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Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen

Sounds dramatic right? It is.

For the first time since I can remember, I purchased nothing at a M.A.C Holiday launch event. Just for context, I've been religiously shopping with the local M.A.C franchise since 2010.

M.A.C Starring You Holiday 2019 main collection display -
M.A.C Starring You Holiday 2019 Launch Event. November 27, 2019 -

Holiday 2019 was themed 'Starring You' and they really played it up with the displays and the packaging.
M.A.C Starring You Kiss Of Stars Lipstick -
M.A.C Starring You Lucky Stars Lip Gloss and Retro Matte Kits -
M.A.C Starring You Star-Sighting Compacts -

M.A.C released, and re-released, a lot of products in this collection. As per usual, our store didn't get everything. Most notably, the Light and Medium Star-Dipped Face Compacts. I definitely would have bought that medium one. 

The mini lip kits were out in full force.
M.A.C Starring You Lucky Stars Lipstick Kit -
M.A.C Starring You Taste Of Stardom Mini Lipstick Kit -

As you can see, the 12 set made yet another come back...but it did include new shades. 'Whisper of Gilt' returned once again but this time in a kit with a dazzleglass and medium face fan brush.

M.A.C Starring You Sprinkle Of Shine Kits -
M.A.C Starring You 'Starquake' Extra Dimension Skinfinish -

I mean, the things were pretty right? But I had my heart set on that Medium Face Compact and since it wasn't there I left with nada. I even considered getting the Star-Dazzle Kit but they didn't get that either! Shock and awe; a M.A.C Holiday collection and I purchased nothing! What is going on in the world?! Well, that was until Nordstrom had some pieces on sale.

M.A.C Starring You Holiday 2019 Star-Dazzle Kit
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M.A.C Starring You Opalescent Powder 'Rising Star' -
M.A.C Starring You Opalescent Powder 'Rising Star' -
The pretty compact caught me 😖

From the looks of things, local beauty lovers have been watching their coppers closely from last year. I don't remember another time that a Holiday collection launched in late November, had items in a reduced cost.

M.A.C Starring You Taste Of Stardom Mini Lipstick Kit on sale -
Photo taken January 14, 2020

Yeah Macy's and Nordstrom usually have sales on limited edition M.A.C collections relatively quickly but I don't think I've seen that happen locally til now. I'm not sure if to be: proud of myself for exercising such shopping restraint, annoyed at whomever decides what products and collections come to M.A.C Barbados or sad that a tradition has seemingly come to an end 😭

Ah well, we'll see what they release this year...and if we'll still be in economic turmoil by then.

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  1. That medium compact does indeed look interesting! I'm on the hunt for a decent blush/highlight combo palette as I dont think I use those items enough to justify having multiple individual products 🙈

  2. I don't think I ever bought a piece from the holiday collection tbh but the pretty compact though


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