Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MAC Give Me Liberty of London Review & Swatches

The MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection won me over before it hit the counter due to the fabulous packaging. I am a packaging junkie. To be honest, any special edition packaging from MAC makes me go nuts and requires much restraint to resist. This collection is particularly gorgeous in white with colorful prints all over. Beyond the packaging, I couldn't help but love the colors. I picked out Ever Hip lipstick, Prim & Proper Blush, Perennial High Style Lipglass, Frankly Fresh Lipglass, Give Me Liberty of London Eye Shadow, Bough Grey Eye Shadow, Birds & Berries Eye Shadow and Blue India Nail Lacquer. Look here for my NOTD on Blue India.

Of the eye shadows, I picked out Give Me Liberty of London, Bough Grey and Birds & Berries. I already have Dame's Desire from last year's Dame Edna Royal Tour Eye Shadow Trio. Give Me Liberty of London is a matte light pink. It's quite like Pen n Pink, part of the permanent line. I nearly returned this one, but the packaging junkie in me said it was too cute to return. I found this one to be chalky and required digging to get to show up. I'd use this more as an all over lid color and perhaps lightly as a highlighter. Bough Grey is a satin finish shimmery greenish grey. It is one of the better satin finish eye shadows I've encountered. it came out fairly pigmented. The texture of Bough Grey was a bit chalky, so a creamy base would make it easier for application. Birds & Berries is in the veluxe pearl finish, one of my favorite finishes from MAC. Birds & Berries is a frosty dark teal blue shade. It's kind of like Deep Blue Green pigment, but a bit lighter. As well being a pressed eye shadow, it is much easier to use than a loose pigment.

From the face and cheek products, I got Prim & Proper blush. It is a pale pinky peach shade with light shimmer. It reminds me of Buff blush, a soft pinky peach. Prim & Proper is perfect for subtle cheeks to compliment a strong eye and lip look. I was also tempted to get Shell Pearl, however I do have this from one of last year's Look in a Box sets. Shell Pearl is a pretty pale peach with gold pearl. It makes for a perfect highlighter on top of Prim & Proper. Summer Rose was is tempting in its pretty packaging, but I do have this from last year's Rose Romance collection. It has yet to get a lot of love from me as it is a fairly sheer cheek product. It is a sheer cool shade of pink with subtle pearl.

Of the lipsticks, Ever Hip stood out as the one I would use. It is creamy light coral in a cremesheen finish. It's quite like Costa Chic, but not as bright and not in a frost. It applies creamy yet slightly sheer, but is buildable. Perennial High Style is a creamy pinky coral that compliments Ever Hip beautifully for a pretty coral lip. Frankly Fresh is a creamy pinky nude. Atop Ever Hip, it becomes a more subtle coral lip.

There are of course many items that I didn't end up getting but are pretty unique. Of note, Blooming Lovely lipstick. It is a gorgeous shade of purple, that unfortunately runs too cool for me and makes me look like a bit too strange. Petals & Peacocks is another beauty, but its brightness doesn't lend to wearability. In any case that ends the haul, review & swatches of this collection. Until next time, enjoy the photo's :)

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