According to the Girl Next Door, MAC Put This Look in a Box

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mac packed to go collection

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.

MAC Packed to Go Look In A Box: Girl Next Door

MAC Packed to Go Look In A Box: Girl Next Door

Eyeshadows in Grand Entrance (left) and Smoke & Diamonds (right)

Iridescent Powder in Belightful

Cremesheen Glass in Deelight

mac look in a box girl next door swatches with the flash
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

mac look in a box girl next door swatches without the flash
Swatches without the flash

swatches of mac smoke and diamonds with the flash
Swatches of Smoke & Diamonds with the Frost finish on the left and with the Starflash finish on the right with the flash

swatches of mac smoke and diamonds without the flash
Without the flash

Eyeshadow in Grand Entrance, Eyeshadow in Smoke & Diamonds and Zoomlash Mascara in Zoomblack

mac cremesheen glass in deelight
Cremesheen Glass in Deelight

karen of makeup and beauty blog wearing the mac look in a box girl next door from the mac packed to go collection

I really love 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. πŸ™‚

PRICE: about $40
AVAILABILITY: At select airports and duty free stores

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,



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  1. i love how wearable all the colours are! smoke & diamonds is gorgeous.
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  2. Vijaya says:

    I have to get this: Smoke and Diamonds was one of my favorite shadows until I lost it. =[
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    • Karen says:

      It’s a great little color. Hmm, maybe it’ll turn up when you least expect it? Years ago I thought I lost a pan of MAC Sable and my NARS Amour blush… I ended up finding Sable hiding beneath my dresser and Amour beneath the seat in El Hub’s truck, LOL! Don’t give up hope. πŸ˜‰

  3. AnieJ says:

    I feel as though it might become my mission over the next while to find this and OWN it! Airport…get ready for me….
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  4. Jayli says:

    When will this be available and will it be available online?

    • Karen says:

      The official PR didn’t give a firm date, but it should be available this spring at select domestic and international airports/duty free stores. I’m haven’t heard any information as to if it will be sold online.

  5. Rae says:

    Killing me –> yes you are. The set looks fab!

    Plus, you’ve totally just created a Smoke & Diamonds lemming for me – in both finishes. I really love the tone of the newer one, but the Starflash finish looks gorge πŸ˜‰
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  6. amy says:

    I love Grand Entrance and Smoke and Diamonds in the Starflash finishes. I have hit pan for Grand Entrance last year, I wished that these weren’t packaged in a box set.
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  7. Charlotte says:

    Hey guys,
    does anyone know in which airports you can find this set ? cause i’m passing through hong kong airport and london heathrow in the beginning of april… hope i run in to these πŸ˜€

  8. Denise says:

    I’ve always wanted to try smoke and diamonds. This looks like a nice lil kit. Also, I loved the Godfather 3. It left me hoping for part IV. πŸ™‚

  9. Kim says:

    I think this was my favorite of all the boxes when you originally did the swatches. The colors look so lovely on you! I’m afraid the shadows would be a bit frosty for me but maybe not. It seems like a really nice, wearable collection. πŸ™‚

    PS Soooooo with you on the Godfather. I had the biggest crush on Al Pacino when I watched the first one, and I’ve also seen 1 and 2 a kazillion times. As for #3, I barely made it through and can’t imagine watching it again.

    • Karen says:

      I’ve blocked out most of the the third movie from my memory, haha! Have you read the books? I think I might have to one of these days.

      • Kim says:

        Me too – my only lasting memory is that Sophia Coppola was a terrible casting decision. No, I haven’t read them yet but I definitely should! I’m adding them to my list right now. πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          I’ve been meaning to for years but have never gotten around to it.

          I’m glad Sophia Coppola decided to go the directing route. Lost in Translation is one of my favorite movies!

  10. Kerry says:

    Those colors are so pretty!

    My Valentine’s Day started out kind of rocky, then got better. This morning was…not so good, and kinda put a damper on the good parts of yesterday. Grandpa isn’t doing so hot. I’m glad to hear yours was nice. I always prefer a mellow, relaxed Valentine’s Day.

  11. Nina says:

    one of my fave eyeshadows from MAC is Smoke & Diamonds. its a lovely gray taupe that i think is universally flattering. its also one of the few eyeshadows i have a backup of.

    i also love MAC’s cremesheen glasses – less sticky and more pigmented than a lipglass!

  12. Appu says:

    Seems like a lovely set! I I like the Cremesheen glass the most. Nice shade πŸ™‚
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  13. Alex says:

    BAH! Godfather! My favorite movie is #1, but #2 is definitely up there too. Like you said, #3 is not even worth.

    Also, I WANT THIS SET!

    Sorry for all the caps haha. I should be studying πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      LOL! I have lost count of how many times I’ve watched #1 and #2. El Hub hates watching them with me because I obnoxiously recite the lines along with the movie.

      “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes!”

  14. Lisa S. says:

    Aaaaaaahhhhh smoke and diamonds is my fave MAC eye shadow
    color of all time . In fact this whole set is gorgeous. I’ve got to track this down!!!!

  15. JENA says:

    OMG WANT! i would get it but 40 bux is a little too much for a 15 yo to spend
    one day………

  16. Stephanie says:

    The eyeshadows doesn’t seem that pigmented.. but the colors are still beautiful.

  17. steph b says:

    I love Smoke and Diamonds. It is so versatile and picks up color from whatever you pair it with. It is my go to for a soft smokey eye. *Love it* paired with Stash liner. I would love to have it in this finish too.

    I grew up in the area the Godfather is based on. We used to cruise by the compounds.

  18. Wendy says:

    Gaaaahhh whyyy did they make Smoke & Diamonds a frost? So sad now. I’ve wanted the starflash formula for AGES. I wish I could test it on my skin (NC20) and see if it’s lighter… it looks much lighter on you (the frost one)
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  19. Hazel says:

    i love the pretty glow it gives you! i’m thinking about picking this set up πŸ™‚
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  20. PS says:

    The make-up colors in the above picture look really good on you!

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