Overall, The Stylistics proves to be a very lovely, dazzling collection of pearls, baubles, and all-around classy packaging. Indeed, the packaging is incredibly reminiscent of last year’s Couture collection, with a few exceptions; obviously, the embellishments are different from last year’s, but instead of gunmetal, they’ve used a shiny, black metal instead. Last year’s held fingerprints like crazy, and over time, parts of my lipstick tubes have tarnished a bit. As a result, I have to say I like this year’s go-round better, because I always hated how easily you could see smudges on Couture’s packaging. The lipsticks are all luxuriously rich and pigmented, which makes them to-die-for. The lipglasses are lovely, but I’m not as stunned by them as I had hoped to be (I adore this formula – it’s sheer and yet adds so much dimension on top of any lipstick). I was 100% utterly disappointed in the Sheerspark Pressed Powders–they did not give me any pay off except for some chunky glitter. I’m personally wondering if perhaps too much oil had accumulated in the testers from customers, and it just made the product unusable, but we’ll see. I’ll ask at The Stylistics’ party tonight, just to get a clear answer!
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Overall, I found the texture and consistency of the new cream shadows to be heavenly–smooth and rich in color. These are not crease-resistant, at least not on their own, and perhaps with the right base and setting tools (shadows or maybe even Invisible Set) would be needed to optimize their lasting power. MAC Make Up Artist Paula advised to use these on the lid and brow, but avoid using it in the crease if you fear creasing problems. I’ve been given other tips like using a base underneath the new cream shadows or to ensure you pack on enough powder products (like shadows, for instance) to maximize staying power. The glitter liners were pretty, and a first for me (in person, at least), so I made sure to pick up one. I felt that the liners had good color payoff – they were clearly different colors when swatched. I only purchased Plum Electric & Pure Ore cream shadows and Blitzed glitter liner.
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Overall, I adored the beauty powders, but how could I not? (And did you expect me NOT to?!) I adored them so much when they were released earlier at the PRO store (if you didn’t know, Dancing Light, Drizzlegold, and Natural Flare are all permanent in the PRO line, along with several others) that I picked up every single one of them, whew! I find that the texture of these is incredibly silky, they’re luxuriously fine-milled and have such a perfect amount of shimmer in them to highlight the face and body. My favorite was Soft Flame, because it was the most gorgeous deep pink-plum color. I also loved the 183 brush, but with two 182s, I managed to save my pocketbook from that one! Launching Studio Lights alongside the beauty powders is quite genius, because Studio Lights are creamy in texture, they’d be excellent to put on cheekbones to highlight and then set with a touch of one of the loose beauty powders for ultimate long-wear.
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Dancing Light is a gorgeous light white gold with soft yellow undertones.
Drizzlegold is a luxe bright gold color with peachy undertones–more orange than Dancing Light.
Natural Flare is a shade that is bound to be coveted by warmer skintones, because it’s a darling light peachy-pink shade that gives that ever-sought-after “glow.”
Sunspill is such a pigmented beauty powder in a gorgeous orange-coral–definitely fitting in with its name. Very lovely, would give a soft peachy glow for most skintones.
Tenderdusk is a delightful light pink, not cool like Micro Pink, but not too warm, either. It’d make a great highlighter on top of bolder blushes to add both shimmer as well as lighten a touch.
Soft Flame is my new favorite beauty powder (previously it was Peach Haze); it is the most divine plummy pink shade. This is definitely one of the powders you could wear as a blush, not just a highlighter, which makes it a multitasker–always good in my book. I’m just in love with the color itself and the bits of shimmer in it.
Skin Lure is a peachy, fleshy color that I imagine would be quite lovely on warmer skintones, but probably wouldn’t work as well for incredibly light skintones (just might come out too dark as a highlighter).
Ideal Pink is a pinky color, very creamy, and it’ll be an awesome highlighter for very light skintones for sure; not to say that it wouldn’t be rockin’ on just about everybody. It’s such a subtle color of pink, and the texture is just lovely.
Smoothspice is the deepest warm brown color, and it is definitely not a universal shade by any means. I am positive you could find a way to use it on lighter skin tones if it was incredibly sheer, however I see it as a shade meant for deeper colors like NC45+. But hey, maybe you could use it as a contouring color, even though it’s warmer than I’d personally like in a contouring color.
Frangipan is a pale yellow, and I’d say this one is my favorite out of the bunch, because I find it flattering for most skin tones. It gives you such a lovely golden glow, and I could see it being used on cheeks, browbones, and even body.
Sand is not nearly as dark as Smoothspice, but it does seem more pigmented than the others. When you sheer it out, though, it’s actually very nice. I find it comparable to Natural Flare in Studio Light form, actually!
183 Flat Buffer Brush is a ridiculously soft-bristled flat buffer brush with a good amount of firmness to it, making it excellent to apply these beauty powders on cheeks as well as body.
188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush is great for those who want to deposit less to give more–especially if anyone is fearful of too much shimmer, this allows the user to apply and build the shimmer better.
222 Tapered Blending Brush is a brush that many use as a staple brush for crease and blending work, and it is great for those things, as well as highlighting the browbone.
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Overall, I loved Finery way more than Curiositease, but I think it’s because I really am a lip girl sometimes. I adore the packaging of the lipsticks; they’re white cases with the Antiquitease gold/silver crown motif on them. The lipglasses are mini-sized, but their caps also have the white casing and detailing of the lipsticks. I’m not lovin’ the bag so much, only because I have no clue what I will do with them! I know I’m not storing my Finery products in them, otherwise I’d never reach for any of it. I’m quite pleased with the colors that came out with each set, too. There really isn’t a set I’d want to miss, but if I had to pick, my favorite Plum lips or Pink lips. Have I mentioned that I adore the names of all of the holiday products? So classy and fun.
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Overall, Curiositease is a gorgeously packed opportunity for MAC fans to try out a variety of lipglasses, plushglasses, soft sparkle liners, and pigments without buying them individually at higher prices. I felt like each set had a good mix of colors – some bold, some soft. I loved the stylish packaging of the canvas holders with crown motif emblazoned on the side. If you were wondering what to do with these, they make excellent makeup holders for brushes, liners, mascara, etc. If I had to pick favorites, I’d probably go with the warm lipglass/lustreglass and cool pigment sets.
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Overall, the palettes offer a little something for everybody, which I think is their ultimate purpose. MAC addicts are never as impressed with Holiday as the typical makeup consumer, who is far less knowledgeable on what products have come out, and they probably don’t own half the MAC store either (!). Palettes offer consumers a chance to pick up several shadows in an organized palette for $6 an eyeshadow (you know, a good deal!), and they also make excellent gifts for those who are not so beauty-addicted. The brush sets are the same way–take MAC brushes for a test drive without breaking the bank. Brush sets are usually machine-made versus man-made, but they are still quality brushes that are perfect for budget beauty mavens as well as for holiday travel.
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