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The M.A.C. Diwali Light Festival Collection Is Absolutely Beautiful

In the wake of the highly anticipated Selena line, which paid homage to the late Latina sensation, the new M.A.C. Diwali Light Festival Collection, inspired by the global holiday (colloquially known as the Festival of Lights), marks another step in the brand’s long-standing journey toward diverse and meaningful launches and collaborations.

This year, the festival of Diwali, a major holiday in India, starts October 30, marking the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Families gather to watch fireworks, eat, and decorate their homes with candles and lamps. The M.A.C. Diwali Light Festival Collection stands as a colorful nod to the joyful occasion.

The The M.A.C. Diwali Light Festival Collection includes the Fluidline Pen in Retro Black, a satiny brush-on version of our favorite,

. For a softer and deeper look, there’s the Modern Twist Kajal Liner in Squid, a blendable kohl liner in a handy twist-up pen. The hero of the collection, in our humble opinion, is the Light Festival palette, which is stocked with nine enviable shades—a peach-brown shimmer, an intense gold, and a red plum are a few standouts. The collection also includes two soft and maneuverable brushes: 217, a larger blending one, and 239, a firm shading one for eyes. Prices range from $17 to $32.

The M.A.C. Diwali Light Festival Collection joins other successful campaigns from the brand that honor diversity in all forms. In 1984, the brand released

, and all proceeds went to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. Stars like Lady Gaga, Boy George, and Rihanna have since fronted the line. After a misstep in 2010, when the Juarez nail polish, part of a collab with Rodarte, was discontinued after critics found the name insensitive and disrespectful, the brand returned with the Wonder Woman collection in 2011 honoring the intrepid female superhero. Earlier this year, the sales of Finally Free, a creamy rose lipstick created in collaboration with Caitlyn Jenner, went solely to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative. In a time when potentially inappropriate cultural references are rampant, the M.A.C. Diwali Light Festival Collection stands as a respectful—and beautiful—tribute.

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