MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Daphne Guinness: Pigments

With the Daphne Guinness collection (due in-stores on December 26th), there are three shades of MAC Pigments ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.): Aurora (pinked taupe), Circa Plum (frosty dirty mid-tone lavender), and Nebula (dark greyed brown with pearl).

  • Aurora is a neutral-cool, rose-tinted brown with a frosted finish. It shimmers nicely, and it can be used wet or dry; when applied wet, you’ll have a smoother, more metallic finish. It kind of reminded me of how Urban Decay Tease looked like in the pan, so MAC Quarry is similar in hue but with a matte finish. MAC MaltL is like a lighter cousin. Urban Decay Toasted is a bit more bronze. Also reminded me of a less brown MAC Gold Stroke.
  • Circa Plum is a rosy plum with a frosted finish. The one I have and swatched is from when it launched previously, so it’s possible that it may vary in color compared to the new release. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is similar but less plum. MAC Tendersmoke is less pink.
  • Nebula is a deep, dark taupe with a little hint of brown around the edges, but it loses some of the brown you’d expect from taupe because of how dark it is–it’s still there, and when you apply it dry, it’s more noticeable. When applied damp, it has a more metallic finish and depth. Dry, it’s a bit like MAC Legendary Black. MAC Bloodline is lighter.

MAC Pigments are designed to be worn softly or more intensely as well as with a formulation that makes it apply to the lid.  It’s also supposed to be long-wearing.  These shades applied well whether dry or wet (and I tested Nebula on the eye, because it seemed sheer when swatched, but it was very intense–too intense, actually, for the look I was going for), as they all have good color payoff.  The textures are soft and smooth, which helps increase how blendable they are.  I don’t get perfect wear out of pigments without some sort of adhesive base (like MAC Mixing Medium) or an eyeshadow primer–after eight hours, there is some minor creasing and fading, but if I do wear some sort of base, I don’t have either issue.

MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Circa Plum Pigment
MAC Circa Plum Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Nebula Pigment
MAC Nebula Pigment

MAC Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Interior Life on lid, MAC Heather Belles (attempted) in crease, MAC Nebula in crease,
MAC Aurora in inner tear duct, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy eyeliner on lower lash line

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Awesome! I’d love to get them, but I feel like I already have too many similar colors in my own makeup stash. :/ I have too much makeup to begin with… lol

Oh, crud, oh, crud, oh, crud, ctud, crud.
I am so dooomed!
I was going to make myself get Aurora *or* Nebula, but I got a $25 MAC gift card, and the little demon voice inside my head is whispering, “With the gift card, one of them will be essentially FREE, so why not?”
AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!

I was all excited about these but they’re just browns… Big Whoop. On the bright side it’s sixty bucks for more fun things, like my own version of how this collection should have been! Smashbox Baccio lipstick, Rocker Nails, Silver nails, a blush that says grape and truly goes there- sort of like Nars Sin but bluer. Very slightly.
Such high hopes, dashed!

Hahaha, I like the way you describe it as how little “poof!” I don’t own any pigments/loose eyeshadows, but my boyfriend did complain about the “smoke” when I was dusting finishing powder the other day!

Poof aside, Aurora looks like an easy color to use!

I originally intended to get Nebula, but its color looks so similar to that of Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear that I *may* be able to talk myself out of it.

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