First Impressions

MAC Beauty Powder Blushes First Impressions

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I was lucky enough to get a few of the MAC Beauty Powders today! I’m pretty excited as they are bloody good! I got four of the eight and I’m currently wanting the rest!

They are terribly good and I must say I’m impressed with these for shizzle! I highly suggest motoring to your nearest counter or freestanding store to have a lookee!

I’m slightly puzzled over the “Beauty Powder” terminology and I’m thinking that’s just a fancy word for blush because these are sincerely pigmented, silky, smooth, and as easily blendable as a blush so where the term “beauty powder” comes into play I’m clueless about. As I had mentioned in a previous post most of my beauty powders from MAC are either filled with shimmer or are sort of a matte highlight powder or touch up powder where as these are full blown blushes in my humblest opinion! I guess this is MAC’s solution of combing two great products, blush and beauty powder, and coming up with one awesome product! On a side note these are pretty damn pigmented and pack a bunch so you might want to be very light with your hand during application!

MAC Beauty Powders from Past Collections
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From Left to Right Barbie Loves MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom, MAC Fafi Beauty Powder in Belightful, MAC Novel Twist Beauty Powder in Sun Twist

Old Beauty Powder vs New Beauty Powder Blushes
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These are smaller then standard powders I have or have come across. They are the size of a regular MAC blush and carry the same price tag of $17.50 USD. The product is extremely pigmented with a tiny sheen of pearl that really lights up my face! Within the colors released there are at least two or three you’ll want to take home for your very own or you might be diseased as I am and want to collect them all!

The colors I ended up with were Joyous, Sweetness, Serenely, and True Romantic. Joyous and Sweetness are probably my fav of the four. Joyous is a candy peach color where as Sweetness is a bright bubblegum pink. Serenely is a deep desert, dusky coral with bits of brown and rose and True Romantic is Dusty Pink.

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From left to right: Joyous, True Romantic, Serenely, and Sweetness
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Two brushes were released as well with the collection one of which I’m currently loving. The 169 is LE and quite a gorgeous little brush to use with these powders. 169 is pretty similar to the standard catalog 168. The differences I noticed between the two were that the 168 is a fuller brush where as the 169 seemed less so. I already own a few of the 168’s from various brush sets I’ve purchased so I’m quite pleased to now have the full size 169 in my beauty arsenal. This particular style brush is excellent for blush application, under eye powder application, touch ups, and setting powder on. I’m particularly loving the way this dusts the beauty powders on and gives me a natural flush to my cheeks! Very nice brush and worth taking a look at if you’re in store!

From top to bottom: MAC 169 and MAC 168SE
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All in all the collection is quite nice and I’m impressed! I’ll be doing some FOTD pictures with the blushes on shortly so stay tuned!

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Pop Lid Neon: The Sequel

Pop’s new palette got a little love from me earlier today when I posted about it! Click here to see my original post.

Soon after my post the need for this little palette grew and I found myself skipping my way (not literally but isn’t it damn hysterical to picture the Muse skipping?) to Sephora a little while ago to pick it up!

It’s been a very long, busy week at work with many late nights so I deserved a little pick me up treat! The palette is all I wanted it to be and I’m hopeful I can get some decent looks out of it!

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It’s pretty tiny for $22 USD and it’s not super duper pigmented so you’ll have to build up color a bit but I think it’s fair enough to say that it’s a pretty sweet little array of ultra cool shadows! I love that I can have six luscious neon shades in one place! These totally work together for some vibrant, loud looks! The inside cover suggests a few ideas for using the palette which is a nice little touch!

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Seriously for $22 bucks it’s well worth it in my opinion! If you want to re-live the 80’s or you’re just looking for something fresh and fun for the Summer this be the palette for you!

The Muse thinks she may approve it but she has to give it a test run tomorrow! Stay tuned for an FOTD!

Some swatches as requested by a reader:
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Sorry but my cam kinda takes crummy swatch photos! These are actually way more vibrant then they look on the back of my arm!

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Albion Eprise 2008 Spring Collection First Impressions, Reviews, and Other Bits and Bobs!

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I got something kinda sorta interesting to show you guys today and I have to post this super quickly I’m extremely busy at work today! If I owe you an e-mail or a reply to a comment I promise I’ll get to it soonish! I’m just a bit backed up due to work, life, the universe, and everything!

