MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Collection | Face & Lip Products ♡ Holiday 2016

Time for the second instalment of my breakdown of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection for Holiday 2016! This time we are looking at the Face products and the Lip products that have been released with this collection, so let’s get started shall we?!

First up we are going to do the face products because there are quite a few!

 


Face Compacts £29

Let’s just all take a deep breathe, and then slightly lose our mind at the fact Whisper of Gilt is BACK! Possibly one of the most highly coveted highlighters of all time has made its comeback!! The packaging and the embossing on the pans themselves is absolutely stunning with the rope pattern making them look very decadent.

These compacts contain an Extra Dimension Skinfinish, and an Extra Dimension Blush. None of the shades are carried in the permanent line.

Sweet Copper

♡ Whisper of Gilt is a pale gold shimmer highlighter

♡ Pleasure Model is a peachy brown blush

Sweet Peach 

♡ Tutu is a pale pink highlighter

At Dusk is a warm rose shade of blush

The Extra Dimension products do all have a bit of shimmer to them, although the blushes don’t look as though they have too much that it would make them unbearable or highlight any texture on the cheeks.

Size and Pricing

♡ The Face Compacts retail for £29, which is a good price considering you get a decent amount of product.

♡ Nowhere on the MAC website does it say how much product you get in the pans, however from seeing photos floating around on the internet they do look like decent sizes pans.

I think these compacts are worth the money purely for the sheer exclusivity of the shades, extra dimension blushes are not something that appear very often, and Whisper of Gilt is a cult favourite.


Magic Dust Powder £24

Magic Dust Powders aren’t a product I have seen released from MAC before, and as far as I am aware this is the first time that they have appeared in a collection. The MAC website states that they are a “translucent, ultra-fine, light-catching pearlescent powder for face, neck and décolleté”. It sounds as though they are used to give a subtle sheen to areas that you desire.

♡ Sweet Vision is a pinky peach with gold pearl

♡ Yum Yum Yum is a soft pink with gold pearl

Each pan is 10g, which is the size of a regular face powder from MAC.

They retail for £24 which is the price of a regular Mineralize SkinFinish.


Lipstick £17

Five Lipsticks have been released with this collection, and can we just take a minute to appreciate the stunning packaging?! The Matte deep plum, the gold barrel and the hot pink lid? What isn’t to love?

♡ Kingdom of Sweets is a soft, milky pink in a Cremesheen finish

♡ Flamboyish is a matte hot, deep pink

♡ Saucy Little Darling is a deep, coral-red, in an amplified créme finish

♡ So Good For You is an intense cool red, in a matte finish that looks like it would make your teeth look incredibly white when worn.

♡ Leap of Delight is a deep, plum purple in a matte finish. This purple lipstick is fairly unique to MAC.

♡ The lipsticks retail for £17 which is £1.50 more than the regular price of £15.50. Although I think just to own the stunning, incredibly unique packaging it would be worth it.

 


Viva Glam Lip Compact £20

viva-glam-lip-compact
Viva Glam Lip Compact

The lip palette that has been released with this collection is a fairly diverse one, you get a pale warm nude, a slightly darker nude and a cool toned red. The palette includes 3 of the most iconic Viva Glam Lipstick shades.

(From Left to Right) 

♡ Viva Glam II is a muted, pink beige with shimmer in a satin finish

♡ Viva Glam VI is a terracotta plum with pearl in a lustre finish

♡ Viva Glam I is an intense brownish, blue based red in a matte finish.

♡ The lip palette retails for £20, which I think is a fairly decent price considering you get to trial 3 Viva Glam shades, although the MAC website does say that the palette is 2 inches by 2.3 inches, which is pretty small, so I don’t think you get a lot of product per pan.

 

I have already broken down the Eye Products that have been released with this collection (which you can read here). Next up is going to be the smaller kits that MAC have released with this collection.

 

 

 

Advertisements

MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Collection | Eye Products ♡ Holiday 2016

It’s that time of year again when everyone’s emails, twitters and YouTube feeds are full of the exciting launches that the holiday season brings.

