Release Date: August 30, 2012 (Online) / September 6, 2012 (In Stores)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Get sultry smoky eyes with wisps of drama in Carine’s Desert Camouflage compact. Features: Sahara Dust, Cactus Thorn, Desert and Carbon Eye Shadows complemented by the sheer, soft bronze of Sand Storm Cremeblend Blush.
This review is for the Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit releasing with MAC’s upcoming Carine Roitfeld Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following eye shadow colors and Cremeblend Blush:
- Sahara Dust: Light neutral beige (Satin)
- Cactus Thorn: Mid-tone brown bronze (Frost)
- Desert: Shimmering warm taupe (Satin)
- Carbon: Intense black (Matte)
- Sand Storm: Soft sheer warm caramel
This Face Kit comes in a matte, square, plastic compact that flips open and contains a full-sized mirror. Inside, the 4 eyeshadows are contained on the upper level of the compact which slides over to reveal the Cremeblend blush underneath.
Sahara Dust is a slightly shimmery cream color but is not as shimmery as Dew from the Jungle Camouflage kit. It has good color pay-off and applies smoothly.
Cactus Thorn is a shimmery, bronze-gold that shows unevenness in application. You’ll have to layer to get an even finish.
Desert is a satin finish greyish brown shade that also shows a little bit of unevenness but can be smoothed out with layering.
Carbon is a matte, midnight black. It applies in a patchy manner and requires layering and blending to get an even finish.
Sand Storm is a light, matte caramel color with a slightly dewy finish that blends smoothly.
This palette’s quality is good, but not stand-out. The eye shadow shades will go with any skin tone or color, though the formula for the shades could be creamier, more pigmented, and/or even.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
Cactus Thorn, Desert and Carbon require some degree of layering to get a smooth, even surface of color. Sahara Dust and Sand Storm blend nicely without much work.
This Face Kit costs $44.00 and contains 6.4 grams (0.22 ounces) of eye shadow product and 5.2 grams (0.18 ounces) of Cremeblend Blush product. Single eye shadows cost $15.00 and contain 1.5 grams (0.05 ounces). Cremeblend Blushes cost $20.00 and contains 5.6 grams (0.19 ounces) of product. You pay about $4.00 per gram of product with this Face Kit versus about $6.00 per gram by buying the products individually.