Hope you're having a great Friday! Today Mally has a 12-piece holiday collection on QVC - it's the Today's Special Value and costs $59.96 (the price will go up after today- assuming it's still available). I recently ordered this from my InsideQ magazine which gives you a sneak peek at Today's Special Values (yes, I'm a QVC geek!), and it just came in the mail last night! So I haven't had a lot of time to play around with the products, but many of you on the Beauty Broadcast Facebook page said you'd like me to go ahead and show you the products. For some reason QVC doesn't seem to show a lot of swatches (especially of eyeshadows), so I'll be able to do that for you. I also did a look with one of the eyeshadow palettes today! :)
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The overall concept of this collection is that you can create three separate gifts out of it. You're getting 3 different eyeshadow palettes, 3 Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliners, 3 Volumizing Mascaras (in special limited edition black packaging), and 3 High Shine Liquid Lipsticks. It all comes in a large box with a magnetic closure-- that box could easily be used for other things since the tray holding the products can be removed. You could obviously mix and match these products however you want when you gift them, but they're arranged in the box in a suggested way if you're unsure of which liners/eyeshadows/lip colors would look good together. Also, the instruction cards reference certain liners being used with certain palettes, so you might not want to switch those up.
In addition to the makeup- you're getting a few other things to make this set extra giftable. There are 3 pillow boxes that coordinate with each eyeshadow palette. They come flat and you can just pop them into their "box" form. And here's what I LOVE-- in the back of the (rather thick) instruction booklet that comes with this kit, there are several perforated cards. There are face charts on the front and back of each card- giving you two suggested looks per kit of products. You can just tear them off and slip them right into the box. How cool is that?! You can gift someone all the makeup in the world, but a lot of people need a little guidance before they'll actually USE the stuff. So I think the instruction cards are an awesome idea- basically turning those shadow palettes into a super easy paint-by-numbers situation.
Now let's take a closer look at the products! And just so you know- I've obviously swatched and used the lip products and eyeshadows- I'm not going to be gifting those. However I already own the eyeliner colors and the Volumizing Mascara-- so I do plan to leave the new ones untouched and gift those to friends and family. The wand & swatches in the pictures above are from the products I already own. The Evercolor Starlight Waterproof liners come in the shades Shimmering Black, Espresso, and Royal Plum. These liners set to a totally smudge-proof finish, which I love. You have to sharpen them, which I don't love... however they are some of the smoothest, easiest to apply eyeliners that Mally makes. Even people who don't typically use pencil liners would enjoy these because they glide on SO nicely. Did I mention this stuff is all full-size? And you know how I feel about Mally's Volumizing Mascara!! Mom & Pup- if you're reading this- a couple of these new ones have your names on them! :) They love Mally's mascara also. These are the same mascaras as the ones in the white packaging- but for this kit they're in fancy black/glitter tubes. I love the way this mascara builds thickness and length on my lashes- ESPECIALLY after it's been in my mascara rotation for about 2 weeks. The formula dries just slightly and becomes ideal for sparse eyelashes. It also keeps my lashes feeling soft and flexible, not hard/heavy and brittle.
Left to right: Petal to the Metal, Mally's Melon, Mauvelous
I am completely LOVING the selection of High Shine Liquid Lipsticks in this kit! Isn't it fun how each shade totally changes the vibe of the overall makeup look? You're getting three brand new, full-size shades. So if you're a High Shine hoarder like I am... you won't already own these. These are truly a liquid lipstick- not a sheer gloss. In the pictures above, these are the ONLY thing on my lips- no liner, no lipstick. They are super shiny, creamy and opaque with no shimmer. The gloss clicks up through the brush tip, allowing for very precise, yet speedy application. Also- these are just tacky enough to have good staying power... not nearly as sticky as a Stila Lip Glaze though. I'm in LOVE with Mauvelous (wearing it to a Christmas party tonight!)... although I think the pink & melon shades are gorgeous, too! I was honestly a little worried about the melon in this kit- I thought it looked kind of orange in the tube- but it's definitely the perfect coral on the lips. LOVE!
Now for the shadows-- there are three powder eyeshadows in each compact, along with Mally's eyeshadow base. As an added bonus, each compact has a mirror (quite handy!) As far as the finish, none of this shadows are completely matte, which might be a downer for some of you. However, none are super metallic or glittery. I'd say they're all either a satin or shimmery finish. They don't come across super shiny on the lids- and you'll see that when we get to the look I created with one of these today. One note about the shadow base- it's definitely a full coverage base. It'll completely cover discoloration on the lids. But don't overuse it... I've used too much in the past and my shadow actually started creasing. But just dab a small amount and you'll have a long-wearing, vivid eyeshadow look! :)
All swatches below were done on top of the shadow base that's provided in each palette.
Shadow base, Angel Wings, Lavender Glow, Vivacious Violet.
Shadow base, Whipped Cream, Macchiato, Espresso.
Shadow base, Sandy Nude, Shimmering Taupe, Haze
Today's look- using Romantic Brown
Just thought I'd give you a little rundown of the look I did using the Romantic Brown palette! This is the one palette I can really elaborate on, since it's the only one I've used. I first patted the base all over my lid/crease/browbone area. I used Whipped Cream around my inner corner and under my brow. This is a really nice satin-finish cream shade... it has a little glow but isn't super shimmery. Then I went all over the lid with Macchiato, which reminds me quite a bit of Twinks from MAC. It definitely has some shimmer. Then I used Espresso, a satiny deep brown in the outer corner. To soften the look even more, I lightly applied Macchiato just above my crease. Then I used those two brown shades on my lower lashline. I was very happy with the overall look, and popped on some Demi Wispies false lashes for a finishing touch.
Overall Thoughts... This is one heck of a makeup kit for just under $60! I am very familiar with Mally's mascara, eyeliners, and liquid lipsticks-- so I knew that aspect of the kit was a home run, even before getting it home. But I wasn't so sure about the shadows since these are brand new kits that haven't been out on the market before. From a gifting standpoint, I love that the shades in each palette are SO wearable. Great for everyday use, and I love that Mally tends to include a base in her palettes. I can't remember the last time I did an eyeshadow look WITHOUT some sort of base/primer. It's essential to getting the shadow's truest color, while also improving staying power. The gifting details are also fabulous-- love the little boxes and the instruction cards. So you've either got one MEGA gift for yourself, or 3 separate gifts that break down to about $20 apiece... though I honestly think they're worth way more than that. You could also take my approach... give some AND keep some for yourself! Thanks for reading my super long post, and I hope it was helpful if you're considering this kit!
- Funny story- last night after eating dinner, Tyler and I were joking around and I was getting my boots on to go turn on the porch Christmas lights. Tyler was teasing me about not already having the lights on or something silly, and I jokingly yelled BAH HUM BUG at him as I opened the front door. Then I nearly jumped out of my skin to find that the UPS man was standing RIGHT THERE. LOL!!! He hadn't even knocked yet- it was like he had just shown up on the doorstep! I shrieked out of surprise, and then myself and Mr. UPS just started laughing. And I continued to laugh my butt off for about another 5 minutes... unable to even open my Mally TSV box for awhile because I just couldn't believe that I shouted Bah Hum Bug in the UPS man's face!
- I am loving the Sing Off!!! What a great show! And is anyone else here a Pentatonix fan? They have a great holiday station on Pandora!
- I need to go make a pasta salad for the Christmas party/potluck thingy tonight. I'll try not to yell Bah Hum Bug in anyone's face!!!