Thursday, August 30th, 2012

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC & Carine Roitfeld: Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes four eyeshadows: Dew (soft creamy beige), Camo (muted grayish taupe), Bad Lieutenant (blackened deep brown), and Carbon (intense black) as well as one Cremeblend Blush, Bootcamp Bronze (soft sheer chestnut).

Dew is a light warm beige with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It’s color payoff is decent, but it’s a little dry and noticeably sheer. MAC Sahara Dust is less warm, less golden. Tarina Tarantino Elektron is similar but more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has a very similar shade.

Camo is medium brown with a barest hint of gray, but it has a noticeably warm undertone despite the inclusion of gray. It has a satin finish. The color payoff was the best out of the four shades–good overall, slightly dry in texture. Burberry Pale Barley is warmer with more of a shimmery finish. theBalm Sultry is very similar, just slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Namaste is grayer and darker. MAC Era is similar but more shimmery.

Bad Lieutenant is a blackened gray with a hint of burgundy. It has a matte finish. The pigmentation is poor, and the texture dry and stiff. On the lid, it was marginally better, but it was not very blendable. Guerlain by Emilio Pucci is more intense, more of a red undertone. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust is very similar but more pigmented. MAC Dance in the Dark is comparable. MAC Midnight Flurry is marginally lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is more cool-toned.

Carbon is a matte black, but if you look in the pan, there are a lot of sparkles–just none of them seem to translate. It was the oddest thing. This shade is part of the permanent range, and it’s actually included in both of the face kits in the collection, and they were about equal in their dry, stiff, poor color payoff-yielding textures. Slightly more pigmented when I used it on the eye (with a 222 brush), but boy, it did not want to move or budge, which made blending a pain in the butt!

Cremeblend Blushes are supposed to be creamy, easy to blend, have medium coverage, and have a natural finish. Bootcamp Bronze is a medium-dark orange-tan with a strong orange undertone. It’s a bit darker than the shade in the other face kit, but when you apply it to the skin, the difference is minute. While the color is buildable, it’s only to a point, and I’m not sure how well it will show up on darker complexions, as it took some layering to get it to show up on me–and when it does, it’s very faint–and I’m medium in color.  The wear with this shade was the same as Sand Storm: six hours of wear, at which point, there was noticeable separation and fading–and it did not care for having my drier cheeks under it at all.

This palette contains 0.22 oz. of eyeshadows (0.055 oz. each, which is 0.005 oz. more than a regular full-sized MAC eyeshadow), which is a $66 value. There is 0.18 oz. of Cremeblend Blush in here, which normally retails for $20.00/0.19 oz., so there is $18.95 value from that, for a total palette value of $84.95. (Note: Cremeblend blushes and eyeshadows are sold in pan form, depending on the shade, but I went with individual product prices, not pan prices. From a pan perspective, there is $52.80 in eyeshadow value and $16.11 in Cremeblend Blush value, for a total value of $68.91.) From a quantity point of view, this is absolutely a deal, which is great news!

Again, as a quick note: the two palettes are very, very similar with the major difference between in finish–this palette is more matte, while Desert Camouflage is more shimmery. I think this one has less quality than Desert Camouflage, because three shades are lacking in color payoff, and the textures across the board were dry, with some being particularly stiff (like Bad Lieutenant and Carbon).  When I wore these eyeshadows together, they wore for six and a half hours over a primer before starting to look faded.  Without a primer, they were more difficult to apply and blend, but they wore about the same length of time.

The Glossover

palette

Jungle Camouflage

D+
I think this one has less quality than Desert Camouflage, because three shades are lacking in color payoff, and the textures across the board were dry, with some being particularly stiff (like Bad Lieutenant and Carbon).

