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The MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection really came out of left field for me. I was up early (and by early I mean early) one morning and, of course, poking around on Nordstrom's website. I was looking to see if they had launched the MAC Cinderella collection yet but I saw Bao Bao Wan, a collection I hadn't seen or heard of until that very moment. It was full of sparkly, jewel-toned gorgeousness and even though I saw no swatches online I plopped most of it in my cart and checked out.
Also be sure to scroll the whole way to the bottom - there's a giveaway! MAC sent me one piece from this collection to review and it happened to be one of the things I picked up, so I'm giving the one I purchased away to one lucky reader!
The packaging is gorgeous - it's got a flat black base but with a texturized green/brown sand over-top, trimmed in rose gold. Hard to describe, but you can see in the pics how pretty it is. There is the regular MAC print in gold but above that Bao Bao Wan is written in gold script. One of my favorite packaging designs from MAC.
Bao Bao's Jewels Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow // $44.00 - Nordstrom. These are 5 sparkly shades in an icy pink, gold, brass, chocolate bronze and steel blue that can be used wet or dry - either way they have an excellent amount of pigment. I also found these shadows easy to apply and blend, lasting all day over primer.
Bao Bao Wan Summer Opal Beauty Powder // $28.00. This is described as a light bronze with golden shimmer. While very pretty this gave off very little color on the cheeks, which surprised me because based off the swatch I expected more. It ends up being a subtle highlight shade.
Bao Bao Wan Romantic Breakdown Lipstick // $17.50. This is described as a sheer nude lustre. Boring to some, but this is my favorite type of lip to wear daily, so I can never have enough. The other lipsticks in this collection are very vivid with a matte finish.
All of these products are swatched below dry without primer:
(L-R: Bao Bao's Jewels, Romantic Breakdown Lipstick, Summer Opal BP)
Bao Bao Wan Studio Nail Lacquer // $13.50
Kashmir Blue // Royal Blue with Gold Pearl
Imperial Green // Spring Green with Multidimensional Pearl
Sunset Tourmaline // Plum with Multidimensional Pearl (MAC website)
In the look below I'm wearing Bao Bao's Jewels on my eyes (brass on the lid, bronze in the crease, icy pink at the inner corners, steel blue smudged under the lower lash line) with MAC Grain Eyeshadow used to blend it all out and highlight. The liner is MAC Teddy Eye Kohl and the mascara is Benefit Roller Lash. I used only Summer Opal Beauty Powder on my cheeks and Romantic Breakdown Lipstick on my lips.
What is your favorite piece from this collection? I'm loving the eyeshadow palette, but Imperial Green Nail Lacquer has my heart.
The MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection is almost all sold out (as of this blog post). I linked the pieces that I could find online by their pics and reviews. Otherwise definitely check in store or even randomly on maccosmetics.com - sometimes things can re-appear... you never know!
This giveaway has a mandatory/freebie option of commenting below on what your favorite nail polish shade is. It doesn’t have to be MAC, tell me any! Another mandatory option will be to follow Blushing Noir on Twitter. After both mandatory entries are submitted more ways to enter will appear. Every other entry is optional, but will obviously increase your chances of winning.
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The prize? One winner will receive MAC Kashmir Blue Studio Nail Lacquer (brand new, in box & purchased by me).
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***Disclosure: The MAC Kashmir Blue Studio Nail Lacquer swatched + reviewed in this post was sent by the company as a press sample. All of the other items mentioned in this post from the MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection (including the brand new in box prize) were purchased by me with my own funds. All opinions are my own.