Thursday, October 14th, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 1 for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: October 28th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

Lip, Eye and Face Kits Peekaboo! Poking a little fun at the kinky part of the kilt, these incorrigible kits for Lips, Eyes and Face have some flasher fun with mirrored compacts, but remain dignified with proper M∙A∙C family crests… New giftables that prove to be seductive, cheeky, good fun, including 6 Dashing Lassie Eye Shadows, 6 Beauties Play It Cool Eye Shadows, 6 Twists of Tartan Eye Shadows, 6 Reelers & Rockers Eye Shadows, Happily Ever After and A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kits, plus A Triumphant Blush and Hark The Heraldry Face Kits.

6 Dashing Lassie Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Bronze Copper penny (Frost) (Limited Edition — possibly permanent; description is different)
  • Buckwheat Frosty medium brown (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Naked Honey, ’09)
  • A Dashing Lassie Metallic milk (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Magical Mist Metallic taupe (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Showstopper Dark brown (Matte) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Once Upon a Time (Will update when we have it!)

6 Reelers & Rockers Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • White Rabbit Shimmer white (Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Holiday, ’09)
  • Melt My Heart Metallic silver (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Gaelic Gold Metallic gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Crown & Sceptre Metallic copper (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Family Treasure Metallic bronze (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

See more details & photos!

6 Twists of Tartan Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Vainglorious Metallic maroon (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Venomous Villains, ’10)
  • Rolled Gold Gold (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Lady’s Prance Clay (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • High Spirits Shimmered avocado (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Bows & Curtseys Metallic hunter green (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Set to Dance Dark royal blue (Matte) (Limited Edition)

6 Beauties Play It Cool Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Heather Belles Dark charcoal (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • To the Ball Dusty lavender (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Hold My Gaze Medium grey (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Holiday, ’09)
  • Magic Moor Purple grape (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Altered State Blackened plum (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Holiday, ’09)
  • Silverwear Metallic lavender (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Holiday, ’07)

Happily Ever After Lip Kit ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)

  • Cheers All Around Bright candy pink (Frost) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • To Joy Medium pink (Frost) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Endless Fun Sheer frosty pink (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)

A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)

  • Storybook Ending Raisin (Lustre) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Imagine This Pinky beige (Amplified) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Heroic Tale Sparkle flesh tone (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)

A Triumphant Blush Face Kit ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN)

  • Melba Soft coral peach (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Peachtwist Golden peach (Sheertone) (Permanent)
  • Smooth Harmony Neutral mid-tan (Beauty Powder) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Heatherette, ’08; Diana Ross, ’05)

Hark the Heraldry Face Kit ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN)

  • Dame Sophisticated blue-pink (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Plum Foolery Faint dusty plum (Sheertone) (Permanent)
  • Oh So Fair Pale pink (Beauty Powder) (Repromote from Venomous Villains, ’10)

The Swinging Violets Mineralize Kit ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

  • Icescape Sheer pale pink with pink pearl (Frost) (Lipglass) (Repromote from Love Lace, ’09)
  • Earthly Riches Deep plumdeep grey with rose veining (Frost) (Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo) (From Mineralize, ’09)
  • Bare Study Champagne with gold and white pearlized pigments (Frost) (Paint Pot) (Permanent)
  • Zoomblack Black (Mascara) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

MAC Glamorous Mineralize Kit ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

  • Blessedly Rich (Lipglass)
  • Engaging Pinky beige and yellow gold with rose veining (Frost) (Mineralize Eyeshadow) (Repromote from Mineralize, ’09)
  • Indianwood Metallic antique bronze (Frost) (Paint Pot) (Permanent)
  • Zoomblack Black (Mascara) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

My Scottish Fling Mineralize Kit ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

  • Budding Romance (Lipglass)
  • Pink Split Dirty rose with bronze and pale blue veining/pink with gold pearl mono (Frost) (Mineralize Eyeshadow) (Permanent as of ’10)
  • Fresco Rose Mid-tone pink with matching pearlized pigments (Frost) (Paint Pot) (Permanent)
  • Zoomblack Black (Mascara) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

