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MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frosty pink white, deep bronze, carbon black, deep grey and platinum.” #2 was the sparkliest shade, so it was the only one that seemed like it might be prone to fall out. I’ve been wearing this palette together for just over four hours, and there’s very little sparkle underneath my eye thus far, so hopefully there’s not too much more between now and the eight-hour mark. Based on my experience with the wear of these eyeshadows to this point, I expect the others to wear without creasing and might show some signs of fading after nine hours or so. The texture of this palette was slightly less silky compared to the others.

Smokeluxe #1 is a subtly warmed-up, pale beige with a pearly sheen. It’s a bit dry, so the payoff was about the same both wet and dry–semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best. Brownluxe #1 and Greenluxe #1 both have very similar beige shades in them. Urban Decay Broken is lighter, less shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is warmer. MAC Dew is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is more shimmery. MAC Shroom is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #2 is a dirty olive brown with hints of green and then flashes of taupe. It was a very interesting color, and it was one that I swatched three times while getting everything together, because it never looks the same. It also swatches darker than it looks in the pan. Greenluxe #4 is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is greener, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is warmer. Giorgio Armani #24 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #3 is a warm, brownish-plum with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied wet, it was mostly opaque and appeared slightly darker. Disney Rococo is darker. Disney Chateau is warmer. theBalm Blink 1982 is similar. Urban Decay Roach is darker.
MAC Star Violet is warmer, redder. MAC Prettified is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Turandot #4 is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Euphoria is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #4 is a medium-dark gray with a light silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry and mostly opaque applied wet–a little drier than other shades. theBalm Matt McDonald is cooler-toned. Chanel Gris Exquis is more neutral, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #5 is a deep, dark black with a satin finish. It is a softer black applied dry, but it is quite dark and rich when applied with a damp brush. Sugarpill Bulletproof is matte. Urban Decay Blackout is matte. Milani Pitch Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Smokeluxe
Smokeluxe
Smokeluxe
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frost white pink, bright frosty pink, deep violet, blackened purple with purple pearl and blackened plum.”  The first two shades seem too similar to have included both in this particular palette–if they had been really cool and really warm-toned, rather than closer to the middle, it would have worked better.  #1, 2, and 4 were sparkly enough to have some fall out issues.  I’ve only been wearing this palette for three hours now, but there is some minor fall out currently (and based on the wear of the other four palettes, I would expect moderate fall out after eight hours but no creasing).  #4 was also hard to apply with even, opaque coverage, even though I used it damp.

Pinkluxe #1 is a light-medium pink with a high-shine, frosted finish. It has subtle cool undertones (almost looks neutral to warm against my warmer complexion). It had mostly opaque color payoff both wet and dry, but applied wet, it was smoother and less loose. Pinkluxe #2 is just warm-toned, but it’s also a light-medium pink. Urban Decay SWF is less shimmery. MAC Heartless is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Cheryl Chic is less shimmery. MAC Love Power is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #2 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer and less smooth, while it is more intense and smoother when applied wet. Pinkluxe #1 is cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is cooler, lighter. MAC Cheryl Chic is less shimmery. MAC Love Power is lighter, a cream product. MAC Rose Light is a smidgen warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #3 is a medium-dark, pink-plum with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had softer, semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, which was intensified to mostly opaque color when applied wet. Urban Decay Last Call is darker. MAC Pink Union #1 is also darker, less warm-toned. MAC Neo Nebula is similar. MAC Swish is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #4 is a blackened purple with purple sparkle and shimmer. Applied dry, it was very sheer and stiff, with the sparkle sliding off of the underlying color. Applied wet, it was smoother and held together better but was still a bit dry and uneven in application. theBalm All the Way Annie is lighter (no blackened base). NARS High Society #3 has a lot less shimmer and is lighter. MAC Young Punk is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #5 is a deep, dark purple with subtle brown undertones and a satiny sheen. It looks a bit dry and uneven when applied dry, but it is very smooth and intense when applied wet. NARS Arabian Nights #1 is darker. Giorgio Armani #3 is more shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Pinkluxe
Pinkluxe
Pinkluxe
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “bright champagne with pearl, peach pink with pearl, light pink, bright lavender and dusty grey.”  This was the hardest palette to use of the six MAC launched, because four of the five shades had incredibly crumbly, almost gritty, textures that were just so filled with sparkle that the sparkle got everywhere during application, after, and really stuck to the skin.  I initially applied these shades this morning, and after nine hours of wear, most of what was applied on the lid seems to be underneath my eye and on my cheeks.  Even applying all of the shades with a damp brush didn’t give great results on the lid from the get-go.  The only shade that wasn’t a pain to use was #5.  The eye that I wore this palette on was watering all day (and the other one only started watering towards the end).

Pastelluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale gold with a muted quality. It was sheer both wet and dry, and it was difficult to smooth out, so it looked uneven applied. MAF Flicker is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bone is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #2 is a pale peach that looks more beige applied than it does in the pan. Like #1, it was sheer whether applied wet or dry, and the consistency was very sparkly and kind of crumbly to the touch. Urban Decay Sellout is darker, less glittery. NARS Delphes #1 is less glittery. MAC Light Touch is smoother. MAC Blonde Streak is cooler-toned. MAC Ice is darker. Bobbi Brown Bone is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #3 is a pastel pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s mostly just a sprinkling of sparkle, and then applied wet, you can see more color but it is still semi-sheer. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is darker. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is darker. Maybelline Inked in Pink is darker, cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic is a bit darker, less metallic. MAC Tuapeless is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is a touch darker and a cream product. MAC Good Fortune is lighter and a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir 4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #4 is a cool-toned lilac purple with gold and white sparkle. It had a very chunky, crumbly texture that was apparent both wet and dry–it went from very sheer to sheer. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #1 is less metallic. MAC Fresh Ice is lighter, less metallic. MAC Silverwear is lighter, less metallic. MAC Digit is quite a bit lighter and less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #5 is a dirty taupe with subtle warm undertones and a multi-colored sparkle. This one was particularly pretty as it caught the light and twinkled. Applied dry, it’s a softer, semi-opaque color, while applied dry, it is a bit darker and more opaque, as well as smoother. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is warmer. MAC Romance Me is less frosted. MAC Shale is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey is warmer, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Pastelluxe
Pastelluxe
Pastelluxe
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
69%
Total
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MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “light peach, bright champagne with pearl, dark olive, blackened green with gold pearl and deep forest green with pearl.” Greenluxe is not really as green as you’d expect, so if you were wary, you might still like this but if you are a fiend for green, you’ll be missing those.  #2 and #4 were the two that were very fall-out prone.  I wore this palette on one eye, and after nine hours of wear, there is no creasing, but there is a noticeable amount of fall out–the sparkles in this are finer, so they’re not as large or as visible as glitter would be. I did experience fading with #4 and #5 that was noticeable after seven and a half hours of wear.

Greenluxe #1 is a warm-toned beige with a pearly sheen. It was semi-sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied wet. This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Brownluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #2 is a pale, light gold with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry but was very loose/crumbly; applied wet, it smoothed out better but would do best with a pressing and crushing technique.
Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the GLass is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 is a touch darker. Make Up For Ever #101 is less metallic. MAC Flicker is lighter. MAC Femme-fi is lighter, less metallic. Dior Golden Savannah #3 is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Gold Bar is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #3 is a dirty gold, kind of pewter-like, but I’d say it’s a little warm to be a true pewter. I’m a total sucker for shades like this, though, because they can look warmer or cooler, depending on what you pair them with. Dry, it had fairly opaque color payoff but was somewhat powdery. Wet, it was smoother, sparkly without being too glittery. Chanel Moon River is darker, cream product. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is warmer, lighter. MAC Hazy Day is darker. MAC Antique Diamond is similar but a cream product. MAC Modern Pewter is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 is slightly darker. bareMinerals First Class is a touch darker. bareMinerals Gold Medal is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #4 is a blackened green (more like a tint of green) and forest green and gold sparkle and shimmer. Dry, it’s a little gritty from the high sparkle content, and applied wet, it does apply more smoothly with a richer base color, but it still needs to be layered and packed on a bit to get good coverage. Giorgio Armani #25 is greener. Urban Decay Snare is lighter. Milani Melange is warmer, browner. MAC Smutty Green is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #5 is a reddish brown with a teal duochrome finish. Dry, it looks warmer and browner, while wet it takes on a more dominant teal coloring. MAC Woodsmoke is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush On You is slightly lighter. Shades like MAC Blue Green pigment and MAC Club are also similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Greenluxe
Greenluxe
Greenluxe
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “egg shell, frosty orange gold, light yellow chocolate, deep bronze, blackened plum with pearl.” Brownluxe is one of the better-performing palettes from the launch of six. The textures of #1 and #2 are slightly dry, so you may need to jab at the pans a bit to dislodge color. There is some fall out from #3 and #4 (this was the worst offender of the two), but overall, this had minimal fall out after 12 hours of wear (I don’t normally test this long, but I only had time to test one palette per eye yesterday, so I ended up wearing it until bed time!). I didn’t experience any creasing, but there was some noticeable fading after nine hours of wear.

