Monday, April 20th, 2009

4 Must-Have MAC Teal Eyeshadows

About the Temptalia Must-Haves Series

A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier. Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.

Shimmermoss eyeshadow is my absolute favorite teal eyeshadow. It’s vibrant, pigmented, and it goes on effortlessly. It blends easily with other shades (especially golds and blues), and I’ve used it so much and yet it doesn’t even have much of a dip in it–that’s how rich in color it is.

Steamy eyeshadow is kind of a dirty green-teal color. I find it to be in the teal family, but it definitely has green undertones to it. I like it for its duality.

Newly Minted eyeshadow is a matte finish semi-dusky teal. It’s quite “minty” in a way. While my all-time favorite Melody eyeshadow (long discontinued) holds my heart in this type of teal, Newly Minted is a very close runner-up.

Aquadisiac eyeshadow is a light, glittery aqua-teal shade. It’s one of the lightest teal colors MAC has come out with, and it is definitely a must if you like to wear teals or blues.

What are your favorite teal eyeshadows?

Get pairing ideas and limited edition recommendations

Pair these shadows with…

golds (like Goldmine or Gorgeous Gold), blues (like Freshwater), purples (like Stars ‘n Rockets), whites (like Phloof!), browns (like Romp)

Check your stash for a few awesome limited edition finds…

Zonk Bleu! Meadowland, Prose & Fancy, Tease ‘n Teal, Pretty Twisted

You can check out this archived post for swatches of some shadows. I did these a long time ago, so not all of them will be here, but a few should be. You can view another archived post, which features photos of some teal eyeshadows.

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80 thoughts on “Best Teal Eyeshadows: MAC Teal Eyeshadows

  1. I LOVE this series you have going on….describing the must haves and how to pair them up!! SOOO helpful it really encourages me to dive into eyeshadows which have been neglected to try new ways I never thought of. Thank you!

  2. Oooo, I have shimmermoss and aquadisac.

    I like this best eyeshadows series you have.

    I would also like to add Parrot eyeshadow to the list! And Gulf Stream eyeshadow too (from the Cool Heats Collection).

  3. I have Shimmermoss and it’s gorgeous!! I love paring it with Electric Eel. I’m aiming for Aquadisiac since I’ve heard it’s so pretty.

  4. Saira

    I agree with other readers – your ‘must have’ series is great! I really enjoy reading these articles! Aquadisiac is one of my favourite eyeshadows. It’s really pigmented and a little goes a long way. It goes so well with other eyeshadows. I love wearing it on the lid with either Freshwater in the crease or Newly Minted in the crease.

    • Thanks, Saira! :) I really gotta use Aquadisiac more often! I think I used to use it all the time, but not so much lately!

      • Saira

        Yeah, I have times when I use some shadows a lot and then I start using other ones more regularly. It’s nice sometimes when I feel like using something different, go through my eyeshadows and think ‘I haven’t used that one for ages’ – it’s like discovering a new eyeshadow all over again, lol :o) !

  5. Vness_12

    Shimmermoss is one of favorite shadows period. I love to wear it alone along my lower lash line. This weekend I went for a “peacock” inspired look using a white creme shadow, Shimmermoss, Nocturnelle, and a black shadow in the crease…..fierceness occurred LoL.

  6. [email protected]

    I like Teal pigment as liner but my favorite MAC teal is Pompous Blue. It’s more on the blue side but it’s so rich and pigmented and can be worn in so many ways. I think I need to get Shimmermoss now!

  7. Nicole15

    I know this is not an eyeshadow, but I am officially obsessed with Teal pigment. LOVE!

  8. IvyTrini

    I also love Waternymph. Its a great light greenish, frosty teal! Sadly its LE.

  9. veronica

    I love these posts!
    Could you possibly make a list of Mac’s all time best selling eye shadows, lipsticks and glosses.

  10. Natalie

    My favorite is Pretty Twisted! I also use Surreal a lot :)

  11. Jessie

    Cool Heat, Parrot, Gulf Stream, Warm Chill, Too Dolly, Big T, Turqatic (or something like that), Shimmermoss, Steamy, Aquadisiac, uhm lol Waternymph! Aquavert! Surreal, too.

    Goodness lol

    I have more teals, but I can’t think of them.

  12. Nicole15

    Off topic, but Christine, heard your site won the Glam Network Award for Beauty. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! So unbelievably well-deserved.

