MAC Venomous Villains Collection - THOUGHTS and SWATCHES
As some of you may know I went to an unveiling event a week ago for the MAC Venomous Villains Collection with my girl Amy. The collection is now online at MAC and will be in stores on Thursday September 30. See a complete list of the products HERE.
I only picked up a few items from the collection that appealed to me plus I already have a few of the re-promoted/permanent items in my stash.
This collection has been on the minds of MANY MANY beauty lovers the world over. This is one of the most talked about collections this year for sure. Beauty forums are overflowing with thoughts about the collection from the packaging to the villains to the actual products. It had our heads spinning for months upon months.
So you may notice that the prices are a bit more for the items in this collection versus regular products. They are roughly $1 more overall. I'm sure MAC has done this before and they do it yearly for the luxe fall collections so I can't get mad at that. You have to pay a bit extra for the Disney packaging and images. Some products, such as the pigments and nail polishes, are the regular price and available for PRO discount because they don't sport the Disney graphics.
Personally, I'm was not a Disney baby so the whole packaging and such was not a big deal for me. I know some people wished that the packaging was 'better' but I think the graphics stayed true to Disney with a seasoning of MAC tossed in. Would it truly be Disney if the graphics were just sketches of the characters? I don't think so...they used the true representation of the characters on the product packaging and sketches on the boxes which was all well and good to me. But you can't please everybody. I don't feel that the packaging is tacky or childish either...hello it's Disney! It is what it is.
There are a few stand-out products in the collection but I find that many of the shades are dupe-able and not necessarily to die for!
Definitely, the Mineralized Eyeshadows, Toxic Tale Lipstick, Bite of Apple Blush, Briar Rose Beauty Powder Blush will be sold out quickly if not already. If you are interested in these then go get them fast!
I picked up Toxic Tale Lipstick (Evil Queen), She Who Dares MES (Maleficent), Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Cajun (Dr. Facilier) and De-Vil Eyeshadow (Cruella De Vil) just to get one item from each villain.
The lip products are decent but again dupe-able but I strongly suggest taking a look at Toxic Tale and Dark Deed Lipsticks.
Also check out the Mineralized Eyeshadows if you are into darkened, sparkly eyeshadows. These are superb. I didn't get both of them because one of them was purple-ly (you know me and purples).
As far as the blushes go I don't think any of them are to die for but I know people would trample me for Bite of Apple Blush and Briar Rose Beauty Powder Blush. Don't go postal if you miss out on these because you can get similar colors elsewhere.
The regular Eyeshadows are tame and I bypassed them except for De-Vil just so I could pick something up from Cruella. if you already have Coppering then this is a pass.
The Nailpolishes are really pretty but again dup-eable. There are similar/identical colors from OPI and I'm sure other brands as well.
The Greasepaint Sticks are pretty much a re-promote and a rename to be honest. For dark smokey looks these are fun so if you like dark looks go for these.
The Pigments are great as well but are just re-promotes. If you don't have these check them out.
Ahhhhh! The Magically Cool Liquid Powders! I know these are a bit gimmicky and all but I'm happy I picked one up. They are meant to be highlight powders that give a nice dewy glowy look to the skin. The neat thing about these however is the cooling liquid effect.
MAC says that these are made from some of the same ingredients as Fix+ and is 80 or 90% water. Cajun is great! I used it as a highlight powder on my cheeks and forehead and it felt so great on my skin. It's cooling and refreshing and I think hydrating as well. It gave my face a great glow rather than shine which I love (I am oily so dewy and shine are not my friends). Thumbs up! Check this out for sure.
Enough babbling....onto the swatches...
MAGICALLY COOL LIQUID POWDER - CAJUN