Back in August—August!—I won the fifth Painted Ladies 1st Anniversary giveaway, which consisted of MAC In the Groove mineralized shadows in Blue My Mind and Togetherness, as well as two Dare to Wear lipglasses in Dare to Dare and Ban This!
I seriously left them in their boxes until last week because that's what I tend to do with my MAC stuff, hahahaha. I hoard it away like high-end gals do limited edition compacts. I mean, why break out the MAC when I have, you know, my Maybelline quads that I'm not afraid of destroying? [total drugstore mindset]
But I did eventually make myself open it all up. XD Because what good is make up if you don't actually use it! So last week, I finally sat down and swatched everything:
|Blue My Mind; Togetherness|
|Dare to Dare; Ban This!|
The shimmer is super fine and smooth. You can't feel it at all. They add a subtle holographic effect that's very appropriate for the holidays.
Even though the gloss itself isn't thin, the texture isn't heavy at all. It's slightly sticky, but nowhere near as bad as BBW's Liplicious line. If you don't talk too much or eat, the lasting power is pretty awesome. I once wore Dare to Dare to bed (bad, I know >.<) and woke up with it not just present but still going strong. I had to wipe it off with cleanser in the morning.
This collection is no longer in stores, but it should start popping up at CCOs in a couple of months! I'm a total MAC newbie, so I can't say if these are or aren't worth the investment, but I can say that both products are solid in terms of quality. If you were really lemming any of these, and you're willing to pay the lower CCO price, then I'd say go ahead and get them! For me, the trios will last forever, and the lipglasses are more special occasion than everyday, so I don't see myself replacing them any time soon. And since it's MAC, it'd be hard to get them for any cheaper, unless you go to eBay or a blogsale or something.