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MAC x Rosalia R Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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MAC R Eye Shadow x 10 Palette ($50.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that has 10 eyeshadows spread across five matte shades and five shimmer shades. The matte shades were thinner, somewhat powdery, and not as blendable as MAC mattes typically are (especially in these lighter tones).

The shimmers were much denser, almost thick, and were firmer in the pan, so they took a heavier-handed application style to pick up evenly (or else use a fingertip/wet brush, the latter being my preferred method). On their own, the shimmers were decent, but the thickness of the formula made it so they did not pair well with the thinner mattes used in the palette.

The color story itself is more limited as it was very light-leaning, so it likely will not translate or be as functional for darker skin tones, but it has almost no contrast, so it won’t offer as much versatility as other neutral palettes.

Ingredients

R

LELimited Edition. $50.00.

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Tomillo

Tomillo is a very pale, cool-toned pink with a matte finish. It had medium color coverage with a thin, somewhat powdery texture that applied decently but was quick to fade by six hours.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • NYX Birthday Suit (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Celeb (LE, $4.50) is darker (95% similar).
  • LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Dose of Colors Fluffy (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • KVD Beauty Baptism (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Uncuffed (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Yogurt (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • KVD Beauty Plum (Highlight) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Tomillo

LELimited Edition. $17.00.

MAC Melaza Eyeshadow
MAC Melaza Eyeshadow
MAC Melaza Eyeshadow
MAC Melaza Eyeshadow
MAC Melaza Eyeshadow
MAC Melaza Eyeshadow

Melaza

Melaza is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that was best applied with a fingertip as the texture was quite thick, dense, and firmly-pressed into the pan, which made a dry brush useless against the surface. It lasted decently for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Sydney Grace Beach Bum (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Coco Crush (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • NARS Morongo (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Chanel Tender #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • NARS Endless (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • NARS Icon (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • ColourPop OG (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Golden Mink #2 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Laura Mercier Rosegold (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Fabric (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Melaza

LELimited Edition. $17.00.

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MAC Caramelo Eyeshadow
MAC Caramelo Eyeshadow
MAC Caramelo Eyeshadow
MAC Caramelo Eyeshadow
MAC Caramelo Eyeshadow
MAC Caramelo Eyeshadow

Caramelo

Caramelo is a brighter, medium orange with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. The texture was firmer, denser, and thicker with more of a dryness to it, so it did not pick up well with a dry brush. With this shade, a dampened brush was better at getting product off the surface and laying it down, though a fingertip as workable–it just had to be built up with a second layer as it was more semi-opaque. It wore well for seven and a half hours and had light fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • MAC Mischief Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Peach (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Boheme (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Morning Light (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Helena (275K) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Lifetime (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Salt Water (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Bad Habit Sky’s the Limit (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Bad Habit Relic (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Botanic (192DC) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Azafran

Azafran is a darker red-coral with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It had mostly opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly and blended out well, though it had a thinner texture that did not pair well with the shimmers in the palettes. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Rare Beauty Nearly Mauve (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Balancing Act (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Karma (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Retro (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Dominique Cosmetics Strawberry Milk (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • NARS Blow (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Unbothered (PiP, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Viseart Liaison (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Making Moves (P, $4.50) is lighter, brighter (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Bubblicious (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Azafran

LELimited Edition. $17.00.

We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

MAC Cacao Eyeshadow
MAC Cacao Eyeshadow
MAC Cacao Eyeshadow
MAC Cacao Eyeshadow
MAC Cacao Eyeshadow
MAC Cacao Eyeshadow

Cacao

Cacao is a medium gold with strong, warm orange undertones and a sparkling finish. The base seemed almost transparent, so it had more medium, somewhat buildable coverage. The texture was dense, thick, and harder to pick up with a dry brush without really pushing hard at the surface. I would recommend using a fingertip to apply, which helped to pick up product and to apply it it to the lid with more even coverage and less fallout. It lasted decently for seven and a half hours but had some fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Urban Decay House Targaryen (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Collision (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Lucido (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Ray (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop The Mayor (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Inspire (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Pat McGrath After Glow (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Galactic Gold (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Keep It PG (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Bask (Light) (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Cacao

LELimited Edition. $17.00.

Shredded Coco

Shredded Coco is a light, yellowy beige with a matte finish. It had medium color payoff that was paired with a soft, thinner consistency that had some powderiness and was prone to fading. The eyeshadow only wore for six hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Tom Ford Beauty Noir Fume #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Rowdy (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Vanilla Wafers (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • NYX Lap Dance (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Bluffin’ (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Good Girl (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek So Pale (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop In the Buff (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Paper Tiger (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Viseart Honoree (Warm Edit) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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Café Con Leche

Café Con Leche is a light-medium, peachy brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which I didn’t find buildable, but it was fairly blendable as long as I didn’t use it with the shimmers in the palette as it was prone to becoming quite uneven that way. The texture was thin, a little drier, which resulted in some powderiness. It stayed on well for six and a half hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Anastasia HOE (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Eventide (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Beyond (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Guerlain Electric Look #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Sephora Saddle (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Two Peas (PiP, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Buffed (LE, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Sandalwood (Remastered) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Dada Issues (PiP, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Café Tinto

Café Tinto is a light, peachy bronze with warmer undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle throughout a metallic finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, which applied best using a fingertip as the texture was thicker and firmer in the pan, so a dry brush did not pick up product evenly (and also yielded more fallout during application). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading but had light fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • ColourPop OG (LE, $7.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Versailles (LE, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • LORAC Aurora (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eyes are Forever Love Eyes Enhance (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Push-up (2018) (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Star Struck (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Crave (PiP, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Hourglass Reflect (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Cutie Patootie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Stilazzi Bondi (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Salvia

Salvia is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium color payoff, at best, which did not build up–even when I layered it over an eyeshadow primer. The texture was thin, slightly drier, and somewhat powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after six hours of wear.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Too Faced Spiked Cider (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Paint by Umber (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Chai (Carli) (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Pip (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar).
  • Guerlain Electric Look #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Chai (LE, $4.50) is warmer (85% similar).
  • Too Faced Desert Vibes (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Satin Wings (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild My Glamour Squad #6 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Boheme (Gemini) (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Salvia

LELimited Edition. $17.00.

Miga de Pan

Miga de Pan is a dark gold with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation that picked up best with a fingertip as the consistency was thick, dense, and firmly-packed into the pan. It was thick enough that it did not pair well with the mattes in the palette, as there was a noticeable difference in the layers on my lid. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours with some fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • ColourPop Corona (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Jubilee (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Jaguar #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Cursed (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Brass (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • JD Glow 365 (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Colors of the Wind (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Python #3 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Chanel Codes Elegants #1 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. – $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented powder” that goes on “evenly and blends well.” MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance–and higher performance at that–compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they’re not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren’t powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow “topper.” I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn’t have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I’ve found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I’ve found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don’t swatch well, they often apply better in practice–as in on the eyes!–than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

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Ingredients

Talc, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Mesmerizing Eye Shadow Division: Mc (Mac)Ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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