M.A.C. has canceled their upcoming Rodarte color collection due to the swirl of controversy around it. The collection was a spin off of Rodarte’s fashion collection that was inspired by sleepwalking and the troubled Mexican bordertown Juárez.  Perhaps, the designers thought they would have no problem translating this theme to a line of cosmetics, but they were greeted by fierce backlash. Calling the line “tasteless” for using  Juárez as a key source of inspiration (and a name for one of the nail polishes), The Frisky blasted the line by saying:

“Juárez 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 Juárez 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.”

This sparked a HUGE debate about the Rodarte line, causing M.A.C. to announce it would donate proceeds to a Juárez charity and alter the names of the Rodarte products.  Apparently, that didn’t go over well either, because M.A.C. just announced that the line was being scrapped all together  “out of respect for the people of Mexico.” The brand still has plans to donate the projected profits to organizations that support the women of Juárez. 

Below I have included the images and original names & descriptions of the Rodarte + M.A.C. collection:
Lipstick $14
  • Ghost Town sheer white with white, gold and green pearlized pigment (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Rose State mid-tone blue pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Sleepless light grey taupe (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lipglass $18
  • Rodarte pale creamy pink with layers of sparkling white, mint, and pink (Limited Edition)
  • del Norte light creamy violet with layers of sheer sparkling taupe, pink and grey (Limited Edition)
Lip Erase $16
  • Pale flesh tone NC 27 Shade (Matte) (PRO)
Mineralize Eyeshadow $19.50
  • Bordertown black with red, pale blue, and silver veining (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sleepwalker beige with copper, pale blue and pale pink veining (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Pigment $19.50
  • White Gold white pearl with gold duochrome (PRO)
  • Kitschmas shimmering pink/mauve (Permanent)
  • Mauvement cool taupe with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Rushmetal, Overrich)
  • Badlands mid-tone shimmer beige brown (Limited Edition)
Chromographic Pencil $14.50
  • NW25/NC30 Flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade (Matte) (PRO)
Beauty Powder $25
  • Softly Drifting pale neutral white-ish pink with soft gold pearl (Limited Edition)
Blush $18.50
  • Quinceanera shimmery mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
Nail Lacquer $12
  • Juárez bright opal pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Factory light opal mint (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Personally, I think M.A.C. made the right decision here.  A) the collection is not that strong B) the best products in the collection are permanent or available at the Pro store.  The layered lipglass is the only thing that really even caught my interest as far as the proposed limited edition items went, and I’d rather use lip gloss with a clear conscious. 
I mean, even Style.com’s description of Rodarte’s fall aesthetic  gives me the creeps: “The show ended with a quartet of ethereal, unraveling, rather beautiful white dresses that alternately called to mind quinceañera parties, corpse brides, and, if you wanted to look at it through a really dark prism, the ghosts of the victims of Juárez’s drug wars.”   That is pretty effed up, I’ll save my corpse bride look for Halloween, thank you very much.

I’m curious what you guys think.  Is M.A.C. correct in their decision, or do you think the whole thing is blown out of proportion? Let me know below…

4 Comments on M.A.C. Rodarte Collection is Off

  1. haircutting in high heels
    August 19, 2010 at 3:18 am (7 years ago)

    Tragic, first and foremost these horrible crimes and then the cancelled collection. Unfortunately sometimes human nature believes if we don’t talk about it it’s not happening.
    Thank you for the share,

  2. Jeni
    August 19, 2010 at 6:29 am (7 years ago)

    I’m VERY glad they cancelled it. It would be great to shed some light on the situation in Juarez and the devastation that the globalization has caused there, but at the same time MAC would be trivializing and earning profits from a horrible situation. I would not be able to purchase any of these products with a clear conscience.

    Thanks for talking about this on your blog and making more people aware of this.

    And, I really wasn’t impressed with any of these colors in the line, anyways. I prefer their classics and staple items.

  3. Sarah
    October 7, 2010 at 2:29 am (7 years ago)

    wow this shocks me as well I think MAC is too strong a company to really worry about it but it wasn’t very strong I do agree