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
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MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Bootcamp Bronze Cremeblend Blush

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Bootcamp Bronze Cremeblend Blush

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Bootcamp Bronze Cremeblend Blush

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Bootcamp Bronze Cremeblend Blush

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Dew Eyeshadow

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Camo Eyeshadow

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Bad Lieutenant Eyeshadow

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Dew Eyeshadow (brow bone, inner tear duct), MAC Camo Eyeshadow (inner lid),
MAC Bad Lieutenant Eyeshadow (outer lid), MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (crease), Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill
Lengthening Mascara.

MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit
MAC Dew Eyeshadow (brow bone, inner tear duct), MAC Camo Eyeshadow (inner lid),
MAC Bad Lieutenant Eyeshadow (outer lid), MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (crease), Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill
Lengthening Mascara.

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $44.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

(Your right) On eyes: MAC Sahara Dust Eyeshadow (brow bone), MAC Cactus Thorn Eyeshadow (inner lid), MAC Desert Eyeshadow (outer lid), MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (crease), Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lengthening Mascara. On face: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation (03), MAC Sand Storm Cremeblend Blush. On lips: MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick. | (Your left) On eyes: MAC Dew Eyeshadow (brow bone, inner tear duct), MAC Camo Eyeshadow (inner lid), MAC Bad Lieutenant Eyeshadow (outer lid), MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (crease), Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lengthening Mascara. On face: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation (03), MAC Bootcamp Bronze Cremeblend Blush. On lips: MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick.

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63 thoughts on “MAC Jungle Camouflage Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Even the cheapest brands can make better eyeshadows. Why can’t MAC?

    • Brands like Wet ‘n’ Wild and Inglot have clearly proven that price has little to do with pigmentation, so it’s a shame that MAC doesn’t seem to care about keeping up with the competition, which is fiercer than it ever was – from both budget brands as well as high-end/luxury brands!

      • That’s so true Christine! I am super disappointed with MAC. It seems that the quantity of collections > quality of their makeup. LUCKILY (and I speak for many of us)we have you to help us save money!

        Thank you and bleh to this! Hehe

  2. Yellowlantern

    Wow, Christine you’re on fire today with these reviews!

  3. Lenita

    ah but this would give the carine-look most effortlessly: makeup that look like you’ve slept on it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy2A19V29Jo&feature=player_embedded

  4. Camo looks lovely, too bad the rest of the kit performs poorly.
    For the blush, I think this shade might be very unflattering for a lot of skintones, mine included! It’s looks like a dirty orange.

    On a side note, I hate when my cream products sweat like Bootcamp Bronze did on the picture….

  5. Melissa

    The blush looks like a particularly nasty petri dish. Does MAC have quality management teams anymore?

    • A lot of cream products will sweat when exposed to different temperatures – I think it was like 90+ out and had been sitting on a truck for about 8 hours (and who knows where it was prior to that!), but you can wipe it away or wait for it to dry up (the latter taking much longer). I’ve had this happen to lipsticks, cream blushes, and the like across brands, not just MAC. :)

      • Melissa

        That’s good to know – I thought it was the pattern/design. : )

        • Avatar of Kafka Kafka

          I thought so too in the other MAC thread! I’ve seen products arrive, like from UPS, with one or two sweat droplets but both of these had them across the board in a way I’ve never seen before! I seriously thought it was a textural part of the blush, akin to that Chanel thing with the measle/chickenpox pimples or sequins.

    • Avatar of Barbie Barbie

      it’s not mac lol i just a got lipstick from makeup geek and it had the same thing, it’s from the heat

  6. Yawn, this whole collection is just so boring and unimaginative.

    • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

      I love boring, unimaginative – neutral shadow palettes are my faves, so I would have loved this if it had been of better quality (and didn’t contain the blush, which isn’t a good shade for me…)

  7. I know it’s natural for it to look like that…but that blush is grossing me out! Eww!

  8. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    The shadows look so nice in the photos but there is no way I’d willingly spend my hard earned pennies on Carbon, for starters. But it and the other shadows make this “seem” like a good palette but I’ve got better quality dupes. And the blush – it just looks diseased. What is MAC thinking releasing stuff like this?

