Sunday, November 20th, 2011

MAC Deceit Pigment
MAC Deceit Pigment

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Deceit Pigment

MAC Deceit Pigment ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened plum with pink pearl.” When applied dry, it’s a burgundy brown with a satiny sheen that’s almost matte, but it’s on the sheer side. When applied damp, it comes together more better for a really rich color of burgundy tinted by purple with a pearly sheen. It’s opaque and smooth. It’s less frosted but similar in color to Illamasqua Queen of the Night. I think it’s also pretty close to MAC Deep Purple, which I don’t own so I can’t confirm 100%, which is permanent at PRO stores. Make Up For Ever #11 is redder. The dry swatch is a bit like MAC Shadowy Lady. The texture seemed very, very finely milled–it is probably one of the softest and most finely milled pigments I remember by MAC.

Like the blush in this collection, MAC is again squeezing you on both ends: a full-size pigment contains 0.15 oz. and retails for $20.00 each (and they already reduced the amount of all full-size pigments across the board a year or two ago). The packaging looks sleek, but it’s a bit messy. Guise had loose pigment all over the exterior packaging and inner lip upon arrival–I hadn’t even opened it yet! These are entirely plastic, too; there’s no heft from the metal compact like there is with the blush. On the upside, most other high-end brands that have similar loose products typically give around this amount of product (e.g. Illamasqua Pure Pigment is $24.00/0.04 oz. and Make Up For Ever Star Powder is $19.00/0.09 oz.).

MAC actually describes the formula as having ingredients that help it adhere to the skin so it is long-lasting. Pigments are best when combined with other products, whether it’s simply water or more like MAC Mixing Medium, to adhere to skin. I get decent wear out of pigments without a base (six to eight hours, then there is minor fading and at times, subtle creasing), but I would recommend using a base or mixing them with an adhesive base product like Mixing Medium.

The Glossover

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Deceit

B+
The color can be gorgeous when it's applied damp, and the texture is so, so soft--definitely one of the softest MAC pigments. It's also not frosty, which many MAC pigments are, so it's nice to see something different. It's just jarring to see half the size with a 30% price increase all in the name of packaging.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, November 23rd, 2011, $32.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

It's less frosted but similar in color to Illamasqua Queen of the Night. I think it's also pretty close to MAC Deep Purple, which I don't own so I can't confirm 100%, which is permanent at PRO stores. Make Up For Ever #11 is redder. The dry swatch is a bit like MAC Shadowy Lady.

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18 thoughts on “MAC for Gareth Pugh: Deceit Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jemma

    OMG that’s gorgeous i just don’t know if i can justify spending all that much money on it when there is less pigment!! Christine is it worth it do you think, or should i pass?

  2. Hilary♥

    The packaging is very cool but the color is pretty average. Truthfully this collection has left me so disappointed. :(

  3. stephanie

    Very pretty! This is close to the Deep Purple pigment, but Deep Purple is brighter. I say no one needs both… thanks for reviewing

  4. Enjoying your reviews on this collection as always. Just to let you know, I do have Deep Purple and Deceit is pretty much indistinguishable from it. Deep Purple also applies very smoothly and blends well, so I’d really recommend that if you love the colour but want more bang for your buck.

  5. Christine- Do you think that this is similar in color to Bloodline pigment from Fabulous Felines?

  6. Amy

    The packaging for these are absolutely stunning, tempted to buy this one! Only thing that’s putting me off is i never wear anything but my UD naked palette, and not sure if the colour would suit my pale skin and green/blue eyes, what do you think? How much will they be in the UK, do you know? :) xx

  7. BEBE

    Is this similar to Bloodline pigment?

  8. Z

    I don’t find either of the pigments terribly interesting or special. Just rather “blah” actually, which is sadly the theme of this whole collection. Despite my initial excitement I’m terribly underwhelmed…

  9. Ruth

    Mac I am dissapoint. I thought this collection would for sure be the one I couldn’t pass up