Topic: Kits and Sets

13 Sweet Holiday Sets

Published in: Kits and Sets, Makeup

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Sweet holiday sets!

BREAKING NEWS (MBB) — In what may come as a shock to absolutely no one, men and women around the world are procrastinating and putting off their holiday shopping. 🙂

Really, though, how do you expect me to focus on finding the best holiday deal on socks when distractions like Mariah Carey’s new reality TV show exist?

P.S. Homegirl does *all* of her on-camera testimonials in lingerie. Clearly, MC is living her best life.

If you’re still looking for gifts for your work wife, BFF, sis, mom, significant other or any other beauty-loving babes or boys in your life, and you have no idea where to start, here are some sweet holiday sets to consider.

1. Laura Geller So Scrumptious Vol. 4

Laura Geller’s six-piece So Scrumptious Vol. 4 set is all about the glow. It comes with warm, shimmery shades to illuminate cheeks, lids and lips, and it also includes a velvety face primer and a dual-ended face brush. It’s $59 and available meow at Ulta and laurageller.com.

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What you get in the Laura Geller So Scrumptious Set…

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Scrumptious, also known as “deliciously delightful”

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Laura Geller So Scrumptious swatches

2. By Terry Impearlious Baume de Rose

By Terry’s Impearlious Baume de Rose gloss set is for lords and ladies who love fancy-schmancy moisturizing glosses that aren’t overly sticky.

Seriously, though, who needs a dozen roses when you could have lipglosses that smell like roses and last a lot longer than a week?! By Terry Impearlious Baume de Rose is $65 and available now at department stores and barneys.com.

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The By Terry Impearlious Baume de Rose set, $65

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Swatches…

3. By Terry’s Impearlious Ombre Blackstar Gift Collection

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The $155 (!) By Terry Ombre Blackstar set

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The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Face and Eye Palette Set

Published in: Collections, Kits and Sets, Makeup, The Estee Edit

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Wearing both the Estée Edit Gritty Eye Palette and Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palette on my eyes, cheeks and my face

Hey, so I was just standing in front of my fridge in the kitchen, but I wasn’t there to make you a sheet of brownies, because…how would you even get the brownies? I wish I could send them through the screen. That would be cool if somebody could figure that out.

No, I was in the kitchen to see if these two new Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes would stick to my fridge because they’re magnetic, and yes, they do — so you can use them as both makeup and refrigerator magnets to hold whatever delicious recipe you’re working on at the moment.

The palettes are part of a $58 set in the Estée Edit holiday 2016 collection. One is just a straight-up eye shadow palette, and the other is for face and eyes.

When I opened the Eye Palette the first time, I immediately thought of the almost orgasmic but also laughably expensive $95 Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder Collection palette released last month.

It’s amaze! — but it’s also crazy expensive, so I hoped that this might be a more affordable dupe.

It’s not, but it comes close. The colors are similar, but the Victoria Beckham shadows are slightly cooler toned and more neutral. The Estée Edit Eye Palette shadows are also shinier, and the pearl particles are less refined.

But…the Victoria palette is a staggering $95.

Yeah, wow.

It’s clearly aimed at a very posh (haha, get it?) clientele, whereas the Estée Edit Gritty Eye Palette aims to please a possibly younger crowd that craves something flashier with mega shimmer.

I like shimmer, but I’m really picky about it. I like it when the pearl particles are small because, you know, whatever, I’m in my 40s, and big shimmer particles make my lines look more…line-y. And I’m not into that.

Thankfully, the Estée Edit Gritty Eye Palette shadows don’t have that kind of shimmer, which is great.

And about that name — the Gritty Eye Palette — that’s kind of an unfortunate name, isn’t it? Because in makeup parlance, “gritty” isn’t typically used to describe something good, but I think it refers to grungy and smoky eye looks here. That’s probably the deal.

I do see some fallout with the eye palette — more than the Victoria Beckham shadows — but it’s not a big deal. I just do my eyes first and clean up afterward. Also, the shadows blend easily.

The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palette Set
Limited edition, available now at Sephora and sephora.com ($58 for a set with both palettes)

The set comes with…

  1. One Gritty Eye Palette with 6 Pearlized eyeshadows in Swerve (golden copper), Riff (champagne rose gold), Burn (burgundy bronze), Wavy (dark emerald), Mood (midnight black with multicolored sparkle), Trip (deep iridescent blue)
  2. One Glow Face + Eye Palette with six multi-use powders in Snowlit (platinum), 14K Glow (champagne), 1st Light (soft pink), Gleam (peachy pink), Ray (golden bronze), Beachy (burnished copper)
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The Gritty Eye Palette

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The Glow Face + Eye Palette

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NARS Sarah Moon Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret Set for Holiday 2016

Published in: Kits and Sets, Makeup, NARS

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Wearing NARS Audacious Lipstick in Sarah from the Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret ($125)

You could do curls with this set or have a JLo Enough moment! Man, it’s heavy. I think the top might actually be made of glass.

