Friday, March 16th, 2012

MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow

MAC By Request – Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC By Request is a collection that’s voted on by the fans–there are 18 shades of lipstick, lipglass, and eyeshadow that MAC has listed for grabs, and your votes will determine the top three from each product type that will go on to be launched in an online exclusive, limited edition collection in August. Voting is open and closes on March 30th and users can vote once per product category per day. Not sure where to cast your vote? These are the six that are up for voting, and these just arrived from MAC – all the labels just say “sample” on the back, so I don’t know if these were a recent production or if these were from original runs. I’m thinking they’re probably from short runs – perhaps just to ensure the colors could still be made or have the recipes ready to go into production as soon as voting is over.

  • Cool Heat is a blue with a hint of teal. This has a frost finish. The color payoff is good, and the texture is soft and smooth–it has more of a satin-like finish than a true frost one. Urban Decay Haight is a bit bluer. Inglot #338 is ver similar but matte.
  • Guacamole is a light-medium almost cool-toned green with golden shimmer (so it ends up looking warmer). This has a frost finish. Out of all of these green eyeshadows, only Make Up For Ever #34 comes close, and it’s a bit yellower. It had good pigmentation and a soft texture.
  • Heavenly Bliss is a medium brown with a champagne-gold sheen. This has a frost finish. It has a very smooth, soft feel and goes on like butter. Bare Escentuals Buxom Mutt is similar, just a little less warm. Urban Decay Suspect is grayer. Urban Decay Spotlight is lighter.
  • Jete is a pinky brown with a frosted, metallic shimmer-sheen. This has a veluxe pearl finish. The texture was soft and smooth, while the color payoff was nice. Make Up For Ever #16 is a bit redder. Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire is a bit pinker.
  • Moth Brown is a purple-tinted gray with a shimmery finish. This has a frost finish. Again, the texture on this one was soft, smooth, and the color applied beautifully. MAC Howzat is lighter and less intense. MAC Moody is a bit darker, less shimmered.
  • Solar White is a pink-tinted white with a yellow gold shimmer and sheen. This has a frost finish. It looks surprisingly pink in the pot, but it doesn’t translate when swatched very well (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on what you want). Shades like Tarina Tarantino Delightful come close, but they’re more integrated, while this really has a sheen to it. Make Up For Ever #101 comes the closest, and it’s pretty close.

The texture on all six was really, really good, actually. I was pleasantly surprised, because lately, MAC’s eyeshadows have been more hit-or-miss. These were nice–soft/smooth textures, good color payoff. I managed to cram five of the six into one look, and they wore beautifully all day long (with a primer), and there was only marginal fading after eight hours without a base.

Just for fun, here are some shades I think would have been nice to bring back: All Races (All Ages, All Races, All Sexes ’10), Atlas (Shades of Venus ’98), Bang on Blue (C-Shock ’07), Casa Blanca (Salsabelle ’04), Cinders (Luxuries ’05), Cosmic (Moonbathe ’07), Elite (Belle Azure ’05), Eyepopping (C-Shock ’07), Fab & Flashy (C-Shock ’07), Femme-fi (Neo Sci-Fi ’08), Firespot (Moonbathe ’07), Goldbit (Tantress ’04), Icebox (Merry MAC-Mas ’00), Meadowland (Madame B. ’05), Metamorph (Madame B. ’05), Queen’s Jewel (Antiquitease ’07), Say Yeah (Rebel Rock ’05), Tease ‘n’ Teal (Luxuries ’05), Whistle (Barbie Loves MAC ’07), and Wondergrass (C-Shock ’07).

If I’m remembering correctly, I only own half of these in their original forms, but I will do what comparisons I can! I absolutely know without a doubt that I don’t have Heavenly Bliss, though! I didn’t even recognize the name when MAC announced the collection. I didn’t get into MAC until 2005!

