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MAC Holiday 2009 Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

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Golly it’s August and we are already into Holiday 2009. Of course, most important of all, MAC Holiday 2009 debuts soon and Magic, Mirth, and Mischief is a foot…all those things yes but that also happens to be the name of the collection.

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Let’s not forget this is the full face color story and not the palettes so don’t get disappointed too quickly as I was. One thing I adore about this collection’s primary image is the fact that it is indeed very festive and holiday-like however I’ll proceed to moan about more…mineralized eye shadows? Can you say over done? But as I mentioned I won’t whine over much as the fact of the matter is that we still have the palette and gift set selection to look forward to and I’m positive those will be special. Worst than mineralized eye shadows would be the fact that many of these items are repromotes.

Here’s what we have to look forward to from MAC Holiday 2009 Magic, Mirth, and Mischief (callin’ Harry Potter!):

MAC Holiday 2009 Lipstick

  • Pervette (soft bright pink with violet opalescent shimmer)
  • Utter Fun (fuchsia cherry pink)
  • Surprise Me (mid-tone peach)
  • Total Wow! (blue pink berry)

MAC Holiday 2009 Dazzleglass

  • She-Zam Sheer (silver with silver and red pearl)
  • Jingle Jangle (sheer yellow peach)
  • Phiff! (yellow pink with red and sapphire pearl

MAC Holiday 2009 Cremesheen Glass

  • Ever So Rich (sheer lilac)
  • Partial to Pink (light creamy yellow pink w/light gold pearl)
  • Boy Bait (light neutral beige with pearl)

Softsparkle Eye Pencil

  • Iris Accents (pale violet with silver pearl)
  • Nightsky (true black with silver pearl)

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MAC Holiday 2009 Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo
  • Devil-May (light violet)
  • Crescent (silver)
  • Under Your Spell Base (light yellow peach pink)
  • Crescent: (rich copper)
  • Mayhem Base (dirty brown gold)
  • Crescent (silver)
  • Midnight Madness Base (dirty grey brown)
  • Crescent (gold)
  • Itís A Miracle Base (deep blue burgundy)
  • Crescent (gold)
  • Blue Sorcery Base (bright turquoise)
  • Crescent (silver)

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Mineralize Blush
  • Su perdu pernatural (mid-tone coral)
  • Conjure Up Dirty (mid-tone plum)

MAC Holiday 2009 Nail Lacquer

  • $$$ Yes Metallic (silver foil)
  • Lucky Number (metallic blue pink)

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Overall, I admit I’m not that excited about this line up but I’ll hold off my final judgment until I see it all in person, after all, MAC has a way of catching up with us when we actually have a swatch and a play.

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MAC Holiday 2009 MAC Magic, Mirth & Mischief

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Leave it to Spectra to have the details on MAC Holiday 2009 already! MAC Magic, Mirth, and Mischief sounds like a yummy line up of some incredible holiday goodies from MAC as always. See below for release info!

Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Colour Story
Releasing October

  • Mineralized Eyeshadow Duos x 6
  • Softsparkle Eye Pencils x 2
  • Lipsticks x 4
  • Dazzleglasses x 3
  • Cremesheen Glass x 3
  • Mineralised Blush x 2
  • Nail Lacquer x 2

Magic, Mirth,& Mischief Holiday Sets
Releasing November

  • Lip Sets x 2 (Warm, Cool)
  • Eye Palettes x 4 (Warm, Starlet, Smokey, Resort)
  • Brush Sets (Brush line up has changed according to Spectra)
  • Viva Glam Set
  • Face Kit (Fleur, Bronze)
  • Eye bag
  • Lip and Lustreglass Sets (Coral, Pink, Neutral)
  • Pigment Sets (Warm, Cool)
  • Softsparkle Eye Pencil Set
  • Love’s Devine Lash Kit Includes: #7 Lash, Pentultimate Liner, Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter, Promo-sized Zoomlash

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Beauty Battle: MAC 224 Versus MAC 217

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Gather round kids time to battle some brushes! I get alot of questions about which is the best blending brush for creating good eye looks. When I first started out with MAC I was recommended two brushes from a Specktra member that changed my life (and I’m sure yours if you own them). The 217 and 224 are recommended far and wide by MAC lovers everywhere as the perfect brush for blending color to a fine finish. They are two of my very favorite brushes and I probably wouldn’t want to face the makeup world without either.

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Placing them in the ring together to battle it out isn’t such a fine idea as they are both very good brushes and should both be in your arsenal but who follows rules anyway! Might as well stir thing up.

Our beauty battle will begin after the jump as I pit the MAC 224 up against the MAC 217. Who’ll be the victor? You’ll see have to read to find out more!

As I mentioned above both the MAC 224 and the MAC 217 are incredible blending brushes but of course one has to be the winner in this battle. Which will it be?

