Friday, June 17th, 2011


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow

MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos

Available online only for U.S./Canada on June 21st, here are photos and swatches of the four eyeshadows included in the collection. Each will retail for $14.50 and be available for a limited time. For official information, please check out the launch post. Please understand that I am not going to rate or review this collection, because of my involvement, as I do not think it would be right. I will provide comparison swatches for Jealousy Wakes very soon!

  • Jealousy Wakes is an emerald green with teal and gold shimmer. It has a veluxe pearl finish.  This is the shade I created, and if you want to learn more about the creation process, check out this post.
  • Parisian Skies is a dusty, medium-dark blue with a subtle sheen. It has a satin finish.
  • Hocus Pocus is a dark, brown-tinged gray with green and gold shimmer. It has a satin finish.
  • Sparkle Neely, Sparkle is a medium-dark, warm brown with subtle gold sparkle (not quite micro-glitter but larger than shimmer).

Please feel free to discuss similar shades and dupes amongst yourselves, but I would prefer only to provide my color descriptions, photos, and swatches. The Swatch Gallery should help you find possible dupes and allow you to compare on your own for this particular collection :)  (I know that the eyeshadow section is not fully up, but I do hope it will help.)  I hope you understand.

See more photos & swatches!


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow


MAC Parisian Skies Eyeshadow


MAC Parisian Skies Eyeshadow


MAC Parisian Skies Eyeshadow


MAC Parisian Skies Eyeshadow


MAC Hocus Pocus Eyeshadow


MAC Hocus Pocus Eyeshadow


MAC Hocus Pocus Eyeshadow


MAC Hocus Pocus Eyeshadow


MAC Sparkle Neely, Sparkle Eyeshadow


MAC Sparkle Neely, Sparkle Eyeshadow


MAC Sparkle Neely, Sparkle Eyeshadow


MAC Sparkle Neely, Sparkle Eyeshadow

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173 thoughts on “MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos

  1. I need your eyeshadow and Hocus Pocus! Thankfully I don’t need all of them of my bank account would be a lot more empty!

  2. Mo

    Oh my! They’re all so lovely!

  3. Sparkle Neely <3 Good Lord. I love it. And of course, Jealousy Wakes. Wow.

  4. may

    love them. hocus pocus is especially gorgeous

  5. Nik

    Yours is the most beautiful and unique shade, congratulations again
    Im having to pull some strings and bribe a friend in america to send it to me. Thats how much i need it in my life :)

  6. Gretchen

    I know you won’t do reviews or dupes and comparisons, which I completely respect, but will you at least do recommendations by skin tone?

    • The eyeshadows should work across skin tones, really – my hope for Jealousy Wakes was to keep it on the bluer side so cooler skin tones could wear it but not so cool that warmer skin tones couldn’t wear it. Sparkle Neely, Sparkle is the warmest, so that is one that might be better on warmer skin tones.

  7. Caitlin

    Oh wow, Christine! Jealousy Wakes is absolutely beautiful! I’m so annoyed I’m not in North America – I REALLY want that, it’s the most perfect Emerald Green!

    So happy for you!

  8. Leanne

    Yay Christine! Im so proud of your latest accomplishment after reading your site daily for about a year now! Im definitely going to be picking up Jealousy Wakes, Parisian Skies, and then Evolution Revolution lipglass! Congrats again! Im so excited to be able to see them in real life :) :)

  9. Richelle

    Ugh! I am DYING to get your eyeshadow and maybe another, BUT I’m a little short on money right now and I just know that they will be sold out fast! Do you know if you will do a giveaway soon with the collection?

  10. Avatar of rachael Rachael

    Your eyeshadow is beautiful. Its a shame that I put myself on a spending freeze until I find a job. I hope that I can get this one (once I find a job) if it is still available.

  11. ...

    such a shame the collection is only available online in the us, cause I wouldve loved to own a view of the products!

  12. LuvJaime

    The eyeshadows and lipglosses are amazing!! MAC should invite you for another project! You ladies definitely know what the readers/consumers are looking for.. Texture, opacity and unique colors!