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MAC By Request - Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's actually a bummer that these aren't all making it into production for fall, because the quality of these eyeshadows is so much better than some of the past year's launches! The color payoffs and textures were good across the board.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow (Studio “Natural” Lighting)

MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow
MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow

MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow
MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow

MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow
MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow

MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow
MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow
MAC Guacamole Eyeshadow (Studio “Natural” Lighting)

MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow
MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow

MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow
MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow

MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow
MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow

MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow
MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow
MAC Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow (Studio “Natural” Lighting)

MAC Jete Eyeshadow
MAC Jete Eyeshadow

MAC Jete Eyeshadow
MAC Jete Eyeshadow

MAC Jete Eyeshadow
MAC Jete Eyeshadow

MAC Jete Eyeshadow
MAC Jete Eyeshadow (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

MAC Jete Eyeshadow
MAC Jete Eyeshadow (Studio “Natural” Lighting)

MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow (Studio “Natural” Lighting)

MAC Solar White Eyeshadow
MAC Solar White Eyeshadow

MAC Solar White Eyeshadow
MAC Solar White Eyeshadow

MAC Solar White Eyeshadow
MAC Solar White Eyeshadow

MAC Solar White Eyeshadow
MAC Solar White Eyeshadow (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

MAC Solar White Eyeshadow
MAC Solar White Eyeshadow (Studio “Natural” Lighting)

MAC Solar White Eyeshadow
MAC Solar White, MAC Guacamole, MAC Moth Brown, MAC Cool Heat, MAC Heavenly Bliss,
Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara.

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

The three shades of these six with the most votes will be put into production for launch in August 2012.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews!

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Solar White, MAC Guacamole, MAC Moth Brown, MAC Cool Heat, MAC Heavenly Bliss, Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara.

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89 thoughts on “MAC By Request – Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Orly

    Solar white calls my name! Also cool heat!

  2. Liz

    ooh I want Heavenly Bliss and Jete, they look gorgeous!

  3. Avatar of Ricky blauriche

    Wow, Cool Heat and Moth Brown are gorgeous!

  4. Mais

    Just to say that your camera pictures are now amazing!!!! Everything looks great!

  5. carol

    great post!

  6. SDpfeiffy

    Ahhh… Heavenly Bliss was part of my very first MAC purchase :)

  7. Nicole

    Awesome :-)
    I wish they would bring back their awesome taupey shades like coco pigment and dusk ccb :-( I lovvveeeee the colors but can’t get my hands on any. You should do a post thingy where people can post their most loved discontinued Mac products!!!!

  8. Ahhh! Why can’t MAC release them all! I think I like Jete, Moth Brown, and Solar heat the best though…!

    • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

      Agreed! It’s not like they don’t already have the formulas to make them all again. And it’s not like they aren’t constantly releasing collection with mediocre shadows in them. So why not bring back some that people really want?

  9. Jessica

    The only thing that really catches my eye is Jete. The rest are just so so.

  10. Avatar of Sandy Sandy

    Some of them look sort of bleh in the natural lighting, but I love the look you put together!

  11. I have Moth Brown and Guacamole and they are two of my fave MAC eyeshadows of all time! Cool Heat looks gorgeous too! I want that one!

  12. Avatar of Christine Christine

    Thank you so much for these swatches! I don’t think I can wait till August for these!

  13. Liz

    cool heat and guacamole are so pretty,. =)

  14. I’m surprised how much I like Moth Brown (the name isn’t glam at all, is it?). I’m disappointed with Guacamole… I’m sure I don’t have a dead-on dupe but it just doesn’t seem unique to look at it.

  15. Chelsea

    Solar White and Moth Brown.. I already have Cool Heat, Guacamole looks a little disappointing/doesn’t meet my expectations and the other two don’t appeal to me at all =)

  16. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    Moth brown and solar white are so beautiful. Thank you Christine.

