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Curator's Corner, 9/20/2014

Now it's Marge's time to shine!

Like many longtime Simpsons fans, I was extremely pleased to see this collection from MAC.  I've been watching the Simpsons since I was 11 (even titling a previous blog post with a Simpsons quote), and while I've been disappointed in the more recent seasons, those first few were comedy gold.  MAC's collection pays homage to Marge Simpson (née Bouvier), the long-suffering and very sweet wife of lovable buffoon Homer Simpson. 

I'm amazed at the sheer volume of characters they were able to cram in on the outer packaging.  However, I don't see my favorite bit character - can anyone spot Ralph Wiggum?  He has to be on there somewhere, I just can't find him.




I picked up Pink Sprinkles blush, Nacho Cheese Explosion lip gloss (couldn't resist a shade in the signature Simpsons yellow!) and Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy lip gloss, along with Marge's Extra Ingredients eye shadow palette and the nail stickers.



While I liked the outer packaging, I was less enthralled with the plastic cases.  Something about yellow plastic read very kindergarten to me - the rounded, raised corners of the eye shadow palette in particular made it look like a pencil case my 5 year-old niece would carry.  Granted, it's difficult to execute sophisticated packaging for a cartoon-based collection, but it's not impossible (see MAC's sexed up Hello Kitty collection and these Simpsons/Mondrian-inspired wine bottles).  It might have been better to do a black background for the plastic cases.  I could be totally wrong though, as package design site The Dieline loved the concept.



I'm glad there was also an imprint of Marge's visage on the blush and eye shadows.



I can't bear to use these nail stickers but I'm certainly tempted.


(If you want to see swatches of all products and some great Simpsons quotes, check out this epic post at XO Vain.)

And now, I thought I'd share my top 5 favorite beauty and makeup moments from the Simpsons.

5.  From "The Girly Edition", season 9.  Bart has just wrapped up a super schmaltzy segment for the children's news show, Kidz Newz.

Lindsey Naegle:  "Bart, look up here.  This is where the tears would be if I could cry.  But I can't.  Botched face-lift."

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4.  From "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", season 6.  Marge tells Homer her sisters are there for dinner.

Homer:  "Marge, we had a deal.  Your sisters don't come here after six and I stop eating your lipstick."

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3.  From "Lisa the Beauty Queen", season 4. Lisa and Marge are getting makeovers at Turn Your Head and Coif, one of Springfield's leading beauty salons.

Lisa, as a stylist breaks out a blowtorch: "Isn't this dangerous?" 

Stylist, donning a welder's mask:  "Don't worry, I am well protected."

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2.  Same episode as above.  Lisa and another contestant are at a rehearsal for the Little Miss Springfield pageant, looking at previous winner Amber Dempsey.

Pageant contestant:  "She's about to bring out the big guns...eyelash implants." 

Lisa:  "I thought those were illegal." 

Pageant contestant:  "Not in Paraguay."

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1.  My all-time favorite beauty moment is, obviously, Homer's makeup gun ("The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", season 10). 

Marge:  "Homer, you've got it set on 'whore'!"

Lisa:  "Dad, women won't like being shot in the face."

Homer:  "Women will like what I tell them to like!"

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What do you think of this collection?  Are you a Simpsons fan?  Overall, I thought it was nicely done, and the colors were spot-on.

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