Saturday, November 19, 2011
MAC for Gareth Pugh Swatches & Overview
Initial thoughts: The packaging is quite heavy, thick and elegant- it has a real couture feel to it. The color palette ranges from soft and demure to bold and vampy, and the juxtaposition of the two is quite interesting.
The first products that I swatched were the pigments, and I have to say- the texture is like a creamy velvet and the pigmentation is extraordinary. Guise, the frosty grey on the left, is a lovely shade- albeit not that original. It is so soft to the touch that it feels more like silk than a pigment. The stand-out, however, is Deceit, the blackened plum with pink pearl shown on the right. This color is incredibly pigmented and smooth. The color is deep, rich, and unbelievably gorgeous. This would make one stunning eye liner.
Strada Blush is described as a mid-tone nude, but when I swatched it read more as a pinky beige, and in fact it basically disappeared on my NC25 skin (and was undetected by the camera). It looks a bit like Malt eyeshadow to my eye. It is very soft and silky in texture, and is quite lovely especially if used for contouring. I suspect that it will disappear on darker skin-tones, or run the risk of looking ashy.
The compact that it comes in is very substantial and heavy, and I believe that it was metal rather than dense plastic. There is a geometric pattern pressed into the powder which will wear away after a few uses, and unlike the blushes from the permanent range this one includes a mirror. If you love this blush (which is a repromote and a permanent color at the Pro Stores) then I would probably buy the regular Strada blush from the Pro Store to save some money because at $30.00 you pay a premium for this limited edition packaging (especially since it's not a refillable compact). If you are a collector who simply cannot live without this gorgeous compact- then the cost may well be worth it for you.
Fervent: Glossy blackened berry (satin) (LE)
Restrict: Creamy greyed nude (cremesheen)(LE)
Lipglass ($22.00 U.S./ $27.00 CND)
Vacant: Sheer light lavender gray with violet pearl (LE)
Outrage: Sheer berry with blue pearl (LE)
Beauty Powder ($60.00 U.S./ $72.00 CDN)
Elude: Translucent neutral beige (LE)
Metal-X Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 U.S./ $38.50 CDN)
Obscura: Frosty gunmetal grey (LE)
Ardent: Frosty blackened burgundy (LE)
Pigment ($32.00 U.S./ $38.50 CDN)
Guise: Frosty grey (LE)
Deceit: Blacked plum with pink pearl (LE)
Mascara ($15.00 U.S./ $18.00 CDN)
Studio Fix Boldblack Lash: Blackest Black
Technakohl Liner ($19.00 U.S./$23.00 CDN)
Greyprint: Rich pewter grey with frost
Graphblack: Rich graphic black
Lashes ($18.00 U.S./ $21.50 CDN)
Flight Lash: Dense, geometric triangle-shaped lash (LE)
Nail Lacquer ($23.00 U.S./ $27.50 CDN)
Inert: Creamy mid-tone greyed nude (créme)(LE)
Ascension: Grey with blue violet reflective pearl (frost)(LE)
Hyper: Deep blue with violet pearl (frost)(LE)
Powder Blush ($30.00 U.S./ $36.50 CDN)
Strada: Mid-tone nude (LE) (Repromote)
Square Handled Buffer Brush ($60.00 U.S./ $72.00 CDN) (LE)
Gareth Pugh for MAC Makeup Bag ($75.00 U.S./ $90.00 CDN) (LE)
Square black high gloss bag with geometric design.