MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Pigment & Glitter Set Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Vanilla is described as a “soft ivory white.” It’s a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a golden yellow sheen. It had good color payoff both dry and damp, though it was more metallic in finish when applied damp. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw some faint creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. There’s no shortage of dupes for this shade, though Vanilla has been a long-time fan favorite for years, but you may already have something like it if you haven’t come across it before. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Illusion (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Carefree (P, $21.00) is less frosted. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 (LE) is less metallic. bareMinerals Carte Blanche (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Kitschmas is described as a “shimmering pink mauve pearl.” It’s a pinky-lavender with subtle cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture of this is slightly chunky, so it is best applied with a damp brush as this will help it smooth out and apply with more color payoff (and less fall out!). It wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, there was some slight creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is similar–more metallic. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Push the Edge is described as a “deep bright purple with pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with pink-ish-red tones and a pearly sheen. It was fairly pigmented applied dry, but it was more intense when applied with a dampened brush and tended to look a bit darker/richer. It lasted for eight hours on my lid without creasing, but it did stain. It’s limited edition but has been repromoted several times. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is more muted. NARS Trash (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Grey is described as “sparkly chunky grey.” It’s a dark gray small-sized glitter that flashes to a gunmetal silver and gray as the light hits it. It is not lip or eye safe. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Pink is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium pink glitter with small-sized particles that flash from light pink to coppery-pink. It’s not lip or eye safe. It’s part of the permanent range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Note, there are no ratings for glitter because it’s not a product that really fits the criteria we use in The Glossover at this time.

Vanilla

PiPPermanent in Palette. $21.00.
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9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Vanilla Pigment

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
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MAC Push the Edge Pigment

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Push the Edge Pigment

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Push the Edge Pigment

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MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
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that is really stupid the glitters aren’t safe for around the eyes. i was gonna buy this set but i never used mac glitters before so i didn’t know they weren’t safe for the eye area. thats dumb.

oh well 🙁

Wow! What makes them any less safe for the eyes than other glitters? And what makes UD or some other glitters trully safer I wonder? Anyways, I find it totally silly to pair pigments (which I can think of very little other use for than on the eye area if they are coloured and not pink, coral or red shades, honestly) with glitters and then tell people “oh, you know you can’t wear them on the eyes”. 🙁 You see many youtube gurus use Mac glitters around the eyes though, so I guess a number of MUA have had overall good experience with them (Tanya Burr, Eman, etc). Still, I am not sure I will go for it when MUFE and UD’s appear to be explicitly recommended for that use..

I’m not sure about UD or MUFE glitters, but I know that MAC glitters are listed not eye-safe because the small particles might get in your eyes and hurt them. Now it’s not necessary that it will is going to happen but I think they rather include the not eye-safe warning, so you can’t initiate a lawsuit against them, if it does.

exactly i have some reflects that say not eye safe i didnt realize it til about three yrs after wearing them on my eyes. so thats what im guessing is they dont wanna get sued. i used to wear regular craft store glitter on my eyes never bothered me but got in my x bfs eye once he rubbed and rubbed it til it dug into his eye. He had to go to a Optomatrist to get it removed and wear a freakin eye patch for two weeks omg!!! If it got in my eye i gently removed it end of problem. But i do agree if a eye safe kind is available why not jus use that. i was gonna buy all the pigment sets now im not so sure. Maybe all the gloss sets instead!! Altho i went to do b2m last night and was annoyed when she said my lil lipglass from a set needed the others from the set to count as one. Ugh!!! But the cremesheens are a good deal so im gonna go for it.

2 mths ago, i bought all 12 colors of glitter jars from BH COSMETICS..FOR 4.50 EACH and they are stunning!! …check them out! and you can use them for the eyes!

I expected new shades but most of the pigments are permanent and the glitters are not safe to use on eyes and lips. Its kind of disappointing.

I do wish MAC would quit saying not to use their glitters on the lips or the eyes… when compared to glitters from other companies I’ve never seen any difference that would make MAC’s less “safe.” It’s just how they choose to label the box and it’s always irritated me. They didn’t used to, they started it awhile back but the products haven’t changed so… there you go.

P.S. I used to HATE Kitschmas. If you’re thinking of it as an eye color it’s just a frosty mess really. On the lips (mixed with a gloss) I think it’s “okay” but what made me fall in love with it was mixing it with a body lotion. Perfect for glowing, shimmering, glittering skin! Now I always have it on hand! 🙂

I’m aggravated by some of the discrepancies in labeling when it comes to safety, especially when say the EU it’s fine and here it’s not or vice versa… I, too, don’t know exactly what would make these any less or more safe than other glitters on the market, but I wish somebody would figure it out once and for all 😉

If I get the brush damp enough and swirl Kitschmas around before applyling, it won’t totally suck on the lid, LOL. But it can be a delicate balance before it turns so frosty that it looks chunky and looks like your lids are dried out.

I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about with that icky look of Kitchmas on the lids! LOL!

Since the discrepancies in safety labeling seems to have to do with the differences between what each government agency says is okay and what isn’t… I suppose it’s just another argument for world peace 😉 LOL One world-wide government for all, allowing us to place glitter where we choose! Hah

I agree with Dusty! As a MUA I have always used these glitters directly on the lid and they have never caused me any trouble. I have seen CHUNKIER glitters used on the lid, and I feel that MAC’s are fine grained enough! It IS important to make sure care is taken to not scratch a cornea, but to label it unsafe to the eye? UNNECESSARY MAC! I’ve had my eye get more irritated by one of my lashes than when I got a 3D Gold chunks in there, yes multiple chunks… it was just slightly uncomfortable….

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