Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Mini-Haul Review and Swatches

I was invited to the preview event for MAC's A Tartan Tale in the week before it was released. The MAC Bloor store was packed with eager shoppers and they had handsome, kilted waiters serving cocktails, hors d'oeurves and a fiddler playing for us. On display and available for purchase was the A Tartan Tale holiday collection as well as everything else normally on sale.

I picked up one of the lip bags from the gift collection (and intend to go back for more), one of the pearlglide liners and two of the eyeshadows. Pictures! Details! Review! below...

The Vain and Glorious lip bag
I adore the little bags the gift sets come in. I want them all! The larger brush sets come with straps so they can be used as purses. They're well-made and totally adorable and are well-sized. The lip pencil, lipstick and Dazzleglass are soft pink and very, very wearable. Photos!

The Vain and Glorious lip bag contains
In Synch lip pencil, Baby Sparks dazzleglass and Mellow Mood lipstick
Mellow Mood lipstick
Baby Sparks Dazzleglass
Close-up of Baby Sparks Dazzleglass wand
In Synch lip pencil
Swatches from L-R: Baby Sparks Dazzleglass, Mellow Mood Lipstick and In Synch Lip Pencil
Swatch of L-R: Baby Sparks alone, Baby Sparks on top of Mellow Mood and Mellow Mood alone
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent
Pearlglide Eye Liners are very smooth and go on very easily. Many eye liners are hard and I hate things that pull at the skin of my eyes, but these are antastic eye liners and have made me into a pencil eyeliner lover.

Close-up of Undercurrent
Undercurrent swatched lightly on the bottom and heavily on the top.

And check out the colour! Look at that teal. Really gorgeous and an easy way to add a pop of colour to any eye look.

Now for the plaid eyeshadows and these are really cool. They're larger than the regular MAC eyeshadows and closer in size to the Mineralize eyeshadows. I picked up the silver (Glamora Castle) and the plum-purple (Semi-Precious).

I admit that it was the plaid that sold me on these. Unfortunately, the blue of Glamora Castle and the bronze of Semi-Precious do not go all way through so only on the first few uses of this eyeshadow will you get a blend of the colours.

Eye Shadow in Glamora Castle

Close-up of Glamora Castle
Glamora Castle swatched

I'm a sucker for greys and silvers and love the sheer medium-dark silver of Glamora Castle. I'll be wearing this a lot. 

Eye Shadow in Semi-Precious

Close-up of Semi-Precious
Semi-Precious swatched

Semi-Precious is a rich aubergine purple and like Glamora Castle it goes on quite sheerly. This shade looks great with rich browns in a smoky eye and on darker skin could be worn on its own (on my skin (NC15) it makes me look a little sick).

So there you have it, what I couldn't walk away from from A Tartan Tale. What are you hauling? What are you craving? Tell us!

To see the complete A Tartan Tale colour collection, click here. To see the A Tartan Tale gift sets and kits click here and here. To see the wonderful A Tartan Tale exclusives click here.



  1. - I want all of these things. ALL OF THEM I TELL YOU! Now that I've had all my hair cut off I feel like I want to do crazy things with eyeshadow and lipstick. I feel a make-over coming on......

  2. Hi,

    It's been a long time since I commented....

    This post echoes most of my sentiments on this collection. Love the bag sets, well, love the bags more. ;) I have Undercurrent from MAC Art supplies and loving it. SO happy to see them repromoting it here. I think they should make it permanent.

    I got all the 6 tartan eyeshadows and Reelers & Rockers and Twists of Tartan palettes. :)

  3. Marilla: Go go go! They don't have everything in stores yet (Thursday, November 11th I think they have the second round coming out). But stuff is going fast I was told.

    VonVon: Thanks for commenting! I need to go and get a brush set and I can't wait to see the pigment sets...