MAC's Cham Pale Collection is set to launch next week on 12/26, the day after Christmas. Luckily the local MAC counter has some testers out for me to share swatches with you. Please note there is 1 paint pot and all of the lipsticks missing since they weren't available today. I'll update the post once the collection officially launches. This collection is definitely not for color lovers since the emphasis is on soft neutral tones with lots and lots of shimmer.
Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow QuadCavier Dreams is a brown grey with glittery flecks. This is a lustre finish and you know my feelings about those. Chunky, flaky, and tons of fall out.
Et Tu, Bouquet is a re-promote from the Rose Romance Collection. It is a light pink with shimmer that's also in the lustre formula. I like the color but not the fallout.
Retrospeck is a light brown/golden color that's in the lustre formula as well. It's a permanent color.
Brule is a satin finish light cream color that's great for highlighting the brow bone. I really love this color and use it almost daily. This is part of the permanent collection.
If you don't mind lustre formula eyeshadows and like Caviar Dreams, do pick up the quad since Brule and Retrospeck are permanents at $14.50USD. This quad would save you some $$ as you'd be paying $6USD for each eyeshadow.
Luxure is a cream color with pink and silver shimmer.
Straight to the Head is a brown with pink and silver shimmer.
Sin-tillation is a pearl white with pink and blue icy shimmer. At first glance, it looks similar to Luxure but this is much cooler and has different color shimmer bits.
Bubble Lounge is a peachy pink with silver and pink shimmer.
Tinted Lip Conditioner with LavenderCalm Mode is a soft pink that's a MLBB color. I reminds me of Pink Fish from Hello Kitty but slightly sheerer. This doesn't quite smell like lavender or mint to me. It was a strange smell that's tough to describe.
Eye KohlI Get No Kick is a champagne eye kohl that would be great to highlight the inner corners of the eye.
Feline is a dark black kohl that has been re-promoted many times. I like this but it does smudge after several hours of wear so it's not particularly my favorite like it is for others.
Here are the swatches again in direct sunlight:
It is difficult to capture the subtle shimmer differences in each lipglee so here are how they look a bit blurred. Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what to expect in terms of shimmer color differences. In all honesty, all 4 lipglees are incredibly gorgeous in real life swatches.
Special Reserve Highlight Powder
Chez Chez Lam is a golden color with slight shimmer. This is best used to highlight the cheekbones. It is incredibly similar to the Too Chic Beauty Powder from Stylishly Yours. When I swatch them next to each other, I couldn't tell the difference.
Rose Ole is a light pink with golden shimmer. This color would be best for those with lighter skin tones. I don't think it'll show up on medium to dark skin tones. I tried this on myself but could barely see the pink. The color is so soft and rather muted on the cheeks.
Taken with flash:
In direct sunlight:
Paint PotsChilled on Ice was missing from the testers. Will update with swatch later.
Dangerous Cuvee is a grey/gunmetal with silver shimmer.
Let Me Pop is a light mauve with silver shimmer.
Vintage Selection is a peach with golden shimmer.
The paint pots confused me the most out of the entire collection. At first glance from the swatches that have been popping up on other blogs, they look very sheer. When I swatch them, they feel very creamy, soft to the touch, and was super gorgeous. However after they dried down a couple of minutes later, the glitter started to flake off. When I swipe my finger across the swatch, the glitter pieces came off. Think of these as lustre finish cream paint pots if you will. I really do wish the texture would stay creamy as when I first applied them. However, I will say these are not all that sheer and are definitely buildable.
Close up shots:
I would say the lipgelees are very beautiful and the standout of Cham Pale if you like glittery lipglosses. I fell in love with them from the first swatch..BUT..once applied on the lips, they look rather patchy. In the mall lighting, I get this shimmery subtle look but in outdoor lighting, it was a hot mess. Imagine your lips with tons of glitter that's not at all subtle but in-your-face dotty glitter. I went from "OMG I love it" to "whoa whoa never doing that again". Of course this is a personal preference since I'm more of a subtle shimmer gal, not so much a disco ball glitter gloss type.
The quad is a definite pass for me as well as the highlighters. I tried both highlighters on my cheeks but the effect was so muted I couldn't really tell the difference. These are also slightly powdery. Fix+ did smell really good so if you're a fan, you should pick one up. The Comfort Cream's texture is much thicker compared to moisturelush and the Lightful cream.
Overall, the collection is gorgeous at first glance but turned out to be disappointing for me. I still ended up with my original 2 lemmings even after seeing it in person. If you're a fan of shimmer, pale, glittery colors, this is definitely for you!
Top Picks: Calm Mode TLC and I Get No Kick Eye Kohl.
What's on your list for Cham Pale so far?