Wednesday, January 2, 2013

No "MAC Strength Collection" for Asia


I was so excited when I heard MAC's newest collection, Strength, will carry 2 of my favorite matte lipsticks: Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot. I was equally excited to check out the other lipsticks Absolute Power, Strong Woman, and Firm Form. On the night it was released online, they were sold out within an hour! I was so bummed, but I was still hoping I'd get to snag them all when they launch it here in the Philippines. I dropped by MAC Trinoma last weekend to ask when will they release it here.
 
Guess what they told me? They won't reach the Philippines, or anywhere in Asia.
Why you may ask?
 
Because apparently, the conservative patriarchal Asian countries are uncomfortable with this print ad - a print ad that depicts how strong women are (or could be).


 
Its unfortunate how double standard is still evident nowadays. This issue might seem like irrelevant for some people just because it involves makeup. But think about it, even in cosmetics, women's choices are still regulated.
What's so wrong about strong women? What's so wrong about promoting and celebrating women's strength?
 
I was hoping MAC would come up with an ad for their conservative Asian market just so that the collection will be available here. But when I thought about it, I'm actually glad MAC held its ground and did not put down the ad.
There's nothing wrong with the ad and what it stands for. The only problem here is that some people are still living in the era wherein women's freedom is limited and dictated.

13 comments:

  1. aw too bad... but I have to agree Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot are just too pretty! I hope they include it on the permanent line.
    btw, Apres Chic Collection is coming this Jan. so I hope you find something you might like. ^_^

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    1. Hi Hollie! I'm crossing my fingers on that too. I really wanted to get Pink Pigeon for my sister, since I already have one.

      Ooh I saw the swatches in Temptalia's blog! Eyeing on 2 lipsticks from that collection. lol. Thanks for the info! <3

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  2. Hi Ayzee! I came across your blog on the GIG group in FB. Anyway, I'm also a fan of MAC :-) I guess we just have to rely on online shopping so we can get our hands on the Strength collection :D

    do visit my blog too: iammorena.tumblr.com :-)

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    1. Hi May! <3

      YES! Just as always, online shopping is the way to go if we want to get our hands on the LE shades. -__-

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  3. It's absolutely ridiculous how this collection won't be released here just because of a print ad! Are we still living in the 1950's where women are expected to be meek, mild, obedient, and helpless? I agree with you wholeheartedly though. I mean, it sucks that we won't get the collection, but at the same time kudos to MAC for not backing down or giving in. This calls for a rant blog entry! Haha.

    ~ http://dolcellita.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Arian!

      IKR?! Its too ridiculous. >_<

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  4. Hi Ayzee,

    Happy New Year! Btw, want to invite you in an exclusive plus-size event Swap Meet and Greet on 01.20.2013. To know more of the details check out our site link,

    http://pinaycurvies.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/swap-meet-and-greet-2013/

    Hope to see you there!

    Mitch :)

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  5. omg. why :( I wanted to try them too! been seeing lots of pictures on instagram about it :(

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    1. Same here! I'm really bummed out 'cause I wanna get them or at least Pink Pigeon for my sister. >_<

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  6. Hi Ayzee! In case you are interested, you can pre-order the MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick here:
    http://onlinebeautyhub.multiply.com/products/listing/10156/MAC-PINK-PIGEON-LIPSTICK-PRE-ORDER

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