Do you hear the bonny bagpipes on the moors, or Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols? One in each ear? We’re telling a slightly twisted Tartan Tale to celebrate the holiday, in all its posh, punk, ancestral, anarchic, noble and naughty glory. Royal and raunchy, colours and patterns collide, fantasies come true, punk faeries take flight, with poetic new looks for Eyes to gaze long upon Glamora Castle: Dazzleglass Creme like Radiant Jewels; Lipstick kisses from The Faerie Glen; Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner; Family Crest Pigment; My Highland Honey from the heather in Powder Blush; Sexy Style Clan Nail Lacquer; and forever Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara, for the Dark Prince, or Princess. Enter A Tartan Tale, and be transformed!
A Tartan Tale was a huge collection and as you can clearly see, I kinda went cray and got a whole bunch of products from the collection. I think this was when my MAC obsession was at it’s peak (I blew about 200 Kuwaiti Dinars, no joke). To be completely honest, I’ve been obsessed with The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon ever since I was in highschool when I found it hidden away on a dusty library shelf, and the story is mostly set in Scotland. That said, holiday collections are perfect for trying out items that you wouldn’t normally purchase, because they usually come out with sets and kits containing several items.
I purchased 3 out of the 5 lipsticks available. Full Fuchsia is described as a bright blue fuschia with an amplified finish. Cut-a-Caper is described as a mid-tone peachy pink with a lustre finish. The Faerie Glen is described as a pale neutral pink with a lustre finish.
I had seen swatches of Full Fuchsia and was so convinced that it was going to be a favorite, that I didn’t even swatch it at the store before buying it. Just like with Petals & Peacocks lipstick, this was much darker than what I was expecting. It just didn’t look right on my lips but I think someone blessed with bigger lips could easily pull this off. I hated the shiny finish but once it wore off, it left a pretty reddish stain on the lips. I don’t like darker shades with a shine to them, on myself. They look great on some people, but not me. Cut-a-Caper is a light pink that leans slightly coral. It’s the lipstick version of Strange Potion lipglass. This will look great on everyone. It’s actually one of my favorite lipsticks! It wears off pretty quickly but I actually enjoy reapplying my lipstick. On most people, The Faerie Glen is a peachy-nude but on my sallow skin it looks more like a mauve-nude. Even the makeup artists at MAC were stunned by how different it looked on me. I’m usually not a fan of mauve but this is quite light on the lips and the mauve is so subtle that it somehow works as a pretty nude on me. The darker I get, the better it looks. This also wears off pretty quickly.
Passing Fancy is described as a bright orange coral with soft pearl. I generally don’t like anything glittery or shimmery on my lips. I prefer either glossy or matte textures and even then, only with certain shades but something about this… well, struck my fancy! It’s actually quite sheer so I only use this over nudes to give them that peachy pink tint that I love. I like the applicator because you can be as precise as you need to, which would come in handy with the more opaque shades. Lipglasses have a uber-sticky texture which I’m not a fan of but I find Dazzleglass Cremes are just as annoying because the glitter gives this a gritty texture (you can actually feel the glitter on your lips). This has a nice vanilla smell to it and by now you all know that I love anything that smells like vanilla. I passed on the other 4 Dazzleglass Creme because I’m not a huge fan of lipgloss (read: didn’t see any other shades I was interested in).
Excited to try out Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner for the first time, I picked up all 5 out of 5. Black Swan is described as a black with pearl. Lord It Up is described as a bronze with pearl. Black Line is described as black with gold pearl. Petrol Blue is described as a deep navy with pearl. Undercurrent is described as a teal with pearl.
Swatched in the same order as above (top row: Black Swan, middle row: Lord It Up and Black Line, Last Row: Petrol Blue and Undercurrant). I included the blurry pic on purpose as well as the other pics in different lighting so you can get a better idea of what these look like when applied. The shimmer in these liners lighten up the shades considerably. My favorite is Undercurrent which I use to line the outer third of my bottom lashline but Black Line is a close second because it’s such an interesting shade. MAC is always repromoting these so you will probably be able to purchase these again, soon.
I only chose Glamora Castle out of all 6 eyeshadows available because I was going through my grey phase and MAC described this as a dark grey with teal tartan striping. It’s actually a blue-ish silver. This is silky smooth and plays well with other colors. I actually apply this with my pinky as opposed to a brush because I don’t want to ruin the tartan striping. I mean c’mon, how pretty izzat? I think this is going into my Collectibles (read: not to be touched/used) pile.
MAC describes Her Blooming Cheek as a bright iridescent blue-pink with a satin finish and My Highland Honey as a bright coral with soft gold pearl and a satin finish. I was not expecting to fall in love with Her Blooming Cheek as pinks tend to look not so great on me but this gives a healthy pinky flush to my cheeks! This is crazy pigmented which is why I use a stippling brush for a softer application. It applies as a matte on me, no sheen whatsoever. I love my corals and peaches so it should come as no surprise that I picked up My Highland Honey. This blush is a gorgeous peachy orange but is so subtle that if you have medium to dark skin like me, you can get away with piling it on. To warm up my face, I apply so much of this and it looks great. For a more subtle lit-from-within look, I apply this more sheerly with said stippling brush. It does look powdery in the swatch but I didn’t bother blending it in my swatch, after piling it on, because it was too subtle, plus it’s a powder product. There’s bound to be fall out.