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For the sake of getting this post up ASAP, I won’t be writing every single word of this from scratch… Since I just made a post about Melt’s Dark Matter Eye Shadow Stack, I’ll be copying and pasting some of that… Please forgive me! I’m just really behind and want to be able to make new posts on here for you guys every day SO it’s more important for me to get this stuff done! There aren’t a TON of differences anyway, aside from colors and finishes… The quality is equally epic, so most of the last review also applies to this product as well ūüėČ Enjoy!

I’m super in love with Melt’s entire brand, so the addition of the eye shadow stacks is a pretty big deal! They’re gorgeous eye shadows that will work on anyone, for any occasion (seriously, you can make a bajillion looks with these things).¬†PLUS they’re just pretty and I love the design… 1)¬†because¬†it allows for the eye shadows to be huge but store easily;¬†2)¬†there are no little parts that open and close that my clumsy self can break, since each shadow sticks and stacks together with the magic of magnets; and 3) it just looks cool and it‚Äôs fun to take the stack apart and put them back together‚Ķ It‚Äôs like legos for makeup loving grown ups.

On top of the fun factor, the eye shadows in the Love Sick stack are super versatile so they be used for a lot of different looks. You have warm and cool, bright and subtle, and¬†matte and shimmer, so you’re sure to have a blast playing around with this stack!¬†I think¬†that to a lot of people, Melt¬†is seen as being more on the edgy side, but with the addition of eye shadows, it‚Äôs going to make them blow up even more than they already have and sneak their way into the collections of a lot more people who may not have checked out this brand otherwise. Like I said, because of the variety of colors and finishes¬†offered in the Love Sick stack, you’ll be able to do a lot with it, whether¬†it’s a daytime makeup for a tame lunch (like a 2 mimosa limit… ha!) or you’re getting all dolled up for a crazy weekend in Vegas! I’ll do my best to describe some different looks you can do with this stack under the reviews for each color, and I may even take some photos of a few looks and post them later this week!

Love Sick Stack 1

Stack Packaging

All four eye shadows in this palette are intensely pigmented, and have both matte and satiny/frosted finishes. The ones with more of a sheen can be intensified from a satin to a full on frost just by dampening the brush you apply it with (I’ll tell ya how to do that in a minute)! What‚Äôs so great about these is that you can¬†get insane color payoff with them if you pack them on the eyelid using a flat brush, like a MAC 239, but they also blend out easily for a softer look if you use something like a MAC 217 or 224 brush. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219, or even use them as a liner with a thinner, more precise brush, like an angled MAC 263 or 266. If you‚Äôre using any of these as a liner, or want to intensify the color and shimmer, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray. This will make it super easy to use these as a liner, since it will turn them into a much creamier consistency that makes for a perfectly precise line or wing. Fixated works well for a liner with all of the other shadows in this stack! One suggestion if you use ANY powder eye shadow as a liner: Pick one area of the product and designate is as your wet spot (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean)‚Ķ If you‚Äôre all over the place where you use a damp brush on the product, it will start to get a weird, hard ‚Äúcrust‚ÄĚ on it that won‚Äôt stick to any fluffier type of brush when you go to use it dry! These shadows all wear really well alone (6+ hours no creasing), but if you want an even longer¬†wear time (more like 8-12 hours) and the best color payoff possible, you can apply these over a primer, like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in a color that‚Äôs light and neutral‚Ķ A few of my favorites are Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin‚Äô Low.

Tip: Since there are two shimmery colors in this stack (Amelie and Promiscuous), you can even pat these on top of Melt’s matte lipsticks to totally transform your lip look!

FYI, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these eye shadows are HUGE! (I’ll try and get a comparison photo up soon). They’re slightly larger than MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows are, but are a much better value! Plus these have a legit mirror (not the cheap feeling plastic kind that cracks) included in the stack. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and store, and sturdy enough to toss in your bag for a weekend getaway or touchups (not that you’ll need to do any of those with the wear time these eye shadows have). Since the stack is held together by magnets, it’s not going to come open easily if it gets knocked around a bit!

