Thursday, October 28th, 2010


MAC A Tartan Tale: Link Roundup

PHEW!  It’s been a grueling week!  We’re finally done reviewing and sharing MAC’s A Tartan Tale with you, and since it’s been a long ride, here’s a quickie round-up of all of the coverage.  To follow, there will be an overall review along with recommendations and all that jazz, per usual.

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Colour

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Palettes & Sets

Product & Review FAQ

Why don't you have swatches for the mini sets already?

They have not yet released. The launch date is November 4th.

Where are your recommendations?

I will be posting my recommendations, along with my overvall review and those things later today.

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35 thoughts on “MAC A Tartan Tale: Link Roundup

  1. Phew! That was a lot of work, I bet! There’s still another part though, right? I want sample pigments set. Does that get released later?

  2. great work! thank you so much.
    do you show us also the mini-sets with the pigments and glosses?

  3. isabellinchen

    Thanks for the work! it is always a great help for the decision to buy or not, to see all the photos and swatches before.

  4. Moeko

    Thank you for all this ;)

  5. Avatar of Jenni Jenni

    Hey Christine,
    When are the mineralized kits and the mini-l/g, mini-pigments released?

    • The kits are available online, but I will not be reviewing them, at $50 is too steep to purchase permanent/repromoted products just for photos (swatches of the products are already on the blog). The sets aren’t released until the 4th.

      • Fernanda

        You bought all of these? OMG! I thought MAC sent you everything! I’m shocked!

        • Jazz

          Venomous Villains was the ONLY one that she didnt pay for it , and even with that collection she bought somethings for herself. Thats the great thing about this blog , she pays for the addiction herself.

        • I’ve been buying full collections since Dame Edna (I think that was the end of 2008?). I believe 4-5 collections have been sent via samples since that time, but generally speaking, I purchase them.

          The reason I do this is so you can have true, accurate photos of the products themselves in a controlled setting, but also because it allows me to actually try the products – including lip swatches!

          • Fernanda

            That is really amazing, I check temptalia for so long now, but never had the time to actually read the comments and about the blog, but now that I do, I admire you even more! Thanks so much, very helpful for us in the UK and also some friends I got in Brazil :)

  6. Jennifer

    Great job Christine!
    Are the pigment, nail and lip tins a separate part of the holiday collection coming later?

  7. Steffi

    will we get swatches of the eye bag (pigments, gel eyeliner) and pigment sets?

    • They sets not out yet.

      I am not swatching any of the mineralize kits as they are just permanent or repromoted products, so you can find swatches of those products on the blog already :)

  8. Cody

    Are you going to review any of the mineralize kits? I know it’s mostly permanent and repromoted items in them but I think some of the lipglasses are new. Your reviews for everything else have been super helpful and those are the only items I’m still undecided about?

    • Just can’t justify $49.50 x2 on products that are repromotes/permanent items. I believe the only new item is Blessedly Rich, and the other kit isn’t available online (no idea why!).

  9. Constanze

    Christine, thank you so much for turning a crappy week into a MAC filled wonderland. I really appreciate your work ;)

  10. Olga

    Thank you so much for all these reviews! Now I know that I only interested in Vain & Glorious set, one pigment and Black Swan eyeliner. Your blog is the best!

  11. Daniel

    Hi, I’ve never owned mac eyeshadows, and I only wanna ask if you swatch them without a primer or with? Thanks Christine <3

    • Without – I don’t swatch anything with a primer (unless otherwise indicated – e.g. testing out a new primer!), because I believe that we have to evaluate the product on its own, not with the assistance of a good base :)

  12. Sandra

    I purchased the (2) blushes and the “undercurrent” eyeliner this morning. I jumped on the blushes because I know the peach is gonna sell out first! =)

  13. Jennifer

    great job girl! you do so much, i love your site!

  14. Avatar of KY Kaoyee

    Thanks so much for all you do!! I don’t usually go crazy over MAC collections but I really got into a couple items from A Tartan Tale based on your swatches and reviews. Over lunch today I went and bought The Faerie Glen lipstick and the Hark The Heraldry face kit. Yiippeee!!

  15. Thanks you soo much for you’re reviews! Definitely saved me money :P
    I went by MAC this morning and picked up just the eye brush kit, mostly just for the bag!
    Decided to skip on most of the palette…

  16. Jazz

    you have definitely convinced me that I can pass on this collection , other than maybe the blushes and a pearlglide eyeliner ( the turquoise one -so pretty)

  17. Tiffany

    I made a trip to my MAC today to pick up the 3 pigments I had on hold. One of the palettes was already sold out, and they said they weren’t getting anymore in! How are they going to have anything left for Christmas time? And the odd thing was… they had plenty of the sold out products from Venomous Villains! I was able to pick up Briar Rose, Wicked Ways, Bite of an Apple and Innocence, Beware! I was very happy so just had to tell my little story. You could maybe tweet to your followers that a bunch of items are still available at the store in St. Louis!

    Anyway, thanks for all your hard work, Christine. I will be looking forward to the next batch of Tartan Tale. :)

  18. Cheyenne *DemureAllure*

    I have to say I’m mostly interested in two lipsticks and that’s it. :/ Oh well

  19. Mel

    Just came across your site and def one of the best I’ve ever seen by far! You’ve put alot of work into it and def know your stuff so seriously well done and thank you! Amazing! :)