So Kero, Jeannie and I went to the launch party, and it was insane. The line to get in - with a reservation - snaked outside the store into Valley Fair mall to the mall entrance and out the door a couple hundred more feet. We were early - our appointment time wasn't 'til eight - and we had to wait for an hour just to enter the store, which was crammed with hundreds of people. It was nearly impossible to get close enough to the make-up samples to see them, let alone test them. I was able to try out the three Maleficent-inspired nail polishes, and one of her eyeshadow palettes, but that was it. Kero, being the smallest of us, managed to wiggle closer to the displays and tried some of the other products, but Jeannie and I were towed away on a surging sea of makeup-obsessed women and gay men. (Seriously, it was the most drag queens I've seen outside San Francisco's Castro Street.)
The line to pay for the cosmetics was just as long as the line to get in the store, so we waited, waited, and waited some more. After a while, it just sucks. Part of you wants to say, "F*ck it, I have better things to do!" and leave, because it's just make-up for crying out loud, but another voice, a louder voice, reminds you that you've invested this much time in it, so you need to see it through to the bitter end. So you shift your weight from one foot to the other and people watch and wonder why the heck those girls aren't FREEZING in those tiny skirts and six inch heels? MAC employees try to make things a little nicer by passing around drinks and little snacks, but who wants to eat the weird-looking lump that you're told is pomegranate-and-eggplant something? They also had little chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon frosting, which were better.
At the start of the 'party' we were given a form to order with, so that they could pull our items while we waited in line. Smart idea. By the time we made it to the front of the line to pay for our goods, they were starting to sell out of the most popular items so the one nail polish I really wanted was out-of-stock, no rainchecks. Bummer. All I bought was a purply-green nail polish and one dual-eyeshadow compact. Not sure they were worth the time spent obtaining them, but at least Maleficent's face is on the compact.
Can't say I'd ever doing it again, though! Well, maybe for Ursula...
Photo of MAC's display window courtesy of kerotab 's iPhone.