Saturday, September 22, 2012

Delights in reserve: MAC Venetian Tarnish and Majolica Majorca Blood On

Secret: I have something called a reserve drawer. Because I struggle with more things to be used up than I can keep up with, sometimes I lay new things aside in this drawer until the time feels right to BUST THEM OUT. They remain untouched and unswatched, so that the joy of taking a brand new shadow or lipstick out of the box is exactly the same as immediately opening it after purchase. It's a coping tactic for compulsive shopping habits that I indulged in for so long. The other day, I felt the compulsion come over me stronger than it had in a while and had to resort to digging through the reserve drawer. The move uncovered these two gems.

MAC Metal-X Cream Shadow in Venetian Tarnish


I didn't pay any attention to the Metal-X collection and had no idea what I was missing out on. My wonderful MAC Fairy surprised me with this when we first met in March, and because of all the crap that was going down at the time, I tucked this away in the reserve drawer and didn't think of it for a while.


When I finally pulled this out the other week, I was flabbergasted at the beautiful powder/hybrid texture of this shadow and the amazing pigmentation. This is also the exact kind of gold shade I like - bronzy with a burnished lean that gives it richness and depth beyond a simple shimmery yellow.


It looks amazing on the eyes and instantly dispelled any desire to shop new shadows for a while!


Luckily this product is still available at MAC, so I suggest you check it out if you like the new powdery-yet-not-powder shadow textures. It's not as bouncy as the Electric Cool shadows, but it's definitely not creamy in the traditional sense of the word. The swatch above is the result of one shallow swipe.

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Majolica Majorca Blood On


J sent me this from Singapore as a part of a massive package and half of that ended up in the reserve drawer. I don't know how she knew one of the things I love best is a round pot of bright red product that translates sheerer on the skin, but here we are.


Blood On is a gel-cream lip and cheek tint.


I just sighed in happiness while staring at the unmarked pan of all that smooth redness. It took a while to work up the courage to swatch it but I finally did.


As you can see, it's very sheer and is extremely similar to the effect of Benefit's Benetint. The best part is that it's not liquid and I can skip the messiness of delivery and application. This is a swipe and go product and extremely handy. I'm looking forward to using it to mimic the flush of cold autumn winds on cheek and bitten red lips.

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Huh. I just learned that Majolica Majorca is owned by Shiseido. I think I knew that at some point but forgot.

Anyway, I highly recommend the tactic of keeping a reserve drawer if you're prone to shopping urges like I am and need a little something without actually going out and spending and spending. The reserve is also a good place to stash products that you purchased but aren't sure about - I've fished out many things from there to return eventually. No one knows about this drawer and everyone assumes I stash legit business items in it, which is another part of the delight of having a secret reserve drawer.

Are you like me and keep things in reserve, or do you open all new products right away?

41 comments:

  1. OMG Liz...that eye shadow is EXACTLY what I've had in mind for several days now -- I almost caved and spent the big bucks on a Giorgio Armani version today, but something didn't feel right. Thanks to your swatch, I'm convinced I need this one (I've been stressing & obsessing over my final "look" for my nephew's wedding next weekend). Thanks my friend!
    PS: That Majolica product looks so interesting too -- love the name!

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    1. I was so glad to hear this! Did you buy it? I'd love to see the look you put together for the wedding. Do a post! :)

      Majolica Marjoca is sold in drugstores in Asia and are so adorable. :)

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  2. I have a reserve drawer myself, when a product I use is low, I can't wait that its empty to buy a new one. I generally buy a different brand or product because I like variety. Right now I have almost every skincare products in backup, just in case

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    1. I also don't like to wait until the product is empty - must have the backup ready to go at any moment! :) I only buy backups for the bestest of holy grails though. Currently it's The Body Shop Aloe toner and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. Glad I'm not the only crazy in town! ;)

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  3. Gahhh....I love that shadow!!! A reserve drawer's such a good idea. I have sort of a reserve drawer - I keep some things aside from my everyday collection and relatively untouched because I don't like the idea of having too many things on rotation. This is mostly for lipsticks, glosses and now blushes.

