Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

MAC Wonder Woman Pigments/Reflects Glitters
Bright Fuchsia and Marine Ultra Pigments; Bronze and Pearl Reflects Glitters

MAC Wonder Woman: Pigments & Reflects Glitters

MAC PIGMENTS ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) and MAC REFLECTS GLITTER ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) are also included in the collection. The shades are: Bright Fuchsia (bright magenta), Marine Ultra (vivid marine blue), Reflects Bronze (sparkling rich gold), and Reflects Pearl (white glitter with pearl sheen).

All four shades are permanent shades available at MAC PRO stores. Supposedly, for licensing costs, these are priced ta $21.00 compared to the normal price of $19.50. Unless the packaging wins you over or you don’t have a PRO store nearby (and don’t want to order over the phone), I wouldn’t get these.

  • Bright Fuchsia is a brightened medium-dark fuchsia with fuchsia-pink shimmer. It has rich pigmentation and goes on smoothly. This shade is not eye safe.
  • Marine Ultra is a medium-dark ocean blue with a matte finish. It comes together very nicely and smoothly when applied. This shade is not lip safe.
  • Reflects Bronze is a coppery bronze glitter. This shade is not eye safe.
  • Reflects Pearl is a silvery-white glitter. This shade is not eye safe.

my thoughts on the formula: Both pigments and glitters are multi-use products, though their boxes come with safety warnings if they aren’t safe for a particular area of the face (usually eyes or lips). I noted the safety for each shade above. Both products are best used wet or over a tacky base (especially glitters). Glitters can be used in hair products (for glittered hair), nail polish, and lip gloss–just to name a few non-eye usages.

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

final thoughts: Normally, I find pigments in the B+/A- range, but the bump in price and product quantity staying the same pushes it down to a B. I’m personally a little disappointed to see four shades from the permanent line being pushed in this collection. I’m also not sure why MAC always includes Reflects Glitters in collections clearly for regular consumers (not professional artists) if they’re not eye safe.

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Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Gold Glitter

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Glitters & Reflects Glitters

Part of the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection includes two Reflects Glitters (Copper and Rust), two Glitters (Gold and Fuchsia).

Glitter ($19.50)

  • Gold is a shimmery, chunky gold glitter. It’s not a yellow-based gold, which is nice, and this looks particularly nice in the hair.
  • Fuchsia is a sparkling medium-dark purple chunky glitter. This is always fun to mix into hair spray or the like. I find the normal glitters too chunky to look as stunning on the lips as Reflects do.
  • Reflects Copper is a shimmery, glittering confection of orange copper. It is not eye-safe, so while it’s gorgeous to look at, I know there’s not much for me to do with it. Some things you can do with glitter that’s not eye-safe: mix with nail polish, mix with body lotion, mix with hair spray, and mix with lipgloss.
  • Reflects Rust is a rusty shade of orange-red. It’s just as glimmering as Reflects Copper, and the glitter is incredibly fine, but again, not eye-safe, which is just a bummer.

How do I use glitters if not on the eyes?

You can mix in glitter with all sorts of products. I like the Reflects the most for mix-ins, just because it is a finer grade glitter. It’s particularly nice on lips and mixed with lotion/moisturizer and used on legs and shoulders. For the regular glitters, I think they look nice when spritzed into the hair or mixed with nail polish.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 6/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: As much as I adore the way Reflects glitters look and feel, I find myself rarely using them. All of the glitters are beautiful shades, though they are also permanent at PRO stores, so you don’t have to hurry if you’re on a budget.  I also distinctly remember glitters being priced less than pigments, so I’m not sure why that changed.

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