Manish Arora for MAC Review and Swatches

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Well…you either loved Manish Arora for MAC or you hated it, there wasn’t any in between that I’ve seen around the Internet this week!

I happen to fall into the absolutely in love, thrilled to pieces, simply adore this collection category!

This is the type of collection that sits up and screams my name with it’s bold shades of shadow, outrageous colors of blush, and vibrant glosses and lipsticks! Love, love, love!

If you hate it, I truly can’t begin to understand why but I absolutely love it and slap a big Muse Approval on it!

The packaging is truly beautiful on this collection with it’s Indian inspired swirls, hearts, and sparkle. It has a certain Hindi feel to it that’s masked in the colors and design! MAC went with a subtle neon orange for the blush compacts, a gold and pink for the palette with jewel encrusted hearts on the top, a darker hue of orange for the lipstick tubes, and yellow for the lipglasses. The designs are all etched and printed on without any stickers to peel off a la Fafi! Thank god for that! I simply love the beautiful golden swirls topped with multi-colored hearts! I’m particularly partial to the compact with it’s little jeweled hearts. It’s difficult to pick what my favorite items are in this collection as everything is beyond beautiful.

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I highly recommend this collection for darker skin tones as the shades are so intense and vibrant they are sure to flatter a deeper tone!

The blushes in the collection are Pink Swoon and Devil. Out of the two Devil is absolutely, positively my favorite! Devil is a fiery, bold orange that gives me cheeks a nice pop of peachy color that can be worn sheer or built up for a deeper finish. Although some may be scared of such a vibrant orange shade, the Muse is no stranger to such a color. Devil is comparable to other pieces in my collection such as NARS Blush in Taos and Shu Uemura Blush in P Orange 58D (I’m working with Shu to get those crazy numbers and letters turned into names! Sheesh!).

NARS, MAC, and Shu Blushes
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Pink Swoon was surprisingly low key after the shock of Devil! I haven’t yet tried it but I’m preparing myself to be disappointed as it’s a very true pink that swatched quite sheer however after a few strokes I did manage to build the color up so I’m keeping hope alive that it’ll be equally easy to get the desired intensity on my cheeks!

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When presented with the lipsticks from Manish Arora of course the first one to catch my eye was Kiss Manish! Ahhhhhhhhh it’s perfection! The second I seen it I could only think one thing, Pink Grapefruit Lipglass! This was the ideal color to pair up with my very favorite lipglass color! Kiss Manish is a beautifully deep coral shade with touches of peach and orange. If you’re looking for an interesting alternative you might want to try Avon Lipstick in Rose Charm as I thought the finish was a good dupe although Kiss Manish is a bit deeper.

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Avon Rose Charm vs MAC Kiss Manish
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The second lipstick released, Girl About Town, is a deep fuchsia which is quite wearable when compared to other fuchsias I’ve run across from MAC. I actually like the way this looks on and when paired with Pink Manish Lipglass you get a rather nice look!

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It’s probably obvious that out of the two MAC Lipglasses released with Manish Arora, Shine Manish is my favorite. This is a marriage most wonderful when paired up with MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish! The color is slightly lighter than kiss Manish but manages to keep that intense fiery orange color that made Kiss Manish such a hit for me!

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MAC Lipglass in Pink Manish is a true pink that’s not quite fuchsia in my opinion. It has a small dose of sheer shimmer and pairs up beautiful well with Girl About Town!

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And finally the Pièce de Résistance, the MAC Manish Arora Palette! This shouldn’t be appealing to me as it contains quite a few matte shades however I forgive MAC for the matte since they also included some rather nice shimmery shades as well! I likely have almost all these shades already but I’m a sucker for beautiful compacts!

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Shades included are:

  • Nylon (Why is Nylon looking more beautiful in this palette?)
  • Going Bananas (Released with C-Shock)
  • Bitter
  • Playful
  • Electric Eel
  • Deep Truth

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The colors are much more vibrant than these swatches you see! I was just being overprotective with my palette and not pressing hard!
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Overall, the collection was a winner for me! I’m particularly pleased with MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish, MAC Blush in Devil, MAC Lipglass in Shine Manish, and the beautiful palette!

Call me a fan girl, call me a groupie, but I personally think MAC did a nice job with this collection and it’s Muse Approved for purchase!

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Please keep in mind this may be sold out online but as I mentioned in a prior post it officially sells at MAC North Robertson and MAC Soho tomorrow morning as of 11AM so call early to reserve! I got a bit busy today and didn’t get a chance to call about shipping so I’ll try to do so tomorrow and let you know!

