MAC Archie’s Girls – Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Palette: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

The Caramel Sundae eye shadow palette is included in the Betty part of this collection… Since Betty is the sweet, girl next door, the colors in this quad are more natural and subdued compared to the Spoiled Rich palette. These eye shadows are suitable for anyone, no matter what your age or skintone. You can achieve anything from a “no-makeup makeup” look to a soft smokey eye with this combination of eye shadows. The Caramel Sundae palette contains very high quality shadows that are soft and easy to blend… This seems to be the more popular of the two eye shadow quads in the Archie’s Girls collection so be sure to pick this one up while you still can!

Not only are the eye shadow palettes in this collection great quality and excellent, usable colors… The packaging is also fantastic! They’re metal palettes that latch firmly so they won’t fly open in your bag or makeup drawer. They also have a sturdy, real mirror (not the cheap kind that get all scratched up), which is a bonus! The Archie’s Girls decoration on the top of this white palette may not be for everyone, but it’s not overdone and super cheesy looking either. All in all, I say this is some of the best packaging that MAC has had in a long time for a collection like this… Way to go MAC!!

Eye Shadow Quad Packaging

 

Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Palette

 

MAC Eye Shadows typically have good coverage, apply smoothly, and offer a decent amount of wear time. For the smoothest application, longest wear time, and best color payoff, I suggest using a primer underneath ANY powder eye shadow! My favorite is MAC’s Painterly or Soft Ochre Paint Pots… They’re both light, neutral colored cream eye shadows. Nothing prevents creasing and brings out the real color of an eye shadow like they do! You can get those from any MAC for $18.50.

The Caramel Sundae palette is available now but is limited edition with the Archie’s Girls collection so get it while you can! I know that it’s still available online at www.maccosmetics.com but it may be sold out at your local MAC counter or store, so you may want to call before you drive all over looking for it. The total weight of product in this palette is 5.6 g / 0.19 US oz, so that’s the usual size for MAC Eye Shadows. This palette sells for $44, which is a good value, considering that individual eye shadows sell for $15 each!

Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Palette Label

Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Palette

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Cheryl Chic

Cheryl Chic

Cheryl Chic (Frost):   Cheryl Chic is a “light coral pink” with a Frost finish… It is a light pink with warm golden undertones and a frosty sheen. It felt incredibly soft when I applied it and blended out easily. The color payoff and coverage were great too! This color is best for the lid or inner corner of the eye. You can even use it very lightly for a brow highlight if you like a bit of shimmer there.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Dreammaker

Dreammaker

Dreammaker (Frost):   This eye shadow is a “pale frosty yellow” with a Frost finish… It’s a pale, creamy, warm, golden yellow with a soft frosty sheen. It felt smooth, just like Cheryl Chic, but did not offer quite as much coverage and opacity. The color payoff was nice and it did look more opaque after some layering. Since this is a light color, I suggest using it on the lid, inner corner of the eye, or as a brow highlight. Dreammaker was released previously in 2008 as a Starflash finish eye shadow… While the color is the same, the finish does indeed look and feel different.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Caramel Sundae

Caramel Sundae

Caramel Sundae (Satin):   The namesake of this palette is described as a “midtone warm tan” and has a Satin finish. It’s a medium, warm toned brown with a soft golden satiny sheen. It’s a kind of average midtone brown color but it’s nice to have in this palette and collection. It applied smoothly and evenly, giving good color payoff and coverage. It’s great all over the lid or used in the crease. I also like this just above the crease to soften and blend out darker colors like Showstopper.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Showstopper

Showstopper

Showstopper (Matte):   Showstopper is a “dark, cool-toned brown” with a Matte finish… It is a slightly grayish, cool, dark brown with a mostly matte finish, although from some angles it seems to have a very soft sheen. The color payoff and coverage were alright but it took some layering to reach full opacity. It’s not as soft as some other mattes, so blending also took a little bit of effort… I found it to be easiest with a MAC 217 or 286 brush. That said, I still really like this color all over the lid for a soft smokey eye or applying a bit in the crease to add depth. It also works well as a soft liner. Showstopper may seem familiar to you… It’s been released several times in different collections and palettes over the past few years.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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