Saturday, December 6, 2008

Swatches: MAC Holiday '08 pigments, Maybelline Roller Color

MAC Cool pigment set

L-R: Reflects Blackened Red, Cool Frost, Quietly, Pinked Mauve, Teal


Reflects Blackened Red
Hard to swatch properly. It actually has red glitter flashes rather than the brown you see in the picture. I've heard this looks great as a nailpolish!

Cool Frost
Very frosty (lol). Also a bit chunky so doesn't apply smoothly

Lilac colour with silver sparkles. Its a warmer purple than Beautiful Iris eyeshadow but cooler than Lovely Lilac pigment. Supposedly an Asia exclusive colour when it was first released.

Pinked Mauve
Warm dark pink. Shimmery with great colour payoff

Green-blue colour, also shimmery and pigmented. I think just about every MAC fan owns this colour, or at least a sample of it.

MAC Warm pigment set

L-R: Reflects Antique Gold, Gold Dusk, Gold Mode, Melon, Gold Stroke


Reflects Antique Gold
Glitter that reflects gold. The name pretty much summed it up :)

Gold Dusk
Pale gold, slightly frosty

Gold Mode
Champagne gold colour. Definitely my favourite colour of the set.

Warm peach gold. Shimmery and pigmented

Gold Stroke
Warm chocolate brown with sort of a gold sheen to it.

Here's what they look like in the bottles for comparison's sake, all in the same order as the swatches:


Maybelline Roller Colour eyeshadow


L-R: Make a Move Mauve, On Track Lilac, Steel Wheelin, On the Ball Blue, Skate til Midnight


Make a Move Mauve
My favourite colour of this series. It was my very first makeup item! I got this because I wanted a backup as the first one is running low. Its a shimmery warm mauve that my best friend picked out for me the first time we went makeup shopping :)

On Track Lilac
Lilac colour, a cooler shade when compared with MAC's Quietly pigment.

Steel Wheelin
Silver-grey colour. Its a bit more greyish compared to MAC's Electra eyeshadow.

On the Ball Blue
Shimmery powder blue.

Skate til Midnight
Kind of disappointing. Its not as pigmented as it appears in the bottle, so I had to roll it on several times to get a good colour payoff. Its still a lot lighter than what I wanted though.

These come in 2.5g sizes, the same amount as with the MAC pigment sets. They are discontinued but they can be found on eBay.

Many people complain about the roller ball applicator but I think it makes the product more accessible than MAC's pigment sets. I find the trick to getting enough product out of these is to tap the roller ball against the back of your hand first, before rolling on the colour. Tapping it first helps get more pigment onto the applicator.

If that still doesn't work for you then remove the roller ball applicator on top (lots of people prefer this method) and use a brush to apply.


Starry x2 night said...

Man, I wish I knew that brush technique back when I had a roller color.

Thanks for the swatches! Great haul!

Angie said...

Pretty! I've never tried pigments! I don't think I could deal with the mess haha. But the 2 purples and gold mode and melon are beautiful!

AskMeWhats said...

thanks for the swatches! they all look so pretty!

mayaari said...

thanks for the swatches! I think I'm one of the few that doesn't own any MAC pigments - not even teal, even though I love it when everyone else creates looks with it!

Yumeko said...


can i ask, does the roller ball distribute it evenly


cheryl said...

the mauve colours u got are beautiful..truly elegant. i remember back then i had a couple of roller colours by rimmel...very nice & easy to apply.

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

ohh both mac pigment sets are really pretty...! i might consider about it now! haha

Kimberly said...

Wow those pigments are YUMMY!!!!!!!!

and you got yourself some of those yummy Milani shadows too, I've always been a fan of their stuff, nice color payoffs and affordable!!!

cant wait to see some of your fotd's with the revlon ones, I've always wante to try one of those. im too chickennnnn....bock bock.

Rae // theNotice said...

Yay, swatches! Make a Move Mauve is quite pretty - I can understand why it was your first ^^

I wasn't partial to this year's vials, unfortunately. I was so excited for them, too! Oh, well. Maybe next year :(

Grayburn said...

Quietly looks great. This means I now gotto check it out at the counters now. Thanks for posting swatches!

x Grayburn

Aradani said...

nice swatches. i wish i were better with loose pigments but i mess up even with regular pressed shadows

Anonymous said...

ah doesnt lunasol rock
i have seen the spring collection at the previews available instore.

i have my eye on almost all of them XD oh no!!

if u get the gloss, do tell me, i wonder how it is, i dont have their gloss. havent tried it instore either.

tokyostargirl said...

Thanks! and I like your outfit from the post a little further down.

Anonymous said...

The colours all look so yummy :)

Aya said...

Great tip for the rollerball eyeshadows, I wish I knew sooner!

And thank you very much for your input on Canadian schools...I might ask you some questions later on...I'm looking for good AND affordable schools still....what do people there think of St. Thomas University? Does it suck?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or are those maybelline shadows more pigmented than the MAC pigments? I agree, those little pigment vials are so inconvenient for getting the actual product out. I always wondered what to do with those Reflects stuff, like are they glitter? But they seem more like a cross between eyeshadow and glitter? Do you apply it as an eyeshadow? So confused! But they are quite pretty though :)

Katrina said...

hey girl. great site! i hope u don't mind me posting one of ur pics wit the pigment swatches. i just had to compare the colors from my palette and mac cool pigments. thanks..

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