MAC X Beth Ditto Collection swatches & review

Hi Guys & Dolls!

I have a soft-spot for strong female singers- when I was a teen growing up I was all about Courtney Love, Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette. Badass Rock Star girls were who I wanted to be friends with. Their no-holds barred brash rock ‘n’ roll and honest lyrics spoke to me, and told me that there wasn’t just one way to be a girl. In that vein is Beth Ditto. She’s nasty like Courtney, she has the big soulful voice like Fiona, talks about sex like Alanis. She’s also gay and she’s plus size, thankyouverymuch. When I found out MAC was doing a Beth Ditto collection I was elated!  It’s one of those collaborations that makes your head explode thinking of how awesome it could be. 

I have three items to share with you today, a Nail Lacquer, a colored mascara, and a strange thing called powder to the people.

VAGABONDAGE Nail Lacquer($16 for .34 oz) is a lavender-pink cream. The color payoff is pretty good and I surprised myself by wearing this for a week (normally I get bored and change my polish after 2-3 days). My only issue is the price tag: Is MAC really charging $16 for their already smaller than average Nail Lacquers now? I don’t think there is something outrageously special about their nail colors, formula or brush so pardon my adverse reaction.

Next up is Plum Reserve Zoom Lash ($15 for 8gm) MAC has tried colorful mascaras in a few of their formulas, but I think Zoom Lash is the perfect vehicle for it. For me this mascara has a nostalgic quality- the smell of it reminds me of my first mascara: It was blue, and I bought it at Claire’s when I was 11. I know other mascara’s smell identical to Zoom Lash, but I guess because this one has color it makes me sentimental for my Blue mascara, Red hot pants and afternoons spent at Roller Towne. Le Sigh. Back to the here & now, this mascara is a bright purple, delivers volume and a bit of curl, and is a great option if you’re looking for a really bright deep purple mascara.

Last but not least we have an odd-duck of a product: Powder to the People ($38 for 10gm). Is is eyeshadow? Is this for face? According to MAC this is an eye product, but in practice it doesn’t work very well that way- the “dot” parts are sheer and chalky, and seem to be pressed harder than the pink-background color, which is similar to Dame Powder Blush by MAC.  If you blend all the colors together you get a grey color that is sort of nice for contouring on light skin, and because it is so finely milled it blends nicely, in fact it blends to almost nothing. I’d say overall, skip it unless you’re a huge Beth Ditto or MAC Fan who must collect every powder MAC makes.

Also of note, the first one MAC sent me arrived broken (thanks UPS guy!). because of this you can see that the “dot” parts are pressed separately from the base powder, and go all the way though.

Powder to the People and Plum Reserve

I was thrilled that MAC did a collection with one of my fave singers, but I feel like overall this collection fell flat. The colorful Zoom Lash Mascaras are great and I think MAC should make them perm, what are your thoughts.

Where to buy- This collection is still available at

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  1. July 23, 2012 / 11:33 am

    I like the purple mascara, but wow, the nail polish and powder seem disappointing. I don’t care for the MAC polish because it always chipped like crazy for me 🙁

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      July 23, 2012 / 4:12 pm

      For me MAC polish is hot or miss, too bad my fave one from them can be duped by Hard Candy and Orly (Mean & Green)

      • Cora (vintageortacky)
        July 23, 2012 / 4:13 pm

        *hit* or miss, though hot works too ^_^

  2. Kimberly
    July 23, 2012 / 3:14 pm


    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      July 23, 2012 / 4:11 pm

      Haha- I’m always honest! Glad you liked the review

      • Kimberly
        July 23, 2012 / 4:44 pm

        yeah I know…. 🙂

  3. Sara
    July 24, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    Claire’s is one of my fave stores! I got my first big eyeshadow palette from there! 🙂

  4. July 25, 2012 / 6:49 pm

    the nail polish is very pretty pink! almost doll like pink

  5. Melody
    July 25, 2012 / 9:19 pm

    I really want to pick up the dark aubergine mascara in this collex if it’s still around in a few weeks. And Powder to the People does look like it’d be a nice contour. I hadn’t thought about that. I agree, I’d thought this collection would be more exciting but I’m still glad it happened.

  6. July 26, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    I love the nail polish! I’ll have to check out Beth Ditto. This is the first I’ve heard of her. used to be on top of music, and go to go to concerts all the time, but then I had kids. now I’m lucky if I go to one a year.

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