2/17/09

MAC Hello Kitty Review and Swatches!

Alright guys, here are all my lovely Hello Kitty goods! I was super excited about this collection for a long time because I've always loved Hello Kitty, but when I actually saw the collection and got to test the colors, I really cut down my list. Most of these items were part of my anniversary gift from my husband. The man knows what I like.
Overall, this collection has some great colors, a few stand-out items and the packaging is super cute (but the glitter chunks are kind of annoying).
Read on to see my haul, swatches, and reviews of the products!

Eye Shadow Palettes: ($38.00)
Both of these palettes caught my eye because I love the color groupings for each. However, they both can be VERY easily duplicated by colors in the permanent line. See for yourself...

Too Dolly Palette
Yogurt(matte), Romping(frost), Too Dolly(frost), Stately Black(lustre)
Overall, the payoff of all these colors are pretty decent. With the exception of Stately Black. If you want it to appear dark, you have to work with it a bit and apply a lot.

...and the dupes...
(Yogurt is in the permanent line), Post Haste, Aquadisiac, Black Tied

I COULD NOT believe how easily duped this palette was. While Post Haste is a matte, I actually think it would look better with these colors than Romping, just because the color payoff is so great. The most surprising was the dupe for Too Dolly...Aquadisiac. These colors are almost identical. Also, if you have the Heatherette palette with Mood Ring, that would work awesome as well. It's also VERY close. Aquadisiac is almost prettier! As far as Stately Black, Black Tied was almost identical. So if you can't get your hands on this one, those are colors that would replicate looks you could create with this palette almost exactly...if not better!


Lucky Tom Palette
Creme Royal(veluxe pearl), Paradisco(frost), Stylin'(velvet), Lucky Tom(lustre)

This palette is probably my favorite. However, a few of the colors are a little difficult. Paradisco is a gorgeous color, but it has horrible payoff. To get it to show up, you'll need a good base and a heavy hand. Also, Stylin' is a little on the chalky side (as some velvet colors are) and you'll also need a good base and a heavy hand to get it to show up bright. It's also nice worn more sheer as well though.

...and the dupes...
(ok, with this one I got a little excited)
(Paradisco is in the permanent line)
top row: Nylon, Climate Blue(limited edition), Carbon
middle row: Ricepaper, Parfait Amour, Mont Black (limited edition)
(bottom row is Lucky Tom palette)

Surprisingly, Parfait Amour actually looks closer to Stylin' than Climate Blue does in person. However, because of the frost, it didn't really photograph similar at all in my opinion. Again, while the color grouping is nice in the palette, you can easily create a similar look with these duplicate colors.

Beauty Powder ($22.00)
Tahitian Sand
(warm, pale peach with a light sheen)
Beauty Powders have never been my favorite. They don't really deposit a lot of color, and they're really not supposed to. I use this one as a setting powder with a big fluffy brush to add a bit of brightness to my face since it's similar to my skin tone. I also use it on my cheeks, forehead and chin to add a bit of brightness. I didn't get the pink one because I have a similar pink Beauty Powder and I really don't use these that often. Honestly, the only reason I got this is because I couldn't resist the cute embossed design in the powder itself.
(The swatch isn't worth showing...it doesn't show up on my hand) :)


Beauty Powder Blush ($18.00)
Tippy
I LOVE Beauty Powder Blushes. They have the smoothest formula with soft pearl particles. None have ever disappointed me. This one is no exception. It's a very nice bright pink that would work on so many different skin tones. It can be applied sheer for lighter skin tones, however, is pigmented enough to be easily applied to darker skin as well and look great. I skipped Fun & Games which is a peachy shade, but since I love BPB's so much, I have a feeling I might pick it up soon before it sells out!



Lipstick ($14.00)
Cute-Ster (lustre)

This is really the only color that caught my eye. It's a very wearable peachy pink. It's extremely sheer and doesn't deposit much actual color, but it leaves a really nice shine and sparkle to the lips. Again, the embossed design on the actual product sucked me in! I probably would have skipped the lipsticks all together if they didn't have that little added touch.

Lipglass ($14.00)
She Loves Candy
The lipglass colors in this collection were gorgeous in the containers, but overall, I found them to be disappointing. They were really sheer, which I usually like, but they were too much like other colors I already have or I didn't care for the color. So I decided to get this one because it was pretty and pink and I really wanted at least one!


swatches:
She Loves Candy(top), Cute-Ster(bottom)


Tinted Lip Conditioner ($14.50)
Pink Fish, Popster

These were, in my opinion, the best products in the collection. Super pigmented, very moisturizing, beautiful colors. Perfect. Pink Fish is my favorite. I went back to purchase a back-up of Pink Fish, only to realize I was given Popster by mistake. But it worked out for the best because I LOVE Popster too!

swatches:
Pink Fish(top), Popster(bottom)

Nail Polish ($11.00)
On the Prowl (cream)

This is a really light gray. Nothing fancy. It's a cream formula, which means there's no shimmer or frost to it. I thought it was the most unique out of the three shades. The pink was too much like several other pinks I own and the white was just, well, white.


Makeup Bag and Petite Makeup Bag
($35.00 & $22.00)

I really wanted one of these bags so bad but never got one. When we returned from vacation, my mom surprised me and had picked them up for me! Gotta love mom's and V-day surprises. thanks mom<3

check out the cute pink satin lining...


