NOTE: Swatches, product images and information can be found HERE.
In a nutshell, this collection has awesome, well thought-of packaging and concept. It has its star items and a few that didn't excite me at all, mainly because the colors do not go well with my skintone. Nonetheless, there were items that I was glad to lay my grubby hands on. I fell in love with the dual-edge eye pencils, the non-pink lipsticks, a couple of lipglasses, Trio 2 eyeshadow palette and Alpha Girl beauty powder. This collection has items that would make great additions to a girl's neutral and party makeup collections.
Sock Hop and Lollipop Loving with some of the lipsticks from the permanent collection
I really am liking Lollipop Loving and Fleshpot. Lollipop Loving is already sold out at the free-standing store nearest my workplace; the MA told me that there were a lot of ladies buying it in MULTIPLES. Isn't there supposed to be a limit to the amount of same item purchases, like 2 per customer or something? Some ladies would buy 5 per color. Sheesh. Anyways, Lollipop Loving is described as a mid-tone coral with subtle green iridescence, and this is easily the most universal color of the bunch. I am thinking it would suit virtually any skin color, and I think that is the reason why it got sold out easily. It's perfect to pair with Sock Hop lipglass.
Fleshpot is a light neutral beige that would look great with smokey or dramatic eye looks. I want to pair this with a much warmer lipliner like Spice so I don't end up with corpse-looking lips.
Hollywood Nights is a clean fuchsia pink that I stayed clear of because I really am not a fan of fuschsias.
Melrose Mood is a pastel pink that would probably look good with darker pink lipgloss on top, and it seems to be a summer/springy type of color.
My fave of the bunch is Bonus Beat. It's a sheer yellow beige with gold pearl, and I tend to gravitate toward light lipglasses in order to tone down darker lipsticks. This is so pretty on my lips when worn over my warmer lipsticks; and it also complements smoky or colorful eye looks.
Sock Hop is a soft mid-tone coral that most people wear over Lollipop Loving. I see this as a cousin of Orangedescence lipglass, but I prefer the latter, although Sock Hop is pretty as well. I like Sock Hop because it complements my corals, browns and berry lipsticks.
Style Minx - clean fuchsia pink; would be a perfect pick for someone who likes fuchsia, but not my kind of color.
Starlet Kiss - a clean pastel pink; I like it paired with my darker pink and berry lipsticks; it gives a luscious, pink lip look that heralds the warm weather of spring and summer.
EYESHADOW x 3
I passed up on Trio 1 because I already have Cloud Burst from the Smoke Signals collection late last year. Also, the green eyeshadow didn't look too original to me; I also have a bajillion greens and I have Meadowland which is a near-dupe of Mood Ring from this trio. Nonetheless, I've seen great looks using this trio, and if you don't have these colors yet, it would be a neat addition to your collection. The formulas of the shadows in both trios are veluxe pearl and velvet, and they really go on smooth, glide like butter on the lids and have good color pay-off especially when you use a base like paint pots or shadesticks.
I love the colors in this trio, especially Cassette which is described as a blackened eggplant purple. Wow! Just the description alone is a winner in my book. These are three gorgeous, complementary colors that look beautiful over same color paint pots like Girl Friendly and/or Nice Vice from the Fafi collection, and you can create your look as light or as dramatic as you want with this trio. The dual edge pencil in Fab Orchid/Dash Lily would look totally breathtaking with this color group.
DUAL EDGE PENCIL
More swatches are available in my previous Heatherette entry (see link at the start of this entry).
Oh my gosh, these pencils are the creamiest pencils I've ever used in my makeup life, especially the ones with no glitter in it. I used to stay away from pencils because they tug at my lids and create a drag when I line my upper lashline, but these go on like a dream, so buttery smooth and there is no drag whatsoever. I call these my "gel liner on a stick" because the pigment applies as smoothly and easily as my fluidlines and my Indelible gel liners, maybe even better, who knows, and I like the convenience of using pencil and not needing the eyeliner brush. Definitely a plus when you're traveling. The downside is that the creaminess makes it smudge on my lower lashline. I think that can be remedied by either keeping it on the upper lash line, or priming your lower lashline with a shadestick, or setting it with eyeshadow. Either way, you are in for a buttery experience with these babies. My favorites are Black Funk, Fab Orchid and Nighthawk. These are beautiful colors and have awesome slip!
I am not a fan of too much glitter, but Reflects Gold is not chunky glitter that you imagine from days of old. This is pretty when used sparingly on the eye for a great night look.
Even though I am a pigment fiend, I didn't like the Heatherette pigments that much. Jardin Aires didn't go well with my MAC mixing medium; it was splotchy in some areas. I haven't tried it dry, though, so I am thinking it would be best if this is applied dry and not foiled. The color is gorgeous, though. I would be using these for both neutral and dramatic eye looks. A little on the inner corners of the eyes would also give tired eyes a pretty boost. Pink Pearl has better color pay-off than Jardin Aires, and would look great with Trio 2. I like the blue undertones because it almost looks lavender/lilac to my eyes.
This is another favorite from this collection. I love the jet-milled, subtle tint with pearlescent finish this product provides. Alpha Girl gives a noticeable but not-over-the-top glow that I like. I use this over my regular blushes and it keeps everything looking dewy but not greasy. Smooth Harmony would work as a great bronzer with slight sheen that is perfect for summer.
Lola Devine is my favorite because this color really announces the start of warmer weather. I love it applied on either tips and toes for a fun summer look.
The Heatherette collection has blindingly stunning packaging and pretty, summery shades that would satisfy a craving or two for summer/spring colors. I love the new products that were launched in this collection, specifically the Dual-Edge eye pencil. I hope that MAC comes up with more variants of these pencils as I am really loving the smooth glide and slip, and the deep, rich colors.