Friday, July 17, 2009

MAC's Color Craft: Yet Another Review

This Project 5-Pan is really getting the best of me. I actually drove to Ulta yesterday and started browsing around--it wasn't until 10 minutes into the trip that I remembered I was not to purchase anything makeup-related. This is more confirmation that this experiment is much needed. With that in mind, I've decided to also embark on a bit of a 5-Pan for body products as well. I typically have an easier time with this, so it will probably be completed far quicker than the makeup one.

Anyhoot, so as not to be the very last person in the blogosphere to report back on MAC's Color Craft collection (purchased prior to the start of my plan), I present to you the following items which took my fancy:

MAC's Mineralized Powders are not my favorite, if for only that they tend to be a bit too shimmery. Sunny By Nature was the lone star of the collection, in that it has a relatively matte finish. I like this, because of course it then sort of fits into the bronzer category...and we all know how I feel about bronzers. The glow is very subtle, and if you do choose to purchase this, I would say that you ask to have a look at the marbeling first, to ensure that you get some good vaining. Clearly, I didn't.

Good brushes should be a staple in any collection. It is one thing that I'm willing to splurge on, given that they are worth their weight. With MAC, I go back and forth, as I believe that there are better brushes out there (*ahem* aDesign, for one), but I admittedly succumb to a new "limited" design when MAC presents me with one. Furthermore, I would guess that I succumb to most things that are limited, but that's neither here nor there. This one is fantastic for picking up the above mentioned Mineralized Skinfinish, as the end fibers go some distance in keeping the effect light.

The last item that I snagged, was the Nice Mix Up Lipglass. First things first--I do not like the packaging. The fact that finger prints are easily visible on the square handle, does not appeal to me, and there is something sharp and awkward about the whole thing. Apart from that, I was a tad let down because this shade specifically did not show up a bit more orange on the lip. I was looking for something similar to Naked Honey's Queen Bee, but with more pigment...this one was just, ehhhh. I actually took a photo of it on, and then tossed it, because it really only looked as though I had taken a photo of a moisturized lip. I'll try to pair this with another lipstick, and see what I can make of it. Any suggestions?

All in all, I was much more impressed with MAC's Naked Honey collection (though I can't think of anyone that this was the case for), and all due to the honey salve--not even the colored cosmetics. What is this saying about MAC's new releases?

So, we are off to yet another weekend! I absolutely love weekends--they go by too quickly, yet they go a long way in the re-charging department (assuming work isn't part of the equation).

What are your plans for t
he weekend? Did you pick up anything from the Color Craft collection?


Tali said...

I also noticed the fingerprint thing..its starting to really annoy me!!
Great haul.. very restrained! The brush is really good and keeps in shape so well I already washed mine.

Hahah project 5 pan is killing me.. my mascara is almost empty and its the one thing i cant live without so.. oh dear!!! :)

Great post! xx

fantastic said...

@tali: well hello YouTube star! I subscribed, btw ;) I have 5 days to finish 5-pan...hahaha, will never happen. But I want to pick up some Illamasqua products as soon as it hits!

I thought I would regret not picking up more from CC, but I'm still happy w/my restraint :)

Monika @ RocailleWrites said...

Sunny by nature looks fab, but the only thing I decided to spend my hard-earned money was 226 brush and I'm loving it! Great haul and review :) xxx

Tali said...

Because you restrained yourself in CC you can go crazy in Illamasqua! hehe thats my reasoning!! :)

Why oh why is make-up so addictive!!?

My mum is still making fun of my video.. she keeps saying im drowsy because of the painkillers i took! Soo mean!!!!!! haha.. i dont think its that bad for a 1st try!!

fantastic said...

@tali: nah, i don't think you looked bad at all! i was just teasing you bc i was expecting the heavy e.european accent! hahaha you did great for your first one..sheesh, i can't even get myself to do a single one! close but yet so far...*sigh*

@rocaille: hey there! i was thinking about that 226 hm has a very nice angle, yes? how are things coming along for the big day?

Muhsine Emin said...

well done for resisting :) i'm on project 5 pan, and keep forgetting! im aiming to finish up lipsticks and lipglosses first! great haul, u got sunny by nature, i want it, but i cant have it :) xx

Michelle @Lipstickrules said...

All I got was Made with Love lippie, Eclectic Edge and Fad-dabulous blush....maybe that is a lot but a year ago, I would have bought way more! Maybe I should join project 5 pan too. 10 pan was too hard and I failed! LOL.


fantastic said...

@bubblegarm: i saw all of those glosses on your video, and then your comment made more sense to me :) sunny by nature hasn't been the most talked about product, but i think it's worth it! let's keep each other accountable on 5-pan!

@michelle: i love all of those items that you chose! If I were to have picked up more, it probably would have been those! Yes, please join us on Project 5-pan!

Tali said...

I think a post on your wedding day make-up in detail is needed.I just realised we disussed Bobbbi Brown but there was no photographic evidence :P!!!

fantastic said...

@tali: don't forget a thing! i did say that i was going to post're right. i still will. i just need to get those photos back from our photographers! soon soon :) xx

Tali said...

I like the close up of the msf.. it looks really great almost edible.. this is your fault twittering about cookies now i want to eat everything!!

ps I am just about to tag you in something have to finish the post first! xx

Dila said...

Hun I tottaly agree with u about msfs but woow sunny by nature looks gorgeous!!!! Luckily mac is way too expensive here (Istanbul) and I don't wanna waste my money so no Mac until I'll back to States :) yaay! xx

fantastic said...

@tali: I really like the way things look close-up..maybe because that's not how I see them in real life! This purse tag will kill me, but I'll base it on what's currently in it!

@dila: how long will you be there? Have a blast!

Dila said...

Thank u hun I will be back on 26th :)

Michelle @Lipstickrules said...

I caved in and got Sunny by Nature and Improve blush. I'm so weak. ;-)

fantastic said...

@michelle: how are you liking sunny by nature? did you get some good vaining in yours?

Maui (Suushh) said...

Ohhh the msf looks pretty! I kinda dont like them too because they tend to make me look like a frying pan but I always always feel tempted to buy them cause they look pretty! haha

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