Lip and Eye Bags Once upon a time a bonny lass was in a Scottish ska band. She couldn’t just pick one look – punk or princess? So she chose them all…fancy that! Her loot: Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag, with Baron’s Rose Lipstick, Draw Me Close Lip Pencil and Moth to Flame Dazzleglass; Vain & Glorious Lip Bag, with Mellow Mood Lipstick, In Synch Lip Pencil and Baby Sparks Dazzleglass; Noble Knights Lash & Line Eye Bag with Teal Pigment, Blitz & Glitz Fluidline and Zoomblack Zoom Lash mascara; and finally, Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit, replete with Violet Pigment, Macroviolet Fluidline and Zoomblack Zoom Lash mascara.

Brush Bags A drawbridge lowers, an electric-guitar wails… and a Princess makes an entrance – with her bag of tricks! New M∙A∙C Brush Bags are here for every girl who wants to arrive at the ball in flawless fashion, with everything she needs in these nifty, handsome, heathery tartan modern mash-ups, trimmed in shiny patent: A Lady & Her Tricks Buff & Line Brush Collection with 168SE, 187SE, 209SE, 219SE and 252SE; Sweep Me Off My Feet Sweep & Define Brush Collection, with 129SE, 190SE, 212SE, 227SE and 275SE; She’s Got It All Apply, Define & Line Brush Collection, with 194SE, 204SE, 224SE, 266SE and 275SE. Throw on your favourite Vivienne Westwood tartan frock (knickers optional) and off you go,
perfectly ready to raise a ruckus!

Vain & Glorious Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Mellow Mood Sheer pink (Lustre) (Lipstick) (Repromote from Electroflash, ’08)
  • Baby Sparks Sparkly baby pink (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • In Synch Light pink (Lip Pencil) (Repromote from Too Fabulous, ’10)

Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Baron’s Rose Medium rose (Cremesheen) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Moth to Flame Sheer neutral beige (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Draw Me Close Dusty rose (Lip Pencil) (Limited Edition)

Noble Knights Lash & Line Kit ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Blitz & Glitz Black with gold pearl (Frost) (Fluidline) (Permanent)
  • Teal Bright metallic teal (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Zoomblack Black (Mascara) (Permanent)
  • 209SE Eyeliner Brush

Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Macroviolet Deep, smoked violet with pearl (Frost) (Fluidline) (Permanent)
  • Violet Bright metallic purple (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Zoomblack Black (Mascara) (Permanent)
  • 209 SE Eyeliner Brush

Sweep Me Off My Feet ($49.50 U.S. / $58.00 CDN)

  • 129SE 190SE 227SE 212SE 275SE

A Lady & Her Tricks ($49.50 U.S. / $58.00 CDN)

  • 168SE 187SE 209SE 219SE 252SE

She’s Got It All ($49.50 U.S. / $58.00 CDN)

  • 194SE 204SE 224SE 266SE 275SE

Product & Review FAQ

When does this come out?

October 28th for North America, November for international.

Is this limited edition?

All items have their status indicated item by item, but the majority are limited edition.

When will you have swatches?

Since I typically can't do swatches until I'm able to purchase the collection, not until closer to the date. If I'm able to do anything earlier, you will see it posted at that time.

What do you recommend?

I do not make recommendations without having tried the actual product.

What about the brush sets?

Based on the past few releases of brush sets, I'm not impressed and find the quality subpar for $50, regardless of whether they're MAC or not. I recommend purchasing more affordable brushes from brands like EcoTools and Sonia Kashuk while saving up for full-sized MAC brushes.

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90 thoughts on “MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 1 for Holiday 2010 Official Photos & Info

  1. KC

    I’m such a sucker. I’ll be buying one of these just for the bag.

  2. Cristal

    I’m loving the bags! :D

  3. Rachel

    Question- are these ‘official photos’ public domain? Where do you get your official photos from

  4. saku

    Omg darn you Mac. Thanks for the pictures. I so like those bags and plaids, remind me of my old school uniforms.

