MAC Strength – Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Inner Strength is the cooler toned of the two eye shadow quads released with the Strength collection. At first glance, these eye shadow quads are very similar, but on closer inspection, there are definite differences! I think that Inner Strength is better suited for cooler, fair to medium complexions. As with the All Woman quad, this quad is versatile and can be used for numerous looks… From a soft daytime look to a sultry, smokey eye!

Inner Strength is a limited edition product, so get it while you can. 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!

Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad

Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad Label

Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad Swatches

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Products swatched on NC15 skin.

Lithe Spirit

Lithe Spirit

Lithe Spirit (Satin):   Lithe Spirit is a “palest white pink” with a Satin finish. It’s definitely pale, and is a somewhat pink-ish cream color that is neutral, rather than warm (which is what I would expect with pink undertones). As a Satin finish, it’s supposed to have a slight sheen, but this eye shadow looks matte to me! It has good color payoff and pigmentation and applies smoothly. Lithe Spirit works well as a lid color or brow highlight… It reminds me of MAC’s Vanilla eye shadow, but not as warm or shimmery. It’s also sort of like Bisque, but lighter and also not as warm.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Inner Strength

Inner Strength

Inner Strength (Matte):   The namesake of this quad is a “light cool mauve taupe” with a Matte finish. It’s actually a warm toned, light-medium taupe with only slight mauve undertones. By itself, it’s sort of sheer, but it has much better color payoff and coverage when worn over something like Painterly Paint Pot. It’s not as dry as most Matte finishes are and looks more like a Satin… It’s not 100% matte (to me, anyway). It works well as either a lid color or as a blending color in the crease or just above it.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Fabulous Fit

Fabulous Fit

Fabulous Fit (Matte):   Fabulous Fit is a “midtone cool grey” with a Matte finish. MAC’s description is pretty accurate… This is definitely a cool, medium type of grey with a truly matte finish. Like some of the other eye shadows in this collection, the color payoff isn’t fantastic without a primer, but it shows up better and has more coverage and pigmentation over Painterly or Soft Ochre Paint Pot. It doesn’t feel dry, although it takes some work to blend Fabulous Fit. For me, it worked best as a lid color or lightly blended into the crease with a MAC 217 brush.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Heatherbelles

Heatherbelles

Heatherbelles (Satin):   Heatherbelles is a “deep charcoal” with a Satin finish. It’s cool toned and almost black, but not quite. It has a warm, almost golden sheen to it. Heatherbelles has been released before, both with A Tartan Tale and in the Interior Life quad that was part of the MAC for Daphne Guinness collection (December 2011). It’s not completely opaque unless you layer it or wear it over a primer like Painterly Paint Pot. If you wear this on the lid for a smokey eye, I suggest patting it on with a MAC 239 brush for the best color payoff. It also works well blended into the crease to add some dimension to the eye.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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