MAC A Tartan Tale HAUL and REACTION...
Hey guys! This post is for Sarah D. : )
She wanted to know what I got from the MAC A Tartan Tale Collection. I decided to do a quick post just showing what I bought personally and what I think in general. This won't be too in depth since I need to go home and get my bearing first. LOL!
I ran out during lunch to pick up my items and here's what I got:
- My Highland Honey Blush
- Glamora Castle Eyeshadow
- A Wish Come True Eyeshadow
- Lord It Up Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner
- Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner
- The Family Crest Pigment
- Moonlight Night Pigment
- 6 Beauties Play It Cool Eye Shadow Palette
- Hark The Heraldry Face Kit
- A Triumphant Blush Face Kit
- She's Got It All Apply, Define & Line Brush Collection
- Sir Teddy with clip
The packaging is extremely adorable! There are fun bright colors and a great tartan pattern (criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours). The packaging has a very cute Scottish kilt look to it with gold MAC accents. Very nice touch!
The prices are typical to the MAC holiday collection with the brush sets costing the most at $49.50. The PRO discount is only available on single items such as the pigments, single eyeshadows, pearlglide eye liners, blushes, lipsticks, etc...u get the gist right?
The pigments and the pearlglide liners for me are the must-haves in this collection.
If you love smokey looks then get all three pigments. I already own Later and I added the other two to my collection. They are dark bases with colored shimmer throughout. The Family Crest is a more deep dark bronzey brown with gold while Moonlight Night has green flashes and Later has purple/blue shimmer.
If you like Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencils then you will LOVE MAC Pearlglide Eye Liners. These are smooth, glittery and long wearing. They are much better than the UD 24/7 Pencils if you ask me. They pack a lot pigmentation and glitter in a smooth sweep. No need to layer over and over. They are not waterline safe though because of the glitter so don't risk it an go blind. Get them all! LOL! But seriously...grab Undercurrent if you missed it before and Lord It Up if you love bronze shades. The others are great too but not as outstanding to me. Needless to say I own them all.
The single eyeshadows are pretty but very very sheer so if you are looking for a sheer wash of color I guess these are good for you. Personally I don't see spending $19.50 on sheer eyeshadows as a good investment. I got two of them because they are pretty to look at and collect...may never actually use them.
For the lipsticks and Dazzleglass Cremes nothing stood out to me as to die for. Most of the colors are pretty sheer and for the most part dupe-able. I skipped all these.
The single blushes are fab! I love both but I could not justify another bright fuchsia blush so I skipped Her Blooming Cheek. It's a pretty bright pink blush that will look great in a light sweep but not for me. I grabbed My Highland Honey because it's a great orangey coral blush that is prefect for darker skin if not all skin. For darker skin it will add a great glow while for lighter skin it can add a sweet warmed up look.
Nail polishes - eh! LOL! I don't usually run to the nail polishes. I had my fix from Venomous Villains. : )
The eyeshadow palettes are nice but I think these will be based on personal preferences as far as colors go. I had no issues with swatching any of the colors so that's a good sign. I will say though that the size of the eyeshadows threw me a bit because they are so small but what to do. Price seems a bit much for the small eyeshadows but I suppose the package plays a part. Definitely check out Play It Cool for cool greys and purples, Reelers and Rockers for metallic golds, silvers and copper and Dashing Lashies for a more neutral palette.
The blush palettes are great choices! I got both because the colors are all great and will go well with most if not all skin tones. They are pigmented and just beautiful.Some of the shades are permanent so if you just like one of the shades then try to get the full size instead.
The brush set bags...hmmm...there have been mixed reviews of these. I KNOW the quality does not match the full sized brushes. In fact they felt a bit scratchy to the touch for me. Some of the brushes don't even match the full size equivalent - 252SE....you scratchy chubby brute! I don't think these are worth the $49.50. I got the largest one for the bag....I need a cute cosmetic bag to carry around in my handbag. Plus this set had the best replicas in my opinion.
Other stuff....I didn't have time to mess with the exclusive sets but they looked good from where I was standing..if that's your type of thing.
And precious Sir Teddy....I had to get him for charity. He's sitting pretty on my desk!