Frank-N-Furter lipstick and Crazed Imagination blush were my must-haves. You all know I'm a major blush person, so this was a no-brainer, even after reading a less than complimentary review on Temptalia. As a side note, I didn't have any of the texture issues mentioned in that review, so it gets a solid grade from me! It's a plummy brownish frost with some gold shimmer, which sounds horrifying on paper but translates very nicely onto my skin. It has the same vibe as NARS Sin, which I'm a huge fan of, so it's really no surprise I love this! The second I got it home I cracked it open and shoveled heaps of it onto my cheeks, as is the look in RHPS.
As for the lipstick, I'm not usually a red kind of girl, but I just couldn't pass this one up. First of all, the name. Frank-N-Furter. Um. Of course. Also, the packaging. Of course. What better time to delve into reds than with this perfect storm? The colour is actually very flattering on my skin, as it's a cooler red, and the matte texture leaves a really solid stain on my lips. It's not hydrating but I wouldn't say it's terribly drying either. I don't have any prior experience with MAC's mattes, so I can't really say how this one stacks up against the others! I certainly wish I had had this lipstick (among other things!) in my high school days when my friends and I would dress up every Halloween and go to the Rocky Horror screening at the local independent movie house (including rice, shouting, and singing). CoverGirl was my go-to then, and it doesn't hold a candle to this.
I feel like the packaging of this collection is either a love it or hate it type of thing. I love it, but I can totally see why some people are disappointed. It's very predictable, and I would have loved to have seen something like the design on the inside of the box - Oh my God, I love this - used elsewhere on the packaging. But, alas, all we have are glossy lipstick bullets and a disembodied mouth and teeth... and I'm totally happy with that!
This collection definitely wasn't for everyone, and some of the pieces were pretty uninspired - I'm looking at you, Riff Raff palette - but I feel like the pieces I got are some of the standouts and I'm not at all disappointed!
I'm not quite sure whether this will completely convert me to the red lipstick cult, but it's nice to know that I have one that really works, and that doesn't need to be reapplied every hour. This blush on the other hand... well, I think you'll be seeing me in this a whole lot. Blush is my jam, and this colour is so perfect for the season. It's going to be in heavy rotation :)
Did you manage to snag anything from the Rocky Horror collection? I noticed it sold out almost right away online, and that something strange happened with Frank-N-Furter... I guess I'm lucky I got it in store; there were three left, and were only found after I insisted that the MUA go double check their stock. Must be meant to be!