MAC Chez Chez Lamé, Rosé Olé, Vintage Selection & Let Me Pop

December 29, 2010
I know what you’re thinking: Not another Cham Pale review! Even more so, MAC on this blog?* I realize you’ve seen this collection reviewed practically everywhere, but per request, here are my thoughts on the MAC Cham Pale collection and comparisons to other shimmer powders and paint pots.

Overall impression: I love the theme of shimmering pales (as seen in last month’s Loving Right Now: Shimmering Pales post). I’m all about the glowy and luminous but when I started seeing swatches and reviews on other blogs I was a bit let down. Everything looked so frosty! Still, curiosity got the best of me so I took a peek at the MAC counter the day after Christmas. I can report that my favorite bloggers did an amazing job in swatching with great accuracy. The colors are indeed very metallic in this collection, however I was able to find a few things that worked for me when applied with a lighter hand.

What I picked out, thoughts and descriptions:

Chez Chez Lamé Special Reserve Highlight Powder – This is a soft pale beige gold shimmer. I have a soft spot for MAC MSFs even though they tend to be overly frosty so I couldn’t resist these new highlighting powders. On my skin, the shimmer is more finely milled and less frosty. I also find these less frosty than Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. I was pleasantly surprised! This is extremely pale however – if you’re a Chanel Shell or darker I would recommend using this with a super light hand to avoid super-frost.

Rosé Olé Special Reserve Highlight Powder – This is described as a soft pink with gold shimmer, on me it’s a peachy-rose, slightly bronzey. Same finely milled shimmer quality on the cheeks. I think this will look great on the eyes. Since it’s darker it’s not quite as contrasted on my skin. I recommend also applying with a lighter hand, I don’t think these will photograph well if applied heavily – you will most likely end up looking oily from the shimmer/shine.

Vintage Selection Paint Pot – I was the most anxious to see how the Paint Pots looked in real life. I thought I would pass on them all as they looked glittery and chunky. They are significantly more sparkly than any other paint pots I’ve seen, yet there were two that I liked blended out. Vintage Selection is a lovely light mauvey-pink sparkle. Those who don’t like micro-glitters may find this too over-the-top. Normally I avoid glitter like the plague, but this one is pretty blended out. Even though these are creams, for some reason I find MAC Paint Pots to be a bit hard to blend and need a bit of help from eye creams.

Let Me Pop Paint Pot – A unique coppery peach that is light enough for me to wear on the eyes without looking ill. This too has glittery chunks, so I recommend if you do venture to try this, try it on in small doses.

The comparisons of similar products with swatches, MAC Chez Chez Lamé:

The comparisons of similar products with swatches, MAC Rosé Olé:

MAC Paint Pots, MUFE Aqua Cream & Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Color:

I found most of the Cham Pale colors original and different from others (with the exception of the repromotes). I don’t think this is a universal palette of colors. The paleness of everything will definitely not suit all skintones. The glittery frosty aspect of the lipglosses and paint pots will definitely be out of many women’s comfort zone. I personally don’t know who would wear those glittery lipgelees ever. But to each their own.

If you’re wondering how the shimmer highlighters compare to other high-end brands, well, I still have to tell you they just don’t. Even though these are finely milled and not-too-frosty, The Dior Skinshimmers and YSL Holiday Powder and Chanel just have a more natural glowy quality. Compred to the frost level of NARS Multiples, Blushes, and highlighters, the MAC is more subtle in my opinion.

I was surprised myself that I left the MAC counter with anything – you all know I’m not a huge fan of super-frost or glitter. I won’t say anything is a must-have, but I do recommend if you’re at all interested to explore this collection and check it out in person if you can. You might be surprised to find something fun and different.

* As an update to the rude commenter and others who like to throw insults on a regular basis – I did not mean to imply I am too good for MAC. I do like quite a few items from MAC, in fact a substantial percentage of my collection consists of MAC products, but mainly from older collections. Those who have actually read my blog for a while know I do not typically cover MAC collections by choice simply because it is a widely accessible brand that is well covered in blog reviews, message board reviews and videos. I blog about what I want to blog about and what I like. What I like is variety. If you are offended by luxury brands then this is not the blog for you to read.

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  • Another lovely post, thank you! The only items I picked up were Straight To The Head and Bubble Lounge lipgelees. You're right, they are uber and glaringly glittery. I don't wear eye products except for mascara, so I think I can afford to bling up my lips a bit even during work hours. I think they are super pretty on the lips but by no means is the shimmer refined a la Chanel Glossimers. Happy New Years!!

  • Amy

    I love that you compared Chez Chez Lame, Too Chic and the Armani–those are exactly the swatches I was hoping for! Thank you Sabrina! These are very useful!

  • the weather looks gorgeous whereever you are!

  • Colette

    I had high hopes for this collection since I'm very, very pale, but I thought that it was rather dissappointing. I did pick up the Vintage Selection paint pot, which makes a gorgeous base for bronzed eyes. I passed on everything else though. On my pale skin (BB alabaster), almost everything looked like pure frost.

  • So pretty! Thanks for the great swatches and comparisons. I love the paint pots and the nail polishes. The highlighters are very nice, although I am trying to use up what I have, so didn't get them–but I may just need to go back and get them before they're gone! 🙂 I really like this collection overall.

  • Anonymous

    MAC on this Blog?
    You are one Brand Snob lady…Infact your snobbish behaviour can be easily imagined the way your blog is presented.

