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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.

Great.

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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Verve-Acious
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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 [email protected]

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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Fafi for MAC is Live!

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Fafi for MAC is Live on the website (CLICK!)! Thanks to a Watercolour Sky for this info! I know we already discussed it but since it’s Live I thought we can dive into it again!

You can’t purchase as of yet but I’m sure within a few days you’ll be able to click yourself to cosmetic bliss!

The collection is highly anticipated by MAC lovers far and wide!

Official dates for the US Counters is February 13th and I believe that’s also for UK and Asia as well but do correct me if I’m wrong!

Of course, as always, the swatches on the site suck but I know I’m wanting a majority of the collection!

The break down of the Muse’s lemmings:

Lipsticks
Flash-N-Dash
Utterly Frivolous
Strawbaby
High Top

Lipglass
Totally It
Squeeze It

Eyeshadow Quads
Fafi Eyes 1
Fafi Eyes 2

Blush
Hipness
Fashion Frenzy

Pressed Powder
Sassed-Up
Verve-Acious
Belightful

Items I’m debating on:
Fafi Dolls
Makeup Bag and Brush Set
Makeup Bags
Fafi Tote

Wow, I’m officially broke and I haven’t been to the counter as of yet!

How about you!?

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Fafi and Heatherette

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Coming soon to a credit card near you:

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Can anyone say broke?

If that isn’t enough to make your credit card smoke how about:

Ok. I’m off to see how many more organs I can sell off to afford all this stuff (I’m running out I can tell you that much!)! Nothing this addicting should be legal….sigh………..!

How about you?

What are you REALLY wanting from these two color stories? How much are you thinking of spending?

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MAC Color Story: Sculpt and Shape

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I’m positive all my MAC junkies already know but here’s the newsflash anyway. MAC’s newest color story, Sculpt and Shape, is available online and in stores this week.

I personally don’t contour my face so this collection is somewhat useless to me sadly. I actually really should because my face is round and a little contouring and sculpting could make me appear a bit longer in face but ado I don’t partake.

However, these new sculpting powders do intrigue me and the fact that Stila and a few other companies have released similar powders this year really has me wanting to possibly buy a compact.

I know I probably won’t because the fact of the matter is I’m packing so much (primer, rice powder, foundation, concealer, whisper setting powder, my secret whitening agent that I’d have to kill you if I told you what it is! Etc…Etc…) rubbish on my face as is I really don’t need sculpting powder added to that lot! It always fascinates me how much I end up with on my face in one sitting but thankfully it appears quite flawless and not caked on! Phew!

But that doesn’t make me any less curious what I’d look like if I contoured my face a bit!

Anyway….

MAC’s duos are pretty cheap so if you’re wanting (or already do) contour your face you must be happy about this!

I know of at least one person that’s excited to see these powders available and she’s already purchased one already! Visit with Vanessa at Nessasary Makeup by clicking here to view her tutorial on sculpting and contouring! Vanessa is a big believer in contouring her face and she does a fab job of it! It’s quite well done and may make you want to dive in and purchase some of these powders!

Do you contour your face?

Tell the Muse!

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MAC The Originals Con Gratis

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.

So…

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.

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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
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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:

Eyeshadows
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!

Lipglass
Full on Lust-Not so great. It’s a rather boring matte muddy rose color!

Lipstick
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!

Glitters
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 icon wink

A big thanks to my MA for spoiling me something awful!

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