Like I said in my last MAC release/review post I've been disappointed with the collections they have been putting out lately, nothing as really grabbed my attention and it's all been boring and unoriginal.
I knew by just looking at the promo images of Style Black that I would absolutely love it and that I would end up getting a few things, black is one of my favourite colors and I absolutely love the way MAC as managed to create an entire collection based on it.
DSquared2 is nice but most of it is repromotes and as for Dazzleglass Creme I could have past on it entirely and not cared.
Trend F/W09 and Zoom Fast Black Lash haven't been realeased yet in the UK so I can't give my opinion on those.
Anyways on to the actual collection breakdown:
I loved most of this collection and if it hadn't have been for the fact that I've bought so much make-up lately I would have got more, even my sister loved it and she's hard to impress.
The eye stuff is gorgeous but I passed on most of it as they were other thing that had to take priority, I really liked the mineralize eye shadows, very sparkly and quite pigmented, the Cream Color Bases are pro items so I can get them at a later date if I want to, Smolder eye Kohl is permanent, the Penultimate eye liner is rubbish as it dries out real fast so the only thing I got is the GreasePaint Stick. I've only tried it on the back of my hand so far and I love the texture, it's so creamy it just glides on however I don't know yet how well it will wear and if it will crease or not, we shall see.
The lipsticks were all very bold and as much as I whish I could wear black on the lips I know I wouldn't be able to pull it off, the sister wanted Night Violet but by the time I went back to get it it had sold out :(
I was kinda dissapointed with the Glimmerglass, I got Blackfire and while I love the fact it's sheer I was expecting the shimmer to show up more and the nail polishes were nice but again I passed on them as I have laods.
The standout of the collection is the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and Thermal Mask, I actually like MAC skincare in general as I find it's very basic and doesn't aggrevate my skin and these are no exeption.The exfoliator is very nice, the particles are quite large but I don't find they tear my skin or leave it raw like some do and it does leave skin feeling very smooth. The mask heats up when it touches damp skin, it does get quite warm and it's almost like you can feel it sucking up all the dirt and oil out of your pores. I've found they are a little drying but as long as I put my moisturised on afterwards it's okay, the only thing I'm not keen on is the scent, I can't even think of what it smells like but I can't say I'm keen. I got two of each as I wanted to stock up but I've had to give a set to my sister as she wanted them too but forgot to tell me to pick some up for her on release day and they have now sold out.
A nice collection but I would have prefered less repromotes, I only got Nude Rose lipstick and a backup of Feline Kohl Power eye pencil.
The Greasepaint Sticks were nice but if you get the one from Style Black you don't need the others in my opinion.
I hated the Sculpt and Shape powders the first time round and I still don't like them, there are better products out there to shade and highlight your face.
The 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight brush is one of my favourites and for me it's a must have and so is the Feline Eye Kohl, I love how dark it is and it smudges really nicely if you want a smokey look, infact this one is a back-up.
I liked both of the lipsticks but I had to limit myself to one, I got Nude Rose and it's pretty but nothing special and quite sheer actually, Blood Red is actually more pink and again not particularly unique.
The Tinted Lip Conditioner and Clear Gloss are permanent and so is the Lip Erase even if only at the Pro Store.
These are supposed to be a creamier version of the regular dazzleglass,however I just find them to be too thick and heavy and while I love sticky glosses(cause they last longer) these are way to tacky.
Looking on the MAC website there were at least 4 that I had my eye on but when I looked at them in person the only one I liked was Creme Allure, a bright blue based pink that goes on quite sheer, pretty but the texture is awful and mine came with a dodgy brush.
I could have easily passed on this collection.