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    1. Yep, sounds like a reserve drawer to me! Sometimes I forget about what's in it but do a dig once in a while and it's so cheering. I like to keep the rotated stash on the low side but it's downright impossible at this point.

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  4. I love the idea of a reserve drawer! lol. I don't know that i could do it though, haha! your photos of the mac shadow are so well done - it looks SO vibrant!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! Lol, I wonder if the drawer is just too much. I should maybe merge it with the currently being used products drawer.

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  5. Holy crap, Venetian Tarnish is absolutely beautiful! Sooooo metallic. I like the idea of keeping a reserve drawer! I kind of have one, I think. Right now, it's half back-ups and half new items I just haven't bothered to use yet. Hope you're having a great weekend! :)

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    1. That's definitely a reserve drawer. lol Hope you had a good weekend too!

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  6. You're making me want that damn MAC shadow. I wanted the pewter one when they first came out and persuaded myself otherwise. But damn it looks amazing! The texture sounds dreamy. Damn, damn, damn.

    I have something like this, I guess. I put stuff in little bags or stack them on my dresser next to my train case and go through them slowly; it's kind of a backlog of things that need to be photographed first (though Paris's post about that has made me happy, haha), or things I haven't tried yet. I agree that a few things have made it from that pile back to the store - sometimes it's good to stew over items. And it is nice to finally try out that new thing!

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    1. WHAT PEWTER ONE?! Must - not - look. >_<

      I haven't read the Paris post you mentioned but it sounds like a good read. Man, I don't know how there can be so much stuff when I don't shop anywhere near as much as the average blogger but here we all are. I do try to save the new stuff for photos first but figure my blog's more about how I feel about certain things than what those things look like. Btw, I've abandoned the idea of getting rid of the train case. It's impossible. LOL

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    2. I guess it was more olive-y. Vintage Coin?

      Paris wrote a post about photographing items for blog posts - if they have to be pristine and untouched, or if it's okay to photograph them if they're just wiped down and gently used.

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  7. Hi Liz, what gorgeous packaging on the Majolica! (I love the very secret agent idea of having a special drawer). I typically don't stash away products. I would rather use a new product heavily for a week then forget about it, as opposed to save it for later. I think my tastes change often so that if I didn't use it immediately I might not later. I don't purchase too much stuff (ha, it's all relative) so I don't mind too much. I may never hit pan on anything, but I've given up caring :D

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    1. I like secrets and mysteries. ;) And I've so wanted to give up caring about finishing things but it's like trying to change my eye colour - can't be done! It must be so freeing. But I don't stash everything away. If I really wanted something, it opens right away. Gifts and backups tend to be reserved since they weren't immediate wants. :)

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  8. Haha, reserve drawers are so handy... I tend to open all new product right away (usually for reviewing + swatching purposes, but I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF), but I have a reserve drawer for things I have multiples of (mostly my foundation, liquid eyeliner, mascara, powders, etc.). Really glad you like the Metal-X shadow! Venetian Tarnish was my favourite shade of that launch. :)

    I was really tempted to buy a bunch of Majolica Majorca stuff online but then thought, "Am I really going to blindly buy this stuff?" But that lip/cheek tint is SO DAMN PRETTY. If I do end up going to Hong Kong next year, I AM STOCKING UP. They have it at Pacific Mall but it's so overpriced, it's basically highway robbery.

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    1. Metal-X is such a revelation! Seriously, I don't know where I was during its launch.

      I had a cheek macaron from MM that was so sheer that it wasn't worth the purchase in the end. It got sent to the blog sale. It was so cute and pretty though! Try to read the reviews first - I think the brand can be hit or miss. Hope you do get to go to Hong Kong! A co-worker went this summer and said it was amazing. :D

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  9. That MAC eyeshadow looks absolutely amazing. I haven't ventured into a MAC store in a few months, and that looks like a good enough reason to pay a visit.

    I have a reserve drawer, for purses! Keeps me from going into unimaginable debt:) I can't imagine having one for make-up. Mainly because I don't have that large an inventory, but also because I try to keep everything in constant rotation in an insane effort to actually finish something - ANYTHING!

    BTW, totally envious of your MAC fairy.

