Re: mac pigment reformulation
Originally Posted by xsuzyqx
I talked to one of the gals at my counter the other day, and she said that the reason the pigment jars were changed was specifically so they could KEEP the original formulas. She was told by corporate that the ingredients used in the pigments were starting to get expensive, and so the only way MAC could afford to keep the same formulas for pigments was to cut costs on the jars, which is why they are smaller.
I told her about the teal swatches I saw here, and she said it's possible they were bad jars. I haven't purchased pigments since the new packaging so I can't personally compare. :
this is partially true. yes, ingredients to make pigments were getting more expensive, and so that they didn't increase the price, they made the packaging smaller.
however, like with any product, sometimes the formula must change due to the availability of certain ingredients. lets say they use colour #16 to make a product. then lets say colour #16 is either no longer available, costs to much, whatever. since they can't use #16, they decide to use #20 which is more readily available and is cost beneficial. so they start using colour #20, which does tend to make the product darker, less sparkly, etc. this is what happens with every product. no one product has had the same formulation as it did when it first came out (with the exception of newer products of course).
as for teal pigment specifically. its not a bad batch. as you all remember, the last holiday set had the different teal, and now the different teal is in the new jars at all locations. its the reformulation, and its here to stay. until its reformulated, again, that is.