MAC Naval Blue Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

MAC & Chen Man – Love & Water Collection: Naval Blue Pigment

It’s the lone pigment in the upcoming Love & Water Collection, but MAC Naval Blue Pigment ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a great pick to repromote, as it is part of the permanent PRO range (and it’s been in a few sets before, if I remember correctly!). MAC describes it as a “deep smoky blue.” It’s a dark navy blue with a hint of purple–all of the blues in this launch seem to have this kiss of purple–that makes it a real pain to photograph, because sometimes it looks purpler than it ought! It’s similar to MAC Blue Storm, which came out this past fall (and was a repromote then). It’s also similar to Givenchy Lune Mordoree.

Pigments can be used wet or dry, but they tend to perform their best when applied damp or with MAC’s Mixing Medium (which is a clear liquid with an adhesive base, so it adheres and smoothes out better when you go to apply it). MAC actually says that the pigment itself contains ingredients that will make the pigments adhere to the skin and are long-lasting. Pigments tend to apply a little muted and can be more prone to fall out (given that it is a loose product) when applied dry, and it really needs to be used damp to have it adhere to the lid at all. When I tested out pigments based on how MAC described their formula, I was able to get eight hours of wear with minor creasing and fading only if I used them damp (over bare skin). If I used them with MAC’s Mixing Medium, then there were no fading or creasing issues even after twelve hours or if used over an eyeshadow primer.

MAC Naval Blue Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
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MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

MAC Naval Blue Pigment
MAC Naval Blue Pigment

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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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Do you know if the finish and texture is any different from the naval blue pigment in the old jars? I find that some pigments have lost its impact once the new jars came out.

MAC never scores higher than a B, yet it’s the benchmark of color and everything to compare too…

I have this, and many other Pro Piggies. They stick like glue on a bare eye. Full of sticky stuff. The new matte colors don’t, but the look is supposed to be sheer they’re so bright.
That said- its extremely irritating that this Magic Potion Pigment stickum takes a major expedition to get ahold of! Why isn’t it just in the store by the pigments? You want it, it’s almost an urban myth, so why is it like buying smack to get it?

I’ve always wondered why it doesn’t get rolled out to at least freestanding stores – especially when they did the major pigment rollout a year or two ago.

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