Guess what I hauled today?
Pretty cool to be able to see this whole massive collection in person before most people get to see it. Hehe. Sorry I do not have swatch pics for you, but I will do a really quick review to help all who's still undecided! To start off, I would say that this is truly a collection to be seen in person if possible, because most of the products were not quite what I was expecting. I also honestly thought that most of the colors in this collection are not unique at all in person.
Blue Sheen - you HAVE to use this wet, otherwise you don't get to see the true beauty of it. I took a pic of it together with She Who Dares MES and Blue Flame MES, and it's pretty clear that Blue Sheen has a much deeper and richer color than the other 2.
Clarity VS Jade's Fortune - i lumped them together because I always had the impression that they were similar, judging from online swatches. they both swatch poorly when dry (although Jade's Fortuned fared a little better). When wet, Clarity has the metallic/foiled look to it whereas Jade's Fortune provided more of a sheen. Clarity is more of a charcoal-grey color whereas Jade's Fortune is more dirty silver-blue. They may appear similar when swatched dry, but when you wet them the difference is definitely quite obvious.
Faux Gold - this was actually pretty and decently pigmented enough when swatched dry. i didn't get a chance to try it wet, but i may go back to check it out.
Golden Gaze - i preferred this when swatched dry (probably the most pigmented among the the whole lot when used dry), because it has a really metallic/foil appearance when used wet, which I'm not a fan of.
Mineral Mode - i was surprised to see quite a lot of white in this color, especially when swatched wet (i was expecting pink). maybe it has got to do with the vening of the particular tester that I swatched.
Quartz Fusion - this was the only one that i didn't bother swatching. the huge glitter chunks that were visible in the MES compact made me want to stay as far away from it as possible. Eeeks.
Smoked Ruby - very pretty color, but it's another one which you HAVE to wet it to get the full vibrancy. reminded me of Vainglorious e/s when used wet.
Unsurpassable - this is TERRIBLE when swatched dry, but when you wet it something magical happens. i don't quite know how to describe this gorgeous, complex color, but Karlasugar's swatch is pretty accurate. (her swatches can be found here: http://karlasugar.net/2011/06/mac-semi-precious-part-1/)
Blushes: Easily the stars of this collection, hands down. They're pigmented and smooth like butter. What's not to like?!
Pressed Amber - the MA told me i could use this as a highlighter. not entirely sure about that, but when used lightly, i think it's possible. anyhow this makes a really nice no-brainer neutral blush shade.
Feeling Flush - lovely color, i'm not sure how unique it will be from my other purple-pink blushes when worn on the cheeks
Warmth of Coral - nice texture, but looked kinda dull when swatched on my hand.
MSFs: first off, these are extremely GLITTER packed. I wouldn't say huge chunky glitter as the glitter particles are fairly finely milled, but still they are visible and glitter was the first thing i noticed when swatching the MSFs (says a lot, doesn't it?). They are also very sheer.
Pearl - this is more of a highlighter on me (NC30)
Rose Quartz - this has the metallic sheen to it that i do not like, although the color is pretty
Gem of Roses - LOVELY. gives a pretty but natural pink lip color on me. here is a pic comparing it with Chanel's Confidential rouge allure l/s (which is perhaps one or two shades lighter).
Lush Amber - barely visible on my lips
One of a Kind - it looked dull on me and made me look older
Geo Pink - much more orangey than i was expecting
Pure Manificence - looks almost colorless when sheered out. i think it will appear almost clear on the lips too.
The brushes were interesting (and perplexing), I honestly didn't know how I would use the 2 face brushes. I loved the #234 though (which was what I got) and might go back for the #235.
I need to rush off now, hope my mini review helped! Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have!
EDIT: I'm soooo sorry, I don't know why I can't make the images appear (someone please advice?), so I'm putting a link to my photos instead.