  13. Jaime

    Hocus Pocus and Jealousy Wakes are a must for me! Still on the fence about Sparkle Neely Sparkle, it’s not as pretty as i thought it would be…

  14. Laura

    Sooooooo excited for Jealousy Wakes!! You did a great job on developing your color, Christine!!

  15. Definitely getting Jealousy Wakes and Patisian Skies. I thought Hocus Pocus was more silvery…oh well.

  16. Judy

    I’m liking JW, Parisian Skies & Hocus Pocus the best!!!!! Must buy now!!!
    Thank you, Christine! I also hope that MAC will ask you back some time in the future to create some amazing lipstick, blush & eyeliner shades.

  17. Bernice

    Hi Christine.

    Why is it only available online on June 21st? Will it be available in store afterwards?

  18. tehteh

    someone please tell MAC to make this permanent or something so we can get in big old Europe!

  19. Darshana

    Hey, I have recently started reading Temptalia, and despite not using much makeup in my everyday life, I love looking at swatches and reading product reviews. And I must say, I really admire the fact that you are not reviewing this collection or providing any dupes. I love your blog because of your extremely objective and detailed approach towards reviewing makeup, and while I am sure you would do a great job of reviewing the collection, it is commendable that you are not.
    Oh, and I love Jealousy Wakes! It is the most gorgeous jewel-toned green ever!

    • Thanks, Darshana! I try to live by the philosophy of – if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. You have to feel good about what you do, the decisions you make, and especially online, because they’ll follow you around like a bad habit!

  20. Chelle

    I was actually really looking forward to your personal review of this launch in particular since I rely heavily on your opinions before purchasing a product. That being said, I understand that perhaps you feel you’re a bit biased and/or a negative review on something you helped create wouldn’t exactly be a good starting point.

    Still, I’ll be picking up your shade. It’s gorgeous.

  21. Carrie Ann

    They’re all gorgeous!

  22. I cannot wait to get my hands on the entire collection! I should probably plan to stay up late to order them as soon as they hit the store. I’d hate to wait till morning to find they all sold out.

  23. How do you swatch shadows? Just curious, because these look way more pigmented than they do in Karen’s swatches.

    • I use a brush or edge of a sponge tip to kick up the color, then I turn the shadow upside down onto the skin (so it will drop onto the arm), and then I blend it into a swatch with my finger. By putting your finger into the pan directly, you’ll end up getting oil into the pan itself, which can harden the top layer over time, and you usually end up with more eyeshadow on your finger (have you ever noticed that if you do a swatch with your finger, it often looks totally different on your finger tip than on your skin?).

      • Victoria

        How do you manage it to be so STRAIGHT! Wow this entire time I thought you were doing Karlasugar’s method of using a wedge sponge haha

        • Lots and lots of practice! It’s so much more time consuming to do it this way, but after really dissecting the swatching process, I decided this was worth it because the results are much more accurate and realistic to how they would look applied. (Andddd, a lot of my older MAC eyeshadows look gross from being swatched repeatedly with fingers.)

          The reason I don’t use sponges or the like is I still want to *feel* the texture of the eyeshadow. I don’t have a good grasp on how finely milled it is, softness, blendability, etc. without actually feeling the product on a sensory level, and since I primarily do reviews, knowing the texture and being able to describe it from that sensory memory is just too important!

      • Wow, that sounds like a lot of work! Thanks SO much for getting back to me!

  24. Catherine

    i must have jealousy wakes and hocus pocus. :)

  25. Dorna

    Wow, I really picked the WORST time to go on a project 10 pan. I usually never care about limited edition collections but just… wow.

  26. Avatar of Amy Amy

    I’m grabbing Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus as soon as they are available!!

  27. Kathy

    I’m imagining a bold smokey eye with Jealousy Wakes paired up with Hocus Pocus. And it’s making me excited! :D

  28. These and the lipglasses are all so beautiful! Excellent job, Christine, as well as all of the other bloggers that contributed!

    Jealousy Wakes, and Hocus Pocus will definitely be mine! I’m also eyeing Parisian Skies, and a couple of the lipglasses.. Oh, I might as well admit it, I’m eyeing every shadow, and every lipglass!

  29. Avatar of Sass Sass

    Since I’ve been getting older (knocking on 33) I have been leaning more to the neutral colors, but since Christine came up with an eyeshadow then I MUST have it so Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus is on my list. So excited!

