Saturday, 18 June 2011

Review: MAC A Tartan Tale Collection (Holiday 2010)

The MAC A Tartan Tale Holiday 2010 Colour Collection follows a different approach for the MAC Holiday 2010 Collection. Think Scottish Tartans, Tartan print cosmetic bags and orange coloured hair!!

''We're telling a slightly twisted Tartan Tale to celebrate holiday, in all its posh, punk, ancestral, anarchic, noble and naughty glory. Royal and raunchy, colours and patterns collide, fantasies come true, punk fairies take flight with enchanted new looks. Be transformed!''- MAC

Adored with a MAC gold shield, I purchased 
The Swinging Violets Mineralize Kit and 
Hark the Heraldry Face Kit

The Swinging Violets Mineralize Kit
 This kit comes with a selection of eye and lip products packaged in a tin case with a tartan print. This tin is really useful for keeping all my eye shadow pots in one place.

I found these shades to compliment each other and the dark eye shadow makes this collection suitable for night time events. Here's a description of the products in this kit.

Bare Study Paint Pot

Bare Study Paint Pot: Champagne with golden shimmer. Pearlised paint pot with a frost finish. This paint pot is one of my favourite shades as it is such a versatile product. Bare Study can be used as a primer, an eye shadow to illuminate the eyes and even a highlighter for the brow bone. Bare Study is creaseless, blends smoothly and is buildable. You could create a subtle finish or dramatic glow with this paint pot.

Earthly Riches Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

Earthly Riches Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo: Mineralize duo with taupe and deep purple shades with fuchsia pink veining. I love how easy it is to use these shades for a smokey eye look. The shades are slightly muddy and dramatic for day time. Therefore, this duo is only great for night time wear. 

Icescape Lipglass and Zoomblack Mascara

Icescape Lipglass: Pastel pink with pearlised shimmer and lilac opalescence. This lipglass gives a pretty icey pink sheen to the lips and the slightly sticky formulation makes this lipglass last up until lunchtime. 
Zoomblack Mascara: Black mascara. The applicator is dense, however, clumps my lashes. It's different to other mascaras I have used and isn't a mascara that I would use. I'd prefer to use a lengthening mascara., which Zoomblack does not provide.

Left to right: Icescape, Earthly Riches Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo and Bare Study

Hark the Heraldry Face Kit
Left to right: Oh So Fair, Dame and Plum Foolery
Oh So Fair Beauty Powder: Soft light pink beauty powder for an all-over application. Oh So Fair gives my face a natural and glowy finish to my face. This beauty powder can be used to add glow and subtle colour to the face. I use this around the outer corners of my eyes to brighten up the eyes, the apples of my cheeks for a natural subtle daytime look and even across the entire face for a slightly bright and fresh face.

Dame Satin Blush: Cool-toned blue-pink blush. This is a gorgeous blush which suits my fair skintone. It's not highly pigmented, so applying the right amount was very easy. Dame adds a satin finish to my cheeks and brightens my face. I love wearing this blush as it's suitable for anytime of the day/night.

Plum Foolery Sheertone Blush: Shimmery plum shaded blush. The pigmentation is pretty good and for me, it's best to apply this blush with a light hand. A subtle sweep of this blush makes my cheeks look natural, however, applying more than needed isn't suitable for my fair skin.

Overall, despite some shades in this range were either repromoted from other MAC collections or permanent, I loved most of the products that I purchased. The tartan print of the tin case and face kit adds a unique look amongst my makeup collections. The intensity of the blushes and the shades of the eyeshadows were suitable for my fair skintone and they are products that I will reach back and use regularly. The only disappointment was in the Zoomblack mascara which did not work well with my eyelashes at all.

Do you own a part of the MAC Holiday 2010 Collection?
Which is your favourite product?



  1. I went crazy when this came out I think i got about 5 Packs. Then realised why did i do that :). But i dont regret it

  2. You really did splurge on MAC last Christmas hey! Which ones did you get?