Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Pigments

MAC Gareth Pugh Pigments

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.

Limited Edition
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

Packaging: 9/10

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.

Quality: 8.75/10

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.

Price: 6/10

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.

Final Grade


Gareth Pugh Pigments Box Packaging

Gareth Pugh Pigment Packaging

Gareth Pugh Pigment Packaging

Gareth Pugh Pigment in Guise

Gareth Pugh Pigment in Guise

Gareth Pugh Pigment in Guise

Guise Swatched

Gareth Pugh Pigment in Deceit

Gareth Pugh Pigment in Deceit

Gareth Pugh Pigment in Deceit

Deceit Swatched

Guise and Deceit Swatched

Deceit Swatched Over Let’s Skate Paint Pot & Dark Diversion Fluidline

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Pigments

  1. Lisa B. says:

    Deceit is great color; and I love the little jars! They’re so cute! Though I think they will probably anger people who are pigment collectors, especially collectors who like their jars to be uniform for neat storage…this is going to drive them crazy!

  2. Marta says:

    These colours are amazing 🙂

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