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MAC’s Cham Pale – My Tale

I haven’t wanted to purchase anything for a while from MAC, but when I saw the Cham Pale release, I was interested in picking up some of the pencils. So I have to share my tale of pencils with you, as well as my look for the day and some swatches. By the way, MAC’s Cham Pale is finally online and available at their website, and you can get free standard shipping with the code BUBBLES.

Yesterday, I worked from home. Ray offered to go pick up the MAC pencils I wanted for me, which I was ecstatic about. I texted him the exact names so he’d know what to grab. He braved the mall yesterday (which was INSANE) and picked up what he thought was MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil (a rich black) and MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20. Unfortunately, the woman behind the counter was not paying attention to him at the crowded Nordstrom’s MAC counter and handed him NW25/NC30 pencil. So he gets home and he’s all excited because they were both in stock and he knew I wanted them. I take them out of the bag to check them out and see that Feline is right (YAY!) and the Chromagraphic Pencil is wrong (boo!). It’s too late for me to drive back out to the mall and return it.

I check online on Temptalia’s site and see that the Cham Pale should be available on MAC’s website. I check and I can find Feline but I can’t find NC15/NW20. The other sites I check have NC15/NW20 sold out. I’m a bit sad panda at this point, because it sounded like Nordstrom’s would sell out of the pencil.

Today, Ray and I went back to International Mall, to Nordstrom’s to exchange the pencil for the correct one. The store isn’t nearly as busy as yesterday, but the staff seem cranky. We waited by the counter for several minutes before one of the 3 sales associates comes over to see if we want assistance. When I explain that Ray was given the wrong pencil, I didn’t open it, I just want to exchange it for the right one, the sales associate kind of rolled her eyes and and stomped off to go grab it, as if by me saying that someone gave Ray the wrong product was impossible.  She then tells me we’re sold out. So I say ok, I’ll just take a refund. She’s all, are you sure you don’t want something else? And I say no thank you. She tries to press and I’m not having it. She processed the refund and then huffed off to watch one of the other MAC people do a makeover on a customer.

I then trudge down to the MAC store in I-Mall, which I tend to avoid because normally the nice people are at Nordstrom’s and the not-as-nice people are at the MAC store. I guess this just changes depending on day. The people at the MAC store were not busy at all and were really friendly. I immediately was helped by a cute girl who found the NC15/NW20 pencil (YAY). Then when she asked if there was anything else she could help me with, I asked her to suggest a natural contour shade. She got super excited and took me over to see the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals. She fussed with the shades and finally decided that Medium Dark (matte caramel beige) would be a good shade for my coloring. She then showed me her technique and recommended brush for application. So I picked up that as well as the pencil.

I finally broke down and ordered two Sigma brushes to go with the Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals. I ordered the equivalent of the MAC 109 Small Contour Brush, which Sigma calls the F05. I also ordered the Sigma Small Duo Fibre F55, which I think may be the equivalent to the MAC 187. I became a Sigma Affiliate while purchasing these brushes, so I’ll definitely be reviewing them and telling you what I think of Sigma as compared to MAC and ecoTools.

Now, on to the swatches!

I will try a look with this soon, I promise, as well as the pencils.

I used to exclusively use MAC eyeliner pencils, but I always felt like they smudged on me. This was before I ever tried eye shadow primer. Once I tried primer, I still associated MAC pencils with smudging, so I tried out Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils and fell in love with those, since they tend to not migrate on me. I’m giving these a chance because I’ve been wanting something other than UD’s Yeyo for my lower water line. You’ve probably noticed me using MAC’s Blanc Type on the lower water line, so I thought that NC15/NW20 would be a nice change. I also wanted MAC’s Feline after I saw Temptalia’s Black Eyeliner Comparison Swatches and I saw how deep and dark it is. It really is an intense, rich, dark black.

I compared it to UD’s Zero for you, which I normally use.

Ok, so I promised you a look. I haven’t done a look for a few days because I had an allergic reaction. I strongly suspect it was from Stila’s Smudge Stick in Peacock. I didn’t use an eye shadow primer along my lower lash line and my lower lash line is where I had a reaction. Bleh. I did a very minimalistic look.

Flirt! It Curls Mascara in Bombshell Black
(yes, I wore mascara by itself, without a primer today!)
Avon Glimmersticks Brow Pencil in Soft Black

Hard Candy Welcome Matte Mattifying Powder – all over face and eyes

Too Faced Blush Duo in Pink Provocateur
MAC Blush in Full Fuchsia

Avon 24K Gold Lipstick in Golden Rose

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    • http://dazzleglam.blogspot.com molly

      I’m so glad to hear you found it!

