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MAC Holiday goodies07 copyI love pigments, and MAC seems to do some of my favorites. Over the past few years, I’ve gifted away or sold many of my full-sized jars. I couldn’t resist picking up three of the sets from the MAC Objects of Affection collection ($35 each). Because of their small size and variety, these sets are a great way to collect a wide variety of colors and textures (including glitters for nail accents) without investing too heavily. These sets are currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s (except for the Bronze set, which is a MAC exclusive). All swatches here are made with a wet brush.

MAC Holiday goodies02 copyThe Gold + Beige Pigments + Gilitter are a beautiful choice for those looking for a little shimmer and shine in warm neutrals. The golds in this set are dramatic, subtle and beautiful–especially English Gilt, a bright champagne (the second swatch from the left).

MAC Holiday goodies11 copyThese jars are small–they work best when using the back of my hand as a palette to mix with water or mixing medium. The Deep Brown is really well pigmented. I sometimes forget how beautifully these apply–the colors are amazing.

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Each of these sets has a glitter, which is fun for nails.

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The Bronze Pigments + Glitter set is a set of dramatic, warm bronzy neutrals.

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Each of these little bottles is rated at about 0.09 oz. each. Fortunately, you need so very little to get a dramatic look that it is inconceivable to me that you would ever use on these up. All three sets have little covers under the caps to guard against massive loss in case of a spill.

MAC Holiday goodies09 copySwatches of the Bronze Pigments + Glitters:

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The Blue + Silver Pigments are Glitters are a cool toned set with remarkably good formulations. These seemed particularly smooth and easy to work with.

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These all seem to be shades of cream, gray and black, although Deep Blue Green has a bit of deep blue in its mix.

MAC Holiday goodies16 copySwatches of these complicated and pretty colors.

MAC Holiday pigments blue2 copyFinally, I ordered this MAC Heirloom Mix Nude Lip Bag. I didn’t expect to love this, but I did.

MAC Holiday goodies21 copyI remember a few years ago that I would find the concept of laying so many lip products slightly puzzling. It’s so much easier to swipe and go with one product!  Since then, I’ve realized the value of layering products–they tend to have more complexity, they tend to last longer and they tend to have a pretty mix of textures and colors. This particular combination layers beautifully–the pencil, the lipstick, then topped with the creamy gloss gave me a good two hours. Once the product warmed and mixed on my lips, the effects was really pretty. Here are individual swatches:

MAC Holiday goodies26 copyOverall, I loved these picks from MAC Holiday 2014. The one addition product that you might not wish to mix is MAC Salon Rouge lipstick–it’s a pretty deep red (sorry, no pictures but I thought I’d mention it in case you are in a MAC mood).  The bag for the Nude set is not bad, but I’m not sure who long it will last in my current rough-and-tumble travel life.

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Inside, no pockets–just a simple bag, thank you very much.

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These sets are currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s (except for the Bronze set, which is a MAC exclusive). Here are the boxes for the pigment sets, below.

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Oct 302014
 

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting1Nars Modern Future Set ($49) includes three coordinated products based on the ultra feminine, universal pink, classic Roman Holiday. The set is housed in a modern, transparent triangular box embossed with a lacy pattern inspired by architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting3This beautiful presentation gives the illusion that the products are floating in the box, which is a very fun and sort of cool effect. Inside are:

  • Roman Holiday Lipstick
  • Mini Roman Holiday Blush (Limited Edition)
  • Roman Holiday Nail Polish (Limited Edition)

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting4 copy copy copyThe nail polish and lipstick are full size, and the blush is a mini (the size is rated at 0.12 oz., while a typical Nars blush are marked at 0.16 oz.). The blush size is roughly the same as a Nars eyshadow single.

Nars Roman Holiday Gifting5These colors are outstandingly beautiful, universally flattering pinks.

Nars Modern Future roman holiday1 copyOne more:

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How pretty are these?  The NARS Modern Future set is currently available at NARS online and will be available at other NARS sources beginning November 1st. I can think of two or three friends that would love this.
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Oct 292014
 

NARS Holiday Brush Set01 copyNars has outdone itself this year for its Holiday gifting offerings. This is a look at the Nars Kabuki Brush Set ($125), a beautifully packaged, modern, and wonderfully made set that would be an amazing gift to give or receive. This is currently available at NARS online, and will come available at other Nars locations on November 1st.

