MAC A Tartan Tale Lip Swatches and Ruminations on Five

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MAC and lucky number 5


“Number 5 is Alive!” — Johnny 5, Short Circuit, 1986

Five is not my lucky number (nine is), but apparently someone over at MAC has a thing for it. It’s the unofficial magic number in MAC’s Land of Tartan-ian (my word) Lipstick and Gloss. The MAC A Tartan Tale Collection is rife with fives — five MAC Lipsticks, five Dazzleglass Cremes and sets of five Sassy Lassies Lipglasses (with five Lipglass minis each).

Coincidence? Or subtle homage to 1986’s Short Circuit?

The world may never know, but what we do know is this: MAC A Tartan Tale comes with A LOT of fives and lip colors.

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Glaze Lipstick in Courting Lilac ($14)

NOTE TO SELF: Bring bagpipes down to the MAC counter next Thursday, October 28. That’s when the collection arrives in the U.S. International bagpipers will have to hold on a little longer (November 11).

A few notes on the lippies and glosses swatched…

  • Glaze Lipstick in Courting Lilac: This shiny violet with subtle golden pearl underwhelmed me in its tube, but it absolutely overachieves on lips. MAC gave it their classic light vanilla scent and kept it unflavored. NARS-ophiles, doesn’t it remind you of a lipstick version of berry-and-gold NARS Sin Blush?
  • Lustre Lipstick in Cut A Caper: Forgetting for a moment that we’re talking about MAC, I can’t help but wonder how this warm peachy pink gloss would look with the new NARS holiday blush in Sex Appeal. Like Courting Lilac, it’s also lightly scented with vanilla and remains flavor-free.
  • Dazzleglass Creme in Radiant Jewels: A trickster. Don’t be duped by how dark this looks in the tube. It’s a very sheer and shimmery magenta on the lips (has a light vanilla scent, and flavor this time, too).
  • Lipglass in Tad Saucy: A pale, cool baby pink with green, blue, silver and rose micro-glitter. It’s the most pigmented of the Sassy Coral Lassies I’ve seen and bears MAC’s signature light vanilla Lipglass flavor and scent.
  • Lipglass in Jest For Fun: Great name, right? 🙂 And the NARS comparisons keep a-comin’! Doesn’t this creamy peachy pink bear a strong resemblance to NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss? I think it’s darker, though, with warmer undertones. Take care not to over-apply, lest you end up with lips that look a little porn starry, eek!
  • Lipglass in Pretty, Quick!: First impression? A straight up creamy coral, but upon closer inspection you ‘ll see subtle bits o’ shimmer. I love it, although it seems more like a summer shade than one I’d wear often in winter.
  • Lipglass in Mimmy: When I saw the tube I shouted, “That’s young MAC Lychee Luxe!” Young as in inexperienced, ya know, before she went wild in Cabo over spring break, but the shade’s much sheerer than I thought.
  • Lipglass in Hearts-a-beatin’: A super pigmented warm reddish coral with golden sparkles. This gal packs a whole lotta color, BAM!

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Lustre Lipstick in Cut A Caper ($14)

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Dazzleglass Creme in Radiant Jewels ($18)

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Tad Saucy (one of five shades from the 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass kit, $29.50)

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Jest for Fun (one of five shades from the 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass kit, $29.50)

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Pretty Quick (one of five shades from the 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass kit, $29.50)

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Mimmy (one of five shades from the 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass kit, $29.50)

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Hearts-a-beatin’ (one of five shades from the 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass kit, $29.50)

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Glaze Lipstick in Courting Lilac, $14

MAC a tartan tale holiday 2010 swatches pictures photos
Lustre Lipstick in Cut A Caper, $14

MAC a tartan tale holiday 2010 swatches pictures photos 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass
5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass in Hearts-A-Beatin’, Jest For Fun, Mimmy, Pretty, Quick!, Tad Saucy


For more on MAC A Tartan Tale…

Well, M’lady of the Makeup Highlands, see anything your lips would like?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Not MAC related (at all) but still FANTASTIC news: Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale (20% off) wasn’t officially supposed to start until tomorrow (October 22), but for some reason the discount code already works online, WOOT! If you’re interested, just enter code FF2010 at checkout.

Huzzah! I tried it this morning, and it worked! 🙂 Thank you, Tiffany, for the heads up. You da, girl!


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  1. Amber says:

    OMG yes. Resistance is futile. It’s okay because they’re minis and I may actually use them up in this lifetime, yes?
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  2. Tiffany says:

    No problem girlie!

    I love the lipsticks but I’ve banned myself from buying lipglasses. They’re too sticky for me and always collect in gross lines on my lips 🙁

    All this holiday makeup is getting me excited for the holidays!!!

  3. Iris says:

    Cut A Caper lipstick kinda remaind me Vegas Volt Lipstick (MAC) isn’t it??

  4. Vonvon says:

    Courting Lilac for me….I think I have quite a number of lipsticks in similar shade already but I love this kind of shade.
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  5. steph b says:

    I keep saying I need to get some cream lipsticks and glosses because I prefer that to shimmer for work and then some sneaky cosmetics company throws another gorgeous shimmer at us. Courting Lilac is stunning. Such a great fall warm plum.

  6. Tracy says:

    Wow that Courting Lilac is so dang pretty! MAC you are making me so broke…. but I love it!
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  7. Heidi says:

    Corals? Oh yeah, I’m SO there! This holiday collection’s gonna cost me!

    • Karen says:

      Corals are my weak spot, too! I know they’re technically more of a summer color but I love ’em all year long. 🙂

      Do you have any fave corals from the permanent MAC line?

  8. knownever says:

    Courting Lilac looks pretty interesting, but the others are so sheer! very dissapointing.
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  9. BlovetBeauty says:

    radiant jewels looks amazing on u….
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  10. Wendy says:

    omg… NEED Courting Lilac for sure now. 😀

  11. Nina says:

    oh im so glad i dont use lip products that much! otherwise, i would be in trouble!

  12. MONICA_MAUI says:

    ooh, i’m slightly disappointed that they’re not as pigmented. my lips are really pigmented and i’m thinkin these lipglasses won’t do. i do love the lipsticks!

  13. Mel says:

    i’m all over these lipglasses. niiiiiiiiiiiice.

  14. Ariel says:

    I’m loving Cut a Caper. Wasn’t sure if it would be too orangey, but I bought it today and I think it had just enough pink to be unique and pretty!

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