It doesn’t matter if you’re wandering the halls of Hawkins High School or battling real monsters from the Upside Down, you can do it while serving great ~lewks.~ MAC Cosmetics recently teamed up with Netflix for the release of a two-part stranger things collection that lets you tap into the human world of Hawkins or get spooky in the Upside Down.
With pigmented eyeshadow palettes that reference important landmarks from the series (RIP to the *iconic* Starcourt Mall of stranger things 3), lipglasses, blushes and bright brushes inspired by the 80s, this limited edition collection offers stranger things fans the best of both worlds. There’s even a Hawkins High School-inspired fanny pack available exclusively to those who purchase two or more MAC x Stranger Things products.
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SeventeenEditorial assistant Sam Olson and associate editor Jasmine Washington have created two looks in honor of the double dimension. Check out their in-depth reviews of the Incredibly Weird Collection below.
Nowstalgia will always be a definite yes for me. The Hawkins High part of this collection instantly took me back to the classic era of leggings and cutout sweatshirts thanks to its ranges of rich, highly pigmented shades.
For this look, I used the “Hawkins High” and “Benny’s Burger” shades from the 1986 Hawkins High Class palette to create a daytime smokey eye. The color payoff is so intense and it blends effortlessly. “Starcourt Mall” is my favorite shade, and would you believe me if I said I’ve already hit the pan because I use it almost daily? LOL!
The MAC x stranger things The 217 Synthetic Eye Brush allowed me to perfectly blend the “Benny’s Burger” shade into my crease, and the “Friends Don’t Lie” powder blush served up classic 80s vibes with its bright pink hue. “Eerie El” is my ultimate favorite Lipglass from the collection – it goes on smooth and is the *perfect* nude for my skin tone.
If you’ve been following me for a while — or even five minutes, frankly — then you know I like myself. The 80s era redefined pop culture across many avenues, including fashion and beauty. Indeed, the technique of blush draping popularized at the time of Madonna and Whitney Houston is making a comeback. MAC x Stranger Things powder blush in the cool-toned pink shade, “Friends Don’t Lie,” captures the true essence of the ’80s look in just one swipe. The color payoff is truly impressive for a powder blush, especially when applied with the 140 Synthetic Face Brush. And, although it’s a powder, the formula is hydrating and doesn’t look chalky at all.
Let’s move on to the Hawkins High Class Eye Palette from 1986 – the ocher “Benny’s Burger” shade serves as the perfect transition shade. It comes out a little lighter than it looks in the pan, but I really don’t mind. However, this can cause problems for those with darker skin tones. I also tested the bright purple Dazzleshadow Extreme shade, “Palace Arcade”, on my hand with a liner brush and setting spray to see if it had any rich color payoff.
Unfortunately, it didn’t wow me on its own, so I first created a wing with a plum pencil on my waterline before setting it with eyeshadow. This is what I found worked best for me, but it required some extra work. I also felt a bit of fallout, but that tends to be common with darker shades. At this point, I’m no longer shaken by the fallout but end up being pleasantly surprised not to experience it. And, to be fair, that was the only shade I had trouble with. The rest applied smoothly with a homogeneous mixture.
The void, aka the upside down
I wanted to go all out for my upside-down journey, and that’s exactly what I did using the products in The Void Eye Palette. It was an emergency when I added “Code Rode” to my cover. To make things even scarier, I mixed “Demogorgon” into my crease and smoked it using The Void’s bold black shade. Not to mention I added “Creel House” on my lid for the perfect pop of color. Black Lipglass may look intimidating, but “Skull Rock” is a beautiful opaque black shade that goes on smoothly, and no, it doesn’t leave a heavy film either. The only downside is that because it’s so thin, it may take a few coats to make sure the color is evenly distributed.
When I first saw the MAC x stranger things collection, I was immediately drawn to the gritty (and dare I say, glamorous) Upside Down with The Void Eye Palette. A sultry, cool smokey eye is one of my favorite looks, and since I was heading to a concert that night and going for “Bitchin'” Eleven vibes (IYKYK), it was time to get glam with it. all creatures of the alternate universe. After priming my lids with bone-colored concealer and shadow, I swiped the smoky taupe shade, “Demogorgon,” into my crease with a fluffy crease brush. To create some dimension, I gently blended the black shade, “The Void”, into the crease with the 217 Synthetic Eye Brush. Then, using the same brush, I patted the black shadow in the shape outward V to lengthen my eyes and deepen the shadow. What I love about MAC’s Powder Kiss Eyeshadow formula is that it’s buildable, and it’s always great for me when working with intimidating black shades.
Something MAC consistently pulls off is the Dazzleshadow Extreme formula for their lighter shimmer shades – unlike the problem I had with the rich purple shimmer, “Palace Arcade,” in the 1986 Hawkins High Class palette, the lighter shades from The Void slid with ease. It could also be due to the technique I used to apply it and the placement of the product – I gently patted “Mind Flayer” and “The Mothergate” on the inner third of my lids using my finger, resulting in a strong, shimmering color. With a detailed flat brush, I applied the shimmering white shade, “Spores”, to my inner corners and brow bones for an extra glow. Of course, I brought the grungy look together by applying the “Eerie El” Lipglass over a nude liner. MAC’s Lipglass formulas can be a bit tacky depending on my personal preference, but the opacity of the brownish-pink tint is almost worth it.
The MAC x stranger things The collection gives fans a chance to get their own insight into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and the upside-down world that is wreaking havoc in the neighborhood. Each of the products is perfectly personalized, and some of them even have hidden easter eggs from the show’s fourth season (once you’ve watched the first episode alone, you’ll catch these references in MAC’s packaging !). The attention to detail – down to the Hawkins High emblem and the creepy black vines of the Upside Down – on every component tells not just a small part of the stranger things story but serves as a playful and creative container for every nuance. Even shadow names like “Friends Don’t Lie” and “Marvelous Max” bring to mind iconic moments from the sci-fi series. Whether you are a beauty enthusiast who loves creative challenges or one of the biggest stranger things all-time fans, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in this collection.
Jasmine Washington is associate editor of Seventeen, covering beauty and pop culture. When her head isn’t buried in the latest romance release Love Belvin, she shuts down all things Beyoncé and binge “Married at First Sight.” You can find her indulging her beauty addiction at Sephora, or somewhere on the hunt for the world’s best tacos.
Sam is Seventeen’s editorial assistant, covering pop culture, celebrity news, health and beauty. When she’s not blushing her cheeks, you can probably find her live-tweeting or doing SwiftToks.