MAC – Sharon Osbourne – Duchess Eye Shadow x4: Photos, Swatches and Review

Last but not least… Here is Sharon Osbourne’s Duchess Eye Shadow Quad! Out of all the products I purchased from the MAC x Sharon & Kelly collaboration, this is certainly the one that I use the most! You can create a lot of beautiful looks with this eye shadow quad, from a soft, natural daytime look, to a warm, smoky eye. They’re gorgeous colors that are appropriate for all ages and skin tones. If this is one of the Sharon products that’s on your wish list, you may be in luck… It appears to still be in stock online, and I know that at my counter and many other locations, this is still available! I feel like this was overlooked by a lot of people because it SEEMS plain and similar to other eye shadow quads that have been released recently, but it’s not at all… These colors are actually pretty unique (aside from Embark, which is permanent) and I think that once people figure out how beautiful and high quality this quad it, it will start disappearing much faster!

Sharon Eye Shadow x4 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 color and prevent creasing. I suggest using a shade 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, to smudge the color around, or to 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 eye shadow quad is a pretty, bright red, shiny plastic with a clear lid (typical of MAC’s eye shadow quads), which has Sharon’s signature on it in the same light violet color used for Kelly’s packaging… It’s basically the opposite of Kelly’s side of this collection. This is definitely much brighter than the Kelly products, but I really like it! It’s not so bold that it looks obnoxiously bright and I feel like it’s the perfect representation for Sharon Osbourne’s fiery personality! The box this quad comes in matches the packaging and is a shiny red with Sharon’s signature and the MAC logo on the front. Like the rest of the products in this collection, the price for this has been raised slightly, due to the special packaging, but it’s not THAT much. To me, it’s not that big of a deal because you still save money this way… It would cost you quite a bit more to buy similar colors all separately!

Sharon Osbourne Eye Shadow x4 Box

 

The Duchess Eye Shadow Quad is limited edition and was released last Thursday, June 12th. It is available now online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at stores and counters. This quad contains a total of 5.6 g / 0.19 US oz of product and sells for $44… That’s $4 more than MAC’s permanent premade eye shadow quads, but it’s still $16 less than buying them individually at $15 each, which you can’t even do with most of these colors since they’re limited edition! Even is you build an eye shadow quad at a MAC store, you end up paying $48 total… That’s $10 for each eye shadow refill, plus $8 for the palette to put them in. So yeah, you save money and end up with some unique, beautiful colors if you purchase this quad!

 

Sharon Eye Shadow x4 Label

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

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

Sharon Eye Shadow x4 w/names

Sweet Eyes

Sweet Eyes

Sweet Eyes:   Sweet Eyes is a “light golden nude” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, creamy nude with warm peachy-gold undertones and a highly frosted finish. The texture feels very creamy and smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff was great, looking just like it does in the pan and giving full coverage with no sheerness at all. I got about 8 hours of wear before this started to fade… When I wore a Paint Pot underneath, I got closer to 14 hours of wear!

This color looks beautiful on the inner corner of the eye or all over the lid.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch Eye Shadow is very close, but a bit darker and has more pink undertones… This would be your best bet for a permanent dupe. Virgin from Urban Decay’s Naked palette is similar, but lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

SONY DSC

Sexy Eyes:   Sexy Eyes is a “soft warm bronze” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s medium, warm, golden toned peachy bronze with a frosted finish. Like Sweet Eyes, this eye shadow felt very silky and nearly creamy, applying and blending out effortlessly. Color payoff was true to pan, and coverage was good too, giving full opacity. Also like Sweet Eyes, this wore for around 8 hours before it began to fade, and even longer over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

Sexy Eyes can be applied all over the lid, onto the inner corner of the eye for a highlight, or even used lightly in or just above the crease to soften another color, like Embark or Femme Fatale. You can also smudge this under the lower lash line for a bright, frosty pop of color.

Dupes:   Expensive Pink is lighter and considerably more pink. Gingersnap from the Neutral Warm Eyes x15 palette is close, but still more pink. Trick from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is also close, but more golden, lighter, and has more actual shimmer particles in it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale:   Femme Fatale is a “golden brown” with a Satin finish… It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with golden undertones as well as a golden type of shimmer that adds a nice glow, but isn’t too obvious. The finish has a soft sheen, but has more dimension than most Satin eye shadows. The texture is soft, but felt drier than the previous two eye shadows in this palette. It still applied well and blended out easily. Color payoff is pretty much true to pan color, and coverage is fully opaque. With Femme Fatale, I got over 8 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before it faded at all… Wear time was increased to over 14 hours by applying this over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

This eye shadow is perfect to use in the crease or to blend out a darker crease color, like Embark. It also works well on the lid or just under the lower lash line for a very soft liner.

Dupes:   Texture Eye Shadow is VERY similar, but perhaps a teeeeeny bit more reddish-orange and darker. This is the closest permanent dupe that I could find!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embark

Embark

Embark:   Embark is a “dark reddish brown” with a Matte finish and is part of MAC’s permanent lineup of eyeshadows… It’s a dark, warm toned brown with soft red/brick undertones and a truly matte finish. The texture is somewhat dry, but that’s to be expected with a Matte eye shadow… It still very easy to apply and blend. Color payoff is good and and looks nearly like it does in the pan, though maybe slightly lighter, depending on how heavily you apply it. Even though Embark felt dry, it gave full, even coverage and wore for 7-8 hours with no fading. Applied over a Paint Pot, wear time was closer to 12-13 hours.

Embark can be applied all over the lid for a smoky eye, then blended out with another color like Femme Fatale in the crease. You can also use Embark for your crease or outer corner color with a lighter eye shadow on the lid… This also makes a great, soft type of liner.

Dupes:   Ground Brown Eye Shadow, which is permanent, but was also featured in the Maleficent Eye Shadow Quad, is close but a bit lighter. Embark is one of MAC’s permanent colors, though, so you’ll have no trouble finding it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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