  • Lovely comparison post Sabrina, I passed on all the paintpots because they crease on me anyway and they were just too light and sparkly. I did however surprise myself by picking up a lipgelee, I don't usually like them but Straight to the Head is a gorgeous color that looks pretty when applied as a very thin layer. What is your opinion on the Get No Kick eyekohl?

  • Eileen

    Sabrina, you just keep getting better and better. This is another lovely comparison post. You certainly have an eclectic collection!

    Although MAC comes up with some great concepts, when it is translated into face product, it is invariably too frosty for me at my advanced years 😉 There is a huge difference between frost and shimmer, and that's where MAC diverges from the likes of Armani and Chanel. Whereas MAC is about frost and glitter, most of the higher end lines are about shimmer and glow. That's not to say one is better than another. They're simply catering to different audiences. It's too bad your disgruntled commentor can't appreciate that we're all individuals who have different wants and needs when it comes to cosmetics. Anyone who slams another person simply because they prefer one brand over another is making much ado about nothing! It's a shame that there are malcontents out there in the blogosphere who seize upon the slightest thing in order to spew their vitriol, but there you have it. Ignore them.

  • Dear Sabrina,

    Just ignore these rude people, I am removing such comments on my illustration blog (I do a lot of beauty illustrations for magazines which is my passion) even without reaching the end of these people's discourse.

    Your blog is my daily read – it is fantastic for swatches, comparisons and valuable oppinions, you are doing a great job by sourcing various and numerous brands – personally I am a bit tired by all that raving over MAC products on other beauty blogs and I am also rather more into more expensive, unique brands (though MAC is not exactly a cheap one where I live either).

    Best wishes and my congratulations on creating such a professional source of information.

    The Illustrious Illustrator com

  • IronMaiden

    I don't usually post, but I want to say that I'm sorry that some twit lobbed an insult at you from behind a keyboard – about makeup. Hello? Karla and Temptalia have cover MAC collections in great detail, so it's not as if there's no other source on the entire Internet. I read your blog every day, consult it before I make purchases, and really appreciate the fact that you cover (in detail) indie brands like Edward Bess and Le Metier that I can't see in person. Furthermore, your blog is well written, the photos are fabulous and accurate, the comparison photos are extremely helpful, and the composite reviews you do are wonderful. Your work is much needed and appreciated, so don't let a comment from one sorry individual get you down. Happy holidays, and I look forward to reading in 2011!

  • Sabrina,
    If I want to see something that is really worth buying, I come to your blog. Being a snob, I'm entitled to my choices.

  • Whoa??? Where did that come from??
    Everyone appreciates the topics you cover. Infact, I enjoy the fact that I know to read details of high end brands before actually spending on them.

    Thank you and do not even care what Anons (rude anons) say…


  • Anonymous

    Happy new year, Sabrina. Just here to say I've been following your blog daily for the past one year. Thank you for all your dedicated time taken to share with us. Even though we are different skin toned, your blog is a reliable one for me to consult on whenever I'm contemplating my purchases. I'm no mac lover myself but once in a while I do find some good pieces such as their brushes. Makeup wise I don't usually purchase mac coz the quality of the finishes are usually not what I'm looking for even though they have many creative releases throughout the entire year. As for chanel, I have become a convert of sort because of you mainly.I'm looking forward to the spring collection based on your write-ups and swatches. Haha. I wish you and your family good tiding and lots of happiness in the new year.

  • Hi Sabrina,
    I currently reviewed Chez Chez Lame and I do love it. I was worried it would look ashy on me but it actually works. I should compare it to my Dior Amber Diamond but I'm lazy. I did compare it to Albatross. I also bought Let Me Pop and Soiree nail polish. Oh and Dangerous Cuvee.

    Goodness, I will need to take a break from MAC for a while!

    Who would say such a rude thing about you being to good for MAC??
    The nerve of some people!!

  • Hi Sabrina:

    Happy New Year!!! I literally just came across your blog yesterday and I really love it!!

    Based on your ChamPale post I wanted to comment…I am brave enough to say that yesterday on the way home from work I stopped at my local MAC store and bought TWO of the lipgelees – haha! Sin-Tillation and Bubble Lounge [ of course had to have the Caviar Dreams Quad too!!]. I love that the glossed they have glitter and that the colors themselves are not too pigmented. These glosses give a nice shimmer on their own or, as always, can be layered to add that extra ooomph!

    The first ever lipgelees I bought were from the Lillywood collection & I bought all 4 which had glitter as well as pigmented color. The 4 colors included a beige, pink, melon, and lavender so the gambit for me was pretty much covered. Without a doubt I can say that I love all of them!

    Then again I am a lip gloss junkie and MAC is my gloss of choice so I may be a bit biased. Have you ever used Coastal Scents Smacks? I have to say they are pretty awesome and I have a smattering of them too; with a cost around $6 how could you not?!

    Have an awesome New Year!

  • Chrissie

    Hey Sabrina thanks for the comparisons. I am smitten with Perky paintpot but I can't find it on Mac's website, was it limited edition?

  • Lisa

    Hi there. Please do not pay any attention to people who are rude to you on your blog. I love your blog. I find it informative and indeed a break from too much seriousness and worry that I have to deal with all day. You and cafe makeup are a spa for my eyes. Keep up the greatr work and pshaw those nay sayers. Don't give them the time of day.