MAC Eyeshadow x 15 and Eyeshadow x 9 Palettes for Spring 2016

MAC Pre-Made Palettes for Spring 2016
MAC Pre-Made Palettes for Spring 2016

Creating your own bespoke eyes has never been easier. These well-edited Eyes x 9 and Eyes x 15 palettes feature a wave of colour-coordinated hues offering countless combinations, now with new reduced prices. Adding to our current lineup, we’re introducing three additional palettes: Eye Shadow x 15 in modern neutrals, Eye Shadow x 9 in dusky rose shades and Eye Shadow x 9 in soft pastel hues.


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Eyeshadow x 9: Pastel Times Nine | $32.00

  • New Nude
  • Fresh Innocence
  • Spice Bar
  • Flounce (Repromote)
  • Restless Rose
  • Free Roaming
  • Spring Moon
  • Greystroke
  • Sweet Green

Eyeshadow x 9: Dusky Rose | $32.00 | Repromote

Editor’s Note: This palette appears to be the previously released, limited edition MACnificent Me Palette released previously, you can see it here.  MAC lists “Quiet Time” instead of “Quiet Type,” but it seems given the other eight shades the same that it’s likely a mistype (and promo photos from both launches appear the same to me).

  • MACnificent Me (Repromote)
  • Quiet Type (Repromote)
  • Dance in the Dark (Repromote)
  • Fabulous DNA (Repromote)
  • Pleasing to the Eye (Repromote)
  • Sable (Permanent)
  • Frankly Frosty (Repromote)
  • In My Element (Repromote)
  • Cool Complement (Repromote)

Eyeshadow x 15: Mellow Moderns | $65.00 | Repromote

Editor’s Note:  This was previously released last year as Nordstrom’s Finest, exclusive to Nordstrom, but it is now available through MAC directly.

  • Beaded Light golden beige
  • Goldmine Intense gold with shimmer and frost finish
  • Chains of Love Midtone coined bronze with frost finish
  • Cork Muted golden brown with satin finish
  • Carbon Intense black with matte finish
  • Orb Soft peachy-beige with satin finish
  • Plummed Shimmering dark plum with veluxe pearl finish
  • Luscious Neutral bronze with frost finish
  • Soft Brown Soft golden peachy brown with matte finish
  • Trax Burgundy-plum with shimmer and velvet finish
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde with luster finish
  • Persuade Midtone cool grey brown with matte finish
  • Greensmoke Tarnished olive with luster finish
  • Felt Cool neutral army green with satin finish
  • Print Muted grey with shimmer with satin finish

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The Foundation Matrix Updates: Better Results, Faster Matching

We’ve made a major update to the way the Foundation Matrix works and how you can use it, but it should still look very familiar to those who have used it in the past. You can still choose whether to start off by sharing your existing shade match or by selecting your skintone/undertone.

Add Multiple Existing Shades

You can now input up to five existing shade matches, which will help us narrow the skin tone and undertone range by getting more insight into the matches that already work for you. It helps us refine your pool of matches and makes them more tailored than they would be with one shade. But if you only know of one shade that’s a good match for you, no problem — you can still get matched!

Concealers & Foundations, Types

As I went through shades or formulas that needed to be added, I saw two things: too many requests for formulas already in it (which means it’s not obvious that they’re there) and requests for concealers (which have been in there for years!). You will now find formulas are broken out into Foundations and Concealers as well as foundations are also organized by type, such as Liquid or Cream. This way when brands use the same name, or nearly the same name, it will be clearer which one you want.

To that end, you will start to see more formulations with (UK), (Australia), (Canada), or another country in parentheses, and this is our attempt to start pulling out/adding formulas that have different shade ranges in other regions. Formulas that have little to no variance from region to region will not be marked as country-specific. You will see this reflected should you send us a request to add a foundation/shade, as we’ll ask for your region, which helps us go to the right site to make sure it’s not just a shade missing but potentially several, region-specific shades.

Find a Match by Formula

Something I noticed as I would get requests to add a new shade or formula to the foundation was a lot of requests also included saying “I wanted to find out what I shade I was in X foundation.” We wanted to make that easier for you. You can still get all possible matches and then refine by brand, price, type, coverage, and so forth, but you can also just tell us the formula you want your match in, and we’ll give you the closest that we can. If we can’t find a close match, all shades found in that foundation will show as a list so you can read through it (this is most likely to happen for skin tones that have a harder time finding a foundation, e.g. very fair and darker skin tones).

Here’s an example where I’ve added three existing shade matches, and then wanted to get a match in MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Liquid Foundation. Now you don’t have to refine or tease through pages of results if you know exactly what you’re looking to try next!

P.S. — The Matrix is currently updated once every four to six weeks with missing shades and formulations. Sometimes if it is a brand that we’ve missed entirely that has a lot of shades, it may take longer to research and try to figure out how to categorize shades.

2016 Reader’s Choice Awards Voting

The nominees are in! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to submit their nominations. Now, it’s time to cast your vote for the best of the year! Please feel free to abstain from voting in a category or voting other if none of the nominees work for you 🙂 Can’t wait to see the results!

  • Voting: January 4th, 2016 through January 11th, 2016 10AM PST.
  • Results: January 20th, 2016

Voting is now closed.

2016 Readers’ Choice Awards: Nominate Your Favorites Now!

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to nominate your favorite products and brands from 2015 as well as your all-time favorite formulas. We have tried to make it easier for readers as well as on our end when it comes to compiling nominees. You can start typing your favorite brand or product, and it will suggest what you’re looking for using our product database (57,000 products), but as always, you can write-in your favorites as well. All of the nominations will be compiled and the top 10-15 (depending on how many ties there are) will make the voting ballot. You do not have to nominate for every category; fill in as many categories as you wish to participate in.

  • Nominations: December 17th, 2015 through December 28th, 2015 10AM PST.
  • Voting: January 4th, 2016 through January 11th, 2016 10AM PST.
  • Results: January 20th, 2016

This is our first year doing it this way, so if you encounter any issues, please email nick[at] Thank you!

Nominations are now closed. Thank you!