Old vs. New MAC Pigment Packaging: Kitschmas vs. Kitschmas (aka Part 2)

Kitschmas vs. Kitschmas: The Results

Much to the dismay of neat-freaks everywhere, pigments once again exploded in my household. I conducted this messy project in my kitchen (easier to clean) with a very small (pocket-sized!) digital scale that can weigh up to 500 grams. I go through the entire process in detail further into the post. This is a follow-up to my original comparison post from a few days ago.  I used ounces for comparison, particularly because you get more decimal places using ounces, so I feel like it’s more accurate that way.

Kitschmas: Original Packaging, Labeled 7.5 grams / 0.26 oz.

  • Actual Weight: 8.7 grams / 0.280 oz.
  • Empty Jar Weight: 0.402 oz.
  • Total Jar Weight: 0.670 oz.
  • Bonus: You got 1.2 grams / 0.020 oz. more than you expected! :)
  • Sad: Lost approximately 0.012 oz. in transporting it back into the packaging :(

Kitschmas: New Packaging, Labeled 4.5 grams / 0.15 oz.

  • Actual Weight: 6.0 grams / 0.212 oz.
  • Empty Jar Weight: 0.282 oz.
  • Total Jar Weight: 0.476 oz.
  • Bonus: You got 1.5 grams / 0.062 oz. more than you expected! :)
  • Sad: Lost approximately 0.018 oz. in transporting it back into the packaging :(

One of the bigger concerns I saw voiced in the comments was paying the same price for 40% less. In the comparison between the two jars of Kitschmas, you still ended up with 0.212 oz. of Kitschmas, even in the new packaging. Everyone believed and expected MAC to give them 0.26 oz. of pigment before (though it is clear that they give you more, which is actually a common practice). So, I’m only going to look at that, but in this instance, you aren’t losing 40%. You’re really losing 0.048 oz. or 18.5%.

Keep in mind that MAC only need meet the advertised label of 0.15 oz., so your mileage may vary. Rich Life weighed in at .212 oz. as well, while Universal Mix weighed in at 0.187 oz.  I do want to be honest and tell you that it’s the same Universal Mix I used for the original comparison post, so I imagine I lost (at least, because I did a lot of transferring back and forth) 0.012 oz. (this is based on how much I lost just doing these minimal transfers for Kitschmas comparisons).

From weighing several different jars, it seems common practice for MAC to overfill, rather than exactly fill, their pigment jars. For instance, Push the Edge should only have 0.15 oz. of product in it, but it actually has 0.427 oz.–that’s over twice the amount advertised.

See both instructional step-by-step and full-sized (and additional) photos through the process, PLUS weights of other pigment jars for comparison…

Weights of Other Jars

For the sake of argument, the majority of pigments in the older packaging were labeled 7.5 grams / 0.26 oz. — this is the net weight, or the actual product weight. Based on weighing an empty jar, an old empty jar weighs 0.402 oz. So, a jar of 0.26 oz. pigment should weigh a total of 0.662 oz. total. (Please note, I weighed and used empty jars without the lid for the entire time.) An old jar of 4.3g / 0.15 oz. should thus weigh 0.552 oz. A new jar labeled 4.5g / 0.15 oz. should then weigh 0.432 oz.

  • Blonde’s Gold is supposed to be 4.3g / 0.15 oz., so it should weigh a good 0.552 oz. The one I weighed (though to be sure, mine also says 7.5 grams, and I imagine I lost 0.01 to 0.02 oz. from the original comparison, haha) came in at 0.646 oz. Blonde’s Gold thus has a net weight of 0.244 oz.
  • Milk is supposed to be 7.5g / 0.26 oz. It actually weighs 0.713, which means its net weight is 0.311 oz. This is actually an additional 0.051 oz. than is advertised.
  • Rich Life is supposed to be 4.5g / 0.15 oz. It actually weighs 0.494 oz., which means its net weight is 0.212 oz. This is 0.062 oz. more than advertised. This is, thus, only 0.048 oz. less than before.
  • Universal Mix is supposed to be 4.5g / 0.15 oz. It actually weighs 0.469 oz., which means its net weight is 0.187 oz. This is 0.037 oz. more than advertised, but 0.073 oz. less.  For the record, I used this pigment to compare earlier this week, so I probably lost around 0.010 to 0.020 oz. of product… easily.  It was pretty freakin’ messy the first time around.
  • Push the Edge is supposed to be 4.3g / 0.15 oz. It actually weighs 0.829 oz., which means its net weight is 0.427 oz. This is 0.277 oz. more than advertised. This is also 0.167 oz. more than even the 7.5g / 0.26 oz. jars. This was the heaviest of the jars I was able to weigh. Go figure.
  • Brash & Bold is supposed to be 4.3g / 0.15 oz. It actually weighs 0.656 oz., which means its net weight is 0.254 oz. This is 0.104 oz. more than advertised, and only 0.06 oz. less than the 7.5g / 0.26 oz. jars.
  • Dark Soul is supposed to be 7.5g / 0.26 oz. It actually weighs 0.702 oz., which means its net weight is 0.300 oz. This is 0.400 oz. more than advertised.

The Process

Step 1: Purchase one old jar and one new jar of the same pigment. Cross fingers they have something light in stock so it doesn’t look like a chimney blew up in my kitchen. Success — purchased one jar of Kitschmas labeled 7.5g and one jar of Kitschmas labeled 4.5g.

Step 2: Purchase a digital scale that can weigh in 0.00 oz. Preferrably cheap! (Got this one for under $20, yay!) Figure out a way to weigh pixie dust without spilling everywhere… Decided to use the cover of the scale as a tray, because otherwise you couldn’t see the weight, which kind of nullified the whole sha-bang. Flip tray, zero out the scale.

Step 3: Lay a small strip of wax paper on top of the scale (so Kitschmas isn’t found in every crevice of my kitchen!), zero out the scale again (hey, each strip of wax paper weighs about 0.02 oz., for your reference — every little bit counts!). Then remove the wax strip and lay on the counter. Dump out the fat ol’ jar of Kitschmas (7.5g) onto the strip. Make sure tap on the sides and bottom, because you’ll miss a lot if you don’t (no, seriously, huge clumps!). Then place onto scale and back away. Oops, got some on the scale…

Step 4: Repeat step 3, except dump out the skinny new jar of Kitschmas (4.5g) onto another strip (that I also made sure to zero out).

Step 5: Weigh each [nearly] empty jar. Use a paper towel to remove the residue that refuses to come out, rinse with water if you feel lucky. It’s a pain in the behind to get every little piece of pixie dust out of the jar, but at some point, you just have to say, “Fine, you win, Kitschmas!” and leave those morsels to rest in the jar.

Step 6: Fill the skinny new jar (4.5g) with water, just before the rim — it’s maybe 4-5mm below the rim of the jar. Basically, I filled it as high as the pigment had filled it earlier. Dump that into the fat ol’ jar (7.5g). Note the difference. If you’re way more kitchen savvy, use a measuring cup that can measure this low (I failed here).

Step 7: Dump the respective pigment piles back into their jars. Cry a little inside because you lose some in the process to the hungry counter. And perhaps the floor.

Step 8: Weigh as many full-sized, brand-new (or used one time… maybe) pigments as you have available. I weighed Blonde’s Gold (the same one that I used before — that is also labeled 7.5g, not 4.3g as the majority are), Milk (labeled 7.5g), Rich Life (labeled 4.5g), Universal Life (labeled 4.5g), Push the Edge (labeled 4.3g), Brash & Bold (labeled 4.3g), & Dark Soul (labeled 7.5g).