Champagne smash, shimmering with all the bubbly optimism and golden glow of the best that’s yet to be!
MAC Cosmetics toasts to a happy new year with Cham Pale, a post-Holiday collection full of shiny, shimmery, and glowing shades. Just the promotional image just says it all – it just reminds me of dewy glow models usually have in photos or on the runways, only more, and definitely bolder.
With that, here are some of the items I have from the MAC Cosmetics Cham Pale Collection!
One special product on the Cham Pale Collection is the Special Reserve Highlight Powder. It’s as big as beauty powders, or the usual limited edition big-sized blushes, and this time, it’s highlighters on the spotlight. Highlighters are heavensent as they add to that 3-d effect on the face, plumping out flat features, and giving us that interesting dimension. Of course, it needs the help of contouring shades, but good highlighters are as hard to find as contouring colors. MAC Cham Pale has two shades of Special Reserve Highlight Powder -
Chez Chez Lame is described as “soft gold with silver shimmer.” I was shocked as I used this to sweep a soft “C” shape from the area under my undereyes, to my cheekbones, blending out to my temple. It was very shimmery, alright, like I applied too much! But then, I just believed in it and let the magic sink into my face as I knew my it’d settle after some time. Lo and behold, it was just so photogenic! It was the most visible highlighter that I’ve ever come across, and it photographed so well!
This is me, after dinner ( count two hours after application ) I love the dewiness!
When I was in highschool, I used to dream of owning a product that would give me that exact dewiness on my cheekbones on the photo above. After years of searching for a good highlighter, and stumbling across different brands, I must say – I’ve found it! This is just perfect. No one can take this away from me!
Another shade is Rose Ole, a soft pink with gold shimmer. This can be worn on top of pink or peach blushes ( as it looks a bit peach on my end ). This can also be worn alone for that soft color on the cheeks! I think that this matches well with every skintone, be it light or dark, so this is quite a keeper!
Aside from Special Reserve Highlighters, I also have two champagne-y shades of Paint Pots –
Vintage Selection is a pretty, pretty, icy peach shade, that just turned peach into a holiday color, instead of a fresh, summer one! It’s a pretty color for a paint pot, to be definitely used as a base, and even be worn alone! It’s for lazy days wherein you’re forced to wear nice makeup for a night-out, this can definitely save you, together with Dangerous Cuvee. ( the next shade )
Dangerous Cuvee is a frosted cool grey shade that I simply love! Paint pots acting as our eye makeup base almost all of the time, this one is really likable as it is a shade of its own, and I can definitely wear this alone, with all the confidence in the world! Definitely a good, careless semi-smoky eye shade for the evenings. Love, love, love!
MAC Cham Pale also has a special eyeshadow quad of its own, called Caviar Dreams ( oh, how luxurious! ) ,
The Caviar Dreams eyeshadow quad, at first look, really looks so dainty and soft-focus. I’d definitely toss it in my bridal makeup loot.
Brule is a soft creamy beige, satin-textured eyeshadow that looks good as a brow highlighter. It looks matte, but not flat. Et tu, Bouquet? on the other hand, is a frosted pale pink gold shade, that I would adore as a base. Retrospeck is a beached blonde lustre shade that looks shiny when swatched, while Caviar Dreams is a dirty frosted pewter shade that would also be nice as a base, or a crease color. These four can make good eyeshadow combinations, though they would only be very light on the eyes. Take a look at my very simple eye makeup look below, which I used Et tu, Bouquet? on my entire lid, Caviar Dreams to create a crease, Retrospeck on my inner V, and Brule to highlight my brows.
I’m a bit so-so with this quad, that I can live or live without it.
MAC Cosmetics Cham Pale Collection also includes the Chromagraphic Pencils that are always found in the MAC Pro stores. I specially love MAC’s Chromagraphic Pencils because they really give me the illusion of bigger, and well-rested eyes whenever I apply it on my lower waterline. This one, I will repurchase over, and over, and over. For reference, I use NC15. It’s more natural-looking that the normal white eyeliner.
MAC Lip Gelee in Luxure is an off white glittery lip gloss with hints of pink. I think I’d skip on this for everydays because it’s a bit too shiny and sparkly for my taste, but for shoots, this would definitely go on the center of my lower lip – highlight galore!
MAC Cosmetics has come up with another variant of their very famous Fix+ setting sprays. I used to own MAC Charged Water and loved it so much, and it was time to roadtest Fix+ sprays. The new variant, Fix+Lavender comes off a bit too strong on my olfactory senses – as I am not a real fan of heavy-smelling fragrances. Despite that, I find myself reaching for it every after makeup application ( for foundation ) to set my foundation, and make it look really natural and flawless. I am going to be on the lookout for the next variants of the Fix+, then!
What do I think of this collection? Well, I think that the Special Reserve Highlighters are quite keepers, that I would recommend them to everyone, for safekeeping as it’s not everyday wherein you see such special, and hardworking highlighters! I’m not sure if chromagraphic pencils are sold everywhere, but if they are sold on non-pro stores, then it’s definitely time to stock up on them! I just love that product to pieces ( and stays on long, too! ) I am more excited about the next 3 collections of MAC that I am about to review – so watch out!
Seen anything to your liking? Lemme know what you think!
Disclosure : Products sent by company for review. Opinions are 100% mine.