FOTD: Shimmer and Matte

This is what happens when you grab a bunch of stuff without a plan, and slap it together. SMH. I’m not a big fan of this look, but I’m dealing with it…

Armani Face Fabric in #5
Armani Sheer Bronzer in #2
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Moss Green
MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Graphite (lids)
Make Up For ever Eyeshadow in 116 (inner corner/under waterline)
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 69 (crease)
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida
Mac Extreme Black False Lashes Mascara
By Terry Lipstick in Fashion Beige

FOTD: Surf The Ocean

I haven’t really gotten a chance to play in my Surf The Ocean pigment stack before now. Can I just say that what has happened to the gold pigment is just BEYOND. I’ve smashed it out several times, and it continues to melt back together into a wet little ball. I feel like there’s less pigment in that pot than any of the others. It’s also become increasingly difficult to pick up with a brush. I worked with it today… but I think I’m just either going to mix it with the ‘dry’ MAC gold pigment from the regular lineup, or some Sugarpill Goldilux.

Anyway, here’s what I did today:

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light (5.0)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
By Terry Or De Rose in Coral Rose (blush)
Armani Sheer Bronzer in #5 (highlight)
MAC Surf The Ocean Pigment Stack:
Bronze on the lids
Graphite in the crease and under the waterline
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Stila Smudge Stick in Onyx (waterline)
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
Haughty Lip Gloss in Polish It Off

MAC Surf Baby: Surf The Ocean

So… MAC quickly replaced my busted pigment stack of Surf The Ocean. I’m really surprised and pleased by their service and fast response on this matter. I called them about it late last week… and it arrived today!

Titanium                     Bronze
Aquamarine                Graphite

Now, some of you guys had complained about the gold pigment being ‘melted’ — mine was too. I found that if you just smash it around, it goes back to looking like the others. I think MAC is experimenting with this new ‘wet’ pigment formula… it may take some time before they get it right. I do like the pigmentation level on these new formulas though; they have more depth.


My swatches on both pigment stacks are a little ‘bumpy’ — because I’m still getting used to the formula. You have to really smooth these out. I did better when I put them on my eyes. I also found that you don’t need much at ALL to really blend out and create a beautiful look.

One side note: did you guys notice this?

A special note to those looking to create any lip glosses or colors with these pigments… DON’T. I don’t know what they’ll do to your lips. But you have been warned.