For their Holiday 2012 collection, Guilty Passions, MAC released one of the most adorable (in my opinion anyway) mini lip glosses and crushed pigments. Both the pigments and the lip glosses were available in three different colour sets - however I received the stunning Lavish Rose Lip Gloss set for my birthday a couple of months ago. The other lipgloss sets were Cocktail Coral and Nicely Nude.
Okay let's just start off with the stunningly beautiful packaging shall we? Shaped in a pink and black circular box and topped off with a bow - this pretty much is one of the most adorable packaging I've seen. This is a pretty big statement for me as I'm not one to be woo-ed by the colour pink (in fact I pretty much never like the colour pink unless it's in make-up form, ha). However I find that inside the glosses were just packed in a plastic cutout which looked a little cheap and made it difficult to get the glosses out.
The four mini glosses available in the Lavish Rose Set includes:
Demure Dazzleglass Creme: A milky, almost transparent, pink with blue pearls
Going Casual Cremesheen: A sheer milky lilac
Boys Go Crazy Dazzleglass: A semi-tranluscent amethyst with purple and silver pearls
Colour Saturation Cremesheen: A deep wine
Although these are 'mini' glosses (compared to their full-size counterpart), they are around the same size of a MAC's lipglass. Which I find to be quite a good size as I would normally never finish a full sized dazzleglass or cremesheen. The lip glosses are encased in a transluscent tube with a gorgeous black bow to fit in with the Guilty Passions theme.
Another distinctive feature the dazzleglasses and cremesheens had were their applicators. Dazzleglasses had a stiff brush tip applicator whilst the cremesheens had doe-foot applicators. I much preferred the doe-foot applicators as they were much more practical and felt more smooth to apply to the lips.
(Boys Go Crazy)
I found that the two lightest shades -Demure and Going Casual- to settle more prominently into the fine lines of my lips. Another downside I found with a few of these, mostly with the dazzleglasses, is that they had more of a sticky texture that most lip glosses tend to have. Oh and they we're that long lasting either and not that pigmented, except for Colour Saturation. But I will say that they felt quite smooth and comfortable on the lips (when there is no wind involved to make your hair stick to your face).
I absolutely love the shade selection of the Lavish Rose set, the only one that's a little off putting for me is Boys Go Crazy (the sparkly purple one!). Although I adore the colour of this lip gloss, I just don't see myself rocking this look anytime soon. Purely because I'm not confident enough! Hopefully one day I will be able to wear it though, otherwise people won't be able to see how beautiful it really it! My favourite from the set has to be Colour Saturation! This is the perfect wine colour for the upcoming Australian Autumn/Winter season. Overall I think the cons outweigh the pros. As much as I'm grateful to have received this set as a gift, I don't think I would have purchased this with my own money. I will however try and use each and everyone up, especially colour saturation, because I hate products to go to waste!
Unfortunately this set is unavailable now as it was a limited edition product. But MAC has been releasing millions of beautiful make-up sets recently so more adorable packaged products are on its way!
Have you tried any MAC lip glosses?