Mac has a collection of winter holiday gift collections. I recently bought the Iced Delights Lip Bag in Wintercool (available at Macy’s), and I can’t stop wearing it. It’s the first pale lip that’s ever looked good on my mildly pigmented lips. My video review:
It comes in a gift box, ready for wrapping, and you get a makeup bag and three lip products designed to be used together.
The makeup bag is round, made of clear plastic with silver on one side. It’s not flexible, which would make it not my first choice to carry in a handbag, but the zipper works well and it’s functional. The zipper has a little sparkly plastic grab stick with the “MAC” logo.
The three lip products have white casing instead of the usual black. They are all part of the permanent collection, but any replacements you get later on will have black casing.
Lipliner in Stripdown
Stripdown is a taupe shade of brown. It glides on nicely without drag, and stays on for at least the four hours the lipstick stays on (once the lipstick starts to fade, I wipe everything off and reapply all three). It would be a good nude on many skintones. I’m pretty fair skinned, and it’s several shades darker than my skin, but it flatters my coloring.
Lipstick in Creme d’Nude
Creme d’Nude is one of Mac’s Cremesheen finish lipsticks. It’s opaque enough to cover my pigmented lips in a paler peachy-beige color. It has a nice, moisturizing feel. Because it is moisturizing, it wears about four hours, which is normal for this finish, and better than a lot of similar lipsticks from other lines. There’s a light vanilla/caramel scent, typical of Mac.
Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Whim
Fashion Whim is slightly paler than Creme D’Nude, but very nearly the same color. It’s on the opaque side for a gloss, and will need touched up every 2-3 hours, but not completely reapplied. For comparison, some glosses wear 4 hours or more on me, which is about as long as I go without eating during the gloss-wearing part of my day. I wish this one wore longer, but it has a beautiful finish – moist and shiny. It blends any patchy spots in the Creme d’Nude so you have a great finished look. Again with the light vanilla scent.
From left to right: Stripdown, Creme D’Nude and Fashion Whim. And here they are on me.
A friend of mine who’s darker skinned (I’m Mac 20-25, neither warm nor cool – she’s probably a couple of shades darker and on the warm side) tried it, and it looked gorgeous on her, too.
Is this worth $38? For me, yes. I have trouble finding good pale lip products that don’t just look like I’ve put concealer on my lips. I didn’t realize how helpful a lip liner was in making this look work, so I’ve also learned something from this pack. In future, I will look for cheaper dupes of the lip liner and gloss, because I don’t think either of them are particularly special. I do like Mac lipsticks, so I can see myself re-purchasing this one, and maybe some of their other pale colors, because I have some assurance they’ll actually work.
Here’s how I calculate the actual value of what you’re getting:
- Stripdown. I’m guessing it’s about half size, which makes it worth $7.
- Creme d’Nude is full size at $14.50.
- Fashion Whim is full size at $18.50.
- Total: $40
You’re getting them, plus a makeup bag, for $38. Eh – I’ve seen better bargains. To someone who knows what the lip products cost, this would be an impressive gift. To someone unfamiliar with Mac… I dunno. I am familiar with them, and I feel like $38 is a bit steep for what I’m getting. Like I said above, the lipliner and cremesheen glass are dupable. According to Temptalia’s dupe list, I might find a close match for Creme d’Nude.
I have definitely seen better gift offerings from Mac, but even if it’s not worth the $38, I’m enjoying this set quite a bit.