What would you do if I told you that MAC put a look in a box? Would you want to set it free?
Before you answer that, what if I also told you that the neutrals in this particular box don’t bite? No, they’re much too sweet for biting. As a matter of fact, the shades in the MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door kit ($40) are sugar and spice and everything nice (i.e. charming), like the kind of makeup you’d wear to meet a new beau’s mom for the first time.
The limited edition 2011 travel exclusive boxed set, one of three from the MAC Packed to Go Collection, comes with five products, a few of them full-size items from the MAC permanent line, and a couple of hard-to-find limited edition shades from previous releases.
- (2) Eyeshadows in Grand Entrance and Smoke & Diamonds: Remember these two from 2009’s Love That Look? Well, the names are the same, but MAC changed the finish. When they came out with Love That Look, they sported the limited edition Starflash finish, but these have the MAC Frost finish instead. Frankly, I like both finishes and think the differences between them are subtle. Color-wise, however, I think the new colors are a shade lighter than the originals.
- Iridescent Power in Belightful: This sheer and shimmery peachy gold highlighting powder had its coming out party back in 2008 with the fabulous MAC Fafi Collection. This version’s the spitting image, too, right down to the big chunks of golden glitter.
- Zoom Lash in Zoomblack: Like “Drag Queen Lashes Light,” or the mascara a diva would wear to Sunday service, what we have here is a repromote from the MAC permanent line. It subtly thickens while it lengthens to take lashes up a notch or two.
- Cremesheen Glass in Deelight: This creamy neutral rosy pink feels smooth and non-sticky on my lips, and if you find yourself falling in lurve, it’s also available now on the MAC website.
Eyeshadows in Grand Entrance (left) and Smoke & Diamonds (right)
Iridescent Powder in Belightful
Cremesheen Glass in Deelight
Swatches from the left with the flash: Eyeshadow in Grand Entrance, Eyeshadow in Smoke & Diamonds, Iridescent Powder in Belightful, Zoomlash Mascara in Zoomblack and Cremesheen Glass in Deelight
Swatches without the flash
Swatches of Smoke & Diamonds with the Frost finish on the left and with the Starflash finish on the right with the flash
Without the flash
Eyeshadow in Grand Entrance, Eyeshadow in Smoke & Diamonds and Zoomlash Mascara in Zoomblack
Cremesheen Glass in Deelight
I really this set, but I wish it was easier to track down. As a travel exclusive, it mostly hangs out at select airports and duty free stores.
I guess that’s (part of) the beauty of these the travel exclusives — the thrill of the chase.
PRICE: about $40
AVAILABILITY: At select airports and duty free stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Was your Monday manic or mellow?
Mine was fairly mellow. The relentless rain started to get me down, but dinner with El Hub cheered me up. It was nothing fancy, just this Italian place at the mall… I was craving pasta somethin’ fierce, perhaps because I watched Godfather II last night for the billionth time, and I’m PMS-ing (you know how it is).
The third one you can have, but I never get tired of the first two…
I hope your week got off to a great start. What was the highlight of your day?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,