For the holidays last year, MAC must have had Tootsie Rolls and time capsules in mind for the packaging of their Curiositease collection — six sets of mini lipglosses, eye pencils and pigments housed in elegant white cylinders with gold and silver accents.
This year, MAC revisits the giant Tootsie Roll with Little Darlings ($29.50 per set), scheduled to arrive November 16 as part of MAC Holiday 2008.
This capsule is hard to miss. Ya’ll know I love red, but the packaging feels a little cold to me. It’s modern — I’ll give it that.
Today I checked out two of the sets from the new collection: 5 Neutral Lipglass/Lustreglass (strange name for a set) and 5 Warm Pigments/Glitter.
5 Neutral Lipglass/Lustreglass
5 Neutral Lipglass/Lustreglass includes mini-tubes of the following products:
- Beau Lustreglass: a shimmery, warm beige-brown
- C-Thru Lipglass: a shimmery peachy beige
- Languish Lipglass: a deep bronze with golden pearl
- Love Nectar Lustreglass: a light peachy-pink with golden pearl
- Mouthwatering Lipglasss: a shimmery light pink-beige
From left to right: Beaux, C-Thru, Languish, Love Nectar, Mouthwatering
The name says it all — neutral. That’s also how I feel about this set. I like the shades, but none of them really pop to me or make me go “OoOoooOOO.”
My favorite is Love Nectar. It has a just-made-out-for-hours look to it, but Languish’s golden pearl will go well with bronze looks. I think Mouthwatering, C-Thru and Beaux are also pretty, but by themselves they don’t really stand out.
The three Lipglasses and two Lustreglasses all deliver nice color and shimmer, but the Lipglasses are thicker, stickier and longer lasting. They come with a doe foot applicator, while the Lustreglasses come with a brush.
The texture of the Lustreglasses is thinner than the Lipglasses but feels more moisturizing, and I think because they aren’t as shiny as the Lipglasses are, the Lustreglasses produce a more natural looking lip.
If you wear a lot of dark smokey eye looks, the 5 Neutral set might be a good option for you. And if you’ve got a young teenager in the family, they could make a great gift because the colors aren’t too sexy or in-your-face.
5 Warm Pigments/Glitter
Eureka! There’s gold in them thar hills, and there’s gold in these here Little Darlings, too…
- Gold Dusk Pigment: A shimmery, pastel lemon-gold. It looks a little chalky on my tan skin, but if you have have lighter skin, this would look better on you than it does on me. Try it as a wash all over the lid, along with a thick line of black gel liner along the top lash, and then pair it with some rich red lips. Ooh!
- Gold Mode Pigment: A shimmery light golden peach. Gold Mode doesn’t look as chalky on my skin tone as Gold Dusk does. I can see myself using this as a brow bone or lid shade with a few good MAC browns like Soft Brown or Saddle.
- Gold Stroke Pigment: PRETTY! A taupe with shimmery golden pearl, Gold Stroke goes with lots of other shades. I can totally see doing a smokey eye with it paired with MAC Club and Woodwinked eyeshadows.
- Melon Pigment: A warm peachy gold. Like Gold Mode, it looks good on tanned skin. Here’s a no-brainer shade for simple color washes over the entire lid.
- Reflects Antique Gold: Large flecks of kahki-gold. Did I say large? I meant *extra* large, as in too big. This is my least favorite shade of the bunch. The glitter’s too big for me and looks a little like dirt on my skin.
From left to right: Gold Dusk, Gold Mode, Gold Stroke, Melon, Reflects Antique Gold
If you haven’t worked with MAC Pigments before, you could ease yourself into them with these shades. The golds are subdued (except for Reflects Antique Gold) and could work in place of neutral browns and beige. Might also be a nice way to spin a smokey eye look by layering a gold onto a dark brown or black.
More Little Darlings Deets
Like last year’s Curiositease, Little Darlings also includes two Pigments/Glitter sets and a Softsparkle/Eye Pencil set. This year MAC didn’t include a Plushglass set and chose instead to include an extra Lipglass/Lustreglass set (Neutral, Coral and Pink). All of the different sets will go for $29.50 each.
I’m kinda tempted by the Coral and Pink Lipglass/Lustreglass sets… What do you think of Little Darlings, little darling?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,