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.