Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Update MAC RiRi Hearts Summer Collection - And my thoughts on it...

6/5/2013 Update 4pm: Apparently MAC tweeted that the RiRi Hearts MAC collection will be released June 18th in the U.S. and June 20th Internationally. Let's hope that launch date sticks!

6/5/2013 Update 1pm: I've heard rumors that MAC RiRi Hearts MAC has been postponed. The online chat customer service said they have no info when I reached out this morning. The phone customer service woman I spoke with confirmed they just received notification today that it would be postponed and they have no official launch date, but it might still launch in June. It sounds as though it will launch to everyone (pros and general public) at the same time so it should be quite a zoo when it finally releases... Ay yi yi...

Before I get into this post, I know you all want to see pics of what's launching on the 6th or possibly 7th of this month, so here we go...

These pics were posted online on ultimate-rihanna.hollywood.com.

To my knowledge the collection consists of:
Riri Loves MAC Summer Powder Blush Duo – New & Limited Edition 
  • Hibiscus Kiss
Riri Loves MAC Summer Lipstick – New & Limited Edition 
  • RiRi Woo – matte cool red (Retro Matte)
  • Riri Boy – matte cool lilac (Retro Matte)
  • Heaux – matte cool magenta (Retro Matte)
Riri Loves MAC Summer Lustre Drops – Limited Edition 
  • Barbados Girl - light golden bronze shimmer

Initial Impression

Looking at this collection my initial response is that it's a decent mini-collection. No eye products, but the lip products alone will create such a crazy stir. And let's be serious, lipsticks are hugely in-trend this summer. I like what I've read about the colors (RiRi Woo was previously released and appears here again). I think that like the initial RiRi Woo release, these will literally FLY "off the shelves" (these are online-only btw). I'd expect website difficulty and frustration at best if the initial release is any indication. If I had to make any predictions it would be that the 3 lipsticks sell out almost immediately, followed very closely by the powder compact and then lustre drops. There are currently 2 permanent shades of lustre drops available, but it seems as though Barbados Girl is a more of a golden bronze than the darker (permanent) lustre shade Sun Rush, which is described as a peachy bronze with pearl shimmer. I haven't personally used either of the lustre drops as the finish has made me hesitate, but lately I've been eyeing them. 

Will you be buying from MAC RiRi Hearts Summer Collection? What are you most looking forward to?

Note: I'm going to go into my personal opinions below on a few things (particularly domestic abuse), so if it doesn't interest you or you tend to be insensitive or judgmental in general or in regards to domestic abuse it's probably best not to continue. Any rude or out of line comments will be deleted as this is a sensitive area for many--myself included.

Will I purchase during this release?

I didn't create a post on why I didn't purchase during the first release when it launched. Why? ... Many reasons I suppose. My opinions were very personal and some people wouldn't understand simply because my backgrounds and theirs may differ. I don't want to get on a soap box or make it sounds as though there's something wrong with you if they chose to support the initial launch. Everyone has their own opinions and I firmly believe each individual should simply make thoughtful decisions that they can live with and leave it at that. But if you follow my blog you're probably interested in learning why I didn't leap at the chance to purchase the first launch of RiRi Woo or even talk about it--especially since I'm such a makeup hoarder. 

For me, as someone that grew up in a house with an incredible amount of domestic abuse, I get very uncomfortable making decisions that in any way could potentially show I might be indifferent to or in support of someone remaining in a domestic abuse situation or returning to an abusive partner. Again, this is my perspective based on my background. I've also, sadly, had friends in abusive relationships and I found that the best thing I could do (for them and to minimize emotional trauma for myself because I feel SO acutely responsible for people in these situations) is to not enable, but to provide a way to get out. It's a fine line and those who haven't been in certain situations may not understand that enabling someone that is being abused to stay is just ... it's dangerous. 

