First of all, I apologize for these collection posts being up a week after the release, but I was away on vacation for my 30th Birthday and just got back in town!
Anyway… First off, this is one of two eye shadow quads released with the Strength collection. All Woman is the warmer toned of the two quads, although it’s only slightly warm but mostly neutral. I really have to hand it to MAC for putting together some neutral eye shadow quads that anyone can use. It’s not like this is made just for a smokey eye or a natural daytime look… You can use these eye shadows to achieve a variety of looks!
All Woman is a limited edition product, so it may not be around very long. The Strength collection is available now at select MAC freestanding stores and online at www.maccosmetics.com. It sells for $40 and contains four 1.5g / 0.05oz eye shadows. Individually, MAC eye shadows cost $15 or $12 in palette refill pan form, so either way, this quad is a good value with each eye shadow only costing $10!
Overall Product Rating: 3.6 / 5
Flawless Figure (Veluxe Pearl): Flawless Figure is a “pale warm shimmering white” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a light, warm, almost pearl-like white that’s got some serious sheen to it! The camera didn’t pick it up so well in the swatch photo, but it has a very frosty finish. It has good color payoff and coverage and applies smoothly. Flawless Figure seems a bit out of place with the other eye shadows in this quad, but it still works. I prefer to use this as a brow highlight (with a light hand) or as an eye brightening pop of shimmer on the inner corner of the eye.
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Brains & Brawn (Matte): This is a “mid tone taupe” with a matte finish. It’s a mid tone , slightly warm, true taupe with equal parts gray and brown and a matte finish with no sheen at all. The color payoff was disappointing and it looked sort of like my own skin, just a bit darker. It was also sheer and didn’t give much coverage. I found Brains & Brawn to be the most difficult color to work with in this quad, as it only shows up on the lid when used over a Paint Pot (like Painterly). It feels dry and applies with a stiff, chalky feel. This eye shadow worked best for me when applied with a MAC 217 brush and used in or above the crease to blend out and soften other colors in the quad, so it’s not worthless, you just have to know how to use it!
Overall Rating: 2.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 2
Wear Time: 4
All Woman (Satin): All Woman is a “greenish dark gray” with a Satin finish. I don’t see much green to this color, although there might be a tiny hint in there that gives it a cool tone… It’s mostly just a medium, cool toned gray. Although this is a Satin finish, it appears mostly matte on the skin with only a slight shimmer. The color payoff and opacity was not great without a primer like a Paint Pot underneath, and even then it was not 100% opaque coverage. It also felt slightly dry and powdery, but not like Brains & Brawn did… That said, the finish and color payoff goes along with the softness of all the other eye shadows in this quad, so maybe it’s supposed to be like that! I like it either way. This color can be used all over the lid or in the crease to add dimension.
Overall Rating: 3.3 / 5
Color Payoff: 3
Wear Time: 4
Black Magique (Velvet): Black Magique is a “deep dark black with warm tones” with a Velvet finish. Although this appears to be a deep dark black in the pan, it doesn’t translate quite as pigmented once it’s applied. It does help if you apply this over a Paint Pot. It’s a soft, brownish black with warm golden micro-shimmer particles. It’s mostly matte, with only a slight, warm sheen to it once it’s applied. It gives good coverage and color payoff with a tiny bit of layering, so don’t worry that it looks somewhat sheer at first. I like to use this color in the crease to add some smokey-ness to the eye, or all over the lid for a true smokey eye, with Brains & Brawn to blend it out.
Overall Rating: 3.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 4