  5. The bag are very cute! I’ll probably get one kit just for the bag, ahah.

  6. Ani_BEE

    Noble Knights Lash & Line Kit, Happily Ever After Lip Kit (maybe) and either Sweep Me Off My Feet or She’s Got It All just for the bag. i already have similar brushes. ;)

  7. jay

    …those are some ugly old lady bags

    • Monica

      I’m with you. I hate the plaid design with gold. I’m glad because I will be able to buy other stuff and not worry about this collection.

    • Gill

      I think the packaging is cute, but I agree with you on the bags I’m scottish and believe me I would not be seen dead with anything tartan, I think most scottish lassies would say the same!! Some of the names are fab though!!!

  8. Harper

    Oooooh these are all beautiful! Christine, do you have any idea how much product the palettes contain in comparison to full-size products?

    • Ani_BEE

      The box will give you a total product count but the pans are about 3/5th the size of full size eyeshadows.

      The lip colours looking at last year palette are 1/3 of a lipstick tube per well but I’ve very rare finished a palette or colour off.

  9. Elisabeth

    ooo… definitely going to have to get some of these products. i’m glad now that i skipped out on the venomous villains collection. mostly because i thought the packaging was really cheesy and tacky. this collection is more my speed.

  10. Selena

    I got to see all of these yesterday at my Macy’s. They are having a pre-sale! Yay!

  11. Jennifer

    i am so excited for this collection!!! i want to try the blush so bad

  12. Sam

    Agh Oct 28th is too early for Holiday! :\ There goes my plan of asking for a few things for Christmas.

    • Courtney

      Oh Its never too early to ask for Christmas :) I already asked for a couple of these items for Christmas lol.

  13. Dee

    DAMN YOU MAC!!! i definitely want “Lassie” & “Play It Cool” Eyeshadow Palette. i am so torn of what i should save up for. iTouch 4G or MAC? ahhhh…

  14. Jennifer

    Thank you so much Christine for this information!! I am super excited for this, i have been saving up for this collection :)

  15. TheJoey

    Too bad they don’t identify the tartans.

  16. kasiaj85

    gosh, once you have this you’ll face a horrendous time doing the swatches… that is a lot!
    I’m only tempted by the Radiant Jewel lipgloss and Moonlight Night pigment from this collection though. :D

  17. Dani

    So fair all I want is the reelers & rockers pallette and one of the pigment sets. I like the bags but I don’t think I’d ever use it.

  18. Kalee

    oh crap. im screwed. just when i have been good with my credit card…….

  19. Wilcoa

    OMG why does there have to be a handle on the bags?!!!!! I was so ready to skip since I have all the brushes I want, but then they put a handle on the bag!! Means I’ll probably be picking up one of those now too…. :P

  20. I can’t wait to see you swatch 6 Twists of Tartan eyeshadow palette. The descriptions sound so wonderful but as they say “the proof is in the pudding!” ;)

  21. Jana

    UGH! This has got to be the ugliest collection. Tartan plaid just can’t be glammed up. Pass!

    • nicci

      I’m not into MAC but I agree. I don’t get the appeal. It’s not attractive and looks rather cheap. I guess if I was in junior high or high school this might appeal to me but I rather have classy packaging than whatever this is supposed to be.

  22. Vianca

    already a repromote from VV?! lOl

  23. Jelyn Evans

    Thanks Christine for the photos ^^ – But I’m wondering which ones are the Lip Kits? ^^ – Could you point them out please?

  24. OMG! One of the tartans is the EXACT plaid that I had on my Catholic school uniform back in my elementary/middle school days! I must have this. ^^

  25. Kai

    I REALLY want the Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit!!

