January 20, 2010

Stash Spotlight: MAC Pigments

Mmm I guess there isn’t any use denying the fact that I have one too many MAC pigments. Anyone with me in this strange obsession?

I haven’t given them nearly enough love lately but I still love having them grace my collection!


Hehe these aren’t all of mine (oops that came out wrong, yes they are MINE but not ALL of my stash if that makes more sense haha) but I took a few out for my little spotlight feature. I have an absurd amount of the little guys and used to use them constantly in almost all my looks but I haven’t reached for them as much the past few months.

Are you a MAC Pigment fan?

How many grace your collection?

Do tell me I’m not alone!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Phyrra

    I really like the MAC pigments that I have.
    Pink Pearl – a must for any pink lover, has a blue reflect
    Fairylite – awesome highlighter on my skintone, opalescent pale ivory
    Viz-a-Violet – a light purple shade
    Violet – a vivid purple
    Frost – a frosty white, kinda eh about this one
    Deep Blue Green – this one is pretty

  • Hailee

    Don’t lie muse! There ARE all yours! I’ve actually never tried tem, but someone used “rose” on me before, and it looke kinda bronze, so I think I’ll have to pick that one up on my next shopping excursion

    • the Muse

      OOPS hailee I just realized how that sounded DUH! No they are ALL mine LOL just not ALL of my stash haha does that make more sense!? They are a crack. Muse advisor: do not buy one b/c you’ll end up with 2, than 3, than an entire economy size package! Just say no!

  • bubbles

    ME ME ME !!! I have many too ๐Ÿ™‚ but I hardly reach out for them ๐Ÿ™

  • SoVeryFabulous

    Oddly, I’m not really a big fan of MAC pigments. I prefer pressed eye shadows, I do really like Vanilla pigment as a highlighter though.

  • Sarah

    Could you tell me what is really good about these compared to pan shadows? I tend to steer clear of loose pigments because of terrible fallout and just too much hassle?

    Also also, I know it might be a bit of a massive request, but could you do a post about your favourite MAC products, even Limited Editions ones? I’m having a bit of MAC obsession ever since I got a TLC from them yesterday ๐Ÿ˜› xx

    • the Muse

      sarah it’s not really so much which is better just what type of medium you like to work with. I like how shimmery pigments are but hate the fall out ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll try but I’m a little swamped, maybe shortly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jeweled Thumb

    Ok, fine! I’ll admit it. I also just bought 5 more yesterday at the CCO. They are so pretty and I’m stocking up now while they are still the large size.

    • the Muse

      lol jeweled thumb that’s what I do, totally love CCO for piggie hunting!

  • Heather

    I don’t own a single pigment, but I really want to start getting some. Great collection, though! I think they are gorgeous just to look at on here, but man–if I don’t get any this year, I will kick myself :p

  • Christine

    Wow, what an impressive collection! It looks almost like a craft closet full of shimmery goodness ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t have any myself, but I love all of the colors. I just don’t wear eye makeup often enough to justify purchasing any – I know once I start, I’ll get hooked!

    • the Muse

      hehe it does kinda have a craft feel Christine ha! ๐Ÿ˜€ you’re SMART don’t start! MAC is crack he!

  • Julie

    OMG! I just realized how much the pigment cost X the number of pots you have… Wow!

  • Hannah

    I’m curious, what is the exact use for these MAC pigments again? *confused

    • the Muse

      hannah mostly eyes although some are not eye safe..weird…but if not eyes you can pretty much use anywhere. mix with clear polish to create shimmery nail polish, use on your arms, shoulders, legs for a bit of gleam, mix with body lotion for a shimmering glow, some shades can be mixed with clear gloss to create a lip cream/gloss of sorts…really anything at all…:)

  • Star

    I love them too but I always order samples instead of buying them. I haven’t used up a sample yet! Your collection is gorg, do you find them more annoying to use than pan eyeshadows because they are messy? That’s my only issue with them.

    • the Muse

      I think that’s the smart thing to do star ๐Ÿ™‚ the big ones are too damn large to get through! mmmmm a little bit…but I find twirling the brush around the lid, lifting color like this, and tapping excess it works just fine:)

  • Jamie

    Muse for the sake of your pigments you have to live another 200 years to finish them off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa Kate

    I have a few samples here and there but being a HUGE pigment junkie, I have to admit I don’t like them as much as other (cheaper) brands. Plus, how can you EVER need that much pig??? Haha the jars are gigantic!

    That said…OMFG what color is in the 4th pic down, 2nd column, 3rd row? It looks all lilac-y and awesome!!!

  • jenn

    Love your site!

    What’s the best way to wear pigments without getting fall -out all over the place? I was recommended water, MAC’s creamcolor bases, and the mixing medium from the PRO store. What is your recommendation?

    PS. I think you convinced me singlehandedly that i NEED the alice in wonderland set from urban decay

    • the Muse

      hi jenn. i don’t like to use water to be honest but mac paint pots and shadesticks are great for adhering pigment to lids, also medusa lid primer is nice, good tacky base. mixing medium def fab as well. any cream shadow will work as well or even a thick, tacky concealer, benefit boi-ing is a decent base.

      Also when all else fails I like wrapping a piece of tape around my finger and just dabbing it around my face to grab the little pieces of fall out for easy clean up ๐Ÿ™‚

      aw that’s awesome! Hope you got it before it sold out hun!

