Update: I added swatches of Deceit over different bases to show you how you can get multiple effects out of the pigment. See the last photo, below.
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores
This review is for MAC Gareth Pugh’s 2 eye shadow pigments in “Guise” and “Deceit”:
- Guise: Frosty grey
- Deceit: Blacked plum with pink pearl
Gareth Pugh pigments come in a shiny, black, square jars with embossed “X” designs on top. The tops twist off and there is no sifter inside.
Guise is a glittery silver color. The glitters are just slightly chunky, which gives the pigment a grittier texture than I’d prefer and encourages fall-out.
Deceit is a midnight purple color with lighter purple pearls. The finish is actually difficult to describe; it’s like the pigment wants to be a duo-chrome but doesn’t quite flash 2 colors. The effect is unique and interesting.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
You do need to layer a couple of times to build up the pigments, but they do layer effectively. Be conscious of potential fall-out with Guise.
Each jar contains 1.5 grams of pigment and costs $32. Normal MAC pigments are 4.5 grams and cost $20. I understand special collections like these costing more, but you are getting so much less product for so much more money.