Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MAC Mischief Makers Collection:  Pigment/Glitter Sets

Alongside the lipglass/lustreglass sets are three pigment sets. Each set includes four vials of pigments and one vial of glitter. MAC has them priced at $32.50 a pop, but they denote the value of the set as $39. Again, each set is housed inside a holiday box, so they’re easy to give away as gifts.

I always like the holiday pigment sets, because I think they give people a chance to try out pigments without investing $19.50 per shade (not to mention, you’re very unlikely to ever finish a jar–I never have… not even have I come close!). The only part I don’t love is the vial of glitter, as none of MAC’s glitters are eye-safe, so I just never find myself using them often. However, people do ask what can you do if not use them on the eyes, and my answer is: try them in your hair (e.g. mix with hair spray), mix into a nail polish, dust on your body, or pat onto your lips. Each vial is smaller than a full-size jar, but I really think you get more than you’ll probably need–certainly enough to last you years.

My favorite set was 5 Cool Capers, because I think they brought together some very bold, but perfect for fall/winter, shades. Running a close second was 5 Haute High Jinks, because I am always a sucker for earth tones. I think they’re flattering on a variety of skin tones and they tend to be easy to use (particularly the shades they chose–they all have excellent texture). 5 Sexpot is so-so, but it consists of mostly permanent shades, and I think I’d have liked to see the addition of a gray or silver in it, just for a little more kick.

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MAC Mischief Makers Collection:  Lipglass/Lustreglass Sets

Every year, MAC offers up holiday kits and sets for giving and receiving.  This year, there are three lipglass/lustreglass sets, each with three lipglasses and two lustreglasses, and all of them are in miniature sizes.  MAC has them priced at $29.50 a pop, and they denote the value of the set as $35.  (Yay, they did the math for me!)  Each set is housed in cute, giftable packaging (as pictured above), so they’re incredibly easy to give as holiday gifts.

The majority of the sets contain a mix of permanently available shades, repromoted shades, and the occasional brand-spankin’-new shade.   Long-time collectors may want to take a quick glance at their stash to see if they already own a lot of the shades (or need to replace some of their old favorites).  I did notice that they repromoted quite a few shades from 2005, which is about four years ago, and I imagine some of those lipglasses may be in need of an update.

Don’t forget — if you like one of the shades that’s permanent but aren’t sure about the rest, consider purchasing it by itself and in full-size! ;)

Overall, I really did like the way these came together. My favorite set was the 5 Models Misbehaving, but I’m also often attracted to bolder lip colors, even if I seldom wear them!  5 Sexy Shenanigans was the lightest/sheerest of the three sets, while 5 Frisky Business was a good mix of soft, medium, and bold.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009

MAC Mischief Makers

MAC Cosmetics Mischief Makers Collection

U.S. Launch Date: November 5th, 2009

Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

Sexy Shenanigans/Soft

  • Elle White pink with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Poetic License Coral rose (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Cruise Control Pastel pink with white pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Ensign Peachy pink with white and gold pearlized pigments (Lustreglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Morning Glory Pale pearlized pink (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Frisky Business/Bright

  • Silly Girl Pastel peach with multi-coloured pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Totally It Sheer bright pink with pink pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Beaute Bright coral with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Pinkarat Soft-toned pink with gold pearl (Lustreglass) (Permanent)
  • Wonderstruck Lustred-up clean pink coral (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Models Misbehaving/Deep

  • Pinkular Bronzed copper (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Magnetique Frosted violet fuchsia (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Gitane Burnt red orange with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Angelwing Deep plum with golden pearlized pigments (Lustreglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Instant Gold Lustre-shined light neutral gold (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Edited: Now with photos!

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