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MAC Stylistics

Picture+022MAC’s newest color story, Stylistics, is releasing November 29th. Stylistics is similar to last year’s Couture collection in quality, design, and price.

My Stylistics Invitation
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The collection is a much more posh and upscale collection in comparison to what MAC normally releases and consists of several gorgeous compacts, lipshades, brushes, and quite a few other goodies!

I have to say that this collection is a bit more appealing to me than last year’s Couture collection in design. Couture was elegant and classy but Stylistics’s compact design is quite beautiful to my eye. You can see some of my Couture collection by clicking here.

The good news is it’s pretty affordable however the bad news is that this isn’t something you can tote around in your purse for touch ups. It’s a “made for vanity” in my opinion and that’s awesome for display purposes but pretty impractical for tucking into your purse. However, if you’re super careful I’m sure you’ll do just fine in carrying it along with you on special nights! Won’t you be the envy of every lady in the powder room when you’re touching up with a gorgeous pearl encrusted compact!

Yum!

Personally I think the prices are outstandingly good for high quality makeup plus the glam of a gorgeous design on the packaging!

I got my invitation to reserve the collection today and I’ll share the link with you! Click here to reserve any or all of this beautiful collection!

The collection consists of the following:

Lipsticks $22USD Each

  • In Vogue
  • Soft Pout
  • Stylistic
  • The Scene

Lipglass $20USD Each

  • Conversational
  • Witty
  • Tastemaker
  • Hyper Chic

Sheersparkle Pressed Powder Compacts $22USD Each

  • Solitaire
  • Warm Ice
  • Pave
  • Fashionette

Sheer Mystery Powder $45USD Each (Comes with Refill)

  • Model Chic
  • Lighthearted
  • Dark Secret

Air of Style Perfume $60USD
Stylistic Clutch $75USD
129 Special Edition Powder Brush $42USD
224 Special Edition Eyeshadow Brush $32USD
316 Special Edition Lip Brush $22USD

For me a majority of the collection is appealing but some of the prices on the brushes, clutch, and perfume are a bit much!

However, the cosmetic side has some pretty nice prices and not bad overall! I’m happy to see the Sheer Mystery Powder is back as I didn’t get last year’s version during Couture’s run! I’m also highly interested in the Sparkle Powders and I’m hoping they aren’t cream like last year’s highlighters!

All in all I’d say there are some definite hits for me in this collection!

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MAC Color Story: Of Beauty

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Of Beauty, MAC’s latest Color Story, is up and available for your purchasing pleasure.

Loose Beauty Powder

  • Dancing Light
  • Drizzlegold
  • Natural Flare
  • Sunspill
  • Tenderdusk
  • Soft Flame

Studio Lights

  • Frangipani
  • Skin Lure
  • Ideal Pink
  • Sand
  • Smoothspice

Brushes

  • #183 Flat Buffer Brush
  • #188 Small Duo Fiber
  • #222 Tapered Blending Brush

You can see my review of the Beauty Powders by clicking here.

The Muse definately wants to pick up a few more Beauty Powders and possibly the flat buffer brush!

What do you want?

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MAC Pro Blushes

Ah do insert a happy sigh right here my pretties!

Your Muse has just popped back from the MAC Pro shop and she got two fabulous blushes that she’s in lust with at the moment!

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Around July or maybe June MAC Pro had introduced a few blushes and eyeshadows (Visit with Christine and you can see swatches of all the shadows and blushes that were released!) that were exclusive to Pro shops only. It’s been a while since I dragged myself into a MAC Pro store so I decided to hop in today as I needed a bit of cheering up!

My little eyes did indeed spy two gorgeous shades of blush that were introduced in the line I was just talking about above and those are Full Fuchsia and Salsarose.

I’m positive if I showed these two colors to a professional makeup artist they’d yell and scream at me for purchasing such loud, bright, vibrant colors for my complexion but bloody hell I’m so used to breaking every cosmetic law in the book that I firgure I might as well go on and not stop now!

Both colors are utterly illegal and it’s possible I could be arrested for purchasing these vibrant shades but like I said I’m just not caring! I love these!

Full Fuchsia is just what you’d expect from a fuchsia colored blush! Holy cow it might very well glow in the dark if I switch the lights off my dears! It’s quite full on! When I wear it I look like I’m stepped in from a really cold winter’s night and I just adore that look as it makes me appear younger than I am hehe…!

Full Fuchsia
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The shade is truly fabulous and I’m absolutely ecstatic to use it with some vibrant shade of fushica eyeshadow (Hey why stop at blush! I want the ENTIRE look!).

I’m not entirely sure how many people (or myself for that matter) can pull this color off but I’m positive you’ll (and I) will have tons of fun trying to find just the right look using it!

Now Salsarose is much more subdued than Full Fuchsia (not by much). Salsarose is a coral red color that again gives me the just out of the cold (or pinched) look! It’s just as vibrant and gorgeous as Full Fuchsia and I’m really looking forward to using it in a full makeup look!

Salsarose
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Overall, I’m so saddened I hadn’t picked these up when they were originally released because truly they are gems! Several other colors I wanted were out of stock and are equally in your face vibrant and yum!

If you live near a Pro shop do stop in to peek at these! If not you can always dial any Pro shop in the US and they’ll promptly deliver these or anything else your little heart desires for $7 UPS shipping fee!

Your Muse(y) approves of full on blush colors and highly suggests having a peek at these to see if they are just right for you icon wink

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MAC Tenderstones Still Alive and Kicking at Nordies!

Ha! I was browsing around Nordies and noticed that MAC Tenderstones are still available for purchase!

I find this kinda funky and funny icon wink

You can check the Muse’s review by clicking here if you have any ideas about purchasing some of these!

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MAC Royal Assets Holiday Collection 2007

Ok, MAC Addicts.

It’s that time you’ve all been waiting for icon wink

The Muse’s haul is very tiny, actually, it’s bigger than I originally thought it would be!

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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.

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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.

Metallic Eyes
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Cool Eyes
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Warm Eyes
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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
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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 icon wink 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
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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 icon smile 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
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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
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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?

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