NARS Holiday Brush Set03The three included artisan brushes appear to be magically suspended in a modern clear crystal lace pattern is adapted from architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print. This cube is reusable for storing other items throughout the rest of the year.

NARS Holiday Brush Set06 copyInside are three brushes that have amazing performance, elegant design, and are a pleasure to use. These are:

  • MIE KABUKI BRUSH Ideal for soft, all-over face application of loose and pressed powders. Luxuriously layered with a double-dome design that deposits product evenly.
  • MIZUBAKE KABUKI BRUSH Contour and sculpt blush and bronzer with this distinct design for controlled application and precise definition.
  • KABUKI EYE BRUSH Blend and diffuse eyeshadows for a soft-focus, seamless effect with this limited edition domed eyeshadow brush.

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With the brush protectors taken off:

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I love the eye brush–it’s perfect for a lovely wash of color.

NARS Holiday Brush Set20 copyAnother picture of the Kabuki Eye brush:

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Here is the amazing Mie Kabuki brush, which is a wonderful brush for all-over powders or the soft application of bronzer. Also the Mizubaki brush, which has a smaller head for contouring or precise highlight placement.

 

NARS Holiday Brush Set19 copyOverall, this is an amazing, well-priced and high quality brush set that is beautifully packaged and ready for gifting (or using for own makeup application).  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! It’s already up for sale on Nars online, and will be available at other locations soon.

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Oct 272014
 

Sephora Chroma Color Giveaway2 copyIn addition to our giveaway for the Sephora Holiday Festival Blockbuster palette, there is another one for those who love their eye color–how awesome is that? Cafe Makeup is sponsoring a second giveaway, this one for the Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette (retail price $65).  Sephora sent both of these lovelies to Cafe Makeup for a giveaway to our U.S. readers.

Sephora Chroma Color GIveaway two1 copyThis rather impressive gift has 54 eyeshadows, 12 full size pencils, and a double side eyeshadow brush. This is some serious fun!

Sephora Chroma Color Giveaway5 copyHere’s a close up of a few of the full sized pencils and the double sided brush:

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If you’d like to enter, please leave me a comment on this exact post, saying “enter me” or something similar (I’m sorry, I can’t track entries left on social media). If you’d like to enter the other Cafe Makeup/ Sephora giveaway, go for it!  Just only enter once per giveaway.  This contest for the Sephora Chroma Color Eye Palette will end Wednesday November 5th at midnight. This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. Good luck, lovelies!!

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Oct 272014
 

Sephora Color Infused Giveaway1Those lovely people at Sephora have shipped over this Sephora Color Festival Palette ($49.50) as a giveaway for Cafe Makeup readers. If you’d like to enter, just leave a comment that says “enter me!” or something similar. This giveaway will run until Wednesday November 5, 2014 at midnight Eastern time.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you’d like to enter, please leave me a comment on this exact post, saying “enter me” or something similar (I’m sorry, I can’t track entries left on social media).  Tell your friends!

Sephora Color Infused Giveaway2 copyThe palette is bow-shaped, but opens in intriguing ways to reveal a huge quantity of colors:

- 72 x 0.014 oz Eye shadow
– 28 x 0.014 oz Lipgloss
– 8 x 0.077 oz Blush
– 18 x 0.014 oz Cream eyeliners
– 4 x 0.018 oz Two-in-one creams for cheeks and Lips
– 2 x Mirrors
– 6 x Makeup tutorials

Sephora Color Infused Giveaway3 copyYou can open the tops of the “bows” reveal the mirrors and eyeshadows. Then, you can “spin” the palette to show the layers of colors underneath.

Sephora Color Infused Giveaway4Cute!  Here’s a look at the whole range (although stopping the pivot at different points will show an entire layer.

 

Sephora Color Infused Giveaway5postHuge!! Do you want it (it’s unused, and shippings on me!).  Just let me know in the comments. This is also available for sale at Sephora. If you’d like to enter, please leave me a comment on this exact post, saying “enter me” or something similar (I’m sorry, I can’t track entries left on social media). If you’d like to enter the other Cafe Makeup/ Sephora giveaway too, go for it! Just only enter once per giveaway. This contest will end Wednesday November 5th at midnight Eastern time. Good luck, lovelies!!

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