I recently, over the last month or so, picked up a few more pigments from MAC’s collection. I wanted to do swatches of them for you…and realized that I had a couple of other ones from before that I could swatch as well. So I decided to swatch all of my MAC pigments today, plus the few samples I have picked up along the way. (This post will not include Butterfly Party and Aloha crushed metallic pigment sets which have already been fully swatched and reviewed on EYEMASQ.)
What is pigment?
Pigments are highly concentrated loose coloured powder. They are very buildable, so you can just add a subtle touch of colour or really get an intense look. MAC Cosmetics advertises them saying: “Does not streak or cake. Easy to blend and long-lasting.” With each pigment you purchase you receive 4.5g of product, this is 3 times the amount of product in a standard eyeshadow pan. MAC pigments retail for $24CAD or $20US.
At any time, you can go into any MAC store and request samples of pigments. I’ve recently started buying one and requesting a sample of another. Generally, the samples are large enough to get several uses out of them. Depending on the colour, you may never need to replace these and simply use your free sample forever. As you can see, you get a fair amount in each sample.
Let’s take a look at some of the pigments. I swatched the pink and purple toned pigments together. These four shades are available at all MAC counters and stores, they are not from their Pro stores. Grape is the first MAC pigment I actually ever bought. I was trying to find a nice deep purple to use along side Parfait Amour and Satellite Dreams to create a nice purple smoky eye. To this day, it is still one of my favourites. After picking up the sample of Violet just yesterday, I’m excited to try the two of them together.
Violet – vivid bright violet purple
Grape – vibrant deep purple
Rose – rose with copper sparkle (frost)
Kitchmas – shimmering pink/mauve pearl (frost)
A couple more shades from their collection are Golden Olive and Blue Brown. Blue Brown I expected to be a lot like Club (swatched here), one of MAC’s pressed eyeshadows, but it is actually much warmer where Club has cooler undertones.
Golden Olive – high frosted green gold
Blue Brown – brown with blue/green pearl (frost)
Now MAC does have different shades available from their PRO collection that are only available at PRO stores. For more about this, or to find a store near you, please click here. The next shades I am going to swatch here are all only available at PRO stores. Please keep in mind though, even if you don’t physically live close to a PRO store, you can always call them and they can ship you whatever you need. I know at the Canadian stores, shipping is $7, no matter where you are in Canada. I am not sure about the cost in the US.
Emerald Green – a vibrant true emerald green with silver sparkle
Basic Red – a true matte red (no obvious blue or orange undertones)
Gold – deep golden metallic yellow
Copper – copper with a metallic sheen
Platinum – gorgeous metallic silver
The texture of the 3 metallic shades are unbelievable. They are smooth, creamy and slide on your skin like a dream. I used Platinum in a look here, but am excited to try out Gold and Copper so I can see them in action. I’m thinking they will be stunning paired with black for a smoky metallic eye.
Is there a certain pigment that you can’t wait to see in a look? Please let me know, I would love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading!!!