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MAC Archie’s Girls: Jingle Jangle Coin Purse Review & Photos

MAC Jingle Jangle Coin Purse
MAC Jingle Jangle Coin Purse

MAC Jingle Jangle Coin Purse ($32.00) is a white patent (faux), heart-shaped coin purse with red patent piping along the edge and shiny red zipper-pull. It’s about 3/4″ thick and a little smaller than my hand. The interior is lined with red that’s decorated with white hearts. The Archie’s Girls logo is on both the front and back. You could fit a gloss or lipstick inside if you don’t carry many coins. For as small as it is, though, I was surprised at how high this was priced. It doesn’t feel particularly cheap or expensive; somewhere in-between.

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MAC Archie’s Girls’ Brush Set Review & Photos

MAC Archie's Girls' Brush Set
MAC Archie’s Girls’ Brush Set

MAC Archie’s Girls’ Brush Set ($49.50) includes special edition sizes of the 266 (Small Angle), 226 (Small Tapered Blending), 242 (Shader), 168 (Large Angled Contour) and 167 (Face Blender) brushes housed inside a white tin with the Archie’s Girls’ logo embossed on the cover of the tin.

The brushes are so-so, and they’re on par with most recent brush set releases by MAC (like the holiday kits). The price point on good brushes has come down, as more budget-friendly brands have come to the market with high-quality brushes at a fraction of even this set. The best brush of the set is the 266, which is firm and stiff but not scratchy. The 168 and 167 were both a little scratchy, but they were fairly densely-packed with bristles. The 226 seemed rather bulbous; not as long or as tapered as the full-sized version (and even the full-sized version has some variance between releases). The 242 was decent but I would use primarily for patting and applying products, and avoid blending, because it was scratchy.

I, obviously, haven’t used these extensively, other than to apply some of this collection, so I can’t attest to how well they will last and the like. I didn’t notice any funny smells, too much shedding, or leaking dye.

Honestly, the tin is one of the more durable accessories out of the ones released with this collection. There’s plenty of room in it for more than just these brushes, and it’s large enough to be useful as a storage container for numerous other things.

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MAC Archie’s Girls – Betty and Veronica Products in Action (Sneak Peek)

MAC Archie's Girls Collection
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte

Betty:  MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte (left), MAC Cream Soda Blush (right), and MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass.

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MAC Archie’s Girls Collection Photos & Swatches (Preview)

MAC Archie's Girls Collection
MAC Archie’s Girls Collection

While I work on editing photos, testing products, and writing up reviews, here are some photos and swatches in the meantime. Oh — and here’s something that’s funny and GREAT news for you: I received press samples at lunch time, and all the products I ordered yesterday are out for delivery today (but haven’t arrived yet!) — so I have a ton of duplicates, which means we’ll be having a massive Archie’s Girls giveaway with the products I bought. Cheers all around!  (Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to review.)

P.S. — I am still waiting four nail polishes and a few of the accessories, but otherwise, I think this is 90% of it!

MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow (Year of the Snake)

MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow
MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow

MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosted true copper” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a rich copper with orange and brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #3 is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is slightly lighter. Tarte Tuscan Sun is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 is a touch darker.

This shade was part of a quad in 2010, and it was as lovely then and as it is lovely now. The pigmentation is intense and true-to-pan, and the texture is that soft, dense, buttery delight that Veluxe Pearls are supposed to be. It applied smoothly and evenly, and it blended beautifully with little work. I didn’t experience any fall out during application or wear, and the shade itself wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing (no primer) but showed a faint sign of creasing after nine. The only real downside is that it’s a color that is popular across brands, and many of the versions available are really quite good.  It reminded me of how I felt the day Veluxe Pearls launched, and I remember standing at the counter swatching them going, “ooh! ahh!”

MAC Eyeshadow Azteck Brick
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (Year of the Snake)

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish. NARS Night Clubbing has a soft micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Crave is similar in color.  Carbon is part of the permanent range, as well as come out in various palettes over the years, so you may find you have it at least once in your collection already.

This is one of the better limited releases of Carbon I’ve come across, because it’s one of those shades that seems to get worse each time it’s put into a quad/palette. It’s not the best black eyeshadow on the market, but the color payoff was better and reminded me more of the original Carbon (which, by today’s standards for blackest blacks, doesn’t compare).  It has a slightly stiff, almost dry texture that requires extra blending and use of soft, fluffy brushes to really diffuse and blend out the color.  It wears fairly well on the lid; there was some very minor fading after nine hours (no primer).  This color applies best over a primer, though, because it needs the extra oomph to help in color payoff and blendability.

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (Year of the Snake)

B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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