Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

MAC & Chen Man – Love & Water Collection: Naval Blue Pigment

It’s the lone pigment in the upcoming Love & Water Collection, but MAC Naval Blue Pigment ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a great pick to repromote, as it is part of the permanent PRO range (and it’s been in a few sets before, if I remember correctly!). MAC describes it as a “deep smoky blue.” It’s a dark navy blue with a hint of purple–all of the blues in this launch seem to have this kiss of purple–that makes it a real pain to photograph, because sometimes it looks purpler than it ought! It’s similar to MAC Blue Storm, which came out this past fall (and was a repromote then). It’s also similar to Givenchy Lune Mordoree.

Pigments can be used wet or dry, but they tend to perform their best when applied damp or with MAC’s Mixing Medium (which is a clear liquid with an adhesive base, so it adheres and smoothes out better when you go to apply it). MAC actually says that the pigment itself contains ingredients that will make the pigments adhere to the skin and are long-lasting. Pigments tend to apply a little muted and can be more prone to fall out (given that it is a loose product) when applied dry, and it really needs to be used damp to have it adhere to the lid at all. When I tested out pigments based on how MAC described their formula, I was able to get eight hours of wear with minor creasing and fading only if I used them damp (over bare skin). If I used them with MAC’s Mixing Medium, then there were no fading or creasing issues even after twelve hours or if used over an eyeshadow primer.

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MAC Naval Blue Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
MAC makes an excellent loose color product if you combine it with a wet or adhesive base, because they have a good formula that enables the color to bind well when damp and stay vibrant all day--but when used dry or alone, they tend to under-perform.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $20 (March 1st).

Is it limited edition?

It's permanent at PRO stores only.

Any dupes?

It's similar to MAC Blue Storm, which came out this past fall (and was a repromote then). It's also similar to Givenchy Lune Mordoree.

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10 thoughts on “MAC Naval Blue Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. love, but i have way too many blues already! hehe

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dee GUSnail

    I’m loving this. I don’t have any pigments, or blue eyeshadows, so this is looking like a good deal for me :)

  3. Ericka

    Do you know if the finish and texture is any different from the naval blue pigment in the old jars? I find that some pigments have lost its impact once the new jars came out.

  4. I really like this color, but blue doesn’t really look good on me

  5. Lark

    MAC never scores higher than a B, yet it’s the benchmark of color and everything to compare too…

    I have this, and many other Pro Piggies. They stick like glue on a bare eye. Full of sticky stuff. The new matte colors don’t, but the look is supposed to be sheer they’re so bright.
    That said- its extremely irritating that this Magic Potion Pigment stickum takes a major expedition to get ahold of! Why isn’t it just in the store by the pigments? You want it, it’s almost an urban myth, so why is it like buying smack to get it?

  6. Pappetee

    Thanks for the awesome swatches, Christine! I love the shade although I would be skipping this as I already own MAC Blue Storm. ;-)

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ana Ana Naz

    nice blue pigment. i dont have any blue eyeshadows or any pigments. this might be a good start for me.
    i like the swatches.