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We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry.  We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns: 

 We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization  that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way. 

We are changing the product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection. 

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.


We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.

Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.

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…or a total failure to research something properly?

So even though the hype and fervour for MACs limited edition Stereo Rose hasn’t quite died down yet, attention has firmly been put on MAC’s planned September 2010 release.

A collaboration with US design duo Rodarte, this new Mexican inspired make-up collection has sparked controversy within the beauty community.

According to, “Rodarte designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy had road-tripped from El Paso to Marfa, and were struck by the ethereal landscape and impoverished factory workers floating to work at dawn in a sleepy, dreamlike state.”

OK then. Delve in a litle further and you’ll soon find out that said “sleepy, dreamlike” factory workers are in fact a legacy of the fact that Ciudad Juarez is undoubtably one of the most dangerous places in the world.

According to Amnesty International over 400 women have gone missing from this region in the past ten years, often brutally raped and murdered, or for their bodies yet to be found at all. It is thought that many of these women disappeared on their way to work  in the maquiladoras, or factories of the local area. Apparently the police have done little investigation into these cases, some of which were girls as young as 12.

I may not be MAC’s greatest fan, but even as a nail polish addict, I am afraid that I would baulk at spending money on varnishes thoughtlessly named as “Factory” and “Juarez” , which feature in this new collection.

It isn’t right. It might have been excusable (and indeed, probably applauded) had MAC and Rodarte agreed that a % of all products sold in this range would be donated to those in need in Juarez. Sadly, MAC’s stance to offer up charity donations from this collection has only come after a  barrage of complaints of bad taste and poor research. A rather large gaffe, I think you’ll agree.

If it is a gaffe. I just don’t know – it’s not like MAC need any more publicity as their overhyped collections sell out in days, with hysteria rising at the same rate as the prices on eBay.  Should Rodarte have known better? Who knows. Certainly as far as I am concerned this is a strong exercise in bad taste, with the response being too little too late.  Are they too busy road tripping through the sweatshops of elsewhere in the world as research for their next collection to respond more positively?

More information on the Juarez murders can be found here and you can read other opinions about this matter on the following blogs, all of whom have been moved to write about the issue:

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Where on earth does the time go? Heavy Metal is one of the LA Girls polishes I received from the swap I did with Kelly of Vampy Varnish fame – back in August 2009! The thing is, I have all of these nice things and just not enough time to review them all as soon as I get them. Like I’ve said before, it’s not that I don’t like them, or am ungrateful, I promise.

So. I love a bit of rock music. OK, a lot of rock music. It’s kind of all I listen to, so it’s no great surprise that this collection has a fair amount of allure for me. Hell, I spent my hen party at Rock City of all places.

Heavy Metal is an amazing nail varnish. Whilst there are loads of black polishes threaded with silver shimmer, this one is more of the glass flecked varety, the kind of particles that China Glaze usually does so well. It’s not flakies but more flecks. Not glitter. From a distance this looks like a gun metal grey, but up close you can see that it is actually a black jelly base with silver flecks. Gorgeous.

This kind of polish is right up my street as it is less Emo than just plain black polish and makes me feel more grownup and glamorous. Rock connotations aside, this is a really nice product. One of my friends chose this for her manicure that I did on her recently, just because she thought it looked nice – and it really does – you don’t have to be sporting long hair and leather trousers to pull this off.

Heavy Metal is that rare beast – a one coat wonder. I did two just to make sure, but it didn’t really need it. The formula is brilliant. Just the ideal consistency. Although the bottle is massive, and kind of awkward to hold, this manicure was done from start to finish in about a minute, plus a small amount of drying time. What a dream!

The photos you see here by the way do look as though my nails have been in the wars. I stupidly took the photos of this after I did manicures for seven of my friends. Therefore the contant exposure to remover kind of took its toll. Ah well – you get the idea. Thankyou Kelly for sending this my way!                                                         Helen

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