My first order ever from Colourpop was in November 2016. I accidentally titled that haul Black Friday when it should’ve been titled Cyber Monday. I felt like I was getting a good deal that I just couldn’t pass up which is why I placed my first order with Colourpop during Cyber Monday. I put in a second order with Colourpop before the first one had even arrived, in December 2016. Once again, they were having some kind of deal going on. If you purchased $100 worth of products, you got $25 off your next purchase (coupon code to be received via e-mail a week or so after your order ships). My third order (this one) was placed in January 2017 using the coupon code I’d received from my previous order. At this point, I’d played around with some of the Colourpop stuff I’d already purchased so I had a better feel for what would work for me.
Once I spotted the Al Mansour Booth at the Perfume and Makeup Exhibition, I cautiously approached the booth. Why cautiously? Because Al Mansour (mentioned previously – here) sold everything from L.A. Girl, LASplash, Milani, Deborah, etc… basically all the drugstore brands (read: inexpensive products). Now that every single girl in the world has joined the darkside (read: has turned into a makeup junkie of sorts) the ones in Kuwait have quickly sussed out that Al Mansour sells great products at a relatively inexpensive price. In case you missed it, basically it means their booth is now always swarmed by women and consequentially men who are trying to “pick up” said women, much to my dismay. I can understand the hand-holding couple who are so in love that they can’t bear the thought of being apart even for a second and I actually kinda’ think it’s cute! I can understand the grumpy older husband being dragged by his much younger and consequentially much hotter wife to these things. I can understand the gay guy whose brow game is so next level it hurts, browsing the same brow products shelf as I am and sizing me up (or my brows, more accurately) as I do the same to him, like two samurai warriors acknowledging each other as worthy adversaries before they do battle. I can understand the younger men sent by their significant others (who for whatever reason couldn’t make it) and shopping on their behalf. I understand the men who are there to purchase Oud and such from the neighboring booths. I cannot however understand the fully grown men who gather on the outskirts of these makeup booths just to leer at women. Aside from being creepy AF they also create an obstruction to the already narrow pathways and add unnecessary participants to an already large crowd!!!! *end rant*
The Matte Lip Collection consisted of 22 Lipsticks (some new and some repromotes) to be added to the permanent line. Most of them had a matte finish, but a few had a retro matte finish. I purchased some online ($16.00 a pop) and some in-store (KD 8/750 a pop).
Tropic Tonic – full power coral (matte finish) *new*
All Fired Up – bright fucshia matte (retro matte finish)
Whirl – dirty rose (matte finish) *new*
Studded Kiss – dark oxblood red (matte finish)
Matte Royal – deep blue (matte finish) *new*
L-R Tropic Tonic, All Fired Up, Whirl, Studded Kiss, and Matte Royal
(Wo)man’s best friend is barking up the right tree in a well-groomed collection of new canine-inspired hues from M·A·C, featuring luscious, buttery fur tones, gold-spun sculpting powders, and regal berries for lips. From aristocratic to collars-off cool, shades of every pooch are perched to prime your every mood. With Haute Dogs, you’ll be lapping up accolades as best in show!
I died laughing when I first saw this! The Haute Dogs Collection has one of the funniest themes ever from MAC, in my humble opinion. I mean even the name of the collection, Haute Dogs = Hot Dogs Oh, the lulz. This was a pretty big collection, consisting of 5 Mineralize Rich Lipsticks, 4 Mineralize Glass (glosses), 2 Lip Pencils, 4 Fluidlines, 3 Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads, 2 Mineralize Skinfinishes, 4 Sculpting/Shaping Powders, 3 Nail Lacquers, and 4 Makeup Brushes (mix and match of permanent and limited edition items) and most of those had pretty funny names too like Labradorable (lipstick), Dressed to K9s (gloss), and Very Important Poodle (nail polish). Let’s not forget the pièce de résistance, that promo pic (see first photo). I just can’t stop giggling! I’m pretty sure they were trying to recreate the success of Fabulous Felines but while that collection evoked images of grace, elegance, and beauty, Haute Dogs just comes across as goofy yet hilarious!
Cremesheen Pearl, the shimmering twist on a M∙A∙C classic, is back with a brilliant bang. Cremesheen Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass, both infused with pearlized pigments, are available in 15 new Asian-inspired shades. Prominent pinks, radiant reds and contemporary corals glow strikingly against all skin tones with a finish that leaves lips luminous and decidedly lacquered. With foolproof colour coverage and gleamingly creamy gloss, this eye-catching update to Cremesheen is the new yin and yang for your lips.
As a teenager, I’ve always had very strong opinions about French Manicures, Pearls, Animal Print, Polka-Dots, and Gold. I thought they were extremely tacky, and so I avoided them like the plague. Over the years, I’ve slowly been warming up to some of the things I just listed, especially if they come in unexpected colors. For example, when I was in Thailand (I believe we were on an day-tour to Phi Phi Island) I purchased a pearl necklace from the open-air street vendor because the pearls were a dark gray (almost metallic) which I thought was pretty cool and unexpected. The point of all that was, aside from the pearly nail polish (which wasn’t even part of the collection) the promo pics of the Cremesheen Pearl Collection did absolutely nothing for me. I took one look and thought “Pass”. The Asian-inspired shade names however were everything to me! Based on my love for Anime, Manga, RPGs, Japanese Movies, Japanese Snacks, Japanese Makeup, Japanese Skincare, Korean Dramas, K-pop, Korean Contact Lenses, Korean Skincare, Korean Makeup, and everything pertaining to Japan and Korea, I just had to get at least one thing from this collection. Unfortunately, with names like Nippon (creamy mid-tone coral pink), Koi Coral (pale peachy nude), Little Buddha (bright peachy pink), Tokyo Tizzy (bright yellow-orange), Obi Orange (intense clean reddish orange), Pretty Boy (intense pink coral), Sweet Sakura (true red with soft gold pearl), I kinda’ wanted them all.
After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to Little Buddha and Pretty Boy. I know a lot of people don’t like the cremesheen finish on MAC lipsticks, but it actually happens to be my favorite! However, I wasn’t quite sure about this new cremesheen pearl finish. As such, after messing around with those two in-store, I decided to go with a shade that I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of, regardless of how badly it performed. I purchased Little Buddha for KD 8/750 at MAC (Avenues branch).