Happy Thursday all! Thursdays are my favorite day of the week. It never fails to give me the feeling that my work week is almost done. This is one of the few lengthy blog posts I’ve ever written. I’m sharing my thoughts on some limited edition collections for holiday 2015. Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites in Flocons Enchantes is definitely the best and well thought of packaging for meteorites. It’s a keeper! I know the price is a bit steep as compared with the other meteorites, but I give extra credit for packaging, there’s a mirror inside, the powder puff is gorgeous and it’s more product than your usual “balls.” Mac Guo Pei collection is also one of the best, if not the best collection from the brand this year. The printed fabric that goes with the lipstick and blush is very unique. As for performance, the lipstick is just “so so” while the blush was surprisingly at par with the Chanel counterpart.
Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Flocons Enchantes Light Enhancing Powder appears as a subdued bronzed beige with barely noticeable shimmer. It lasted for 9.5 hours of wear on my skin. I prefer using this as an all over face powder or sometimes a finishing powder over my foundation. I use the powder puff if I am just using this as a face powder with no foundation especially on days I’m lazy to do my makeup. It gives a very subtle glow to my skin but this has no color correcting or blurring effects compared to the other meteorites. I didn’t have as much crushed powder deposits on my can. After hearing the buzz several months ago about the release of this, I first thought it will be like a snow globe concept for its packaging. I’ve only applied a single layer of the product without overdoing it.
Mac Guo Pei Zenith Lipstick is characterized as a “light nude” with a lustre finish. It appears on my lips as a glossy pinkish beige with strong cool undertones. It only lasted for nearly 2 hours. It seems a little bit tacky too. A lip gloss on a stick is the best way to outline it. Props to Mac for the awesome packaging. But I am not a fan of the lustre finish lipsticks from the brand. They are quite drying especially after the first hour. It is a moderately opaque lip color that is slightly hydrating during the first half hour and becomes horrendously uncomfortable to wear after you surpassed the first hour. It is an easily duped shade which I have them listed below.
Mac Guo Pei Red Water Lily Blush is presented as a “light coral pink” with a satin finish. On my brown skin, it appears as a slightly warm fuchsia pink with a barely noticeable shimmer. It is finely milled in texture and applies smoothly on almost all types of blush brushes. It is extremely pigmented that even on my brown skin. It takes just half a swipe to get a full opacity of the product. It went on for about 9.5 hours and the overall performance is at par with the Chanel Joues Contraste blushes. Although it is finely milled, it still feels a tad bit dry especially when you use brushes that are made of artificial hair. Like Mac Zenith, this is a very dupeable shade and the list can be found below.
The Bottom Line:
Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites in Flocons Enchantes is definitely one of the must haves from the bazillion collections for holiday 2015. Mac Zenith, however, is a huge miss for me and if not for the packaging, I won’t buy this lipstick. Mac needs to make some tweaking regarding their lustre lipstick formula. Save your $30 for a distinctive collection from Mac. Mac Red Water Lily blush is beautiful and top performing but not that unique in terms of shade. Once again, I bought this for the packaging. It will be a $5 cheaper alternative to a Chanel Joues Contraste. Mac Zenith dupes include: Mac Pet Me Please, LimeCrime Cashmere, YSL 70 Le Nude, Too Faced Melted Nude and Mac Royal Ball. Mac Red Water Lily dupes include: Becca Lychee Opal, Chanel Sakura, Giorgio Armani 506, Mac Autoerotique and MUFE 410. Until next time…
Guerlain Holiday 2015 Meteorites Flocons Enchantes Light Enhancing Powder A-
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 9/10 Application: 9/10 Longevity: 9/10
Price: $80 / 30 g. / 1.0 oz. pan
Mac Zenith Lipstick C
Overall Quality: 7/10 Formula: 7/10 Pigmentation: 9/10 Application: 8/10 Longevity: 5/10
Price: $30 / 2.8 g. / 0.10 oz. tube
Mac Red Water Lily Blush A
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 10/10 Application: 9/10 Longevity: 10/10
Price: $40 / 6 g. / 0.21 oz. pan
I purchased this!