Monday, April 19, 2010
MAC Greasepaint Stick in Dirty
I'm torn. I'm supposed to love it because it's taupe. I'm supposed to love it because it's TAUPE! But I just kinda don't.
I'm talking about MAC's Greasepaint Stick in Dirty.
Greasepaint Sticks from MAC are a hybrid of paint pot, eye liner and eye shadow. It has remarkable staying power and is crease resistant like a paint pot. It is lovely used alone to line the eyes like a soft kohl liner and it sets quickly for no smudging. It can be smudged out before it sets to act as a shadow or applied over shadow as a crease color and smudged out too.
So what's not to like?
I'm not sure. It's nice and all.. but I feel like it's almost redundant as a base for shadow as I end up covering it up. The fine point runs down after the first use so use as a liner for my top lids is almost impossible. Using it as a shadow is OK, but honestly, it doesn't smudge as nicely as I would like and I have other dark taupes in powder shadow form that I personally prefer.
Yet another annoying thing...It's limited edition and almost sold out everywhere. Honestly I tried to get this posted as soon as I could, but I had to work with this sucker for a while before I decided if I really liked this item from MAC. I am getting sick and tired of the multiple limited edition releases from MAC. I know this is a tired old argument, but I just have to say that PERHAPS, maybe, if MAC concentrated as much energy into 6 key releases a year as they do into the... what is it? 30 to 40 releases a year? MAC could come out with some STUNNING and revolutionary items. I mean what the heck? MAC released an eyeshadow identical to Satin Taupe...I love Satin Taupe but do we really need two? And another thing, the limited release of items creates a buying frenzy that causes people to hoard product and re-sell it on evilbay for sometimes 5 times the retail cost! I mean what The FUC....I'm sorry. I got carried away. You all know the argument and any business major from any community college could point out the fact that this kind of marketing makes MAC tons of money and it's not about artistic development. It's only, and has always been, about money.
So do you NEED this? (If you can still find it.) I'm going to give an unpopular opinion here and say. NO. I know a lot of people LOVE Dirty Greasepaint Stick and they think it's the bee's knees, but I honestly don't think it's all that special. It's $17.50 and I just don't find it $17.50 special. It's OK to disagree with me. It's OK for you to extol the virtues of Dirty Greasepaint Stick in the comments section. I'm OK with that. I just don't think it's a MUST have.
EOTD using MAC Greasepaint Stick in Dirty smudged along lover lid and lower lash line. MAC Sweet Sienna pigment patted and blended on top of Greasepaint Stick up to crease. MAC Naked pigment blended from crease to mid upper eye. MAC Vanilla pigment used to highlight. MAC Blacktrack gel liner used to line upper lid, tightline upper lid and line waterline. MAC Zoom Lash mascara.
PS! Thank you to my kind readers for pointing out that the Greasepaint Stick actually DOES come with a sharpener. (Under the bottom end of the liner) I had no idea. And THANK YOU for the tip about putting it in the freezer for a spell before attempting to sharpen it. That really works well.