Let’s start off with an absolutely massive launch shall we? MAC never fail to disappoint when it comes to Holiday collections and this year is no different. The launch is so massive that I am going to break it down into 4 different posts:

♡ Stand Alone Eye Products

♡ Stand Alone Face & Lip Products (which you can read here)

♡ Small Kits

♡ Large Kits

This post is going to be all about the stand alone eye products. There are quite a few so let’s get started!

First of all there are 2 different types of Liner launching with this holiday collection. The packaging for the liners is definitely different to the usual sleek black Mac packaging that we are all used to. The Liner itself is a beautiful jewel toned purple colour, and the cap is a striking hot pink.

KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL £16

 

kohl-power-eye-pencil
Kohl Power Eye Pencil / Feline

The Kohl Power Eye Pencil in the shade Feline is carried in the permanent line and has simply been relaunched in the Holiday packaging.

♡ The Liner retails for £16, which is £2 more than the regular retail price of £14.

♡ You get 1.45g of product which is a fairly standard amount of product in an eyeliner.

♡ MAC claim that this product is safe for use on the waterline, and is perfectly wearable for contact wearers.


EYE KOHL £16

Two Eye Kohl pencils have been released with this collection, again neither of them in new shades.

♡ Powersurge is a bronzed brown with golden shimmer

♡ Prunella is a purple shade

♡ The Eye Kohls retail again for £16, same as the Kohl Power, which is £2 more than the original retail price.

♡ You get 1.45g of product which again is pretty standard for a Mac Eyeliner.


MAGIC DUST EYE SHADOWS £17.50

The Magic Dust Shadow formula is a new one to the Mac line, they claim to be a longwearing, shimmering pearl powder shadow that is creamy to the touch, because of this formula being new, it does mean that all 6 shades are not available int he permanent line.

♡ Foward March is a peachy gold shimmer

♡ Dance Flowers Dance is a light pink

♡ Pretty Dainty is a pink coral shimmer

♡ Rabblerouser is a bright intense pink

♡ Dark Lullaby is a deep, midnight purple

♡ Mustache is a black shadow with a gold glitter running through it

♡ These shadows retail for £17.50 which is fairly pricey for a single shadow from Mac. However, you are getting 2.2g of product per shadow, which is a lot more than the normal MAC shadow size of 1.5g.


PIGMENT £16

Both of the Pigment shades that are being released with this collection are in the regular line, and they do not have any special packaging that is exclusive to the Holiday Collection. For this reason I wouldn’t say that you need to rush out and get them immediately, because they are going nowhere.

♡ Process Magenta is a bright magenta

♡ Rose is a rose shade with a copper sparkle

♡ The pigments are a standard size of 4.5g, a huge amount of pigment that will last an extremely long time, and retail for £16, the price of a regular pigment


EYE COMPACTS £29

 

There are three new shadow palettes being released for the Holidays. A Cool palette, a Smoky palette and a warm palette.

We’ll look at the shades in the palettes first and then break down the pan size, amount of product and pricing.

Cool Palette (From Left to Right)

♡ Enchanted Beauty is a pale pink shimmer in a lustre finish

♡ Performance Art is a mauve with a silver pearl in a lustre finish

♡ The Wrong Man is a pale cool pink satin shade

♡ Marzipan is a muted plummy taupe in a matte finish

♡ Quite Spoiled is a muted midtone lilac in a satin finish

♡ Absurdly Pretty is a matte raspberry shade

♡ Sugar Plum is a dirty matte grape shade

♡ Plum Darling is a metallic charcoal plum in a lustre finish

♡ Nutcracker is a deep blackened purple in a satin finish

Smoky Palette (From Left to Right)

♡ Too-dle-oo is a light warm beige shade in a finish

♡ Deception is a cool medium brown

♡ Sweet Dreams is a warm midstone stone

♡ Kid is a beige cashmere

♡ Dewdrop is a bright apricot

♡ Cake & Biscuit is a soft peachy brown

♡ Swiss Chocolate is a muted reddish brown

♡ Dance In The Dark is a deep cool brown

♡ Licorice Lane is a deep blackened brown

Warm Palette (From Left to Right)

