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.
Royal Assets: 6 Cool Eyes: I was tempted by this one just because of the incredibly lovely Queen’s Jewel (shimmery, deep purple) and Trophy Pink (bright medium pink). Shadowy Lady (deep brown), Silverwear (silver with pink undertones), Modern Heir (light purple, kind of like Stars ‘n Rockets), and Medallion (frosty cool pink, like Pink Freeze with better pay off) were not so persuasive. I might go back for this one, though!
Royal Assets: 6 Smokey Eyes: If you don’t have a smokey eye palette, you really should pick one up! This isn’t my favorite smokey eye palette put out by MAC, but it isn’t bad at all. There are plenty of new shadows in this, compared to last year’s palette (mostly permanent/repeat colors). Courtly Grey (greenish gray) is gorgeous, and I am reminded of the green from the Raquel Welch quad that came out awhile ago. Knight (gray-black with shimmer) is not a bad black, but I wasn’t too impressed with it. Majestic (warm brown) is a nice way to mix up the black smoky eye with a brown one, which is a nice bit to have. Rondelle (frosty silver), Maid of Honor (chalky gray-cream), and Palatial (flat gray) weren’t my favorites, though not bad to have if you don’t have similar colors already.
Royal Assets: 6 Warm Eyes: This is my least favorite palette because of the lack of new shadows in it; three colors are permanent, two are repromotes. Nobility (bronzy pink) is the only one that I don’t remember seeing before. Showstopper (matte deep brown) and Sunday Best (frosty white with pink undertones) are the repromotes. Club (duochrome brown-green), Star Violet (reddish purple), and Retrospeck (light bronze) are available any time you want.
Royal Assets: 6 Metallic Eyes: Going into Holiday, I felt like this was the palette I would like the most. Pictures weren’t too impressive, but I liked it better in person than what I’ve seen in the promotional photos. The vibrancy is really visible when you hold it in your hands. Creme Royale (creamy white-beige) is a nice highlight color, but nothing impressive; Honeylust (light bronze) is a permanent color, but I don’t have it so it wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. I loved Velvet Lady (I swear it should be named Stately Black, but based on my reading, it isn’t) is such a deep dark black with silver shimmer – it reminds me of Feline kohl power in intensity. Stately Black (dark blue-black) could be a fun color; a darker, more intense Deep Truth. Silver Fog (bright silver) is a lot like Rondelle, and I have Silver Fog pigment, which looks just like this, too, so that wasn’t too exciting. Manor (rich bronze) is ultra pretty, though perhaps easily replicated with Amber Lights.
Royal Assets: 3 Pink Lips: Courting Rose (pale pink-purple) is pretty, but it didn’t make me go “ooh, ahh” since I’ve seen it before. Ladyship (sheer cool medium pink) reminds me a lot of Sweetie, which I do love, but don’t need another of. I liked Reigning Pink (warmer medium pink with peach undertones) because it had good color pay off and the color would be flattering on most skintones.
Royal Assets: 3 Red Lips: I have to admit that Cardinal (bright red) caught my eye immediately, and I almost bought the palette just for that color. Glass Palace (light gold gloss) is pretty, but I doubt I’d really wear it. Media is a bit vampy for my taste, though it’s definitely one to consider, as it’s not terribly vampy – probably do-able for most!
Royal Assets: 3 Tan Lips: Pure Pomp (very light gold, sheer gloss) was all right, very holiday, but so sheer that it wouldn’t work well for me. Privee (medium antique gold) is incredibly gorgeous, but I’m not sure how well it would work on some complexions because it’s a bit brownish, though still warm. It reminded me of the Rushmetal lipsticks that came out (Soft Lust), without the overcoating. Sceptre (bronzy gold) is lovely, but the brownest out of the three – not sure how this would wear for most.
Royal Assets: 3 Coral Lips: Enchantress lipglass (peachy with pink undertones) is pretty, but it’s been out before, so only if you haven’t gotten it is it worth getting! Marquise d’ is a gorgeous medium-pink, and Princely is a brighter medium-pink, very subdued shimmer. Pretty but not essential!
Heirlooms: 4 Face Brushes: You get: 168SE, 187SE, 190SE, and 194SE. This is my favorite brush set they release, because the 168 is one of my all-time favorite brushes. The 187 is incredibly expensive on its own, and it is great for light-handed blush applications, mineralize skinfinishes, as well as even applying liquid foundation. The 190 is a good brush for general application of foundations and skin products. I also find the 194 to be a great way to put a bit of liquid foundation on different areas of my face so that I can take my 182 to buff it in thoroughly.
Heirlooms: 5 Eye Brushes: You get 209SE, 212SE, 217SE, 252SE, and 275SE. This is an okay set of brushes – not as usable for most people. I just find that a lot of these are single-purposes brushes whereas the other two sets give you a full range of application choices to do.
Heirlooms: Basic Brush Set: You get 129SE, 219SE, 239SE, 266SE, & 316SE. This is the ultimate brush set to get for any new beauty addict. The 219 is excellent for subtle work and lining eyes with shadow. The 266 is by far one of the best brushes to use for lining (including using with fluidlines); it’s also an incredibe brow filling brush. The 316 is useful for more precise lipstick and gloss application, which is helpful. The 239 is a great all over shadow brush for blending, application, etc.