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    1. I've never seen these at the MAC stores, which is why this was such a shock and revelation!

      How does a reserve drawer for purses work??? Isn't that more expensive than makeup? Speaking of which, I need some purses... damn. LOL

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  10. I love the idea of a reserve drawer!! I often have products that I tuck away to play with later when I can give them my undivided attention, but not a designated drawer (yet)

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    1. Yeah, I used to store them in a box or bag until the drawer became absolutely necessary. Kind of sad but oh so fun! :)

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  11. Such pretty products!! I've never used a reserve drawer, but I'm thinking that may be wise to start one...

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  12. Ahh yes, the reserve drawer. That's my wifey!!! :D

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    1. Hahaha! Sounds like you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. ;)

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  13. A reserve drawer is such a clever idea! I have something sort of like that, except it's just full of samples I haven't gotten around to trying yet, not full-sized products, but perhaps that will soon change :)

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    1. ALSO that eyeshadow is beautiful. And what a gorgeously fall pot of red joy!

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    2. Oh man, the SAMPLES. They're in a box separate from the drawer and I've been trying to go through them before they expire. I don't know why we hoard like this.

      You should give the Metal-X stuff a try some time! Phenomenal.

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  14. That MAC shadow is just gorgeous. I need a MAC fairy too.

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  15. Yes! I have such a drawer! It has my new purchases and some overflow in it. I usually open items from this drawer when I need a pick me up or something. The thing is, is that I usually buy things and put them in this drawer, but don't open them until it is possibly too late to take back to the store if I find that I don't like it... I have to do better about that!

    P.S. I love your blog!

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    1. Hi, thank you so much. :)

      I'm pretty good about keeping receipts and do most of my damage at Sephora where returns are hassle-free. Department store purchases tend to be opened right away for some reason. I do have enough bad days that the dig in the reserve drawer happens quite frequently, lol.

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  16. Oooh, what a good idea Liz!! I could have especially utilized this idea when I was more 'purchase crazy'. Right now I'm in a semi-lull (I did steal away from work today to 'stop by' Sephora LOL) so pretty much every item I buy I obsess over before actually buying it, which ensures I generally only buy things I love. However, it would work regarding stifling the urge to buy something new - that is, if I could ever keep my hands off it for that long! I'm not so great at that, ha.

    ...AND FYI YOU ARE NOT HELPING ME BEHAVE SHOWING ME THAT FABULOUS BRONZE SHADOW! Ahh Liz, good grief that's beautiful! I hope you're making a dent in that baby, because it is SO worth the wear :)

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    1. LOL @ "stopping by" Sephora. I've been spending a lot of lunch hours there in a desperate attempt to get away from the office and take my mind off things. I remember you getting so excited at theBalm palette and swatching RIGHT AWAY, lol!

      Eeek, sorry but now you know! Metal-X is good stuff. :D

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  17. The reserve drawer is a new concept to me though I don't think I have the will power to leave beauty/cosmetics products unwrapped and untouched. For a past compulsive shopper, you had immense self control! ;)

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    1. Lol, I do and then I don't. Still trying to figure it all out!

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  18. This is such a wonderful idea. I have something remotely similar - my closet has a rack full of stuff waiting to be opened (gifts, purchases). And I think I will check out if I have any makeup left there :D Sounds wonderful, really. This way you will not have everything opened and getting spoiled at the same time and you always have something waiting for you after a rough week. Like an all year round Christmas :D

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    1. You have an entire reserve closet? ;)

      Yeah, it's a coping tactic to keep the hoard of stuff in rotation at bay and to treat myself psychologically on a hard day. It sounds kind of nutty but hey whatever works, ya know?

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    2. Not an entire closet (although there are days I wish I had), just one rack in the closet ;) And I agree - whatever works and we all have to live a little, right?

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  19. That shadow is tugging at all kinds of heartstrings for me! Bronze shadows were one of my early weaknesses, you know.

    PS I love your idea of a reserve drawer. Yet another secret weapon in a reductionista's arsenal!

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    1. I didn't know and I'm sorry/you're welcome?? :> Bronze is such an alluring shade - I much prefer it to straight up gold. :)

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