Wednesday, October 31st, 2007


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.

Keep reading for individual color and product reviews, swatches, and product photos.

3 Plum Lips
Ultra Madame is a sheer medium-pink lipstick, but it does have some buildability to it. There doesn’t appear to be much shimmer in it, because it’s a very soft gold shimmer that looks more like an undertone. I see this color being a quick wash of lip color for lazy days, or underneath a very bold gloss.
Culture Class is a gorgeous coppery-plum lipstick with soft golden reflects.
Contessa is a lovely darker pink lipglass with plum undertones and pink and gold shimmer (and it has the best name, ever!).

3 Coral Lips
Aristo-Chic is a medium-pink lipstick with peach undertones with a very creamy texture, a touch sheer. It doesn’t seem like a terribly unique color, but on the other hand, I find it quite wearable because of its consistency and coloring. It’s not cool, or even that warm, so it could work well with most complexions.
Ruling Class is a frosty pinkish brown lipstick with a lot of shimmer; I’d probably have to tone done the frost by adding some sort of gloss.
Splendid! is a lovely bright medium pink with white-gold shimmer, fairly opaque for a lipglass.

3 Tan Lips
High Tea
a very sheer, light nude beige lipstick with soft gold shimmer. I think this was a holy grail lipstick for a lot of ladies, so it’s nice to see it in a set.
Haughty is a darker warm brown with subtle gold reflects with good color pay off and very creamy. Lovely for darker complexions, for sure, but I’m not sure how well fair ladies will find it to be. I think with Honorable lipglass on top it would be much more universally wearable!
Honorable is a shimmery white with pink undertones lipglass with high shimmer.

3 Pink Lips
Snob Appeal is an incredibly frosty pink and gold lipstick; it’s like a lighter Cockatease, but I think it might be even frostier.
Blueblood is a softer medium pink, which is quite frosty, and it seems like it has less reflects and more of an all over shimmer.
Gentility is such a pretty lipglass, with its soft gold, high sheen finish.

Each set is $32.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN. Available November 15, 2007 at all MAC locations, 1-800-387-6707, and






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21 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics – Antiquitease: Finery Collection Review, Swatches, Product Images, and Photos

  1. Oh, I’m so excited to see these swatches & your descriptions! I’m getting Pink, Plum & now because of your pics Coral! Can’t wait. Thanks! Geesh, it’s always about what we don’t have yet :) I’m like you…I’m a lip girl.

  2. Ashlee

    Well even with the swatches i still want all of them. Pink and Coral are my favorites though.

  3. On second thought, I’m a little concerned that they will be that frosty…I’m not a fan of high frost…just beautiful creamy with subtle shimmer & shine.

  4. Alma

    They are all gorgeous!!!! I’m going to have to get them all yikes!!!! How did you get a hold of them before their release if you dont mind me asking?

  5. Stephanie

    I just couldn’t help myself and I ordered all of them. They should be arriving tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  6. I just finished taking my pics today! The light in the apartment has been really tricky lately and it seriously took FORE V E R! I’m very excited about Finery now!

  7. foxyqt

    cant decide between coral & plum! aaaah

  8. ariele

    You’ve totally sold me on the Coral & Plum bags :) Funny because I originally wanted Pink & Tan based on the color descriptions. Your swatches are always the best! Thanks!

  9. Athena

    Christine, in the pink lips set.

    From the lipstick which one is snob appeal?
    I don’t mean the one you test on your skin, i mean the lipstick one. Is it the darker one?

  10. oh God I love all of these and I need them all :( I am at least getting Plum lips and Coral lips I think. *sighs*