Loving, collecting, hoarding makeup is one of the quickest ways to drain one’s bank account. I’ve been at this game for years, so I try to make sure to get my loot at the best price possible. This means patiently waiting for friends, relatives, and friends of friends (during desperate times) to go abroad and fulfill my makeup longings. However, there are times when certain pieces of makeup arrive in the Philippines and I just have to let go of my restraint completely because chances are, these makeup items will be difficult to procure abroad anyway. This also happens quite often during my moments of weakness when I’m dazzled by makeup pieces from here and there.
MAC collections A L W A Y S get me to let go of this carefully disciplined restraint of mine. One timely example is their 2015 holiday collection, Magic of The Night. Gosh, I mean.. how can I not grab a few pieces from the collection after I’ve been teased every single day of my life on social media ever since it was released abroad. So the moment it was out here in Manila, I immediately went straight to Rockwell right after my Plana Forma session, in gym clothes, flip flops and all.
I always go for the single pieces that are displayed at the most prime location of the store vs the holiday sets because I just feel like these are the stars of each MAC holiday collection. It’s just how I feel about the products, and I don’t know it for a fact. teehee. Also, I prefer having control over the pieces of makeup I buy. With the help of my friend Keith at MAC Rockwell, I ended up with purchasing the Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh, darling and Matte Lipstick in Midnight Rendezvous.
Extra Dimension Skinfinish Oh Darling
Despite knowing that this is similar to one of my favorite highlighters of all time aka MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt (also limited edition), I still decided to get Oh Darling because it suits my skin tone over the darker highlight shade in the collection, and the quality of the product is insane. I’d like to tell myself that the gorgeous platinum blue packaging did not influence my decision at all, but it did.
The shade is a vibrant champagne gold and looks like a diluted liquid gold when swatched on my skin. It is very similar to Whisper of Gilt with Oh Darling being a touch golder. But honestly, if I randomly apply one shade one each of my cheeks, I would not be able to tell the difference. The powder itself is exquisite and applies to the skin beautifully. I would say both are close dupes to each other and those who were not able to snag Whisper of Gilt will be delighted to know that Oh Darling can give them the same love and happiness that Whisper of Gilt could have given them. I don’t mind having both because I’m a sucker for highlighters and I’m close to hitting pan on Whisper of Gilt anyway. I have to say though, these Extra Dimension Skinfishes are difficult as hell to use up. I’ve had it for a while now so I do feel that I’ve already gotten my money’s worth.
Matte Lipstick Evening Rendezvous
I’m allergic to Matte formulations but sometimes, mesmerising platinum purple packaging with matching gorgeous limited edition shades make people do crazy things. Evening Rendezvous is the only lipstick in the collection that is limited edition. The other three (Please me, All fired up, and Dark Side) are all part of the permanent line. I was also hesitant to get a purple shade because Heroine did not suit me AT ALL but Keith convinced me to try it out and voilà, I fell for it.
The shade is a deep reddish purple which is a lot more muted compared to Heroine, which is a bright orchid purple shade. With proper exfoliating and moisturizing, I make it work on my dry lips. It definitely makes a bold statement when worn but isn’t as loud as Heroine. I think it’s a very romantic shade and I can imagine wearing it to a dinner date. But I’ve also worn it during daytime by keeping everything else in my face neutral. I’m obsessed with this shade and have been wearing it often. I have to say, this shade may have broken my very long bold-lipstick-dry-spell. Since it’s a matte formula, it’s very long lasting as well.
Over the two items, this is the product I’m more excited about because I’m certain that more women with different skin tones can rock the hell out of this shade. I’m fair-medium skin and I think I look great in it. I’m also sure that women with deeper skin tones will s l a y this shade as well.
I really like this collection. The packaging alone is enough of a reason to check the products out AND it has a nice lineup of products. I was even able to try on some shadows from the palette and I was really impressed with the quality of the shadows.
My only concern from the lipstick addict within me is that I wish they had included more limited edition lipstick shades since this is in my opinion, one of the most awaited collections yearly. I could have bought more shades had there been more limited edition ones. Although, it might be a blessing in disguise too since the lack of limited edition shades restrained me from hoarding.
Overall, everyone is bound to find something they love in this massive collection. Make sure to check it out ASAP since stocks are running out like hot pancakes.
Do let me know what you think about the products you picked out from the collection!