engraved packaging. From the dual-ended, twist-up contour stick to the domed pots that house the lip glazes, everything will look sleek atop your dresser.
5. The collection boasts tools like brushes and a lash applicator.
You can never have too many tools, and from the fluffy eye-shading brushes to the angled face brush for the ultimate in contouring precision there isn't a look you can't craft. The best part, though? If you hate having to free your tweezers from layer upon layer of lash glue when you come to tidy up your brows, you'll love James' clever Lash Applicator.
6. There are a number of understated hues if you're not into brights.
Kabuki knows that not everyone wants to dress their lids in acid brights and lashings of iridescent shimmer and even though his drop includes a quad of bold eye paints, it also boasts a smoky nude-y palette, aptly named, The Best of Everything, perfect for everyday wear.
7. The collection plays around with texture.
James' cream colours lend cheeks an ethereal dewiness and Diane's liquid eyeliner a velvet feel, while the opalescent powder pigments in Kabuki's collection glide onto lids with no falling debris. Backstage, the MUAs often apply products with their hands and now we know why - everything feels so luxe.