All Pretty, But Also Pretty Affordable — M-A-C Cosmetics for Holiday 2012



All for Glamour!  If a picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps the trio of gift-able compacts below, from M-A-C- Cosmetics tells the story of affordable opulence. This seems to be the trend for holiday 2012.  M-A-C Cosmetics has, as usual, come up with some of the most drool-worthy gift-ables, and yet, they’re not out of the ballpark crazy, forget-ever-considering-them, expensive.  There are so many different pretty things for the holidays for yourself and for gifts, you’re sure to get at least one you can’t live without!  

M-A-C- gifts are the ones to give, and definitely the ones to get.  *If I missed any of the gift-ables in the M-A-C lineup let me know, but I think they’re all here! Be sure to get yours early. Collectors are going to covet, and snap them up fast. 


Fabulousness –Too pretty not to show off! These chic, satin-tufted compacts are a touch of modern romance with its demure black patent bow accent. Fabulousness with haute class, stylish inside and out. Elegant eye shadow compacts reveal a palette of five perfectly coordinated colours that blend for softly chic or deeply dramatic holiday looks. All for Glamour colourways face and touch up kits. And, for M∙A∙C fanatics who long for the new and fashionably exclusive, this is it, Devine Desires. Four of our finest products, in two softly sensuous colour palettes.

Divine Desire/Paramour Pink ($70.00 US/$85.00 CDN)

  • Divine Desire Powder Blush – Bright pink.
  • Heart to Heart Lipstick – Mid-tone yellow pink. (Cremesheen)
  • Warm Embrace Lipglass – Cool rosy pink with pearl. (Frost)
  • Purple Dash Technakohl Liner – Intense aubergine. [Permanent]
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

*this is the kit the Advice Sisters personally experienced. In a soft peachy-pink box with a shiny, black, “bow-tie ribbon wrapped around the middle, is the hard-sided, satin covered, compact. Open the case with the black, plastic bow tie clasp, and inside you’ll find one side featuring an elasticized black satin pocket, containing a travel-sized blush/powder brush (<AC 12pSE). flip up the black, plastic cover from the other side, and revelaed will be a black plastic insert with “wells” that hold a vanilla-scented Lipglass in sheer pink) with a black bow tie on the barrel to dress it up for the holiday, plus ; a creamy medium pink lipstick, and a bright pink blush, and a lovely, thin line Technakohl liner in eggplant.  The colors are universally flattering and the compact is really cute. If I have any issues with this great gift, it’s that once you use the colors for a while, or use them up,you can’t remove the insert and use the compact for anything other than the same shape and size product that was originally in it. But, for those who can afford $70.00, it’s a “wow!” of a gift idea.  

The lineup of the other two sets is:

Divine Desire/Quite Coral ($70.00 US/$85.00 CDN)

  • Born to Love Powder Blush – Coral.
  • In a Heartbeat Lipstick – Pale clean coral. (Cremesheen)
  • Pure Flattery Lipglass – Soft coral cream. (Frost)
  • Photogravure Technakohl Liner – Deep chocolate brown. [Permanent]
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Sinfully Chic/Chic Face Kit ($70.00 US/$85.00 CDN)

  • Pursue Your Passion Powder Blush – Warm bronze.
  • Out To Please Lipstick – Neutral nude cream. (Lustre)
  • Be Nice Lipglass – Shimmery light gold with gold pearl. (Frost)
  • Graphblack Technakohl Liner – Rich graphic black. [Permanent]
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush


Smaller and more affordable at $39.50 but no less pretty and impressive  are these eye-centric,  satin-tufted compacts. Fabulousness with haute class, stylish inside and out. Elegant eye shadow compacts reveal a palette of five perfectly coordinated colours that blend for softly chic or deeply dramatic holiday looks. All for Glamour colourways face and touch up kits. And, for M∙A∙C fanatics who long for the new and fashionably exclusive, this is it, Devine Desires. 


