Review & Swatches: MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments

MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $20.00 each

Company’s Description

Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Does not streak or cake. Easy to blend and long-lasting.

This review covers the 2 new pigment colors in MAC’s upcoming Daphne Guinness Collection. The colors are as follows:

  • Aurora: Pinked taupe
  • Nebula: Dark grayed brown with pearl

Circa Plum is also offered with this collection, but is not a new color.

Packaging: 9/10

Pigments come in plastic jars with twist-off tops.

Quality: 9.25/10

Aurora is a light champagne/taupe with light shimmers and no perceptible “pink” color as MAC claims. Nebula is a chocolate brown with light shimmers.

Both colors have good payoff and pigmentation, giving you an even finish. The colors are pretty, but not very unique.

Ease of Use: 9/10

You can use these colors dry and foil them for greater vibrancy. Mind the fall-out, which is inevitable with loose shadows. Otherwise, they will both glide on evenly and smoothly.

Price: 7.25/10

MAC pigments are regularly $20.00 and contain 4.5 g.

The reason I cannot give these products a higher score on price is because of how much product you used to get for the $20.00 you’d spend. Over a year ago, MAC pigment sizes were reduced by almost half. This would have been fine (most customers would never have used up a whole jar of pigment anyway) except that MAC chose to not proportionately (or even disproportionately) reduce the price to reflect the change in size. So, now, you are getting half the amount of product but still have to pay the same amount of money.

There really is no good justification for doing this. If you give the consumer less, you should charge them less. So, despite the fact that I think these are great items, I have to deduct points in the pricing category.

Final Grade


MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments

MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments: Aurora & Nebula

MAC Daphne Guinness Pigment: Aurora

MAC Daphne Guinness Pigment: Nebula

MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments Swatches: Aurora & Nebula

Aurora Swatch

Nebula Swatch

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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments

  1. That is one good explanation on the price category! Made me re-think about buying pigments.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Great swatches, thank you! I think I’ll skip, I already have colors like these!

  3. Jamie Richardson says:

    Thank you so much for these swatches!!! That helps me sooo much!

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