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Glossier's Black Tie Holiday Set (Evening Wear Not Included)

Glossier's Black Tie Holiday Set (Evening Wear Not Included)

Halloween is done with, and we're slowly (or quickly) being ushered into the holiday season. I usually hold off on holiday things just so nothing exhausts itself too quickly, i.e. waiting until December 1st to listen to Christmas music. This year I did break this cardinal rule because if makeup aficionados (with high-speed internet, disposable income, and autofill for Chrome) have taught me anything, it's that limited edition products don't stick around for very long. Glossier's Black Tie set retails for $50 and contains a limited edition (!) shade of Haloscope in Moonstone, a Glossier pink nail polish, a vial of lipgloss, and a pencil eyeliner.

Gift wrapping not optional
The set's packaging looks decidedly sumptuous. Surrounded by a satin black ribbon (my kitten took a strong liking to this and has claimed it as his own), the box opens like one of those fancy butler served entrees, where one baby carrot and a single pea are served on an heirloom platter. I could think of several friends that would be elated to receive this as a gift.

This lipgloss is poppin'
You knew that was coming, right? The applicator isn't your typical doe foot or brush, it's shaped like those Firecracker popsicles, but velour. Initially, I had reservations, but upon applying, it does bend accommodatingly to ensure you're not over lining your lips with gloss. Remember Miranda's donut guy? SORRY. SORRY. 

100% authentic moonstone
I flipped through the included lookbook and there it is: moonstone powder. How magical is that? In comparison to Quartz, Moonstone is more sheer. I swiped it on 5-6x in my swatch photo. It has cooler pearlescent tone, whereas Quartz is more champagne. It's also very dewy, which I suspect is the actual pigment itself since it doesn't feel stickier than Quartz.

Haloscope in Moonstone on the left,  Quartz on the right.

Haloscope in Moonstone on the left,  Quartz on the right.

No. 1 Pencil in Graphite
Graphite might seem like "low hanging fruit" for an eyeliner name, but I kid you not, this color is the exact color of your Ticonderoga No. 2 pencil. It's imbued with the same iridescent sheen found on a leftie's palm, without any toxicity. This twist up pencil applies smoothly and could easily be confused for an actual writing tool if you're in a hurry. It is water resistant once set, so use the blending tip (found on the eraser end) to smudge and smoke out at your convenience.

#glossierpink nails
Tested out haphazardly on a toenail, the polish applies thick and streaky. It's a very pale, milky pink—very similar to Essie's Minimalistic, Pop Art Pink, or a maiden from the Renaissance's cheeks. I did enjoy the flat and wide brush, which covers the most square footage with the smallest flick and reminded me of a tiny beaver's tail. A hand painted with this shade would look great wrapped around a champagne flute. A foot painted with this shade would look great pointed and peeking out of a silk caftan.

I felt a little blindsided by the variety of different products in this set. It was a strange combination of things that won't get you ready for your holiday parties on its own—but it'll definitely help with those finishing touches. (For example, I always forget that nail polish isn't meant to resemble continents.)  Plus, unboxed, the entire set can fit into a hoagie-sized clutch. 

 

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