Monday, February 7, 2011

MAC Wonder Woman Collection - Initial Thoughts

First off I updated the previous entry with Blush, Mineralize Skinfinish, Lipstick, and Lipglass Comparison and Dupes links as well as her Overall Recommendations for the MAC Wonder Woman Collection.  Go check it out HERE

Now for how I'm feeling...I'll be honest I'm really not.  Temptalia does some fabulous, detailed, and thorough reviews of products and I trust her viewpoints.  She didn't even list a single product as a "Must Have" from this collection and that is saying something about the quality, or lack there of.  MAC what are you doing?  I have been waiting, saving, lusting after this collection for a year and I look and I'm lucky if I'll be getting even a couple of products.  And so many of these are repromotes, granted I don't have those shades, but hardly anything new or limited edition.  It just saddens me a great deal.  Tons of great packaging, I was overlooking the steeper price in lieu of getting more product, and then you go and just let me all sorts of down by taking away the quality and punch that this collection should have.  *shakes head* I'm just so upset by this.  I did take the time to write down some notes of my own on the pieces I am considering.

(Any items that are numbered was done to show my order of preference.  I did this in case I decided to only get one or two items.)

Lipstick: 4)Marquise d’, 3)Russian Red, 2)Spitfire, and 1)Heroine.  Heroine looked like a lovely shining bronze and Spitfire was a lovely shade of pink, both shades I would wear.  Russian Red, a coveted shade among beauties, looks so orange that I don't think I could swing it.  Marquise d' has two woes, one it's a very very nude shade and two it looks like you aren't wearing anything on your lips.  What's the point in that?
Lipglass: 4)Emancipation, 1)Wonder Woman, 3)Athena’s Kiss, and 2)Secret Identity.  Wonder Woman reminds me of a color I might all ready have, if I do it will move to place 4.  Secret Identity is more of that luscious bronze I love.  Athena's Kiss is quite the pink it should be, if you like pink this is your pink.  Emancipation is another nude let down, why where nude if it looks like you aren't wearing lipstick.  I don't get that trend.  My hang up is that Temptalia pointed out that no matter how slowly and carefully she removed the wand from the tube, she always wound up with a dollop of gloss falling off the brush.  I guess I want to share my extra sized gloss with the sink, floor, and counter top.
Opulash Mascara: 2)Victorious, 1)Army of Amazons, 3)Themyscira, and 4)Black.  I'm a bit of a colored lash junkie.  Army of Amazons I would get since my collection lacks green.  Victorious also cause I don't have a bright purple, just a dark one.  Themyscira would give my collectiona blue that isn't bright, teal, dark, or sparklie.  I can see DragonMonkey rolling his eyes now.  He's saying "But do you need it?"  And I'd skip black cause I have a ton of black all ready.
Nail Lacquer: Temptalia didn't have these to review but I might take a chance on them.  I like nice bold reds and dark blues which is what these two should deliver.  I have some other MAC nail polish and can't complain so these might be worth the try.
Blush Duo: 2)Mighty Aphrodite and 1)Amazon Princess.  Amazon Princess is a nice peachy coral color, something that looks really nice on me.  Mighty Aphrodite was a serious pink shade.  My hang up with both of these is that the split is very uneven.  The lighter side is huge and the darker side is so small you can barely get a travel size blush brush to grab it.  Very reluctant.
Mineralize Skinfinish: 1)Pink Power and 2)Golden Lariat.  Pink Power looked like a nice pinky peach that would match any one.  But Golden Lariat was so bronze that a pale type like me would look odd wearing it.  My reluctance here is similar to the Blush Duos, sections that are just oddly shaped or too small to use.
Wonder Woman Makeup Bag: I would get these just to have on hand to grab and go.  But still considering this option because of the expense.
Wonder Woman T: It's an online exclusive that I will have to check out when it pops up online.
Invincible Mirror: It's just a mirror, but sometimes just having a mirror can be a good thing on hand.  Versus say a mirror in a compact that you have to hold the puff or arrange your fingers to not stick them in gloss when using.  Or something bigger than one of those lipstick case mirrors or brush/mirror combos.

Definitely Nots
Penultimate Eye Liner: It looks like a giant permanent marker.  Why would I want to use a giant sharpie to line my eyes.  What's delicate and feminine about that?  Big Pass.
Lash: I'm not that into lashes.  Don't even use the ones I have.  Pass.
Defiance Eyeshadow Quad, Lady Justice Eyeshadow Quad, and Valiant Eyeshadow Quad: These had such potential.  I was expecting bold and yet wearable by all colors with a buttery soft consistency.  Instead it's full of sheer washes, colors that can be easily duplicated, and hard as rocks that don't layer or blend all that well.  Heavily sighed pass.
Reflects Glitter and Pigment: I don't need more glitter or pigments.  And I really don't need colors that come with warning about what I can and cannot put on my eyes or lips.  Pass.
Utility Belt Eye Brush Set and Utility Belt Face Brush Set: I have more brushes than I need that I don't use.  Plus I'm skeptical of MAC brushes in collections since Tartan Tale let us all lacking and wanting.  MAC brushes are supposed to be coveted, but lately their collection and travel sizes leave you wanting.  And they come in a super shiny gold fanny pack.  Hello 1980s.  Pass.

