For the first time in a loooong while, I didn't make a beeline to the MAC counter as soon as I stepped foot inside Nordstrom's. They were having their anniversary sale, so I headed straight to the sunglasses section where some designer brands' prices were slashed 40-60% off. I was able to score Gucci sunglasses at 50% off the retail price. I am so happy! The trade-off though was that I knew I wouldn't have the heart to buy the new MAC Starflash shadows, because even with the 50% discount, Gucci shades' prices were still prohibitive. Like a magnet, MAC reeled me in notwithstanding the fact that I told myself not to buy anything after my sunglass purchase. However, I contented myself to oggling at the new MAC collections and engaging in a swatching spree.
I was able to do some swatches of the Starflash and Colour Forms shadows and pigments today, and I have a few lemmings. Over-all, I have a lot of MAC shadows that are similar to the Starflash ones and thus can be duped. As been discussed on MAC fan boards, Mink & Sable looks a lot like Sumptuous Olive. Lotusland reminds me of Stars & Rockets and Lavender Sky, and I have both of those. Top Hat and Sunset B. remind me of the pink and eggplant purple shadows from my Heatherette 2 trio (V.I.P. and Cassette respectively), although admittedly, Sunset B. is a lot more vibrant and has better color pay-off than V.I.P. Go! is a beautiful cool bronze, so I will definitely be getting that. Talent Pool is a cool blue that is easily dupe-able (I'm thinking Shimmermoss). Another one that I would be getting but is not in my swatches is Smoke & Diamonds, a beautiful grey with some olive undertones, although, as expected, it also has a near dupe in Sweet Sienna pigment, which I have a whole jar of (so it kinda doesn't make sense to get Smoke & Diamonds). However, I am really drawn to the color, especially since it's in the form of an eyeshadow in a pot, so I will most probably be getting that.
Here are some swatches with flash:
Note: Grand Entrance should read DREAMMAKER.
Swatches in natural light (no flash):
Colour Forms Pigments
I am a self-proclaimed pigment fiend so I am definitely be getting these pigments even if just in 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon samples. I do have full size jars of Steel Blue and Jardin Aires (which I am really loving right now - tip: this pigment is best applied DRY, as it clumps when foiled). I have fallen in love with Circa Plum, Gilded Green and Tea Time. I can just think of how great these would look with the other colors I have.