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My younger sister, who lives in Louisiana, has worked as a make-up artist for MAC for at least 15 10 years, and had been a huge MAC devotee before that, ever since she first started spending all her babysitting money on make-up. So, as you can imagine, she has amassed quite a large collection of MAC cosmetics.

Last month, I celebrated my 36th birthday. For my birthday, my sister decided to surprise me with “some really old, but very cool, color-changing shades that she never wore because they were too sheer.” I was intrigued by the description, but didn’t want to get my hopes up…

This is what I saw when I opened the package. Okay, a pretty purple, a limey green…

* MAC box top

Hear that? That is the sound of my hopes exploding into fireworks! Hallelujah!


This is what I read on the bottom of the bottles, just to make sure the boxes weren’t toying with me.


They don’t look very sheer in the bottles, do they?


The color-change, as she put it, is evident only along the edges, or so it seems.


As it turns out, “sheer” is an understatement. Look at the 1st coat at the bottom of the swatch.


Ah, but after 4 coats, look at the depth, and duochrome-ability, as I put it. =]


I couldn’t choose which of the two to wear first, so I didn’t choose. I wore both!

* big thumb

Here is my big thumb, the way the polish looks most of the time. Except for the blurriness.


Turn a little, and you can see the amber side of the purple and the teal side of the green.


Here’s the rare double-sided duo, where the light hits both edges at the same time.

Not much more to say, other than…

Best. Birthday. EVER.

(Did I mention how much I love my sister? She is my best friend in the entire world and I’m not just saying that because she’s an enabler. She is THE enabler!)

Thanks, Kris! <3  I love you!  <3