I faced the demons, the mad rush, and the evil Christmas shoppers and even Joe Torre (Seriously. He was sitting on one of the benches by the water fountain in the mall! To be honest I’d never have known it was him if my friend hadn’t said “HOLY SH*T It’s JOE TORRE!” Hey, a man’s gotta shop right? Even if he’s a New York Yankee!) to head to the MAC counter and explore the wonders and delights that is The Originals Collection.
And I’m here to say…………………..
It’s just as boring as I originally blogged about. Click here to read my first impression of this collection.
I went, I saw, and I conquered.
The good news is I did get some of The Originals Collection because my darling, sweet, lovely, gorgeous MA gifted me with her “gratis” bag of The Originals. I didn’t purchase a single item while I was there but she just handed me her entire bag. I was gobsmacked at her generosity. To be utterly honest I went to the counter for two reasons: 1. To purchase Parrot and 2. To give my MA some truffles I had purchased for her for Christmas.
I ended up not buying anything as she came tearing out as soon as she seen me with the bag full of The Originals.
The really good news is I did fall in love with two of the items in the bag which was the Antique Gold and Blackened Red glitters! The rest was not so great (I feel so incredibly guilty for saying that as I’m eternally grateful for what a sweetie she is to me all the time).
Beautiful! My favorite in the lot! Blackened Red and Antique Gold Glitters
Here’s the items that she gifted to me:
I’m not sure how I’m going to make some of this work because some the colors are just not me. To be honest a majority of The Originals Collection just wasn’t Muse friendly! But I am very happy to have some of it to play with!
In the bag was Parrot which I’m properly chuffed to have a 3rd pot of because as I explained 2 pots of Parrot weren’t enough to get me through my lifetime!
Here’s the rundown:
Parrot-Gorgeous! Need I say more?
Charred-Quite a nice color for a smokey eye! I can definately make use of this guy!
Daisychain-Kinda blah. I actually though this would be much better in person but sadly it’s just a really meh shade of pale yellow! Good for a highbrow highlighter I guess!
Clue-I don’t even have a name for this! It’s sorta a brownish gray! Not so fab at all! This will be difficult to work with!
Full on Lust-Not so great. It’s a rather boring matte muddy rose color!
Chinz on Chinz-A soft chocolate color that I’m liking! I could make this work I think!
Nouveau Fro-A really awful beige mod color! I’m going to need to do some serious thinking on how to fit this into a look!
Antique Gold Beautiful! Wouldn’t have purchased myself but happy to have this!
Blackened Red Lovely! Was definately on my “maybe” list and I’m happy to have a jar!
Overall, this is kinda fun as there aren’t many colors in the bag I’d have chosen for myself so now I’ll have a fun challenge trying to fit these into looks for myself!
The Originals Collection isn’t exactly what I hoped for but since I got some of it free I can’t complain too much
A big thanks to my MA for spoiling me something awful!
I’ve been reading so much about the Originals Collection that I’m an absolute walking encyclopedia about it by now! I know the colors, I know what collections they had previously been in, I’ve seen swatches, etc…etc…etc….
This has popped up on everyone (and their mum’s) blog this week! It’s MAC excitement and cosmetic whores (excuse you but I proudly call myself Cosmetic Whore thanks very much!) and junkies far and wide are absolutely rolling around breathlessly in joy that Parrot is back!
How long has it been since Parrot’s been gone? 2-3 years or more? You can read my Ode to Parrot by clicking over here.
Now I’m not immune to the lure of Parrot by any means and I love her just as much as you or anyone else does but I have two pots that are carefully stashed away and guarded by rabid pitbulls in my beauty vault already so I’m thinking to myself do I really need another pot of Parrot and I’m listening to the voices in my head that are screaming HELL YES (I’ve been told it’s ok if the voices speak in my head it’s just if I answer them that I have to worry!).
So…I guess that means I’ll be skipping my way over to the MAC counter to purchase another pot because obviously two pots aren’t enough and god knows I’ll live to be at least 70 or more hopefully and I KNOW I’ll want a vibrant shade of aqua blue in my train case when I’m 60 and freaking hip beyond any means! And two pots won’t get me through this lifetime never mind the next one so best get a 3rd pot as a backup JUST IN CASE. Plus who the bloody hell knows it might just turn into a solid gold piece later on in life when I need to sell it to fund my future child’s college tuition.
It’s not exactly smart to face the Holiday crowds just to nab a pot of Parrot even though we know it’s well worth it. I’m strapping on my bullet proof vest to make my way into Nordie’s to fight my way to the MAC counter and glance at the array of the Originals Collection!
This color story has me saying….
I’m a little bit shocked that nothing aside from Parrot is crying at me to buy it!
I’m somewhat disappointed in everything.
Someone slap me it can’t be that I’m not fawning over MAC what’s wrong with me? Where’s my MAC spirit?! I’m MAC’s biggest cheerleader what’s going on!?
I guess some of the colors are just boring for me. I like more bold shadows and these aren’t doing so much for me! Plus the piggies I already have and the reflects glitter aren’t something I am entirely keen on.
You’ve read it everywhere by now but here’s the low down on what’s out this week:
- Ochre Style
- A Little Folie
- Golden olive
- Steel blue
- Blackened Red
- Very Pink
- Transparent Teal
- Antique Gold
- Sandy B.
- Rozz Revival
- Chintz on Hintz
- Russian Red
- Twig Twig
- Back to Del Rio
- Utter Pervette
- Full on Lust
- Real Desire
- Nico Now
Let’s pick this apart a little and see what the Muse is contemplating.
I’m sad that the eyeshadows aren’t all that and a bag of chips. They brought these back because everyone really, really, really, wanted them right? Normally the first thing that catches my eye when a new color story is released would be the shadows but aside from Parrot nothing is yelling at me! Maybe Daisychain?
Ok glosses. I see two that look interesting here those would be Avarice and Real Desire.
Lipsticks I really have to see in person to decide.
Pigments have ‘em all already. Glitters mmm maybe yes maybe no.
Eyeliner and Mascara? Skip.
Wow I’m saving money left and right here kids!
Maybe when I see this in person I’ll have a hard time saying no to it all but at the moment it’s not what I expected at all! I expected more wow!
Money saved for another day and another MAC Collection!
Want any of it?
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!