October 19, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale A Triumphant Blush Face Kit Review, Swatches, Photos

When I originally started collecting MAC, the Holiday Palettes normally stuck to eyeshadow ones but in more recent years, lucky for new MAC collectors and users, they have included Face Palettes as well.

Today I have the MAC A Tartan Tale A Triumphant Blush Face Kit to review for you.

Let’s take a look!

A special Holiday edition palette featuring beauty powder, blush, and shimmer powders!

Obviously the plaid theme is full force on the palettes in this collection. This one features a thin, velvet fabric sheet that covers the face plate of the compact and features the plaid design and MAC golden emblem.

Inside is a dual layer of powder which slides out to reveal a larger size powder beneath. The left side features Melba Blush which is a soft peach and on the right side Peach Twist which is a Golden Peach Shimmer. MAC deems Peach Twist a sheertone shimmer but it’s pigmented enough to act as a blush on its own and is quite pretty particularly if you have a warmer skin tone. On the bottom layer you get a MAC Beauty Powder in Smooth Harmony. Smooth Harmony can easily act as a contour powder or a bronzer and if you really work at it you might be able to get away with using it as a blush.

The compact is a nice way of toting around three products in one tiny space. Even though the compact is smaller it doesn’t suffer problems for application and you can easily get at the product with a full size brush.

I only have the palette a day or two and can’t really say but I’m not sure how the plaid face sticker will fare after a few uses. It seems sturdy enough but I do worry about it staining, getting wet, or peeling up so do practice a but of caution when using the palette or tossing it in your bag.

  • Anyone who favors warmer shades of blusher!
  • Anyone who likes palettes that are designed in an interesting way (the slide out makes the palette a rather great pick for those who like a little gadgetry with their makeup).

  • Anyone who wears cooler shades well (this could prove a little too warm for fairer skin types).
  • Anyone uninterested in bronzer like shades (the colors lean towards a more bronze-y look).

I’m not really feeling the love for Smooth Harmony plus I already own it from MAC Heatherette’s release however I do like Mebla and Peach Twist plus the overall design of the palette is rather fun. This is a great way introduction to MAC’s powder products particularly blushers and beauty powders if you haven’t already tried them as you get all three for $38 however fans of the MAC range may find they already have these shades in their stash or might hold out for the eye palettes since I think those are the better option for more advanced MAC fans.

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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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  • Cj

    I wanna get the Hark the Heraldry version of this, Mostly cause I’ve never tried a beauty powder before and they seem really interesting lol 😀

    • the Muse

      CJ they are kinda cool ;-D I want the Hark one myself, I pre-ordered it ;-D!

        • the Muse

          not yet CJ, or not that I know of. But you can go to Nordstrom or free standing stores and pre-order ;-D

          • Cj

            Sadly I live in no man’s lands lol I swear we have no nice stores at all, no Sephora no Mac no nothing. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the 28th to come around and order em online 🙂

  • Cj

    Ocala lol people even nick name the city Slocala cause nothing ever happens here lol

    Btw is it just my phone or does the reply button disappear after the 6th message lol?

    • the Muse

      oh florida at least you get great weather year round CJ ;-D

      Hmmm could be your photo hun ;-D lol not having that prob here!

      • Cj

        I hate my phone sometimes lol, but yeah the weather is pretty good most of the time but it can get reaaallly hot in the summer lol and I’m more of a cold weather lover myself 😀 give me 70 degrees and some rain and I’m happy lol

        • the Muse

          no worries CJ ;-D Come on up to NY I’ll give you cold! no prob at all;D

  • Eileen

    Wish I could get this one too but I’ll be going with the pink face/blush set instead of this one. I’m actually more partial to peach but I already have so many peach/orangy blushes that I think I should add some pink ones to my collection.

  • Stephanie L.

    I could only get one thing from the collection, so I pre-ordered this last week. Looks like I made a good choice! Thanks for the swatches.

  • Nia

    I was looking at the face kits last week and they are sooooo tiny! But great for travel. I think I will get the pink one, but like you wrote, the sticker could be a bit messy.

    • the Muse

      mmm nia I’m still in debates on the sticker but I’m leaning towards saying they will be messy ;-D but you’re right fab for travel!

  • yelena

    this was my first mac product and i fell in love! still have it and not even a dent. this stuff is truly pigmented and beautiful!