Hey everyone! I’m not yet done with the amazing MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection for the Spring/Summer 2017. 🙂 Today I have two beautiful lip colors created by makeup wizard James Kaliardos in collaboration with MAC. Each of the three makeup maestros has reflected their signature styles with their respective creations. While Diane had convenient and compact products with vibrant and colorful vibes, James’ creation has more jewel tones to perk up some everyday-wear colors. 🙂 His magic weaves its way through to make our regular colors look distinctive and unique. I have the Almondine lipstick in Lustre finish, and the very unique Tricolor Lip gloss in Stratagloss Pyrite.
Product Description :
James Kaliardos Lipsticks –
Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. Four hues in four textures. Custom packaging in matte black with James’ signature in gold.
JAMES KALIARDOS Lipgloss –
A triple-layered pearl-swirl of lip gloss in two shade combinations: pink-toned and bronze-toned. Each colour smoothly gradates into the next. The lightweight formula is loaded with conditioning ingredients to provide comfort. It leaves lips shiny and tinted with lustrous sheer colour. Custom packaging in matte black with James’ signature in gold.
My Overview of the Products :
Almondine comes in a total matte black tube with James’ signature in golden. The theme of the entire Makeup Art Cosmetics collection is a black and gold, so all its products bear the thematic packaging. It is the tricolor lip gloss, Stratagloss Pyrite that is a pleasure to look at. Like quite literally, it has three distinct layers that are distinguishable from the outside. I wonder what MAC does to keep the layers distinct. 🙂
Almondine is a MAC Lustre lipstick. The shade is a beautiful warm peachy-pink with a hint of golden shimmer. It looks so pretty in the tube and on the lips. 🙂 It applies smoothly and gives a semi-opaque finish in a swipe. The color makes for a beautiful day time wear and is so perfect for summers. I love how subtly it bounces light off the surface and makes for a comfortable wear. It stays on for around 6 hours with light meals and doesn’t feel dry at all. It also does not emphasize fine lines. However on flaky lips, it tends to accumulate over the drier parts with passing time. It bears the signature vanilla fragrance that all MAC lippies have. Almondine is a very pretty color but it will wash out deeper skin tones. However one can pair it with any matte finish lip colors to add some sparkle, comfort and drama to the lips. 🙂
The MAC Stratagloss Pyrite was one of the first products I wanted to try from the Makeup Art Cosmetics collection. And this coming from a girl who has had a love-hate relation with glosses. 😛 Reason? Of course beacause it looked so pretty with a gradual gradation from concentrated color in the bottom to shimmer in the tube itself! Given the fair experience that I had with MAC glosses, Tolerance and Viva Glam Taraji P.Henson, I really wanted to own the Stratagloss Pyrite. Wow. How celestial does the name sound! I’m fascinated. 🙂
The Stratagloss Pyrite (yes I’m in love with its name 😀 ) also has a similar sweet vanilla fragrance as Almondine, only a tad sweeter. The doe-foot applicator makes for an easy application. In the tube, the color transcends from a warm, earthy pink in the bottom, to a peachy shade in the middle and fine golden shimmers floating at the top. The shimmers are visible throughout the tube but more concentrated towards the top. Although with regular handling, the layers tend to mix up quite a bit. On my pigmented lips however, the shade translates to a beautiful near-transparent layer of shine that looks ethereal. 🙂
I tried to imagine how the applicator would work its way through the layers. It would pick up some color from the bottom, mix some of it with the peach and lose the darker tint, finally collecting the shimmers from the topmost layer to create the magic that it does on the lips. Oh imaginative me. 😛 But on a little more serious note, I did find the concept of a tricolor lipgloss quite intriguing.
The gloss feels absolutely comfortable on the lips, there’s a mild stickiness but I don’t find it bothersome. How can I, when I am mesmerized with its beauty? Ahem. 🙂 Coming to the staying power, Stratagloss Pyrite is like most other MAC lip glosses. But I love the way it creates a visual illusion of plumper, fuller pouts that looks lovely. It pairs amazingly with Almondine and I’m glad I chose both from the same color family. If you want to transform your look from a regular to a notch exquisite, Stratagloss Pyrite can be your aide. 🙂
James Kaliardos’ collection has a celestial and jewel toned theme. The names resonate that quite much. And so do products themselves. I can say this without any qualms for the lippies I got from his collection. Both Almondine and Stratagloss Pyrite are stunners. However unlike Almondine, Stratagloss Pyrite being a gloss is perfect for everyone. It can be worn on its own or paired over any other lip color. These are the perfect lippies that you can resort to, when your mood isn’t quite “matte”. 🙂
The swatch for Almondine doesn’t actually justify its jewel tone. So I have taken a close snap of the bullet for you to see the subtle shimmers infused in it. Also the layers in Stratagloss Pyrite is no longer as distinct as it was when I took pictures of my haul. As I told you, this mixing is evident with use. 🙂
The Final Verdict :
I am an ardent matte-lip lover. Glossy and shiny lip colors are not quite my niche. But MAC instills enough confidence and faith in me to go out of my comfort zone and opt for more emollient formulas. 🙂 The Makeup Art Cosmetics collection won my heart right from its launch. And James’ Almondine and Stratagloss Pyrite are lip colors that no amount of ‘beautiful’ can define. Well it is at least to me. 🙂 Excellent formulas, comfortable wear and dreamy, celestial names all make these two products masterpieces. The tricolour lipgloss is something you should get to steer away from conventional lip glosses. If you want to buy a lipstick from James’ creations, and wish to skip Almondine, you can still grab a darker hue.
While Diane Kendal’s Glamourize Me is a tad tough to work with (but I like it nevertheless for the awesome colors and texture), Almondine and Stratagloss Pyrite make your job easier. They make you look effortlessly elegant. I’m all in love with both the lip colors, particularly the three-stratified“tricolour” lipgloss. 🙂
My Rating : 4.5/5 (Almondine) , 5/5 (Stratagloss Pyrite)
Have you tried any of the products from James Kaliardos’ collection? If not, which one would like to own?