Both of Melt‚Äôs Eye Shadow Stacks are available exclusively from¬†www.meltcosmetics.com. They¬†sell for¬†$48¬†and contain a total of¬†14.28 g / 0.5 oz¬†of product, so that makes them¬†equal to¬†$12¬†and¬†3.57 g / 0.125 oz each‚Ķ That‚Äôs actually a¬†really good value, considering the fact that a MAC eye shadow quad¬†costs $48 and contains a total of 6 g / 0.21 oz of product, and individual MAC shadows sell for $16 and contain only 1.5 g / 0.05 oz each‚Ķ So in comparison to MAC, you‚Äôre getting about three times as much product for just a few bucks more! Both stacks are permanent, but sell out from time to time‚Ķ As of right now, Love Sick is in stock, so go getcha one!¬†Shipping costs a flat $7 in the US, so you may want to get both palettes, or grab lipstick or two as well to make the postage a little more worth it‚Ķ My favorite Melt lipstick to use with the Love Sick stack are Summer, Dark Room, Shady Lady, Stupid Love, 6six6, and Space Cake (currently out of stock… Sad face). I have a feeling I’m going to love Blitzed with this stack too! Review on that lipstick will be soon… I just ordered it yesterday ūüėČ

Note: Melt is a cruelty free company and three out of four of the shadows in the Love Sick stack are vegan! Those include Promiscuous, Fixated, and Amelie. Love Sick is the only shade that is not vegan.

Left to Right:   Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Left to Right: Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Melt Love Sick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
Honestly, these swatches suck and I need to redo this photo… I’ll get to that this week when I get a sunny day!

This is the updated swatch photo! Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

This is the updated swatch photo!
Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

Note: ¬† The bottom photo of each shadow is taken in direct, natural sunlight so you can see how intense it is even in such¬†bright lighting! They are, however, not that light in person or in “normal” lighting. I just wanted to show off the pigmentation and intensity of these shadows!

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous: ¬†¬†Melt’s description of this eye shadow goes like this: “A¬†beautiful color changing violet-blue! Use it alone, or combine it with black to reveal a completely different shade!” which is a great tip! Using a black primer, like MAC’s Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath will transform Promiscuous to a SUPER iridescent, intense new color! Anyway, this is a medium to medium-dark (depending on application), purple with some cool violet undertones to it, which will show more cool blue-violet tones when used over a black primer, or used damp. It has a soft, satiny sheen to it that’s easily intensified and bumped up to a true frost. This is a great multi-purpose eye shadow that you can use on the lid, in the crease, smudged under the lower lash line, as a liner, and even on top of lipstick (try it over Bane, Dark Room, By Starlight, Shady Lady, and Space Cake)! I typically wear this on the lid using a MAC 239 brush dry or MAC 242 brush damp, with some Fixated in the crease/outer v with a MAC 217 brush, and blended out with Blurr from the Dark Matter stack with a MAC 224. I’ll also use Amelie all over the lid, applied with a 239, with Promiscuous blended into the crease and smudged under the lower lash line with a 217, then add a¬†bit to Fixated and/or Love Sick in outer v area with the same 217. This eye shadow is also super pretty as a liner with a little bit of Amelie or Blurr on the lid, or even on a naked eyelid, just for a pop of color!

The texture of Promiscuous feels super silky, and both packed onto the lid and blended out easily. Color payoff looks the same as it does in the pot, but may need some building up, or use with a damp brush, to get oodles of shimmer. Coverage was even and surprisingly opaque for a shimmery eye shadow that feels SO lightweight! I got over 6 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before I noticed any fading or creasing. When I used a primer, wear time went up to 10-12 hours!