  17. Thank you so much for all the swatches, Christine!
    Is Solar white comparable to MAC Shore Leave?

  18. so THAT’S what moth brown looks like…lol

  19. Hend

    All of them are soooooo beautiful !

  20. sarah

    Solar White looks similar to Fyrinnae’s Rapunzel Had Extensions shadow. very pretty hightlight color or good for all of the lid to brighten up. :)

  21. Yes, Moss Brown, come to mummy!!! I’d love to check Guacamole out too!

  22. Avatar of Jeni Jeniy

    Solar white looks a lot like MAC
    from the pandemonium quad from the
    collection don’t you think?

  23. Michelle

    Jete is beautiful!!!

  24. Avatar of Andie Andie Szabo

    Solar White looks amazing!!!

  25. Raquel

    Hi Christine, just wanted to say that your new photographs (under natural studio lighting) are the “bees knees”!!!! SUPER DUPER HELPFUL! As for my pic, I’d have to say I’d love to see Heavenly Bliss win the vote!

  26. Avatar of artemis artemis

    what a pretty look!

  27. I do like a lot of these, it’s a darn shame they won’t all be put into production, I’m shocked that Guacamole really doesn’t catch my eye though. I thought it was a lot more unique looking than it looks here. My choices would be Jete, Solar White, and Moth Brown. If Guacamole does get through though, I wouldn’t be too upset. I’m glad they actually have a pretty awesome selection with these though, although I would love most of the other ones you mentioned as well!

  28. Avatar of sara Sara

    I voted for Moth Brown… I have it already, but I’m saving because I don’t want it to disappear.

  29. Stephanie t-p

    Hey Christine, I was wondering is moth brown very similar to satin taupe?

  30. I hate how I can only vote for one of each since there are bringing back three of each type… I love solar white and cool heat!

  31. Avatar of artemis artemis

    I like Cool Heat the most :D lovely blue mmm

  32. Avatar of Laura Laura

    Moth Brown, Heavenly Bliss and Jete are all gorgeous. Really want all 3!

  33. Manda

    loves them!

  34. Gillian

    I really hope that Jete and Heavenly Bliss go into production. How and when does voting take place?

    • Avatar of Kate K.C.

      Scroll to the top with Christine’s introduction, there is a sentence with the word ‘voting’ which is purple. If you click on it, it takes you to MAC’s FB page so you can vote!

  35. Eileen

    Don’t like any of the eyeshadows!

  36. Avatar of Arianna Arianna

    jete is gooooorgeous oh my god

  37. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    they are all so gorgeous, it’s sad that only 3 are being brought back. i’m going for solar white, moth brown and possibly guacamole or i might swing for jete. i already have cool heat (was able to find it at cco a while back) and i have too many similar colors to heaven bliss. but who knows, i may just grab all 3 that get chosen in the end. :)

  38. Avatar of Kate K.C.

    Moth Brown…strange name, amazing color, $14.50 out of my wallet! :)

  39. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I’ve been hoping for years that Moth Brown would be re-promoted but I’m also loving Heavenly Bliss.

  40. Avatar of Angelina angelina

    I love all of these! the look you did is beautiful and the new lighting/ camera setting makes everything look so much more lovely!!!!

  41. KK

    I love Moth Brown! Gorgeous!

  42. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Solar White and Moth Brown are beautiful!

  43. It’s driving me batty that I can’t remember the one I voted for! D:

  44. Heavenly white and solar bliss are my faves!

  45. Maria

    How does “moth brown” compare to “Keep your Cool” (the prolong wear eyeshadow)?

  46. Tracy

    Moth brown looks like Shale in natural light no ?

  47. Avatar of Amy Amy

    Cool Heat and Guacamole just stole my heart<3 Especially in the same look. Moth Brown and Solar White looks kewl, but not my color and SW can be duped pretty easily.

