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MAC Cosmetics - Alexander McQueen Review, Product Photos, and Swatches


Overall, I found Alexander McQueen to offer some lovely colors that don’t quite exist in the permanent consumer line, but with the eyeshadows and paint pots nearly identical to each other, this might be one collection that you’ll be able to pass a little more easily. All the colors were rich, and the paint pots were deliciously creamy in texture and well pigmented. The eyeshadow were smooth as silk, but with less pay off than I would have liked. I love the kohl powers, and here’s a chance to pick up one of the blackest black liners I’ve ever come across (Feline) once more!

Haunting is a light aqua, pastel almost in hue, but still bright. There was subtle shimmer, which made this shade stand out more to me; I’m reminded of Aquadisiac, but with better color payoff and less shimmer.
Nile is a rich, deep lavender-blue, and I found this one had the best color pay off out of the three. It was smooth to the touch, didn’t look chalky, and it gave me color without a base of any sort.
Pagan is a bright lime green, with yellow undertones, and it could be compared to both Bitter and Overgrown (LE). It is better than Bitter, but I love the payoff of Overgrown more. This one took a bit more effort than the other two to get decent intensity. It’s a lovely color, very chartreuse with so little shimmer.

Paint Pots
Electro Sky is the paint pot twin of Nile, so it is the same rich blue with a touch of lavender, only far more pigmented. All of the paint pots have better color pay off than the eyeshadows, because they are cream-based, rather than powder based. It really does look a bit “electric” when swatched, because of its boldness.
Other Worldly is the dupe in paint pot form of Haunting, and just like Haunting, it’s a lovely aqua-blue, but several times brighter and more intense. It looks gorgeous and would make an excellent base for blue and green looks. As I mentioned, it is also incredibly rich in pigmentation so the color you get is quite like what you see in the pot.
Pharaoh is identical in hue to Pagan, but in a creamy paint pot form. A lush chartreuse, and I am most definitely reminded of True Chartreuse pigment (one of my favorites), because of how intense the green is, as well as the near matte texture (the pigment is matte). A very bold color, and I could see it being used flawlessly as a base underneath a variety of green, aqua, and blue shadows.

Kohl Powers
Black Karat is different from Orpheus kohl power because it is less black, more gold. It is a rich antique gold, which means it’s right up my alley. Just very rich and luxurious, as the kohl power naturally is, plus incredibly smooth and easy to apply. There’s no need to warm it up, because it goes on effortlessly from room temperature.
Feline is my favorite black eyeliner, because it is the most insane black. It’s intense and sultry, and being a kohl, makes it perfect for smudging as well.
Jealousy is similar to Mystery kohl power, but again, less black, more teal.

Mineralize Skinfininsh
New Vegas is a gorgeous bronzy gold with some shimmer, but it did not appear to be chunky or glittery as some anticipated. I found it to go on remarkably smooth with no wayward chunks of glittery bits. I was tempted to purchase it, but I know in my heart that I am just not an MSF girl.

Archetype is a bit misleading in the tube, as it looks like a deeper bronzey brown, but in practice, it is a lustre, so the color is incredibly sheer and more like a golden sheen.
Masque is a gorgeous medium pink, albeit quite sheer. I did like Masque better, because it is buildable with its satin formula.

Nothingness is a pale yellow gloss in the tube, but more like a gloss with shimmer when swatched. It has the slightest glimmer of a yellow-gold, but it is too subtle for my liking.
White Magic is similar to Nothingness in its opacity, but it has more pigmentation and clearly has a pink shimmer when applied.


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Kat Avatar

Thanks for the awesome swtaches.. I only got New Vegas because I missed out on it last time.
Just out of curiosity, do you take all of these pictures in the store?

Chyla Avatar

I just got back from being 10 minutes late from a lunch break which I took to make a few purchases from M.A.C. which include a couple of items from the new McQueen line.

I bought the Pagan eye shadow (Satin), Pharaoh Paint Pot, Archetype lipstick, & Nothingless lipglass. The girl at the M.A.C. counter was nice enough to show me a look using all of these & you’re completely right-the Pagan eye shadow doesn’t have that great a payoff but when layered over Pharaoh, the color really pops. She used Handwritten eye shadow (Matte2) in the crease & Blanc Type (Matte2) on the brow. She finished off the look with a thin line of Blacktrack Fluidline.

For the lips, I told her that I was scared of the “nude lip” since I have olive skin & didn’t want to be washed out or have too pink of a lip. Archetype & Nothingless combined have proven to be perfect!

I think I may have found my look for my Halloween costume 馃槈

Noel Avatar

Thank you so much Christine!! I’ve been waiting to see your swatches and review before I go out and splurge on what I want or don’t really need. 馃榾

Cyn Avatar

I haven’t purchased a creme paint pot yet, and I’m really loving the colors, but how is the blendability? Will I be able to a gradient from full opacity to sheer?

Lastly, could you recommend a brush to use with that technique?

D.Blac Avatar

So not into this line either…..good, I’ll need to save for the holiday’s drops.

But I so so so love that Feline. Just wish it was waterproof! Great review and pictures as usual!

Mari Avatar

Hi Christine, I thought I was going to pass on this collection butwhen I saw them up close I could not resist so here is my mini haul: haunting and nile e/s, archetype and masque l/s, and nothingness and white magic l/g. So did you get anything of this collection? I would love to see the looks with this collection!!!!! THANK YOU

Lori Avatar

Love the swatches! Nervous for the MSF–I had passed buying them this summer so decided to hop on this one New Vegas this time….but being pretty pale, slightly worried! 馃檪 Oh well, Ill try and figure it out when it gets here.

I love the Kohl powers too, I started with Orpheus, then HAD TO HAVE Raven and Mystery, though kind of wished I had waited for these, Black Karat is a much nicer brown than Orpheus. Oh well!!

Allison Avatar

Hi Christine,
I have to agree with you I was not impressed with this launch at all!!! McQueen is one of my favorite designers and I expected so much more with this line.. However I must say that I do love the kohls!!! I blended jealousy (Which reminds me alot of Tarnish) over my lid with club e/s over it and vex as a highlighter and it came out beautifully!!!
I do have a question though..
I have a whole bunch of pigments, but when I try to use it with a mixing medium it flakes…Do you have any ideas of what I can do?
Thanks sweetie

Allison Avatar

yeah, I dip the brush in a little amount and then pick up the pigment…I wonder if I am picking too much of it up… I noticed it when I used lily white…

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