archies_girls_collection_mac.JPGWe've been very excited to check out MAC's Archie's Girls collection, ever since we first heard about it way back in July last year - not really because we're massive comic book fans (also, we're UK based so Archie isn't so well known here) but just because it looks so damn cute. This week we finally got our hands on some!

The limited edition collection is split into two moods: one for Betty, the girl-next-door type, and one for Veronica, the 'vivacious' spoiled rich girl, which is nice, because you get two drastically different styles in one collection. Betty's products are cutesy, pastel coloured and pretty, with pinks and peaches, and Veronica's are vampy, dark and intense with tones of purple, blue and red and names like 'Boyfriend Stealer' and 'Past Curfew'.

We swatched a few products from the collection: first up, Pearlmatte Face Powder in Veronica's Blush (£21.50):


The Face Powder is a combination of two of MAC's existing products - a silvery frosted pink base (Play It Proper beauty powder from the Stylishly Yours collection) stamped with deep pink hearts (made of Frankly Scarlet Powder Blush). You can use each of these separately obviously, but swirled together they make a really pretty flushed pink (as you can kind of see in the swatch above, although it looks a bit like I've got some weird rash).

There are two palettes in this collection - here's the eyeshadow palette from the Betty side, Caramel Sundae (£38.50), which holds four eyeshadow shades; Dreammaker, a pale yellow, Cheryl Chic, a light coral pink, Caramel Sundae, a tan and Showstopper, a dark brown. Showstopper is probably the most wearable of these shades.

Finally - Ronnie Red Lipstick (£15.50), a bright red, which you can see in the swatch below:


This is a really strong red - a great blue-toned shade that goes on creamy smooth but dries to a matte finish. If you're looking for your next signature red, this could be the one.

The full range will be out in March - will you be picking anything up?