Give me these mini lipsticks like the eight in the NARS Sarah Moon Glass Metropolois Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret Set any day over a lipstick palette. They’re pocket-sized and convenient, so you can bring one of them with you. You don’t even need a lip brush.

You might recognize some of them from the permanent line. All of them are re-promotes except for Sarah, one of the nudes.

The minis are about half the size of a full-size NARS Audacious Lipstick (0.08 ounces vs. 0.14), and the set is $125. That isn’t cheap but, you know…eight of them at one time, and a regular full-size Audacious is $32.

I wear the Audacious Lipsticks all the time, but I mostly wear the nudes. The bulk of the colors in this set, however, lean toward reds and darker purply maroons.

The reason I don’t wear the darker shades as much is because they tend to grab all of my little lip flakes, and the nudes just look smoother to me. I don’t know why… Maybe I have freakish lips.

Many of these eight are dark, so unless you have flawless, fantastically smooth lips — and if you do, you have to give me your secret because I need to know — they might be hard to pull off.

Some of them also look pretty similar to me…

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With a full-size Audacious Lipstick for scale

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With an iPhone 6S Plus for scale (case is the Lipstick Love Lattes)

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Gift Sets: The Mineralize Kits, Retro Matte Kits, Face Compacts, Viva Glamorous and the Viva Glam Lip Compact

Published in: Collections, Kits and Sets, MAC Makeup

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More MAC Nutcracker Sweet!

These are the last bits and bobs of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection, and I’m kind of relieved, to be honest! I’ve been covering A LOT of MAC Nutcracker Sweet over the past few days…

Here’s a look at the Retro Matte Kits, the Mineralized Kits, the Viva Glam Compact and Viva Glamorous, the Brush Kits and the Face Compacts.

M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet
Available online October 20, 2016
Available in stores on October 27, 2016 through December 8, 2016
#MACNutcrackerSweet

First things first, the lip products in the Retro Matte Lip Kits. I’m lovin’ that intensity. You can really see how intense and opaque they are in the swatches.

I’m making grabby hands right now at the Red Kit… That’s my personal standout.

The Retro Matte Kits

Red Kit ($45, retailer exclusive) — Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick (full-size Retro Matte), Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (full size), Upward Black Upward Lash Mascara (full size)

Pink Kit ($45, an online exclusive) — Pandemonium Lipstick (full-size Retro Matte), Bing Bang Boom Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (full size), Upward Black Upward Lash Mascara (full size)

Plum Kit ($45, MAC stores only) — Dancing Flowers Lipstick (full-size Retro Matte), Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (full size), Upward Black Upward Lash Mascara (full size)

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Retro Matte Kits in Plum, Pink and Red ($45 each)

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Retro Matte Kit swatches from the left: Pink (Pandemonium Lipstick and Bing Bang Boom Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour), Red Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick and Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour) and Plum (Dancing Flowers Lipstick and Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour)

I thought it was a little odd that the Mineralized Skinfinshes in the Mineralize Kits aren’t full size, because the other two items in each of the kits are (the Mineralize Lipsticks and Lipglasses). It just seems to me that if you’re gonna go full size with a kit like these, go full size, and if you’re gonna go minis, go minis.

The little Mineralize Skinfinish pans are cute, though…

Mineralize Kits

Pink Kit ($55, MAC stores only) — Be Fabulous Mineralize Rich Lipstick (full size), Eloquently Elegant Mineralize Lipglass (full size), Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish (mini)

Nude Kit ($55, retailer exclusive) — Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick (full size), Happiness Mineralize Lipglass (full size), Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish (mini)

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Mineralize Kits in Nude and Pink ($55 each)

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Mineralize Kits in Nude (Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick, Happiness Mineralize Lipglass and Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish) and Pink (Be Fabulous Mineralize Rich Lipstick, Eloquently Elegant Mineralize Lipglass and Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish)

OK, when I was growing up, we always had these tins with butter cookies in them that came in white paper cups, and the designs on these Face Compact pans remind me of them for some reason.

I don’t know… That might be a Filipino thing.

There are two of them — Peach and Copper — and both come with a highlighter and a blush.

The highlighters are REALLY shiny. Too shiny for me, but I do like the sheen I get from the blushes. It’s just right.

Face Compacts

Peach ($35) — Tutu Extra Dimension Skininish, At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

Copper ($35) — Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush

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Face Compacts in Peach and Copper ($35 each)

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Face Compacts in Peach and Copper ($35 each)

Gotta say…I’m not the biggest fan of MAC’s lip compacts. I’m just not a huge fan of lip products in pans in general, but the Viva Glamorous set is pretty cool. It comes with full-size versions of Ariana Grande Lipstick and Lipglass, and a cute bag.

