Beautiful products aside, the packaging seems to be a bit hit or miss with most people. Unfortunately i fall into the 'miss' category. Fras's helpful observation was "the packaging looks like the rejected interior designs for the Aztec quarter in the crystal maze". Quite.
Ok, so first to find their way into my grubby mitts were 2 of the eyeshadows. First up is Soft Force LE (Frosty pale light gold) which is P.R.E.T.T.Y! Perfect for under the brow bone or inner corner, this is a really versatile shade. Happy days. <---I always like to say this in a Newcastle accent. Not sure why!?
I also looked at Tempting and audibly 'ooh-ed'. I'm not sure why Ive never picked this up before (its not LE) but I'm so glad i have it now. Its described rather delectably as a 'sinful rich coco' and that it is. It applies like a dream too!
I did of course, as expected, pick up Purple Rite. And its troo-ooh, I really dooo-ooh (tenuous Kenan & Kel reference for you there - Retro!) love it. Its described as a 'Mid-toned Frosty Orchid' which sounds a bit moonbeam rainbowy to me. Id describe it the perfect midway point between wearable and a bit cool....its just really lovely. As with most frosts this is a bit sheer but very buildable. Again, (come on Ant and Dec) Happy days!
Probably the most unexpected thing that made it into my wee mac baggie was Solar Bits in Scatterays.
I'm not sure why this didn't get the 'Pat Butcher' treatment but this comes in the regular black cased pot. Its a lot lower and wider than usual pigment pots which makes it easier to use but also easier to spill. Described as 'Highly condensed clusters of pigment and pearl uniquely formulated to give a special hit of frost and colour on eyes and cheeks. The pigment's special clustering formula provides the choice of two application modes. Swish the brush over the top of the clusters for a sheer shimmer or crush them for more intense colour effect and sparkle' they look more like breadcrumbs in a wee tub to me. But swatch it and watch it turn from rye nuggets to gooooold! Literally! In the tub this looks pretty peachy but once you crush the pigments up a wee bit (fingers or a brush would both work) this becomes the most incredibly beautiful smattering of gold. (swatched on my hand it looks really dense but once swiped, its distributed evenly and looks so incredibly glowy)The MAC site says this is for use on the cheeks and eyes and while i think this would be lovely indeed, i plan to use this across my shoulders and over my collar bone for a bit of sexy shimmering.
From the usual permanent collection i also picked up Pink Swoon blush which is very lovely.
All in all, this was a really fun haul and not at all what i was expecting. So if like me. you'd written Style Warriors off as not for you, i beseech you - go check it out!