Friday, July 16, 2010

MAC Du Jour 7.16.10

Did anyone else see this article from

"Rodarte's Mexico- Inspired MAC line sparks controversy.

Rodarte's MAC collection, which launches on September 15, is inspired by Mexico's colors and culture, and the products are named accordingly. For example, one pink blush is called Quinceañera, while a sheer white lipstick is called Ghost Town. However, the frosty pink nail polish called Juarez isn't sitting well with blogger the Frisky, who finds it "tasteless":

Why’s it tasteless? Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police.

Most of the young women are employees at the border town’s factories, called maquiladoras, and disappeared on the way to or from work. Activists have been applying constant pressure on Mexican police, who have shown little response to properly investigating the murders, allegedly because the victims are poor women. The crime channel TruTV even called Juarez a “serial killers’ playground”! And it’s not like the Juarez murders are some big secret: Jennifer Lopez even starred in a film,“Bordertown,” playing a reporter who writes about the rapes and murders.

However, plenty of blogs haven't made this same connection politicizing the nail polish, and are just plain excited about the line. We've reached out to MAC for a comment and will update when that comes through.

MAC/Rodarte Makeup Collaboration Names Nail Polish After Impoverished, Murdered Women[Frisky]"

Personally, I love the Mulleavy sisters, I love Rodarte but I do not like the naming products after human misery and suffering.

What do you guys think? Check out the collection on Temptalia here:



  1. Hi.I am mexican. And i think, maybe, the collection is named after Benito Juárez, who was one of the president in Mexico. An a very important figure in the culture and development of my country.
    It is a tragedy the HORRIBLE things that are happen in the town of Juárez,Chihuahua. But maybe this is a good thing and make controversy and put the spotlights in this situation, because i genuinely think that the Rodarte sister`s, didn´t this on purpose. I have read several interviews and they loved and aprecciate my country.
    Love your blog,and your YT channel. Keep with this fantastic work, to mixture culture, controversy and beauty.

  2. I just found out about all of this today, and I think it's great that you posted these links so that it can be brought to the attention of more girls in the beauty blogging community. The MAC for Rodarte collection looks beautiful, and if I hadn't known about the ugliness behind it I probably would have been really excited for the release of the line.

    Here is another really good blog article on the controversy:

    And this girl also spoke about it on her youtube channel:

    They are not bringing the issue to the forefront in an attempt to help the maquiladoras, but instead glamourizing it to make a profit for themselves. The fact that the products in this collection have been branded with names such as "Juarez", "Bordertown", "Factory", "Ghost Town" and "Sleepless" is not just distasteful... it's creepy and horrible! They are exploiting the misery, rape and murder of these poor women and slapping it on a cosmetics label.

    I honestly can't believe that MAC would endorse this, esp when they have been known for supporting charitable causes such as cruelty free makeup, Viva Glam, etc... I definitely will not be buying any makeup from this collection, and this whole thing has made me think very differently of MAC.


  3. I'm torn about this. Part of me feels uneasy and pretty disgusted about this kind of exploitation, but another part realizes how many eyes will be opened to the harsh realities of Juarez and the discussions it will provoke (and already has). Not sure that makes me enthusiastic about buying any of the products, though, but then again, I wouldn't *not* buy anything just because of this.

  4. There's something so eerie about this collection...although I do love Rodarte and the products look fabulous!

  5. Love Rodarte but this collection depresses me. What is going on in that town is nothing but misery. Why would they make a collection out of it?!

  6. I think they should donate all the money from the sales of Juarez to keeping the women and chidren there safe and alive...but it is tasteles naming a nailpolish after a town of misery.

  7. I had no idea about this, and would have trouble using products marketed under this controversial topic. I look forward to MAC's response...

  8. Hi Everyone, I am also Mexican, and I agree with MissCocochic. Benito Juarez is one of the most famous Mexicans who said "that peace is respecting the rights of others".
    I do not see anything offensive about the collection or the names. Furthermore, I believe most Mexicans will not find it so.
    Most of my mom's family lives in Juarez,and I know that living there is pretty scary and that what is happening is extreamly outrageous and sad, but we would not point fingers at anyone just for naming anything after a person/city.
    Regarding the name "factory", how is that offensive? the only people who would find such a name offensive are the ones who believe working there is something low. "Maquiladoras" are just something characteristic of border towns...
    Anyway... Mac responded to the uproar already:
    "“We understand that product names in the M·A·C/Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C/Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.

    Our makeup collaboration with M·A·C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M·A·C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled." (the frisky)

  9. I can't believe that MAC would do this. I made a whole video stating why I was against it.
    It would be nice if you checked it out and anyone else reading the comments.

    I will not purchase anything from MAC after this.

  10. This collection makes me sick to my stomach. I'm thankful to see that so many of us will be boycotting it. MAC has really let us down! I know this sounds quite dramatic but the company's ethos of celebrating all ages, all races, all sexes is important to me. How many of us have felt good about buying Viva Glam? But Rodarte is not Viva Glam - it's tacky and tasteless and their rush to negate the situation feels like an afterthought.

    Basically, there's nothing empowering or intelligent about this collection's approach. Pretty frosty nail polishes and promises of "PORTIONS of the proceeds" is not enough to rectify this disrespect to the thousands of women who have been killed and the thousands of women who live in fear of.

  11. This collection IS downright creepy. Actually my first glance at the scary looking photo was enough to turn me off. I didn't even know anything about this issue, but now that I do... what on earth was MAC thinking?

  12. When I first saw the product previews on temptalia's blog, I was soo excited. I thought that this collection sounded very unique, and there were going to be some beautiful new products. I'm embarrassed to say that I was not aware of the terrible things happening in Juarez, and so I was ignorant to references. The next day when I heard the whole story, I was shocked. I understand that art is inspired by both beauty and pain and tragedy, but I think this line took it too far, and was very insensitive. I am torn now because I love MAC, and this was a collection I was interested in, and even though they are donating some of the profits, I feel very uneasy about the whole thing. How do you feel about it, Dara?

  13. Makeup should not be inspired by tragic events. We have enough to worry and feel sad about that I found this unecessary!!!

  14. I really don't know what to think!! This issue is so controversial....
    I am thinking maybe it's just a way for MAC to make more noise about these Limited Editions collections, which to me are already getting too much.
    Why are they always trying to get us to believe the hype about their products? What is so special about MAC? Why is there a new Limited collection every two weeks or so that we HAVE to get?
    I'm getting a bit sick of it because I'm realizing it's not a pleasure to but at MAC anymore...

    Love ur YT channel! Thanks for bringing up the issue.

  15. I am always hit or miss with the mac collections. There always seems to be so many of them and I don't buy from all of them. This one I had no clue about the issue. I am intrigued with these colors and I would like to see them. I don't find myself insensitive just curious. There are disasters,devastations, tragedies almost daily. I am very sensitive regarding issues but it isn't my job to judge. If it upsets me bad enough I wont buy it. This will be interesting to see how it plays out...I agree with the post by Lydia. Factory doesn't remind me of anything bad. My husband works in a factory. I would relate it to hard, sweaty....Not offensive....

  16. I got an uneasy feeling about this collection the first time I read the names of certain colors. Then I started reading some articles - Jezebel did a good one on the Rodarte collection. This hurts me because I love MAC and Rodarte. I will not be supporting this collection for my own personal feelings about the situation.

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