  9. em

    That is possibly the ugliest shade of blush I have ever seen.

    • Agreed! Add the pathetic pigmentation of the eyeshadows to that and you have a very disappointing MAC collection. Why do they release so many crappy LE collections? I prefer just a couple really good ones instead of al lot with a lot of crap, sorry for my language.

    • Melissa

      And yet it still looks good on Christine.

    • YellowLantern

      I wonder if they were thinking people would use it to contour? Though it’s rather yellow/orange for contouring so I don’t know.

  10. Goodness they really created a very mediocre collection this time around…:/

  11. Marta

    Lol! The second I saw your pic I thought “Wait a second… that’s my Inglot neutral quad!”. In mine the shade numbers are 352, 390,363 and 391. So, if anyone wants a dupe, that’s pretty much it. At least it looks the same :D No bronzer though, but I can’t use it anyway (waaay too pale, I look like a ghost in an Oompa Loompa disguise >.<)
    Great pics, as always!

    • Monica

      IMO the packaging of these quads is the only thing noteworthy, I live in Mexico, and if we get this collection it will be crazy-ass expensive, but what will we get in return? poor quality and an icky looking bronzer??
      Mac, you are loosing me!

  12. My love affair with Mac has soured. There eye shadow formula is just not the best on the market. If I have a dupe for a Mac color, I always use the dupe. I reach for Wet N’ Wild over Mac, really.

  13. KK

    Oh, I’m really disappointed with how this compact turned out. Not good!

  14. Avatar of Teresa Teresa

    Really, does MAC try their own products on before starting to sell them? I really think this is a shame. MAC is one of the most important makeup brands in the world and is unable to do a good matte black eyeshadow, which is a BASIC for any makeup user! There are hundreds of them out there for half the price!

    I was excited for this collection, when I saw the photos I thought it was just boring but now it also turned out to be bad T.T

    And MAC keeps raising prices every year. Shame on you :(

  15. Is there anyone out there that would look good with these blush tones? Just askin’ The blushes in both these palettes blew it for me before I even got to the crap for payoff eyeshadows.

  16. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    That blush would make me look like the lovechild of Snooki and an Oompa Loompah. Gah.

    • blueraccoon

      *cracking up* I do love your way with words, ma’am. And I agree with you about the blush. Not my shade at all either.

      (on a side note, how are you?)

  17. les

    Really? Boring!!!! Come on mac bring the game like Heatherette or petals and peacocks and things like the spiced quad….why is mac allowing such BLAH things such as this? Please for the love of makeup step up the game mac!!!!

  18. Avatar of Jade Jade

    WAAAAAAHHH! WHY!?! A BIG problem with MAC at the moment is how poor their limited edition stuff is and how GOOD so many of their permanent products are. I had high hopes for this collection. I’m still clinging to hope that they will bring back the quality someday, hopefully someday SOON.

  19. Hannah

    I can’t believe Carine Roitfeld put her name on this! Although, the concept is good, the packaging is nice enough, but the quality is so poor… Carine, you are better than this!

  20. kari

    the weird bubbles on both the blushes are enough to keep me away…

  21. maybe i didn’t read the post thoroughly enough – but is the blush bubbling or is that just some kind of strange overlay? oO

  22. What a shame! The packaging is so cute!

  23. Monica

    I find it funny that carbon e/s gets so many bad reviews, for me is a staple in my daily routine. Actually, I like that it is not super pigmented because if it were, I wouldn´t know what to do with it! I use it to set my eyeliner and to darken almost any eye look if needed, and I find it blendable and buildable, so for me it’s perfection!
    More on topic, this collection seems just pointless to me. The better for my wallet though.

  24. Keo D

    The eyeshadow colors remind me of the ones in TheBalm’s Meet Matte.

  25. Jasmine

    I LOVE the color combination in this but it’s disappointing to see the color payoff.