  26. Ani_BEE

    Just and FYI that the (Nordstrom Exclusive) sets you will be able to get at The BAY MAC counters that are self sustaining in Canada. The smaller Kisok MAC counters tend to not get these sets in the past but that might change. ^_^

  27. Caitlin

    I was thinking about just getting the “A Lady & Her Tricks” brush set because I want to get a stippling and a pencil brush (like the ones shown) but I don’t want to spend a lot at all. Can someone recommend a nice-ish pencil brush or stippling brush that is around under $20? Thank you so much! :)

    • esme

      for the stippling brush that you want, you should check out the Sonia Kashuk one(: i’m not sure the price though. Also, my parents bought me that brush set for Christmas 09 & the stippling brush is horrible! it shed hair way too much! i hope this helps you(:

  28. Caitlin

    I was thinking about just getting the “A Lady & Her Tricks” brush set because I want to get a stippling and a pencil brush (like the ones shown) but I don’t want to spend a lot at all. Can someone recommend a nice-ish pencil brush or stippling brush that is around under $20? Thank you so much! :)

  29. Eileen

    After buying 27 things from Venomous I haughtyly declared, “I don’t even like tartan. No problem passing on this one!” …. oh oh it’s all starting to look good. ;D

  30. Lulee

    i dont know why all the pics of official info are perpendicular to the actual product… we can see the lid of the product more clearly than the product. how come they dont do head on shots so we can actually see the palettes clearly???????

  31. Uh oh, this collection looks amazing and my wallet is still recovering from Venomous Villains ;)

  32. This collection looks amazing although my poor wallet is still recovering from the Venomous Villains madness ;)

  33. AnneM

    It’s in pre-sale at Nordstrom’s also. Pre-sale is a much saner time to shop.

  34. Courtney

    I must have one of those brush sets. But it seriously comes with the brushes AND the bag!? Awesome deal if I do say so myself.

    • Hannah

      I pre-ordered the “A Lady and her Tricks” brush set at my local MAC counter and the MUA told me that the bag comes with it, and it’s a long sling bag that you can swing across your body. So I’m kinda excited about the brushes and the bag. Christine mentioned that she not impressed with the past MAC brushes, so I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll have a good time with mine. I’d hate to have spent $50 for a brush set that has the same quality as drug store brushes. My expectations are pretty high when it comes to MAC brushes or any brand name brushes, even if they are SE or full sized brushes :)

  35. Alegna

    Same colors, different packaging. Nothing new. Only collection looked worth buying was Rodarte. M.A.C. come better. Probably can’t because they keep re-releasing the same products. Replacement of a replacement.

  36. Beth

    why does this look all the same? only thing that is different is the packaging. Otherwise, the colors aren’t anything special. I’ve seen these elsewhere and I’m sure you could find a dupe while at MAC. Huge collection of plaid packaging?!! LOL You would think a company such as MAC would come out with some new colors but they are just concerned about coming out w/a huge collection of the same ol’ boring shades.

  37. Fhad

    why I cant find Fresco Rose in the website ?

  38. Angela

    I am debating on getting the Vain & Glorious Lip Bag or the Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag?(Cause I only want to get one. lol.) I am a brunette with pale skin and brown eyes. Which one do you think would work better with my features? Thanks for the awesome pictures!

  39. Talita

    cristine, the quality of the brushes is bad compared with normal-sized?

  40. Samaira

    Hey Christine, do you get the bag with the brush sets?

  41. Sophia

    the bag’s are super, i will buy the eye-brush set just for the bag

    • tina

      I got a chance to see the bag for the ‘she’s got it all’ brush kit//and it’s SUPER CUTE! lol I hadn’t even planned on buying a brush set but i saw that bag and it’s more like a clutch than the other bags, I had to get it =D

  42. Tam

    YAWN. I’m not getting anything…

  43. Emy

    What is that with only a highlight and acontour I see in the first picture?

  44. Raquel

    this sounds like a cool collection but i don’t know bout the colors of the bags. like blue, green, yellow ? are u serious? i’d prolly get this because of the brushes.

  45. Kimberly Poston

    OMG, I’m drooling this MAC holiday makeup collection & packaging is gorgeous. Is it too soon to start my Christmas wish list? Lol

  46. Ana G.

    Christine, the Nordstrom Exclusive items mean that they aren’t available at the MAC website?? Thanka

  47. Shanda

    Hey guys… Nordies had this out today.

