First up: the six powder eyeshadows. These don’t have a special name (like Starflash, or Pearlmatte), but they seem to have a different texture than other MAC shadows. They’re soft and smooth, but softly pigmented — almost like pastels, or watercolors. They remind me of Benefit’s Velvet eyeshadows (swatches here and here).
They’re also in larger-than-usual pots, and have a plaid-pattern (debossed with a few thin stripes of a contrasting color). The alternate colors don’t go all the way through the powder, so I just ignored the stripes and swirled my applicator when making swatches (I don’t think it affected the color at all). Â These shadows are $19.50 each.
There are also three Tartan pigments (loose eyeshadows in screw-top containers). Later (black with blue and violet sparkles) is repromoted from the recentÂ Alice + Olivia collection. Moonlight Night is black with emerald green sparkles. The Family Crest is very dark brown with mostly gold and some violet sparkles. I swatched these dry, but I’d recommend using them over a base (or even “foiled” — applied with a brush dampened with water or a fixing agent like Fix +). Â You’ll get less fallout and the colors will be even more vibrant and sparkly. Â MAC pigments are $19.50 each.
There are two Tartan nail polishes (each $13), and I was surprised to really like both of them. Sly As A Fox is a bricky, cranberried fox red with a few tiny shimmers (you’d only see them in sunlight; it looks like a creme indoors). Â Style Clan is a grey-brown, much deeper than Earthly Harmony, and with bigger, denser copper sparkles. I almost want to use these two together in a funky French manicure.
Tartan brings back the Pearlglide eyeliners (a super-soft formula introduced in Suite Array, repromoted in Love That Look, and expanded upon in Art Supplies). Because Pearlglides have sparkles in them, they’re not recommended for waterline.
Black Swan and Lord It Up are new shades. Black Swan is black with gunmetal silver sparkles, for an overall charcoal result. Lord It Up is brown with gold sparkles, a bit lighter and more golden than Molasses. Petrol Blue (royal blue), Black Line (dirty, yellowed, blackened olive), and Undercurrent (teal-blue with gold and green shimmer) are all repromoted from Art Supplies. Pearlglide Eyeliners are $14.50 each.
The two powder blushes are each $18.50 (and both Satins). Her Blooming Cheek is so outrageously bright it was difficult to get a “light” swatch. And My Highland Honey is comparatively less pigmented, so I found myself making a heavier “light” swatch to match Her Blooming Cheek. Naturally, I swatched them “light” and “heavy” to show you the real color and range of pigmentation.
Finally, there are five lipsticks ($14.50) and five Dazzleglass Creme lipglosses ($18).
Deepest Wish (Amplified) is deep burgundy. Courting Lilac (Glaze) is duochromey, a lavender with a sparkly gold sheen. Full Fuchsia (Amplified) is a repromote of a pro shade. Cut a Caper (Lustre) is a warm pink. The Faerie Glen is beige-pink.
The Dazzleglass Cremes almost seem like different formulas from one another. Lightly Prancing (milky pale beige pink) and Soft Dazzle (soft warm pink) have big gold glitter. Passing Fancy (sheer guava) and Radiant Jewels (sheer magenta) have tiny sparkles. Gone Romancin’ (lavender) is frosty, with tons of silver and blue sparkles.