Albion Eprise has released it’s Spring Collection and one item that particularly caught my eye was the Water Face Color. Before I introduce you to the Water Face Color allow me to babble a bit about the new Collection.

I personally left behind a majority of the Spring Collection but it did have some very interesting pieces! The Collection consists of some very pretty items and unlike most of the releases this Season I’ve noticed that this particular Collection consists of some very fresh and interesting colors. Albion Eprise is obviously making it’s own kind of music with their Collection!

I feel a real sense of Spring with these colors and I was tempted to purchase a majority of this collection for that reason but I was good and only indulged in two pieces. Basically they went with really bold lips and really soft eyes which I totally love!

The lippies are almost all very bright reds and pinks while the eye colors are very soft blues, greens, and purples.

The release consists of a beautiful array of lipsticks, three new colors in the Creamy Eye Color, three new nail varnish colors, lipliners, and the Water Face Color Blush which ended up in my cart!

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As I said I skipped all of these delightful goodies and went for just the Water Face Color Blush. They blush was released in five colors and I ended up with two. All in all I thought it was rather the best of the lot of items! They have some really cute cartoon promo images using the cosmetics and this in itself almost convinced me to buy the entire lot of items used on each face but I was good!

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Ok enough babbling on to the review!

As I was saying I ended up with the Water Face Color and these are so, so, so interesting! The blushes come in a heavy glass bottle that’s quite cute. These are truly interesting as they aren’t quite a stain but they almost give you the same effect as one. On top of each bottle is a stopper which you place your finger over and proceed to tilt the bottle upside down to distribute a bit of the color on the tip of your finger for application! Not alot of product comes out of the bottle using this method which is good because you can slowly build the color up on your cheeks or use a lighter hand for a more natural, fresh look!

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The texture is a silky cool liquid that’s quite pigmented and beautiful. I found I got a beautiful flush of color to my cheeks when using this. This doesn’t dry as a powder nor does it really give you the benefits of a stain. It’s like nothing I’ve really tried on the market before and reminds me a little bit of Hard Candy’s Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush but not quite as the texture is more water based where as the Sweet Cheeks is more thick. The blush is very lightweight and has excellent staying power. I imagine this is going to work excellent in humid weather!

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If you’re seeking a very light, refreshing blush this might very well be something you’d be interested in purchasing! The colors are natural and beautiful and the formula is light and refreshing! I find it especially flawless on my combination skin (which is more dry right now in the cold weather)!

Overall, I’m very impressed with these! The entire Spring Collection from Albion Eprise appears very wearable and beautiful and I feel the need to go back for a second helping of this fabulous line up!

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KATE Spring Collection 2008: Review and First Impressions

I’m really lagging behind with this review! I meant to do it last week but Fafi took up residence on my blog and I was obsessing over it so this particular collection got shoved behind!

The good news is I’m here this morning to review it for you, babble a bit, and give you my 1st impressions of the KATE Spring Collection for 2008!

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My original impression of the new KATE line was a bit of a snore. I was on a bit of a Spicy overload as I have practically every single palette in the Spicy line so new ones did kinda make me take pause and wonder did I need these? I guess it got the better of me and I did end up indulging in some of the new line up!

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One item that particularly caught my eye was the newest color in the Glamtrick palettes. In keeping with the current flair of green that’s splashed all over the place KATE released a greenish Glamtrick palette that I am absolutely in love with at the moment! This palette contains an assortment of shimmering shades to make up that perfect green eye look and if you’re so inclined you might want to dab a bit of purple in somewhere to create the coveted green and purple look that’s so popular at the moment! The palette contains 4 shadows total and one liner color. The colors are a range of greens, silvers, and white while the liner is a deep dark forest green. The entire affair is pure perfection in my eyes and I’ve been eager to try this out since getting it!

Glamtrick in GN-1
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Speaking of palettes the newest ones to grace KATE’s line are the Line Spicy N Collection. Nothing to new about these aside from colors. The line consists of two shadows and two liners that you can interchange to create some very simple yet bold looks! I got two color selections from the give offered.

You don’t absolutely have to run out and get these. They are very nice color combos but aren’t something you have to have if you currently have a large wish list I’d say push these to the bottom! I ended up purchasing them because in all honesty they are cheap as stale chips so I firgured I might as well! But if you’re unable to get them at retail I suggest picking up the newest Glamtrick instead!

