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Gift sets. Gift sets as far as the eyes can see. Just when I thought I was getting a handle on them more arrive. No complaints, but I'm realizing I still have a lot of gift options to chat up with you lovely peeps with the holidays growing ever closer. Two get knocked off the list today though, with theses stunning options from Marc Jacobs. With simple, but elegant cases, the Your Place or Mine? Five-Piece Travel Brush Collection & Up All Night Five-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Collection bring a touch of designer flair to your gift giving game.
Each of these Marc Jacobs Sets come with beauty products tucked inside a slightly padded, faux leather (or vegan leather, but I hate that term...) zip case. The cases come in metallic jewel tones with black and gold capped tassels. The cases can easily be used as clutches or for storage, but it's the tassels that I really love. Is it wrong that I want to finagle one for on my planner?
The Your Place or Mine? Five Piece Travel Brush Collection comes in a deep green case, and features five travel size versions of the popular Marc Jacobs brushes. The brushes aren't full size, but are still larger than what I typically expect of a travel size brush, which is great. The set includes a face, foundation, eyeshadow, crease, and angled liner brush with a black-on-black design. They are stylish looking, but do lack the signature silver capping found on full size Marc Jacobs brushes.
This set has a pretty hefty price tag, so I would expect perfect quality all around. While the brushes have excellent feeling bristles (super soft and synthetic) there is a lot of glue stank. It's quite noticeable when you open the case and remove the protective coverings. The smell has been dissipating since having them out in the open, but you can't help but wonder how well these will hold up over the long term.
Unfortunately, this set is an online exclusive, meaning you can't preview it in-store before buying. It definitely looks great, but I'm just not sure you're going to get a true investment with these brushes. Only time will tell.
Marc Jacobs Up All Night Le Marc Lip Creme Collection- No Angel, Slow Burn, Oh Miley!, Miss Scarlet, and Scandal
If it's colour you're after (and don't want to shell out quite as much) the Up All Night Le Marc Lip Cream Collection is for you. The pink case is home to five mini tubes of Le Marc Lip Creme lipstick, which has an excellent formula (see my full review here) with a mix of wearable shades:
- No Angel- apricot nude
- Slow Burn- rose-nude
- Oh Miley!- strawberry red
- Miss Scarlet- deep ruby
- Scandal- intense plum
I love the minis, as I can't say I tend to finish full size lipsticks very often. I love the idea of multiple shades and that these are part of the permanent range. I am already a bit obsessed with Slow Burn, so a full size re-purchase will be in order sometime in 2017. The only (minor) issue with these is that the tip is longer than the bottom half of the tube, so you do have to take care when re-capping to avoid breakage.
Overall, two gorgeous sets! I do have a favourite of the two, with the Up All Night set. The brushes, just don't seem to command their weighty price point. What do you think? Are you interested in gifting or getting either of these sets?