Here’s a new obsession:
Meet MAC Beauty Powder in Soft Flame and I’m here to say it’s gorgeous! I have two Beauty Powders already in Micro Pink and Natural Flare but I must say that Soft Flame blows both out of the water!
If you missed out on MAC’s Flashtronic Collection there happened to be a gorgeous little Mineralized Skinfinish in that color story that was entitled Northern Light and Soft Flame quite reminds me of it!
If you haven’t partaken of the Of Beauty Collection I’d say definately at the very least pick up Soft Flame.
Soft Flame is vibrant enough to use as a blush which can’t be said of the other colors in these powders. It’s a shimmering reddish copper with touches of gold that are beautiful on the skin. This can be used under your blush or over it but I prefer just using it on it’s own for a really perfect shimmer of color!
If you’re a medium to dark skintone this will really light your skin up! I’d say avoid it if your skin is a bit lighter as you may get a bit of a muddy look with it.
I’ve already done a review on MAC’s Beauty Powder so I’m not actually reviewing the powder here just the color so if you’d like the read a review about the powders click here.
I’m absolutely loving Soft Flame and I can’t believe I almost missed out on ordering this but when I fell in love with the 183 I ended up seeing this and promptly falling in love!
Get this before it’s gone it’s definately a keeper!
As I was saying in an earlier post the evil lure of the MAC counter got to me and I made a quick pit stop while at Macy’s to browse around and see what was about.
Even though I’m a self proclaimed hater of cream eyeshadows the Metal X collection most definately caught my eye!
You may remember that I compared many of the glitter liners in this collection to past collections. You can click here for the original post about that. I’m here to say that the glitter liners are not at all awe aspiring and if you have liners from past collections you’re covered. If you’ve never purchased glitter liners from MAC your Muse mostly definately gives them a big “go buy” of approval however if you have them from other color stories these are reruns or at least I felt they were! Again, click here for the comparisons!
Now the shadows are most definately gorgeous. I was in lust with all of them! I swatched every one on my hand and was absolutely giddy with excitement at the gorgeous colors!
However, I didn’t buy nary a one.
I’ve heard absolute poor reviews about the shadows and how crummy the staying power is and I must say that I could be agreement without even testing these on my eyes. The shadows are super emollient so all the tales of slipping, sliding, and smudging off the eyes may very well be true with a shadow that’s so oily in texture.
The formula is quite interesting on these and I can see where all the woe stems from as obviously the problem is the texture.
Do I still want them? Hell yes! The colors are too pretty not to want them even for a cream hater like myself.
However, I may just stick to swapping for one before splurging hard on the entire lot. These need to be further tested on my eye area before I can make any rash decisions about them but from what I have seen so far the texture definately screams drama!
Tell me what your thoughts are!
I’m sure you have noticed that as of late I haven’t been my normal MAC self. I’m normally one for running to the counter to pick up the latest collection (in it’s entirety like the crazy cosmetic demon I am) as soon as it hits the shelf!
However, the last few collections, as tempting as they are, have not made their way into my cart. I promised myself that I’d not buy anything from the last few collections while I was busy with Christmas shopping for others. This normally doesn’t prevent me from throwing caution to the wind and just buying it anyway but I’ll be honest MAC has overwhelmed me lately. Collection upon collection upon collection is difficult to keep up with (and expensive as bloody hell)!
Up to now I haven’t purchased The Stylistics, Metal X, and Finery Collections. It’s not for not wanting them because I honestly want something from each of them however I really can’t justify the cost during the Holidays at the moment so I skipped (this isn’t to say after the Holidays I won’t be nabbing some goodies)!
Anyway…I did indeed throw caution to the wind this weekend and casually strolled around the MAC counter at Macy’s on 34th. You see I had convinced myself that the crowds were so very big that I’d never find anyone to actually help me so I could look but no way was I waiting for a MA to help me and on top of that, wait on the huge line that was reaching all the way across the floor to the Clinique counter. Sadly, my plan didn’t work as well as I wanted and one of my regular MAC MA’s was there to “save the day” and help me make two purchases, one of which I’ll be discussing with you in this post.
A few months ago (I think it’s months. It feels like months!) I had purchased two Beauty Powders from MAC Pro in Manhattan and had them ship them over (I was feeling particularly lazy and decided I didn’t want to walk over and do the purchasing myself! It also saved me from purchasing all six colors as I wasn’t there to actually try them!). You can click here to read my review on the powders I did get.