BTW, when you layer the gloss on top of that Lipstick, it’s purr-fection.

Viva Glam

Viva Glamorous ($32, available only at MAC stores and the MAC website) — Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick (Matte), Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

Viva Glam Lip Compact ($23, available only at MAC stores and the MAC website) — Viva Glam I Lipstick (Matte), Viva Glam II Lipstick (Satin), Viva Glam VI (Lustre)

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Viva Glam Lip Compact ($25) and Viva Glamorous ($32)

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Viva Glam Lip Compact (Viva Glam I, Viva Glam II and Viva Glam VI) on the left and Viva Glamorous (Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick and Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass) on the right

Lastly, how cute are these brush kits? The brushes are photo ready with those pink handles and the gold and black ends.

Brushes

Essential Brush Kit ($35) — 167 Face Blender Brush, 217 Blending Brush, 266 Small Angle Brush

Mineralize Brush Kit ($52.50) — 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush, 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush, 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush, 283 Duo Fibre Small Eye Shadow/286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush

Basic Brush Kit ($52.50) — 190 Foundation Brush, 129 Powder/Blush Brush, 213 Fluff Brush, 209 Eye Liner Brush, 316 Lip Brush

Contour Brush Kit ($52.50, only at MAC stores and the MAC website) — 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, 193 Angled Foundation Brush, 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush, 212 Flat Definer Brush, 204 Lash Brush

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Contour Brush Kit ($52.50), Essential Brush Kit ($35), Basic Brush Kit ($52.50) and Mineralize Brush Kit ($52.50)

And that’s it! We’re done! 🙂

What a big collection… I feel like I just finished back-to-back spin classes.

A few things really stood out to me, like the entire color collection. I pretty much love everything about it. And the Lip Gloss and Lipstick Kits are fantastic values.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the shadows in the Cool Eye Compact Eye Shadow X 9.

I think this has been one of the most titillating, joyful MAC holiday collections in a while.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Gift Sets: The Mini Lip Gloss and Lipstick Kits

Published in: Collections, Kits and Sets, Lips, MAC Makeup

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The MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kits in Red, Pink and Nude

My mom is no joke when it comes to saving money. She is hardcore. She would walk three blocks up a steep, practically vertical hill to pick up a single penny, and Mom would totally give her stamp of approval to these MAC Mini Lip Gloss and Lipstick Kits.

There are six of them in the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection, each one with four products, and the kits are $35 each.

The items aren’t full size, though. They’re minis, but that’s cool because, value-wise, the kits are a great deal.

M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet
Available online October 20, 2016
Available in stores on October 27, 2016 through December 8, 2016
#MACNutcrackerSweet

Each of the three Mini Lip Gloss Kits comes with three Cremesheen Glasses and a Dazzleglass. Normally, a full-size Cremesheen Glass would cost you $21 and a Dazzleglass would cost you $20, so all four, if you bought them together, would set you back $83, so $35 for four, even if they’re minis, is a pretty good deal.

Plus, most of the glosses aren’t colors you see everyday. I mean, I’ve seen some of them before. Like, I have vague recollections of loving Galaxy Rose, and I’ve definitely worn Phiff! in the past, but for the most part, you can’t just hop over to a MAC counter and grab these. So that’s one cool thing the Lip Gloss Kits have going for them.

I also love the Cremesheen Glass formula. MAC has a bunch of different lipglosses, but the Cremesheens are some of my favorites. They aren’t sticky like the Lipglasses, and they’re less pigmented overall, which means they’re easy to apply without a mirror.

And I think the Dazzleglasses look super cool (SHINY! SPARKLY!), but, to be honest, they aren’t my favorite formula. They’re very sticky, and I think they’re kind of uncomfortable. I mean, I’ll wear them to a party but not around the house.

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The MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kits in Red, Pink and Nude

RED LIP GLOSS KIT ($35) — Galaxy Rose Cremesheen, Gumdrop Cremesheen, Courting Chic Cremesheen, Phiff! Dazzleglass

NUDE LIP GLOSS KIT ($35) — Fashion Whim Cremesheen, Nutty & Naughty Cremesheen, Pure Delight Cremesheen, Prancin’ Dancin’ Dazzleglass

PINK LIP GLOSS KIT ($35, an online exclusive) — Fashion Scoop Cremesheen, Charm Cremesheen, Twirling Cremesheen, Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

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The Packaging for the three Lip Gloss Kits along with an iPhone 6S Plus and a full-size Cremesheen for scale

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Gloss Kit swatches from the left: Fashion Whim, Nutty & Naughty, Pure Delight and Prancin' Dancin'

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Gloss Kit swatches from the left: Fashion Whim, Nutty & Naughty, Pure Delight and Prancin’ Dancin’

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