    I am not feeling Sparkle Neely for some reason. Not sure why…

  30. Avatar of AS AS

    What’s interesting is that even though these were designed by different people, the lipglasses look like a real collection – they look like they provide a nice range of colors, and the eyeshadows, though they might not go together, are a nice array of dramatic darker shades. The Sparkle shade totally reminds me of 1970s Lurex fabric! I’m super-impressed with the ideas that went into creating such interesting colors.

    • It’s like summer and fall came together, LOL. The glosses are so summery to me, while the shadows are more fall!

      One of the biggest curiosities for me was how they were going to make something cohesive out of it.

  31. Hiromi

    OMG christine, you did a beautiful job!

  32. Avatar of Heather Heather

    I feel like I need every single one, except Sparkle Neely, Sparkle!

  33. Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly

    I can’t wait to get the shade you helped create…cool, only a few more days!! It looks so beautiful and alive with your beautiful brown eyes!! I think “Jealousy Wakes” will be rather popular ;c)

  34. Maile

    OK…I don’t NEED all 4..but after looking at the swatches…I’m getting all 4..or maybe just 4 of jealousy wakes ;)!! WONDERFUL JOB CHRISTINE…Of all, its my favorite…favor, could you do a look of the others maybe?

  35. liz

    I am loving hocus pocus!

  36. Jackers

    Parisian Skies is absolutely beautiful and I have nothing like it. :)

  37. Crissy K

    Awesome shadows I want them all. I wish they would have made more than just 4. I loooooove eyeshadows.:D

  38. Monroe

    Hocus Pocus reminds me of the MAC Sweet Sienna pigment which is my absolute fave eyeshadow ever. http://www.alluringgirl.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/s/w/sweet-sienna.jpg

  39. Joy

    Definitely getting Jealousy Wakes and maybe Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle. I’m so scared your eyeshadow is gonna sell out before I get to buy it though. :(

  40. Lulee

    i know you aren’t reviewing this collection, but can you tell us anything about texture? like what core collection shadow would you compare the texture of each one to?

  41. Melissa

    Christine your work ethic and intellect make me really look up to you. I wish I was as objective, straight forward and hardworking as you. I idolize strong working women, and you epitomize that for me. Thank you for all your hard work.

  42. All these eyeshadows are amazing! The blue one is my favorite. :D

  43. Oh my gosh! Your Jealousy Wakes is the absolute perfect shade of emerald green I’ve been looking for. It’s stunning!

  44. Pam

    Thanks for swatching! You are the best :)

  45. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    From swatches I’ve seen before Hocus Pocus looked like complete crap, but your swatch of it is absolutely gorgeous! Need that one for sure. And Jealousy Wakes has been on my NEED-list since the very first sneak peak you showed us. Amazing color! The other two colors are way too ordinary and meh for me.

  46. Tiffany

    I’m going to buy them all in support of all of the wonderful bloggers. Good thing I like them all as well. :) Naturally (but not surprisingly), my favorite is Jealousy Wakes! Are you happy with the final product, Christine?

  47. You ladies really outdid yourselves. While, of course, there are shades that I prefer to others (which is a subjective thing), the quality overall looks excellent on both the shadows and the glosses.

  48. Maureen

    Yours is definitely the most interesting! I wish Parisian skies was slightly slightly bluer. :P

  49. JW and Hocus Pocus are the best! Beautiful!

  50. Avatar of Anna Anna

    JW is an amazing color! And thanks for making it a VP!! yaay :D I really think JW and Hocus Pocus are the best by far! Great job!

  51. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Love the name “Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle” but like a few others, I will be buying Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus (what a great looking grey that is). I am so excited about these and they better NOT sell out before I can get to the store!

  52. These all rock, but I think I NEED Hocus Pocus in my life!

  53. the brown-red one looks much nicer in the pan, it gets a bit muddy almost in the swatch :S
    love the parisian skies one, the colour looks nice, maybe not so pigmented though.
    yours probably is the most complex one :) good job to all of you!

  54. Liz Mc

    Love your shadow color – you did a great job and it came out looking just like the one you showed us awhile back.

