I don’t know which surprises me more: the fact that MAC has chosen to release a Marilyn Monroe collection, or the fact that they haven’t already done it. God bless Marilyn, because her posthumous existence has been practically slaughtered by a never-ending parade of wannabes. That’s not to say that I don’t like the idea of Monroe-inspired makeup, because I do, but her name and likeness is trampled upon on a pretty much daily basis and it’s getting tired. The worst perpetrators are celebrities — particularly one Lindsay Lohan — who just won’t let the poor girl rest, and show no signs of ever doing so.
Nevertheless, Marilyn was exceptionally beautiful and exceptionally tragic, and I think makeup is a brilliant way to pay homage to the icon without imitating her. After all, she had a large impact on the world of beauty, considering we see nary a star wearing a flirtatious cat eye and bold red lips without channeling her, if only just for the night. MAC’s range, available in October, will feature eye shadows, lipsticks, nail lacquers, and eyeliners priced from $15 to $27. The custom-designed packaging is intended to be the selling point of the collection — it would be hard to resist a product that looks like something Marilyn herself might have owned. [Refinery29]