Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Daphne Guinness: Pigments

With the Daphne Guinness collection (due in-stores on December 26th), there are three shades of MAC Pigments ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.): Aurora (pinked taupe), Circa Plum (frosty dirty mid-tone lavender), and Nebula (dark greyed brown with pearl).

  • Aurora is a neutral-cool, rose-tinted brown with a frosted finish. It shimmers nicely, and it can be used wet or dry; when applied wet, you’ll have a smoother, more metallic finish. It kind of reminded me of how Urban Decay Tease looked like in the pan, so MAC Quarry is similar in hue but with a matte finish. MAC MaltL is like a lighter cousin. Urban Decay Toasted is a bit more bronze. Also reminded me of a less brown MAC Gold Stroke.
  • Circa Plum is a rosy plum with a frosted finish. The one I have and swatched is from when it launched previously, so it’s possible that it may vary in color compared to the new release. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is similar but less plum. MAC Tendersmoke is less pink.
  • Nebula is a deep, dark taupe with a little hint of brown around the edges, but it loses some of the brown you’d expect from taupe because of how dark it is–it’s still there, and when you apply it dry, it’s more noticeable. When applied damp, it has a more metallic finish and depth. Dry, it’s a bit like MAC Legendary Black. MAC Bloodline is lighter.

MAC Pigments are designed to be worn softly or more intensely as well as with a formulation that makes it apply to the lid.  It’s also supposed to be long-wearing.  These shades applied well whether dry or wet (and I tested Nebula on the eye, because it seemed sheer when swatched, but it was very intense–too intense, actually, for the look I was going for), as they all have good color payoff.  The textures are soft and smooth, which helps increase how blendable they are.  I don’t get perfect wear out of pigments without some sort of adhesive base (like MAC Mixing Medium) or an eyeshadow primer–after eight hours, there is some minor creasing and fading, but if I do wear some sort of base, I don’t have either issue.

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MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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These are really wearable shades that can be used as washes, eyeshadows, or as an eyeshadow base, depending on the look you're going for. MAC Pigments are one of my favorite loose formulas because of how well the product binds together and how little poof! there is when you open the jar.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Interior Life on lid, MAC Heather Belles (attempted) in crease, MAC Nebula in crease,
MAC Aurora in inner tear duct, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy eyeliner on lower lash line

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on December 26th, $20 each.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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23 thoughts on “MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Emily

    I’m digging Nebula, but the first two just look too similar :/

    • Avatar of Carla Carla

      Approaching Storm and Nebula are coming to live with me!
      If it weren’t so close to Christmas, I’d probably get Aurora, too …

      • Emily

        Awesome! I’d love to get them, but I feel like I already have too many similar colors in my own makeup stash. :/ I have too much makeup to begin with… lol

  2. Avatar of Marina Marina

    I love all of these! What’s your favorite Christine?

  3. I already have (and love) Circa Plum… Not sure if the other two look distinctive enough- it seems there’s so much else I want to pick up in upcoming collections.

  4. amanda

    nebula is alright but the other two are icky.

  5. ana

    i like the look a lot

  6. Need all of these. My wallet is screwed but I love my natural pigments

    • Avatar of Carla Carla

      Oh, crud, oh, crud, oh, crud, ctud, crud.
      I am so dooomed!
      I was going to make myself get Aurora *or* Nebula, but I got a $25 MAC gift card, and the little demon voice inside my head is whispering, “With the gift card, one of them will be essentially FREE, so why not?”
      AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!

  7. Dayna

    Idk why, but i have like a hate towards mac pigment ever since they change the size. I jus wont buy them lol

  8. Carrie Ann

    Oh, boy. These are pretty!

  9. Lark

    I was all excited about these but they’re just browns… Big Whoop. On the bright side it’s sixty bucks for more fun things, like my own version of how this collection should have been! Smashbox Baccio lipstick, Rocker Nails, Silver nails, a blush that says grape and truly goes there- sort of like Nars Sin but bluer. Very slightly.
    Such high hopes, dashed!

  10. Hahaha, I like the way you describe it as how little “poof!” I don’t own any pigments/loose eyeshadows, but my boyfriend did complain about the “smoke” when I was dusting finishing powder the other day!

    Poof aside, Aurora looks like an easy color to use!

  11. Avatar of Carla Carla

    I originally intended to get Nebula, but its color looks so similar to that of Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear that I *may* be able to talk myself out of it.

  12. Amy

    Hey Christine! Love your blog! Would you say that inglot eye pigment #51 is similar to aurora?

  13. Avatar of Shannon Keen Janine

    Oh they are gorgeous! Aurora looks like satin taupe, IMO. So I think aurora is a pass but the others are mine.

  14. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    Does Nebula look as complex on as it does in the close up swatch? It looks beautiful!

  15. Is Aurora p/g similar to Coco or Sunnydaze p/g??

  16. jen

    Ooooooo Circa Plum o.o I WANT.