Friday, January 18, 2013

Mac and Rimmel haul!

Thanks to Adrienne at the brilliant The Sunday Girl I knew almost to the second when the new Apres Chic collection from Mac went online in the UK.  Mac in Dubai leaves a lot to be desired-it seems to be a good 6 weeks after the UK launch of any collection that it slowly rolls into the Dubai store at snails pace-and worst of all, asking when new collections will be launched is always met with blank stares.

Decided to treat myself to a little haul based on the swatches I had seen on Temptalia and for one of the products, hype alone.  I sent this Mac order from the UK website to my mum in the UK who then forwarded it on to me in Dubai.  She also got me a Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude after I moaned I couldn't find it in Dubai-my mum is great!

Bought on hype alone-Mac Stereo Rose (relaunch)

Mac Stereo Rose

Mac Stereo Rose, Mac lipstick in Apres Chic, Mineralize tinted lip balm in Rosy Romance

Swatches l-r Stereo Rose (heavily swatched), Apres Chic, Rosy Romance

Stereo Rose

Mac 116 tapered brush and Mac Scandaleyes in Nude

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Powder in Stereo Rose

So I have bought this product purely on the hype!  A sell out in 2010 and now a relaunch in 2013 (that now again seems to be sold out everywhere!!).  I've read online that every blush is slightly different because of the baked effect and the golden/coral veining and that some die hard Stereo Rose fans will only buy this product in a store so they can seek out their preferred 'veining' in the product.

So what is it?  Well its a blusher but its MASSIVE!  It's the size of the normal Mineralize skin finish compacts and I can't see mine every running out!  Mac describe it as a coral with golden/bronze shimmering nuances' but I agree with Adrienne's analysis in that it runs more pink than coral.  As you can see, mine isn't very very heavily veined but you can see the gold running through it.  It's quite heavily pigmented and personally for me I will be using it with quite a light touch and it is quite shimmery as with all mineralize products.  It almost reminds me of Nars Orgasm-I'll be interested to see how they compare as I am a HUGE fan of Orgasm and its my go to evening blush.

Mac lipstick in Apres Chic (cremesheen)

I love Mac lipsticks and own far too many!  This is described as a pink based brick red and is definitely right up my street!  Again this seems to be sold out online at the moment.

Mac Mineralize tinted lip balm in Rosy Romance

These liquid lip balms provide a pop of colour and mirror like shine.  Rosy romance is described as a bluish plum with subtle pink pearl.  It's nicely pigmented as you can see from the swatch.

Mac 116 Tapered Brush

I bought this brush as I have been looking for one to apply highlighter and this was recommended.  Am not sure if it's going to be perfect (am open to other recommendations!) but if not it will work well as a blusher blush.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl liner in Nude

This seems to need no introduction in the beauty bloggers world as it seems to have a bit of a cult following.  I'll be using it on my waterline to brighten the whites of my eyes-the nude colour is much less harsh than using white kohl.

Have you tried any of the Mac Apres Chic range??


  1. I love MAC make-up, my favourite cosmetics brand by far, really want to try the Stereo Rose and their brushes are fabulous. Great buys lovely!

    Eda ♥

  2. I really want to try stereo rose too!!! Lovely buys xx


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