      I LOVE the chromagraphic pencil. Try using it as a buffer between your lips and rest of your face while using reds and fuschia tones. Well actually as a reverse lip liner.

      Feline is amazing isn’t it?

      • Phyrra

        I will try it as a reverse lipliner :)
        I was planning on it solely being used on the lower water line.

        Feline definitely is amazing. I’m impressed.

    • http://sugarpao.blogspot.com sugar sugar

      Whooaaa!!! It’s a lot more black than Zero – I MUST get feline but will wait for you to say whether it smudges or not. :p

      Sigma brushes are great, IMO! I hope the brushes you ordered will work for you. :)

      • Phyrra

        It is! I’ll find out tomorrow :)

        I read a few reviews of them online, most of which were positive. A few said they shed like crazy.

    • http://www.sparklecrackcentral.com LiAnn – Sparklecrack Central

      Wow, some bright and cheeful folk at Nordies, there. Meh. Maybe they’re having the grown-up version of Post Christmas Blues? Take them a lemon bar and a blankie, and tell them to find a corner and take a nap. :D

      I know little to nothing about applying blushes and facial contouring, and if you’re so inclined, I’d love a quick lesson at D*C. Or if you know of some good online tutorials…? (I suspect it may be a combination of face shape – Relentlessly Round – and lighting. I got a Benefit makeover yesterday in Sephora, and the blush looked very nice/natural in Sephora. At home? A bit too much. Not Sister-of-the-Mattress “too much”, just “amateur” too-much.)

      • Phyrra

        I have no idea what the people’s deal was at Nordstrom’s, but Ray said they weren’t the people who were there yesterday.

        I’ve been trying to learn about contouring, so I’ve checked out tutorials and books. I’m going to try it with the new brush and the new mineralize skinfinish natural. If I can do it correctly, I’ll make a video and I’d be happy to show you at D*C. I’ve never found a tutorial on contouring that made my jaw drop, but I’ve seen a few good ones. I just end up feeling clueless :P

        • http://www.sparklecrackcentral.com LiAnn – Sparklecrack Central

          Kind of like when you’re learing a foreign tongye and you’re feeling like you’re starting to get a good grasp of the language, can kind of hold your own in conversation, don’t have too outrageous of an accent…and then you hear a three-year-old kid speaking the language. And you can’t understand one word out of five (if that much.) And your highly evolved brain curls up into a fetal ball and whimpers.

          Some videos/books/tutorials, you suddenly go from “hey, I know a little bit about (language)(makeup)(programming skill)” to “omigod, what was any of that, I didn’t catch a bit, I’m a total noob.”

          • Phyrra

            Yes, exactly like that!!!!

    • http://eyeconicmakeup.blogspot.com/ Heather / Eyeconic

      I wish I had known about that free shipping code before last night when I ordered! I used typical makeup logic and decided to just spend another $20 to get up to $50 and get free shipping XP You’re lucky to have 2 MAC stores near you, there are none where I live or where I’m moving next month.

      • Phyrra

        There’s basically a mall that has a MAC store in it, and a Nordstrom’s counter that has MAC. It used to be that the people who worked at Nordstrom’s MAC counter were nice and the people at the MAC store were not. That has since changed. There’s probably a few other MAC counters in department stores within an hour’s drive, but there is only one MAC store in Tampa. The MAC counters in department stores don’t always get all releases, so I tend to prefer to order online from MAC’s website. The code for free shipping didn’t show up until this morning in my mailbox.

        Oh, and I love your logic on shipping :) I usually do that, too! I also search Retailmenot.com for shipping coupons.

    • Sara

      Thanks for the comparison between the MAC feline and UD’s Zero. I’ve got some Zero that came in palettes, but wondered about just “how black” Feline is compared to it.

      Ugh. I don’t wanna buy MAC, but this ChamPale collection is making me need something. And maybe that fluidline from the other one that’s out now….

    • http://shopmystash.blogspot.com Darcey

      Sorry about your bad MAC experience. :( Glad you finally got what you wanted, though!

      • Phyrra

        It’s ok, I was just really disappointed with MAC for the entire Cham Pale release.

