Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

Happily Ever After Lip Kit ($22.50) is a trio of lip products, featuring one sheer lipglass and two lipsticks. This is a very pink-themed lip palette that does run a bit cool-toned, but it’s very wearable for both cool and warm skin tones.  Lip palettes tend to be a hate it or love it kind of product; either you love the utility and portability of them or find them impractical and frustrating. I belong to the latter camp, so I’ve always leaned towards MAC’s Lip Bags during the holidays!

The lip palette includes: Endless Fun (sheer frosty pink), Cheers All Around (bright candy pink), and To Joy (medium pink). All three shades are new and limited edition to this palette.

  • Endless Fun is a shimmering pale, milky pink with champagne-gold shimmer. It is a lipglass. It’s a lot like Oyster Girl.
  • Cheers All Around is an opaque bright medium pink with blue undertones and lighter pink-fuchsia shimmer. It is a frost finish lipstick, but it’s not very frosty. This shade is a cross between Bombshell and Creme de la Femme.
  • To Joy is a semi-sheer pale peach-pink with heavy frosted shimmer. It is a frost finish lipstick. High Strung was the closest dupe I could think of, but it’s a little darker.  It looks nicer swatched than on my lips!

The palette contains one lipglass (0.03 oz.) and two lipsticks (0.09 oz.). A full-sized lipglass (0.17 oz.) retails for $14.50, while a full-sized lipstick (0.10 oz.) retails for $14.50. It also has a tiny 316SE brush. In this case, you’re getting $2.56 worth of lipglass and $13.05 worth of lipstick–so it’s just over $15 worth of product but the price tag is $22.50. Not such a hot deal in regards to quantity, but the other side of the coin is you get to try three shades for $22.50 vs. $43.50.

MAC’s lipsticks vary from sheer to opaque, and finish doesn’t always tell the story on pigmentation, so these shades seem in line with the brand’s lipstick range.  If you like pinks, this is totally up your alley; if you’re not so into pinks, it won’t make your must-buy list.  I don’t think these shades are the most unique, so if you just spot one you’re interested, try giving one of the suggested dupes a shot.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though a little cooler in tone, it’s not terribly cool.  I expect that Cheers All Around will grab some eyes, as it’s a nice bright pink without being neon.

AVAILABILITY: October 28th at MAC Stores/Counters, Now online

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MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
Endless Fun, Cheers All Around, To Joy

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
Endless Fun, Cheers All Around, To Joy

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
To Joy, Cheers All Around, Endless Fun

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
Endless Fun, Cheers All Around, To Joy

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Endless Fun Lipglass

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Endless Fun Lipglass

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Cheers All Around Lipstick

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC Cheers All Around Lipstick

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC To Joy Lipstick

MAC Tartan Tale:  Happily Ever After Lip Kit
MAC To Joy Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I buy the Lip Kit? How much is it?

It will be available at MAC stores/counters on October 28th, online at maccosmetics.com on approximately October 26th. $22.50.

When are you going to review [fill in the blank]?

I will review the face kits, lip bag sets, and a brush set today (10/25). I will review the eyeshadow and lip palettes tomorrow (10/26). I will review the color collection either tomorrow or the next day (10/26 or 10/27). I will review the miniaturized sets nearer to the launch date, as I haven't been able to buy them yet. I work as fast as I can, but the process takes time between photographing and cropping and reviewing. I appreciate your patience! I'm completely committed to school projects this week (midterms), so I'm doing everything as quickly as I can between those.

Any dupes?

Please see individual shade listings for potential dupes.

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15 thoughts on “MAC Tartan Tale: Happily Ever After Lip Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Svetlana

    Cheers All Around is gorgeous but I don’t like other two shades !

  2. Jennifer

    Ooo this is very pretty. I love the second colour and the last one looks great on you.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Meghann Meghann

    These are some pretty shades of pinks but I do not like the lip palette. I bought my first one last yr because I was loving the pinks. But I find it to be a little messy no matter how careful I was. And it wasn’t convenient pulling that out and getting that tiny brush to reapply a shade in the middle of the day. I recommend if anyone is loving the colors, just buy it individually. I will be passing on this.

  4. Cynthia

    Cheers all around looks great on you, Christine. Will you be doing reviews for the mineralise sets later on?

  5. Steph

    Cute, but I’m with you that lip palettes are a waste for me. I don’t want to carry a lip brush in my purse, and I’m not using my fingers on the go. The only way I could use this would be to apply before I leave the house, and never touch up.

  6. Jennifer

    omg cheers all around is so pretty! i am going to be broke lol

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Deb Deb

    I’m with you – lip palettes seem so messy, and they remind me of the play makeup I had as a child, which was gross. To Joy and Cheers All Around are really pretty, but I’d much rather have a stick or a tube for application.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Etaoin baby in a corner

    I only like the middle one! I swatched a mac lippy the other day – it was like a medium pink with gold shimmer probably frost finish – do you think that could be bombshell? sorry if this is a stupid needle in haystack question!

  9. Zoe

    i HATE lip palettes but i really like these colors

  10. Carrie Ann

    This is a lovely set. Cheers All Around really is pretty and I like that this is one of the cheaper kits in the collection. Most of my MAC lipsticks are nude, plum, or peachy shades, so this would be nice to get.

  11. Promise

    Is it just me, or does this holiday collection seem kind of bland?