Spring Collections 2009

MAC SugarSweet Shadestick Review, Swatches, and First Impressions

Oh my god I’m in such a pissy mood right now! After work today I picked up my friend Jai and whisked us away to MAC to snatch up some SugarSweet for ourselves. Normally it’s just easier for me to head to MAC Soho to haul or Macy’s on 34th but my mate Martin, who works for Apple, was working the Mall circuit today so instead of our normal haunts we hit the MAC at the mall. Martin is our shadow so we can’t go anywhere without him in tow thus we decided to become mallrats so we could kill two birds with one stone, pick Martin up for dinner and snag some MAC.

Such a big mistake. We are so killing Martin, tis his fault we couldn’t haul MAC SugarSweet today. Upon arriving at the MAC we noticed that they had the display out for SugarSweet and it only had the Shadesticks on it. So we asked after the rest and you guessed it, nothing in stock yet.

Boo, freaking, hoo! What the hell? To say we were disappointed is an understatement but we did get some yay factor in as we got all of the Shadesticks and I think that’s what Jai and I were the most excited about.

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Jump ahead to have a look!

I only have my eye on a few other things from the collection so I am happy, at the very least, that they had the Shadesticks because that was honestly high on my list of things to get. I also want to snag Perfect Topping and Sugarshot. My list isn’t all that huge so I guess I’m not too devastated. I’m avoiding the glosses like the plague because as one reader mentioned they are seriously nice but with 2-3 uses they are going to be one big mess so it’s just not worth it. The lippies aren’t exactly all that fabulous so I can safely skip those and the rest of the shadows hold little appeal. I do wish MAC had release a blush or two with the collection.

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For me the gems of this collection were the Shadesticks. It’s been a while since MAC released Shadesticks and these are some stunning shades. The revamped packaging is pretty slick as well which makes them even more appealing. I wasn’t always a lover of Shadesticks but after seeing how easier they make it to apply pigment I started to like them.

Four new shades are released with MAC SugarSweet and one regular catalog shade. Penny is the shade that’s already available from MAC and just released in new clothes for this collection.

Cakeshop, which you would think would be the shade of batter or cake, is a frosty green almost olive shade. Wonderful shade and a possible favorite for me but strange name! Lemon Chiffon is a creamy shimmering white gold, another favorite for me. Butternutty, really a crummy, rubbish shade when viewed but swatched it’s a gorgeous nude pink that’s stunning! Red Velvet is a deeper pink with an almost matte like finish. And finally Penny is a pretty peachy copper shade.

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I absolutely love all of the shades and think they are well worth picking up. Correct me if I’m wrong but the price on these has gone up as they are $16.50 USD each but I recall them being a little less? Or maybe not.

I highly recommend grabbing some for yourself as they really do make life easier with shadow application and particularly pigment application. I find I get less fall out and a deeper color pay off when I use a Shadestick prior to applying pigment.

Overall, MAC SugarSweet is the first collection I’ve been excited about in months and I highly recommend heading over to MAC and having a swatch, you’re sure to fall in love with a few of the items available.

I also caved while I was in store and purchased Popster Tinted Lip Conditioner and Tippy Blush. I wasn’t too surprised after seeing Hello Kitty in person for the first time that still it failed to wow me.

In closing the Muse thinks the new MAC Shadesticks deserve a Muse Approval for purchase. Likey!

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What did you haul from MAC SugarSweet?

Skipped it altogether?

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MAC SugarSweet Sneak Peek

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The Muse is feeling the sugar rush today and is bracing herself for the release of MAC SugarSweet tomorrow. I can barely wait as this collection is so me, the Muse happens to as sweet as sugar dontcha know!

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Jump ahead for a teeny tiny preview of what’s ahead for MAC Sugarsweet tomorrow.

As I said I’m quite excited about this color story release so I’m all raved up and ready to go. I thought I’d give you a quickie sneaky peek at a few items I’ve already hauled…tomorrow I’ll be hauling more so expect a sequel post shortly.

