MAC Cham Pale has entered the building! Cham Pale is a new fairly large-ish collection (though nothing compared to Venomous Villains) for winter 2011.

It features a variety of new (and some old) products that span the shimmery nude/pink/peach color range.

Interestingly I was SO interested in this when I first saw promo shots, which is very much unlike me. Normally I like a little more color in my life, but this collection spoke to me right away.

I think it’s because of the shimmer involved. These aren’t boring nude eyeshadows and glosses that just disappear into the skin upon application. They are metallic and sparkly and that will get me every time! 🙂

Let’s take a peek at the whole collection details:

Studio Fix Lash Black Fix – black ($14)

Special Reserve Highlight Powder ($28)

  • Chez Chez Lamé – soft gold with silver shimmer
  • Rosé Ole – soft pink with gold shimmer

Eye Kohl I Get No Kick – metallic nude  ($14.50)

Kohl Power Feline – rich black ($14.50)

Chromagraphic Pencil ($14.50)

  • NC15/NW20 – NC15
  • NW25/NC30 – NC25

Paint Pot ($16.50)

  • Chilled On Ice – frosted white gold
  • Let Me Pop – frosted light copper
  • Vintage Selection – frosted dirty peach
  • Dangerous Cuvée – frosted cool grey

Nail Lacquer ($13)

  • Soirée – sparkly light bronze gold (frost)
  • Very Important Platinum – dirty platinum (frost)

Lipstick ($14.50)

  • Tanarama – pale beige with golden shimmer (frost)
  • Flustered – frosted pale bronze (frost)
  • Quiet, Please – frosted pink champagne (lustre)
  • Gel – sheer metallic beige (frost)

Lipgelée ($14.50)

  • Luxure – off white with pink pearl (frost)
  • Sin-tillation – sparkly pale icy pink (frost)
  • Bubble Lounge – sparkly pink peach (frost)
  • Straight To The Head – sparkly bronze brown (frost)

Eye Shadow x 4 – Caviar Dreams ($36)

  • Brule – soft creamy beige (satin)
  • Et tu, Bouquet?frosted pale pink gold (frost)
  • Caviar Dreams – dirty frosted pewter (lustre)
  • Retrospeck – beached blonde (lustre)

Fix+lavender ($18)
Complete Comfort Creme ($32)
Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + lavender ($14.50)
Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + lavender Calm Mode – light neutral beige  ($14.50)

Paint Pots

Chilled On Ice

Vintage Selection

Let Me Pop

Dangerous Cuvée

Chilled On Ice, Vintage Selection, Let Me Pop, Dangerous Cuvée

These paint pots blew my mind for the most part. They are all beautiful shimmery metal-esque colors, with really nice pigmentation. Like most paint pots they apply very smoothly, are super creamy and dry to a nice velvety finish.

I am especially enamored with Chilled On Ice and Let Me Pop because they are so golden and amazing. The one I expected to like the most (Dangerous Cuvée) was actually my least favorite because it looks more “common” than the others.

I would use these either on their own or as an eyeshadow base to pump up an eyeshadow.

Caviar Dreams

Brule, Et tu, Bouquet?, Caviar Dreams, Retrospeck

Caviar Dreams is a really pretty, soft eyeshadow quad. It features three shimmery shades and a soft satin color.

I was pleasantly surprised with this palette because I expected the colors to barely show up on my skin, but they did. Brule (the satin) was the most pale, but it would be used as a highlight color for me anyway.

I like this palette, think it’s great for someone who doesn’t want TOO much color or is looking for something more conservative. Good pigmentation and nice soft shadows.

Special Reserve Highlight Powder

Chez Chez Lamé

Chez Chez Lamé

Rosé Ole

Rosé Ole

Chez Chez Lamé, Rosé Ole

The Special Reserve Highlight Powders are a new item in MAC’s lineup and are VERY cool.

First off you have to admit, the design of the powder is so great. It looks like soft fabric gathered up. I really hated to ruin the finish to actually swatch the product, but it had to be done. 🙂

Once swatched you get two really nice and different highlight colors.

Chez Chez Lamé is a pretty pale gold with silver shimmer and Rose Olé is a soft pink with gold shimmer. Both are pale enough and not too warm for my skin tone, so that’s a huge bonus.

I haven’t yet used these on my face but I think they will give off a really nice, yet subtle glow where ever applied.



Sin-tillation, Luxure, Bubble Lounge, Straight To The Head

The Lipgelée’s are some SUPER shimmery lip glosses that come in a nice tube. If you have ever used any of their Lipgelée’s in the past you know a little goes a long way. The product tends to come out a little too much and since they are SO shimmery, you really don’t need a lot.

What I love about these is the dimensional shine you get and they are not sticky like Lipglass is.

The one issue I had with these specific colors is that on the lip, Sin-tillation and Luxure looked almost identical on me. On my hand and in the tube Sin-tillation is a lot more pink whereas Luxure is more gold. But honestly I love them both so it’s just like getting extra product! Straight To The Head was a bit too warm and dark for me, but would look great on a different skin tone.

You could wear these on their own for a shimmery but more subtle look or over a lipstick to add more color.



Bubble Lounge

Straight To The Head

MAC Comfort Cream is a very rich facial moisturizer that is said to help relieve visible redness on application and helps hydrate the skin. I haven’t yet used it but I can tell you it feels very luxurious on my hands and smells nice!

MAC Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender is a nice lip balm with a very mild lavender scent.

Confession: I am a Lip Conditioner JUNKIE. I use the regular stuff on a daily basis a million times a day. I cannot even count how many containers I have been through in the last year since Karen at MBB turned me onto it. I LOVE it and can say it’s hands down the best lip balm I have ever used. So needless to say I will probably love this as well.

I was a little apprehensive about the lavender scent because I was worried it would be too much. I have had experiences in the past where a lavender scented hand lotion made me extremely nauseous. But this is mild, so it’s alllll good. 🙂


I didn’t get a chance to review every single item in this collection, but from what I did review I loved pretty much everything. I like that nothing is boring and plain here. We have tons of light-reflecting, shimmery products and I think everyone should be able to find something here that they like.

This collection is available on the MAC Pro website now and will be available everyone in North America on December 26th, and Internationally in January 2011.

Please let me know your thoughts on this collection, comments DO MATTER to me! 🙂

Oh and stay tuned for the nail polish swatches shortly!!


Written by Kelly
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