The two color selections I purchased were GD-1 and PK-1. PK-1 contains a shimmering pink eyeshadow and a beige shadow with complimenting liners of white and beige while GD-1 contains shimmering shadows in gold and brown and liners in blue and white.

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KATE also introduced a square cut eye liner which I am in love with. This is a very chunky square cut liner that contours perfectly to the lash line. I love it simply because it creates a rather gorgeous smoked out eye without the need for smudging it yourself. The liner is quite thick so you can create a large outlandish line or you can rub it along your lash line for a very smokey look! This is most definately worth picking up and is truly a gem of a liner! Ideally you can create a thin line with it if you desire but it’ll take a bit of work however using it as a tool for creating a thick line or just for smudging some liner on is absolutely perfect! I adore that this eliminates one step in creating a smoked out liner look! When “smoking” my liner I normally line and then proceed to smudge with a q-tip, brush, or finger however with this liner I can smudge as I walk it across my lashline! Sheer perfection! Good job with this KATE!

I ended up purchasing the newest KATE Gel Mascara as well which I’ve already reviewed in a prior post! Click here for details!

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Last but not least are the newest colors in the Powder Gel Liner! I already have a majority of the gel liners and these new colors particularly caught my eye. Both are metallic, shimmering shades of gold and silver and simply gorgeous! I’ve already used the gold in a few of my past FOTD’s from last week and the week before! I’m super chuffed with these. The liner formula is absolutely dreamy and a bit different from past KATE gel liners. It’s almost like applying a thin layer of powdered shimmer onto my lashline! So pretty and unique! For my Maquillage lovers you’ll be happy to know that they did similar color releases with their Spring line up! I was debating on the KATE and the Maquillage ones for a while and just ended up with KATE because it was cheaper plus I’ve tried them before and was happy with the results!

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Overall, the collection has some really great items in it! I highly suggest nabbing the new square cut liner, the gel liners, and the new Glamtrick palette!

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FAFI for MAC First Impressions, Reviews, And General Babble

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Ok. I came, I saw, and I conquered Fafi today. I picked up my bits just a little while ago from Nordies and it’s a nice haul of MAC that has some ups and downs which I’ll of course share you with you fine folk!

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So if you live under a rock or you just haven’t heard MAC’s latest collection is designed by French artist Fafi!

The collection consists of an array of vibrant, bold shades that’ll sure to please the make up adventurer. It’s generally a super collection because some of the colors are truly outstanding however as with all MAC collections you’ll run into one or two items that seem to be a complete rerun!

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I’ve been collecting MAC for about…mmmm maybe a year and a half? Maybe more but I’m not entirely sure to be honest. Some of you have fell off the MAC bandwagon a long, long, long time ago but I’m still riding my MAC high and for some reason I haven’t quite come down from my trip as of yet. I’m hoping I’ll come down soon because boy I’ll be richer that’s for sure but the fact is I love MAC. It’s high quality with a low price tag. Sincerely who doesn’t like that cocktail? I’m far from a diehard considering I cheat with so many other brands but I still do have a special place in my heart for MAC. Those of you who long fell off the train or just never boarded it I definately give props too because I sincerely find it difficult to just say no to MAC!

Fafi has a good few flaws so I’d best lay them out before getting to the good stuff! The biggest flaw, biggest BOO!, and biggest rant goes to the fact that the cute Fafinettes displayed on the packaging are labels and by the very way not only are they sticky labels but they are peeling off right out of the bloody box! I’m looking through BRAND NEW, IN THE BOX lippies that I purchased and I’m noticing tears on the label already! What the hell MAC?

I’m wondering was this to save money or just pure dumb laziness! I read about this before and was a tad worried but convinced myself it’d be fine. Wrong. Not only does this make the compacts, quads, and lipstick tubes look cheap but also totally ruins my day that they are peeling freaking off right in front of my eyes.

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Fact is you aren’t going to be towing any of it around ladies. Granted these are items we’ll probably keep the boxes for and place them in the beauty vault but some people do like to tote these things around for the cute factor and honestly it’s now pretty bloody impractical since you have to worry about the labels peeling off if they rub against other bits in your makeup case.

I’m puzzling and wondering what the hell MAC was thinking!?

MAC redeems itself by actually printing the emblem on the beauty powders but the quads, lipglasses, and lipsticks are all stickers!

