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MAC x Nicopanda Preppy Panda Full Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

01/09

MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC x Nicopanda | Look Details
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC x Nicopanda | Look Details
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit
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Preppy Panda

MAC Preppy Panda Nicopanda Full Face Kit ($40.00 for 0.40 oz.) is just another example of MAC’s emphasis on packaging without putting much effort into ensuring the quality of the actual product inside that “cool” packaging of theirs. It performed poorly on its own, and it wasn’t salvaged by primer. One shade was a complete miss–one of the brand’s worst eyeshadows ever–and two of the three remaining shades were merely disappointing rather than devastating.


01/03

MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush
MAC Unicorn Dust Powder Blush

Unicorn Dust

Unicorn Dust is a soft, light-medium lavender with warm, pink undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, slightly dusty texture that did feel drier than most of MAC’s blushes, but I found it totally workable in practice as the powder applied evenly, blended out well, and wore well for eight hours.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

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Ingredients

TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN: SILICA, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).

01/02

MAC Otaku Eyeshadow
MAC Otaku Eyeshadow
MAC Otaku Eyeshadow
MAC Otaku Eyeshadow
MAC Otaku Eyeshadow
MAC Otaku Eyeshadow

Otaku

Otaku is a light lavender with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that was easy to blend out. This shade would be better over a primer as it had a tendency to look faded within six hours of application otherwise.

Otaku
Otaku
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

01/02

MAC Harajuku Blu Eyeshadow
MAC Harajuku Blu Eyeshadow
MAC Harajuku Blu Eyeshadow
MAC Harajuku Blu Eyeshadow
MAC Harajuku Blu Eyeshadow
MAC Harajuku Blu Eyeshadow

Harajuku Blu

Harajuku Blu is a dark, violet purple with cooler undertones and flecks of micro-sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was somewhat buildable, but it was drier and took a fair amount of effort to diffuse the edges. There was some fallout during application, but otherwise, the color stayed intact for seven and a half hours.

01/02

MAC Panda Riot Eyeshadow
MAC Panda Riot Eyeshadow
MAC Panda Riot Eyeshadow
MAC Panda Riot Eyeshadow
MAC Panda Riot Eyeshadow
MAC Panda Riot Eyeshadow

Panda Riot

Panda Riot is a blackened navy blue with faint, mid-tone blue pearl over a more matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was drier, firmer, and stiffer to work with, which made blending more of a challenge as the eyeshadow did not like to diffuse evenly along the edges. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

MAC Atomic Blush Eyeshadow
MAC Atomic Blush Eyeshadow
MAC Atomic Blush Eyeshadow
MAC Atomic Blush Eyeshadow
MAC Atomic Blush Eyeshadow
MAC Atomic Blush Eyeshadow

Atomic Blush

Atomic Blush is a pale, blue-leaning aqua with a matte finish. It was powdery and chalky, which made the semi-sheer eyeshadow even more prone to sheering out when applied. It also had a nasty habit of absorbing into the skin–even over MAC’s own primer–and looking like an uneven, texture-emphasizing mess. It was an absolute waste of time to use, and I had to reapply it six different times, packing it on each time, by the time I was “done” with the look to have it even show up for photos. It really did not wear well (and again, I also tried it over the brand’s primer), as it was nearly gone within a half hour of wear.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Unicorn Dust Blush
  • Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter
On eyes:
  • MAC Preppy Panda Face Kit
  • MAC Primapanda Face Kit
  • MAC Stay Cute Face Kit
  • ColourPop Bassline Pressed Powder Shadow
  • ColourPop Formation Pressed Powder Shadow
  • Urban Decay Mars 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Sugar Coat Lipglass

Product Availability

MAC Nicopanda Full Face Kit $40.00/0.40 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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I love MAC but they have released so many collections/collabs that are subpar. It’s disappointing tbh. They know very well how to do makeup so I don’t quite understand why there is this issue with the quality (again!). For me, nice or innovative packaging cannot compensate for the missing product quality.

The colors look beautiful, but the quality’s not there. Too many companies are trying to make a go of putting out garbage in pretty packaging, hoping people will get suckered in. Sadly, sometimes it works, which only encourages more of the same. 🙁

Oh dear. Another epic fail on MAC’s part, I’m feeling some Jeremy Scott deja vu here. More sad, perhaps, since I was most into this face palette. Otaku seemed to be a good replacement of their DC’d Digit eyeshadow. The blush looks gorgeous for spring. But, yikes, that pale aqua shade totally sucks!

I’m beginning to think that MAC thinks their customer demographic are just gullible idiots who see unique packaging, go “Pretty!” and whip out their wallets without thinking further. There really is no excuse for this. If Colourpop can put out excellent pressed powder shadows for $4 a pan, then MAC are either coasting on their reputation as a market leader or they’re in for a nasty shock.

I haven’t purchased MAC in nearly 5 years and every time I see something like this (or Jeremy Scott), it reaffirms that decision. Companies that care about putting out good product can have my money instead.

CeeBee, I agree — it is insulting. It reminds me of some of Too Faced’s poorer palettes that are also in ‘cuter’ packaging — like, are they aiming for an inexperienced, possibly much younger, demographic who won’t know the difference in quality; are they trying to foist off rather than write off bad batches of product. Who knows.

Shows how much I know! I thought the pics of you wearing the eyeshadow looked pretty … not patchy or muddy. But then again, those are the shades I gravitate toward. If they’d been orange or rust or brown, I probably would have hated how it looked

It’s not the colors in theory that are ugly, it’s the application – it’s dry, patchy, and it didn’t hold the vibrancy on the lid as it should have even after piling on layer after layer 🙂 Hope that clarifies – like the inner corner area should be a deep navy and a bright mint green and looks like a faded gray (not at all what was in the palette!) and the center of the lid was supposed to be a golden beige with shimmer and looks like chalk. I wasn’t insulting the actual color scheme or anything like that.

No worries. I was complimenting you on making it look *at all* good. I pulled out a MAC Nutcracker palette after this exchange. It’s pretty crappy too. I’d much rather put on shades that go on like butter and blend easily. It is so hard to find palettes with cooler shades that actually do this well, unless they’re clown colors.

Not only are the products disappointing, but I think it’s misleading to call it a “full face” palette when it’s just eye shadow and a blush. I would expect a full-face product to include a highlight, a bronzer or contour, and maybe a lip product.

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