September 23, 2010

MAC Venmous Villains Dr. Facilier Review, Photos, and Swatches

Ahhhhhh MAC Venmous Villains coming atcha soon ladies! You’re probably heading to pre-launch parties this week or awaiting the official release date of September 30th, 2010. Can’t come fast enough eh?

What’s your fav villains so far?

Today I have a special sneak peek of MAC Venmous Villains Dr. Facilier! The doctor’s collection is the smallest of the four villains I believe and he has the interesting Magically Cool Liquid Powder we’ve all been gagging to hear about and haul.

Jump ahead!

Dr. Facilier is probably the smallest launch of product from the four villains but he does have some interesting offerings. I know many of you wanted Jafar to be your male villain of choice but Dr. Facilier is one of Disney’s latest villains so it’s understandable why he was included in the mix.

From my stand point Jafar would have had better makeup options, hello manliner, and the doctor having a bit less in the ways of creative makeup uses but we still have a few interesting products from his collection to get excited about.

Packaging wise MAC has learned its lesson from the the Fafi drama so all the decals on the packaging are printed on and not stickers. I think the boxes are actually really nice with sketched out images of the characters, that was one of the first things that caught my attention. The actual products are standard MAC packaging featuring the printed character.

I think the most popular product in the release will be the MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder. My MA mentioned this was released a few years ago but I honestly do not remember that. As per it’s name, yes it’s cooling, like water. The powder itself is a beautiful silky formula which “bursts” on your face when applied. It feels like you’re applying some sort of wet powder on your cheeks and face as you smooth it on. Warning it does pill a little bit but it still feels hecka cool on your skin, so refreshing and soft. Awake used to make a similar product and if you’re as old as I am you might even remember Physicians Formula had a similar product. This comes in two shades, Cajun and Truth & Light. I love both equally. They have a very subtle shimmer but it doesn’t show up on my face once blended out. Cajun is a tad muddy brown orange and terribly unappealing in the jar however on cheeks it imparts a lovely peachy glow where as Truth & Light is transparent but does brighten skin and casts a very nice glow across cheeks and face, it’s a creamy nude shade with faint shimmer. I feel like these are the stars in this release and both deserve a haul.

Now the rest of the collection I’m kinda so so on.

MAC Lip Gelee in Resort Life is a repromote and is as over the top now as it is was when it originally released. The shade is a champagne pearl with a TON of shimmer. I love me some shimmer but I can’t wear this at all. It goes on all kinds of funky, frosty, crazy disco ball and it’s difficult to wear even over lipstick. The packaging is of course cute as it features a full character image of Dr. Facilier. This along may warrant it as a haul for fans of this character however the actually product isn’t particularly a must have in my humblest.

The pigments consist of two repromotes and one general catalog. Melon, if you don’t already own it, is a gorgeous shade of peachy gold. Brash & Bold is a bright, fuchsia pink with a satiny finish and Push the Edge is dark frosty magenta, very purple to my eyes. Brash & Bold feels special to me however pretty difficult to work with and Push the Edge is probably best suited as a liner making me question whether anyone absolutely needs a full size jar unless you can work it on your lid or outer v but don’t quote me, definitely swatch.

The two Greasepaints released are Slick Black (repromote) and French Quarter. I was under the impression French Quarter was going to be a golden brown but it swatches more as a blackened green. If you haven’t already hauled Slick Black from it’s prior release, I’d pick it up, as it’s a great shade of true, rich black.

Compared to the other Villains, Dr. Facilier’s products are a little uneventful but still interesting. I honestly lack the imagination to create a cool inspirational look using these shades so this morning I used a bit of Melon Pigment on my eyes and some Cajun Magically Cool Powder on my cheeks and Truth & Light all over my face. A slick of gloss and lipstain on my lips and I was good to go. My look was not meant to mimic the character or look like him, it’s simply a look I created so you could get a feel for some of the products in the collection and see what they look like on.

I must say out of everything in this collection, the powders are my very favorite and I felt both warrant a purchase.

Now that you’ve seen my swatches and heard my thoughts, what are yours?

