Look Feature – MAC Keepsakes Smokey Face Palette + Sweet Sentiment Blush

Heyo! So, I’m back but what would you know, I’m busier than ever.

Gosh!

Though that’s hardly anything to be surprised about after a one week disappearance at work during a peak period so… yes, give me a while to plough through my work and get my head back on track (as well as hurry up with whatever I want to say before the anticipated silent nights during the festive period, hurhur) so yes…

I’m going to leave you with a little Look Feature of the MAC Keepsakes Smokey Face Palette which I had talked about over here. The blush, Sweet Sentiment, featured here is also from MAC and I’ll have a post about it (coupled with another festive release, No Faux Pas lippie) to come!

Hopefully soon. Racing against the end-of-year clock here and I need more speed!

 

So anyway, given how compact this palette is, the eye options (of 3 shades) are rather limited and if you ask me this is the only way I would choose to wear them.

Of course you can choose to place the colors differently but when I’m faced with black and silver shadows, I automatically go really safe and throw on something that looks like this:

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I did a bit of a fancy schmancy split-screen or rather split face thing here to showcase both lip colors and in the midst of trying to align the pictures I think I made my face shape come out a little odd but nevermind, look past that!

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I’m not the sort to smoke it up a whole lot or do a dramatic cut crease but hey, if that’s your kinda thing then you should be able to achieve that with this palette by loading up on Carbon.

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Though I must warn you again that the textures of both Filament and Aristocratic Aura are a little iffy to work with. More so for Filament (the lighter one) because that sparkly color is so flakey it doesn’t stick well and once you blend the color freaks out and runs away… Oh gosh.

It’s like a rebellious child that needs constant nagging and maybe a gentle whipping to work well. I’m just saying…

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But in all, I think the look works once you get past the fact that we’ve been quite pampered by smooth creamy formulas of late and manage to make the shades behave and stay (intense) put.

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The rest of the palette is a little easier to take to, like with the Pearl Cream Color Base (that I used as a base for the eye look and then a brow highlight) being a nice creamy texture that doesn’t apply patchy or too greasy on.

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Even the iridescent face powder that I decided to sweep across my cheek bones in the red-lip look (because I forgot when I snapped the nude lip pic, heh) turned out quite wearable for day to day looks.

No disco ball face despite its resplendence within the pan. You know I’m exaggerating right. But in truth, it is quite shimmery in the pan.

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What I like the most from the palette would be the lipsticks or lip pans. Though Petulance (the nude) was a little disappointing as far as nude lips went, I guess it was a nice option for a neutral and natural lip look should you want that. Posh Evening (the red) on the other hand is really quite a pretty red. I mean reds are aplenty in the lipstick realm but this one is truly lovely on – very classic and rich.

Here, have a look at the same look above but with different lip shades.

Petulance (the nude)

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Evening Posh (the red)

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Much as I love them, I do have one itty bitty gripe about these… these lipsticks/lip pans aren’t the sort that cling on to your lips for dear life.

The good, is that they didn’t seem to be drying on. The bad, they stray really easily and get all over the place so bear in mind to remove this before you start eating unless you want lipstick all over your mouth. Like, on the outside of your mouth.

I’m not kidding, it happened to me and breakfast at work but thankfully it was in the confines of my cubicle, so… speaking from experience here.

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Though otherwise, if you’re looking pretty and chatting or choose to have some insurance by using a lip liner, I think you’re good!

Products Used:

BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Pearl Cream Color Base
MAC Filament Eyeshadow
MAC Aristocratic Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Tempting Eyeshadow (not in the Face Palette)

CHEEKS 
MAC Sweet Sentiment Mineralised Blush
MAC Born to Dazzle Iridescent Face Powder

LIPS 
MAC Lipstick (lip pan) in Petulance & Evening Posh

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All in all, I feel that there are many ways this palette can improve but its not to say it’s bad either. I mean, if you’re eyeing it it could be for the packaging and if so, there’s no way to really talk you out of it, right?

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It does work and I like what MAC chose to include – though I still think maybe a cream blush would have been a nice option instead a pearl cream color base shade but that’s just me.

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Overall I still feel this falls under the bar a little even though the intention is there. If the shadows were a touch smoother and more buttery, it could have been near perfect.

 

Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Keepsake Smokey Face Palette is part of MAC’s Keepsakes Collection. This is out island-wide and is Limited Edition.

Sorry I don’t have the price of this on hand!

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MAC Holiday 2014 – My Pretty ‘Keepsakes’ Pile!

You know for sure that the holidays are rolling about when MAC launches a mega-huge-I-can’t-even-keep-track-of-it collection in a wholly different packaging-take from their usual.

Since the old days (and I really just mean early 2000 era, when I was getting into MAC), the Holiday collections were always something special from the brand as we see special palettes, beautiful (tiptoeing on tacky in some years) packaging that would appeal to a good number of people and this year is no different.

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I personally feel this year’s feminine and classic pattern with a dash of fun in the form of sparkles quite pretty and appealing to me, though I do know of some who would prefer an edgier look from MAC.

But to each their own.

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The thing about MAC’s huge, and many, collections is that I’m at a point where I don’t keep up with the brand enough to learn every color that is coming out so I got a little confused over MAC Holiday being called both Keepsakes and Objects of Affection.

Though to break it down for anyone else who is equally confused, Keepsakes refers to the hella extensive makeup collection while Objects of Affection are the pretty ‘sets’ of glosses and pigments.

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I know it still doesn’t do too much to sort out the confusion because this collection (Holiday as a whole) is huge and there are loads to check out so I would recommend you to if you feel drawn towards the shades or packaging!

It really is one of the prettier holiday offerings in awhile, I feel.

Of course, as with MAC, there are bound to be a couple of hits and misses but I’ll get to it when I talk about them individually.

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For now, my work week is a little insane that’s why I’ve been rather quiet this week (as opposed to my daily spam last week) and if anything the busy-ness is giving me one of those mind block episodes again. It’s hard to write and when I try the flow of words and thoughts just feel a little bit off.

Gah. Maybe I should clear the tasks one at a time and hopefully I can think clearer (hurhur) then.

But anyway, I want to promise that things will get easier (or rather entries will get more frequent) but it’s a little early to say because next week could be hectic with me having to clear up my work before the mandatory break I have to take – long story short the inlaws are traveling so we’re home-bound and baby-sitting again.

I don’t want to start rambling about that whole temporary living situation on here so, that’s for another entry.

In the meanwhile, I do hope I’ll get to pick things up and share some necessary entries like the NAKED On the Run (in detail), with looks and also this pile of MAC stuff!

Fingers crossed!

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Thanks for reading!

MAC’s Holiday 2014 Keepsakes & Objects of Affection Collections are now available islandwide!

These are Limited Edition.

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