Dupes: ¬†¬†Plush Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is close, but not close enough to be a true dupe… It’s lighter, more cool toned and less violet, and doesn’t have that intense shimmer or pigmentation… Promiscuous is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated: ¬†¬†This eye shadow is “A¬†gorgeous matte grey inspired by one of our favorite lipsticks, Space Cake, so pigmented and cool you have to see to believe” (I MUST redo my swatches, because it really is intense and they don’t reflect that!)… It’s a medium dark to dark (depends on how you apply it), grey with cool, blue/stone undertones and a true matte finish. This color is really versatile because it can be used all over the lid with a MAC 239 brush for a soft smoky look, which you can blend out with pretty much any other color in this stack, depending on how colorful of a look you’re going for. You can also use Blurr or Unseen from the Dark Matter stack to blend this out with! Fixated also makes a great crease, under eye, or liner color with ANY other Melt eye shadow! Since it can be applied so lightly if you use the right brush (a MAC 217 with a light hand, or a MAC 224 works well), you can also use this to cool down and deepen any eye shadow, especially in the crease. As Melt mentions in their own description, since this was inspired by the lipstick Space Cake, you can pat this OVER Space Cake to make it even more of an intense, velvety looking matte lip!

Fixated has the same smooth, matte texture as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack, without any dryness or skipping, so it applies really well! Color payoff is intense with little product used, and looks the same as pan color. Coverage is opaque when packed onto the lid with a flat brush, or you can even build it up to a deep, opaque payoff by layering with a fluffier brush. Wear time was great for a darker type of matte shadow… I got nearly 7 hours on the lid and in the crease with no primer, and 12+ hours in both areas with a primer applied first.

Dupes: ¬†¬†Weathered Pro Longer Eye Shadow by MAC is similar, but has a sheen and is a little more blue. It’s also not as pigmented. Prussian¬†(discontinued not long ago) eye shadow from MAC is lighter and more blue, and Nehru, also from MAC, has a deeper navy tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie: ¬†¬†According to Melt, Amelie is a “perfectly peachy gold, you’ll want to add it all over Cheeks! Highlight! Eyes! It glistens and glides on with ease”… It’s a light to light-medium peach with warm golden sheen. You can intensify the color and sheen by using this damp, and you can even try using it over a darker bronze or black primer to REALLy change up the color and bring out the shimmer! Amelie is a great multipurpose eye shadow that you don’t just have to wear on your eyes… Probably why this is my favorite eye shadow in this stack! For use on the eyes, this is a gorgeous lid and inner corner color, and can even be used really lightly just below the brow for some sheen, but not much color. It’s gorgeous with any of the other shadows in this stack in the crease, and also looks great with any of the ones in the Dark Matter stack! For use on the lips, it looks amazing when lightly tapped over colors like Summer, Bang! Bang!, Stupid Love, Belladonna 2 (especially just in the center of the lip), and even on top of Bane for a really unique iridescent, blackened gold lip! And yes, you can even use this as a highlight on your gorgeous face, like on the areas of the tops of the cheeks, tip of the nose, and anywhere else you want to add a goddess like golden glow!

Amelie felt really silky, just like Promiscuous. Color payoff was awesome, even using little product. It both built up and blended out without much work at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in pan, and can be made more intense when dampened and used over a dark primer. Coverage was solid with no uneven spots you can see in some other shimmery shadows. On the lid, I got around 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or creasing, and more like 6 hours in the crease. With a primer applied beforehand, I got closer to 12 hours on the lid and 10 in the crease!

Dupes: ¬† Pink Frontier Pro¬†Longer¬†Eye Shadow from MAC is lighter and definitely more pink, it’s also less intense. Trick, from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, is lighter, cooler, and more coppery than peachy-pink. Mythology¬†eye shadow from MAC is darker, more coppery, and has a ton of bigger shimmery particles (and fallout). Expensive Pink, also from¬†MAC, would be your best bet for a dupe but it’s darker, more pink, and less intense.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick: ¬† Love Sick is described as “a¬†beautiful ultra-matte burgundy-red …inspired by our most popular lipstick 6six6″… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense burgundy red with some warm-neutral, rusted undertones. This shadow has the same matte finish as Fixated and as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack. Red’s may not be for everyone, but they should be! You can use Love Sick lightly, blended out in the crease with a MAC 217 or 224 brush, with ANY colors in either one of Melt’s stacks, You can also use this patted onto the lid with a MAC 239 brush and blended with, well, any of Melt’s other shadows in the crease. I also REALLY like adding a bit of a warm, smoky look under the eyes by smudging this around with a MAC 219 pencil brush. For a red, it really is versatile and can be used to add something bright and special to any look you wear!

