Just call me sucker…MAC seriously knows the direct way to every beauty junkie’s heart. I’m in love with their 2010 Holiday Collection (aka Tartan Tale) – it’s pretty and practical with a dash of punk!  The decorative plaid packaging and the usual quality products for great value has MAC’s Tartan Tale topping the Xmas shopping list (for myself!).  See my reviews after the cut!

I love this time of year and the arrival of make-up gift sets – you usually get more bang for your buck all dolled up in decorative packaging. The brush sets (above) and eyeshadow sets (below pic) from MAC’s Tartan Tale are among my favourites from the holiday items being offered this season.  Check out the pretty plaid packaging – the brush set even comes with a tartan tote (that can double as a small purse!).

Many consider applying make-up in public a beauty faux-pas, but you’ll be touching up anywhere and everywhere with these compacts…the plaid packaging is too pretty not to be looked at :)

A Lady & Her Tricks Buff & Line Brush Collection ($58.00 CAD) – At the price of one typical face brush by MAC, you get this set of half-sized brushes with the cute tartan tote!  This brush set is my favourite of the ones being offered this season….with the exception of maybe an angled brush (for brows), I can get my full beauty routine in using just these brushes.  (Umm yes, I bought these for myself).  At the end of the day, I do prefer the full-size brushes at MAC, but a kit like this is great value for what you get…it’s a perfect choice for the intro brush user and also ideal for the frequent traveller!

A Lady & Her Tricks Buff & Line Brush Collection includes the 168SE, 187SE, 209SE, 219SE and 252SE brushes.

6 Dashing Lassie Eye Shadows ($43.50).  Dashing Lassie shadows are a great choice for an everyday neutral look and probably the most universally wearable of all the eyeshadow palette choices.  Nearly all the colours (1 through 5) have a slight sparkle to a slight shimmer while (6) is fully matte, but all colours complement each other well  (in other words, you can mix and match these any way you please without looking like a paint-by-numbers mess!).  Bonus:  Showstopper (6) can also double as an eyebrow filler product for gals with darker brows.  :)

Eyeshadows included:  A Dashing Lassie (1), Once Upon a Time (2), Magic Mist (3), Bronze (4), Buckwheat (5) and Showstopper (6)

6 Beauties Play it Cool Eyeshadows ($43.50 CAD).  Another set of shadows that can work well for everyday use, but with 6 Beauties, you can also quickly transform your day look to a night look with its pops of colour and darker hues.  The set would be a perfect choice for all the holiday looks + smoky eyes you’ll be rocking this season.  Most interesting colour award of this palette goes to Hold My Gaze (2) – which is a mix of purple, grey and green.   (In fact, If I were to name the colour and what it reminded me of, I would probably label it ‘seasick’ lol!).  This palette would complement medium skin tones with brown eyes well.  (..and yes, this one’s now in my personal kit too…ahem!)

Eyeshadows included:  Silverwear (1), Hold My Gaze (2), To the Ball (3), Altered State (4), Magic Moor (5) and Heather Belles (6)

This review is just the tip of the iceberg! MAC’s Tartan Tale has a huge array of kits offering options for face, lip and also mixed (with eyes/lip/face brush products)…basically a little something for everyone!!  To leave you lusting for more, check it their promo shoots from the Tartan Tale collection.

I reeeeally have to stop looking.  Le sigh.

Welcome to my journal and journey as a make-up and hair artist with all the beautiful people and products I encounter along the way.

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