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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MAC Barbecue, Riot House, Intoxica, Sweet Venom Lipsticks

MAC Barbecue Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a creamy consistency that applied with smooth, even color. This shade lasted for over six hours,, left a stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Bootie (P, $5.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Strange Journey (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Blood Orange (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury 1975 Red (LE, $32.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Barbecue Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Barbecue
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
94%
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MAC Transformed Huggable Lip Colours

Now available online (originally slated for a June 2nd launch; in-store date is June 9th on my press release!), there are new, limited edition shades (along with some repromotes) of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.), which is described as a hydrating, “gel-like lipstick with rich, glossy shine” that wears for “six hours.” The formula tends to be semi-sheer to semi-opaque with moderate shine, lightly clingy (not in an uncomfortable way, but it wears longer than more slippery formulas) with decent wear (four to five hours) and light to moderate hydration. It is the type of formula that feels denser in the tube and softens as it “melts” against the warmth of the lips. I’ve also noticed that some shades self-level after a minute or so after being applied. I think they’re best suited for someone who likes sheerer lipsticks that are comfortable but not slippery and wants some hydration.

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MAC Bonsai Bloom Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Bonsai Bloom
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
83%
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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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MAC Tryphaena and Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Creme Duo

MAC Tryphaena & Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Cream Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) has a highlighter and contour in a cream formula. The formula felt denser and had less slip than MAC’s Cream Colour Bases, and they are consistent with previously-released Pro Sculpting Creams (I have a review for them from 2012). I found them easy to apply and blend out with fingertips or synthetic brushes, as the texture was creamy with enough color payoff to show up on the skin but wasn’t so dense as to become difficult to use. They lasted for seven to eight hours on me.

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MAC Tryphaena & Cleopatra Pro Sculpting Cream Duo
MAC Pro Sculpting Crème Duo Tryphaena and Cleopatra
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Interstellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Cushy Life
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
78%
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