Product Review: MAC Pressed Pigment in Nostalgia (Heirloom Mix Collection)

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As I mentioned in my recent round-up of November favorites, lately I’ve been gravitating towards beauty products with a bit of sparkle. They lift my mood, at a time of year when I tend to be somewhat grumpy (more so than ever this year! yay!) and they work well for day-to-evening situations when holiday parties start to pop up on the calendar…

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My recent impromptu visit to the MAC boutique on Fifth Avenue resulted in two purchases: Eye Kohl in Prunella, which is fast becoming an everyday staple for me, and Pressed Pigment in Nostalgia. Nostalgia is a limited edition product from the holiday Heirloom Mix collection.

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And here it is, opened. Nostalgia is decribed by MAC as a “soft light salmon beige.” I think it’s more of a rosy champagne. The Pressed Pigment formula is new to me, and I like it. It’s a solid, slightly creamy powder shadow/highlighter that can be applied dry (for a sheer shimmer) or dampened (for deeper pigmentation).

The lovely makeup artist who assisted me at the MAC boutique applied Nostalgia to my eyelids with a fingertip, tapping it onto the skin and patting it gently to blend. She concentrated the pigment on the centers of my lids, spreading it out just a bit. I was already wearing my everyday Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells shadows that day, and Nostalgia added a touch of magic.

mac nostalgia swatch

Here’s a swatch. Nostalgia is less pinkish on skin than it appears in the pot. It has a very, very fine shimmer with minimal “fallout.” It’s really a versatile neutral highlighter that would work well over various eyeshadow shades. It adds a subtle, warm sheen, as though you were carrying your own candlelight around with you.

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Here’s one more shot of Nostalgia in its glittery black pot.

Do you have any favorite products for holiday “looks”? Feel free to share!

MAC Pressed Pigment in Nostalgia sells for $21 at MAC boutiques and many department stores.

Product source: I purchased this item.

Images: all photos by Tinsel Creation.

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