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M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Launch, Haul and Rant

The first M.A.C collection I really went h.a.m on was A Tartan Tale. Thanks to Temptalia I'm reminded that was released in 2010. 2010In 2013 I expressed a lil frustration wid dem but they still consistently got my money. This is six years steady that M.A.C has been getting coppers from me. Much has changed within that time: staff have come and gone, prices have increased but more to the point of this post, collection launch events tapered off until they completely disappeared.

If you've 'liked' our Facebook page you would have seen numerous photos from these launch events over the years. Regular customers are invited to shop late in the evening prior to the collection being available to the general public. M.A.C Barbados hasn't done something like that for what seemed to be eons...until recently.

M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 -
M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Lip Bags -
M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Brush Kits -

Cave Shepherd, Broad Street was still open to the public that evening but invited guests were given identifying sticky M.A.C tags and offered mini cupcakes and non alcoholic wine. It's the perfect time to swatch, shop and meet up with fellow M.A.C lovers. While the event itself was lackluster in comparison to previous years, I understand that everything is more costly. I mean, we might think that the company is raking in the dough but who really knows what their overheads are. Management needs to give the stores a bigger budget to allow them to give back to their customers. Especially coming on to Christmas time.

The event isn't where the rant part is though...what I really wanna know is who decides what gets put on M.A.C Barbados' counters. In every Holiday collection there are mini lipglass kits, short handle brush sets, a special Viva Glam set, pigment sets etc. For the last few years, M.A.C Barbados has not carried the pigment sets. Ok. While I don't think that's smart we've come to expect it. In the Nutcracker Sweet collection, M.A.C also released mini PatentPolish Lip Pencil collections. M.A.C Barbados decided not to carry those either. Ok. Maybe the full sized ones didn't sell well here. For the first time ever M.A.C released mini lipsticks kits. All their most popular shades, special packaged in a box sets. M.A.C Barbados also decided not to carry them. Colour me confused.

But wait, imagine my surprise to discover that all the things I just mentioned were available in the Trinidadian stores. The only thing one store didn't received was the Mineralized kits. Isn't M.A.C Barbados owned by the same franchisee (Mayfair)? Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken.

M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit (purchased in Trinidad) -
Thank you Victoria!

I really don't understand. This is either a gross oversight or an absolute slap in the face to Barbadian customers. It's bad enough we get very limited stock for some of these special packaging collections but in this instance it feels like Barbados is being singled out. We money too pretty or nah?

Anyho, I did manage to pick up the coveted 'Whisper of Gilt'. Although it's in a compact with another product and some reviews say it's not the same shade as the original, I'm still happy to have tried it. The Mistress said she wanted the purple lipstick so I got one for her and another for myself. I'm not a fan of this pink and purple colour scheme but it's limited edition packaging so wha yuh gine do...

M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet 'Leap Of Delight' Matte Lipstick -
M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet 'Copper Face Compact' -

The surprise purchase was the 'Plum Eye Bag'.

M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Eye Bags -

I circled this display a few times...then I caved. I've never tried a M.A.C mascara before and I do like their Technakohl Liners. The rest could easily go in a giveaway

M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet 'Plum Eye Bag' -

I also purchased the Red Lipstick Kit from Nordstrom. Let us know if you got anything from this collection in the comments. Do you think we should have gotten the mini lipstick kits? What about the pigment sets?

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