    • http://prettynerdygirls.blogspot.com/ Anna Lee

      These look really nice! That was always my issue when I first started using eyeliner daily, it never seemed dark enough, but feline looks like heaven.

      Also, oh noes about a possible reaction to your Peacock smudge stick. :( It’s so pretty on you too, hopefully it isn’t so!

      • Phyrra

        I know! It’s so gorgeous! I’ll be experimenting – carefully – with it. I had a similar reaction on my upper lids to the Stila Purple Pumps smudge pot, but not the other ones. So I think it’s my very sensitive skin reacting to something, just haven’t been able to pin point the ingredient. And if I use eye shadow primer, I don’t have a problem.

        Feline looks amazing.

    • http://www.beautyfromanotherplanet.wordpress.com Lorraine ER

      I was wanting Feline because of Temptalia’s black comparison too- but I’m worried about it smudging as well. I like the way Zero 24/7 stays put but my only complaint is I can never get it sharp enough to get a thin line. Feline is darker and thinner but if it is smudgy then it’s not worth it. I was wanting that same chromagraphic pencil too, I hope they have it in stock locally.
      I got some eye brushes from Sigma just a couple weeks ago and I’m loving them but I don’t have any MAC brushes to compare them to.

      • Phyrra

        One trick I’ve learned is if you can’t get a sharp enough line, take an eyeliner brush and run that along the tip of the pencils, and then brush the eyeliner on with the brush.

        I’ve got MAC, ecoTools, e.l.f., Sonia Kashuk, Medusa’s Makeup, Urban Decay and a few other brands. MAC is my favorite ‘high end’ though I like the UD and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my ecoTools brushes. The Medusa’s makeup are pretty good, too. I specifically love the Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush. Some of my Sonia Kashuk have gotten scratchy, like some of my e.l.f. have. I have a few mark brushes and they were a lot rougher than I expected, which was disappointing.

        I’m looking forward to test driving Sigma.

    • Cathryn

      Ooh! I just bought the Feline pencil online….I couldn’t resist after seeing temptalia’s eyeliner comparison, either! I didn’t find the NC 15/20 chromographic pencils interesting, but now I’m thinking it might be cool to use them for a pale, skin-toned lippie or something (if they’re lip safe).

      I was more excited about the stylishly yours collection. I picked up the madly magenta cream colour base and the style curve lipstick. I can’t resist neons/purples.

      • Phyrra

        I’m not sure if it’s lip safe or not. I think it may not be, but I’ll try to find out. I think Temptalia’s site may have mentioned if they were lipsafe.

        I’m not a fan of the cream color bases. I have the Violet pigment already (have for a long time) so I can attest that it’s pretty. The lipsticks looked pretty.

    • Apriltini

      Poor thing. You look all puffy and inflamed along your lower lid. I’m sorry you had such a crappy time with the MAC stuff and the poor sales help.

      • Phyrra

        Believe it or not I have healed from how awful and raw I looked before. I used One Hand Washes the Other’s awesome lip butters under my eyes – carefully – after I’d cleaned the skin, and it really helped it to heal fast.

    • http://www.londonmakeupgirl.com LondonMUgirl

      Oh, I like you with a very simple look too :)

      I tend not to bother with the MAC LE releases because they’re just too crazy busy, but I do like the look of that Chromographic Pencil. I might have to brave MAC for this one.

      • Phyrra

        I think the pencils are worth it. Most everything else I usually can find a great indie equivalent, but I’ve not run across indie pencils that I love.

    • Scientific Housewife

      What an adventure! I am lucky that I have a MAC store down the street from me (Wiregrass) and it’s rarely busy, so that is a plus.

      BTW, I am loving the Physician’s Formula gel liners, they really last a long time :)

      • Phyrra

        Where is the MAC store at Wiregrass? I had no idea one was there! That place definitely has less traffic.

        And YAY for you loving those liners. I really do think they’re fab.

    • http://www.the-beauty-spot.net Rach

      Hiya :)

      I totally got the same Skinfinish like a week ago! They prescribed me the same colour! I love how finished it makes me look :) just waiting on Champale to launch in UK (so sloooow)

      Keep up the good work :)

      • Phyrra

        Very cool! I hope it launches soon for you :)

    • http://vulcanbutterfly.blogspot.com/ Vulcan_Butterfly

      Have you tried this on your waterline? I use Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero on mine and it sucks and doesn’t stay on long. If you ever try it you should post about it, it would be interesting to know how it holds up!

      • Phyrra

        I will very soon!