Monday, June 20th, 2011

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Oranges, Yellows, Golds

More MAC eyeshadow swatches for the Swatch Gallery ! :) I’m working my way through my “permanent” palettes (which are organized by color and house mostly permanent shades, but there are a few discontinued/limited edition shades in them) for now. I don’t own all of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows, so some shades may be missing that fall into one of the color categories.

Rule is a medium orange, not too bright or dark, with a matte finish.
Coral is an orange-coral–honestly more orange than a true coral–with a matte finish. It was a PRO shade but may have been discontinued.
Samoa Silk is a peachy orange with a veluxe finish (which looks and acts mostly like a matte).
Goldenrod is a darkened yellow with a hint of orange. It has a satin finish.
Juiced is a dirty orange with gold shimmer and a velvet finish. It is a discontinued shade.
Goldmine is a gold-shimmered yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It has a frost finish.
Bright Sunshine is a bright yellow with a frost finish. It is a PRO shade.
Bright Yellow is a muted canary yellow with a seemingly matte finish. I don’t know what the official finish of this is, and as far as I know, it was discontinued. It was a PRO shade.
Gorgeous Gold is a soft, yellowy gold with a green-blue iridescence. It has a veluxe pearl finish.
Nylon is a pale white gold with a high shine finish. It has a frost finish.

MAC’s matte finishes tend to be a harder/drier matte, which translate better in actual eyeshadow application rather than a simple swatch, but shades like Rule are excellent on both fronts.  I’ve often reached for Rule when I wanted to do a sunset-themed eye look.  Shades like Bright Sunshine and Nylon have stellar color payoff, while Juiced easily sheers out.  Gorgeous Gold has a fun duochrome, and it works well with blues, greens, and teals.

The Glossover


MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Oranges, Yellows, Golds


This is a really nice batch of eyeshadows (in quality) - the mattes have good color payoff both on skin and in application, while the shimmery shades are the same (but that's more expected!).











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11 thoughts on “MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Oranges, Yellows, Golds

  1. mary

    I have golden rod but it does not show up as vibr
    ant as ur swatch. Maybe its dry?

    • leslie v

      my goldenrod is the same way my mac girl says they have had alot of complaints of it and that it seems like they had a very very bad batch

  2. ooh, I’d love to use Coral as a blush! :) pretty!

  3. Devi

    If I had to choose one color from this batch, it would be gorgeous gold. I actually think it looks better than Goldmine. Don’t hurt me!

  4. katie

    of course, the one shade i fall in love with (juiced) is discontinued :( time to check all cosmetics wholesale :)

  5. tony

    Omg I looooooooove samoa silk! It is one of my favorite m.a.c. colors ever! It is the perfect peachy coral neautral! Try…….orb on the lid, vapour on brow bone then use samoa silk in crease with 224. Then use sckecth in outer frease or the dark burgundy from the wonder woman pallet. And do a burgundy lipliner as a winged eyeliner like portside or vino! You will die! :)

  6. Angela

    I love these bright summer colors! BTW, I am happy to share (for those of you who didn’t know already) I bought E.L.F. quads for a dollar each and they DO fit MAC refills in them! This is awesome; it saves like $5-6 per quad. can’t wait to fill them! I think some of these discontinued shades can be found on if not from mac.

  7. Elysia

    I like bright sunshine

  8. Rosanna

    I love Bright Sunshine. They really need to make it permanent, they only have one other true yellow eyeshadow (Chrome Yellow is matte, ick) and the rest are golds!

  9. Kerri

    I love this color group. I like to do goldmine on the lid & goldenrod in the crease and outer corner for a fun daytime look. I finish with navy eyeliner and shimmery nude lip.

  10. Lauren

    Hello, I was wondering if Nylon is similar to the dc’d Solar White?