Hello Kitty Lash ($12.00)
I love these lashes. Mostly because they are more of a half-lash style.
(Just for comparison, you can see the true size of the small makeup bag because the lashes are sitting on top of it. It's very small!)


Expect a tutorial (or 2) featuring some of these products soon!

26 comments:

  1. I agree with your review entirely! Your opinions on each of the products took the words right out of my mouth. The TLCs are loveeeee.

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  2. Is She Loves Candy similar to Frozen Dreams from Chill? If not, which one do you prefer?

    Did you get to play with the pigments? =)

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  3. i am loving the tlcs as well :))

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  4. AWESOME review. Thank you.

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  5. ur review is very detailed and thanks for being honest!

    xoxo,
    katelyn

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  6. YAYAYYA!! Thanks for the info. You are my go-to girl for anything MAC. I am currently living in Korea and whenever I go to MAC, I can't ask about the products due to the language barrier so I rely on your input to help me decide what to get. Definately helped me save money on the Blonde, Burnette, Redhead collection.

    But anyway, I wanted to say thanks for this kinda posts. I really go appreciate them and they help me out a lot. :)

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  7. Great post, thanks for sharing those dupes! I love love love the look of the TLCs xx

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  8. Is Tippy similar to Dollymix? Perhaps you could swatch them together if you get the time as that would be really helpful! I love the TLCs so much, too. And I see you didn't get any of the glitter liners! They're actually my favorite from the collection!

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  9. Hi! Love love love your stuff. I recently got into this whole makeup thing and i'm hooked! Anyways, I was just wondering what do you do with the makeup that you're unhappy with when u swatch it? do you return it? sell it?

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  10. Tiffany, I'm so glad you started a blog. Your makeup style is so beautiful. Keep up the great work!

    The PINK FISH TLC is the best!

    One question: Does the foam thingy inside of the cap of the Pink Fish TLC fall out? Mine seems to not be glued properly and falls out each time I open the lid. Is anyone else experiencing this?

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  11. omgg thank u so much for posting this!! its crazyyyy how dupable they are!!! pink fish is theee bestttt!!!!


    @ anonymous: my foam thing falls out all the time as well!!

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  12. Thanks so much LOVEpink (it's me, "anonymous"). I'm from Toronto too...maybe we got a defective lot! LOL...it's such a minor detail...but it pisses me off because Pink Fish wasn't exactly cheap so you think the quality of the packaging would be on point! But the actual product is great, and I just super-glued the foam thingy to the cap. Anyway, enjoy PINK FISH!

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  13. Great review of the Hello Kitty goodies! I decided against getting anything from Hello Kitty, but I think I might have to get the Too Dolly Quad/Palette and the HK Half Lash now! Annnddd...maybe the makeup bag haha...just for the super cute lining lol.

    Thanks for such a great review and I love your YouTube channel, as well! Keep up the good work!

    Ohhh and I have been wanting to ask you a question...I love crease brushes (A LOT haha) and I noticed in your videos you have the MAC 217,222,224,226, and 272... I have all of those brushes except for the 222, and I was wondering if you thought the 222 does a superior job at any specific crease/blending task than the other crease/blending brushes?

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  14. Hello Kitty is so addicting!! Both TLC's and She Loves Candy are love!! I got a backup of both TLCs so that I don't ever run out. I'm also going to get a backup of both Beauty Powders in case I use them.

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  15. Thanks for your review and for posting the dupes. I don't feel too bad for skipping out on this collection.

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  16. it seems like everyone but me bought the entire collection, so its nice to see someone not! haha! i'm newer into makeup so i didn't have many/any dupes which was nice because i love hello kitty. now i'm sad i didn't buy an eyepalatte... oh well, i'll be ok. paradisco is the only color i'd probobly wear a lot, and i have a few pink eyeshadows.

    i love your videos and your blog
    xxxx
    Hannah

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  17. Thanks for the dupes! I feel like Mac used Hello Kitty to rope us in and buy some not so exciting product.

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  18. just got the lucky tom eyeshadow palette and nice kitty lipgloss. LOVE the color and OF COURSE hello kitty!

    i think i gotta go back and get the lip conditioners and nail polish now that I've read your review.

    LOVE mac, looking forward to reading more of your reviews and tips!

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  19. Tiffany, thanks for the great reviews and the supergreat tutorials.
    Can you please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top do a tutorial for the Too Dolly MAC facechart?

    Thanks!

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  20. I just bought popster and it feels AMAZING. I'm really picky with lip stuff and I sadly end up sticking to vaseline simply because it feels good on my lips. MAC's lip conditioners definitely give a similar feel as vaseline while adding a beautiful hue. :)

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  21. You could use plum dressing instead of post haste. It is a really pretty color.

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  22. Ok so i really loved what u did to your eyes with the hello kitty palette! with the romping and the other colors! so how would i get one of these? plz email me and tell me! my email is achinatl2009@yahoo.com
    thanks

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  23. OMG! Can I please, please buy one of those makeup bags from you? I can't resist!!! Please! breathe_soft@hotmail.com

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  24. I think that is great, if you like hello kitty well whatever!, it looks awesome, congrats! Check out also this hello kitty lingerie!

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