Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit

A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit ($22.50) is a trio of lip products, featuring one sheer lipglass and two lipsticks.  There’s a nice variety in the finishes, and they do seem to coordinate well–they are all a touch on the warm side, but not too warm.  Lip palettes tend to be a hate it or love it kind of product; either you love the utility and portability of them or find them impractical and frustrating.  I belong to the latter camp, so I’ve always leaned towards MAC’s Lip Bags during the holidays!

The lip palette includes: Heroic Tale (sparkle flesh tone), Imagine This (pinky beige), and Storybook Ending (raisin). All three shades are new and limited edition to this palette.

  • Heroic Tale is a shimmering bronzy nude with flecks of champagne and copper shimmer. It is a lipglass. It appears rather sheer on lips and looks glossy with shimmer in it but doesn’t change the lip color much, if at all. It’s a little lighter than Mad Cap and Sinnamon, but they have similar effects when worn.
  • Imagine This is a peach with an orange-brown tone with a creamy look to it. It is an amplified finish lipstick. This is very pigmented and looks opaque on lips. It’s a much more orange version of Peachstock, but it seems a bit darker than Ravishing.
  • Storybook Ending is a plum-tinged brown with gold micro-shimmer and a high-gloss shine. It is a lustre finish lipstick, so despite looking darker in the swatch, it applies very sheer. It imparts mostly a glow and light shine while adding some darkness to my natural lip color. It seems similar, but lighter, than Polished Up.

The palette contains one lipglass (0.03 oz.) and two lipsticks (0.09 oz.). A full-sized lipglass (0.17 oz.) retails for $14.50, while a full-sized lipstick (0.10 oz.) retails for $14.50. It also has a tiny 316SE brush. In this case, you’re getting $2.56 worth of lipglass and $13.05 worth of lipstick–so it’s just over $15 worth of product but the price tag is $22.50. Not such a hot deal in regards to quantity, but the other side of the coin is you get to try three shades for $22.50 vs. $43.50.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is a warmer lip palette, but the shades aren’t too warm — I think some of our cooler beauties could rock it, too.

AVAILABILITY: October 28th at MAC Stores/Counters, Now online

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MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
Heroic Tale, Imagine This, Storybook Ending

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
Heroic Tale, Imagine This, Storybook Ending

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
Storybook Ending, Imagine This, Heroic Tale

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
Heroic Tale, Imagine This, Storybook Ending

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Heroic Tale Lipglass

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Heroic Tale Lipglass

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Imagine This Lipstick

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Imagine This Lipstick

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Storybook Ending Lipstick

MAC Tartan Tale:  A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit
MAC Storybook Ending Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I buy the Lip Kit? How much is it?

It will be available at MAC stores/counters on October 28th, online at maccosmetics.com on approximately October 26th. $22.50.

When are you going to review [fill in the blank]?

I will review the face kits, lip bag sets, and a brush set today (10/25). I will review the eyeshadow and lip palettes tomorrow (10/26). I will review the color collection either tomorrow or the next day (10/26 or 10/27). I will review the miniaturized sets nearer to the launch date, as I haven't been able to buy them yet. I work as fast as I can, but the process takes time between photographing and cropping and reviewing. I appreciate your patience! I'm completely committed to school projects this week (midterms), so I'm doing everything as quickly as I can between those.

Any dupes?

Please see individual shade listings for potential dupes.

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14 thoughts on “MAC Tartan Tale: A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kai

    Imagine This is really pretty! Looks great on you :)

  2. Paula

    Imagine this is the only one that looks good.

  3. Blair

    A TARTAN TALE IS NOW UP ON THE MAC WEBSITE

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    kinda boring.

  5. Sam

    I really like Imagine This.

    On the lip swatches, you said the last one was a lipglass and it should be a lipgloss. :)

  6. tg

    Another clunker for me. I’m actually relieved that I don’t like one single thing from this collection, because I’ve indulged other makeup lemmings recently plus Venomous Villains and really didn’t want to have more tempting me.

    • Bree

      My hubby & wallet are also pleased…all I want are the pearlglides.

    • Kristine

      Same here! Kinda glad there isn’t much from this collection that I want to rush out and get, considering all the damage I did with Venemous Villains. And the things I do kind of like from this collection, I can live without.

      Imagine This is a very nice color though, and I would like to have it. But not feeling the other colors, so I’m going to pass on this kit.

  7. Sherry

    I love to wear pale / nude lips with a dramatic eye, so this is right up my ally! LOVE it!

  8. Jodda

    Hey Christine,
    I just wanted to tell you how much a lot of us appreciate your swatches and reviews, and so many of us are understanding of real life as well.
    So THANK YOU!!!!
    I think I’m going for Reelers and Rockers. And 2 pearlglides. that’s 3 more things than I had planned, since I lost my mind and now have a store’s worth of stock of VV! :0

  9. Lulle

    I find the whole Tartan Tale collection extremely disappointing :(
    The packaging is super cute but the colours are so uninteresting…

  10. love the blush you’re wearing! it goes so well with the lip colors!