Anyone pick up Air of Style? Thoughts?
The Scent: It is a fairly heavy fragrance when initially smelled from the vial, but when it dries down, it isn’t so heady. MAC describes the scent as, “A baroque blend of white pepper, dates, tuberose, orange flower, jasmine, precious woods, leather, vetiver and amber crystals sumptuously overlaid with the opulence of ylang ylang and orris.” First, the description is insanely long and makes it sound like they threw nearly every particular note they could. I want to say that what I could sniff out was more of a sweet floral scent with jasmine undertones, a touch of woodiness, but mostly sophisticated floral tones. You will probably be able to note the subtle sweetness, and I wouldn’t really call this a masculine scent (far too much floral!).
The Packaging: The bottle pictured online is filled with the perfume, when in reality you receive it in two parts: empty perfume bottle and filled test-tube vial [of the perfume]. They include a funnel so you can put it into the actual bottle. The problem with this packaging is you have to figure out a way to get this bad boy to stand, which is pretty much impossible. The scent is better spritzed rather than dabbed on, so for me, I’ll be filling up travel-size spray vials (from eBay) instead of really utilizing the bottle. The actual perfume vial is cute in design, but it’s not practical, which is a problem for those of us would like to actually display it rather than tossing it into a holder of some sort to keep it vertical. I think they would have been better off if they had used airbrushed metal or higher caliber material for the cap of the vial, too.
Overall: I know some people griped about the price ($60.00), but considering the prices of most perfumes, I don’t really see how this is shock-worthy. Just as there are numerous perfumes that are made by some of the most famous perfume houses that make us want to gag, they are still priced similarly to MAC’s prices. Overall, though, the scent is lovely enough and doesn’t make me want to gag. It’ll be a nice scent to transition from winter to spring.
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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It’s that time, ladies and gents, The Stylistics has launched on the website! Remember, The Stylistics is only launching at freestanding and PRO stores–this collection will not be at counters, unfortunately.
For those buying online, share your hauls with me in the comment! And those who are waiting to go in-person on Thursday, what tempts you?
P.S. – I will be going to Valley Fair’s Stylistics party on Thursday evening, are any of you going? Let me know or at least say hi if you see me!
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Stylistics Lipstick $22.00
- In Vogue Neutral mid-tone brown + gold pearl (frost)
- Soft Pout Sheer pink peach
- Stylistic Vibrant yellow red (cream)
- The Scene Berry (cream)
Stylistics Lipglass $20.00
- Conversational Sheer creamy white + pink pearl (frost)
- Witty Intense red
- Tastemaker Deep wine red and gold
- Hyper Chic Neutral caramel brown (frost)
Sheerspark Pressed Powder $22.00
- Solitaire Beige and gold pearl
- Warm Ice Soft pink peach
- Pave Dirty pink and gold pearl
- Fashionette Berry and red and pink pearl
Sheer Mystery Powder $45.00
- Model Chic Warm beige
- Lighthearted Caramel
- Dark Secret Deep caramel
- 316 Stylistics Special Edition Brush $22.00
- 224 Stylistics Special Edition Brush $32.00
- 129 Stylistics Special Edition Brush $42.00
Stylistics Clutch $60.00
- Vintage-inspired evening clutch
Available November 21, 2007 available at exclusive MAC stores, 1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com.
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The Stylistics collection is available on the MAC website here. It appears it’s basically your chance to go ahead and pre-order what you’d like, because estimated shipping date is November 27th (Stylistics launches November 29th).