The metallic theme that seems to run throughout the Holiday 2010 collections is manifest throughout MAC’s Tartan Tale. Recently, the second phase of the collection–Tartan Tale Chapter 2– was released with its little caches of pigment/glitter charms.
Tartan Tale Chapter 2 includes three sets–Warm Thrillseekers, Cool Thrillseekers and Smokey Thrillseekers–each a set of the five pigment charms for $32.50 each. Unlike NARS Sweet Disposition set, which earned my undying affection for including only pieces from NARS’ standard line, MAC’s pigment/glitter charms are a mix of standard or discontinued pigments spattered with unique only-available-in-the-set colors.
Something about this mix precluded me from order all three sets just to own the unique ones. I’ve always been fascinated by MAC pigments, but this year’s crop seems especially targeted to those who don’t already have an extensive collection of MAC’s past pigments. I do not think many collectors will spend $ 32.50 to get a set of five pigment charms that include 3 or 4 of the colors that she already owns. However, I can see how they might be a fun gift or first purchase for someone that doesn’t own any (or owns just a few).
Rather than invest in all three sets anew, I secured samples of some of the new colors so that I could get an up-close look, compare them to already released pigments, and report them in this sketchbook that is this blog. All swatches are applied wet with MAC’s Mixing Medium for Eyes. Here we go!
First, I’d heard fabulous things about the shimmery taupe Jigs & Jive from the Smokey Thrillseekers set. I compared them to two prior releases–Coco and Subtle:
To my eye, Jigs & Jive is more red than the warm/golden Coco. Jigs & Jive is closer in tone to Subtle, although Jigs & Jive leans slightly coppery red, and Subtle more purple/mauve. Also, Jigs and Jive seems less shimmery than either Coco or Subtle. The swatches show them as very close cousins, with Jigs & Jive slight copper tint that sets it a bit apart:
Overall, my heart still belongs to Coco. It may be my skintone, but I’ve long loved Coco as one of the very few shimmery warm taupe–most taupes trend cool and Coco is a beautiful exception. As a practical matter, I don’t believe that Jigs & Jive is worth a splurge because it is not terribly different from MAC’s prior taupes.
Next up is Gift O’Glamour from the Warm Thrillseekers set described as a “warm metallic pink,” here compared to some other shimmery warm pigments–Goldenaire, Sunnydaze and Blonde’s Gold.
I did not have any direct duplicates of Gift O’Glamour. Rather, Gift O’Glamour was a peachier, redder version of the more pink Goldenaire. Sunnydaze shows an obvious light tan/taupe tilt by comparison. Blonde’s Gold was the warmest and yellowest of all.
I had to give one point to Gift O’Glamour for uniqueness, I did not find anything in my collection quite like it.
Third, I looked at Gilded Green, also from the Warm Thrillseekers set, described as “mint ice cream.” Here, I compared Gilded Green to Vintage Gold, Golden Olive, Golder’s Green and Emerald Green pigments.
Again, I had to give another point to Warm Thrillseekers for uniqueness–none of these comparisons was an absolute duplicate.
If you are keeping score, the Warm Thrillseekers is currently running in the lead. Note that this set includes another color, a medium brown Most Darling, that has never been previously released and for which I did not find a sample.
From Cool Thrillseekers, the only color that I did not already own was Cheers My Dear, described as a “pale violet.” Here, I’ve compared it to Kitchmas, Lovely Lily and Violet:
Cheers My Dear was unquestionably unique compared to these. Here you see the frostier and lighter Kitchmas with that (in)famous chunky texture, the lighter lavender Lovely Lily and the deeper and more vibrant Violet:
Although Cheers My Dear is unique, I realized that I rarely reach for colors in this light violet/lavender category. These tones look so lovely on cool skin tones, but I have to work quite hard to make them work for me.
My highly subjective and unquestionably unscientific conclusion was that Warm Thrillseekers was the one to get. It has the most unique colors, and the colors more friendly to my warm-toned pale skin tone. Which of do you prefer?