Update Feb 7 - So I ended up getting the Opulash Mascara in Army of Amazons and Themyscira and the Lipstick in Heroine.  I also picked up 3 Lipcremes when I ordered.  I'll post some pictures soon. :D

So there you have it.  How are you feeling about it?

Steelers Colors FOTD - Quick Pix

Did a Gold and Black smokey eye for todays game. GO STEELERS!!!!!

Will break down the look and share soon. :)

Who are you rooting for?

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Update Feb 7 -
Steelers Look Break Down
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight, MAC Pigment-Old Gold, Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow-Honey, Urban Decay Black Palette-Cobra and Black Dog, Urban Decay Naked Palette-Virgin, Too Faced Liner Lava Gloss, Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
Brows: Benefit Brow Zings-Medium, Benefit High Brow
Face: Tarte ReCreate Primer, Too Faced Amazing Face Liquid Foundation-Warm Vanilla, Tarte Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum, Urban Decay Razor Sharp Finishing Powder, Too Faced Candelight Powder, Benefit Blush-Sugarbomb
Lips: MAC Lip Conditioner, MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme-Faithfully Yours, Stila 24kt Gloss-Golden Charm

Step by Step Application
Apply MAC Lip Conditioner to lips.  Apply Tarte ReCreate Prime all over your face and neck.  Mix Benefit Foundation with a touch of Tarte Smooth Operator and apply all over face and neck, blend well.  Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance to lids.  Shape and fill in eyebrows using Benefit Brow Zings then highligh your brow bone using Benefit High Brow, blend well.  Pat on MAC Old Gold Pigment on eyelid and crease.  Sweep Urban Decay Honey on crease and a little above crease as well as below the eye.  Blend Urban Decay Cobra shadow into crease and outer third of eye lid and sweep along lower lid.  You want a smokey eye look.  Darken crease and outer third of lid with Urban Decay Black Dog, you want to define without losing the blended color.  Line upper and lower lash line as well as inner upper and lower lash line (water line) with Too Faced Lava Gloss.  If you wear contacts be careful and don't draw on your contacts like I am prone to doing.  Pad Urban Decay Finishing Powder all over face and neck, then gently buff.  Buff a small amount of Too Faced Candlelight Powder all over face, neck, and decollete.  Sweep Benefit Sugarbomb on cheeks.  Apply MAC Faithfully Yours Lipcreme onto lips and dab Stila Golden Charm gloss on top.

I'll see about working on a Green Bay look to share. :D

Smile pretty and you're ready to share with everyone!

OPI Black Shatter Top Coat - Quick Pix

Isn't it the most lovely thing ever? I picked it up at last weekend. Go Steelers!!

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Update Feb 7 -
Here is a break down of what I used on my nails:
Base Coat: Essie Millionails (1 coat)
Base Color: Ghina Glaze Anchors Away Collection-Lighthouse (2 coats)
Top Color: OPI Black Shatter Top Coat (1 coat)
Top Coat: Essie Millionails (1 coat)

You need to work fast when you use the Black Shatter Top Coat.  It starts to dry as soon as you lay it down and if you over lap the strokes you might move some of the bits.  Beyond that I love this top coat!

I picked my bottle up at Ulta.

What do you think of it all?

Review MAC Wonder Woman Collection - Details at posted her reviews of the MAC Wonder Woman Collection yesterday.  She hasn't gotten through everything yet but she's testing, swatching, reviewing, and posting as quickly as she can.  I've posted the list of items below and linked them to her reviews of the products.  Who else is getting excited?!

Lipstick: Marquise d’, Russian Red, Spitfire, and Heroine
Lipglass: Emancipation, Wonder Woman, Athena’s Kiss, and Secret Identity
Opulash Mascara: Victorious, Army of Amazons, Themyscira, and Black
Penultimate Eye Liner: Rapidblack
added Feb 7 - Nail Lacquer: Obey Me and Spirit of Truth
Lash: #48 Lash
Defiance Eyeshadow Quad: Defiance, Paradise Island, Star Studded, and Real Drama
Lady Justice Eyeshadow Quad: Lady Justice, Insurmountable, Bold Babe, and Deep Truth
Valiant Eyeshadow Quad: Valiant Light, Spinning Transformation, Diana, and Manila Paper
Reflects Glitter: Reflects Pearl and Reflects Bronze
Pigment: Bright Fuchsia and Marine Ultra
Blush Duo: Mighty Aphordite and Amazon Princess
Mineralize Skinfinish: Pink Power and Golden Lariat
Wonder Woman Makeup Bag: Wonder Woman Red and Bulletproof Blue
Utility Belt Eye Brush Set: 224SE, 213SE, and 194SE
Utility Belt Face Brush Set: 129SE, 109SE, and 190SE
Wonder Woman T
Invincible Mirror

MAC Wonder Woman Packaging Pictures
Video Review Part 1: Eyes
Video Review Part 2: Lips and Cheeks
Eyeshadow Comparisons and Dupes
added Jan 31 - Blush and Skinfinish Comparisons and Dupes
added Jan 31 - Lipstick and Lipglass Comparisons and Dupes
added Jan 31 - Overall Recomendations and Suggestions

According to Temptalia the collection will be available in US stores on Feb 10th and UK stores March 2011.  It will be available online at MAC Cosmetics on Feb 8th with a possibility of appearing earlier on the 7th.  Also local MAC stores are unveiling on Feb 1st, contact your local MAC store for details and RSVP.

What are you thinking about getting?