Thursday, October 14th, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection (Colour) for Holiday 2010

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

Do you hear the bonny bagpipes on the moors, or Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols? One in each ear? We’re telling a slightly twisted Tartan Tale to celebrate holiday 2010, in all its posh, punk, ancestral, anarchic, noble and naughty glory. Royal and raunchy, colours and patterns collide, fantasies come true, punk faeries take flight, with poetic new looks for Eyes to gaze long upon Glamora Castle: Dazzleglass Creme like Radiant Jewels; Lipstick kisses from The Faerie Glen; Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner; Family Crest Pigment; My Highland Honey from the heather in Powder Blush; Sexy Style Clan Nail Lacquer; and forever Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara, for the Dark Prince, or Princess. Enter A Tartan Tale, and be transformed!

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Cut-a-Caper Mid-tone peachy pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • The Faerie Glen Pale neutral pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Deepest Wish Deep creamy reddish brown (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Full Fuchsia Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Courting Lilac Sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Radiant Jewels Dark sparkly magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Dazzleglass Creme, ’09)
  • Passing Fancy Bright orange coral with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lightly Prancing Light peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Romancin’ Mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

Check out more details and photos!

Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

Each eyeshadow has a plaid pattern imprinted on the eyeshadow and is similar in size to Mineralize Eyeshadows.

  • Golden Crown Light gold with bronze tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • A Wish Come True Dirty mauve with bubblegum pink tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Follow Your Fantay Mid-tone peach with chocolate tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Enviably Fun Grass green with dark green tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Semi-Precious Aubergine with chocolate tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Glamora Castle Dark grey with teal tartan striping (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Later Black with transforming purple pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Alice + Olivia)
  • Moonlight Night Blackened teal with teal pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • The Family Crest Blackened bronze with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Black Line Black with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Undercurrent Teal with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Black Swan Black with pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lord It Up Bronze with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Her Blooming Cheek Bright iridescent blue-pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • My Highland Honey Bright coral with soft gold pearl (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.00 CDN)

  • Sly as a Fox Creamy mid-tone russet/burnt red (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Style Clan Dark taupe with red pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

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.

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83 thoughts on “MAC A Tartan Tale Collection (Colour) for Holiday 2010 Official Photos & Info

  1. Hannah

    OMG. So pretty! Very exited for this collection!

  2. Gen

    For those who lives in Montreal and Laval (Quebec), The Bay already have the display where you can swatch colors and pre-order!

  3. leesie

    I love those eyeshadows sooo much. Pretty sure I’m going to spring for Enviably Fun or Glamora Castle. They’re so nifty.
    Early birthday present? Yes, please!

  4. KC

    Christmas is here! Plaid eyeshadows look awesome! So does the lipsticks and dazzleglasses!

  5. abby

    I am soooo excited for this.

    I cannot wait to use the plaid eyeshadows, they are all beautiful!
    They did a really good job for this collection!

    thanks for sharing with us!!!!

  6. It’s kitschy but I don’t know if I’m WOWed enough by it. Maybe if the colours actually tied into specific clan tartans I would be moved. And why are the Faerie colours always some shade of pink or nude? There are Dark Faeries too you know. Ah well.

    Plus I kind of promised myself no more make-up except to get some Sigma Brushes the rest of this year. Have to squirrel away money for Giftmas presents and such :)

  7. TiffanyTerese

    I actually swatched a few of the things from this part of the collection the other day at MAC and thier beautious! I really can’t wait to get my hands on Faerie Glen!

    • Angela

      Faeire glen is absolutely amazing on!! Check with your store I placed an order to make sure I get mine!

  8. Judy

    Holy super heros. I want it all. My finances are going to be in major trouble. Thanks MAC! I am also waiting on the Stylishly Yours & Peacocky Collections. Not to mention the Wonder Woman one next Spring. Thanks MAC, thanks a lot again. :O

  9. victoria

    OMG THEY ARE ALL SO ADORABLE. i love the colors.

  10. Oooh I might check out Faerie Glen, if only for the name. :) x

  11. Callen

    OMG THOSE EYESHADOWS!The grey and blue one is especially pretty.

  12. oh, looks interesting.

    does anyone have an idea if there will be an special event in New York for this collections? i’m there from 18 to 25. october.
    thats a little too early, but maybe they’ll have an event?

  13. saku

    Those lipglosses and lipsticks,wow.

  14. Ani_BEE

    Cut-a-Caper and Soft Dazzle maybe on my wishlist after testing. ^_^

    The shadows have a nice press pattern but $23.50CAN a pop for a small pan makes me sad.

  15. Laura

    wow, these colors are so me. I’m looking at at least half the collection!

