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Holiday Collections 2014 with Urban Decay, Stila, Tarte, Marc Jacobs and Make Up For Ever

21.11.14




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.
Swatches

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
Price: RM135
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
Inside

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.

Oily Lids 

Without Primer (2 - 4 hours)
With Primer (4 - 5 hours)


Dry Lids

Without Primer (3 - 5 hours)
With Primer (6 - 8 hours) 

Swatches

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
Price: RM165
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
Inside

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.

Oily Lids 

Without Primer (3 - 4 hours)
With Primer (5 - 6 hours)


Dry Lids

Without Primer (4 - 5 hours)
With Primer (6 - 8 hours) 

Swatches

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
Price: RM165
Inclusive: 12 shades; 12 matte finishes



Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette

The packaging
Inside

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)

Swatches

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
Price: RM159
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.


Swatches

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
Price: RM168
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.


Swatches

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
Price: RM250
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.


Xx!

20 comments:

  1. Nice haul, Shiv!...You pretty much cleaned Sephora out of these best picks this season. Thanks for all the swatches too. I'll see you at the Butterfly Xmas bash then sporting some of these festive shades.

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    1. Awh thanks love. The Holiday Collection this year is pretty amazing so couldn't help it <3 Can't wait for the Xmas bash!

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  2. Lovely colors! That's one of my goals for next year.... learn how to put make up! Oh and start keeping basic make up stash

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  3. hey! girly thing but this really nice and i'll share this to wifey.. :)

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  4. I love the shades and colors! But at this point, I have to be especially careful in choosing what to use. Must be appropriate for my age, so maybe no for me on the metallic green, blue and purple. Pink shades also don't go well with my skin color. :)

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    1. Very true. Toning does vary on different skin tones- maybe neutral hues might help :)

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  5. I think my mom and sisters will definitely love this colors. for sure, they will take advantage of this.

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  6. They have all the colors and shades for their products. Ladies would have an easy time matching their needs with this products.

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    1. Very true :) Extremely suitable for both day and night looks

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  7. These are awesome beauty products of great quality, I love the glow of the lipsticks and the make up studio case. Would love to try them out!

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    1. The Make Up For Ever Studio Case is really amazing. Somehow they just never disappoint in terms of their quality :)

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  8. I love looking at the lipsticks! The colors are so rich and vibrant! ^_^

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    1. Same here :) Wish they would make the limited edition ones into full sizes as well

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    1. Same here dear. The Holiday Collection for this year is amazing.

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  10. I love to get a hold of the Cash and From lipsticks

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    1. I'm guessing Gash and F-Bomb? Lol! They are stunning shades and application was very smooth. F-Bomb by far is one of my absolute favorites of the lot.

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