I don’t yet have face of the day looks using any of this but will group some together shortly so you can see the collection at work!

The Muse is a happy camper now that she has Manish Arora in her possession!

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Becca Limited Edition Palettes: Sateen and Velveteen

Contrary to the fact that Becca disappeared off the shelves of Sephora far to quickly and got slashed down to 50% off towards it’s sad demise, it happens to still happily have a cult following within the US and Europe.

Becca is alive and kicking and still bringing out some rather fab palettes! I’ve never personally been a Becca follower but I was recently browsing the ASOS website and came across three new palettes from Becca for Fall and I must say they look rather nice and are appealing to the new, natural side of the Muse!

Um only problem…I can’t recall Becca being so expensive? These range from $55-$65 USD each but in their defense they are quite stunning! The palettes are available in three shade selections entitled Avalon, Sateen, and Velveteen.

Becca Velveteen Palette $55 USD (Respectively £44)
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Contains: Eyeshadows in Organza (White Shimmer), Lurex (Gold Shimmer), Chintz (Khaki Green Shimmer), and Shantung (Bronze Shimmer)

Eyeliner in Barbarella (Rich Black)

Becca Sateen Eye Palette $55 USD (Respectively £44)
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Contains: Eyeshadows in Chantilly (Lavender Demi Matte), Lame (Silver-Mauve Shimmer), Tweed (Warm Brown Demi-Matte), and Tussah (Antique Gold Shimmer)

Eyeliner in Bambi (Brown)

I’m actually feeling the love for the Becca Eye Palette in Velveteen in a major way! Hmmm may indulge in this and review soon!

Check out more Becca at their website and see Becca Avalon Palette which I also have my eye on!

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Vintage Sister Fall Lip Balm Collection

At least some of us are still on Fall mode! Vintage Sister updated it’s website today with the Fall Lip Balm Collection which includes new and old favorites!

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Six flavors have been introduced for $3.95 USD each and are available for a limited time from Vintage Sister!

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  • Candy Corn
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  • Caramel Apple
  • Pumpkin
  • Orange Clove

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mark Earth Face Glow

Look! Dontcha want ‘em?

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After all the insanity of Holiday Collection that I’ve been bombarding you with lately I’m sure you needed a break and wanted to hear more about Fall!

Check out mark’s new Earth Face Glow powders! Sweet right?

These quite remind me of many of the highlighting powders released by Banila Co and VOV and also somewhat like a MAC MSF too!

At $7 USD each you can afford to indulge in one or all three! I want to check these out because they really look quite pretty and I wouldn’t mind a bit of shimmer and sparkle on my cheeks!

They are available in three shades Pebbles (Soft Peach Shimmer), Quartz (Rose Shimmer), and Solar (Gold Shimmer).

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I bet if you check E-bay you could probably get ‘em for $4-$5!

Yes, the Muse must go and check now because she thinks she needs these on the double!

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Clarins Holiday Collection 2008 Chic & Glam Holiday Colour Collection

Golly..I’m reviewing Clarins Fall Collection tonight and already the Holiday Collection is knocking on my door!

Isn’t it nuts how quickly collections have popped up this year? Phew! I’m exhausted and it isn’t even Christmas yet!

Clarins celebrates the Holiday Season with some fabulous kits this year and at $40 USD they are quite wallet friendly in my humble opinion!

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The collection includes three gorgeous palettes with a sparkling clutch! Three three limited edition purses are available in gold, black, and silver and include everything to make up your face, lips, and cheeks for the upcoming Holiday Season!

Clarins Chic & Glam Chic Black
3 Eye Shadows: Mystic Plum, Star Grey, and Midnight Grey
2 Lipglosses: Red Grape and Rose Fizz
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Black
Face Powder
Black Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

Clarins Chic & Glam Trendy Gold
3 Eyeshadows: Warm Gold, Sun Bronze, Candy Rose
2 Lip Gloss Shades: Rose Cocktail and Milk Chocolate
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Black
Face Powder
Gold Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

Clarins Chic & Glam Classy Silver
3 Eyeshadows: Purple Lilac, Smoky Grey, White Snow
2 Lip Gloss Shades: Raspberry Pop and Bubble Gum
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Wonder Black
Face Powder
Silver Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

The palettes look quite darling and at $40 USD they aren’t too badly priced for gift giving as well as spoiling yourself with one or two!

The Clarins Holiday Collection is available now on counters and at the Clarins site!

Be sure to stop back later tonight to hear my detailed review on Clarins Fall Collection 2008: Jazzy Colours

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