  16. Argeleen

    I just tried these products in Nordstrom yesterday! they’re already doing pre orders. I got cut a caper, my highland honey,bye family crest and moonlight night!

  17. chetali

    omg !!!! i am loving this collection !! cam’t wait for november !!!

  18. Katrice

    I wasn’t planning on buying anything from this collection, but my favorite colors are blue and grey. So I must possess that darling Glamora Castle. Wow.

  19. Angel


  20. Becca

    Is Romancin’ the same as the LE from last year?

  21. Sam

    Omggg yesyesyes Pearlglides are being repromoted!!! They are my FAVORITE eyeliners. I got Industrial and Undercurrent from the first time they were repromoted… I try not to use them up because they’re so beautiful and I can’t get another if I run out! Thank god they’re repromoting Undercurrent, but I’m sad they aren’t with Industrial. Oh well, one is better than none! Woohoo!!!

  22. mellow

    Does anyone know if we’re allowed to use the Pro discount with these? I know I couldn’t use it with Venimous Villians.

  23. Ashley

    I’m so excited for this collection!!! The lipglass’s and blushes look incredibleeee

  24. Alannah

    Ooooh yes, EYELINERS!

  25. Trish

    Thank you so much for posting! Coincidence–my local MAC boutique just called me so I could do a pre-order! I’ll have 2 brush sets, the eyeliner set w/ the violet pigment, Undercurrent and Petrol Blue liners before I get on plane for LA on the 28th. Woo hooo!

  26.!!!!!!!!!!! my poor wallet loses weight faster than i do *smh* i didnt want anything from this collection and now i have over $200 worth on my list. just evil.

  27. hhhhfcrc

    when will you get these products and do a review and swatched?

  28. SiaM

    I really like it!!! Didn’t expect to like it so much…Love the bags and the viva glam teddy bear and lipstick and the eyeshadows and…..
    Can you please make a shopping list for the products like you did in the venomous villains collection:? I will really appreciate it, I love the wish list feeling it gives, thanks =)

  29. Pamela M

    Farie Glen is described as a pale neutral pink…but none of those lipsticks look pale pink. Thats disappointing cuz I love me some pale pinks. Cut a caper sounds gorg tho. Can’t wait to see your swatches Christine, keep up the good work!!!

    • Kallie

      Faerie Glen is almost identical to Hug Me if you want something to base it on. It’s very pretty, maybe just a hint more toward nude than Hug Me. But if you have Hug Me, I’d skip it… Hope this helps!

  30. Leah

    Oh Em Gee @ Glamora Castle <3

  31. Cherie

    Gah… there is so much I would love to buy from this collection…. WOW! :)

  32. Anna

    This collection is just dangerous… I like a majority of the products, which is a change from the past few collections, where I hardly wanted anything at all. Can’t wait to see the swatches!

  33. LU

    The eyeshadows really look gorgeous.

  34. Loved the sound of the blushes but I think I’m going to have to pass! Too bad the blushes don’t have the tartan pattern like the eyeshadows do! The eyeshadows are too cute.

  35. Dana

    Omg i want it all!

  36. Kallie

    MAC at South Coast Plaza in the OC has everything for swatching and pre-order! The packaging is amazing, real fabric tartan, not just printed plastic. Plus the MAC crest is to die for. Picked up a Sweep Me Off My Feet brush set just for the bag! And great brushes I guess πŸ˜‰ It’s such a killer collection! Love shopping without money (yet) haha!

  37. meghan

    Guess I’ll be turning the heat way down and using candles the next few months because this is gonna set my wallet back waayy much! LOL

  38. Hope

    need Swatches!.. I mean swatches please πŸ˜‰

  39. Ellene

    This collection looks pretty massive, since it also includes items from ‘Chapter One’ and ‘Chapter Two’ for the Holidays. So much to choose from, I don’t know where to start!

  40. Edelmc

    wow – those pigments will be mine – they are amazing! I also want to pick up 2 of the dazzleglasses and the black swan pearlglide. I love pearlglide liners…does anybody else have problems with sharpening them…they always seem to break on me and I use a mac sharpener

    • Dami

      If you put the pencil in the freezer a little before sharpening it, it shouldn’t break. I fount that out when I had problems with Urban Decay’s liners breaking, someone at Sephora told me.

  41. sarah

    cant wait for this to be available. hopefully earlier online like venemous villain’s was

  42. Jenn

    I am going to the Tartan Sneak Peek Party next week at my local MAC store! I’m SOOO excited to get my hands on some of this stuff before it comes out! Got my eye on those gorg eye shadows and that pink blush!

