Sunday, October 5, 2014

MAC Brooke Shields Collection: Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette and Nail Polishes in Dignity and Pricey

I haven't been following MAC's new releases as closely as I used to and sometimes only learn of new collections when I receive MAC's marketing email in my inbox but, sadly, by that time most of the in-demand items are long gone--as was the case with the Brooke Shields Gravitas 15-pan eye shadow palette. I didn't give it much more thought until Saturday morning as I was walking through Macy's and was drawn to the MAC counter to take a look at the collection. As luck would have it, the sales associate said there was one palette left. But, I asked myself, did I need another eye shadow palette--especially one that has a few shades that I already own? Well...the rational half of my brain said, "Not really." But the more dominant, fun-loving half of my brain said, "Heck yeah, you do--and why not throw in a couple of nail polishes while you're at it!"



MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Eye Shadow x 15 Palette

Top Row: 

Pretty (Satin)
Soft Brown (Matte)
Expensive Pink (Veluxe Pearl)
Clove (Satin)
Satin Taupe (Frost)

Middle Row: 

Canter (Frost)
Luscious (Frost)
Antiqued (Veluxe Pearl)
Psyche (Frost)
Carbon (Matte)

Bottom Row: 

Shroom (Satin)
Persuade (Matte)
Plummed (Veluxe Pearl)
Lofty (Satin)
Pepper (Velvet)

Left to right: Pretty, Canter, Shroom, Soft Brown, Luscious, Persuade, Expensive Pink, Antiqued, Plummed, Clove, Psyche, Lofty, Satin Taupe, Carbon, Pepper

Left to right: Pretty, Canter, Shroom, Soft Brown, Luscious, Persuade, Expensive Pink, Antiqued, Plummed, Clove, Psyche, Lofty, Satin Taupe, Carbon, Pepper


I am really looking forward to using this palette on a daily basis. It has a nice ratio of neutrals and more colorful shades, along with mattes and shimmers. I do wish there would have been a different shade in place of Carbon, as I already own two of them. A matte black is always helpful and I can understand why they would include it, but Carbon is notoriously over-used in MAC palettes. Perhaps it is time for this shade to either retire or be reborn in a new formulation. What do you think? 

The Gravitas palette is a great value for anyone who doesn't already own the permanent shades included here, which are: ShroomSoft Brown, Expensive Pink, Antiqued, Satin Taupe, and Carbon. I'm sorry I don't have better swatches for you, but do visit Temptalia for a closer look at the individual shades and a more comprehensive review of the palette. It is currently sold out on MAC's website but may still be available at your local counter, although there seems to be a limited supply, unfortunately. If you're not able to get your hands on it, there are also two Veluxe Pearlfusion eye shadow palettes: "Mortal" and "Trusted Instinct" ($44), which are both currently still available on MAC's website and Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy's, and Dillards.    

There are two limited-edition nail polishes in this collection: Dignity--a pretty and ladylike salmon cream, and Pricey--a glossy, dark warm red, described by MAC as "burgundy." They contain 0.34 oz, which is the same amount of product in MAC's standard polishes, but these cost $5 more ($17 versus $12). The bottles are of the "ice cube" shape, similar to those used by Estee Lauder, and the gray-toned brush handles are adorned with Brooks Shields' signature in vibrant orange. The formula of Dignity is quite nice and opaque. These polishes are described by MAC as having a new high gloss formula with a "no streak/no chip finish." When applying Pricey I had some difficulty getting even coverage around the cuticles due to the somewhat narrow brush--but that may have been my own fault--I am not an expert at applying such dark shades. Pricey, although not a unique color, is really gorgeous. I can never get enough of this type of deep red.  


Dignity Nail Lacquer

Pricey Nail Lacquer

Have a lovely week! 

12 comments:

  1. I'm so sad I missed this palette! :(
    It looks like an amazing deal and I was actually looking to put together a custom mac palette with very similar shades. Sigh.... Maybe I should attempt a scavenger hunt? Anyways, really excited for you being able to get your hands on this one!

    Marianna | www.impressionblend.com

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  2. Hi Marianna, Thank you! :) I don't know why MAC didn't produce more of these. They sold out so quickly online. I hope you are able to find one -- but if it's any consolation I think a custom palette, despite the higher price, would be even better in the long run because you would be able to select your very favorite shades -- there are some shades in here that are a bit lackluster, and also the palette is not reusable -- you cannot pop out the pans and replace them with new shadows. But it is nice to see MAC offering this sort of 15-pan palette and I hope they design more in the future!

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  3. You know, I must admit that I am very annoyed with your post because I was perfectly okay with missing out on this palette until I saw your swatches. Now I'm convinced I NEED it (I really don't) and that my makeup collection will be lacking without it (of course it won't).

    In all seriousness, I am glad that you did manage to snag one and hope that others will be as lucky! It really is a shame that MAC never produces enough of the products that are clearly going to be popular. I am consoled by the fact that a few of these shades are permanent and that I will likely be able to find very similar colors within MACs own permanent range and probably in my own stash.

    - Dhariane

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    1. Hi Dhariane, I agree, it is a shame that MAC continues to produce limited quantities of items that are the most popular :( It's a nice palette but for those who already have some of these shades I think it is not a must-have. You will definitely be able to duplicate most if not all of these shades :)

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  4. In love with the shades in the palette, they are gorgeous!
    xprincessjas | ♥

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    1. Hi Jasmine, It is pretty to look at! Most of the colors are quite warm but I'm glad they included a few neutral/cool shades as well :)

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  5. I agree about Carbon! I don't actually own many MAC eyeshadows at all and don't have it, but I see it pop up in palettes every time, and it's really just not that good. Looks all powdery and patchy every time I see it. I thought about picking up this palette because it seems so versatile, but the MAC LE hunt is kind of exhausting. I'm glad you managed to snag one, though!

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    1. Hi Larie, I know what you mean about the MAC limited edition hunt! I'm much less tempted these days by MAC's collections but something about the Brooke Shields collection really appealed to me - all of the items look flattering and wearable :)

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  6. I wasn't fully convinced of the greatness of this palette until I saw your row of swatches! They look like fall leaves of every colour lined up together. :D

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    1. Hi Liz, It is a nice palette for fall. I wore the orangey-bronze shade today along with the shimmery plum. Looking forward to trying out other combos soon :)

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  7. Shadows are very warm for the fall season

    Faye

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    1. Hi Faye, Yes - definitely a warm toned palette - really like the selection of shades they've included :)

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