Here are a few swatches from the products of the MAC Jeanius collection that is coming out in stores tomorrow. This little collection is MAC's way of paying homage to the trusty denim and how it revolutionized the way women (and men) clothe themselves. I love the color of blue denim jeans and this is a nice way to put a denim spin on a makeup collection.
See swatches and review after the jump
Motorhead is a mid-tone dirty blue with copper pearl. The copper on the rivet is merely an overspray, so that is kinda disappointing. However, this particular eyeshadow is pretty pigmented compared to the two lighter ones. I think this is my favorite out of the four eyeshadows as well. I love the medium blue shade. I am wearing it right now on the crease and it is really pretty.
Stovepipe Black is a black with copper pearl. This does not really look like a true black to me, but more of a dark grey with some shimmer. I like it that way, though, because I have a lot of black eyeshadows anyway. As with the others, the copper rivet is merely an overspray. Like Motorhead, this has better pigmentation than the lighter shades. Great for the crease and outer V for a smokey eye look.
This is a white with silver rivet. I am disappointed with the color payoff and texture of this shadow. Very chalky, little color payoff. However, if you would just use this to highlight the browbone, this is a good choice because you don't want your browbone to look too white/highlighted.
Diva in Distress
This is a mid-tone grey with silver pearl on the rivet. It has the same color payoff and texture as White Jeanius. Chalky and not very pigmented.
L-R: White Jeanius, Diva in Distress, Motorhead, Stovepipe Black
As you can see, Motorhead and Stovepipe Black have the best pigmentation out of the four shades. White Jeanius comes next and Diva in Distress is the chalkiest. I would recommend Motorhead the most because it has the loveliest shade, color payoff and texture out of the four. If you need a dark grey, Stovepipe Black is a good choice as well since the pigmentation is good. I would not recommend White Jeanius except if you are looking for a soft white as a highlighter. Diva in Distress is too chalky for me to recommend.
I received one of the lipglasses called Docile which is actually my favorite of the three. It is a chome peach pink with pearl that is a very pretty shade to use either alone or on top of a lipstick. I love light pink lipglosses and this is right up my alley.
Top: Riveting Rose
Bottom: Acid Washed
Top: Acid Washed
Bottom: Riveting Rose
Right: Docile lipglass
My favorite from the lipsticks is Riveting Rose. It is a beautiful deep burgundy with blue pearl that is very wearable. I used to be afraid of these types of lip colors, but it does look quite good. Acid Washed is too light for my pigmented lips. Docile lipglass is light and fresh, perfect for spring.
Pink Cult on cheeks
Pink Cult is a very pretty matte mid-tone dirty neutral pink that is very similar to The Perfect Cheek blush. It may look blah in the pan but it is quite lovely and it complements my skintone. The matte finish is also great because it makes the blush last longer on the cheeks. Formula is not splotchy at all. This is going to be a staple for me come spring time.
L-R: Biker Blue, Frayed to Order
Biker Blue is a beautiful black base with purple and blue pearl, and Frayed to Order is a white matte with soft pink duochrome pearl. I will be coming up with separate nail entries featuring nail looks using these lacquers.
All in all, I am quite disappointed in the two lighter shades of eyeshadows, but the darker two have good pigmentation and would make great crease and outer lid colors. It's sad that the eyeshadows should have been the stars of this collection because of the pretty and quite innovative way they are presented (jean imprints and rivets), but the lack of pigmentation in the lighter two ones is a let-down.
My favorites from this collection are Motorhead and Stovepipe Black shadows, Docile lipglass, Riveting Rose lipstick and Pink Cult blush. Skip the two lighter eyeshadows. As for nail lacquers, Biker Blue gets my vote. Frayed to Order is good if you like matte and/or duochrome lacquers.
I will be coming up with Part II of the swatches once the products are out in stores.
The Shades Of U Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Note: Media samples were provided by a representative of the company for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.