Tuesday, June 28, 2011

MAC Imperial Flower and Ming Blue

I remember liking the swatches of the MAC Jin Soon polishes from last fall, but didn't feel the need to run out immediately and buy them.

I saw Imperial Flower and Ming Blue at the CCO for $10.50 each, which is not a significant savings over retail, but... outlet mentality took over. Sigh.

Luckily, I actually like both these shades very much!

MAC Imperial Flower - I'm really into oranges this season, I'm not sure what's come over me!



Comparison: MAC Imperial Flower and OPI Ecuadorable Coral - I used to think the OPI was retina searing, but in comparison.. wow is it ever tame! XD


Comparison: MAC Imperial Flower and Essie Vermillionaire - Loving both of these!


MAC Ming Blue - I like this a lot more than I thought I would! The shimmer is not so apparent indoors, but it's still quite pretty!



Comparison: MAC Ming Blue and OPI Russian Navy Suede w/ topcoat - I was surprised to find I did not have a dupe for this!


So my long winded story:

Before purchasing, I asked the SAs if I could take a peek at the brushes to make sure they were not wonky. I was told that, no, I could not because air and germs would contaminate the polish. I was told I could look at a tester polish to see that brush. They did not understand how a MAC polish could have a wonky brush at all. I said I had seen wonky brushes on polishes straight from MAC's website, and their response was: "Well, that's the website. The brushes should be fine if they're from here." Because websites are known for selling irregular items, not outlets. Right? Waitaminute...

Anyway, I decided to just buy them, check them right there, and return if necessary. The brushes were fine. I didn't say anything to "educate" the SAs, but it makes me wonder if they thought I was being the weird one.

Silly muggles.

23 comments:

  1. Doesn't the CCO have a lot of weird rules?  I've only been once.  I know you're not allowed to take cameras in, for one.  Actually, I should go again.  I always think that it's really far away from me, but since I moved I think it's actually only like...20 minutes.  Hm.  Thoughts.

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  2. They're both so pretty!!

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  3. Imperial Flower kind of reminds me of Hard Candy Lava, which I swapped away and instantly regretted. :P It's pretty bright, too. Very pretty! As is Ming Blue.
    That's pretty weird, and what a shame they wouldn't allow you to do that. :(

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  4. YES! Oranges awesome :) Wish I had acquired Imperial Flower when I had the chance.

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  5. I LOVE imperial flower! actually, I'm wearing it at the moment :) and somehow orange captured me as well this summer.  there are just to many nice oranges around :)

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  6. Both of these look great on you, and $10 each is still a great savings! =)  And I swear sometimes SA make crap up as they go.....(I've worked in retail, and I'm thinking of some of the stuff my coworkers would say.)

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  7. They are both so gorgeous and look very awesome! Funny story with the SA's.. especially when they said the website does deliver wonky brushes but the outlet wouldn't!

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  8. Those are both amazing.  I don't like oranges like, at all... but the glass flecks in this one kind of sucks me in.  Gorgeous!

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  9. ::slaps head:: oh silly SAs! At least the brushes were okay! they both are very pretty!

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  10. These both look great on you! Don't the SA's know that we np addicts have to inspect the brush? Lol, but I'm glad they weren't wonky. Oh and thanks for following!

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  11. I tagged you for 2 awards! http://goodlacknail.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/giveaway-award/

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  12. Haha, yeah I was relieved! Although, I almost wished one would be wonky so I could hold it up to the SAs' faces and say "SEE?!"

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  13. Up until a couple weeks ago, I had 0 orange polishes! Now I want more more MOAR! :D

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  14. lol! I don't know if I could handle being in retail!

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  15. yay! I totally agree, orange is hawt!

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  16. If it's still there when I go back in July, I'll grab a bottle for you :) <3

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  17. HC Lava looks gorgeous in swatches! I hope you can get it back some day!

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  18. Yeah I think they have a rule that you can only buy 3 of a certain SKU, and all the nail polish has the same SKU, so you can't even buy more than 3 bottles, even if they are different colours -.- You should definitely go if it's only 20 mins away. Mine is an hour on the nose.

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  19. Those are both great! Laughing about the "air and germs"--as if!

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  20. After seeing these swatches....I went to CCO today and bought both. Your swatches are amazing.

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  21. I NEED both shades :(

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  22. wow, this MAC orange looks great! I didn't know OPI Ecuadorable Coral!!!!

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