Glamour Light Soft beige frost (satin), Sketch Burgundy with red shimmer (velvet). Honesty Pewtered bronze (lustre) , ognac Frosty golden bronze (frost), Retrospeck Bleached blonde (lustre)

SRP $39.50 U.S./$47.50 CDN


Brun Muted blackish-brown (satin); Blonde Mink Grey taupe frost (lustre); Enviable Cool mint green with pearl (veluxe pearl); Smut Muted black with red shimmer (velvet); Magical Mist Metallic taupe (lustre)

*this is the one The Advice Sisters personally  tried. We love the green tinted case that matches the green compact, above.  The Magical Mist Taupe is party-perfect, glittery and flattering on everyone, with blendable, silky, intense color shadows.  I think this green compact will flatter brown eyes best, but your blue-eyed reporter liked it, too. The square compact with rounded edges has an interior mirror. While this one, like it’s larger sister, is meant for display more than travel, I’d take this one away for the weekend.

SRP $39.50 U.S./$47.50 CDN


Spellcaster Matte aubergine (matte); Taupeless Lavender pink (lustre); Black Slip Rich blackened plum with pearl (veluxe pearl); Satin Taupe Taupe with silver shimmer (frost); Love Spice Mid-tone rosy pink with pearl (frost)

SRP $39.50 U.S./$47.50 CDN

Available online October 23, 2012; available in stores October 25, 2012


Also eye-catching in a leopard print box, are the Primped Out Collections for Lips and Eyes., and Perfectly Plush Brush Kits to fill the season with glamour. Pack all your M∙A∙C makeup and brushes in one M·A·C Hanging Travel Bag and you’re off for the holidays in chic style.

MAC Pimped Out Lip Look Bag in Luxurious Pink or Lavish Coral ($39.50) and the Eye Look Bags ($55.50) in Drama Taupe, Decadently Pink and Sensual Peach, are some of the girliest gifts around.  A retro-ish pink leopard print makeup (for the lip gifts) and a turquoise leopard print design (for the eye gifts) are opened and closed like grandma’s change purse, with ball clasp. Inside there’s a tiny, satin lined pocket to put the phone number of that sexy stranger you just met!   The Primped Out Lip Look Bags hold three things every lipstick lover needs, in either coral, or hot pink.  You get a full sized lipstick in a shiny black bullet case, a full sized Lipglass with the silk-screen black bow tie design on the tube, and a mini-sized lip pencil in a complimentary shade. Here is how the two lip looks and three eye collections stack up:

Lip Look Bag / Lavish Coral ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Kiss Me Softly (Cremesheen Glass) Soft peach with gold pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Shy Girl (Lipstick) Creamy neutral coral beige (Cremesheen)
  • Boldly Bare (Lip Pencil) Dirty red brown   *this is the lip look bag The Advice Sisters personally tried. We love the makeup bag and will be using it for months to come. And, we love the Creamsheen Glass with it’s vanilla scent, and a tint of super-sheer, light coral. The Shy Girl lipstick was a bit light for our taste, but it makes a great base for a glittering lip gloss or perhaps, just a slick of the Kiss Me Softly Creamsheen glass.  We didn’t try the Luxurious Pink version of the Lip Look Bag, but we’re guessing that one has a bolder look. One for day, one for evening, perhaps?

Lip Look Bag / Luxurious Pink ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Call Me Gorgeous (Cremesheen Glass) Bright fuchsia with gold pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Lickable (Lipstick) Bright, clean blue pink (Cremesheen)
  • Great Catch (Lip Pencil) Bright cream fuchsia

Eye Look Bag / Sensual Peach ($46.50 U.S. / $55.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dazzle Me (Eyeshadow) Light peach with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Mulch (Eyeshadow) Red-brown with bronze pearl (Velvet)
  • Stubborn Brown (Powerpoint Eye Pencil) Deep rich brown
  • Bad, Bad, Black Opulash Mascara Black
  • 275SE Medium Angle Shading Brush

Eye Look Bag / Decadently Pink ($46.50 U.S. / $55.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Radial Pink (Eyeshadow) Powder pink with silver sheen pearl (Frost)
  • Shadowy Lady (Eyeshadow) Blackened plum (Matte)
  • Bordeauxline (Powerpoint Eye Pencil) Soulful deep rich plum
  • Bad, Bad, Black Opulash Mascara Black
  • 275SE Medium Angle Shading Brush