  26. Sanguine13

    This look terrible, you can tell how dry the shadows are just from the photos. For $44, it’s a much bette deal to buy one of Urban Decay’s or The Balm’s neutrals palettes. It seems like MAC has sadly gotten really lazy about their formulations, because they know that the crazy MAC devotees will buy their products anyway.

  27. And a resounding Thank YOU, Christine! I was feeling vulnerable and I’m so happy for your timely reviews! Thank you!!!!

  28. Trying to decide between the 2 kits , thanks for the review.

    The creme blush looks so bizarre, ick!

    • Gail

      I use the blush as a bronzer – I bought this because I thought it would be great for a long weekend – just this and one blush and a pencil – ready to go – no need for a bronzer as you can use this blush – Think it was worth $44.

  29. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    these particular colour combinations look fantastic on you!!!

  30. Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Ok the cremeblend needs to go see a derm STAT and MAC should be throttled for making a color called ” Bad lieutenant” with NO backbone. Harvey Keitel would not stand for this.

  31. lily

    No thanks. I have a pretty good makeup stash, (I have a 5 drawer set completely filled up) and out of all that, only 3 items are MAC. I have one lipstick (modesty) that I dont really like because it has this sickly sweet smell, I have a big bounce cream shadow that I hate because it creases like nothing else and goes on cold and wet, and I have a blush that I actually really love. But overall, I’m not into MAC’s quality.

    • I think MAC need to take a good overall look at their shadows. They have been slipping in quality for the past decade from what other MUA’s have been saying about there shadows. Carbon would be on of them it use to NOT be this chalky/sheer.

      • It’s like… Carbon wasn’t THE BEST BLACK OF ALL TIME, but it was better at the time, because there were less stellar black eyeshadows on the market. Now, there’s no excuse. It can and has been done at every price point!

  32. Nicole

    I am still wonderin, if the MAC Management is reading productsreviews from beautyblogger. Is appeals to me that they don’t have any ambition to sell qaulity products. Or does MAC really believe that people by their limited edition products just because MAC is written on the package?

    I hardly buy any more limited edition stuff and stick to the permanent collection or buy products made by other companies.

  33. Avatar of Laura LauraR.

    Pretty boring. I might have considered it for a nice neutral palette to keep on hand, but I have too many high quality palettes to bother with one that isn’t up to par. I’ll stick with buying the upcoming Urban Decay palettes.

  34. Avatar of Michelle MichelleChefNYC

    Why is it that every palette that MAC comes out with in the last two years seems to have dry patchy shades with poor color payoff or bad blendability???? What happened MAC?!?!?!? I used to get really excited for their launches, but most of the time I find myself reaching for other brands lately… Shame too, because these would make great travel palettes since they are more neutral and all in one…

  35. Avatar of Sophie sophie

    MAC needs to get a grip. I have to wonder whether they’re losing money in recent years – they might have been able to get away with this kind of shoddy stuff a few years ago when people just relied on the name as an indicator of product, but with so many beauty blogs and sites like Makeupalley, people are less likely to fall for it.

    On another note, that blush is actually making me feel a bit ill! A few of my creme blushes have sweat slightly before, but something about the colour of this one and the huge wet bubbles is really turning my stomach! Urgh!

  36. Julianna

    what’s terrible look of bootcamp bronzer? I don’t know who would like to buy such a strange product?

  37. tasleema

    I just wanted to add my 2c re. Carbon eye shadow. Does this carine character wear deep smoky eyes or does she allude to a more the subtle hint of depth the French seem to champion? Could it be that if the latter is correct, were they trying to ‘re-calibrate’ the depth of pigmentation of carbon to align with her mantra? Or am I desperately clutching at the proverbial straw??

  38. Avatar of Roza Roza

    I purchased this palette and I found the shadows in mine to be quite pigmented… I can agree with Carbon, but the rest are great:) I am happy with this purchase, but ALWAYS rush to your site to see your reviews!! I do think MAC needs to get over the whole quantity versus quality thing though… I would much rather have fewer collections that are to amazing to pass up then having a new collection every other week and not even wanting to take a second glance!!