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Am I the only demented one that thinks with names like Dear Cupcake and Lemon Chiffon that this collection would be even better if the products were scented as such?

You seen mine now tell me yours, whatcha haulin’?

Tell the Muse!

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Cargo Plant Love Green Goddess Palette

A few readers asked after this one and I had to stop, scratch my head, and wonder what you were all on about!


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Ahh but now I see the excitement! Cargo Plant Love Green Goddess Palette is looking mighty sexy!

This pretty little palette contains all you need for creating a beautiful, natural look this Spring season!

Included inside you’ll get:

  • Cargo Plant Love Bamboo Eye Shadow (Golden Brown Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Thyme Eye Shadow (Golden Olive Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Beech Eye Shadow (Peach Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Lily Eye Shadow (Light Pink Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Blush in Peony Blush (Shimmering Apricot)
  • Cargo Plant Love Blush in Rose (Matte Rose)

Cargo Plant Love Green Goddess Collection Palette is an all natural selection of color housed in an eco-certified packaging. The entire Cargo Plant Love Collection is formulated with out parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

The palette looks darling and quite tempting. It’s $36 USD and available now from Sephora. The Muse thinks she needs one.

How about you?

Loves it?

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Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Palette

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Oh hello pretty Benefit palette I knew nothing about!

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Brand new the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Palette! Hi there.

Just noticed this little guy parading around on the Benefit site and now I feel a lemming coming on. I’m smoky eye disabled so this should be just the treat for me as I always screw up a perfect nice smoky eye with loads and loads…oh and loads of shimmer so I really could use a kit giving me the how to and low down on the perfect smoky eye! Kinda looks like the Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette but without alot of the fanfare!

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This actually covers not only a smoky eye but also brows as well so you’re getting an all-in-one kit for lids and brows. Cool beans! The kit includes three shadows, a black eyeliner pencil, a brightener, 2 blushes, mini tweezers, and a complete lesson book for idiots like me who have a hard time getting that perfect smoked out eye look.

The question is, to order or not to order….hmmmm! Benefit still has 20% Off of an order of $50 USD or more so I should probably grab this and some Benefit Lemon Aid….whatta ya think?

I’ll probably cave sooner rather than later.

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Feeling Blue with Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Wonder Blue and Clarins Eye Pencil in Ultramarine

I’m blue today not literally just blue makeup…yeah, yeah I know it’s St. Paddy’s day but I was feeling blue…my the very my all this blue makes me want to break out in song!


Jump ahead to check out all that blue!

Clarins Spring Collection is feeling the love for blue with it’s two new limited edition shades of blue in the Clarins Eye Pencil and Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara.

I’ve reviewed Clarins Wonder Mascara prior to this but I did so have to come back and tell you it’s available in a limited edition shade entitled, what else, Wonder Blue! Who doesn’t need a blue mascara in their life? Clarins Wonder Mascara promotes fuller, longer lashes all while staining them the perfect shade of navy blue great for pairing up with a stunning blue eye look or pair it up with sparkling gold for a bit of pop! All that blue flatters any eye color but the Muse likes to think it looks the best with brown eyes!

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Line and define eyes with the Clarins Eye Pencil in Ultramarine which pairs up beautifully with the mascara. The shade is the perfect ocean blue and brightens up eyes beautifully well for Spring. The formula is soft and smooth for easy lining and blending. The pencil is dual sided so it also includes a sponge smudger on the opposite end to blend out color and create a smoked out eye look if you desire.

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Sportin’ Clarins Eye Pencil in Ultramarine on my bottom lash line and bottom water line and Clarins Wonder Lash Mascara in Wonder Blue
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If you were craving blue, Clarins has all the blue you need! Hurry along to Clarins to snag them before they are gone for good!

Loving all that blue ba da dee!

I’m a little obsessed with blue at the moment!

How about you?

Which colors are reigning supreme in your cosmetic wardrobe this week?

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