MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish. NARS Night Clubbing has a soft micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Crave is similar in color. Carbon is part of the permanent range, as well as come out in various palettes over the years, so you may find you have it at least once in your collection already.
This is one of the better limited releases of Carbon I’ve come across, because it’s one of those shades that seems to get worse each time it’s put into a quad/palette. It’s not the best black eyeshadow on the market, but the color payoff was better and reminded me more of the original Carbon (which, by today’s standards for blackest blacks, doesn’t compare). It has a slightly stiff, almost dry texture that requires extra blending and use of soft, fluffy brushes to really diffuse and blend out the color. It wears fairly well on the lid; there was some very minor fading after nine hours (no primer). This color applies best over a primer, though, because it needs the extra oomph to help in color payoff and blendability.