Collection Catch Up – MAC Maleficent – Eye Shadow X4: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Wow, real life put me waaaaay behind on the blog… Yikes! So sorry about that!

Anyway, this post is about the gorgeous eye quad that was released with MAC’s Maleficent collection on May 14th… It’s made up of four permanent eye shadows, but the cute packaging as well as the convenient way the colors are put together makes this a great value and something really worth adding to your collection! These eye shadows can be used to create so many different looks, and since there’s not too much frostiness in this quad, it’s suitable for all ages. The colors are also great for any skin tone and felt very high quality, rather than the dry, chalky feel that I’ve found in a couple of eye shadow quads from MAC over the past few years.

Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad Packaging

MAC Eye Shadows are high quality, highly pigmented powder eye shadows that apply easily with intense, but blendable color. I typically get around 8 hours of wear, depending on the finish, which can be made even longer when these are applied over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. Using a Paint Pot as a primer will also make the colors show up true to pan and prevent creasing. I suggest using a color close to your skin tone, or a bit lighter… Painterly, Groundwork, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are all good neutrals.

Natural fiber brushes are best to apply powder eye shadows… My favorite MAC brushes are the 239 (for the lid), the 224 or 217 (for the crease), and the 219 (for a cut crease or to smudge apply on the inner corner or under the eye). These brushes will pick up the eye shadow well and blend everything out very easily!

The packaging for this quad is classy and simple (in a good way), especially for a collaboration with Disney… It’s basically just a normal quad palette with Disney’s Maleficent logo printed on the clear lid and the black plastic shiny rather than matte. The box for this quad also has the Maleficent logo on it and is shiny instead of matte. I’m not usually someone who goes crazy over special packaging, and I haven’t even seen this movie yet (like I said, real, grown-up life has taken over lol), but I do like the wings since it’s cute and creepy all at the same time.

The Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad is limited edition and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. Even though this was released nearly a month ago, it’s still in stock online and I know that the counter where I work still has some left, so I imagine that many other locations do too. This quad contains four full size eye shadows that add up to 5.6 g / 0.19 US oz of product. You save $4 by purchasing these in this pre-made quad, since it costs $44 rather than the $48 you would spend building your own quad. While you can’t pop these out and put them in another MAC palette, there’s not much need to since these colors work so beautifully together. As I said before, it’s very convenient to use and travel with.

Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad Box

Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad Label

Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad Product

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Goldmine

Goldmine

Goldmine:   Goldmine is an “intense gold with shimmer” and has a Frost finish… It’s a medium, warm golden color with a highly frosted finish… There are no actual shimmer particles (like glittery bits) in this shadow, but the finish is nearly metallic. The texture is smooth and silky, making it very easy to apply. Color payoff is really good and true to pan color, while coverage is about 90% opaque. Wear time is around 6 hours by itself (typical with frost eye shadows), and closer to 10+ with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot as a primer! This will help the coverage become 100% opaque as well. For Goldmine, you can use a neutral Paint Pot such as Painterly or Soft Ochre, or you can try Indianwood, which is a beautiful, warm golden color.

Dupes:   Since goldmine is a permanent eye shadow, I don’t see much need to find dupes! Plus I can’t find much of anything similar anyway.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ground Brown

Ground Brown

Ground Brown:   Ground Brown is a “dirty deep brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned brown with brick red undertones and a completely matte finish. The texture is slightly dry, but this eye shadow still applies well. Color payoff is good but on some skin tones, the warm, brick undertones can show up more than they do in the pan. Coverage is alright too, but not completely opaque unless you really pack it on with something like a MAC 239 brush… A primer underneath will also help improve coverage. Wear time is great, giving 8+ hours of wear that’s typical with a matte finish.

Dupes:   Ground Brown is permanent, so again, I haven’t tried super hard to find dupes… Embark is similar, but darker.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Carbon

Carbon

Carbon:   This eye shadow is an “intense black” with a Matte finish… It’s a deep, bold black with a Matte finish. It’s neither a warm nor cool toned black… It’s a completely true, neutral black color. The texture is very smooth and applies easily, but can produce some fallout so if you are packing this on the lid for a smoky eye, make sure you do it before your foundation! Color payoff is great, while coverage is almost opaque but not completely… I usually get 6-7 hours of wear before I notice any fading, of course I always apply this over a Paint Pot to prevent creasing, since it’s such a dark eye shadow. Blackground Paint Pot will make Carbon show up extra intense and dark and help with the coverage. Neutral Paint Pots will work as well.

Dupes:   This color is permanent, so you can get it at any MAC location, any time… If you need a dupe, any matte black will work.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Concrete

Concrete

Concrete:   This is described as a “muted taupe brown” with a Satin finish… Concrete is a medium-dark, neutral, gray-brown taupe with a not-quite-matte but not-quite-satin type of finish… It has no real sheen to it like some Satin’s do, it’s more of a natural matte finish. It has a smooth, though slightly dry texture, but still blends out well. Color payoff is mostly true to pan, but can look more brown once applied onto warmer skin tones. Coverage is great and totally opaque. I usually get around 7 or more hours of wear before any fading occurs. As always, this is extended by putting a Paint Pit underneath… Camel Coat is a really great color to help intensify Concrete.

Dupes:   As with all of the shadows in this quad, this is a permeant color… One eye shadow close to concrete is Charcoal Brown, but it is, of course, more brown.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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1 comment
  1. Johanna G said:

    Yay for more reviews!! You’re awesome at what you do and I’ve always been happy with the suggestions I’ve gotten from you and hopefully soon enough I’ll get to stock up on a few more things so these reviews are highly appreciated! Hope life is going better and treating you well. Hugs/Jo

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