    I’m curious about Hocus Pocus – does it look like either Satin Taupe or Smoke and Diamonds? To me I see a bit of both in there….

  55. Avatar of Carolina Carolina

    It’s a plus that your es is such an amazing green colour (cannot wait to use it), but for all I care it could be yellow with black glitter. It’s YOUR eyeshadow for MAC. I WANT IT! Is this collection going to be US only and if so how can I make a deal with you to buy it? :)

    • U.S./Canada!

      I can’t sell it on my own, sorry :(

      • Avatar of Carolina Carolina

        Obviously I didn’t mean you should set up shop and sell the es on a profit. :) But for all your followers from around the world this is a unique chance to support you and get makeup at the same time. lol Perfect deal.

        I will have to try ebay then. Or perhaps some kind Temptalia reader wouldn’t mind buying me one and post it to me, in a totally friendly, non-profit way. :)

  56. Deetzi

    Well done Christine, I don’t usually wear deep greens (prefer olives) but this is one I will definitely pick up. Sparkle and Hocus are must haves for me too, but I’m scared Parisian will be too cool for me. Congratulations!

  57. Alex

    Oh noes! I might need more of this collection than I had realized ={

    • Neshie

      Haha! I said the exact same thing! I started out only wanting Jealousy Wakes and All My Purple Life. I ended up getting everything except for Parisian Skies and Evolution Revolution.

  58. Avatar of Brie Brie

    They’re all lovely, but yours is really the most unique (and most beautiful in my personal opinion), by a long shot! Awesome job :-)

  59. Avatar of Serena Serena

    I’m totally lemming Jealousy Wakes (thank you for your awesome creation!), hocus pocus and parisian skies!

  60. Jennifer

    Anyone else think that Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle! looks like M.A.C’s LE B-Rich eyeshadow from several years ago?

    • Emma

      I really really want SNS, and I don’t own B-Rich but I looked up swatches, and from what I can tell, yes it does…I’m sure there are differences, like maybe the shimmer…I wish these were in-store, I’d really like to swatch SNS for myself so I can properly decide!!

  61. Ah! I want all of these! It is really rare for me to want every shadow from one of MAC’s collections! I especially love Hocus Pocus and Parisian skies. I usually hate blues but there is something very unique to Parisian skies almost like a subdued blue.

  62. Avatar of Kelly Kelly

    I know the launch date is the 21st but do u think it will be available earlier for pro members?

  63. Avatar of ellie ellie

    I am soooo excited Christine. This color is gorgeous! I hope MAC will ask for your input again soon. I am getting so nervous it will be sold out before I have a chance at it. I’m in your time zone, should I stay up all night or set my alarm early? What time on the 21st do they start taking orders. Just thought I’d ask. Excited!

  64. Katie

    Oh wow. I NEVER wear green eyeshadow, but Jealousy Wakes is tempting me so much. It is so beyond gorgeous!!!

  65. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus for sure!

  66. Ester

    I wanna get Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus!!!

  67. Avatar of Cleo Cleo

    Are you happy with the final outcome? I know you worked extra hard with the MAC team to make sure your vision was realized.

    p.s. i love the final product — a lot more blue sparkle than expected but it’s a happy surprise. Hocus Pocus is also beautiful!

  68. Jamie

    I agree i have to get Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus. Congratulations Christine on the gorgeous color you must be so excited and relieved at the same time! Lol

  69. Tiffany

    It figures that I’m going to be out of the country on vacation when this goes up for sale. :(

  70. Karin

    Yours is sooo pretty! Im so bummed i cant buy it here :( Makes me a sad panda!

  71. Jacqui

    Christine, I love your swatch gallery. I would love to see all the Mac eyeshadows on there. That would be so much fun to look at. Btw I love jealousy wakes, I haven’t seen anything like it.

  72. Carrie

    I really like Parisian skies (and can’t wait to compare the color of the make-up to the real sky in just over a week!) but too bad it’s online only. I hate paying shipping for a single item like that :c

    • Avatar of Sandy Sandy

      Really hoping for a free shipping code, MAC usually provides one via email with new collections.

  73. They’re all quite pretty and original, but Jealousy Wakes takes the cake. Definitely ordering it ASAP – I have nothing like it in my collection and I LOVE emerald green!

