Spring has taken a slight hiatus here- there is a fresh coating of snow... everywhere- but, I'm told it is on it's way. Maybe. We can just pretend that it's already here and enjoy the palette of mint, orchid, and pale pink Mark is serving up with their recent Precious Petals Collection for Spring 2016. Ready? You know what to do...
Eyes get a wash of shimmering colour with the All Time Eye Hoo-up Longwear Eyeshadows in Dew Drop (pastel mint) and Water Lily (pink-orchid). The cream shadow is a bit frosty, but when applied to the lid gives a subtle pop of colour. The shadow comes in a lip gloss style tube with brush applicator. I find the applicator can apply a bit too much product, so it's best applied with a finger. The formula feels quite wet when first applied, but these do dry down fully and wear quite well for most of the day. I do get a bit of creasing by hour 5-6 when worn on their own.
Lips are treated to glossy shine with the Total Kiss Up Hook-Up Plumping Lip Gloss in Peony (sheer, shimmery pink) and Orchid (sheer, shimmery lavender.) The glosses have a burnt caramel scent and are quite sheer and don't really look all that different from each other, but do give a nice shine and light reflecting shimmer. The formula is a little bit heavy, with some tackiness, but as such wear for longer than lighter formulas.
The hook up portion of the shadow and gloss name (if you were wondering) comes from the fact that the caps can be removed to place on the Mark Hook-Up gadget. The dual ended cap connects any two Hook-Up products for your custom product combo.
Mark Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Steel Magnolia and Green Thumb 2.7 ml x 2 $7 USD / $11 CAD
Nails are unexpectedly matte, as in I didn't expect them to be matte. The teeny-tiny Nailed It Mini Trend Nail Lacquers have enough polish for ten manicures per bottle. This set pairs Steel Magnolia, a metallic gunmetal, and Green Thumb, a frosted mint. Both applied easily with two coats, although Steel magnolia is quite thin and emphasized ridges in my nails.
Last up, and not officially part of the Precious Pastels Collection, the Looking Sharp Cosmetic Bag. The plastic covered canvas has a red, pink, and white watercolour-type print with a gold zipper and pull. The bag has a fresh white interior, which seems scary for a makeup bag, but can easily be wiped clean. The bag is longer than tall and holds a surprisingly large amount of product- always a nice feature.
Overall, this is a cute little collection. I don't know if anything is a must have, but if you're looking for a little bit of spring colour these pieces will freshen things up. What do you think? Are you ready for spring shades?