Eye Look Bag / Drama Taupe ($46.50 U.S. / $55.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Filament Eyeshadow (Eyeshadow) Platinum silver (Lustre)
  • Black Tied Eyeshadow (Eyeshadow) Black with silver sparkle (Velvet)
  • Engraved (Powerpoint Eye Pencil) Rich black
  • Bad, Bad, Black Opulash Mascara Black
  • 275SE Medium Angle Shading Brush
If you like leopard, you’re going to love the M-A-C Cosmetics Makeup bags and brush kits. Leopard and lace…how sexy can you get?!!!  Whether the one you pick has peach, pink, or turquoise, you’re going to feel pampered by these luxurious brush sets with full sized bristles and travel-friendly handles. There are a several different kids, and I’ve listed them below, but I personally think the Personally Plush Brush kit is the one to get for anyone who wants the must-have (face) brushes for travel, or just to start a collection. These are also essential if you are even going to think about crafting a contoured face (all the rage for Spring 2013).  A slim, oval zippered brush bag holds four makeup brush essentials for the face:  Powder/Blush Brush; 190SE Foundation Brush; 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush; 226SE Small Tapered Blending Brush and a 266SE Small Angle Brush, these are nestled into a clear, black net-printed snap section, while the other side of the case has a pocket for your other favorite must-haves.

Perfectly Plush Brush Kit / Essential ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush
  • 190SE Foundation Brush
  • 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush
  • 226SE Small Tapered Blending Brush
  • 266SE Small Angle Brush

    Perfectly Plush Brush Kit / Mineralize ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

    • 187SE Duo Fibre Face Brush
    • 130SE Short Duo Fibre Brush
    • 282SE Duo Fibre Shader Brush
    • 286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush

Perfectly Plush Brush Kit / Advanced ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 167SE Face Blender Brush
  • 168SE Large Angled Contour Brush
  • 217SE Blending Brush
  • 239SE Eye Shader Brush
  • 212SE Flat Definer Brush

Hanging Travel Bag ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

I am a huge fan of packable travel bags that let you “unwrap” when you get to your destination.  This one, packaged in a peach colored leopard print outer box, is slim and long, and tied with a black gross grain ribbons (like a large jewelery/beauty roll). The very top of the bag holds a black metal hanger that can be pushed inside the bag for travel, but pulled out to hand in a closet, at your destination. When you untie the ribon, there’s a  black lack print laminated inside lining, featuring a top zippered compartment for anythign long and thin, like makeup brushes, liners, pencils, and perhaps, small hair accessories. Moving down the bag, there is another, larger zippered compartment for makeup and larger makeup and toiletry items.  Underneath that are two snap pockets for anything large and square or round, perhaps a powder compact or mineral makeup.  At the very bottom is another nicely sized long zippered pocket, for toothbrush, comb, etc.  If you are taking a carry-on bag and don’t want to put your (dry,not liquid) items in a plebian plastic zip lock bag, this will hold everything you need for a weekend or a week, in style and it will still take up much less room than a traditional “dopp kit” styled rectangular bag at just:  12’’ x 18’’ open. (M∙A∙C stores only.)

Sinfully Chic Face Kit ($70.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition/Nordstrom Exclusive)  *the advice sisters didn’t idn’t personally review this but you can see it’s the same, satin covered, hard-sided compacts as Divine Desire at the top of this feature. You get a Blush, Lipstick, Lipglass, Technakohl Liner and a Blush Brush

  • Pursue Your Passion (Blush) Warm bronze
  • Out to Please (Lipstick) Neutral nude cream (Lustre)
  • Be Nice (Lipglass) Shimmery light gold with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Graphblack (Technakohl Liner) Rich graphic black
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush

Guilty Passions – Available online November 1, 2012; available in stores November 8, 2012

Giving in to Guilty Passions, from champagne and macaroons to a dazzling party dress and seductive stilettos, to eyes that shimmer and lips that glisten. M∙A∙C mini kits for eyes and lips, packaged in round, chevron-print boxes trimmed with a patent black bow; in shades and finishes too irresistible to resist.

