I went to MAC counter at Smith & Caughey's on Queen Street for the Tartan Tale Collection launch day (November 8). I was expecting a BIG collection but what I saw was a small display stand. I was staring at the display and looking confused, I guess that's why one of girls came to ask if I need any help.
After a chit-chat with a Sales Assistant (or a "Makeup Artist" as they like to be called), she explained to me that the Lip, Eye & Face (and Nails) Kits will come out later in the month and up to Christmas. I felt relief. At least, I know they will be there, even if I wouldn't have any money to get them all.
Eyeshadows, on the other side, really caught my eyes right from the beginning. Look at how pretty they are! The colours are gorgeous & the plaid pattern is something quite unique. When I first saw them on the website. I thought these are you-gotta-buy them-right-now eyeshadows! So, I didn't waste any time and went straight to get some swatches. I like that they seemed to be bigger than normal size MAC eyeshadow (the same size as Mineralized Eyeshadows). I was a bit disappointed after I swatched them. The colours are not as pigmented as normal MAC shadows. Also, I thought that the plaid patterns will go all the way to the bottom of the pan, but they're not. So, I decided that I will skip the eyeshadows. Phewww! I still have money in my pocket so far :P
Then, I moved on to the lip products. The colours didn't really stand out for me. Besides, I've recently just bought a few lip colours from the other collections. So, I was telling myself not to buy more. I did try on Cut-a-Caper & Courting Lilac. They are very similar to Aristo-Cat & Innocent Beware! that I already have but the two that I've got look much better with my complexion than these guys. The lipglasses are Dazzleglass Creme which is not my favourite kind of lipgloss. I found they're too gritty & glittery for me. Well, I thought I would give all the lip products a miss. Well done! Nancy.
Here comes the damage! What's really stood out from this little display are the Pearlglide Eyeliners. They come in 5 colours; Black Swan, Lord It Up, Petrol Blue, Undercurrent and Blackline. Before, I hit the counter I wanted to get Blackline & Undercurrent as they seemed to the nice ones to own.
It turned out Undercurrent is way too bright for me. Lord It Up is just a normal brown liner. Petrol Blue is a nice shade of blue but it's something I wouldn't wear often. So I was down to 2 different black eyeliners. I ended up get them both. They're simply just too gorgeous to miss :D
The main reason I bought these two is that I would definitely wear these colours on my daily basis. Blackline is kind of a black liner with dark khaki & gold shimmer to it. So so so pretty! Black Swan is also a black liner but with dark grey (charcoal) shimmer and I can see navy in some angels. Looks like black but with a twist to it. Something I don't often see liners have.
(with natural light)
True to its name "pearlglide". The eyeliners have a super smooth texture. Glide on smoothly & easily. I didn't expect them to be that soft. They weren't so soft when I tried them on at the store. I guess because it's been exploded to the air too much & got harden. I broke a tip of one of them. It was really really soft and I was putting too much pressure on when I tried it on at home when I came back.
Anyway, I was very happy walking away with my purchase (& I still am). Smart choice, Nancy! I walked pass the shop window the other day and saw that they have half of Eye, Lip, Face kits already. I popped in the store and ask about the prices. Oh my God! they are so dear. The cheapest ones are NZ$95. I'm not sure if I would spend that much money on ONE makeup product. The problem is the packaging is so tempting. I'll save up for a few week and go get one of the eyeshadow sets. My excuse is "They are Limited Edition, it's OK to get one" hehehehehe
If you haven't checked out MAC Tartan Tale Collection, go get some swatches on your hand or maybe get a Makeup Artist to try them on you. Treat yourself for this coming crazy season!
NOTE: I wasn't allowed to take any photos at Smith & Caughey's. I got some of the pics from the website.