MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). MAC’s Pigments can be a lot of fun to use, if you like loose eyeshadow, and I’ve always liked them as colored eyeshadow bases. They’re actually designed as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

Lithe is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

English Gilt is described as a “bright champagne.” It’s a metallic, golden bronze with warm undertones and a high-shine finish. It was a finer pigment, and it yielded semi-sheer color coverage applied dry, and then full coverage applied damp. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pretty It Up is described as a “dirty olive with pearl.” It’s a murky, bronze and gold-shimmered brown with hints of olive/khaki. It had a chunkier texture, so it didn’t apply as smoothly as other shades and is trickier to apply, as there is a lot of fall out. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It wore well for eight hours but did have fall out over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold [Glitter].” It’s a chunky, gold glitter. MAC has a warning on the box that says it is not for use around the eye area. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Brown is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very, very finely-milled and silky. Even dry, it is more buildable to opaque color as it layers well. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was opaque applied damp (and it seemed to go on okay with a damp brush, despite it being a matte finish). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

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MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Lithe Pigment
MAC Lithe Pigment

MAC Lithe Pigment
MAC Lithe Pigment

MAC Lithe Pigment
MAC Lithe Pigment

MAC English Gilt Pigment
MAC English Gilt Pigment

MAC English Gilt Pigment
MAC English Gilt Pigment

MAC English Gilt Pigment
MAC English Gilt Pigment

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment
MAC Pretty It Up Pigment

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment
MAC Pretty It Up Pigment

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment
MAC Pretty It Up Pigment

MAC Gold Glitter
MAC Gold Glitter

MAC Gold Glitter
MAC Gold Glitter

MAC Gold Glitter
MAC Gold Glitter

MAC Deep Brown Pigment
MAC Deep Brown Pigment

MAC Deep Brown Pigment
MAC Deep Brown Pigment

MAC Deep Brown Pigment
MAC Deep Brown Pigment

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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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I like the Silver + Blue set the most with respect to quality. Which set has shades you’re 1) most likely to use, 2) have the least dupes for?

I’ve never gotten to use these before. So, the small sets are interesting to me. But with the low score, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to check out in person. I’m not used to a loose eyeshadow. They do look so pretty!

Oh, English Gilt! So shiny!
I don’t know if I’m going to get this, yet. There is the thing with fall out over time. Still an very nice little kit, this.

will definitely be picking this one up. all the pigments are new to me, so i’m looking forward to add this set to my pigment collection

Glitters aren’t eye safe – there is a photo of the back of each box that shows info about the pigments/glitters, and only the glitters are marked as not eye safe!

Hi Christine! Other than size, what is the difference between the gold glitter in this set, and the antique gold heirloom mix glitter, and the permanent Mac gold glitter?

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