It's time for that holiday season stash, and if you haven't heard already,most of the major cosmetic brands have already launched their holiday collection sets at Sephora Malaysia.
Hence from Urban Decay to Marc Jacobs, each luxury line has put forth the best of their beauty wares and what we have here is to see which product has made it to the top of the list for this end year's festive season.
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
|Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash|
First up, let's take a look at Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash. Coming in at a price point at RM135, this set consists of six colors of lipsticks; with three limited shades whilst the other three nestles well in their permanent collection.
Best used with the 24 hour lip liner provided with the collection in order for the colors not to bleed out of the lip line but the shades are of amazing quality and color which gives in to the addition of an extremely moisturizing texture for the lips.
The only issue I had with it though was that each lipstick inside was extremely small so using them up would be quite fast and with this you would need to keep in mind that three of their shades are only available in this limited edition packaging. So once this pack has been used up, that's would be it.
Name: Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Inclusive: 6 shades; inclusive of 3 limited editions together with a 24 hour glide on lip pencil
Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette (Soul/Mind)
|Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette|
Now in accordance to Stila's Fall 2014 Collection and 20th Anniversary, out came the four limited edition palettes in Soul, Mind, Body and Spirit. Keeping in tune of the vibrant and celebrated season, each eyeshadow palette had a sleek metal finish, a great variety of 12 colors; both matte and shimmer together with rich color payoffs that could go up to the length of six to eight hours.
Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul
|The rose gold packaging for the Soul Palette|
In terms of the swatches for the Stila palette in Soul , I would have to admit that the matte finishes came out slightly better than the shimmers but upon application, both are able to stay on the lid without much creasing or caking. Swatches for both was extremely smooth, but in terms of pigmentation, the mattes would still be the hand down winner for this palette.
Without Primer (2 - 4 hours)
With Primer (4 - 5 hours)
Without Primer (3 - 5 hours)
With Primer (6 - 8 hours)
However, coming in at a price point of RM165, this palette is a great buy for those looking for versatility in terms of day and night usage.
Name: Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul
Inclusive: 12 shades; inclusive of 3 matte finishes together with 9 shimmers
Stila Eyes are the Window Palette in Mind
|The silver packaging for Stila Eyes are the Window Palette in Mind|
What we need to understand with this palette is that wuite rarely, cosmetic brands often come out with a full matte palette, but this festive season, Stila decided to take the plunge and I have to say that their efforts have payed off from receiving raved reviews from the public.
This twelve matte shade "Mind" palette became one of the most sought after palettes off the four and were sold out in all Sephora stores in the month that it was launched in Malaysia.
Without Primer (3 - 4 hours)
With Primer (5 - 6 hours)
Without Primer (4 - 5 hours)
With Primer (6 - 8 hours)
As I am quite the picky sort with my matte shadows, it is safe to say that the quality of the shadows are really creamy and had a soft buttery finish to them. All of twelve shades were extremely pigmented and when applied on after a primer stayed on the lid for a good five to six hours with no fall out.
Name: Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette in Mind
Inclusive: 12 shades; 12 matte finishes
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette
First and foremost before we start, a big round of applause to Tarte for their fantastic packaging together with these five gorgeous shades of blushers. These beautifully pigmented colors are amazing for any type of skin-tone and as you can see, I have used up quite a bit over the last couple of days.
From left to right:
1. Breathless (Pinky Beige)
2. Embraced (Plummy Rose)
3. Whimsy (Light Pink)
4. Bashful (Rosy Peach)
5. Irreplaceable (Mauve Rose)
Perfect for that pin-up doll look, these blushers are easily blendable and gives quite a boost of life and lift to the face when needed. There is great variety as well, what with three matte finishes along with two shimmers to play up on the highlight and contour. Hence with it's powdery and light satin finish, the palette is an all in one set that you can bring on your travels.
Name: Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette
Inclusive: 6 shades; inclusive of 3 matte finishes and two shimmer ones
Marc Jacobs The Sky Liner Petite Highliner Set
|The Marc Jacobs The Sky Liner Petite Highliner Set|
This new limited edition set of Marc Jacobs was launched together with the Marc Jacobs Holiday 2014 Collection and has a selection of the Highliner Pencils in a variety of shades.
Having two out of the seven; Midnight in Paris and Sunset which are exclusive to this set, these eyeliner formulas glides on wonderfully onto the lid without any form of breakage or smudging. However it is best to keep in mind to use these carefully without wastage a two of the exclusive shades in the packaging are only available in this set so once used up; it's up to Marc Jacobs on a re-release.
However to be completely honest, I am not a big fan of the glossy finish of the packaging but on a more positive note, it is extremely lightweight so it does become a great beauty companion to bring along during your travels. In terms of formulation however, the Highliner Gel Crayons are quite creamy hence it is quite long wearing and will remain quite strong without any signs of fading or smearing.
Name: Marc Jacobs The Sky Liner Petite Highliner Set
Inclusive: 7 shades; inclusive of 2 limited edition shades
Special Mention: Names of the shade can be located under the top corner of the cap; once removed
Make Up For Ever Studio Case
|Make Up For Ever Studio Case|
Being one of the hefty sums of the lot at RM250, this Make Up For Ever Studio Case features 12 stunning shades of their Artisan colors. Assorted to four segments of Natural, Smoky, Bold and Chic, the shades cater to a wide variety of looks.
However featuring only two matte shades and ten shimmers, I do believe this palette to be more of a go to buy for those looking for strong night looks. So in terms of that, a big thumbs up for those velvety textures, strong pigmentation and bold colors.
Name: Make Up For Ever Studio Case
Inclusive: Twelve shades
So if you were to ask me in this haul what would be my favorite out of the lot, the one that really stood out to me was the Stila's Eyes are the Window Palette in Mind. Stunning array of colors and if you would need a night look, just simply pop up a little shimmer and you would be done. Plus at a great retail range of RM165, strong colors and a travel friendly case, it does justify the price point quite a bit.
With regards to find out more about the haul, you can also watch the video above for a more hands on demonstration. Apologies on being a little out of breathe as I was unwell and down with a bad sore throat. However, don't forget to give it a big thumbs up and subscribe as well if you liked it and do remember that if you have any questions at all about the holiday sets, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.