Another rant from your Muse. I’m simply hating the fact that they have decided it was ok to do the same exact image on ever Beauty Powder, lipstick tube, etc…..So we got three incredible beauty powders couldn’t they do a different image on each powder? A little rotation couldn’t hurt anyone could it? I’m now the proud owner of four of the six lipsticks released with again, the same image. Rotate? Variety? Please? It would have been super cute to have at least two images on the lipsticks and maybe three separate images on the Beauty Powders! The quads I guess I could forgive. Minor rant but seriously hello? It’s variety calling.

The streets of New York are lined with slushy snow and little droplets of icy rain are pelting away since this afternoon thus the Muse wasn’t too inspired to head to her freestanding store so she got lazy and went to Nordies for her lot of goods which means she missed out on the tote bag and dolls! But hey I guess it’s good as it’s money saved? Or maybe not as I’m sure I’ll be tempted to head in and grab them shortly. Either way I did luck out because my gorgeous MA had waited for me as her shift ends at 6and I was running late at work so she waited PLUS treated me to dinner after I shopped Fafi! I felt special!

I’m possibly through with my ranting as of now so I guess I can settle in on the raving!

The lippies is the collection are solid gold for me. Really bright, bold shades that I wouldn’t normally pick up but I was feeling daring so they most definately ended up in my bag! I got 4 of the 6 released.

I got Utterly Frivolous which is a pretty matte coral with a bit of pink to it. I also got Strawbaby which is my favorite of the lot! It’s a pretty deep rose, gorgeous in my book. Flash-n-Dash also ended up in my bag. This is pretty bold and falls into the neon pinky orange category, it’s very un-Musey but I couldn’t resist! Fun n’ Sexy passed under my radar as well and it is absolutely shockingly pink with a fuschia edge if ever I did see one!

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Utterly Frivolously , Strawbaby, Fun n’ Sexy, and Flash-n-Dash
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Lipglasses I only got two and I left the other two. Squeeze It quite reminded me of the color Happening Gal that was released with the Barbie Loves MAC Collection so I safely skipped it. I did end up with Totally It and Cult Fave. Totally It is a bit similar to Malibu Barbie but it’s a bit more vibrant and will go well with the Fun n’ Sexy lippie! Cult Fave is a rather natural shimmering pink shade.

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Totally It and Cult Fave
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Both blushes TOTALLY ended up in my cart. Real winners in my opinion! Fashion Frenzy is a blushing pink while Hipness is a kicking peach!

Hipness and Fashion Frenzy
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Beauty Powders that were released with this collection are definately worth your cash! I got all three as they are most definately too difficult to pass up! Sassed-Up is a peach with gold sparkles while Verve-Acious is a beautiful beige with gold sparkle. Now the problem is I got all three of the powders but my MA stuck two of Sassed-Up in my bag! Duh! I have to go back for Belightful! I’ll be sure to post pics when I have it!

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Sassed Up
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Last but never least our quads. From what I understand only two of the colors in both quads are repromotes but don’t quote me. I loved the colors and even though I have similar shades you know I can’t say no! Fafi 2 is my favorite and very Spring! The palette is perfect aside from one shade which is Prankster. Prankster is navy blue and just not as beautiful nor as complimenting as the other shades in the palette. Gold, Coral, and Light Green all shimmer and wink at me in this quad! Love, Love, Love it! Definitely worth picking up! Fafi 1 has some very nice colors as well but another weird bluish black awaits us in the quad. Mmm oh well! Pink, Cream, and Beige are colors found in Fafi 1.

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Fafi 1
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Fafi 2
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I picked up the small makeup case and the LE bag with brush as well which are both very cute!

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Overall, it’s a nice collection as I said with some minor flaws.

Items that are definately worth picking up:

Beauty Powders
Fafi 2
Blushes
Strawbaby Lipstick

Paint Pots didn’t call to me. I find them difficult to work with so I skipped all of them! Everything else is repromoted such as mascara and such! Nail Varnish…well…we all know the drama of my nails so a skip for me.

I can’t stick a Muse Approved sticker on this. It’s VERY nice but it just can’t get the Muse’s approval with the shabby design! It really disappointed me in that aspect and it’s a bit unforgivable! I expect more from MAC! Let’s hope the same mistakes aren’t made with Heatherette! If so, we’ll all have to go on strike from MAC!

So how about you my pretties?

What did you get?

What did you love?

Hate?

Just not a MAC girl?

Tell me allllllllllll about it! Or send me your haul pics and reviews at musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com

I’d love to see and post ‘em for others to see if you’re so inclined to share icon wink

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