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A MAC Daddy Haul!

When I was a teenager (ok all the way through college) I was a MAC whore. I wore nothing but MAC, good bad ugly and the rest.  I went away from makeup for a long time, but recently, while passing through a town to the North, I stopped by the CCO.  For those of you who don’t know, CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) is an outlet store for Estee Lauder brands including Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and yes – MAC.

While I was browsing, I came across last holiday season’s “Highland Fling” collections.  Priced at $45 (Nordstroms), I paid $34.95 for the gift sets which contained a paint pot, a mineralize eye shadow duo, mini mascara, and lipglass in a cute Tartan plaid tin.  There were two kits, My Scottish Fling and Swinging Violets that I snatched up.  There was a third kit that I didn’t get, but I might run back and get that too; this is a screaming value, since the paint pot and eyeshadow alone are over $30.

I played with them today and am wearing:

  • UDPP in Eden
  • Paint Pot in Fresco Rose (limited edition)
  • Pink Split Mineralize eyeshadow duo (dark) in outer 1/3
  • Earthy Riches Mineralize Eyeshadow (grey) in crease
  • Paint Pot in Bare Study on brow bone
  • MAC Zoomlash Mascara
  • BE Frills as liner


Paint Pots: Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Stila Kitten, Painterly, Fresco Rose

kit contents


I really love paint pots.  I could have gotten away without a primer, but since I was wearing some very loose shadows, I wore one anyway.  These waterproof cream shadows make an ideal base instead of primer or with primer, and are very creamy and blendable until dried.  Once dried, they are stay proof and fairly creaseless.   I currently own Painterly and Soft Ocre and use them and all over bases often, since they smooth out the texture and color of my eyeslids.

L to R: Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Stila Kitten, Painterly, Fresco Rose

Stila came out with smudge pots, which are similar, but I find that smudge pots are better used as liners.  However, i included a swatch of Kitten here because it’s very close to Bare Study, just a bit pinker.

Fresco Rose is a beautiful deep rose shade that is a funn all over lid color.

MAC consistantly puts out beautifully holiday collections, and this is no esception  This was an excelent value, and I’m a bit of a CCO stalker now – because you never know what might show up there!  I love purples, and these colors are soft, and can be smoky or not.  Perfect for blue eyes.

The tin itself is a great size for lip pencils and eye pencils, which helps out my messy storage area.

Mascara:  Defines and seperates, no clumping!  This mascara is gorgeous.  I will definately be buying a full size tube – 5 stars

Mineralize Duos:  Can get muddy, hard to seperate the colors of the Earthy Riches – 4 stars

Paint Pots:  Tried and tested – 5 stars!

Over all:  4.5 stars.  This kit was a good deal at $49 but for the outlet price its a STEAL.

Happy MACing!




  1. Ohsoquiet says:

    I still use M.A.C. but not as much as I use my BE products. Did you get any of the Hello Kitty M.A.C. items when they came out? I <3 the long wear lipglosses. CCO is the best to get discounts on M.A.C. 8 )

    1. thinkbeautifully says:

      hehe yeah I know what you mean. No! I missed the Hello Kitty stuff…but mmm long wear lippie! CCO is very hit or miss but sometimes you just get a steal! one is an hour away, and the others are 2 hrs away but if i’m ever in the area – I always see what’s on the shelves!

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