Harlow Friends. This blog is what I would describe as "serious beauty porn". I know, it sounds hardcore but why bother if otherwise? So you might have seen my mini vlog on Meccland 2018 on my Instagram account @teacupofmakeup - If not, why not? In any case, it is linked below.
I would describe Meccaland 2018 (I say 2018 as there are plans to do it again next year), as "SURREAL". I didn't know where to start! I was lucky to be invited down to Melbourne for the PR Preview (and holy moly, Mecca even paid for my airplane ticket, yes I must have done something very good in my past LiveS, stress on "S"). I also went again, primarily to film and photograph more visuals for my blog and instagram, on the Saturday. Did I enjoy it both ways (no dirty thoughts please)? Yes and Yes. I was fueled by cotton candy and it was magical.
Part of the products shown here were gifted, Honestly, I've forgotten which is which. I've also tried to include direct links to Mecca's website for each product. All photos show here with my watermark were photographed by me. I apologies in advance for the s%*t quality of the photos, I was in a ridiculously rare situation where I had to keep changing cameras.
Now let's get down to business. Here's that makeup/skincare porn, you've visited my website for!
There are three highlighters in this collection. One is Holographic. The RRPA$61 per highlighter. OK, these are beyond beautiful. You need them and you need them NOW. They swatch beautifully and they are build-able. You can go from a natural glow to a full on "Instagram" shine. The formula is good and the packaging is just too pretty!
This collection is beyond amazing! The packaging, formula and performance of these are so beguiling that I really wanted the entire collection. There is a sense that these products were created with a lot of detail - just like Vlada MUAS style. This is a ""rose gold" heaven as well.
There are currently 3 highlighters. One prismatic one ("Prismatic Petal") and one golden one ("Gilded Rose") and one pink toned one ("Rosemantic").
In the photos above, last row from left to right: Rosemantic; Prismatic Petal; Gilded Rose. I very often do live swatches on my Instagram (@teacupofmakeup) and archive them under the Highlights "Swatches". I will be including all three in my upcoming International Giveaway.
There are also a number of lip products. I love the liquid lipstick formula of both the liquid lipstick and especially the Always on ones. There seem mostly to have a metallic finish but are also still very wearable (see swatches below). The ones I have are the 2 Always On ones and Be Legendary Liquid Lipstick. See below for swatches. All at RRPA$35 each.
From top to bottom: "Rose Magic" Be Legendary Liquid Lipstick; the Always on ones: "XO, Vlada" and "In Bloom".
How gorgeous are they!?
Leveraging off the success of the UD Heat Palette, this little baby is a lovely addition. You can shop it here. RRPA$47.
The packaging is seriously seductive.
I've enjoyed using the two older Basics palettes. The first one is warm toned and the UD Naked 2 Basics is cool toned. If you already have the two, this is a nice and handy addition. Small yet sturdy enough to chuck into your bag. Great for travel too.
The formula and format of these palettes are fairly consistent. Each palette has a satin/shimmer shade followed by mattes. Some people have noted they feel a bit dry, but I did not have the same perception. They all swatch and apply in pretty much the same way.
(swatches above NB = Naked Basics; NB2 = Naked Basics 2 and "NBH" = NB Petite Heat.
It is sad to note that NARS is selling their products into China which stills require animal testing. I am philosophically against animal testing in general. However, I am not sure if NARS is selling their products bu funneling them through Hong Kong, which a lot of other brands do to avoid the requirement. I don't know. I just know that I have been a huge fan of NARS products since discovering them in 2010.