This is permanent pro pigment. As other reviews have said, this pigment is EXTREMELY finely milled, which makes it very easy to work with but also prone to a bit of fallout. If you're worried about fallout, just put some loose powder underneath your eyes and then brush it away when you're done with your eye makeup. The color is a true metallic gold, especially when applied wet. A little bit goes a long way, so if you have a full jar you'll probably never run out. Word to the wise: Mac pigment jars are filled by WEIGHT, not by VOLUME. Gold pigment is heavier than some of the others, so when you open your jar it won't look all the way full. This is NORMAL.
My HG silver, hands down and with no buts about it. Silver Fog is a true silver, without muddy or bluish undertones. It's metallic and has a bit of sparkle to it, but it is by no means "glittery". I am around NC 10 (VERY pale) with blonde hair, and this color looks INCREDIBLE on the inside of my lids, on the lower lash line, or even as a wash of color over the mobile lid. Yesterday, I wore this look on my eyes and felt beautiful: -Bare Study paint pot as a base, applied over the entire lid with Mac 227 brush -Lily White pigment applied lightly over the paint pot with Mac 217 and buffed out over browbone so as not to be too frosty -Silver Fog applied wet with the 217 over the mobile lid and the inner half of the lower lid -Macroviolet fluidline applied on upper lashline and winged out -black mascara This shade is imminently wearable and I can definitely see myself needing to get a second jar of this at some point in the future. LOVE IT!
This is my HG mascara. It holds curl really well and lengthens considerably. The brush is huge and looks unwieldy but it sure works to coat my lashes evenly and prevent clumping. This mascara doesn't smudge or smear and stays on as long as I need it to. The tube is huge and girthy (haha...girthy) but it doesn't matter to me because this stuff works! Will definitely repurchase.
It's expensive, but I really like it. I tend to have rough, oily skin, and this smoothes it right now. I don't use it several times a week as recommended simply because I can't afford to go through that much product, but it's a luxury several times a month that I really enjoy. I also enjoy the clean apple scent!
I feel badly rating a Fresh product so badly, since generally I like what they make (expensive though their line is). This scrub has a pleasing scent and very large sugar particles that do a great job of exfoliating the body. It only gets 2 lippies for the following reasons: 1. The jar always gets water in it. This should have been in a tube. 2. THE PRICE!!!! $65 for something that just gets washed down the drain is way. too. much.
PROS: -the fragrance is gorgeous -the tub is large CONS: -it's SO thick that it's hard to spread and can pull at your skin CONCLUSION: -good for hands and feet, overnight, with mitts/socks, but not really for the body
Highlighters -MAC - Sculpt and Shape in Bone/Beige
Inchworm 12/29/2008 10:15:00 PM
I am extremely, extremely fair- NC 10, maybe. So the darker shade of this is great for contouring; I use either my 227 or an angled contouring brush from Posh. The light shade, however, doesn't show up too much on me- I use it for highlighting the bridge of my nose, though, which works well. The problem isn't the color, it's my overly fair skin. When I really want to highlight, I have to use something with more shimmer in it (like Vanilla or Pink Opal piggies).
This is one of my all-time Mac favorites. This is a wet-looking pigment, a rosy taupe with silver pearl. It's a wonderfully unique, multi-faceted color that works great on eyes or lips. I am around NC 10 (VERY pale) and I don't think it's too reddish on me, personally, especially when I use a nice brown base beneath it.
I adore this color and have no idea why it's getting so much hate here. Something tells me that the people who couldn't blend this were using the wrong brushes. This shadow is extremely bright and pigmented, so you need to be able to blend it out so you don't have harsh lines.
I own a full jar of this and I'm glad of it because I'm a a total pigment freak. That said, I've actually only ever swatched this because it is SO chunky. If you use a proper base and the right brush, it *is* workable, but you definitely have to know what you're doing with this. Not a pigment for beginners.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Mutiny Pigment-Naughty Nauticals
Inchworm 12/29/2008 9:44:00 PM
One of my absolute favorite colors from Mac! It's a bright, sea blue that looks amazing over a blue base (such as Sea Me shadestick). It's pearly and creamy and I LOVE it.
This is a very similar color to both Naked piggie and Your Ladyship piggie. I own all three, since I'm a pigment junkie. :D Provence is more of a yellow beige than either of the aforementioned pigments; Naked is more of a true beige and Your Ladyship has a pink undertone to it. However, the differences are very subtle and especially on very pale (NC 10) skin like mine you could probably use them pretty much interchangeably. The texture is finely milled and buttery smooth. A jar will last you FOREVER, so it's totally worth the $19.50. I've never met someone who has run flat out of a pigment.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Your Ladyship Pigment Antiquitease
Inchworm 12/29/2008 8:53:00 PM
I just got my full-size jar in the mail today, after having a sample for about a year and LOVING it. Your Ladyship is a creamy, buttery, supple champagney-nude pigment with very fine gold sparklies in it. I am lighter than an NC 15 and love to wear this all over my eyelids (over Bare Study PP for some extra shimmer). IMHO, it's totally worth hunting this down. The texture is DIVINE.
I can't recommend all of Mac's reflects glitters highly enough. They're basically glitter that's ground into a powder form that has an intense sparkle and the staying power of a pigment. Of course, the usual rules apply: you MUST use a base and you must use a brush with firm fibers and pack the glitter where you want it to go. These glitters are great for people who aren't comfortable using chunkier products around their eyes, or for those who aren't experienced with glitter in general. In addition to using these around the eyes, they're great mixed in with hair gel, body lotion, lip gloss, or nail polish.
Parrot is a wonderfully soft, blendable, golden turquoise with VERY intense pigmentation. I have brown eyes and it looks stunning! A little goes a long way with this shadow; it's one of the highest-pigmented Mac e/s. Parrot was originally released with Salsabelle and was re-released with the Originals collection. Both releases are exactly the same, color-wise, and unless you use it every day you really only need one pot.