  74. Fiona

    whoops there goes my money ;___;

  75. anh

    im so excited for your jealousy wakes to come out! its coming out on my birthday :)

  76. Rochelle

    I’m in Australia but will definitely be working my hardest to get my hands on Jealousy Wakes at the least and Hocus Pocus and Parisian Skies if possible.

  77. Avatar of helloluvr ariana

    I love JW and Hocus Pocus!

  78. Ms. Jimmi

    Love hocus pocus!

  79. Rosie

    Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus are brilliant. The other two, not so much.

  80. May

    Super pretty, congratulations Christine! Do you know if they’re only gonna be release on maccosmetics.com, or if they’ll be on like macys/nordstrom’s online sites too?

  81. Kristin

    I think all of the colors are amazing! Will you be doing looks with all the colors? I just love all the looks you’ve provided so far with Jealousy Wakes so far – please keep them coming!

  82. Sydney

    I absolutely love Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus. They’re both gorgeous! You did really well on your eyeshadow, Christine.

  83. Did you swatch these over a base??

  84. how many jealousy waks are you going to buy?

  85. Ali

    Do you think you’ll be doing makeup looks with the remaining 3 eyeshadows? I’d LOVE to see the looks/combinations you come up with!

  86. Emma

    Jealousy Wakes is so gorgeous!!! I’d love to know how Parisian Skies would look when used wet. Hocus Pocus also looks beautiful. I can definitely see myself using Jealousy Wakes with a gold highlight… So pretty!

  87. Cherokee

    I love it and will be purchasing all of them.

  88. Rosie

    I know that the time MAC posts things online varies but is it usually earlier in the day? I don’t have a desk job or a smart phone and I’m already fearing Jealousy Wakes selling out as it’s gorgeous and we all love it and you!

    • Nooo idea – I did ask if they had any particular window of time for June 21st or what, since they’re notorious for random, inconsistent timing… From what I can tell though is that it may be more involved than your average collection so it might be a more normal hour but I have no idea.

  89. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    They’re all pretty but I just look like crapola in cools so HP and PS are out of the question for me. But I can’t wait to play with JW and SNS!!!!!!! I have great hopes for those two!

  90. anne

    I wonder how close Parisian Skies is to Swan Lake from the long-gone Danse collection! I love Swan Lake, but that seems to be a bit lighter and less blue. I couldn’t find that in your swatch gallery, Christine. Do you own that one?

    I love Hocus Pocus too, and I am contemplating getting it just because I LOVE that movie, but it looks super similar to Stila Diamond Lil, as does your description of a greyed charcoal with green flash.

    • Avatar of Carla Carla

      I own Hocus Pocus, Diamond Lil, and Smoke & Diamonds, and they are all quite different from each other.
      Hocus Pocus vs.:
      Diamond Lil – similar in color depth, but Hocus Pocus is less green, more gray
      Smoke & Diamonds – Hocus Pocus is more grey, less taupe, and has more sparkle

  91. marcy

    jealousy wakes is gorgeous, christine! can’t wait to get it! i’m also eyeing hocus pocus, very pretty!

  92. kate

    Oh gosh….I haven’t bought any MAC in a while, but I think I might need all of these! Great job, Christine!

  93. Charmaine

    I wish these awesome shadows would be sold in actual MAC stores :(

  94. Jessica

    Hocus Pocus is ahmazinggg!As well as Jealousy Wakes!

  95. Jessica

    Finally Mac brings out something original, only to limit the edition to North America. The world does not start and end there! Sorry but this makes me really angry….How are fans in the rest of the world supposed to get their hands on these beautiful products???

  96. Brenda

    So unfair these are not available in Europe!!!!

  97. Sarah

    Neely’s fugly. The rest are awesome.

  98. Quite honestly, I think I would’ve made sense to make this collection international as the fan base of bloggers is ALWAYS international. Just my two cents.. I’m planning of getting Jealousy Wakes and Hocus Pocus!

  99. Bethy

    I just decided I need Hocus Pocus in addition to Jealousy Wakes. Divine!

  100. Maribeth

    Yep Jealousy Wakes and Parisian Skies are for me! Plus I’m going to get Karen’s creation lipgloss too