Friday, August 17th, 2012

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo

Where Retrospeck is Not Actually Retrospeck… in Retrospect!

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo ($27.50 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades: Brule (soft creamy beige) and Retrospeck (mid-tone neutral gold).  It’s a new and limited edition duo from Styleseeker.

Brule is a pale, white beige with very subtle warm undertones. It has a satin finish, though it reads more matte against the skin. It has good color payoff, and it blends really easily. Urban Decay Kinky is lighter, less warm. theBalm Matt Smith is pinker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is grayer, pinker. MAC Vanilla is warmer, lighter, less beige. Urban Decay Skimp has more of a shimmer-sheen finish and is warmer in tone.

Retrospeck is a molten gold with bronze and gold shimmer. It’s supposed to have a lustre finish, but I’m not entirely sure, since the color is NOTHING like Retrospeck. The texture feels somewhat like a lustre, as it has a looseness of sparkle that is very true-to-lustre-finish. The payoff is much, much more than a lot of lustres, though. I did experience noticeable fall out both during and after application (and the latter is what I worry and look for). Clarins Enchanted Summer is lighter, less brown. Milani Gold Dust is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Amber is very similar but smoother.

I could go on a rant about the ridiculousness of including a shade called Retrospeck, a shade that’s part of your core permanent range, and making it entirely different, but I’ll restrain myself.  I wasn’t originally going to purchase this duo, just the other three, because both of these shades were permanent, but I figured, “Why not?” so I’m glad I did!

I like Brule. It’s a nice highlighter color for light to medium skin tones–it doesn’t look too chalky or pale.  It’s also a nice all-over-lid color; consider patting it all over the lid and carving out the crease with a brown or gray to define eyes.  I’m not loving Retrospeck (V2) due to the residual fall out I experienced during the day when I wore it.  Both shades wore for eight hours over bare lids with no creasing or fading, though Retrospeck had fall out.

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MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
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MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
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MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Brule Eyeshadow

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Retrospeck (V2) Eyeshadow

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Brule, MAC Indie Spirit, MAC Shadowy Lady Eyeshadows, MAC Local Wares Fluidline

MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Retrospeck (V2), MAC Chessa, MAC Raving Mad, Giorgio Armani #1 Eyes to Kill Waterproof Eyeliner

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On eyes: MAC Brule, MAC Indie Spirit, MAC Shadowy Lady Eyeshadows, MAC Local Wares Fluidline, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lengthening Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Supercontinental Blush. On lips: MAC Eden Rouge.

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30 thoughts on “MAC Culturalized Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Err. I was tempted to get this but really a reformulated Retrospeck doesn’t sound all that enticing to me.

  2. Kafka

    You rarely go on a rant, so when you do (even in your very restrained manner), I just have to smile. “Retrospeck (V2)”…. Heh. And nothing makes me laugh more than those extraordinarily rare occasions when you resort to ALL CAPS! I truly can’t stop grinning. Never stop, Christine, never stop!

  3. am i missing something or is there no swatch of the “retrospeck” impostor?

  4. oh, never mind– i see it now- just a server glitch, i guess :)

  5. Mariella

    Christine – this might actually be Retrospeck (V3) – I think V2 was in the Champale collection’s Caviar Dreams quad which is where I got both it and Brule so I’ll be passing on this one totally.

    • The shade in Caviar Dreams was the same as regular Retrospeck as far as I could tell. The only reason I labeled this as V2 is because it’s actually different :)

      • Mariella

        My experience was that several items in Tartan Tales were different in their formulations. I got the blush trio and can barely get Dame onto my brush (I have to scrape the surface). The Retrospeck in Caviar Dreams seems grainier than the regular one (and that was grainy enough!). As for the name business – there’s Ego eyeshadow (pink) and Ego eyeshadow (green) – talk about confusing!

  6. It’s incredibly frustrating to me when companies release a color with the same name as another color but they’re not the same color!

  7. Yellowlantern

    So weird how it has the same name, but going by the photos not only is the formula different, but the color has been changed quite a bit too. The original looks pale gold, this looks dark gold bordering on bronze.

  8. I was gonna buy this duo, since I don’t own either Brule nor Retrospeck, but I’m just gonna go for the permanent versions!

  9. I love MAC but this is so safe and neutral it hurts. The colors look dupable, too. So not feeling this set.

    • If it had been the actual Retrospeck, though neutral or “safe,” it would have been an easy set of colors for some people to wear.

      • xamyx

        Maybe they were planning on the original Retrospeck, but somewhere along the way, they decided on this shade, but perhaps everything was already printed.

  10. Changing an existing color is just a really odd thing to do. And it doesn’t sound like an improvement? That’s just so strange!

  11. 18thCenturyFox

    Regardless of the amount of products they churn out, there are always new names. MAC is horridly lazy in this respect and have no idea how they get away with it. They couldn’t come up with a one to two word phrase for that color that wasn’t in their permanent or LE catalogue? Just, Wow. If they aren’t inventing interesting new formulas, colors, campaigns or perfecting their old formulas what ARE they doing? Not training their MUA artists particularly well from the post regarding discrimination.

  12. libsug

    Retrospeck looks more like Goldmine than Retrospeck.

  13. Beth

    Is this worth getting? Or should I put the money into getting a quad? I like Brule and I wanted a color like Ricerpaper/Dazzlelight but Retrospeck looks sorta similar.

  14. I already own Brule and Retrospeck although this Retrospeck doesn’t look like mine at all. MAC should come with new products in their limited editions, because they often repromote products I already own and to me the collection seems less special because of that.

  15. Harrikins

    Something interesting: On the website it clearly states names and descriptions for each color in the duo but on the item itself no name but Culturalized appears! Inconsistent much! I would have had no idea that was Brule, and same with the one with Shadowy Lady! Avoid.