Anyway, when I first learned about this collection my heart sank a little bit. When Rihanna first came out as an artist I liked her. She was different and interesting. When things went down with Chris Brown, I was so incredibly sad for her, but glad she didn't stay. I thought that was an amazing example to not only her fans (many of which are younger women), but to those that have been in or who are currently in similar situations. I remember reading an article about how she had watched her mother go through domestic abuse. It can be so hard not to repeat the cycle--either becoming an abuser or being with an abuser (which I personally have noticed seems to be the case more often with women). When they got back together ... I wasn't insanely surprised, just given the statistics, but I was incredibly sad. Sad for her, for the girls who look to her and idolize her, etc. 

Do I believe people can become reformed? Yes, I actually do, but with a lot of work, time, support, etc. Do I think that when you have a relationship that has been poisoned by domestic abuse that the relationship can refrain from heading down that road again? I've personally not seen it happen and I know that it is a common trend that, that cycle repeat itself.

Here are some statistics on women and abusive relationships I found on healingabusedwomen.com:

- Domestic Violence is a pattern of controlling behavior that men use to gain power over their partner. Controlling behavior can include; physical violence, emotional/mental abuse, and sexual abuse.
- Women are 95% of the victims of domestic violence.
-Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited; February 2005.)
- 1/3 of American women will experience domestic/dating violence in their lifetime. And 1/4 of women worldwide will also experience domestic violence.
- An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Some studies say the numbers are even greater – up to 5.3 million – since most assaults go unreported.
-1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited; February 2005.)
- Only 25% of all physical assaults perpetuated by intimate partners are reported to the police.
- Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk for intimate partner violence.
-More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship (26%) report enduring repeated verbal abuse.
(Liz Claiborne Inc. study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited; February 2005.)
- On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. That’s more than 1,100 women a year.
- One half of all homeless women in the country are fleeing from domestic violence.
- Domestic/Dating violence costs the US $5.8 billion annually in health related costs, with $4.1 billion for victims needing medical and mental health services.
- As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States.
- Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause.
- Three in four women (76%) who reported they had been raped and/or physically assaulted since age 18 said that a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, or date committed the assault.
- An Estimated 683,000 women are forcibly raped each year in the United states, which equates to 1.3 women being raped every minute.
- Annually in the United States, 503,485 women and 185,496 men are stalked by an intimate partner.

So given all of this--my personal experience with domestic abuse, having close friends go through it, etc.--I couldn't bring myself to ignore my conscience and indirectly support Rihanna's choice to go back to someone that abused her by supporting her initial collaborative release with MAC. This was completely and totally a choice I made for myself. What others felt or chose to do had nothing to do with it and I didn't feel my decision should affect theirs. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and should live according to their own consciences (within reasonable boundaries of course lol).

That being said, Rihanna is no longer with Chris Brown. While she didn't (to my knowledge) make their break up about wanting to leave him because of their history, I'm glad it has (hopefully) come to an end. Hopefully this will give her a chance to grow and learn from this experience and hopefully he will do the same.

So, coming full circle the question remains ... will I be purchasing from this next launch now that Rihanna is no longer with Chris Brown? I'm still unsure. I do feel a bit more comfortable purchasing now and I do like the lippies being released ... so perhaps! I guess we'll see when they launch.

Being a victim of abuse does not mean you deserve(d) it, ask(ed) for it, etc. Don't allow yourself to think that. Everyone deserves to be safe, healthy, and happy and no one should ever feel they can control or harm their partner.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic abuse I really hope you've had the opportunity to get some counseling for many reasons. You may think it hasn't affected you, but you may be surprised how quickly it can tear down little bits of you unnoticed. Or perhaps you're well aware of how damaging it can be psychologically and emotionally.

If you or someone you know IS a victim of domestic abuse please, PLEASE get help! Nobody should EVER remain with an abuser.

Here is a national hotline for abuse: 1−800−799−SAFE(7233)


  1. Great post! It's going to get crazy on the aite!

    1. Yeah, I'm not looking forward to the insanity lol


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