Review & Swatches: MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

Limited Edition
Release Date: August 30, 2012 (Online) / September 6, 2012 (In Stores)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online

Company’s Description

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

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Packaging: 9/10

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.

Quality: 8.75/10

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.

Price: 9.25/10

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.

Final Grade

MAC Carine Roitfeld Full Face Kit Box Packaging

MAC Carine Roitfeld Full Face Kit Packaging

MAC Carine Roitfeld Full Face Kit Packaging

MAC Carine Roitfeld Full Face Kit Packaging

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Eye Shadow Swatches

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Sahara Dust Swatch

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Cactus Thorn Swatch

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Desert Swatch

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Carbon Swatch

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Sand Storm Cremeblend Blush

MAC Carine Roitfeld Deert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Sand Storm Swatch

MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit: Sand Storm Swatch Blended

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4 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Carine Roitfeld Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

  1. Joanna says:

    Could you suggest a dupe for “desert”? That’s the only color I don’t seem to have anything like in my collection.

    I don’t think this collection will do much for people with larger collections, but it’s great (even if just as a guideline for what shades to look for) for people with smaller collections or who are just starting out!

  2. Melody says:

    I like this palette better than the other one, but still the shades don’t really excite me. I mean I love a good complex neutral, but I feel like I’d rather get an inglot palette.

    • Allura says:

      I hear ya. I’m also not that Wow-ed, but I think that’s because I already have a ton of neutral palettes and shades. For someone who needs a neutral kit or maybe who really likes Carine Roitfeld, this could be a good choice.

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