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Sunday, May 8, 2011

MAC Cosmetics Swatches & Review

I know a lot of you have reservations against MAC for many, many good reasons. It was actually one of the many reasons I stopped purchasing MAC products for a good ten years. I was never big into this company anyway; it was super expensive for a tween and that was the age when I bought my first item. I actually STILL have the items I purchased back then and use it from time to time. =X

In any case, I was browsing a few blogs one day and it seemed that the "Rose" pigment was being featured in every look. I love anything that's pink with a gold undertone so I went to the store to check it out. The ladies there were crabby but wasn't so offensive I could never go back. To tell you the truth, I did also help myself to one of their underside drawers - popped it open and grabbed my pigment. Nobody was helping me and I wanted to get in and get out. There was a lot of annoying people in there that day. o_O This was in the MAC store at the Tyson's Corner mall in Virginia.

The second time I went back, I went to the Friendship Heights, DC store and I had a fabulous rep attending me named "Anna". She was so friendly and nice and she actually took the time to listen to my request. I gave her an outfit and she gave me a look. It wasn't over the top dark and dramatic but soft and natural, which I loved. I'm pretty easy to please so I basically bought most of the items she threw at me. This is how I ended up with 2 pigments and a DazzleGlass. I was only going in there for *maybe* one pigment. I would've never bought the DazzleGlass if I didn't think "oh, I really like this girl, might as well!" If you read my previous post on lip items, you'd get a sense for my aversion to lip products. It was after this experience when I purchased Darling Girl's holo-gloss and all those NYX lip products.

Anyway, there you have it. I had a pretty good time at the MAC store.

Moving onto the swatches!

All pigments were swatched over MAC Paint Pot in "Soft Ochre". It's not as bright as PE would have made it look but I love the soft colors. You can see that in levels of chunkiness, it would rate with Rose being the chunkiest, then Tan, then Vanilla. Vanilla is quite fine and in Anna's words, the absolute most perfect highlighter. I love all three colors.

I know a lot of people don't like the tackiness of MAC's DazzleGlass but I LOVE how sticky it is. I know it's going to stay on and won't have to apply as often. Also, it won't bleed past my lip because it sticks so well.

What do you think? What MAC products have you tried and loved? Any pigments or glosses you'd like to recommend?


Mai said...

I love Rose pigment if only for the fact that it makes such a gorgeous gloss. I don't think I've ever worn it any other way.

Personally, I love my MAC Coco pigment. So so pretty and an amazing taupe that I've yet to find a dupe for.

sepia_raven said...

My favourite pigment is Mauvement. I got it as a sample, and usually one of those is enough to last me a lifetime but I had to buy the full size! Looks so pretty with green eyes.

I also love MAC's lipsticks, I only have Velvet Teddy and Modesty but I love their pigmentation and texture.

I've also tried the Dazzleglass, love it but you don't seem to get much product for the money!

dull_flame said...

Beautiful stuff!

I don't buy MAC very often. Usually it's just lippies, but I like a few of their eyeshadows. And those pigments are gorgeous!

Yours Truly, Suki.X said...

I love the new blog layout by the way and also I've missed your posts!
Those colors look amazing swatched, nothing like they do in the pot.

That dazzleglass color looks awesome on you!

MAC is sort of...I don't know. Overrated and when you have great alternatives (like Darling Girls, seriously the only company I invest on now!) there's no point splurging on MAC's products - I hardly think they're "affordable". Not when you're a bloody student it's not.

Overall, they're a great brand but not a big deal in my opinion.

Lady In A Top Hat said...

@Mai - I was actually thinking of purchasing some TKB versa-gel just so I could just Rose as a lip gloss. :) I will definitely check out that Coco pigment, thanks for the rec!

@Sepia- Ooo! Mauvement...gosh, another one to check out. Thanks for the rec! You're right about DazzleGlass though - it's quite small but since I have never gotten through a lip gloss, it'll be exciting to see if I can get through this one. :)

@dull_flame- I totally understand - first off, it's expensive and it IS overrated. Unfortunately, I have not found a good dupe for Rose so I felt the shoppers itch and had to get it. :(

@Suki- I LOVE DG Cosmetics! Just heard she's coming out with a new collection - I can't wait to get my hands on them! And MAC is *not* affordable at all. :(