The texture of Love Sick is smooth and soft, just like all of Melt’s other matte shadows. It’s not dry or gritty, like many red shadows are (yay!). Intensity and color payoff is insane on the lid, but can also easily be tamed down and blended out in the crease. Coverage is easily made opaque by applying with a flat brush, or a pencil brush. When applied to the lid, I got 6 hours of wear with no fading/creasing, and closer to 12 with a primer. In the crease or smudged below the eye, I got the same, about 6 hours of wear without a primer and more like 10-12 with one.

Dupes:   Finding a dupe for a red matte shadow is damn near impossible, so I have yet to find one for this! Enigma from the Dark Matter stack is deeper and has a more rust/brown undertone. Red Brick eye shadow from MAC is lighter, less intense, and has a much more orange tone to it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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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

 

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

 

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!

Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad

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.

Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad Box

I love it when MAC creates new Eye Shadow Quads because they‚Äôre so easy to come up with looks with, convenient for traveling, plus it‚Äôs always a much better deal than buying them all individually! MAC‚Äôs description of their Eye Shadows is a ‚Äúhighly pigmented powder formula that applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully‚Ä̂Ķ Now, in the past some of their Eye Shadow Quads didn‚Äôt 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!

Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad Label

MAC Temperature Rising Quad

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

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

Performance Art

Performance Art

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

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:  4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising

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

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Swelter

Swelter

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

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Beauty Marked

Beauty Marked

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

Application:   3

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

This Eye Shadow Quad was released in late May of 2013 along with the rest of the Temperature Rising collection and consists of four brand new and limited edition eye shadow colors. I feel like this one was a better seller than the namesake of this collection, the Temperature Rising Eye Shadow Quad, but these colors are easily dupe-able, so don’t fret if you can’t find this one in stock!

This IS still available online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Bare My Soul Eye Shadow Quad Packaging

Having a quad of eye shadows is super convenient and these four colors work well together in so many ways… You can achieve anything from a soft, golden neutral look to a bronze or steely green smoky eye.

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.

TR Eye Shadow Quad Box

I love it when MAC creates new Eye Shadow Quads because they’re so easy to come up with looks with, convenient to travel with, and 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 counter and I know for sure that it’s still in stock online at www.maccosmetics.com.

TR Bare My Soul Quad Label

Bare My Soul Eye Shadow Quad

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

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

Romantico

Romantico

Romantico: ¬†¬†This is a “light taupe brown” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light-medium, soft, slightly warm neutral brown with a warmer type of sheen. It gave very good color payoff and coverage, being mostly opaque with no primer, and totally opaque when applied over a Paint Pot.

Dupes:¬† ¬†For permanent dupes from MAC, I would suggest Sable Eye Shadow, though it’s a bit darker, it still has the same warm tones. Lie Low Pro Longwear Eye Shadow is also a good substitute, but it can appear slightly warmer toned on some people.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Bare My Soul

Bare My Soul

Bare My Soul: ¬†¬†Bare My Soul is a “frosted gold” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, warm toned gold with a very frosted finish. For a Lustre, it applied surprisingly smoothly with no fallout. I got perfect color payoff with full coverage too, which is a nice surprise compared to other Lustre finish eye shadows from MAC!

Dupes: ¬†¬†I’m having a hard time finding a perfect dupe for this with MAC’s permanent range of eye shadows… It’s somewhere between Amber Lights and Goldmine.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Summer Indulgence

Friendly

Friendly: ¬†¬†This is a “deep bronzed chocolate” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… In the photo of the eye shadow in the pan, it shows up much lighter than it is when applied because it’s metallic and reflective. It’s a gorgeous, dark, warm brown with a deep bronze, frosted sheen. The texture is incredibly smooth, which makes for easy application, completely opaque coverage and amazing color payoff!

