Friday, July 20, 2012

MAC Illustrated's Smoky Eye Black Kit by Julie Verhoeven; Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive Part 2 of 3

Every July, Nordstrom has their anniversary sale which includes some beauty exclusives.  This time around I purchased a few exclusives and will be posting about each one separately.  For my second installment, I wanted to bring you some information on MAC Illustrated's Smoky Eye Black Kit by Julie Verhoeven (Retail $49.50; Product Value $100;

The set includes 3 full-sized eyeshadow pans from MAC's permanent collection (Naked Lunch [frost], Wedge [matte] and Carbon [matte], 1.5 g/0.05 oz each, Regular Retail: $11.50 each), 2 special edition brushes (212 Flat Definer Brush - full size $22.50 and 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush - full size $24.50, 1 full-sized Technakohl Eyeliner (Graphblack, 0.35 g/0.012 oz, Retail $15.00) and 1 Mini Zoom Lash Mascara (Rich Black, 4 g/0.14 oz, Regular Retail $15.00 for an 8g tube) in a mirrored canvas box illustrated by London-based artist Julie Verhoeven which includes a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve the perfect smoky eye.  The set is also available in Plum.

Eyeshadows (L - R): Naked Lunch, Wedge, Carbon

Technakohl Liner in Graphblack
Mini Zoom Lash in Rich Black
212 Flat Definer Brush
275 Medium Angled Shading Brush
Here are swatches of the eyeshadows and eyeliner:

Eyeshadow Swatches (T-B): Naked Lunch, Wedge, Carbon; Technakohl Liner in Graphblack
The MAC Illustrated collection also includes 4 Triple Feature Lip Bags ($39.50, in Red, Pink, Nude and Peach) which each contain a Cremesheen Lipstick, a Dazzleglass Creme and a Cremestick Liner all in a cute bag featuring a Julie Verhoeven illustration. There are also 2 brush kits in this collection ($49.50 each), the "Face Canvas" set with 4 special edition brushes (187 Duo Fibre Brush, 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush, 282 Duo Fibre Tapered Brush, and 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush) and the "All Over" Set with 5 special edition brushes (129 Powder and Blush Brush, 227 Large Fluff Brush, 224 Tapered Blending Brush, 219 Pencil Brush and 266 Small Angle Brush). Each set includes an "illustrated" brush roll.

Overall rating: Booyah! for the neat, travel friendly packaging, not to mention the expert tutorial instructions broken down into 4 easy steps.

The set is limited edition and a Nordstrom Exclusive available through August 5.

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