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MAC Cosmetics Is Releasing a Panda-Themed Collection This Summer

You read that right.
MAC Cosmetics Is Releasing a Panda-Themed Collection This Summer
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You read that right.

This summer, MAC Cosmetics is hitting two birds with one stone. They're partnering up with Nicola Formichetti, the Italian-Japanese designer behind the brand Nicopanda, for a color-packed collection with a clear message about diversity.

This is definitely unlike any MAC collaboration you've seen before, and Nicola himself confirms it. How so? Well, for one, this collection has mint-colored lipstick, a panda face powder, and face stickers! In an exclusive interview with Preview, the designer spills even more details about the products you should be excited about. Read up on MAC x Nicopanda below.

Hi Nicola! What was the inspiration for your MAC collection?

"The inspiration for me was to create something that was new and different and focuses on creativity and diversity all while being playful and fun. That’s kind of the inspiration for everything I do. I wanted to create something that was personal to my brand and something that was special to celebrate my longstanding relationship with MAC.

"Together, we desired to develop something fresh, new, and contemporary for this new generation of makeup users. I’m half Asian and half European so it was important to me that this collection delivered a little bit of east and a little west. There’s a touch of street culture and high fashion."

How did you choose the colors of the products?

"The theme was diversity. To create something that was very feminine but also masculine. For the packaging, we wanted this to show polar opposite colors that worked together just like a panda.

"With the actual products, I desired to create something that could go from day to night. Something that was fun and funky for the person who wants to take their makeup to the next level, but something that also works for someone who wears minimal makeup. The mix of colors is so couture.

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"In the Full Face Kits, the pink, purple, and dark blues are a little more pop. The lipgloss, eye lashes, and face adornment add light, fun, and playfulness. We also did this gorgeous mint lipstick, Galactic Mint, which completes the collection so well. By mixing all of these colors we were able to create something that is modern for today. We even created a makeup bag that’s a statement on its own."

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Full FaceKits in PrimaPanda and Stay Cute

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Lipglass in Dreamz, Glitter Parade, and Sugar Coat

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Lipsticks in Galactic Mint, Toung n Chic, and Pop Babe

Does the collaboration have a muse? Did you have a personality or someone specific in mind when you co-created the products?

"Ultimately, the panda was a big part of this inspiration. I originally created this character to represent something that is a symbol of creativity and diversity. It was very important to bring the panda into the design and creative process. The packaging is clearly inspired by the panda, which is custom made and the first time MAC has launched something like this. It’s visually so exciting, elegant, fun, unisex, and everything we wanted to accomplish."

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Gleamer Face Powder in Colour Me Nico

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Panda Lash

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Adornments in Nico's Stickers

How does your aesthetic as a designer and stylist come through in this collaboration?

"It definitely is linked back to my designs because it’s so on par with my vibe. There is this strong Asian influence and there is something so futuristic about the lineup that also feels very today and modern.

"The Nicopanda customer for me is someone who wants to play and isn’t scared of trying new things. I desired to give them the materials to inspire their creativity and encourage that playfulness. My consumers don’t take things too seriously and are super young-spirited. Not necessarily in age, but they exude a young energy. This collection is so in sync with that; sophisticated yet light-hearted."

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Is there a beauty look from your past runway shows that continues to inspire you today? What makes it stand out for you?

"There are so many great achievements from my past that continue to inspire me! Of course, I loved our show in London this AW18 season, but now it’s time to rest and reflect on that. I combine these personal inspirations with new and exciting things I’m seeing, with how I view the future given the place I am in and the people that I am surrounded by. The ability to travel is a constant inspiration to me."

The MAC x Nicopanda will be released on local counters this April, so mark those calendars if you want to grab a piece!

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