  48. Stef

    Christine, do you know if there’s a dupe of Heavenly Bliss in Inglot? :/ i have a feeling i’ve seen something similar…but not sure…

  49. Ashley

    Crossing my fingers for Moth Brown, Guacamole, and Cool Heat! I had Moth Brown from Madame B and BLEW through it! If anything… I’m REALLY hoping for Moth Brown

  50. I’d happily trade all of the glosses if we could get more of these.

  51. Avatar of Mandy bxboricua

    I love Solar White and Moth Brown!

  52. Avatar of Krystal Krystal

    Solar White looks exactly like NARS Albatross powder blush!

  53. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    Jete was the VERY first mac shadow I ever owned!!!! Oh I hope it comes back!

  54. Melody

    Moth Brown and Solar White are both so pretty, but I keep voting for Cool Heat because it’s in last place but I love it. I just can’t get enough teals.

  55. Kelly B

    Today’s vote is Jete (saving Moth Brown for tomorrow…love it!).

  56. JEN

    I loved the Cool Heat collection and so glad they might bring back Solar White. I didn’t really like Cool Heat e/s though.

  57. Avatar of summer MsEclectic

    MAC SHOULD REPROMOTE AN ENTIRE COLLECTION SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE. I KNOW WHICH I WOULD VOTE FOR ………. MOONBATHE! I CANT BELIEVE I MISSED OUT ON THAT ONE :(

  58. Tracey

    I think I need Moth Brown!

  59. I adore the way you put all of the shadows to create this look! Looks stunning on you! :)

  60. Christina

    Hey, I have Mothbrown! It was from the Barbie Loves MAC collection :) I love it, such an interesting purple-y grey brown.

  61. Miss J

    Hoping for Moth Brown! None of the others interest me.

  62. Sanna

    I want solar white and cool heat! Too bad I did not know about MAC when they launched. Cool heat is such an amazing summer color and there is nothing similar available from the permanent range. Solar white is the perfect gold-toned highlighter shade.

  63. Ghoulina

    Heavenly Bliss looks like a muted Woodwinked. I have Jete and swatched it once and never used it. I hope Cool Heat and Solar White win!

  64. Veronica

    This is so cruel :P I want those colors right now! Moth Brown and Solar White are making me drool!

  65. Danielle

    Moth Brown is one of my favourite eyeshadows of all time. Its winning in the votes, so excited to get my hands on it I have been using mine so sparingly!

  66. I wish they’d’ve brought back Eyepopping, too. I’ve not hit pan on it yet, but I’m REALLY close. It’s such a wonderful one.

    But ah well.

    Moth Brown? Ysplz.

  67. Victoria

    How does Jete compare to All that glitters?? Anyone?

  68. Nay

    Love moth brown…… are there any close dupes???

  69. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer

    Moth brown is interesting but Guacamole has my vote. I know blue eyes have a hard time wearing green shadows, but I’ll make it work because that green is beautiful!

  70. Liseth

    these eyeshadows have lots of dupes I have to say

  71. myesha2003

    hey Christine. How does cool heat compare to milani olympian blue shadow

  72. Avatar of Amber Amber

    I’m a little curious about how Jete compares with Expensive Pink e/s?

  73. Melissa

    Yes, i’m also wondering how similar jete is to all that glitters…

  74. Brenn

    Christine, out of the top three what order is your personal preferance? Would you use these 3 on older clients not ever seeing the 3 eyeshadows are the to shimmery for mature woman ?

  75. stevia

    @christine
    Hi Christine, I have a quick question. Is your Moth Brown from this batch of Moth browns or from a past collection? I have heard a lot of people talking negatively about the new one not looking nearly the same. I have read that the new one lacks the purple.

    • Hi Stevia,

      Mine were sent by MAC when this post was made, so at the very least, all of mine were from smaller batches since they had sample labeling. I don’t think I have the very original that came out – I only have the more recent one, but production would have done a smaller run of them before scaling up for the full launch.

  76. Laura

    Moth Brown is almost identical to Inglot 434, I’d say it was enough alike to be a dupe