Dupes:   Mulch Eye Shadow from MAC is the closest to this color, though slightly more red. Bronze is also a decent dupe but it is definitely a bit darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

When In Rio

When in Rio

When in Rio: ¬†¬†This is a “deep green with copper pearl” and a Frost finish… That description is funny to me because that may be how it looks in the pan, but once you apply it, it’s more of a dark, warm reddish brown with a cooler toned, teal-green pearly sheen. The coverage wasn’t as good as the other eye shadows in this quad… It took some layering to achieve maximum opacity, which still wasn’t 100%. As far as color payoff goes, it does look great, although as I explained, it’s sort of the opposite of how it looks in the pan! Texture was slightly more dry than the other shadows in this quad as well, so blending When in Rio took a bit more effort, but it’s not dry enough that it’s not worth using!

Dupes:   Obviously, Club eye shadow from MAC is going to the be dupe that most people go for, which is pretty similar and always available. Blue Brown Pigment also works as a good dupe. One last option is Green Brown Pigment, which has been discontinued but is somewhat close to When in Rio.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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

 

The Spoiled Rich eye shadow quad is part of the Veronica side of this collection… It’s full of rich, highly pigmented shades perfect for a colorful smokey look. The combination of shadows in this quad is really nice and the quality seems to be a step up from some of the other recent eye shadow palettes from MAC. Even though these eye shadows are a little bold, they’re versatile so it’s suitable for everyone, just as long as you like purples!

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

Spoiled Rich ES Quad 1

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 Spoiled Rich 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!

Spoiled Rich Eye Shadow Palette Label

Spoiled Rich Eye Shadow Palette 2

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

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

Pin-Up Purple

Pin-Up Purple

Pin-Up Purple (Frost): ¬†¬†This color is described as a “mid-tone orchid”… Huh? Maybe I’m just an orchid nerd but that doesn’t tell me much haha. Anyway, it’s a light-medium, cool to neutral toned pinkish lavender with a supposedly Frost finish. To be honest, I don’t see a whole lot of frostiness to this eye shadow but it does have a soft, pretty shimmer. The color payoff and coverage were great and it felt smooth when applied. If you can’t find this quad but still want to try a Veronica look, the closest dupe for this would be Stars N Rockets eye shadow, also from MAC.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Spoiled Rich

Spoiled Rich

Spoiled Rich (Frost): ¬†¬†Spoiled Rich is a “rich purple” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium, true purple with some warmth to it… Like Pin-Up Purple, it’s said to be a frost finish but that doesn’t look very frosty at all! It definitely has a sheen with some almost golden tones but there’s no real shimmer or frost. Color payoff and coverage were good and Spoiled Rich applied smoothly, but didn’t feel quite as silky as Pin-Up Purple. Still, this is a really nice purple that can be used as a lid color or in the crease.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ron Ron Run

Ron Ron Run

Ron Ron Run (Satin): ¬†¬†This¬†eye shadow is a “deep navy” with a Satin finish. It’s a cool toned, dark, slightly purple-ish navy with a subtle shimmer, but has mostly a matte finish once it’s been applied. The color payoff was good, although it took some layering to get full opacity with Ron Ron Run. It felt a bit drier than the other eye shadows in this palette but still applied smoothly.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Gravel

Gravel

Gravel (Matte): ¬†¬†Gravel is a “charcoal” color with a Matte finish. It is a dark, cool gray with a definite matte finish… The color payoff is great, while the coverage was only so-so with the first swipe of eye shadow. You can get good coverage with Gravel, it just takes a stiff flat brush like a MAC 239! Like Ron Ron Run, this shadow felt a little dry. I really like this all over the lid for a smokey eye or in the crease just to deepen the other shadows in this palette and add some depth.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5