February 5, 2013

MAC Archie’s Girl Pigment Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Archie's Girl Pigment

The MAC Archie’s Girl Collection launches this week and with it four new MAC Pigments. Excited? This new pigments feature cute little Veronica and Betty art work so they may be a must have for that alone.

Although already online at Nordstrom.com as well as MACCosmetics.com the actual official launch in stores and counters is February 7th. So if something sold out online no worries, there’s still time to haul it when it reaches stores later this week.

MAC Archie's Girl Pigments

Let’s take a look at these piggies and see if you need ’em!

MAC Archie's Girl Pigment Veronica and Betty

I admit, I’ve grown out of my “OMGZ must own every single MAC Pigment ever madez!” phase. They prove messy to work with something and more work than they are worth. But if you’re a lover of the medium these might just be a must have.

Shades include:

  • Lucky in Love (Betty Shade)
  • Black Poodle (Veronica Shade)
  • Cheers my Dear (Betty Shade)
  • Magic Spells (Veronica Shade)

MAC Archie's Girl Pigments Swatches

Lucky in Love and Cheers my Dear

MAC Archie's Girl Pigment Swatches

Black Poodle and Magic Spells

As you can see MAC went a dramatic, bold, and sultry with Veronica’s looks and sweet, pastel-ish, and lighter with Betty’s shades.

None of these colors stood out as absolute must haves for myself. The pastels are a tad too frosty for me and I felt like Cheers My Dear was a tad similiar to Kitschmas which I already own. Where as the darker colors, well, I can’t pull them off very well as fine lines and dark circles just makes these look a little too cra cra on my eyes.

However, that’s not to say many will adore these shades!

MAC Black Poodle Pigment is described by MAC as a blackened pink but I just get a purpl-y matte black with some minor shimmer. It’s a very saturated shade so a little goes a very long way. I find it difficult to apply such a shade all over my lid as it proves iffy to blend out due to fall out a little bit of patchiness. I’d recommend using it wet as an eyeliner of sorts as that proves the easiest way to wear it. It provides a very dramatic, bold line when paired up with a little water and the right eyeliner brush.

MAC Black Poodle Archie's Girl Pigment

MAC Lucky In Love Pigment is shimmering light blue green with a dreaded frosty finish. For me it just feels like a lighter pastel green, kinda reminds me of Easter. Pigmentation is equally good but I noticed it sheers out as I blend so you do need to built a little bit for the best finish. I’d suggest a sponge tip application to pack color on.

MAC Lucky in Love Archie's Girl Pigment

MAC Cheers My Dear Pigment is a light lavender with hints of pink, again with a frosty finish. It’s not as chunky as MAC Kitschmas so if you wanted something a little more finely milled in a similiar shade this is your girl. I don’t do frosts so well so this has a very sparkly appearance on my lids. Pigmentation was overall fantastic here and true to bottle color.

MAC Cheers My Dear Archie's Girl Pigment

MAC Magic Spells Pigment is blackened teal with what I felt was like an almost matte or semi-matte finish. I’m not getting the frost factor here in the least. Out of the four shades this and Black Poodle prove the most dramatic in color pay off so a little goes a long way with either shade. It’s a shade that will prove difficult for many to use as an all over lid color however, if you can rock it, it packs the drama.

MAC Magic Spells Archie's Girl Pigment

Thankfully MAC has learned from past mistakes as all the art work on the Archie’s Girl Collection is printed on (no stickers or labels). I thought the faces of Veronica and Betty a very cute extra if you put heavy importance on your package. The collecting factor is here as well.

Packaging and comics aside, if I really needed to buckle down and decide if I wanted to haul these shades I’d probably say no. I think most will find such dramatic shades like Magic Spells and Black Poodle a little difficult to use in daily looks but maybe that’s just me. There are a ton of other great products to select in this collection so at least you’re not a hardcore MAC girl I’m thinking you might be safe skipping these.

Or perhaps you disagree?

Do you NEED these shades?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Icequeen81

    when it comes to eyeshadow im pretty neutral I want just , champagne beige, peach and golden shades that is my thing.
    So I agree with you they are dramatic for my taste

    • the Muse

      agreed, I’m more natural lately myself…these are tad too bold for me, perhaps for a night look but I wouldn’t make use of them daily.

      • Icequeen81

        yes, the more neutral the better, for a night looks wont work for me either, I do leave burgandy, wine for my night look on lips and a soft matte red brick or soft brown for a day look.

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        Soul eater ( watching at the moment
        black buttler I
        Ixion Saga DT ( funny) ongoing
        Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun (ongoing)

  • Shelby

    I think I’d rather get Naked cosmetics Ivory (vs Betty) or Ebony (vs veronica) than these separate shades, I’d never go through one anyway.

  • Marta

    Uhm I can’t pull off darks (same reasons you listened there) and I already have satin finish dupes for the Betty pigments. So I’ll skip them. Also the Spell book. Obviously I already own a small library of spelling books (duh!), but to be honest with you, one out of three times the spells don’t work at all. So thanks for the suggestion, but I’ll stick with what works for me: flying brooms and turning water into gazpacho U.U
    I wont’s spend a single cent more trying to travel back in time! If I did I’d probably have to wear braces anyway -.-” Sigh.

  • Leigh

    the only thing I’ve really considered getting from this collection (besides a possible lipstick or lipglass) is Magic Spells, because one of my go to shadows is Kat VonD’s One the Road (a brown that shifts green/teal) and Magic Spells would make a perfect smoke with it.

    Otherwise I’d pass.

  • Lovisa

    I really love Lucky in love (my first pigment ever… weird cause Im a MAC addic) And now I orderd Cheers my Dear also the last bottle as this is quite an old collection an I only had the betty blush from the release. I might get the Plack poodle to cause Im no fan of either nudes or neon >.<.
    They will last forever to 😉