Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

MAC Newly Minted Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Teals & Blues

Here are several swatches of MAC eyeshadows from the green family (mostly permanent shades) that are now part of The Swatch Gallery.

Newly Minted is a green-based teal with a matte finish. It had a Matte2 finish, but it was discontinued. Make Up For Ever #93 comes the closest–it’s a little brighter but has better color payoff.
Shimmermoss is a blue-teal with a silvery sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. Milani Teal the Truth is similar in color but a touch darker, while
Aquadisiac is a green-tinged aqua blue with a soft sheen. It has a lustre finish. Make Up For Ever #168 is the only dupe I could think of, but it’s much darker and not so much an aqua.
Aqua is a soft aqua blue with a matte finish. It’s a little powdery and can look chalky on some complexions. Milani Caribbean Sea is similar in color, though a little darker and shimmery. Inglot #345 has a similar lightness but leans greener.
Plumage is a blackened blue with just a hint of green. It has a matte finish. Inglot #340 is not quite as dark, but it is very similar in color and more pigmented.
Prussian is a dark navy blue with a Matte2 finish. It has been discontinued. Make Up For Ever #60 is the closest shade I could think of, but it is much darker and not quite as blue.
Deep Truth is a dark blue with a frost finish. This is a shade with a fair amount of dupes/cousins. Just to name a few: Make Up For Ever #308, Milani Blue My Mind, and Inglot #428.
Freshwater is a bright, medium blue with a veluxe pearl finish. Inglot #426 is similar, a little darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is also similar but a bit darker.
Blue Calm is a brightened, medium blue with a veluxe pearl finish. It is a PRO shade. It’s just a smidgen lighter than Freshwater (and thus is a smidgen lighter than the comparables listed for Freshwater).
Electric Eel is a bright but darkened cyan blue with a satin finish. Inglot #371 is very similar. Urban Decay Electric is slightly less blue. Make Up For Ever #72 is darker.
Sky Blue is a pale, pastel blue with a white sheen. It has a frost finish and was a PRO shade but is no longer available. Make Up For Ever #150 is very similar. Cle de Peau #112 is also similar but a little lighter.
Winkle is a cornflower blue, almost periwinkle, with a satin finish. It is similar to Inglot #369.
Moon’s Reflection is a purple-tinged blue with a silvery-white sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. The closest color I could think of was Inglot #429, which leans more on the purple side and has a brighter white sheen.
Atlantic Blue is a deep, intense cobalt blue with a hint of indigo. It has a matte finish and is a PRO shade. Make Up For Ever #159 is similar but has less violet in it, while Inglot #388 is a little darker and has less blue.

MAC’s matte eyeshadows have a drier texture, and they often perform better in actual application than merely swatched on the arm.  Shades like Aqua, Plumage, and Prussian don’t always swatch perfectly but Plumage and Prussian work better when applied.  Aqua is a finicky shade that sometimes works but not consistently, and the product itself seems to be inconsistent–some pans are better than others.

Atlantic Blue is one of the best matte shades by MAC, because it’s so intense.  Shades like Deep Truth, Freshwater, and Electric Eel are classic blues–all three lovely in color payoff and texture.  Electric Eel has all the hallmarks of a matte but it has a satin finish, so it’s easier to work with.  Sky Blue can be tricky to work with, similar to Aqua’s issues.

It’s a shame that a shade like Newly Minted gets discontinued, though, because it’s not a shade you see often.  (Or, for the older MAC fans, Melody!)

The Glossover


MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Teals & Blues


MAC does some really great blues, like Freshwater, Blue Calm, Deep Truth, and Electric Eel. Veluxe pearls are some of their smoothest and most pigmented shades, while mattes can be harder to work with.











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24 thoughts on “MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Teals & Blues

  1. Lena Vaz

    My fav is Deep Truth! Love it!

  2. Noga

    Can’t believe Plumage swatches this bad. One of my faves :) