Ok, MAC Addicts.
It’s that time you’ve all been waiting for
The Muse’s haul is very tiny, actually, it’s bigger than I originally thought it would be!
This morning I was fairly sure I was going to end up with one palette but, of course, like the diseased cosmetic whore I am, I ended up purchasing three of the four Royal Asset Palettes.
Unless you’re as diseased as I am you only need one of the Royal Assets palettes in my opinion. This only applies if you are up to date with MAC Formal Black Holiday Collection 2006. If you didn’t partake of Holiday palettes last year this year is a good time to nab very similar palettes as 2006′s releases!
I’m not sure what I think of the actual compacts yet. I’m sorta of loving them and I’m sorta hating them. They are very nicely made. Very classy, worldly, chic but they may have a little bit of an underlay of cheap. I’m not sure what exactly it is that’s turning me off but I feel a little cheap going on here. So, right now I’m in a love/hate relationship with the actual style.
Contents are typical MAC eyeshadows that are very, very similar to Formal Black!
The Muse took the guess work out of this for you and compared the palettes side by side. The only palette I totally skipped out on was the Smokey Eye because it wasn’t even close to last year’s in beauty! It was actually quite blah! The colors seemed all matte to me and not as beautiful as last year’s smokey palette! The good news is that I highly recommend nabbing the Royal Assets Metallic Eyes palette as that appears to be a bit similar to last year’s smokey palette!
Let’s review. I ended up getting the Cool, Warm, and Metallic Eye palettes.
Few differences in last year’s palettes and this years! Here we are comparing the warm palette from this year (on the left) to the warm palette from last year (on the right).
Royal Assets Warm Eyes Palette vs. Formal Black Eyes Warm Palette
I don’t have the names of last year’s shadows sadly. It’s not listed on the box or the insert and the Muse is a bit too lazy to look it up on the internet So I’ll give you a run down of the names of this year’s shadows and compare them to last years!
Royal Assets Warm Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Sunday Best (this is replacing a lighter gold color. It’s nude with a bit of a frosty shimmer to it)
Star Voilet (this is replacing a copper color. It’s not nearly as nice as last year’s color. It’s a matte light brown)
Club (this is replacing a beige gold color, last year was a nice color but this year the color is even better! It’s a nice shimmering gold)
Showstopper (This is a bluish brown color and replacing a caca green/brown color from last year! I’m not sure I like this color! Prefer last years!)
Nobility (This is matte dark brown color! Very blah! Last year was a lighter chocolate matte brown! Neither is pretty in my opinion)
I’m comparing Formal Black’s Smokey Palette to this year’s Metallic Palette because 1. I didn’t get this year’s smokey palette as it was too blah for me to bother! And 2. These are a bit similar in color!
Formal Black Eyes Smokey Palette vs. Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette
The Metallic palette is definately a keeper! The colors are very workable and in my opinion it’s the best palette in the lot of the four that were released! It quite reminds me of last year’s outstanding smokey eye palette! Again, I don’t have last year’s color names as they aren’t listed so I am going to do a quick rundown comparison.
Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Honey Lust (This is nothing like the nude color that’s included with the Formal Black Smokey Eye Palette! It’s a gorgeous shimmering gold!)
Silver Fog (Silver Fog is a silver white shimmering shadow that’s very similar to what was included in last year’s palette! Last year it was a bit of a darker silver shimmer.)
Stately Black (This is a light copper shimmer that’s slightly similar to the brown shimmer we got but not quite the same!)
Velvet Lady (Nothing like the smokey eye palette this is a beautiful dark blue with silver shimmer!)
Creme Royal (Again nothing like last year’s color! This is chocolate brown with an almost iridescent green too it)
Manor (Black Tied was included with the Smokey Eye Palette and this is quite similar but has much less silver than Black Tied and is much more subdued!)
I made a mistake and had to edit this! Sorry Thanks to the reader that pointed out my error! This is a comparison between Intense Eyes from Formal Black and the Cool Eyes from Royal Assets! Cool eyes last year is a bit similar to the Royal Assets version however I find that Intense Eyes from Formal Black was more on the same base as this year’s Cool palette!
Formal Black Eyes Intense Eyes Palette vs. Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette
Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Shadowy (This is a very light pale pink! Last year we had no light pink color like this.)
Silverwear (This is a frosty matte silver! Again, nothing like this!)
Modern Heir (Light Fuschia pink. Last year we had a similar pink but a bit more dark.)
Queen’s Jewel (This is a light off purple color. Last year we had a true purple color in the cool palette)
Medellin (Very similar but minus the frost. This is a matte dark chocolate color)
Trophy (An iridescent bluish color, nothing like last year’s palette)
Formal Black’s Intense Eye palette had much more POP! to it! This year the colors are nice but not nearly as beautiful as the previous palette which had a beautiful aqua, green, purple, etc….This year many of the shadows are a matte frost texture and not nearly as shimmery.
MAC Royal Assets Palettes
Metallic Eyes, Cool Eyes, and Warm Eyes
Overall, it’s a nice collection but nothing you have to have unless you’re a serious MAC addict! I do suggest grabbing the Metallic Eye Palette as it is quite gorgeous! The rest I advise leaving and saving your money!
The lip palettes are nice as well but they weren’t so appealing I had to have them so I skipped! Brush sets are very pretty as well but nothing I don’t already have.
A good collection for new MAC users or people that skipped out on the Formal Black collection.
Count the Muse as being a bit sad and depressed that the collection didn’t completely knock her socks off!
Oh well we have the Stylists collection to look forward to right?
The Muse loves you.
Since she loves you so much she decided that it would be a very good idea to haul out all of last year’s MAC Formal Black and do the comparison work for you!
Go on tell me how great I am, don’t be modest!
Here’s the lowdown my pretties. If you skipped out on MAC Formal Black last year or you’re a new MAC addict, this year’s holiday collection is all about you however, if you’re an avid collector, your color stories are up to date, and you’re just a general makeup whore (like the Muse) that would mean this collection is somewhat of a snore.
Currently my wish list is leaning towards the eye palettes and everything else seems like I can do without it!
Without further babble from me here’s the scoop on MAC’s Holiday Collection this year!
The best place to start is the palettes last year we had 4 palettes just like this year. Those consisted of Smokey Eyes, Intense Eyes, Warm Eyes, and Cool Eyes. This year Metallic Eyes has replaced Intense Eyes.
MAC Formal Black Cool Eyes Palette
Click here to view the Antiquitease Cool Eyes Palette
Overall, the palette appears very similar to last year’s Formal Black Cool Eyes Palette aside from a few colors that look different! I still have to see this year’s palette to in person to decide but this sadly might turn into a non buy for me!
MAC Formal Black Smokey Eye Palette
This almost appears identical to MAC’s Antiquitease Smokey Eye palette! Click here to see the palette and compare for yourself!
MAC Formal Black Intense Eyes Palette
I loved this palette last year and I love it to this day and it appears this wasn’t duplicated in anyway this year but it’s been replaced with the Metallic Eye Palette which I am definately adding to my list to get as I’ve seen photos of it and it’s very nice! Again, I have to see it in person myself but I’d say the Metallic Eye Palette is one to nab for sure! See it here.
MAC Formal Black Warm Eyes Palette
This year’s warm eyes palette appears a bit different but some colors seem similar so I’ll have to see at my counter tomorrow how much unlike they are!
The eye palettes are always on my list because it’s a nice bit of product for the price at $36 USD plus this year’s design is simply stunning however if the colors are the same I can count them off my list! Looking forward to seeing these in person tomorrow!
I didn’t purchase any holiday lip palettes last year and I rarely do because they are just too messy for me however I did purchase the Viva Glam lip palette simply to donate my money to a good cause. Last year we were gifted with six shades in a palette and I believe the price was $48 USD (don’t quote me on that). This year they are offering two palettes at $22.50 USD each with three shades per palette. That price is for the Viva Glam lip palettes not the regular holiday palettes.
If I recall correctly the lip palettes were the same price last year as the eyeshadow palettes where this year it’s less product for a bit more considering if you purchase two that would be $45 USD for six shades in two palettes when last year it was $36 USD for six shades in one palette. If I’m wrong do comment! I’m pretty sure that was the cost per palette last year!
MAC Formal Black Viva Glam Palette
I never touched my palette from last year! *blush*
I’ve broken down the Curiousitease sets for you so you can see what you’re getting, color wise, in each set. These are a complete waste of cash for me since I have all the colors and if you’re an avid pigment user, a collector, or just a general makeup junkie chances are you have all the colors already as well! However, if you’re new to MAC or just missed out on certain items this is a great time to nab a deal! $29.50 USD gets you 5 vials of pigment and if you’re familiar with pigment you know these will last AGES and AGES so a little goes a long way! A nice little bang for your buck!
The Cool Set of Curiousitease Pigments includes:
Reflects Blue Glitter
I just realized how splendidly all these colors go together when I set them out next to each other so thanks MAC!
The Muse does not own Forest Green (I thought I did but I guess I don’t! Unless it’s playing Hide and Seek with me at the moment).
Naval Blue, Softwash Grey, Helium, Reflects Blue Glitter
MAC is offering a warm collection of pigments as well which is also $29.50 USD and includes five pigment vials.
The Warm Set of Curiousitease Pigments includes:
Reflects Gold Glitter
Again, thanks MAC! These go pretty well together I never realized how nicely Dazzleray and Lilywhite look together !
Lilywhite, Dazzleray, Sunpepper, Copper Sparkle, Reflects Gold Glitter
This year, in keeping with the theme of mini eye pencils (see my Urban Decay Mini 24/7 Eyeliner blog entry), MAC bundled together 5 mini softsparkle pencils. Again, such a great deal, $29.50 USD for all 5 pencils. I have all the softsparkle pencils but if I didn’t this would most definately be on my wish list! If you have none of these eyeliner pencils I highly recommend nabbing this smart collection!
The Curiousitease Softsparkle Eyeliner Set Includes:
Peacocky, Reflecto, Nightsky, Iris Accents, Goldenair
MAC Formal Black Lipgloss Dress Sets
The above picture is the lipglosses that were included with the Dress Sets last year. This year the colors are far different from what I’ve seen in photos. Keep in mind the glosses included with these set are mini versions so don’t expect to get 5 full size glosses
Brush sets are another snore for me as I have a majority of the brushes! If you happen to have all these brushes too and are loving the case they come in, like the Muse, I highly recommend skipping on purchasing just because you’re convincing yourself you could use the brushes (but really you’re just wanting the bag).
The good news for weird, diseased people like ourselves is we can safely skip buying the brush bags and go ahead and score JUST the bag on E-bay!
Now if you happen to not have many good brushes in your collection this is a good chance to nab some great brushes at a super great price! If you break down the cost per a brush set it comes to about $9.60 per a brush! That’s a steep savings on brushes! Brush Sets are $48 usd per set and the special edition Heirloom collection is $45.
The Muse has broken down each set so you can see what you’ll be getting should you purchase the sets!
Face Brush Set
The face brush set includes (as pictured from left to right) 194 (useless brush in my opinion), 190, 168, and 187. This set is a bit tricky because it includes the 194 which in my humblest opinion is garbage and useless. So that means you’ll be taking 3 brushes and dividing by the $48 price tag which comes out to $16 per a brush! Purchase the lot separately in full size and it’ll run you a nice hefty $200 or so!
It’s worth mentioning that I hear high debates about the quality of the brushes in these sets. I’ve heard they aren’t as good as the larger size, they shed, and so on and so fourth. I personally own larger and smaller sizes of MAC brushes and I’ve never experienced any problems with the smaller sizes! I even LIKE the smaller sizes better! Easy storage, portable, clean up as good as the large size, and take less space in my makeup bag! So if you’re wondering if the mini sizes are any better or worst than the full size I would say it’s about the same quality as the larger size brushes. MAC makes some outstanding brushes whether they be mini or large size!
Basic Brush Set
The basic brush set includes (as pictured from top to bottom) the 266, 219, 229, 129, and (not pictured) 316.
Eye Brush Set
The eye brush set includes (pictured from left to right) the 252, 212, 275, 217, and 209.
If you’re in high debate what would be the best brush set to lay your money on I’d say it would be the eye set or the face brush set!
As for the Heirloom Brush Set that appears to have the same brushes as the basic brush set but in special clothing so if you’re yearning the basic brush set why not get the Heirloom Set and save yourself $3!
Heirloom Brush Set $45 USD
That’s all for my comparisons to this year’s collection and last year’s
I hope it’s helped you decide what will be a hit for you and what will be a miss!
The only thing I didn’t cover were Antiquitease Finery which are the lipstick sets. I did purchase lipsticks from last year but can’t recall the colors so I am unable to do the comparisons for you! I will say Coral Lips and Tan Lips look very similar to colors I got last year!
Happy Shopping tomorrow and don’t forget to comment and let the Muse know what you got! She’s all ears!
MAC Holiday is live and up on the website! It’s not yet available for purchase just yet but you can start viewing what’s up, prices, and of course start making your wish list!
Tomorrow it’ll be on sale at counters and I’d say either later today or tomorrow it’ll be ready for purchase on the website!
Keep in mind that tomorrow’s releases do not include Finery (the lip bag sets) or Curiousitease (mini pigments, glosses, etc…). Curiousitease and Finery will be available for purchase via the website but not at your counter until November 15th and the 21st! However, you may be luck because as I recall my counter had gotten in some of the dress sets from Formal Black’s release sort of early!
What I’m wanting (depending how they look in person) are the eye palettes for sure, coral lip bag, and tan lip bag.
I know my list is small but of course when I’m faced with all of it I might very well change my mind!
The lip palettes I may nab one…probably a Viva Glam palette.
Aside from that the rest I can safely skip! All the vials of pigment are tempting but I have the full sizes and don’t need any of these, the liners I have as well, and the glosses I’ll have to see maybe one will tempt me!
As tempting as it all is I do find some of it disappointing. The fact that the eye palettes look identical to last year’s colors has me worried but you can never really go by the MAC website for color swatches so I’d rather get to my counter and view it for myself.
If you happened to miss last year’s Formal Black release and some other color stories this is a good time to get what you may have missed out on!
Some items that are popping up in these kits were LE from past collections and wonderful if you haven’t yet gotten your hands on them!
I see Helium pigment, Softwash Grey pigment, etc….
Now is also a good time to grab the softsparkle eyeliner pencils! The first time I got these was with the Sweetie Cake collection and I loved them! Now is a good time to get A mini lot of them for $29.50! Can’t go wrong there!
Overall it’s a beautiful collection and if you’re new to MAC this is such a great place to start! If you’re an older collector it can be a bit of a disappointment as many items are repromoted from past collections and colors are similar.
The Muse will keep you posted when she gets her goodies on Thursday!
What are you getting?
I thought I’d clarify a bit on the Hit and Misses in the MAC Antiquitease Color Story!
I think this helps if you’re ordering online or you’re on a budget and just want to keep things to a minimal in what you purchase!
I’ve broken all of it down into what was released and what I’d buy and what I’d skip! Of course this varies from person to person since your skin type or coloring may flatter colors better than my own Plus you just might see something that’s really appealing to you and you want it! So this guide is just what I personally think would be a Hit and a Miss in the color story and may or may not be helpful when making your selections and choices!
I love all of it but I think breaking it down to a HIT and MISS makes life easier for sure Plus if you do have the cash to throw down I’d totally grab a majority of it!
Comment and let me know what you think is a HIT or a MISS! Curious minds.
Also, a most wonderful reader and friend, Betsy, provided the Muse with a delightful little code for MAC online which is GLOSS. This code gets you free shipping all year long! Thanks to Betsy for that! The Muse hearts you!