  43. Tori

    I know you’ve made it clear what comes with what kit but it’s always so confusing with Holiday collections! I’m trying to make a list but I can’t decide! I also was wondering if PRO discount can be used on this collection? Thanks!! <3

  44. Ali

    Hey Christine! Just thought I’d give you and your readers a heads up–I saw this collection today at the Nordstrom MAC counter at Menlo Park Mall, NJ.

  45. Tanya

    Will this collection be available in all MAC stores or is it just mac pro? Cos we have just a MAC counter in my city…so I was wondering will they have it…

  46. Hannah

    Are you planning on posting a comprehensive review of the new MAC Holiday 2010 collection like you did with the Venomous Villains Collection? I would love to see a video of the products so that I could have a better understanding of what the products actually look like. Pictures can be deceiving :)

  47. sarah

    I just saw the items at my local MAC counter & I’m HIGHLY impressed. I wasn’t impressed with Venomous Villain’s. Maybe my hopes were too high there. I returned several items to Mac from Villain’s today & I noticed the Holiday Collection 2010. I tried on the My Highland Honey Blush & fell in LOVE. It’s gorgeous! I pre-ordered! Beautiful peachy/coral shade. Highly recommend

    • Hannah

      That is so cool that you were able to see the collection and test it out before you ordered it. I wish my MAC counter had the same thing, they only have a catalog. I wonder the PRO stores are doing that. My MAC counter is at Dillards.

  48. Katie

    I am loving the look of those shadows :)

  49. Veronica

    Got my Pre order today at the Premiere!!! omg I’m in love… I had a $200 budget and I promised myself I’d stick to it so I did… it was hard but I got….

    PIGMENTS: Later and The family crest
    MINERALIZE KIT: Mac Glamorous (comes with a paint pot, mineralize shadow, mascara and a lip gloss)
    DAZZLEGLASS CREME LIP GLOSS: Lightly Prancing (I love nude lips)
    PEARGLIDE EYELINER: Lord it up (shimmery brown)
    EYE SHADOW: Follow your fantasy
    EYE SHADOW PALETTE: Dashing Lassie

  50. gabriella

    Thank you thank you thank you.. I’m jobless but I at least need a piece of this… LIGHTLY PRANCING! Go nudes that are shimmery! :) THANKS CHRISTINE

  51. Miranda

    The photos of second and third pigment are the exact same picture! The way the pigment sits in top and in the jar are exactly the same, even the sparkles are the same. I know these aren’t your photos, but do you know why they would do that? :(

    • The photos are generally just photoshopped to reflect the color – it’s like they shoot the product once and then swap out the color. That’s how MAC has done their photos for awhile – even their swatches online were just black and white textures overlaid with color.

      • gabriella

        OH MY GOSH the eyeshadows feel very creamy for powders lol better than mineralize eyeshadows more like the veluxe pearl texture.. from what i saw in store(pre-sale swatchinggg)!

  52. Becca

    Love the plaid pattern on the eyeshadows. I had no idea this collection was coming out this week, I’m so excited!!!!

  53. hhhhfcrc

    when are going to do an in depth review on the MAc Tartan Tale products?

  54. I went to a pre release party! I was pretty taken by the coraly peach blush, but I have peaches, so I thought it was too similar…I only picked up a lip kit :) Still, I tested the new eye shadows and they seem like they would apply like a dream! :)

  55. Brenda

    Most of the collection is out at the PRO Store in Toronto. I stopped by today (not knowing it was out), but they only had 3 lipsticks and 3 eyeliners…the rest was there. I picked up Follow Your Fantasy e/s. The blushes looked fun but SO BRIGHT!!!! not really my style. Nothing else did it for me so I’ll just wait till the rest of the holiday stuff comes out.

    I did pick up Viva Glam II though!!

  56. Judy

    I’m getting impatient! I’ve been checking online since early this morning, but MAC still hasn’t added the Tartan Tale collection up on their website. Why MAC, why???!!!! I hope they put it up soon. I will be busy tonight and probably won’t be able to get on the computer until tomorrow. If anyone sees it up on their website online, please let me know. Thank you!!

    • Karyn

      As of right now, 8:30pm on Tuesday the 26th, Tartan Tale is up on the MAC website! I just got a lip palette, eye palette and nail polish! Yayyy!!

  57. Judy

    Thank you Karyn!! I have placed my order. I decided on only 3 lipsticks: Faerie Glen, Cut-a-caper & courting lilac and the 6 Twists of Tartan Eyeshadow Palette. That is all I could afford for now. I can’t wait to receive my stuff. I am now looking forward to seeing pictures of Stylishly Yours & Peacocky collections. Woo hoo!! πŸ˜€