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Thursday, April 23, 2009

MAC: A Rose Romance Review & Pictures

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So what did I pick up from this collection? I picked up both beauty powders: "Blush of Youth" and "Summer Rose", "Silverthorn" eyeshadow, and "Magnetique" lipglass. I have "Mutiny" pigment from when the "Naughty Nauticals" collection came out. I forgot to get "Steal My Heart" lipglass, so I have to go back and get that! The see-thru lipcolors (lipstains) are pretty neat, but didn't tickle my fancy enough for me to get any of them (but let me tell you, they really stain and stay on! So that might me awesome for some of you looking for a sheer colored lipgloss that lasts). The MUA recommended wearing these see-thru lipcolors underneath your lipstick or lipgloss so when those layers wear off, you still have the stain underneath!

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The lipsticks (A Rose Romance, Odyssey, Way to Love) were pretty but were TOO sheer for me, not to mention I have tons of lipsticks that look close to those colors (California Dreamin' and Curtsy, both LE) of course they may be slightly different from each other, but I really don't need that many pink-tinged lippies especially that are too sheer for my taste. And "Odyssey" is permanent, so no need to rush to get that.

The eyeshadows were bleh to me personally, I already have "Shadowy Lady" and "Creme de Violet, and the other ones "Of Summer" and "Et tu, Bouquet" seem like colors I would just "collect" but never put to any good use. Hence I only picked up "Silverthorn" (veluxe pearl) since it's really pretty and I don't have a lot of silver eyeshadows to begin with. It looks similar in color to MAC e/s in "Cumulus" from the "Blue Storm" collection except "Cumulus" is a tad bit darker and less shimmer, more on the matte side, and "Silverthorn" is a nice light-medium silver with an opalescent bluish tint to it. Definitely stands out!



The Beauty Powders have dainty embossed "rose petals" that you don't even want to touch it! I like the natural, barely-there look both of the beauty powders give, the only con I have, is that for my skintone, it takes quite a few swipes for it to even show the slightest bit of color on my face, I KNOW THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SHEER, but I just wish they were pigmented just a pinch so there's less effort on my part, LOL. But at the same time, I DO LOVE that you can BUILD up the color gradually and not worry about overdoing it like other blushes (for example) where half a swipe is too much color. So this is definitely my favorites out of this collection because it gives a nice natural glow to the entire face or cheeks for those with light and medium skintones (not sure how it shows up on those with darker skintones). Although I must admit at times they almost look alike!

As for the gel blush, I didn't even give it a second look to be honest. For one, I personally am not into cheek stains, not that I don't necessarily like them, I just prefer powder form blushes, and of course it's the angel on my shoulder telling me I don't need it. :)

The Fix + Rose Spray smells super yummy, but that's about it. No different than MAC's current (and permanent) Fix+ spray which I still have a lot of, so passed on that.

The Nail Color "Love & Friendship" is a nice pretty rose color and looks really pretty on, but I am not into MAC nail polishes for some weird reason...so passed on that too.

What do I think are must-haves? BOTH of the beauty powders ("Blush of Youth" and "Summer Romance"), "Silverthorn" and "Of Summer" eyeshadows, "A Rose Romance" lipstick (I think this is perfect for others), the see-thru lipcolors, and "Magnetique" lipglass.

What are nice to have but not a necessity?
"Shadowy Lady", "Creme de Violet", and "Odyssey" lipstick (as these are permanent),"Steal My Heart" lipglass, "Mutiny" and "Circa Plum" pigment, "Way to Love" lipstick, and "Just a pinch" gel blush is great for some of you...

I say skip: "Virgin Kiss" and "Et tu, Bouquet?"

***Sorry I was unable to do swatches of the entire collection, but there are tons of swatches online!***

I had to swatch the beauty powders on tissue since it's hard to see on my skin...








(Mutiny Pigment is the only one in this new collection)






(NO FLASH)



(WITH FLASH)




40 comments

Sophie said...

Great haul! I really like the Blush of Youth beauty powder.

FuN and MakeUp said...

wow i like the BLUSH Packagin!! i swear nessaa! I cant get my blush to look like urs =( even wit ur video tutorial.. sigh* mayb i just need the brushes likr u! hehe but great post! thanks for sharing xoxo

Jo said...

oooo they are so pretty and very subte on the cheeks. i like!

Melissa said...

i did back2mac today, so I could get a free lippie from rose romance...but I didn't like the lipsticks! I was really hoping to get either way to love or a rose romance, but I had to pass! So I got a dazzleglass =). Good review, I was not really impressed with this collection!

M said...

you make me want those beauty powders!

ㅤㅤㅤㅤJéssy said...

I am curious to know what you do with the product when not used or do not like?

This collection is really beautiful with the roses designed =)

Just thought that the colors are not much different, I am curious to know if the MAC will be able to leave their consumers always surprises with new colors, tones and Shines! This is difficult when you have several products on sale .. but they are a great company that I believe is not so hard to create an innovative color =)

Vespa GirL Make Up said...