Guilty Passions / 4 Nicely Nude Lip Gloss ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fashion Whim (Cremesheen Glass) Light beige (Creme)
  • Satin Slip (Dazzleglass Creme) Soft beige with gold pearl (Creme)
  • Get Rich Quick (Dazzleglass Creme) Warm yellow brown (Dazzle)
  • Kiss Don’t Tell (Cremesheen Glass) Warm chocolate creme (Cremesheen)

Guilty Passions / 4 Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • On the Scene (Cremesheen Glass) Peach with pink and white pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Steppin’ Out (Dazzleglass Creme) Clean yellow pink with red pearl (Dazzle)
  • Sublime Shine (Dazzleglass Creme) Light coral brown with gold pearl (Creme)
  • Geo Pink (Cremesheen Glass)

Guilty Passions / 4 Lavish Rose Lip Gloss ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Going Casual (Cremesheen Glass)
  • Demure (Dazzleglass Creme) Warm pink with blue pearl (Creme)
  • Boys Go Crazy (Dazzleglass Creme) Deep amethyst (Dazzle)
  • Colour Saturation (Cremesheen Glass)

Guilty Passions / 4 Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Silk Stocking Beige
  • Darling Coquette Soft beige frost
  • Rose Light Rose with copper sparkle
  • Ever Elegant Copper frost

Guilty Passions / 4 Sweetly Smoky Crushed Metallic Pigments ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feminity Cool pink frost
  • Maribu Lilac frost
  • Prettified Mauvey frost
  • Dusty Desire Rich purple frost

Guilty Passions / 4 Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • She’s Got Class Silver frost
  • Spruced Teal frost
  • Moss Garden Light green blue frost
  • I’ve Got a Crush on You Browned teal frost

Making Pretty – For those in your life you want to spoil – Available online December 6, 2012; available in stores December 13, 2012 – Every opulent element and dramatic detail is expressed in M∙A∙C’s luxurious Making Pretty collection. Modern makeup darlings are dressed up in richly textured faux “pleather”  in a pale dusty pink, detailed with a rose-gold signature bow. *we didn’t review any of these personally, but you can see from the photos that they are seriously pretty!  


Modern makeup darlings are dressed up in richly textured faux shagreen in a pale dusty pink, detailed with a rose-gold signature bow. Features: Lipstick, Sheer Mystery Powder, Iridescent Powder/Loose. And, for professional results, the Making Pretty Brush Set /Face & Eye with exclusive versions of 136 Face Powder Brush for sculpting, blending, highlighting and 282 All Over Eye Shader Brush for building and blending intense colour on eye lids.

Making Pretty Lipstick ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 3N Milky pastel pink (Lustre)
  • Runaway Red Rich red-blue (Satin)

Making Pretty Sheer Mystery Powder ($65.00 U.S. / $78.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Dark Secret Deep caramel

Making Pretty Iridescent Powder/Loose ($65.00 U.S. / $78.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Silver Dusk Pinky beige with silver shimmer

Making Pretty Brush Set/Face & Eye ($100.00 U.S. / $120.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 282 All Over Eye Shader
  • 136 Face Powder Brush

M∙A∙C mini kits for eyes and lips, in shades and finishes too irresistible to resist. Guilty Passions Crushed Metallic Pigment kits feature four stackable jars of Pigment in rich molten metallic colour. In three tempting shade sets: Brilliantly Cool, Tenderly Warm and Sweetly Smoky. Guilty Passions Lip Gloss kits illuminate lips in Lavish Rose, Cocktail Coral and Nicely Nude; each one includes Dazzleglass, Dazzleglass Creme and two Cremesheen Glass.

Viva Glam It Up with Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner and Nicki Lipstick. Every cent of the selling price of all VIVA GLAM products is donated to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support men, women and children affected by with HIV and AIDS.

The fearless Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj introduce Nicki’s lipstick in a scene-stealing pink and Ricky’s colourless Lip Conditioner in a Tube that goes from day to dance floor! With every cent of the selling price supporting the MAC AIDS Fund, it doesn’t get any hotter. They’ve teamed up to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among young people around the globe. Nicki and Ricky dare you to be bold. Be beautiful. Be safe.   Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)  Viva Glam Nicki Bright yellow pink (Satin)    (clear) Lip Conditioner (Tube) ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

M∙A∙C Holiday Collections are available starting October 25, 2012 through December 2012 at M∙A∙C locations, and 1.800.588.0070.

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