Thanksgiving Haul (with swatches)

Not that I celebrate Thanksgiving. But these were bought under life threatening conditions over Thanksgiving weekend at a Sephora surrounded by rabid shoppers (but of course, 40% off is no joke). I didn’t get a discount on my stuff, but I’m saving a substantial amount for my products since they’re bought in the US and stowed in a checked in luggage, rather than buying it in Singapore. These are all items that I can purchase in Singapore, but I just can’t bring myself to because of expensive markups. I’ve saved about SGD70 from not buying them in Singapore.


So here are my products:

  • MAC Viva Glam I Lipglass
  • MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick (I’d actually wanted it in the Stroke of Midnight collection which comes with a free pouch but they sold out)
  • Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes (this is from the 2013 holiday collection, which is sold out in Singapore if I’m not wrong. I got the last palette from that department store <3)
  • Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide Eyeliner
  • Sephora Infinite Rose Cream Lip Stain
  • NARS Oasis Blush (which I have been eyeing for the longest time)

And closeups! I usually prefer natural lighting for my photos but it’s already gotten dark and I have to make do with lighting in my room. Colours aren’t quite right but they’re the closest I can get them to.






I really really love the packaging of the Laura Mercier palette. It’s going to be a pleasure traveling around with this.

And swatches!


Urban Decay’s Perversion vs Zero, which are the two black eyeliners the brand carries. There is no comparison – Peversion is creamier and darker. It’s the perfect black eyeliner, just perfect.

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From left to right, MAC Viva Glam I lipstick, Sephora Infinite Rose Cream Lip Stain, MAC Viva Glam I lipglass, and the NARS Oasis blush


Pulled out my other red lipsticks to compare with Viva Glam I. As I thought, there are no real dupes. Viva Glam I is more brown-based than the other ones I have, and even then is really different from OCC Starling, which is brown rather than red.

Swatches from top to bottom:

  • MAC Viva Glam I
  • NYX Snow White
  • MAC Ruby Woo
  • MAC Kanga Rogue
  • Revlon True Red
  • (on the left) Urban Decay Theodora 



Swatches from the Laura Mercier palette. You can hardly see them with the crappy lighting, I’ll redo the swatches another time. I am so pleased with this palette, especially with the lovely nudes and mattes it comes with. I may not even need the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette now. (Who am I kidding, I will buy it, just not immediately). So happy that I now own something from Laura Mercier and NARS, I’ve been hearing such great things about the brands!

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11 Responses to Thanksgiving Haul (with swatches)

  1. Amria says:

    Such pretty colours in the palette 🙂 x

  2. Ms B. BAD says:

    Loveee the pallete!

  3. nhieubeauty says:

    That’s some great stuff you’ve got there! So finally your bf came home with the makeup 😉

  4. Shari says:

    Oh wow that LM palette!! 🙂 I’ve been eyeing that too but resisted!
    Also, NARS Oasis looks beautiful 🙂 I hope you love VG1 lipstick as much as I do! The color is my HG red. ALthough the formula is a bit drying 😐

    • natziwang says:

      Is the formula drying? I always thought it was a lot better than Ruby Woo. It felt fairly creamy when I swatched it too!

    • Erika says:

      Wow, glad to know you two “know” each other too. The blogosphere is a small place. 😆

      Anyway, Natalie, I agree with Shari.. the VG1 *can* be a bit drying on its own, but when I layer it over the MAC Prep + Prime Lip or the Korres Lip Butter you recommended, it isn’t drying at all! I tried it over the Korres Lip Butter Glaze too (15 minutes after application, though), and it had a nice effect in a sense that it was as if VG1 had a cremesheen finish. 🙂

  5. Erika says:

    HURRAAAAYYY now we both have the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes! So glad you were able to snag the last one! ❤

  6. She says:

    Ooo, lovely. I like the look of the eye palette, thanks for sharing , Susan x

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