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In this corner we have the MAC 224 which is a fluffy shadow brush specifically designed to blend out shadow color particularly in the crease. I wouldn’t recommend it for applying color directly to the lid but it’s a treat for blending shadow out especially if your contrasting shadow within the crease or towards the V of the eye. I reach for it often when blending and find it does a very good job of gently blending color together without creating a muddy mess. It’s $28.50 price tag is well worth it however the MAC 217 has a bit of an advantage with a cheaper price tag.

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The MAC 217 is smaller compared to the 224 with fluffy bristles that are just a bit more denser. It works incredibly well at blending within the crease or all over the eye. It’s small size makes it a shoe in for fitting over the eye socket for a seamless blend. At $22.50 it’s $5.50 less than $28.50. With it’s cheaper price tag and ability to blend colors evenly while fitting nicely into the curve of the eye this could prove to be a major kick in the 224’s face.

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Picking between two incredible brushes like these is a difficult task but I award the final knockdown to the MAC 217. It’s smaller size fits my crease quite well and allows me to blend easily without creating fall out which I find happens with the 224. It fits neatly all over my eye particularly my crease. It blends shadow like a dream and allows me to press as lightly or as hard as I like without having to worry about screwing up the entire eye look I am trying to accomplish. For the most part I think it’s advantage is the smaller length of the bristles when compared to the longer ones of the 224. For controlled application and blending the 217 wins this beauty battle hands down!

What do you think?

Does the MAC 217 or the MAC 224 win your beauty battle?

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MAC Colour Craft: MAC Mineralized Baked Eye Shadow Quad Review and Swatches

It’s a MAC kinda day isn’t it? I thought I’d babble briefly about the MAC Mineralized Baked Eye Shadows released with the Colour Craft Collection.


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I thought the release of MAC Colour Craft Face was incredible. The blushes, the MSF, the brushes, all really great products. However, I was disappointed with the mineralized shadows which failed to impress me. Each shadow is split into four separate colors which could be exciting for some but just had me dreading the terrible mess it would be later on in life. Some of the color selections of the shadows were very nice two in particular I’m swatching today are gorgeous however the quads did fail to impress me because it seemed like alot of color in one tiny pan.

I wouldn’t necessarily mind all that color however since it has no separator, no divider of any kind it does become a bit of a hot mess when working with each individual shade. Already after a single eye look my pan is looking like all the colors have blended into each other, yak mess! Although I love the idea, in action it fails to work and the shadow just becomes a mess of muddy colors since they are all running together unless you’re extra careful when swiping with your brush.

The two shades, the two best shades in my opinion, that I’m showing you today are Natural Flare and Assemblage. Natural Flare is made up of many Summer-ready shades particularly the fiery orange which reminds me of MAC Firepit. The shades range from orange to golden beige, brown, and copper bronze. Truly the combination of the four shades is stunning. Assemblage is made up of some interesting shades that quite remind me of a Seasonal Winter look. Shades of black, shimmering gold and white, and a deep pewter gray will make a very pretty smoky eye.


I adore the idea of these shadows but I do think they are a tad on the messy side. Singles, sure. Duos, yes. A quad in one small pan? Not a good idea.

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Sneak Peek: MAC Baby Bloom MAC Suntints Review and Swatches

By now the Muse considers herself an experienced MAC collector but I admit it never fails to amaze me when MAC throws something completely new at me. Do you think a bunch of the MAC creative team sits down in a mafia style meeting and brain storms about what the MAC junkies of the world need next? Do you think that one day they might run out of ideas? Today is not that day though but it is a day I’ll show you a little sneaky peek at the MAC Baby Bloom Collection and a few swatches of the new MAC Suntints Liquid Lip Balm releasing with the collection!


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Don’t be mad at me but I think it’s quite pointless to have SPF in my lip balm…..but maybe that’s me. No matter, I’m still in love with MAC Suntints which contain an SPF 20. MAC Suntints are a liquid lip balm which mimics that of a lipglass but in a squeeze tube packaging with a slightly milky, creamy formula. The tints are super sheer and have no color payoff however they are a pure joy for topping lipstick or stains with plus if you’re partial to SPF in your gloss these work a treat. The texture is perhaps a tad bit thiner than your average lipglass but not by much. If you’re not a fan of applying your lipglass with a sponge tip applicator these are rather great as they come in a squeeze tube which allows you to spread a generous layer onto lips.


I’ve been testing two today and both are very subtle and sheer but rather great regardless since they give lips plenty of shine plus wear long. The two colors I have are Lilt of Lily (Creamy Pale Pink) and Moist Plum (Light Lilac). These could prove disappointing for some if you expect a pigmented gloss but if you adore lipglass and always fancied it in a squeeze tube you’ll adore these. I can’t speak for the other shades but I look forward to seeing if the others are a bit more pigmented than these two.


Also releasing with the MAC Baby Bloom Collection is a Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 in five shades, excited to try this myself!

Overall, MAC Baby Bloom is one of those itty bitty collections that makes MAC junkies everywhere step back and grin.

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