Dec 11 2014

Holiday Eye Look: MAC Pigments Rose Gold & Glitter


As promised in my Romantic Holiday Eye Look post, I’ve had a play around with the pigments I purchased a few weeks ago (Objects of Affection Holiday Collection MAC Pigments Rose Gold, Pink and Glitter set) and I’m ready to share the result. Unfortunately, the set is sold out in most places but the particular pigments used (apart from the Glitter in Reigning Riches) are permanent: Rose and Tan. (If you want to see swatches, check out my haul here).


Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter


I’ll preface this by saying that this is the first time I’ve used MAC’s pigments (or pigments of any kind for that matter). Though, I have used glitter before, of course. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve seen and read a fair bit over the years when it comes to pigments, so I was armed and ready with my MAC Fix+ and 239 Brush to pack on that colour!

MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter Look – What I used:


  • MAC Pigment in Rose
  • MAC Pigment in Tan
  • MAC Glitter in Reigning Riches (LE – Copper Glitter)
  • Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Creme Brulee
  • Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Vanilla Bean
  • MAC Eye shadow in Brown Script
  • Stila Smudge Stick in Lion Fish (Deep Brown)
  • Nars Via Veneto (Black Pencil Liner)
  • Stila Liquid Liner (Black)
  • MAC Fix+
  • MAC 239 Shader Brush
  • Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush (reviewed here)
  • Sedona Lace Tapered Blending Brush (reviewed here)
  • Urban Decay Shadow Pencil Blender Brush
  • Smashbox 24-hr Shadow Primer
  • Small Mirror


Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold, Tan & Glitter

Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter - Makeup Geek

MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter Look – What I did:

Prep: The pigments and glitters can be finicky especially in these smaller jars, so before starting I scooped out a rice grain amount of each onto a small mirror. This made my life easier throughout the dipping/mixing process.

After priming the lid, I took the Tapered Blending Brush and lightly dusted Vanilla Bean over both eyes, concentrating the most color on the brown bone and inner corner of the eye. Using the same brush, I applied Creme Brulee throughout the crease in a imprecise manner. 🙂 After spraying my 239 brush with Fix+, I dipped into the Rose pigment, making sure to pick up a decent helping, and placed it on the outer two-thirds of the lid, pressing gently (rather than swiping) I repeated to intensify the color. Using the same 239 brush, I flipped it around and went into the Tan pigment, pressing that onto the inner part of the lid.

To deepen the crease, I used MAC’s Brown Script on a UD Shadow Pencil Brush to really define that area.  I then blended between the crease and transition color (Creme Brulee) with the Tapered blending brush, not adding any additional shadow.

Before moving on to the trickiest part, the glitter, came the liner work. I lined the upper and lower water lines with Nars Via Veneto, smudged a little Lion fish along the lower lash line, and winged out some black liquid liner on the upper lash line.

I’d heard that the glitters can be really difficult to work with so instead of reaching for the Fix+, I thought – why not use the primer?  Mixing equal parts Smashbox primer and Reigning Riches proved to be quite effective. Using the RT fine liner brush, I pressed the mixture along the lower lash liner, bringing it all the way up towards the wing I’d created with the black liquid liner. Two coats of mascara and done! What do you guys think?


Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter - On Eyes 1

Without Flash (Left); With Flash (Right)

Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter - On Eyes 2

Without Flash (Left); With Flash (Right)

Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter - On Eyes 3

Without Flash (Left); With Flash (Right)

Holiday Eye Look MAC Pigments Rose Gold and Glitter - On Eyes 4

Without Flash (Left); With Flash (Right)



Thank you guys for joining me on my first foray into pigments! Do you have any tips and/or recommendations?





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  1. What a gorgeous look, I absolutely LOVE it! <3

      • Kimmy on December 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm
      • Reply

      Thank you, Melissa. I tried. 🙂

  2. So beautiful! I’m convinced I need these!

      • Kimmy on December 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm
      • Reply

      You do! Haha. I hate to enable but a few pigments can’t hurt, right? Especially if you get the in the smaller travel sizes. 🙂

  3. Love the look you created! <3 🙂 xo

      • Kimmy on December 14, 2014 at 10:59 am
      • Reply

      Thank you Katie! I was a little nervous but it turned out ok, I think. 🙂

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