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?
The Muse has quite a large list of goodies on her wish list this Holiday Season! I already did a previous post about my Japanese Christmas Wish List which you can see by clicking here. This list is basically what I’m deciding on at the moment and wondering what I should and shouldn’t get!
Sooooooooo………here’s a few of the items I’m dying to get my greedy little hands on but I’m still trying to figure out what I need and what I HAVE to have!
MAC Stylistics Lipstick in Stylistic and The Scene
MAC Stylistics Sheer Mystery Powder
MAC Stylistics Sheerspark Pressed Powders in Pave, Fashionette, Solitaire, and Warm Ice
MAC Stylistics Lipgloss in Witty and Tastemaker
MAC Finery Lip Bag Sets in Pink, Coral, Tan, and Plum Lips
MAC Metal X Glitter Eyeliners in Blitzed, Limedandy, Wonderwhite, Enbronze, and Pewterpink
YSL White Gold Eyeshadow Collection
YSL White Gold Celebration Palette
YSL White Gold Compact Powder
Anna Sui Christmas Collection
Excel’s Holiday Collection
Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes EX02
I think that covers what I am currently wanting at the moment!
You can see some of the Christmas Collections I’ve already got by clicking on the links below:
Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Brown Quartz ShimmerBrick Click for my First Impression with Pictures
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures
NARS Night Series Palette Click for my First Impression with Pictures
Awake Limited Edition Stardom Palettes Click for my First Impression with Pictures
bareMinerals bareGold Luxury Color Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures
Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes Click for my First Impression with Pictures
Stila’s “Asia” Only Exclusive Trios and Palettes Click for My First Impression with Pictures
MAC Royal Assets Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures
MAC Antiquitease Color Click for my Review, Pictures, and Video
Guerlain Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures
Givenchy’s Diamantismme Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures
See my Christmas Past Collection by clicking here!
So what’s on your Christmas Wish List?
What collections have you already gotten?
Which are you really wanting?
What are you skipping?
What are you considering?
Your Muse’s ears are open! I want to hear all about it!
That quite sounds like a disease doesn’t it? Piggie Vial? Oh my it does indeed!
You might (or might not if you happen to be a MAC Whore like the Muse) be wondering what Piggie Vials are! Piggie Vials are actually Pigment Vials which are smaller containers of MAC pigment. You can only get pigment vials around the Holidays (or at least that’s been the case for the last few years) and they normally come sold in sets of five or so!
Now you might be wondering why I am bringing this up in a blog post! Well I think that the importance of Pigment Vials is underestimated and it’s my job to tell you how important they are!
Pigment vials contain 2.5 grams of pigment in one rather cute little vial! Why is this important? MAC Pigments are so pigmented that a little product goes a long way and vials are the perfect solution to not purchasing a large jar of pigment that will take you literally years to get through!
A normal jar of pigment is 7.5 grams in size and is $19.50 while pigment vials are sold normally in lots of 5 for $29.50. That means you’ll get 12.5 grams of pigment for a nice little price plus it’s a variety of colors you’ll receive and enough product that’ll last you ages and ages!
I’m addicted to pigments and as appealing as large pigment jars are I’d love if MAC started offering pigment vials as a regular catalog item! How great would it be to walk up to your MAC counter and have the option of buying a full size jar of pigment or a vial of pigment!
Until that time comes (MAC are you listening? We want more piggie vials!) I adore picking up the Holiday collections with the 5 very cute vials that allow me to have an array of colors for an inexpensive price tag!
MAC Pigment and Glitter Vials
MAC introduced two new pigment sets this year which are a warm and a cool selection for $29.50USD each!
MAC Curiousitease Warm Pigment
MAC Curiousitease Cool Pigment
The moral of the story is if you’re on the fence or you’re new to MAC and you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vast collection of color why not settle for a gorgeous set of pigments!
Now is a great time to get them as they are up and available for the Holiday Season!
MAC Pigments (big or small) are always Muse Approved!