♡ Filament is a platinum silver in a lustre finish

♡ Whirling is a metallic silver beige in a lustre finish

♡ Era is a soft golden beige with with shimmer in a satin finish

♡ Woodwinked is a warm antique gold in the Veluxe Pearlfusion finish

♡ Unwind is a dirty olive in the Veluxe Pearlfusion finish

♡ Lady Fingers is a true gold in a velvet finish

♡ Twelve Chimes is a metallic deep cool brown in a lustre finish

♡ Showstopper is a matte deep blackened brown

♡ Beyond Gorgeous is a black with a gold pearl in a Veluxe Pearlfusion finish

 

The Smoky palette is a completely matte palette, whereas the Cool and Warm palettes have a few different finishes of shadow in them.

♡ Both palettes retail for £29, which works out at just over £3.20 per shadow.

♡ The entire palette is 10g, which works out at about 1.1g of shadow per pan. Considering a single MAC shadow is 1.5g I think these palettes are an amazing deal.

All of the MAC holiday collections can be purchased at maccosmetics.co.uk.

 

Future MAC Collection ♡ New MAC Releases 2/5

Next up in my series of new MAC releases is the Future collection. This collection focuses on luminous, Mineralize products. This is big collection featuring 21 products. Some are new products and shades, and some are re-featured products.

So! Let’s get started, there’s a lot to talk about!

First up are 5 new shades of the Mineralize Rich Lipstick, which is an extremely moisturizing lipstick. The lipsticks retail for £21.00.

mac future lipsticks

Supernova is a cool, off-white

Metafabulous is a soft peach

Cybernaut is a neutral pink

Ionized is a metallic silver, and is easily the most unique shade in this collection

Touch the Earth is a midtone taupe

 

To pair with the lipsticks are 4 shades of Mineralize Glasses, in complimenting colours. As far as I’m aware, these are all new shades to the MAC range. All of the shades are pearlescent and will give a high shine to the lips. The Lip Glasses retail for £20.00.MAC future collection lipglasses

Antireality is a soft white with pearl

Telegenius is a soft peachy pink with pearl

Interspatial is a silver with multi-colour pearl

The Zone is a dirty mauve with pearl

 

There are also 3 Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads, the shadows in these quads are mineral-based baked eyeshadows, meaning they are extremely shiny. They also provide an ultra-lightweight coverage. The Quads retail for £34.00.

 

Future Collection Eyeshadows

Nanonude contains a warm beige, a neutral beige, a soft caramel and a gold with pearl. The shades will create a very soft, warm look if used all together.

Dark Energy contains a metallic silver, an iridescent teal, a metallic blue a black with pearl. This quad will give a more dramatic look, and will look pretty on blue eyes.

Full Orbit contains a creamy white, a dirty olive, a deep grey and a soft brown with pearl. I think this palette is the most diverse, because you could make a very natural eye look out of these shades or you could use the darker shade, and add a bit of drama.

MAc Future Eye Glosses

An item that has been featured a few times in MAC collection now are the eye glosses, these are a product that I think looks cool on other people but I don’t think I could wear for more than about 5 minutes before I got annoyed with the sticky feeling on my eyelids. The Eye Glosses retail for £16.00.

Pearl Varnish is a white gloss with pearl

Lightly Taupe is a light beige gloss with pearl

The idea with eye glosses is that  you do your eyeshadow look and then you put the gloss over the top, this gives a very shiny look to the eyelids and gives a lot of dramatic effect.

Future Collection mascara and liners.jpg

Also featured as items in this collection are a few standard line items from MAC. The Mineralise Multi-Effect Lash Mascara in Charged Black contains yeast extract and is a very volumising formula. The Mascara retails for £21.00.

There are also 2 of the Technakohl Liners in Sterling Silver and Graphblack, these are extremely pigmented, and are twist up so you don’t waste any product when sharpening. The Liners retail for £14.00.

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 16.25.20.pngFuture collection nail polish.jpg

There are also a set of lashes featured, the Number 4 lashes from the permanent line, these lashes aren’t super intense and are more of a wispy lash, similar to the Ardell Wispies. The lashes retail for £10.50.