What will you haul from this collection?





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  • MC

    Push the Edge pigment is a lovely purple I think I could work with. I wish MAC made the pigment jars smaller though. πŸ™

    BTW: As a follow up to the comment I left a few days ago about Peace, Love, and Juicy, I had the chance to test drive it. You are right, it is very different from ALL the other Juicy perfumes. To me, the smell was a very bad mishmash of floral and woody that just didn’t they couldn’t decide which way to go. Do not want. πŸ™

    • the Muse

      amen mc. after sniffing and trying it on my skin again, bad bad idea, I have decided I def can’t stomach it. It’s so weird for Juicy to go down such a road. I expected green yes ok but something incredibly sweet and green…naaaaaaaaaaaaa just hippie.

      Oh well we save money eh?

      Push the Edge I’d prob slap on my lid and call it a day a few years ago but my eyes have aged and I simply can’t go that road anymore. I could prob do as a liner and possibly outer v with a lighter shade on the inner edge of the eye.

      Anyone with mega skill could prob do a crazy awesome smoked look with it too!

      mmm I agree. half the size jar would work for me. I just have too many to use and get through πŸ˜›

      • β˜†Lola A♏ β˜…

        I’ve never used MAC’s pigments, but I’ve heard great things about them. I’m really just considering ordering samples of these, as I’ve heard I’ll never use all the product.

        • the Muse

          lola samples are always a great idea as a little goes a really long way. my stash of piggies is huge and I’ll never get through it in a lifetime so samples are smart!

      • MC

        I would have considered trying the rollarball if I decided a longer test ride before dropping for a full bottle which I do with many perfumes I consider buying, but it was just so overwhelmingly sick smelling after wearing it on my wrist for an hour then smelling the card I sprayed hours later.

        The breakdown of Peace, Love and Juicy is:

        Top notes: Meyer lemon tree blossom, wild hyacinth, sweet apple accord, black currant bud absolute. Middle notes: sambac jasmine absolute, star magnolia, Malibu poppy, honeysuckle, linden blossom. Drydown: orris extract, sheer patchouli flower, enveloping musks.

        ……the musks and patchouli killed what could have been a pretty floral scent. If Juicy wanted to go hippy, they should have nixed like all the sweet florals and stuck with something that worked with patchouli. The Honeysuckle and patchouli in one scent….ick.

        LoL…I always associate patchouli with hippies.

        • the Muse

          mc you aren’t the only one chick. I HATE patchouli with a passion! Completely gross. Reminds me of Lush Karma! Seriously I totally see it as a stinky hippie kinda blend ugh! I agree some of the notes especially the lemon tree blossom sound so fresh and gorg plus the sweet apple but adding in the patchouli completely killed it plus it comes across VERY green. no likey!

          it’s pretty sad because I can’t associate the scent at all with juicy! what a bummer!

  • β˜†Lola A♏ β˜…

    I want all 3 pigments, the Lip Gelee, and French Quarter. Dr. Facilier and Maleficient are my faves from this launch.

    • the Muse

      I’m still trying to love french quarter lola, I think I was disappointed as at first glance it looked golden brown damn!

      • β˜†Lola A♏ β˜…

        Thanks, I’ll swatch first on my skin before buying. Thanks for your thoughts on pigments samples, think I’ll go that economical and practical route πŸ˜‰

        • the Muse

          my pleasure lola ;-D swatch always works for me ;-D I think it’s a great idea. I’ve collected so many and I never really use them as much as I should, feels wasteful to go for a full amount. I guess I’m a bit of a perfectionist, collector type who wants the jar, kinda anal behavior ya know? but if you don’t mind the smaller sample jars, those are FINE imho especially if you already have a ton of makeup to get through!

          • LorraineER

            I was going to ask the same thing. I see online sellers sometimes that sell MAC samples but I’ve been burned by fake mac in the past. Muse do you, or anyone, know of a reliable place to buy authentic MAC pigment samples?

  • sparklingpinkgorilla

    I would’ve liked Ursula in this collection! To me she’s the best villian! Plus imagine the blacks and purples.

