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?
Here in the US we have our fair share of gorgeous cosmetics but you know that my heart always lays with the gorgeous collections that my most favorite Japanese brands put out for the Holiday season!
What better way to learn all about what’s coming out this season then visiting with the Muse’s very good mate Iris at Rouge Deluxe!
Iris has been making the Muse very happy with all her posts about the goodies that Lavshuca, MJ, Paul and Joe, Gransenbon, and many other brands have in store for us this Christmas Season!
Some of the items I am looking forward to this Holiday Season are included in this little blog entry!
The entire Majorca Majolica collection! Iris has just posted the details and the Muse is drooling in delight at what’s being offered!
Two (not one but two! Celebrate good times come on!) new Majolook Line Impact palettes! Oh my and one looks purple with shimmery bits and pieces! Go right ahead and count the Muse in as being excited about these! If you’d like a look at past Majolook palettes please see my prior blog Spolight on Majorca Majolica by clicking here.
Lash Freeze Glitter Mascara! OH.MY.GOD! You know I want this don’t you? Count me in for two of these please! I love the old glitter mascara they introduced and this is on my MUST MUST MUST HAVE TO HAVE OR DIE LIST! Oh sorry was I being a bit too dramatic? Glitter does that to me.
And finally Snow Carat Face Powder which sounds like something very yummie that I must have as well 😉
MJ looks like it’s coming out with quite a gorgeous range for Christmas! You can see the pictures, prices, and first impressions from Iris by visiting her here.
Next up on the list is Lavshuca’s two new Holiday palettes! The packaging on these looks adorable! You can see both by clicking here and here. Puffy’s back as Lavshuca’s model for the palettes! Yes, I know I know everyone is groaning but the Muse likes Puffy! I’m not entirely sure I’m loving her hair in these promo images but I still think she looks gorgeous! Anyway enough babbling about Puffy back to the palettes! The palettes are a bit weird in color as these appear more Autumn than Winter however they both look quite nice and too good to use! Beauty Vault anyone? They consist of three strips of shadows and two lip creams! Yum the Muse is writing her Letter to Santa now!
Please bring me two each of the new Lavshuca palettes and I’ll be sure the cookies are extra good this year! Promise!
Much love, the Muse!
Sonia Rykiel has caught my eye with the sparkling face powders they are introducing for the season! You can click over here and see them. I’m thinking all three need to make an appearance under my Christmas tree!
Aube Christmas line looks pretty darn nice as well! The new Jewelry Shower eye palette has caught the Muse’s eye! If you’d like to see the past Jewelry Shower eyes click here.
My Japan/Asian wish list is growing quickly and I’m happy that most of my US shopping has been done (aside from the MAC bits that have to make an appearance). The Muse has to go count her pennies and see about making all these wonderful items her very own 😉
Visit with Iris on Rouge Deluxe for your Japanese Beauty fix but don’t say I didn’t warn you! Japanese makeup makes you broke and poor kids! Don’t be annoyed when the Muse says “I told you so!” when she hears your wallet screaming in pain!
Look for these at your favorite Japanese online shops starting around the end of the month and the beginning of November!
I wannaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here you guys talk! Comment! Tell me what you are getting this year from these lines or other Japanese lines!
New to Japanese cosmetics? Check out the Muse’s Spotlights on Japanese Brands to learn more! Got a question about Japanese Cosmetics? Ask away!
Ah something to make the Muse happy
A gift set that contains her most favorite Philosophy shower gel that makes a special appearance every Holiday Season! The Sugar Plum Fairy!
You can get both the gloss and a shower gel in this Nordstrom Exclusive set for $16!
Sugar Plum Fairy is a bit deceiving (at least for me she is). I originally purchased my first bottle two seasons ago off the Philosophy website without knowing what she smelled like! In my minds eye I had assumed she’d be a spicy sort of scent boy was I wrong! She’s quite fruity and sweet! Some people may find she smells a bit plastic like but I really enjoy the smell! It’s very difficult to explain exactly what it smells like! It smells almost like some sort of fruity gum or candy with a faint, faint underlay of pineapple. It’s so yum and I buy it every year!
The lipgloss is a complete contradiction to the scent of the shower gel! Go firgure! This is what I had originally thought the shower gel would smell like! It’s spicy and warm and almost gingerbread like but not quite (real gingerbread not Philosophy’s version of gingerbread!).
I purchase it every year and at $16 for the gloss and an 8oz bottle of Shower Gel it’s back on my wish list for another season! Especially for gift giving reasons!
In celebration of Sugar Plum Fairy’s return I cracked open my last bottle I purchased last year! Ahhh now I can safely use it (without fear it wasn’t making a come back) and stash up on some more!
Tis the season to smell fruity and delicious!
Well…I heard about Twisted Peppermint Body Spray way back in the summer! If you remember I had blogged about the Fall and Christmas releases in a previous blog.
First of all I must say that I’m really loving the Temptations line at the moment and I might go ahead and say I actually may even like them more than the Philosophy 3 in 1 Shower Gels. The scent is stronger, the linger much longer than the Philosophy Shower Gels, and hell they are cheaper!
Prior to this they have never released the line in a Body Spray. You could get it in several popular formats such as Shower Gel and Lotion but never Body Spray. This year they have released one single body spray that I had also mentioned in a previous blog!
More good news is that they have released a second body spray which is in the Muse’s VERY favorite scent, Twisted Peppermint!
Twisted Peppermint Body Spray as seen on Bath and Body Works Website
The bad news? It’s $11 as compared to the normal $8 price tag. More bad news….it’s shimmering body spray sigh.
Oh woe. Sigh! Great dramatic tears of disappointment!
Why couldn’t they just give us a normal body spray why does it have to be a freaking shimmering body spray?
As much as the Muse adores shimmer, sparkle, glitter, and shine she doesn’t want it in her body spray thanks very much!
I always find body sprays that contain shimmer sticky and they stain good blouses and shirts
I guess this isn’t on the wish list! I’m so disappointed. I was hopeful for a simple body spray with the sweet minty fresh smell of Twisted Peppermint instead they give me a shimmering body spray!
Thanks alot Bath and Body Works you’ve ruined my Monday!