Anyway, soon after MAC counters got the Beauty Powders and I soon forgot about the collection and was not tempted at all to purchase the other powders in the color story and other items were higher up on my wish list.
On display with the Beauty Powders was the 183 and I fell deeply and completely in lust with this fantastic little brush (I also feel deeply in lust with another Beauty Powder in this collection which I’ll tell you about in another post). When I seen the brush it didn’t look too familiar and it turns out that’s because it’s only available with this collection and will be gone shortly so I highly suggest and recommend nabbing this $40 brush! I actually didn’t know this at the time and was furiously googling the MAC website on my blackberry trying to find out (as most times when you ask an MA they aren’t always 100% positive).
This brush totally makes buffing the beauty powders into your skin a snap! If you’re a mineral foundation user this will be a dream for application. I’ve been using this since I got it on Saturday for my Beauty Powders, for setting powder application on my face, for general blush application, and just for smoothing on whisper set powder under my eyes and it works an absolute treat!
183 is my absolute newest love! The bristles are soft on this with no shedding at all (did you expect anything less from a MAC brush?). The handle is small enough to grasp between your fingers for a nice hold while buffing and it’s just a perfect wonderful brush overall!
I wouldn’t call this a kabuki but maybe more of a glorified version of one. The bristles are more flat and not rounded as compared to a kabuki so it’s quite different!
This is really a keeper for me and well worth it’s $40 price tag!
Grab one before it disappears!
The Muse highly recommends the 183!
If you happen to live in New York head on up to Woodbury Commons for some killer MAC at the Cosmetic Company!
They had all of the following goodies:
MAC Pigments $13.75
Novel Twist $23.75
Warm and Cool Eye Palettes
Pearlizers Sets with Mini Kabuki (Not sure on the price!)
Lipglass Trios $29.75
Barbie Loves MAC
Various Eyeshadows $10 (I seen some C-Shock, Moon Bathe, and more!)
The Lancome Outlet had some great bits and bobs as well!
Juicy Gelee’s $5
Shu Eyeshadows $10
Shu Blushes $15.75
YSL also had all the latest Holiday Collection (not discounted of course but they did have it! Good to know if it sells out here!)
Talk about late right? But I guess what they say is true better late then never!
I’m sorry for my rather delayed McQueen impression but other items took president and I never got around to reviewing McQueen!
But have no fear! I’m here now!
So…..McQueen………….sadly I have to say it’s nothing to get too excited about!
Aside from New Vegas a majority of the collection didn’t excite me! The glosses and lipsticks were a big no for me as most of the colors are nude and I just can’t pull off the mod look of nude lipstick! Sorry MAC!
The paint pots are virtually the same colors as the shadows so I skipped those as well sadly! I’m not a big fan of the paint pots anywhere so passing these by wasn’t too big a chore!
The eyeliners were gorgeous but I have just a bit too many liners at the moment so again I passed on those!
So what did I get?
I got the eyeshadows but I’m not particularly wow’ed by them! The colors are brilliant and quite gorgeous but they are very matte and I’m not a huge fan of matte! I did purchase these because I had in mind that the shadows would make a good base for a pigment color so that’s one use for them! Can you skip these? Yes I believe you can. A majority of the collection is still in stores (New Vegas is sold out at most counters and freestanding stores) so you can definately wander over and decide if these are for you but personally aside from the great packaging (which sells these) the shadows aren’t something you absolutely need unless you’re a big lover of mattes or a big collector of MAC.
New Vegas is most definately the gem in this collection as I had previously discussed! Now you’re going to get a few people and MA’s telling you that New Vegas is similar to all sorts of MSF. Shimpagne, Global Glow, Etc… But that’s just no the case at all. New Vegas is an utterly and completely unique color for me. It’s a very light gold and quite beautiful. How it’ll look on my skin remains to be determined as I haven’t yet tried it but it’s quite a gorgeous shimmering gold affair that I’m loving. Out of all the golds that have been released this is probably the truest light golden color of them all. Most are bronze or tannish with hints of gold but this is a true gold color that I’m just loving so if you can still locate one do drop it in your cart for a purchase!
Overall, as I said, the collection isn’t all that fantastic! I personally did without a majority of it (a first for me as I’m MAC mad).
Did you get any of the collection?