Unique MAC Graphic Garden Palette

Hey Everyone!

On Monday I had business in the same area where there is a CCS, and I can never resist a peek there. For those of you who don’t know, a CCS/CCO short for Cosmetic Company Store/Outlet they are outlet stores that sells discontinued or overstock Estee Lauder owned cosmetic brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Origins etc… for 30% off retail! Discontinued MAC goodies on the cheap? Yeah, they know me by name there.  Anywho! So while I was there my fave sales girl Megan let me know they had some new stuff that had just come in, so she opened the boxes to show me the goods. Among the delightful new arrivals was the Graphic Garden Palette from last years Nordstrom anniversary collection. It contained a bunch of perm MAC shadows I’ve had my eye on, and two discontinued ones including Jewel Blue, which I’ve been lusting after and never thought I’d get my hot little hands on.  SO needless to say I got it, I’ve been using it, I love it…etc.

But this is not a haul post.

More after the jump

No no my friends. So today I was cruising Allcosmeticswholsale.com  (I’m sort of obsessed with finding discontinued MAC Veluxe texture shadows and Wondergrass. It’s sort of hopeless, but a girl can dream right? I mean, I DID find Jewel Blue!) For those of you who don’t know, Allcosmeticswholsale is kind of like a CCO online, but something are original price or higher. So whilst cruising for gems, I saw a listing for the Graphic Gardens palette, but it was different from mine; the colors were in a different order. Intrigued, I clicked on it, and found that not only were the colors in a  different order, they were entirely different colors! For a second I thought maybe there was some kind of mistake so I checked my fave MAC fan site, Specktra to read their info on the Graphic Garden collection, and sure enough, they had the other palette’s line up listed.

The palette above is the one that I find all over the internet.  The colors are:

  • Social Climber – (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Botancial Blue – (Frost)
  • Straight Hedge – (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Wild Wisteria – (Lustre)
  • Linear Lilac – (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Graphic Garden – (Velvet)

I was having a Twilight Zone moment until I remembered that the box for my palette had a sticker (presumably of authenticity) that has Chinese Characters on it. So putting two and two together, I figure I have an Asian Exclusive palette. I don’t know for sure and I haven’t been able to find any definitive proof, but that’s the only explanation that makes sense to me. Here’s some pics of my palette & the packaging.

I love how the picture changes when you move the palette.

Jewel Blue is one of MAC’s Veluxe texture, SO SMOOTH and pigmented. MAC bring them BACK!

Above with flash

Below without flash

See weird sticker. Does anyone know what language this is?

I think it’s cool that I found a MAC palette I can’t find online, and since it was bought it at a legit MAC retailer, I know it’s real.

I thought it would be fun to share this oddity.

<3 Cora

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  1. May 26, 2010 / 1:12 pm

    The sticker looks like it’s either Japanese or Chinese to me. That might explain the different colors?? Very odd indeed 😀

  2. May 26, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    That is so cool! I haven’t been to my CCO in about a month… I think its time to check out! I love the colors 🙂

  3. May 26, 2010 / 1:47 pm

    I just received today my order from a website in england that sells discontinued MAC at low price and just bought a veluxe pearl discontinued the rite of spring, kinda of a beige with pink shimmering. If you wanna know the adress if you’re interested, just tell me 😉
    Take care sweetie

    PS: they just created a channel on youtube, today I think, they have just subscribe to my channel so that’s why I know they’re on youtube 😉

    • vintageortacky
      May 26, 2010 / 3:05 pm

      oh I’m on the hunt for Veluxe, it’s different from Veluxe pearl 😉 it’s a super smooth matte formula, and some of the colors they had were PERFECT!

  4. Alecia
    May 26, 2010 / 2:04 pm

    OMG! This is so cool! I love that palette. I have been wanting it for awhile. I wish I had CCO’s where I live, I would be in there all the time:)
    Love the colors in this palette!!

  5. melissa
    May 26, 2010 / 3:04 pm

    I check ACW almost daily, however have yet to buy anything from them, and recently almost bought the “graphic garden” palette… I was checking for them on ebay too but they were much more than this one and couldnt tell if they’d be legit…I am relieved though to hear that ACW is in fact a legit retailer!!! So exciting to hear about your rare find!!! Swatches please? 🙂

  6. anna
    May 26, 2010 / 9:01 pm

    The mini sticker label is in chinese. =] hope that helps?

  7. Chiara
    May 26, 2010 / 9:04 pm

    The sticker is in chinese, I am gonna see if my sister can read it!

    • Chiara
      May 26, 2010 / 9:33 pm

      It says “Chinese Health Inspection Department” just means it was inspected for quality and what not 🙂

  8. May 27, 2010 / 10:10 am

    @Chiara – thanks for the info! I was curious as well! 🙂

  9. Tisaya
    June 6, 2010 / 8:34 pm

    Hi Cora, I’ve been a follower of yours for quite a while now on youtube and read your blog from time to time. I can’t help but notice that you’re looking for wondergrass e/s. I happen to have one and I don’t use it. It’s been used once and still looks brand new. I can take pics for you if you want. But I wanted to know if you were still interested in it?

  10. jennifer
    July 9, 2010 / 10:47 pm

    thanks for posting this! i recently went to a CCO and wasn’t sure if the one i picked up was legit. i was really confused by the names and the color order being so different but it’s good to know that perhaps this came from asia. cause CCOs don’t sell fakes…right?

  11. Krystina
    August 15, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    OK I must know where this place is !! I am told make-up junkie and recently found out that mac had discounted my fave deep bright purple eyeshadow Endless Love and the subs they offer online well suck!!! I live in the bay area not to sound stalker like but I need to go there.
    Thank you tons

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