  • Sonia

    I’m very disappointed that they keep repromoting old pigments and throwing in perm shades. I mean, what’s the point of that? Seriously? Nothing is more exciting than new pigments.

  • Jackie

    I truly only want Cajun and French Quarter because of the names, because I am from New Orleans. ;P which I probably won’t get!

  • breyerchic04

    The cooling powder looks really weird in your swatch, the pilling. It sounds cool though, so if I make it to a mac counter I will look at it but otherwise I think I’m too nervous.

    • the Muse

      yup breyer I intentionally swatched it like that so everyone could see how it pills ;-D don’t be, it’s lovely stuff imho!

  • Kate

    “Warning it does pill a little bit but it still feels hecka cool on your skin”

    What does “pill” mean here?

  • Emily

    Now I love the pigment colors but do I only use them as an eyeshadow? I’m a big MAC fan but I’ve always been hesitant to pick up the pigments because I’m not really sure how to use them. Advice?

    • the Muse

      eyeshadow, lipgloss or lipstick (mixed with rosebud salve, water, or a mixing agent), on your nails (mix with clear nail varnish), on your cheeks, on your eyes ;D Some ideas for you Emily!

  • Shayne Andujar

    You know, I was totally excited about Dr. Facilier’s collection when I first read about it on your blog. Then, I went to the MAC counter at my local Macy’s and they had the display for pre-sale orders and actually saw the items IRL. Now, not so much. I love love love pigments, but seeing them swatched, the only one I really covet is Melon. Which is an open stock piggie. And the Cooling Powders remind me of Prescriptives magic Liquid Powder & that never looked good on me in the 90’s so I can’t imagine these powders looking good on me now.
    I think I’ll pass on this collection and just wait for the pigment charms sets to come out in November. Now those I LOVE!!

    • the Muse

      Shayne, money saved girl ;-D I dunno if Dr Facilier had much in the way of offerings. I personally thought the piggies were too difficult to wear or create a look for unless you had mad ass skills. I liked melon too but like you said it’s always available. I must disagree on the powders, I think they are amazing ;-D

  • HautePJ

    You don’t like the lip gelee?? Is it even possible to have too much glitter? LOL. I really like the French Quarter stick. At the preview party all the gals were saying how good it looked. Sort of reminds me of UD Oil Slick but with more brown. And what is this about pigment sets??

    • the Muse

      ha pj crazy right? ;-D but yup a little TOO much glitter here ;-D Sadly FQ didn’t do it for me πŸ™

      Pigment sets will be out with MAC Holiday 2010 πŸ™‚ did you see the images I posted?

  • Honor

    hey muse, love the liquid powder. but how do you use it as a cheeck highlighter or as an overall face powder?

    • the Muse

      Hi Honor. Cheek highlighter you can just dust on upper parts of your cheeks for all over face powder just gently pat on or buff with a kabuki!

  • chris

    Cajun was on item that wasn’t on my list, but once I tried it on I loved it!! Plus for someone that needs makeup for dummies, I was actualy able to blend out very easily. Thinking of returning for Truth and Light.

    • the Muse

      Chris Cajun was such a great surprise. It looks so muddy and orange in the jar but gorg on πŸ˜€

  • zha

    hi! i’m really curious about the powders… are they supposed to be used like a loose powder or as a blush/contour? They’re actually the only ones I’m waiting for. In our side of the planet, the Villains collection don’t come until November. So sad. Ehe.

    • the Muse

      hi zha, loose powder, blush, contour, highlighter πŸ™‚ however you like hun. aw sorry πŸ™ but it’s almost here now!

  • Jessi

    Cajun looks so pretty on you! I’m super pale (NC15), do you think it would be too dark for me?

    • the Muse

      I dunno Jessi I’m bad at mac skin tones and such as I don’t use their foundations. Maybe have a swatch on counter and see how it goes? πŸ˜€

  • Deb

    Am I the only one who remembers Estee Lauder making a powder just like these for a summer promotion? It came in a copper cube and was a loose bronzer…but it felt wet when applied…hmmm i miss that powder! I guess it was a limited edition! :((