Brownluxe #1 is a pale beige with a golden sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and it looked more satin-like, and when applied wet, it was more shimmery/frosted (but the payoff was the same). This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Greenluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #2 is a medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it has soft color payoff but not really sheer–just softer than it looks in the pan–and then applied wet, it is darker and there’s an almost gray-ish tint that comes out. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is similar. MAC Romantico is darker, more shimmery. MAC One to Watch is more orange. MAC Day Gleam is more shimmery. MAC Soba is darker. MAC Outre is yellower. MAC Cork is darker. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is warmer. Inglot #342 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #3 is a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and when applied wet, it is just smoother and more metallic. Sephora Girls Night Out is darker, less orange. theBalm Manic Maribel is more coppery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more coppery. MAC Gaelic Gold is less warm-toned. MAC Goldmine is lighter, yellower. MAC Amber Lights is darker. MAC Campfire is darker, warmer. OCC Triptych is yellower. bareMinerals Pret-a-porter is very similar. Inglot #404 is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #4 is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a taupe sparkle. It has softer, slightly sheer color when applied dry (it is a much lighter brown), and when applied with a damp brush, it’s a darker, cooler-toned shade. Disney Abu is similar. Urban Decay Bewitch is warmer. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is warmer, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Copper Cocoa is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer. MAC Cross Cultural is less shimmery. MAC Brown Down is warmer, less shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah #5 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Couture is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #5 is deep burgundy-brown with a pearly shimmer. It had really nice color payoff both wet and dry, though it was smoother and slightly more intense applied wet. Tom FOrd Enchanted #4 is lighter. theBalm Presto is lighter, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #2 is redder. bareMinerals Ensemble is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Brownluxe
Brownluxe
Brownluxe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “metallic silver with pearl, light blue, blue with pearl, purple blue with pearl, black with blue pearl.”

Bleuluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale silver that almost leans warm. Dry, it’s very sheer and sparkly; wet, it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque and needs to really be pressed and worked into the lid to smooth it out. Bobbi Brown Tinsel is less sparkly. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. NARS Flowers 2 #1 is less sparkly.
MAC Guise is darker. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic. MAC White as Snow is similar but loose. Giorgio Armani #17 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #2 is a cool-toned, silver and blue-shimmered blue with a hint of gray. It has a very sparkly finish. Applied dry, it’s very sheer; applied wet, it is semi-opaque but needs to be pressed and crushed on the lid to smooth out the color. Maybelline Seashore Frosts has a golden duochrome/shimmer and is a cream product. Clinique Big Blue is less sparkly, cream. theBalm Matt Horowitz is more matte. Urban Decay Strip is lighter. MAC Blue Moon is less sparkly. Chanel Destination is less sparklly, cream. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #3 is a navy blue with a blackened base and multi-colored sparkle. Applied dry, it was kind of chunky and sheer, while applied wet, it was semi-sheer and smoother. This was a shade I needed to layer and pack on to get to be opaque on the lid. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #4 is a blackened navy blue with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer when applied dry, and it intensified to semi-opaque color when applied damp. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is darker. MAC Shop & Drop is darker. MAC Thru the Night is similar. MAC Blue Storm is lighter. Burberry Midnight Blue is lighter. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #5 is a medium-dark black with a dusting of blue pearl. It had semi-opaque color when applied dry, and it was slightly more intense when applied wet. The texture was very smooth, and this was the best shade of the five. MAC Dark Dare is a bit darker. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new Veluxe Pearlfusion eyeshadow formula is widely varying from shade to shade, palette to palette. The overall quality really depends on the finish, and I’m sure it won’t surprise you, but the heavier the sparkle is, the lower the performance. These can be used both wet and dry, with dry application yielding “sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish,” and wet application yielding “a super saturation of colour that glistens with metallic brilliance.” The texture is supposed to feel “creamy and lightweight.”

Anyone who loves MAC’s Pressed Pigment formula and has no issues with the sparkle-factor and resulting fall out (that I’ve experienced, at least) with them with likely enjoy these, too, as overall, they’re finer but still very sparkly and the finish certainly reflects and catches the light nicely. But there is fall out, and if you loathe any fall out, I’d probably skip this launch entirely. If you can deal with some, they may be worth checking out. The texture varies from so soft that the powder turns a little crumbly and becomes difficult to smooth out (you really have to press it, or crush it with a brush or sponge-tip applicator) to soft, creamy, and intensely pigmented. There were shades that made me, “Oooh” and “Ahhh!” when I swatched or applied them.

I wore #2 on the inner lid, #3 on the middle of lid, #4 on the outer lid, and #5 in the crease–all used with a wet application and MAC’s 239 brush. I didn’t experience any creasing over a twelve-hour period, and fading didn’t become noticeable until after nine and a half hours of wear; all quite impressive. There was some fall out during application, but because they are used wet, and none of those four needed significant pressing/crushing prior to application, it was minimal and easy to clean-up. I did have continued fall out throughout the day and by the end of eight hours, there was a moderate amount of sparkle underneath my eyes. The sparkle is finer, so it’s not as obvious as larger glitter particles can be.

The price point seems a bit high, and it’s hard to really know how long an eyeshadow will last you until you’ve used it endlessly. Normally, MAC’s full-size powder eyeshadows contain 0.05 oz., and the quads (that also retail for $40) contain 0.19 oz. (Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows are normally 0.04 oz., which is usually why quads aren’t 0.20 oz.), so this palette is smaller at 0.14 oz. Unless you regularly finish your eyeshadows, I don’t think you’ll actually feel the quantity difference–and if you have a larger stash, you may appreciate that there are five shades in this.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Bleuluxe
Bleuluxe
Bleuluxe
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
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