Friday, November 25, 2011

MAC Fabulously Festive Face Kit - WARM Swatches, Review and FOTD - Ice Parade Holiday 2011

This holiday season, MAC has presented us with three face kits.  One is exclusive to Nordstrom, while two (a Warm and a Cool) are online and MAC Store only.  Today I'll be sharing the Fabulously Festive Face Kit in Warm.

From the MAC website:
The festivities start! Gold and fleshtones mingle in soft, warm shades. Eyes, cheeks and lips await the shimmer. Three special edition glitter-handled brushes and our stunning snowglobe bag bring everything together. How fabulous! Limited edition.
Set includes:
- Four eyeshadows in Carbon  (Matte), Golden Sparkle (Lustre), Omega (Matte) and Soft Brown (Matte).
- Lipglass in Join The Party.
- Lipstick in Mellowarm (Frost).
- Blush in Seasonal Appeal (Matte).
- Three brushes 129 SE, 275 SE and 266 SE.

 (Mellowarm Lipstick)

 (Join The Party Lipglass)

 (Join The Party Lipglass over  Mellowarm Lipstick)

The MAC Fabulously Festive Face Kit in Warm is obviously perfect for travel, all fitting into the handy little bag.  I'm not a fan of the clear bag with the circle (though it has grown on me more since my review of the other kit).  I get what they're trying to do, but it's just not my style.  I DO love the face kit compact.  The little outer snow globe is totally cute, and the compact is surprisingly sturdy.

The shadows were decent.  Omega and Soft Brown are a dream.  Golden Flurry is a Lustre, so as a highlight it's ok, but as a shadow on it's own I'm not impressed.  I've truly never been a fan of Carbon.  I think it's good to have a matte black shade in your stash, but this one always feels rough to me and doesn't have a nice pigment unless it's used wet.   The shadows had NO fall out.  Even when I did Carbon as a liner, no clean up. 

Seasonal Appeal Blush is a great shade and wore fabulously.  The matte finish is one of my favorite finishes for MAC blushes.

I love the combo of the lipstick and lipglass.  Together and separate they look demure and fabulous.  Mellowarm is a deep peach with a frost finish (that didn't really look frosty!) and Join The Party, while slightly sticky (as with all MAC Lipglass) was the perfect fleshy, creamy peach that can be paired with just about any warm shade.

The brushes fit nicely into the pouch.  I am in love with the glittery handles of these brushes.  Obviously the quality isn't going to be as great as the full size brushes, but the festiveness allows me to overlook that.  And truly, for travel, I don't need anything super duper amazing.  These brushes get the job done and still do it well.
This was a great purchase for the quality, convenience and the cost.  You get four eye shadows, a blush, a lipstick, a lipglass, 3 brushes and a makeup bag for less than $60.  You can't beat it.

The only downside to this kit, is that three of the shadows are permanent to the MAC line.  I don't personally own any of those 3 in my stash, so this kit was a good deal for me.

The MAC Fabulously Festive Face Kit in Warm retails for $59.50.  This kit is exclusive to MAC Stores and the website.  It's currently sold out online, but I was able to call a store and order mine very easily!  This item is Limited Edition for MAC Holiday 2011.

I also swatched and reviewed the Nordstrom Exclusive 'Festive Frost' Face Kit.


Now, for the FOTD!  I loved this as a simple and elegant FOTD, but it would be really easy to smoke out.  I chose to do the more demure look because I  think it would appeal to more people as an every day kit, which would be perfect for any type of travel.  When I did this look, I used only the three brushes that came with the kit, even though for a blush I'd normally reach for a 168.

For this look I used:
~ Lancome Dual Finish Powder Matte Bisque II
~ Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in BR42
~ Dior DiorShow Brow Styler
~ MAC Brow Set - Clear
~ MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara
~ Urban Decay Primer Potion
~ MAC Eye Shadows (from the Face Kit) - Carbon was used as the top liner, Soft Brown in the crease, Omega on the lid, Golden Flurry dabbed a bit in the inner corner and to highlight.
~ Chanel Le Crayon Kohl - Noir (bottom waterline)
~ MAC Seasonal Appeal Blush (from the Face Kit)
~ MAC Mellowarm Lipstick (from the Face Kit)
~ MAC Join The Party Lipglass (from the Face Kit)
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Yvonne said...

very very nice!! :)

KC Mussman said...

I Really Dislike M.A.C's Holiday edition this year- Most of the colors are warm (reds, nudes and neutrals) and the silver ones arent practicle.
most of the glosses are uncomfortable and the swatches (especially the shadows) look horrible and cheap, and the bag is a compleate Insult and looks like something out of a dollar tree. (havent heard a good thing about that ugly case yet.) the box was pretty though.
I got the 4 peice duo fiber brush set and I am very pleased with them.
All in all M.A.C really bombed this winter.
The lipglass and lipstick looks very pretty on you.

Brooke @ Blushing Noir said...

Thank you, KC!
I wish they would do more kits like this. I liked the square bag (it's pretty sturdy and nice for plane travel!), but the one that came with the brush sets is meh.

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