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On location: MAC pop-up shop at Singapore Changi airport

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Just in time for the holidays, MAC Cosmetics has opened a pop-up shop at Singapore Changi airport’s budget terminal, which serves mostly Asian low-cost carriers and regional flights.

The 25sq m space is staffed by MAC makeup artists who will demonstrate techniques, assist consumers in discovering new products and provide expert information on international beauty trends.

The temporary store will be available at the location for six to nine months, according to MAC, and was opened in partnership with the airport company and beauty retailer Nuance-Watson Singapore. MAC also said the pop-up project was in response to increasing international demand for the brand.

While I haven’t seen the store in person (and have never visited the budget terminal at Changi as I usually fly there from London), the shop looks good from the pictures I was sent. Do leave a comment if you visit it during your travels!

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December 21st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door

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MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next DoorAlthough you will be unlikely to find this and the other Look in a Box sets at airport stores as they are mostly sold out, as these seem to be available on MAC’s websites in the US and the UK I decided pictures and swatches may yet be helpful to someone.

Today’s set is MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door. Like A Very Stylish Girl, It comes with two eyeshadows (the incredibly popular Smoke & Shadows and Grand Entrance, first seen in the Starflash collection), a Cremesheen Glass (Deelight), a tube of Zoom Lash mascara (Zoomblack) and an Iridescent Pressed Powder in Belightful. It originally retailed in UK duty-free for £25.75, cheaper than the other two sets and amazing value.

The curious thing is that even those the eyeshadows in this set were originally available in the starflash formula, the ones in the box are described as frost shades. It doesn’t seem to affect their performance, though – like the original starflash colours, these swatched beautifully.

Click on the pictures for larger versions. I didn’t swatch the mascara as it’s part of MAC’s permanent range. From left to right, the swatches are for Grand Entrance, Smoke & Diamonds, Belightful and Deelight.

MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door   MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door

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August 29th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

MAC Look in a Box: A Very Stylish Girl

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MAC Look in a Box: A Very Stylish Girl Although you will be unlikely to find this and the other Look in a Box sets at airport stores as they are mostly sold out, as these seem to be available on MAC’s websites in the US and the UK I decided pictures and swatches may yet be helpful to someone.

I’ll start with MAC Look in a Box: A Very Stylish Girl. It comes with two eyeshadows (Dreammaker and Glamour Check!, first seen in the Starflash collection), a Cremesheen Glass (Looks Like Sin), a tube of Zoom Lash mascara (Zoomblack) and a Bronzing Powder (Refined Golden). It originally retailed in UK duty-free for £27.75, great value if you consider the two eyeshadows alone would cost a little under that.

The curious thing is that even those the eyeshadows in this set were originally available in the starflash formula, the ones in the box are described as frost shades. It doesn’t seem to affect their performance, though – like the original starflash colours, these swatched beautifully.

Click on the pictures for larger versions. I didn’t swatch the mascara as it’s part of MAC’s permanent range. From left to right, the swatches are for Dreammaker, Glamour Check!, Refined Golden and Looks Like Sin.

MAC Look in a Box: A Very Stylish Girl    MAC Look in a Box: A Very Stylish Girl swatches

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August 14th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

MAC and Clinique BB creams get extended distribution

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Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30/PA+++Right on the heels of the launch of Bobbi Brown’s first beauty balm (BB) cream, parent company Estée Lauder Companies has announced that its corresponding products for the MAC Cosmetics and Clinique ranges (Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 PA+++, pictured) have gained extended distribution in duty-free and travel-retail.

The MAC BB cream (which is already available in some domestic markets too) can now be found at any duty-free shop that sells MAC products, while Clinique’s distribution is still fairly limited: in addition to Asian travel-retail locations, the product can now be purchased at London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Munich and Dubai International airports. It’s not a lot, I know, but at least now travellers going through Europe might be able to get their hands on this!

Swatches of both products can be found in this earlier post. Prices may vary according to the location, but the suggested retail price of MAC’s BB cream is $30.

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July 28th, 2011 at 10:32 am

MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows

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MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye ShadowsI know it’s a bit late as this palette is nearly sold out, but it took me a long time to get my hands on the MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows. In fact, I had to have it replaced three times (the boxes had the wrong palettes inside), and even then only managed to get one through the lovely ladies at Estée Lauder’s PR team.

The six colours in this lovely palette are Shroom (Satin), Naked Lunch (Frost), Tempting (Lustre), Greensmoke (Lustre), Stormy Love (Frost) and Showstopper (Matte). I am officially in love with Stormy Love and my pictures do not do it justice. As usual, this palette comes with a mini-brush (217SE).

All the pictures where taken with natural light, although the day was cloudy – click on any for a larger version. The picture on the left has swatches from the top row (Shroom, Naked Lunch, Tempting) and the last shot is of the bottom row (Greensmoke, Stormy Love, Showstopper). This palette retails for £25.50 (about $40 in today’s exchange rate) at UK airports.

MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows     MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows

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July 20th, 2011 at 10:32 am

MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye Shadows

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MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye ShadowsIn addition to the three sets I mentioned earlier, the MAC Packed to Go collection also has two eyeshadow palettes that will only be available at duty-free shops. This is one of them, the MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye Shadows.

Despite the name, I wouldn’t consider most of the shades in this palette cool. The six colours are Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe, Tendersmoke, A Brown Suit, Beauty Marked and Carbon – the first four are frosts, Beauty Marked is a veluxe shade and Carbon is matte.

All the pictures where taken at night so the light is artificial – click on any for a larger version. The picture on the left has swatches from the top row (Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe, Tendersmoke) and the last shot is of the bottom row (A Brown Suit, Beauty Marked, Carbon). I don’t know how much this palette costs but will try to find out as soon as possible.

Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe, TendersmokeA Brown Suit, Beauty Marked and Carbon

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February 12th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

MAC Packed to Go collection – Look in a Box sets

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As it has been doing every year for a while now, MAC Cosmetics has announced the details of this year’s duty-free collection. The MAC Packed to Go collection will be launched in two phases, wtih the first comprising three Look in a Box sets and five product trios (lipsticks, mascaras, etc). Today’s post will focus on the Look in a Box kits, which this year are particularly exciting for me as they bring back some of my favourite Starflash eyeshadows.

MAC Look in a Box - Girl Next DoorThe first set, Girl Next Door (pictured above), is ideal for natural looks and comes with the following products:

Eye Shadow: Grand Entrance – Soft peachy nude (starflash)
Eye Shadow: Smoke & Diamonds – Silver taupe (starflash)
Iridescent Powder: Belightful - Gilded peach bronze
Cremesheen Glass: Deelight - Mid-tone neutral
Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack - Black

MAC Look in a Box - A Very Stylish GirlA Very Stylish Girl, the second kit, has a more sophisticated approach and contains the following:

Eye Shadow: Dreammaker - Light gold (starflash)
Eye Shadow: Glamour Check – Deep copper (starflash)
Bronzing Powder: Golden - Finely spun golden with soft pearl
Cremesheen Glass: Looks Like Sin – Sheer deep beige
Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack - Black

MAC Look in a Box - Rocker ChickFinally, Rocker Chick, the obligatory smokey-eye set, comes with the products below:

Eye Shadow: Electra - Silver with icy shimmer (frost)
Eye Shadow: Black Tied – Black with silver sparkle (velvet)
Lipstick: Hue - Soft pale pink (glaze)
Lipglass: Oyster Girl - Freshwater pink
Eye Kohl: Smolder - Black
Dazzle Lash: Black Dazzle – Black

The three sets are already available at duty-free and travel-retail locations worldwide. Prices at London Heathrow airport are as follows: £25.75 for Girl Next Door, £27.75 for A Very Stylish Girl and £30.50 for Rocker Chick.

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January 25th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

BB cream comparison

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Estée Lauder were kind enough to send me the blemish balm creams (better known as BB creams) it has launched over the last year for three of its main brands. Given the opportunity, I decided to swatch them for comparison purposes – proper reviews will follow shortly!

The three products in question are Estée Lauder CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive BB Creme Multi-Action Formula SPF35 (which I first mentioned here), Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 PA+++ and MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ (I have already written about this one too). All three are exclusive to duty-free and travel-retail outlets, although only the EL product highlights this fact on the packaging.

Clinique’s offering is the pinkest; EL’s, the most yellow-toned. All three blend well into the skin (for reference, I’m about NW15) and would suit fair ladies. Coverage also seems pretty decent for BB creams, and in my experience their consistency is also heavier/thicker – previous blemish balm products I have tried were almost watery, very runny, while these three are more like proper foundations.

Click on the pictures below to see larger versions. If you have any specific questions, now is the time to ask as I will test-drive all three this month.

Blemish Balm creams Blemish Balm cream swatches

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January 9th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++

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Mac Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ MAC Cosmetics is to launch its own version of a BB (Blemish Balm) cream exclusively in duty-free shops. For those who aren’t familiar with BB creams, these are lightweight tinted moisturisers that help to correct imperfections and are very popular in Asia. MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ is supposed to work as an all-in-one colour corrector, primer, UV protector and hydrating cream and is recommended for all skin types.

This is what the company has to say about the new product:

While MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ was developed to perform a multitude of tasks, the ultimate result is the same: flawless skin. Use it as a makeup primer, to provide a subtle glow and correct colour imperfections, while at the same time providing UV protection of SPF 35. Apply to skin before foundation for a smoother application and enhanced wear throughout the day.

The lightweight, creamy formula of MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ glides on effortlessly and forms a protective barrier against external aggressions, making it ideal for use in conditions that may cause stress the skin.  Apply it to freshly cleansed skin and it immediately evens out and illuminates the complexion, making skin imperfections less noticeable.

The new MAC BB cream will be available only at select travel-retail and duty-free locations in Asia and the US from May, which means only a few airports should stock it. The suggested retail price in the US is $30.

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March 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am

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