There are 2 MAC Studio Nail Lacquers for this collections also, I have never tried one of these polishes  however the website boasts ‘A long lasting, high-impact colour that won’t fade, dull or streak. The Nail lacquers retail for £10.00.

Moonday is a clear with silver pearl.

Sweet Potion is a soft beige nude shade.

All of the items can be picked up from maccosmetics.co.uk or I believe this collection is available in MAC Stores.

Let me know if you are thinking of picking anything up from the new collection!

Tasha J Beauty xo

 

MAC x Caitlyn Jenner – Finally Free♡ New Mac Releases 1/5

Recently MAC have released a whole bunch of new collections that are officially available in stores today! (but some stores may have released them early, and some might release a little later) Although, they have been available online for about a week now!

I have decided to do a small series of blog posts, that are all going to be posted at around the same time, but it means that you can pick and choose what to read rather than reading through a massive blog post with 5 different collections.

This post is going to be about the Mac x Caitlyn Jenner collaboration, a lipstick called Finally FrMAC Caitlyn Jenneree. I think the name of this lipstick is one of the best I have seen, it represents how Caitlyn finally feels free after sharing her transition with the world.

Finally Free is a Cremesheen lipstick, in a midtone rosey nude shade. I think it is a beautiful and classy colour that would suit pretty much every skin tone. In fact, the Mac website says that this lipstick was made to suit All Ages, All Races and All Races.

The best part about this lipstick is that, not only is it an absolutely stunning shade, but 100% of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative to help further its work in support of Transgender Communities. It is amazing that the entire selling price goes to such a great cause, plus, it means you have a really good reason to buy lipstick. Buying lipstick to help support transgender communities, it’s a win win situation really!

The lipstick retails for $17 from maccosmetics.com

If ever you needed a time to buy a MAC lipstick, now is definitely the time, if you are worried about buying a slightly more expensive lipstick, then you can be at peace knowing that the money is going to such an amazing cause!

Tasha J Beauty xo

(Image taken from the Mac Website)

 

High End Lipstick Wishlist ❣ Tom Ford, Kat Von D and More!

High End Lipstick Wishlist

Back again with another wishlist! This time it’s the high end lipsticks that I dream of owning but for now, I just look at longingly! So here goes…

1. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick – Lolita – $21.00 – katvondbeauty.com (also available on sephora.com)

Now I’m pretty sure 2015 was the year of Kat Von D cosmetics, everyone just went mad for the contour kits, the eyeshadows, but the stand out for me are the lipsticks. I just think the packaging and the shade range is to die for! One day I will have a line of fierce studded lipsticks on my dresser, one day!

2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – Glastonberry – £23.00 – charlottetilbury.com

There are a few selling points for me on the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. The biggest being the packaging, the beautiful, elegant and classic packaging that has me swooning every time I see one. Then there is this beautiful colour, a stunning, dark berry colour that makes me want autumn to come back around just so I can wear this everyday!

3. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick – 67 – £25 – selfridges.com

These lipsticks to me are the epitomy of fancy. Something about the gold, the logo and the weight of these lipsticks just makes me fall in love. The shade mentioned above is just one of many that I dream to own. Imaging having them lined up and staring at you every time you did your makeup! *swoon*

4. Tom Ford Lip Color – Forbidden Pink – $52 – tomford.com

$52 sure is high end huh? Tom Ford lipsticks to me are like the Lamborghini’s of the car world to many. So unattainable, but so SO desirable. Oh how I would love to own such a stunning lipstick. I think I might end up treating it better than my future children though…

5. Mac Lipstick – £15.50 – maccosmetics.co.uk

I’m pretty sure anyone with a slight interest in makeup has a whole list of Mac lipsticks that they want to own one day right? As of right now I don’t any, but I plan on picking up a few on my trip to New York in May!! Velvet Teddy and Rebel are the top 2 on my list at the moment, such pretty shades!

 

Let me know which lipsticks have been on your wishlist for a while now!

Tasha J Beauty xo