Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”

MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”

Limited Edition
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

Company’s Description

A shade as soft and enigmatic as its name – Elude. The black compact, a juxtaposition of matte and shine with the collection’s signature marque on the lid. On the powder’s surface, an intricate mix of patterns. This is form, content & beauty, Pugh-style.

This review is for MAC Gareth Pugh’s Beauty Powder in “Elude”:

  • Elude: Translucent neutral beige

Packaging: 9.25/10

Elude comes in a shiny, black, square compact that snaps shut via a magnet and has a mirror on the inside. There is also an embossed “X” design on the top of the compact. This packaging is much, much heavier than regular MAC packaging.

The pan inside is also embossed with an artistic, checker-like design.

Quality: 3/10

My only question is: What is the point of this powder?

Elude is marketed as a “translucent neutral beige.” On the skin, it is an almost invisible pale white with small shimmers. Even after layering the product 3-4 times, I could barely see it on my skin, regardless of whether I swatched with a blush brush or my finger. Even if you wanted to use this powder exclusively as a highlighter, you’ll still have a really hard time getting it to show up. On the other hand, if you want to use it as a setting powder, it has shimmers in it. So unless you want shimmers all over your forehead, chin, and nose, you can’t use it that way either.

This beauty powder is stuck in between being a highlighter and setting powder, but isn’t great for either use.

Ease of Use: 7/10

I suppose the powder applies smoothly, but doesn’t layer enough to be a clear highlighter and casts too much of a white finish to be a translucent all-over powder.

Price: 2/10

You get 8 grams of product for $60. Each year, MAC releases a couple of collaboration collections like these that have special packaging and cost much more than regular MAC items. So, I do expect this beauty powder to cost more (regular beauty powders are $23.00), but you get less product with Elude (8 grams compared to 10 grams) for more than double the price. And this powder doesn’t have a good, defined use.

Final Grade


MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder Box Packaging

MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude” Packaging

MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude” Packaging

MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”

MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”

MAC Garet Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”

Elude Swatch: Brush (Left) & Finger (Right)
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4 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Beauty Powder in “Elude”

  1. Noelle says:

    it doesn’t it made me look incredibly ashy.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Well, the compact is pretty neat looking!
    But that’s about it. Why, MAC? It doesn’t look like it has any uses at all. Maybe a darker skinned person could use it as a light highlight?

  3. It doesn’t show much in the swatch, disappointing price too!

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