While we never plan to fully ditch our tried-and-true makeup staples from MAC’s original lineup, the brand is now mostly known for their impressive range of designer and celebrity beauty collaborations (as well as some with the occasional fictional character). Here, we’re rounding up 8 of the most surprising and covetable MAC collections of all time as well as 1 anticipated project in the works. From a collaboration with a superhero to one inspired by a cult-classic film of the ’70s, these makeup-bag essentials look just as good in their cases as they do on your face.
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The Best Of MAC
Best Nostalgic: Wonder Woman
The MAC x Wonder Woman collection was bold and beautiful—and fit for a gorgeous superhero—with red, white, blue and gold pigments.
Best Packaging: Giambattista Valli
The MAC x Giambattista Valli collaboration made life a whole lot easier with packaging to match the color of lipstick housed inside. We're not sure why nobody thought of this before but purse digging is no longer an issue.
Best Holiday: Prabal Gurung
The ultra-luxe gilded packaging of Prabal Gurung x MAC collaboration made for a covetable holiday gift (to give or to receive).
Best Designer: Proenza Schouler
True to Proenza Schouler's design aesthetic, this ombre-packaged collaboration was a must-have for any fashion girl. The limited edition collection of gorgeous bright ombre powder palettes, vibrant nail lacquers, lipsticks and eye and lip pencils were instant collectibles.
Best Halloween: Rocky Picture Horror Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show commemorated its 40th anniversary by partnering with MAC on a unique collection of products in a moody range of rich shades that reference the outrageous and unapologetic looks of the 1975 cult-classic film's iconic characters.
Most Coveted: The Simpsons
The Simpsons x MAC collaboration featured doodles by the show's creator Matt Groening and surprisingly wearable yellow hues coveted by makeup enthusiasts and cartoon fanatics alike.
Best Celeb: Rihanna
No stranger to a good MAC collaboration (hello, Viva Glam 2014), Rihanna released her liquid metal-inspired collection in 2013.
Most Unexpected: Iris Apfel
Showing age is nothing but a number, Iris Apfel—New York socialite and style icon—celebrated her 90th birthday with an unconventional and undeniably adorable makeup and nail polish collaboration.
Most Anticipated Future Collab: Mariah Carey
Mariah herself teased a future collection with the mega makeup brand on her Instagram saying, “It’s a major lip #moment! ‘All I Want’ lipstick with @MACcosmetics is coming Dec. 2015! Plus, a full Mariah x MAC Beauty Icon collection is coming later in 2016! #MACMariahCarey”