Saturday, June 8, 2013

MAC Blue Brown Pigment Swatches & Dupes

Today, I will be reviewing/swatching MAC Blue Brown pigment. 
The Basics:
Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Does not streak or cake. Easy to blend and long-lasting. Please note: Pigments are sold by weight not volume. Containers can appear to be less than full due to settling of the products.
MAC describes Blue Brown pigment as a brown w/ blue/green pearl (Frost). Pigments come in 4.5 grams/.28 oz for $21.00 on MAC's website (discounts for Pro members). 
The container comes with a twist off lid & a sifter. It can be quite messy to work with & I had fallout all over my vanity table!
I have had my eye on this pigment for a few months but I have so many mineral eye shadows & other loose eye shadows that I rarely use. Once I googled the images, I was sold. This color is amazing. They offer so many different pigments that it's hard to make a decision. I have MAC Club & I love that color, this is a brighter bolder MAC Club.  
It's so hard to get this color to photograph right. This color is a duochrome, so in the container  it is a reddish brown (like show above) but when the light hits is a certain way it reflects a green/teal color. I personally love duochromes because you can completely change the color with different primers & bases. It's like getting two eye shadows in one!
(Look at this color!)
I have quite a few colors that are close but still very unique. I purchased Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE) Dino Spotz quite some time ago but it became a favorite very quickly. They do look completely different in the container. I feel as though GDE Dino Spotz is a finer consistency, however, when applied it isn't as bold.
Next is Wet N Wild's "Comfort Zone" Palette's definer. This is the right side's definer & as soon as I saw this color I loved it. Again, this is a dupe for MAC Club, which is the eye shadow version of MAC's Blue Brown pigment. It have that same chocolate/reddish base with the teal shimmer.
This is MAC's Club. You can see that this color and Wet N Wild's definer color are so close. 
Onward to the swatches!
This is just MAC's Blue Brown Pigment swatches with different primers.
(From left to right)
1. No Primer
2. Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy (AMAZING!)
3. Urban Decy Primer Potion
4. Foiled with BFTE's Mix & Seal
Obviously, Pixie Epoxy makes this color look gorgeous. 
Fyrinnae's description of Pixie Epoxy:
The original! A must-have for shimmery, sparkling shadows! This is not an eye shadow primer, or really a base. It is to keep sparkles on and/or to make shimmery shadows appear "glossy": a foiled look without foiling. 
Originally developed and formulated in 2007, this unique "glue" is designed to hold the sparkliest, most shimmery eye shadows in place, minimize "fallout", and also to easily create a foiled look without foiling. Don't worry, it's easily washed off, and while keeps shadows in a water-resistant state, the product itself is water-soluble (no silicones or oils).

Here are the swatches of the Dupes:
(Front left to right)
1. MAC Blue Brown Pigment (no primer or base)
2. GDE Dino Spotz (no primer or base)
3. GDE Dino Spotz foiled with BFTE's Mix & seal
4. WW Definer from "Comfort  Zone" palette (no primer or base)
5. MAC Club (no primer or base)
Even though each color is close, they are still very different. GDE Dino Spotz is really close when foiled but still more red, less bold & when dry does not show as much teal. The WW definer is closer than MAC Club. In all honesty, Club doesn't really compare. It deosn't pull the teal tone unless foiled, it's closer to a red brown when applied dry.  
All in all, I love this pigment. I'm hoping to play with it later this evening & get a look to show you!
Thanks for stopping by! 


  1. M.A.C pigments rock :)

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  2. I love all of those color!! they are soo pretty!

  3. Where do you find mac's duochrome the red/brown/green eye shadow? I have it from a few years ago and I am almost out.