Thanks for the post...I didnt think to buy much from this collection (just 2 l/s and the gel blush) but i think, i am going to buy "Blush of Youth" bp... by the way it looks great on you (:
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Jenn said...

Great haul Vanessa!! You make me want the Summer Rose BP again!! >.<

mszcheysser said...

Oh wow! Those are super pretty! I wouldn't want to use the rose though. Haha (:

Soapaholic said...

Both the Summer Rose and Blush of Youth look gorgeous on you.:)

Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

oooooo i love the cheek color on you

Yin said...

Gah I'm loving the colour-beauty of youth!

awesome review. =)

beautifulwithbrains said...

Great haul! The beauty powders are gorgeous!

FabDiva20 said...

Pretty!! I ordered the Fix+ Rose yesterday and right now and will order the quad off of Nordie's website along with Circa Plum and Mutiny.

~Mel said...

hehee.. i got the fix+rose bc i'm a sucker for anything rose-scented. =P and i love that name "et tu bouquet" haha plus i dont have anything in my recent collection for that.. oh and i wasn't going to get the gel blush either? but the SA says you can also use it for your lips so I'm a sucker for anything multi-purpose as well. =P great haul vanessa! =)

Janelle said...

Yay, A Rose Romance! This was my first big splurge since I got off my beauty diet. ;D I also got the 2 beauty powders, as well as Tender Tryst see-thru color, A Rose Romance Lipstick & Fix+ Rose. I'll be posting my haul tonight. :)

Thanks for the review & swatches. I want to go back & get more but I know I shouldn't!

MakeupByRenRen said...

i was sicky yesterday so i couldnt pick up the goodies...but i'm goin today! i'm thinking at least one beauty powder and definitely magnetique

princessvalecia said...

thanks for the info I've been wanting bell botoom blue forever and couldnt find it at a cco glad its back

princessvalecia said...

LOL aww boo that was the only thing that caught my interest

kitanablade3 said...

Okay, I wasn't going to get the beauty powders, but now I'm contemplating...Darn you Vanessa!! j/k LOL At least just the Blush of Youth one would be great.

divinexjanice said...

Goodness, picking between the two beauty powder is soooooooooo hard because they BOTH look so good on you.

jilliandanica said...

GREAT review! Thanks for the swatches as well...looks like I'm only going to pick up Silverthorn & Magnetique lipglass. The BP look gorrgeous and the collector in me is totally wanting them, but if they barely show up on you then they'll probably not even show up on me. Happy weekend dollface!

Tammy said...

I really like the Blush of Youth on you!! I passed on these beauty powders, they are way to sheer for my complexion.

Lalaxloca said...

The pigments are really the only thing that have caught my eye, imdebating if the bauty powders are worth the money

Stephanie T said...

I don't really like those as much as other items from previous collections! Guess I don't have to worry about spending too much on it. lol :p


Who won the contest?

Vanessa said...

Stephanie- Tina Marie won the online contest! :)

A. Rose said...

I could've sworn I left a comment earlier! Anyway, Summer Rose looks lovely on you! I think I need to make another trip to MAC...I'm itching to get one or two more things from this collection. Thanks for the review and swatches! :)

sanniet said...

pretty! were the lipsticks that sheer? hrmm I guess it wouldn't be worth it. I must try those permanent ones you mentioned! =D thanks <3

aquaracer said...

i also picked-up silverthorn (the only e/s that caught my attention!) and i think it's really pretty :) i got the two sheer lippies (sheer is my taste, haha) --way to love and a rose romance. but i didn't get any beauty powder. idk, but for some reason i didn't like the texture =/

Chels said...

Blush of youth looks really pretty and natural on you!

Stefanie said...

Great post - I picked up Summer Rose and love it too! Gosh I'm a sucker for pretty things like that haha

Whit said...

silverthorn is super neat- it's like IDOL EYES but with gold in it-yumz.

oh and i agree- i actually backed to mac the for the two new lipsticks- now i am kicking myself in the ass cuz they're so damn sheer!

♥Leigh♥ said...

omg! Both of them are such pretty colors! I love how you do reviews! they're always so helpful and informative!

crystal said...

ok i am going to get my stuff after work, it is official. thank you!!

yummy411 said...

great post! thanks for heads up!! i def want the beauty powders!!

♥ Kendall ♥ said...

So pretty, I'm going to go check out the collection later, I just have to build up my willpower do I don't over do it...
XoXo

SPECiAL x GiRL said...

You are unbelievably convincing when it comes to makeup, Nessa!

Beauty Addict said...

Thanks for the comment! I love your blog!

Blush of youth looks sooo yummy! I'm gonna have to go grab myself one!

EducatedBiatch said...

Vanessa dear, just to let you know, I used your picture on my beauty blog -http://adorebeauty.onsugar.com/3083174
But i did give credits to you as I never steal anybody's property. So just to let you know yes? I love your blog. I am such a big fan you dont even understand! :) hehe

-www.adorebeauty.onsugar.com

PinkyKathy said...

sooooo pretty. :j: I wanna get Summer Rose beauty powder.

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