Saving your pennies? See this list:
Gilty Kiss MISS
Her Fancy MISS
Queen’s Sin HIT
Budding Lust MISS
Red Romp HIT
Earthly Riches MISS
Family Silver HIT
Mi’ Lady HIT
Gold Stroke MISS
Your Ladyship HIT
Sweet Sienna MISS
Splurging on yourself? See this list:
Gilty Kiss MISS
Her Fancy MISS
Queen’s Sin HIT
Budding Lust MISS
Red Romp HIT
Earthly Riches MISS
Family Silver HIT
Mi’ Lady HIT
Gold Stroke HIT
Your Ladyship HIT
Sweet Sienna HIT
MAC Antiquitease Color popped up in stores today and of course the Muse walked as fast as her little legs could carry her to get her haul of Antiquitease goodies!
The entire collection is quite lovely with very few misses and quite a few hits!
I ended up purchasing the lot of mineralized shadows duos, one lipglass, one lipstick, all the pigments, the new fluidline, and a plushlash!
The shadows are stunning and these are as great as the Flashtronic shadows (sorry I had a brain fart while filming the video and I had said the last shadow collection with mineralized shadows was Rushmetal! Apologies I had meant Flashtronic!).
Almost all of the shadows have a gorgeous bold silver veining that runs through the shadow and have quite a dose of shimmer. I’ve already applied some on my eye and that silver veining contains quite a healthy pop once your brush connects with it! Gorgeous!
Mi’ Lady appears to be my favorite of the bunch so far because of it’s ultra bold red and purple coloring. Yum! I’m eager to create a look with this! Don’t let the red fool you though as the color actually shows almost orange on the the eye! It’s very interesting color!
Family Silver is going to a be nice base shadow or highlighter for me as the colors are lighter in this shadow as compared to the others in this collection.
Mineralized Eyeshadow in Family Silver
Silversmith and Engaging are both beautiful colors as well. Silversmith is a wonderful duo of silver and gold while Engaging has a very pretty peachy pink color and a bronze.
Mineralized Eyeshadow in Silversmith
Mineralized Eyeshadow in Engaging
The only duo that has me wondering whether I am loving it or not is Earthly Riches. It’s a bit of a darker duo and I’m unsure how it’ll look but I grabbed it anyway at the risk of it selling out before I can make my mind up (I can always swap it off later if I hate it!).
Mineralized Eyeshadow in Earthly Riches
The star of the lipglasses and the lipsticks were the too outrageously bold red colors offered which were Red Romp and Queen’s Sin. I’m not one for red lipstick but Queen’s Sin was calling my name when I laid eyes on it! It’s quite a nice shade of red and perfect for the Holiday Season! Royal Romp is going to look amazing over it! I was in high debate whether to grab the Royal Romp Lipglass because it reminded me so much of Boundless In3D lipgloss but turns out that Royal Romp is a more subdued maroon when compared to the brighter, truer red of Boundless!
Royal Romp Lipglass and Queen’s Sin Lipstick
Royal Romp and Boundless (You can see the difference between the two)
The pigments are all quite nice and I’m loving Your Ladyship best as it reminds me of a beefed up Provence with tons more shimmer.
Gold Stroke is a nice brown with bits of gold swirled in. The website says it’s bits of red but I’m seeing gold. Sweet Sienna is a grey color with silver shimmer and again I have to disagree with the website as it says it’s a brown color with grey pearl but I don’t see any brown in it!
Your Ladyship, Gold Stroke, and Sweet Sienna
Finally I grabbed Uppity Fluidline which is gold in color. This will make a great base color and is perfect for the holidays and will look great combined with some of my other gold collections!
Overall, I’d say the collection is utterly wearable and very pretty! I’m loving all of it! I did skip on many of the lipglasses and lipsticks because they were just too nude in color for me so those in my opinion aren’t worth the purchase however everything else is a go and the Muse says get to your counter and grab some of this before it’s gone!
The holiday collections are full on and more collections will be popping up very soon! To keep you nice and organized here’s what you can expect from MAC in the next few weeks:
Antiquitease: Heirloom October 25th
Heirlooms Brush Box
Curiousitease November 15th
Various small pigment vial sets, lipglasses, eyeliners, etc…all in mini form.
Antiquitease Finery Novemver 21st
Kits that include lipglass, two lipsticks, and a pouch
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