  • jackieg02

    I’m more into pigment samples. Even though I rarely use pigments. I’m more of a pressed shadow kinda girl.

  • Bianca

    I also love pigments but I also use them on rare occasions . I’ve been into make-up for 2 years and I have 27 full sized ones and 32 samples. I always promise myself I won’t buy more but I’m a sucker for them.
    I’d love to see pics of your whole piggie stash.

  • Roseline Tran

    LOL. I know this is a weird question, but I must ask xD. Can you mix it with your foundation? LOL

    • the Muse

      rosesline sure if you want. I haven’t done it but you can for a little highlighter but you’d have to be really careful what one you use as some would be a bit too glittery for your face:)

  • Nia

    What a collection, I love it Muse!

    I am a bit unsure when it comes to pigments: Love them on my eyes, but getting the big jar out, trying not to spill something at 7 am when you should already be out the door? Not so sure.
    But I have a few.

    And to say it, the new packaging is not so much my thing. Not even talking about the lesser amount ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • the Muse

      nia I am with you ALL the way! it’s a pain and at least one or two ended up on my bathroom floor ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t like the new packaging either but I DO kinda like it’s less pigment…maybe I’ll get through it if it’s smaller is my mentality :)!

  • shaynaJo

    You are definitely not alone! You have me here. hahhahah
    I’m addicted to pigments as well.. and yes, so far, i’m loving MAC pigments more than the other pigments I have. I just love collecting the different colors and shades although I don’t really use them that much….
    Tell me it ain’t crazy. haha

    • the Muse

      ha shaynajo glad U’m not alone ๐Ÿ˜€ everyone always goes on about e-mineral companies and I admit they are nice but nothing like mac piggies right? ๐Ÿ˜€

      I haven’t either lately..I used to use them daily in my looks but lately I’m so natural/nude with my looks that it’s boring as hell!

  • Marina

    Oooh! I’ve been lusting after these. Ever since I tried minerals and pigments (from Beauty From The Earth, or BFTE Cosmetics these days) for the first time, I’ve been in love. Truth be told, I’m not much of a MAC enthusiast. It WAS one of the first brands I tried that took me from drugstore to higher-end products, but I don’t own much from them…(Couldn’t live without my Heatherette trio #1 though. I just LOVE whipping out that bright pink compact XD) So oviously these must be great if you own so many! Personally, I’m drawn to that orange-ish color in the first picture, second rown on the extreme left. Beautiful!

  • Smirking Valet

    Muse, I’ve gotta ask – where DO you store all your cosmetics???????

  • Zoffe

    I’m a pigment junkie too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love to use pigments! I use them pretty much everywhere! Eyes, cheeks, lips, nails… I just really like how versatile they are ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just counted them… And… Maby I shouldn’t have, lol!
    80 pigments and 20 glitters… + some holiday vials as well… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • the Muse

      hey zoffe yay high five ๐Ÿ˜€ me too love!

      OMG w00t nice send a pic! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wont count, I’m scared lol!

  • suz

    wow a lot of pigments!! I have none as you know..no mac at all…*sad* anyways do pigments expire? :/ *odd question but I have no clue hahah*

    • the Muse

      hey suz! powders are normally 3 years but I’m pretty sure it’ll last longer with proper storage/care ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Vonvon

    OMG!!! That’s a lot of pigments, and there are more, I presume. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have only samples of different pigments, 14 of them, to be exact, but err….just lying in my train case unexplored! ;P

  • Anitacska

    Nice collection! Would love to see ALL your pigments. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have about 10 or so, but don’t actually use them much, some I haven’t even touched. My favourite of them is Pink Opal which I do use for highlighting under my browbone quite a lot.

  • Candi

    I don’t own any pigments but would love to start a collection. how do you feel about the new packaging?

    • the Muse

      hey candi! they are terribly addicting ๐Ÿ˜€

      I actually like the new packaging as I can’t get through a jar and prob never will so even though it’s less for more I can’t say I mind in the least ๐Ÿ™‚

      I wish they did even smaller versions!


    I am so utterly jealous and horrorfied, lol I hope one day I Will have a collection as nice as yours!!

  • Soopara

    Dear Muse.

    I am always enjoyed watching your stash!!!!!!! I do have some pigments. Around 40+ full size and some kind of holiday size and sample size. You are not alone!!!!

  • Claire

    Hey Muse!

    I was wondering if you have ever tried Barry M dazzle dust and how do you think it compares to the mac pigments?

    By the way I really want your collection! So much sparkle!


    • the Muse

      hi claire a while back ago I had a pink one. They aren’t quite as pigmented as mac and texture is diff but nice as an affordable second option ๐Ÿ˜€

      ha love the sparkle crackz ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tatiana

    I soooo envy you!!!!
    Wish MAC make up was cheaper here in Brazil! (not even sure if the have pigments here, but, considering that a normal eyeshadow is around 50 dollars, not gonna look form the pigments!)

    I only have 3 stacked collections, bummer!

  • Tucker

    Hi I was wondering if you could help me identify a MAC pigment. I was given a sample of it at their store in fall of 2009 its a really great dark gold brown. I’ve used up the sample and am trying to find more online. It is from before the pigments switched to skinnier jars.