MAC Archie’s Girls Limited Edition Collection: Review, Pics, Swatches

By Emma | February 5 2013 | 25 Comments

MAC Archie's Girls Collection

Blonde Betty is the girl-next-door, Veronica’s a princess, and Archie is the guy who just can’t choose. Inspired by a comic book love triangle, MAC’s latest limited edition collection is on counter from March, and looks set to be one of their most popular for a good long while. Though the Archie’s Girls comics may not be as well-known on this side of the pond, that won’t stop us falling for the fun, fresh look ‘n’ feel of the collection. The kitsch and quirky packaging alone is enough to make me swoon.

MAC Archie's Girls Lipsticks

There’s lots here to love – starting with three glosses and lipsticks for each of Archie’s paramours, along with eyeliners, pigments, blushers, eyeshadow palettes, nail polish, accessories and more! But without a doubt, the standout products in the range are the fabulous Pearlmatte Face Powders, imprinted with cute, comic book hearts. Betty’s has a peach base with coral hearts, while Veronica’s is silvery pink with hearts of deeper pink.

MAC Archie's Girls Swatches

Ronnie Red and Betty Bright lipsticks (pictured and swatched, €19.50 each); Caramel Sundae eye palette (Betty collection, €52.50); Lucky In Love Pigment (light blue green frost, Betty collection, €27), Black Poodle Blackened Pink pigment (Veronica collection, €27)

That reflects the rest of the collection; Betty’s colour palette is sweet and wholesome, all corals and peaches and pinks, while Veronica’s is a bit more sultry – think violets, reds and plums. The girls’ faces are emblazoned on their respective products along with a smattering of lovehearts, and some products bear the faces of all three characters – they’re incredibly cute, and the cartoon pin-up girl aesthetic is adorable.

MAC Archie's Girls

I have Betty’s Pearlmatte Face Powder, in Flatter Me, and one of Veronica’s eyeliners in Designer Purple to show you (the other pics were snapped when I recently met up with MAC) and I’ve been enjoying playing with both. The liner is a really great shade – it’s less blue toned than it looks in my photos, and is quite a vibrant violet with silvery sparkle. It glides onto the skin – the consistency is much the same as an Urban Decay or Avon Supershock liner. It’s €19.50.

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder Archie's Girls

With a base of Shell Pearl Beauty Powder and hearts of Foolish Me Blush, the powder is a pretty versatile product: use it as a highlighter, blush, or eyeshadow, mix the shades or use them on their own.

MAC Archie's Girls

On my skintone it makes for a lovely soft blusher – it gives a glowy sheen to the skin that’s very flattering and looks sorta lit-from-within. This is really well priced at €25.50 and is definitely where I’d point you if you were only going to pick up one piece.

MAC Archie's Girls Swatches

Wearing Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder and Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Designer Purple

Archie’s Girls will be on counter from March, exclusive to Brown Thomas and BT2. What do you think, will you go bonkers for Betty or is Veronica more your style?  Or will you be mixing and matching them both? What’s catching your eye from the collection?

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25 Replies to "MAC Archie’s Girls Limited Edition Collection: Review, Pics, Swatches"

  • le smurf says:

    I think I might need that powder blush! It is so cute with the little hearts..

  • LoCo says:

    All the colors look really nice,the powder in particular and they look lovely on you but the packaging is just a bit naff.
    Now I don’t really know what Archie’s girls is but are Mac just looking for any auld gimmick to bring out a new Limited Edition collection every couple of weeks!!!

  • Emma says:

    I love the comic book packaging LoCo! I know what you mean, it does seem like MAC have been going through the motions a bit with recent collections but with this one, they’re back on track.

  • Shygirl says:

    It is really cute but at the same time it looks like make up from a kids dressing up box! I think I’m more of a Betty!

  • Grace says:

    The eyeliner and blush look nice but I am *extremely* put off by this packaging to say the least..

  • OtherMary says:

    Are MAC’s LE eyeshadow palettes really as bad as Temptalia rates them? Christine always gives them low ratings, usually because she finds that the shadows’ colour payoff sucks. The only ones that she seems to find worse are NARS’s LE palettes.

  • lainey316 says:

    The packaging is horrible, puts me off the whole collection. Don’t think I will buy anything; I don;t like when they do white packaging at all, but this is especially bad

  • red*razors says:

    i’m not mad on the packaging, but it wouldn’t put me off. i think i may have to have that [veronica?] pink and purple quad! some nice lipstick shades too, what kind of finish are they emma – cremesheen, satin..?

  • Fiona says:

    Just curious as to why people are so down on the packaging? It’s an Archie Comics collection emblazoned with characters from Archie Comics and delivers what it promised.

  • lainey316 says:

    Hi Fiona, I just think it’s ugly. Because I don’t have any interest in/knowledge of the characters, they don’t overcome the ugliness of it for me. As I mentioned I don’t like any of MAC’s white packaging.

  • Betty12 says:

    I am and always have been an absolute sucker for Mac’s limited edition edits/packaging etc but I really had to reel in the purse strings of late so I haven’t been buying. Plus with the naked palettes I haven’t had the need for eyeshadow (which is usually what I’d have bought the most of from Mac!)
    But.. love the look of this… I’ve a voucher for BTs so I may well have finnally found what I’m going to treat myself with hehe
    Pity I’m more of a Veronica by her colours but Betty by name (beaut) and nature..
    Might invest in the powder so:)

  • Tash says:

    Which shade of lipstick are you wearing Emma??

  • Fiona says:

    Ah, I just don’t think it’s fair to say the packaging is “bad”. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s perfectly executed for the brief of designing packaging featuring Archie Comics characters.

  • ams says:

    the packaging is so cute if you have read the comic – my auntie sent me one from America when I was a kid – just a stupid teenage girl/boy/going to the dance story!

  • Emma says:

    Tash – that’s a Rimmel Apocalips! xo

  • Hermanspottypants says:

    The packaging reminds me of childrens play makeup… you know those little plastic pots of stuff that that match your pencil case and fruit smelling markers. urrrrrrghh.
    whats your next gimmick Mac- Barbie or Ken?
    oops harsh. (exit)

  • littlesis says:

    That blusher will be mine. The shade is gorgeous, the hearts.. <3

  • Emma says:

    ???? Terrible packaging.. looks cheap and tacky.. aimed at teenagers i think. totally puts me off trying any of it

  • *Aisling* says:

    I’m laughing at these comments – they’re so divided! We should have a poll or a vote or something?
    I love the packaging, I think it’s really cute but I get why people don’t like it

  • Tash says:

    Thanks Emma !

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