  48. Christine – Can we take bets? LOL!

    If you don’t like “Baron’s Rose” lipstick (which i tried today), I’ll be surprised and will officially have NO credibility any longer! I only swatched it on my hand but it was this pretty mid-tone warm rosey color with flashes of gold in it… Kind of made me think of “Thrills” from “To the Beach.”

    Basically I said, “Ooh! I think Christine would like this!” But not in a stalker-ish kind of way. :) LOL!

  49. Georgina

    I need the “She’s Got it All” brush set! :D I’ve been wanting full sized versions of 4/5 of them. I’m so proud of myself, I’m not attracted to any of the actual makeup from Chapter 1. Just the Color part and maybe Chapter 2.

  50. kay

    I just preordered mine yesterday @ the pro store. The eyeshadow palettes are nice. They had brush sets out, they felt nice. I have gotten both reg & brush set brushes, I don’t see much of a difference. I like the size of the brush sets cause they are easier for travel.

    • Shanda

      really? My brush sets have fallen apart.

      • Hannah

        OMG… That sucks… I pre-ordered a brush set and I really hope the quality is good. I have a few full sized eye MAC brushes and they are in such great condition :) I REALLY hope the SE brushes are the same. Time will tell!!

  51. Leea

    Out of these, I want to get the Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit for suree!
    Oh noo, my list is growing too much too fast!! :S

  52. Lanie

    OMG! One of themost unique collections M.A.C. has ever had. So Christmas-y. I love the colors and packaging. I will def. be going all out for this one!!!
    Happy Holidays :-)

  53. Laura

    Do you know if these items with be available with the MAC Pro Discount?

  54. Sarah

    Christine, you mark the lip kits as lipstick, lipstick, lipglass but the promo shots show lipstick, lipglass, and a pencil. Am I missing something?

    • Sarah

      Nevermind. I did a once-over on your original list of product releases and there’s a lip bag and a lip kit. My mistake! :)

  55. Dumb question-Nordstrom had the testers for these in, and was talking about preorders.

    They showed me three pigments, I don’t recall them being attached to any of the kits. Are these actually IN the kits, or have they separated them since you got this information? The pigments are the ONLY thing I want at this point, but there’s no way in heck I’m buying 2-3 bag sets, ONLY for the pigments…. Two of them looked similar in tone and sparkle to the mineralize duo’s from the VV collection, that I couldn’t get.

    • This is all the official info I have – there are two sets in this post that each have one pigment (one has Teal, one has Violet). Both pigments are permanent, though! :)

      Without the names, I really don’t know – I’ve had MAC counters say X is included but it wasn’t, or that Y doesn’t exist but it does!

    • Those pigments are on their own and not in a kit, however the eye kits do have other pigments. The one kit I bought was Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit that had the pigment Violet in it.

  56. Wendy

    I was at the sneak peak event last night and grabbed a little bag! Very cute stuff

  57. Katie Ehman

    If I already have UD’s naked palette, is it worth it to get 6 dashing lassies? I’m trying to rule out the products I don’t really need. My list is way too long lol.

  58. Joanne_

    gonna get the glamorous mineralize bag! i’m giddy! =)

  59. Lutigs

    I’d really like to try some of these eyeshadows but I have slighty droopy eyelids! Any ideas?

  60. Jennifer

    Question? Will the MAC Pro discount be available on some items that are not in the LE packaging? Pigments, eyeliners, lipgloss? I know for certain VV items it was. Just checking?

  61. Jesselle

    I just saw the whole collection in person a week ago. For the eye palettes the outside is actual material. It’s divine.
    The colors are even more amazing in person. I can hardly wait to pick up my stuff this week.

  62. Eileen

    Went to mac yesterday and got the Vain & Glorious lip bag …. it’s the first time I’m trying mac lip products. I like the lipstick & dazzleglass colours but the pencil is a little too light as I’m not into nude lips. Love the makeup bag most though & probably wouldn’t have got this set otherwise …