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.
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.
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.