Monday, January 11, 2010

MAC: All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Pigments

MAC's All Ages, All Races, All Sexes collection ushers in the new downsized pigments jars.  This collection offers two new, LE shades - Universal Mix and Rich Life.

The new bottles are similar to their polish bottles and feature a new twist and lock cap, and a narrower jar. All swatches done on NC 35-40 skin, indoor light with flash.

Left to right: Rich Life and Universal Mix

Pigments ($23.50 CA/19.50 US)

Rich Life - a rich, matte cocoa brown with a slightly cool cast, with fine silver shimmer mixed in.  Applied dry, the shimmer falls out quite a bit and dosen't look much more than regular matte shadow. To really capture the beauty of this one, it needs to be foiled (applied with a wet brush). Upon foiling, the somewhat standard brown becomes a stunning shimmering brown that can look both cooler (more like a taupe) and warmer depending on what angle it's viewed from.

Universal Mix - a shimmery, sheer white gold that has tiny multi coloured sparkles in it.  Depending on the angle it's viewed from it can look whiter, golder or greener.  A fanastic highlighting shade for every one.

Left to right: Rich Life (dry), Cross Cultural Eye Shadow, Rich Life (foiled)

As you can see foiling Rich Life really makes it come to life.  I was actually going to return my jar after giving it a try dry - it looked almost exactly the same as Cross Cultural shadow, but with annoying glitter fall out. I decided to give it another go with foiling and layering on top of a cream shadow and I'm happy to say that both methods work well. The effect reminds me of Bobbi Brown's Diamond Dust Eyeshadows, glittery and slightly wet looking. The interesting thing about this pigment is that when foiled, a sheerer application creates a warmer tone and a denser application looks quite ashy and cool (as in the swatch).

General Comments

Out of the two, my favourite is Universal Mix, which will look good any skintone. Rich Life is an interesting one - I wouldn't say it's a must have, but certainly I don't have another pigment like it (and trust me, I've got lots!). Glittery, metallic neutral lovers might want to scoop this one up though.

Have you picked up either?


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