MAC Neutral Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “highly pigmented powder” that “blends well.” They recently dropped the price of the pan eyeshadows from $10 to $6. In general, MAC’s formula is strongest when it comes to their more shimmery (Frost, Veluxe Pearl) shades–I think they tend to be the most consistent–while they have hits and misses across the rest of the finishes. Their permanent line has less misses than their limited edition releases, though, and I think the majority of their matte shades are very buildable and workable in practice, even if they don’t always swatch well on skin. Lustres are the weakest finish, as they are sheerer, often chunky with glitter, and have little adhesion on their own. Most of their eyeshadows last seven to eight hours on me without primer, some even as long as nine hours, but a few as short as six hours and/or have substantial fall out (Lustres, I’m looking at you).

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MAC Omega Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Omega
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Anastasia Pink Champagne, Labyrinth, Blushing, Cognac Eyeshadows

Anastasia Pink Champagne Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was in one of the recent pre-made palettes, and I quite liked it then, so when I needed a fourth shade (to get the discount pricing), I thought it’d be a good one to pick up and just double-check that it’s still good on its own! Luckily, it is, indeed, similar to the palette version. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very dense, almost cream-like consistency. Most of the sparkle stays on throughout the day, but there was a few bits of fall out after eight hours. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Pink Champagne
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
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Make Up For Ever I36, M60, ME42, S50, D62 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark olive green with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. There is very slight sparkle, but it doesn’t seem chunky or noticeable. It had mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage in two passes. The texture was lightly creamy, glided on without tugging on the lower lash line, and lasted for eight hours on me before there was noticeable migration. It lasted for four hours on the waterline, though it has sparkle, I’m not sure if I would use this on the waterline (I didn’t see any notes on Sephora on whether any shades weren’t for the waterline). L'Oreal Green Ivy (270) (P, $8.99) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (17) (DC, $9.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I36 Iridescent Khaki
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
86%
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MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that will be available online on May 26th, and in select stores on June 2nd. The quad contains two permanent shades–Mystery and Carbon–and frankly, Sandstone is so close to Cork (permanent) that it might as well be an all-permanent quad (I imagine most readers will have a beige eyeshadow that would function similarly to Mother’s Milk). The colors work well together, and it creates a smoky, more neutral-toned look, so those who prefer pre-made quads and don’t mind that the pans are glued in might still prefer buying it already put together.

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MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Pillars
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Make Up For Ever M22, S20, I24, M26, I32, M30, I34 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

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Make Up For Ever M22 Matte Majorelle Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M22 Matte Majorelle Blue
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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Anastasia Soft Gold, Gleam, RTW, Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadows

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a smooth, lightly dense texture that was blendable and easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Soft Gold
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%
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