Oh man, when it comes to exciting makeup launches for 2017, this one definitely takes the cake. The second I heard about Mecca Maxima launching their own makeup line I could not contain my excitement. As a retailer, they never let me down and their exisiting Mecca Cosmetica line has some absolute gems so I knew straight away that the launch of Mecca Max would be insane. I cried a little when a big ol’ box arrived with a sneak peek at the range, prior to it’s launch on the 1st of August.
This is by no means an in-depth, tell-all review. I still haven’t had a lot of time to play with these bits so think of this as my first impressions. I’m sure I’m not the only one incredibly excited for this launch so I thought it was worth touching base and passing on the sneak peek to you guys, with a couple of swatches to whet your appetite. I’ll give you a quick overview of the range and my initial thoughts on the bits and pieces I’ve gotten a chance to try. I’ll be sure to report back with more info and proper reviews closer to the launch because this is one you’re not going to want to miss.
Face To The Max
The range of face products is definitely expansive – there’s something for everyone. For complexion, there’s three primers – an SPF, a mattifying and an illuminating – a line of BB creams, powder foundations, liquid foundations and cream concealers. They’ve also got an anti-shine balm and a banana powder in the mix, which I’m interested to try. There’s also plenty of beauties in the cheek department. Powder bronzers, blushes, powder highlighters and liquid illuminating wands. Cannot wait, particularly to swatch those highlighters… Finally, there are three cheek trios – a powder cheek combo, a cream cheeky combo and a selection of three bronzers.
I already love the Mecca Cosmetica primer range so I knew I had high hopes for this one. This illuminating primer smells beautiful and does a great job of adding a natural, dewy quality to the skin – perfect for a natural summertime glam or to put under a matte base to add a bit of lit-from-within glow. The formula is a subtle, slightly champagne-y colour which should work well for anyone and everyone.
Liquid illuminators are all the rage right now, so I was excited to try Mecca’s take on the trend. In a click-up wand form, it’s easy to apply to the high points of the face before blending out either with a sponge or a brush. It swatches quite golden but when blended out, it looks a little more pearlescent. It’s not the most intense liquid illuminator I’ve tried but is awesome, yet again, for that natural glowiness that we’re all striving for.
Mecca Max Sunlit Bronzer in Medium* – $22AUD
I’m normally a fan of a matte bronzer but I’ll admit I’m already crushing over this bronzer with a hint of sheen to it. When applied to the skin, it’s incredibly natural and easy to build up without looking too over the top. I think this could be a real winner for me. There’s three shades in the range – Light, Medium and Dark so I’m excited to try the Light shade, too.
Mecca Max Illuminating Primer, Mecca Max Illuminator Wand in Pearl, Mecca Max Sunlit Bronzer in Medium
Eyes To The Max
The eye range looks absolutely incredible, full of unique bits and pieces in a huge range of shades. There’s a couple of different eyeshadow options – a metallic cream eyeshadow, a duo with a powder and cream shadow in complementary colours, six pan mini palettes and the stunner of the pack – the Eyephoria eyeshadow palette. There’s three eye primers, a liquid liner and three pencil eyeliners. For brows, there’s a brow duo and a brow gel. And finally, there’s two mascaras.
The most expensive item in the Mecca Max line but also one of the most beautiful. I audibly gasped when I opened this palette to reveal it’s stunning golds, taupes and purples. I think this will be a really universally flattering palette. The formula swatches incredibly smoothly and when applied on the eye, they’re subtle but easily blendable. It does have a bit of fallout but I expect that from any eyeshadow so it’s definitely not a deal breaker. Swatch this one ASAP.
A double-ended mascara option definitely had me intrigued – a great option for travel or even just lazy days. The formula that goes with the larger brush does seem quite wet, but coated the lashes well and gave a beautiful amount of separation but I think it’s also likely to get better with age as it dries out a little more. I loved the smaller brush, designed for lower lashes. It did a great job of really defining and coating the smaller lashes.
Lips To The Max
Now the lip collection is obviously where things start looking even more beautiful. There’s a huge range of classic lipsticks in three formulas – high definition, sheer & mega matte. Then there’s lip glosses, lip glitter toppers, liquid lipsticks, tinted oils and even a lip mattifier. The shade ranges look incredible so I’m sure there will be something for everyone.
The formula is your pretty standard lipstick – it applies smoothly and with plenty of pigmentation (both of these are from the High-Definition range) and add a little bit of a healthy sheen to the lips. They can cling a little to dry patches but applying a hint of lip balm first helps a lot with this. And the packaging is incredible. I can’t wait to swatch the rest of the range. There will be 13 High Definition shades, 11 Sheer and 5 Mega Matte shades.
The lip glosses have definitely impressed me too. Pow Wow Pink is a little sheerer, the kind of shade I’d wear to amplify another couple, rather than on it’s own. But there are some more opaque shades in the range, from the sounds of it. Nevertheless, this shade adds a beautiful glossy sheen to the lips and also delivers on comfort.
I was very excited to see an easy-to-wear, glossy, hydrating option in the range as well. The Nude shade adds a bunch of gloss and moisture to the lips as well as bringing a bit of a pinky my-lips-but-better vibe. The applicator also makes it an awesome option for throwing it in the bag for on the go. This was probably my favourite from the range, so far, but we all know I love a good effortless oil-balm.
Mecca Max Party Police, Mecca Max Freedom Fighter, Mecca Max Pow Wow Pink, Mecca Max Nude
The Rest Of The Range
Beyond the makeup line, there’s also skincare bits, makeup brushes, tools and other accessories. As well as false eyelashes and nail polishes. The line is extensive. There’s definitely plenty to explore.
My first impressions of the Mecca Max range have blown me away. And it’s definitely got me excited to try much more from the range. I cannot wait to get in store on launch day and swatch everything.
What are you excited to try from the Mecca Max range?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!