This Eye Shadow Quad was released in late May of 2013 along with the rest of the Temperature Rising collection and consists of three limited edition eye shadows (one which is a repromote) and one permanent eye shadow. This is the namesake of the whole collection and is unfortunately completely sold out online… However, I know that many locations I’ve worked at lately still have this in stock!
With this quad, you can create looks that are great for daytime or an evening out… I like to use the lighter on the lids, with the any of the medium colors through the crease for daytime. If you’re going out or like some added drama, you can even use the darkest color all over the lid for a gorgeous smoky eye, then blend it out with the medium and lighter colors.
As you can see, the eye shadow quads in the Temperature Rising collection also have the special matte bronze packaging, like the rest of the items in this collection. They also come in a bronze matte box rather than the typical black type.
I love it when MAC creates new Eye Shadow Quads because they’re so easy to come up with looks with, convenient for traveling, plus it’s always a much better deal than buying them all individually! MAC’s description of their Eye Shadows is a “highly pigmented powder formula that applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully”… Now, in the past some of their Eye Shadow Quads didn’t exactly live up to that description. Quite a few over the past year have been chalky, dry, and difficult to blend, but luckily, MAC has stepped up their game and created some top of the line Eye Shadow Quads for this collection!
For lid application, I typically use a dense, flatter type of brush to pack color on with… Such as the MAC 239, 213, 215, 242 or 252 (for larger lid areas). For smaller lids, more detail, or for the inner corner of the eye, I recommend a MAC 219, 231 or 228 brush. In the crease, these eye shadows blend out beautifully with the help of a MAC 217, 224, 275, or 286 brush. If you’d like to smudge this below your eyes or use it as a liner, you can try a MAC 219, 212, 263, 266, or 214 brush.
I typically get around 8-10 hours of wear from MAC Eye Shadows, depending on the finish… You’ll get much longer wear time with a Paint Pot or other primer as a base! It also depends on how oily your eyelids are or how hooded/crepe-y the skin is. Heat and humidity can also play a factor on how quickly your eye shadow may smudge or crease.
MAC Eye Shadows may be used dry or damp, with a damp application creating more intense color and sheen (if it has any). They also work well as liners when used damp. For this type of application, spray your brush with MAC Fix+ Spray, then swipe it along one small section of the eye shadow. Don’t get it damp all over or your eye shadow will develop a really gross, annoying type of crust that makes it near impossible to use dry any more!
TIP: Prep your lid with a cream shadow or primer, like a MAC Paint Pot or Pro Longwear Paint Pot… This will create a longer lasting look with no creasing or smudging all day long! Neutral Paint Pots, like Painterly or Soft Ochre, will also intensify the color of the eye shadow so it looks the same on as it does in the pan… If you feel like an eye shadow doesn’t give full coverage, try it over a Paint Pot! That usually increases the level of opacity because it gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to.
This limited edition Eye Shadow Quad contains the usual 5.6g / 0.19 US oz and sells for $44… That’s slightly more expensive than usual, but it’s because it comes in that beautiful special packaging! Although this came out earlier in the summer, you may still be able to find it at some stores and at counters!
Performance Art: This eye shadow is a “frosted gold mauve” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a medium, warm toned mauve with a soft golden sheen. The color payoff was great but the coverage was slightly less than opaque. Performance Art felt slightly dry but still applied smoothly. This eye shadow was also released as part of the Whims & Fancies eye shadow duo with the Styleseeker collection in Fall 2012.
Dupes: There are honestly no permanent colors that I can think of that are similar to Performance Art… The warmth and golden sheen make it really difficult to find a dupe of!
Overall Rating: 4.3 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 4
Temperature Rising: Temperature Rising is a “light warm tanned peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, warm peachy color with tiny bits of coppery shimmer (as you can see in this photo). This had the driest, roughest texture of all the eye shadows in this quad, which is common with Lustre finishes. The color payoff was good, but coverage was less than impressive. It’s a beautiful color, but does require some layering to get it to show up. It helped to apply this over a Paint Pot!
Dupes: The closest permanent color I can think of would be Expensive Pink eye shadow, although it’s much more pink and darker. Another option could be Gleam eye shadow, which is also more pink but it closer with the lighter color and finish.
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 4
Swelter: Swelter is a “mid-tone grey violet” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium to medium dark, slightly greyed violet with subtle warm undertones and a soft frosted finish. Honestly, this picture sucks (sorry!), but it’s MUCH prettier on than in the pan. It gives nearly opaque coverage, great color payoff and applies and blends out smoothly.
Dupes: Circa Plum Pigment is nearly the exact same color as Swelter… Circa Plum was limited edition but has been released several times over the past few years, so hopefully you have it if you can’t find the Temperature Rising palette and want Swelter! Quarry eye shadow is also similar (and permanent), but is much more matte and dull.
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Beauty Marked: This permanent eye shadow is a “charcoal black with red pearlized pigments” and has a Velvet finish. It’s a dark, blackened wine/burgundy color with reddish, coppery shimmer. In the pan, the red and coppery tones show up much more than when it’s applied… On the skin, the blackened wine color shows more with just a hint of the reddish, coppery shimmer.
Occasionally when a permanent eye shadow is released in a limited edition quad, it seems like the quality isn’t as high as the permanent version is… That’s precisely the case with Beauty Marked in this quad! It felt dry and was difficult to blend out. I do like to layer this on the lid for a smoky eye, but I ALWAYS wear either Painterly or Blackground Paint Pot underneath… That will give this color something to stick to so the color payoff and opacity are better. Speaking of opacity, it only gives so-so coverage without the paint pot. I do like this color in the crease to add depth, or as a soft type of liner. Beauty Marked really is a beautiful color and it is worth playing around with to get the kind of color payoff and coverage that you want.
Dupes: Well, there aren’t really any dupes, but you don’t need them since this is a permanent color! Plus, the permanent version is much higher quality!
Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5
Color Payoff: 3
Wear Time: 4