  13. Susanne

    I love all of them, but most I love Parrot <3

  14. Susanne

    And Cool Heat, Big T and Gulf Stream :)

    • Jessie

      Warm Chill/Parrott/Big T Make a good combo with Vanilla as a highlighter

      I have Haunting from the Alexander McQueen line, too. I love it in the inner corner with Warm Chill and Cool heat.

  15. Arika BH

    Christine, I love these posts but I’m shopping more now, LOL! There have been shadows on my list forever but because of LE releases I put off buying them. Finally I have Brule, Humid, Contrast, Parfait Amour, Creme de Violet. I bought Texture too, finally since it looks so good on you, and I love Velvet finish e/s. Keep these posts coming. I love them. Now immediately on my must haves is Shimmermoss, Freshwater, Trax, and Satin Taupe. Darn MAC addiction! I hope you really did win the Glam Network Award for Beauty! Your site is the BEST!!!!

  16. Margot

    Since you started these posts I’ve been a couple of times to my MAC store to buy all of your must-haves !!! GOD this list just kills me even more :p

    BTW weirdly enough, shimmermoss doesn’t go on very pigmented on my eyes … dunno why !!

    I just love steamy, and surreal and aquadisiac, they are so pretty !!!

  17. Dana

    Big T is my absolute favourite teal eyeshadow, and I’m with you on Aquadisiac too. :)

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  19. cmferrets

    yes thanx for the post, i love these plus i love the others one like u did for the cranberry e/s “8 ways to wear cranberry” b/c u list exactly what clors names to use with them and the brushes as well.
    the only one i have is newly minted,which i recently bought. i dont have many teals.
    cant wait for the blacks, browns and whites favorite e/s list.

  20. carriespooner

    I really love Waternymph for summer.

    However.. I want to recommend

    LORAC Green Room. Sephora has it. It is uber pigmented and it is beyond gorgeous. I don’t think Mac has one that is the same color.

    This one should be on the must have list. It’s a deep sexy teal. HOT

  21. Kim

    I love newly minted but it didn’t work for me, can you recommend some combinations? I get no pay off even with a base like a painpot (delft) or with UDPP.

    • Jessie

      Try it with Greenstroke pp (Smokey teal) or if you have the LE Rollickin’ or Otherworldly pp.

      You could try a neutral PP, like Painterly or Bare Study.

      Naked Pigment might work, too.

      I don’t have Newly Minted, I keep passing it and SHOULD get it lol And Nehru. But You could pair it with browns to give a neutral look pop of color. Tempting and Honey Lust look good with Teals. Teals bring the green out in Club too.

    • cmferrets

      i used newly i minted with either arena or soft brown in the crease, – try it out !

    • Try it over Soft Ochre or Teal pigment. Also, try to pat it on, and then layer more over it. I find it works better if you build up the color!

  22. Kristina

    I’m thinking about getting Shimmermoss. It looks so pretty from the swatches I have seen. I’m just wondering how similar it is to Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in Shattered?

    • Jessie

      I have UD Shattered in both the shadow and the pigment. It’s not the same color. Shattered is a deeper teal color (to me) and more bluish teal than greenish teal (if that makes sense). Shimmermoss is a more greeny teal. I love it cause it’s so versitile.

      • Thanks so much for helping us, Jessie!

        • Jessie

          Anytime! I love helping! I really have become addicted lol my boyfriend loves it, cause he gets to give imput (most guys get scared)and I really have more than I should. I like helping since I can’t seem to get pictures to work of my combos lol

          I did get a new digital camera, so maybe it will!

          Speaking of teals.. got waternymph on ebay for 10 bucks! Score for me. Got Thunder and Turqatic, too. :]

    • It’s tealer, maybe greener?

  23. I love MAC aquavert! It is the most gorgeous light teal color with just the right amount of shimmer!

  24. Allison

    I also like teal pigment, ud peace e/s, and deep blue green pigment.

  25. natasha

    i like moonflower e/s(LE) too. makes for a great dark teal smokey eye.

  26. abby

    Aquadisiac, gulf stream and talent pool for me. Newly minted looks so pretty maybe that would be my next by along with plumage if those two look good together πŸ˜€

  27. rowan

    i loved pompous blue, and teal pigment

  28. Courtney

    I love shimmermoss..but i really neglect it! it’s such a pretty color. cool heat isn’t a bad color either. too bad i missed out on parrot eyeshadow

  29. Jimena

    I love aquadisiac and it was my first mac eyeshadow (L)

  30. Melody

    :( I want the Melody Eyeshaodw :(

  31. Lindsey

    do you like haunting (from mcqueen), talent pool, or gulf stream better?