Review & Swatches: MAC Wonder Woman Pigments & Reflects Glitters

Wonder Woman Pigments in Ultra Marine & Bright Fuchsia
Reflects Glitters in Reflects Bronze & Reflects Pearl

MAC’s Wonder Woman collection includes 2 Pigments and 2 Reflects Glitters. Marine Ultra is a matte, bright blue pigment. Bright Fuchsia is a slightly shimmery color that’s true to its name. Reflects Bronze and Pearl are bronze/gold and white silver glitters.

For complete pictures and swatches, please read the Wonder Woman Eye Shadow Pigments and Reflects Glitters post. Click here for a video overview of the eye products.

Important Note on Safety: Even though these products are technically under the “eye products” category, each of these colors comes with a warning specifying limited use. Marine Ultra has a warning saying it is not safe for the lips, Bright Fuchsia says it is not safe for the eyes, and both Reflects Glitters are not safe for the eyes.

It is absolutely imperative that you do NOT use the Reflects Glitters around the eyes. The glitter particles are not finely milled enough to be safe and can scratch and damage your eyes.

For the purpose of showing you what the pigment looks like, I made a personal choice to apply Bright Fuchsia to the eyelid. This does NOT mean you should do so, and certainly does not mean you should use Bright Fuchsia regularly as an eye shadow (I would strongly advise against it). If you choose to ignore the warning and use it around your eyes, that is a personal decision, but please be aware that there is a recommendation against doing so.

Please Note: For the purpose of scoring, I am not including a judgment on the aesthetics of the packaging. Whether you like the packaging or not is a completely subjective preference. Particularly given the strong divide in opinion over this collection’s packaging, I don’t feel it’s appropriate to comment on it in the review. But feel free to express your opinion on the packaging in the comments!


Pigments

Packaging: 9/10

These products come in a red box that slides out of a cardboard sleeve decorated with Wonder Woman comic art. The inside of the boxes are blue with white stars.

The jars are the standard MAC pigment jars except with red caps and the Wonder Woman/MAC logo on the front. They are made of lightweight plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.

Quality: 8.75/10

Ultra Marine and Bright Fuchsia both get thumbs up for being pigmented colors. It’s often difficult to find quality pigments in bold, bright colors, so if you’ve had trouble in the past satisfying your bright-pigments-appetite, you should pick these up. Ultra Marine has a true matte finish; Bright Fuchsia is technically a shimmer color, but the simmers are fairly subtle on the skin.

The reason these pigments don’t get a 9/10 or higher is that they do fade over time. When you initially apply them, they are bright, bold, and opaque. But after about an hour, they do lose a little bit of intensity, even if you put them over a base. Also, the fact that Bright Fuchsia isn’t supposed to be used in the eye area effectively limits it to use on the lips.

Ease of Use: 9/10

Use a base for these colors. Both pigments will apply smoothly and opaquely without hassle. You do need to be a little careful when applying because they are so bright and bold. Needing to be precise is inevitable when you’re working with such intense colors.

Price: 7.5/10

MAC pigments are regularly $19.50. These, because of the special packaging, are $21.00 each.

The reason I cannot give these products a higher score on price is because of how much product you used to get for the $19.50 you’d spend. About 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.

85.75/100

Marine Ultra Applied with Opulash Mascara in Themyscira

Bright Fuchsia Applied
(Please See Warning & Disclaimer About This Pigment, above)

Reflects Glitters

Packaging: 9/10

These products come in a red box that slides out of a cardboard sleeve decorated with Wonder Woman comic art. The inside of the boxes are blue with white stars.

The jars are the standard MAC pigment jars except with red caps and the Wonder Woman/MAC logo on the front. They are made of lightweight plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.

Quality: 10/10

These two glitters are absolutely beautiful. They are bright and sparkly, and the glitters are densely packed.

On application, the bronze glitters will appear more densely packed than the pearl glitters. Both will give you a beautiful sheen if you sheer them out and will give you intense sparkle if you layer them.

Ease of Use: 9/10

Make sure you have some sort of sticky base to apply these, whether it be a mixing medium or gloss. You will inevitably get glitter on your fingers, your desk, on other parts of the packaging, etc. But, surprisingly, on application, you shouldn’t get much (if any) fallout, as long as you’re using an adhesive base.

Price: 7.5/10

MAC reflects glitters are regularly $19.50. These, because of the special packaging, are $21.00 each.

The reason I cannot give these products a higher score on price is because of how much product you used to get for the $19.50 you’d spend. About 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.


92/100

Reflects Pearl Applied to Center of Lips

Remember that Bright Fuchsia is a permanent color and that Marine Ultra and both Reflects Glitters are permanent in the Pro line. So, if you don’t feel like paying the extra money on the limited-edition packaging, or just aren’t sure whether you want these colors, don’t be afraid to sleep on it. These colors will be available to you even after Wonder Woman is no longer being sold.


Toss if: you’re a subtle makeup person
Try if: you’re open to experimenting with some shimmer–the Reflects Glitters are a good place to start
Buy if: you’ve been craving high-quality bright colors or super shimmer


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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Wonder Woman Pigments & Reflects Glitters

  1. Amelia Batayola says:

    i didn’t know that you couldn’t use the glitter on your eyes! i was about to buy the gold solely for that purpose, thanks for the heads up!

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