Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAC Nude Collection

MAC Nude Collection: New Pigments

MAC’s Nude Collection is a PRO-only release (much like the Chromagraphic Pencils) and there really isn’t much to it. I will review Barelash Pro Longlash separately (probably next week), and I already covered the nude Chromagraphic Pencils here. This leaves us with two new PRO pigments — Naked Dark (medium beige with pearlized pigments) and Naked Deep Dark (dark beige with pearlized pigments).

  • Naked is a light, flesh-toned beige-pink. it’s almost like a nude champagne pink with a slight golden shimmer-sheen.
  • Naked Dark is a medium tan with a beige-nude tone with subtle gold sheen.
  • Naked Deep Dark is a darkened brown with an almost taupe edge when used wet. It also has a slight golden sheen.

There’s not much to say about these, to be honest!  They’re three variations of flesh-toned (or nude, ha ha) colors in pigment form.  Naked has always been around, but it’s always been a great highlighter and natural highlighter for those with lighter skin tones.  These could also be mixed into moisturizer for a little shimmer and sheen on decolletage, too.  All three shades were well pigmented when used wet, and they have very soft, finely milled texture–no chunky pigments here, no glitter, no frostiness.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been looking for neutral pigments, the new PRO pigments are perfect for that. For those with medium or darker skin tones who have wanted a pigment highlighter, these might work, too.

Availability: MAC PRO

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MAC Nude Collection

MAC Nude Collection
MAC Naked Pigment

MAC Nude Collection
MAC Naked Dark Pigment

MAC Nude Collection
MAC Naked Deep Dark Pigment

MAC Nude Collection
Naked (dry/wet), Naked Dark (dry/wet), Naked Deep Dark (dry/wet)

MAC Nude Collection
Naked (dry/wet)

MAC Nude Collection
Naked Dark (dry/wet)

MAC Nude Collection
Naked Deep Dark (dry/wet)

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51 thoughts on “MAC Nude Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Pigments)

  1. jenn

    ooh, those are pretty!

  2. Wow, I’m really surprised at the “originality” of that naming. Considering they can come up with something like Mutiny for a sky blue, I’m sure they could’ve done better than “Naked Dark” and “Naked Deep Dark.”

    The colours themselves look lovely though.

  3. MsDee

    oh, a ‘Nude’ that might actually work with my skin tone! (Dark brown)

  4. wbwrightMakeupArtist

    I love me some good neutral colors! And MAC has really overlooked brown pigments.

  5. Amanda

    Are these permanent or do I need to go get them now?

  6. Wendy M.

    I really, really like Naked Dark.

    Though the names do sound a bit fuuny lol.

  7. Karyn

    This is fantastic. I’ve been using Tan as my go to nude pigment but it’s super shimmery. Naked Dark looks a bit more matte and perfect for days where I want something nude. Off to the pro store this weekend to check!

  8. These look pretty and well wearable…but everytime I see these tiny new jars…I feel so cheated..I loved the old jar…they were so nice to ‘hold’….

    • I like the look of the new jars for some reason (and I didn’t think I would) – I don’t know… something about them feels updated/more modern. Like I look at my old jars and they look old now!

      • And I thought I was the only one! I love the new jars, they look really sleek.
        I used to not buy pigments because the old jars looked frumpy imo.

        I thought I’d be impressed by these but I’m not, I have Naked though, and I do love it
        Which of these are your favourite Christine?

        • I like them all, but I’d probably use Naked the most. It’s quite pretty – don’t know why I never bought it before, lol!

          You’d think I’d hate the jars, since I do have a ton of the older jars… and OCD and all that… but they are definitely more updated/modern to me. Not like the old jars are *hideous* to me, but they look lesser now.

  9. I passed on these in store, but I think I may just get Naked Dark.

  10. Jennifer

    I would love to see how Naked Dark looks as a cheek highlighter for us olive gals!

  11. I think these are quite lovely!!! I already have Naked, so I’ll get the Dark and Deep Dark.

  12. This is perfect for everyday work/school wear, and is especially useful for bridal. Thanks for the update!

  13. lylyoo

    hey, how exactly do you use these “wet”? thanks.

  14. Dollymix8

    That’s the great thing about MAC, they have things for all skin tones!

  15. lauraaaaa

    ughhhhhhhhhhhh wayyy too warm

  16. Ricci

    Nice colors! but I usually dont suit browns and that unless Im tanned!

  17. Crissy

    I don’t usually care for neutrals but I’m attracted to these for some reason!

  18. Jakara

    I have to get naked deep dark. I will wear that on lazy days and to smoke out a look. Really pretty!

  19. Jakara

    what is the phone # for the pro store. I am just going to purchase them.

  20. Tiffany

    so you can only buy these at pro stores? :(

  21. Ceriene

    I actually really like Naked Dark. It’s deeper than my skin tone, but for some reason, it really appeals to me. Maybe because it’s less frosty than Naked?

    Ah well, no pro stores in Hong Kong, so I’ll be saving on these. :>

  22. Hi Christine, can you suggest eyeshadow dupes for these? x

  23. stephanie

    the dark one is nice!

  24. aradhana

    this is just what i’ve been dreaming of…
    i mean when i’m not dreaming of ‘to the beach’ of course.

    i think the two darker shades will be just perfect. i only have a wee vial of ‘naked’ but i think for me it’s only really suitable as a highlight.

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  26. Diane

    I am loving Naked pigment. I don’t know why I’ve overlooked this for so long. Thanks for the pics, it really helped me decide I need it.

  27. amy

    I have always love the original nude but I have never purchased it, since I received a generous sized sample from a MAC MA. The other deeper colours are pretty as well and I really want all three now.

  28. Laura

    Hi Christine,
    I love your reviews, and I was curious if naked pigment is new or if it is the same naked pigment that was the Christmas sexpot collection? If so I think I will be passing seeing as I have it already.

  29. Jacquelyn

    So gorgeous! I love nude colors… ah, your blog makes me want to go on so many haul trips.

  30. Petra

    Since we don’t have PRO stores, we either get these in the permanent line, or not… But I was wondering, since I missed out on Modelette from the Warm&Cozy collection, is Naked Dark anything similar to it?
    (and without wanting to be too off topic, do You know any good dupes for Modelette? :) I’m sure MAC has sg similar in their permanent line).
    These are really pretty btw, nothing extraordinary, but very pretty.

  31. these shades are really pretty but the pigment formula seems particularly inefficent for neutral colors that one would be likely to wear everyday. i mean a vibrant blue pigment that you put on for a night out is one thing, but trying to get ready for work/school in a rush opening jars of pigment could be the biggest disaster ever

  32. Sexy Sadie

    I liked the colorus, but that is because I suddenly became a nude make up girl.

  33. sanja

    I really like naked,but with wat to wear im kinda new with this?

  34. Bel

    Hey Christine I have a question for you….sorry if it’s a stupid question but what is the best brush for appliying these pigments dry and/or wet?
    Thank you so much!

  35. Shanda

    I love the names, states what the pigments are for perfectly.