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Anti-haul #2 [Jan. 6th, 2017|01:39 pm]
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For those unfamiliar with an anti-haul, it’s basically a list of things that were recently released I am not going to get. Of course, I’m not just going to throw up a list of utterly random products, they have to be brands I know, brands that fit my style, and things I can actually get. So mostly these are products from brands that you’d look at and think “hey Hilde might be interested”. And you’d be right, but I’m still not gonna buy them. And here’s the list for anti-haul number 2.

- M.A.C Cosmetics, Spellbinder shadow in Dynamically Charged.
- M.A.C Cosmetics x Caitlyn Jenner
- M.A.C Cosmetics, Chinese New Year
- M.A.C Cosmetics, the new Retro Matte colours
- NYX Cosmetics, velvet matte lipsticks
- Too Faced, Sweet Peach palette
- Too Faced, Papa don’t Peach blush
Too Faced, Sweet Peach Glow
Too Faced x Kat von D, Better Together

MAC spellbinder

Yes, I just said no to a steampunk colour.
Because I already fucking OWN this colour. Sure, not in a single shadow, but if I patiently go back and forth blending Bronze and Coppering together, I can get this EXACT shade. So pretty as it is, I have no need for it! I will use the € 21 that it costs, buy some Fix + (which I do need) and use the rest of the cash to treat myself to a juice at Greenway. That’s cash way better spent right there!
Actually, if I didn’t already own Bronze and Coppering, I still wouldn’t get this, because yes those two singles would be much more expensive, but having those two means I get to have bronze, copper AND this one. So yay versatility!

Caitlyn Jenner

My god, could this be even more boring? I am talking about the M.A.C collab with Caitlyn Jenner. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some pretty colours in there, but they’re all so boring! I’m sure that people that love nudes and M.A.C will dig these, but I like my colours. I am so wane most of the time nudes don’t do any favour for my complexion. This isn’t getting my money.


Happy (Chinese) New Year!
So it’s the year of the rooster, that’s cool. I like roosters (and chickens full stop). My boss has a tame one, that beast is the best, and I love Hector the rooster from across the street. But anyway, I have some issues with this collection. The packaging is very pretty, but it’s ever so cliché Chinese. You would think that the M.A.C design team could have come up with something nicer, specifically for the year of the rooster. And then that collection, what the f? It’s just so muted and well, dull. When I think of Chinese new year, I think of brightly coloured dragons and fireworks, not this boring pastel stuff you get everywhere else. I get that there are trends, but isn’t M.A.C supposed to be fashion forward? The most colourful thing in that collection is Russian Red. RUSSIAN Red, in a CHINESE new year collection. They couldn’t even be bothered with thinking which already existing red to chuck in there. And it’s not like they didn’t have options to choose from. This entire collection just BEGS to be anti-hauled.


Velvet matte equals patchy as fuck.
When NYX released their velvet matte lipsticks, I was initially pretty enthused, because they have two purple in the series: Violet Voltage and Disorderly. One of them even looks a lot like a dupe for Amethyst (that’s Disorderly btw). Which would mean I could put on Amethyst and pack the other one for touch ups. It seemed like a great idea.
Right up to the point where I swatched them in the Antwerp store (also: I get it, it’s a shopping Sunday, it’s a busy day, but seriously shop staff: take a little pride in presentation and replace broken or empty samples for people to try out). I have never in my entire life encountered another lipstick THAT patchy and crumbly. I definitely won’t be spending any money on these!


And speaking of patchy, why M.A.C, why?
I get it, liquid lipsticks are hip, so many beauty guru’s an influencers are swearing by them, but your Retro Mattes are well, a bit shit. There’s no need to release 12 new shades, none of which isn’t already on the market from another brand. Why would we buy nudes from you if we can get them much cheaper from, e.g. NYX? Go back to making the lush, fabulous lipsticks you are famous for!
I gladly spend money on a good lipstick by M.A.C but if I have to get a liquid one, it’s Too Faced or bust.

"Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man.
In a factory down town."

Bonus points if you knew where that was from without clicking this youtube link!

Anyway, cute commercial movie aside (no seriously, I really do think it’s cute!), I’m not getting anything from the revamped Peaches collection by Too Faced, and here’s why:


Sweet Peach palette
Whilst it is an undebatable fact that the guys from Too Faced are marketing geniuses, and the re-release of the Sweet Peach palette is probably something a lot of people are waiting for, I will be giving it a miss. I have seen one too many lukewarm and bad review of it, to not want to throw my money at it. And also, I just don’t need these colours. I have all the nudes and purples I want and need, so all the more reason to sit this one out. If I had it, I’d use it of course, but I shall just resist the temptation of buying something I don’t need.


Papa don’t Peach
I love a good blush as much as the next girl. But the reality is that I already OWN a blush in both of the colours I use. Whilst the struggle is real with the blush and I would like to own tons more, I should restrict myself to only buying the ones I use. Which is one pink and one nude. Otherwise it’s just going to end in stuff being given away and going unused because I found a better one, etc etc etc. I shall be good and not go down that road!


Sweet Peach Glow
The Sweet Peach Glow bronzer, blush, highlighter is actually something I’d be interested in. If it weren’t for the fact that I don’t use a bronzer as it is, I have blush a lovely eye shadow that doubles as a highlighter, I’m good. So I don’t need to spend money on this one.


Better together?
See, when I first saw this palette I liked it, a lot. Sure, the Too Faced side has a lot of shadows that look suspiciously like other Too Faced shadows, and I have a few that are basically the same thing, BUT I really liked the Kat von D side. A LOT.
And then I checked the ingredients and saw it lists methylparaben (the most evil of all paraben) and just gave up on it.
Clearly: better together also means subpar ingredients and I like it when my skin doesn’t peel off due to chemical burns, so we’re better off apart.
The rest of the collection just doesn't appeal to me, there's nothing in it that I want, would use or can't get anywhere else cheaper.

[User Picture]From: disgruntledgrrl
2017-01-07 12:33 am (UTC)

I was sorry to hear about the velvet matte

I have a friend that loved makeup that gives her a soft velvety look. She loves MAC.
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2017-01-07 09:13 am (UTC)

Re: I was sorry to hear about the velvet matte

NYX has some really good lipsticks, but sadly the Velvet Mattes aren't amongst them. At least, that's my opinion on the purples, maybe the other shades are alright? She should just swatch them and see for herself :)
If she doesn't like them either, I'm sure M.A.C has a lovely velvety finish style lipstick :)

I love M.A.C too, just not everything by M.A.C if that makes sense?
I have a bunch of M.A.C products that I adore and would definitely re-purchase, but there's also a bunch that either don't interest me or are just plain rubbish. No brand gets it right all the time :)

Like Too Faced, I LOVE LOVE LOVE their Love Flush blushes, their Melted (Matte) lipsticks and their chocolate bon bons eye shadow palette, but some of their stuff is just: no Too Faced, no, you know? :)
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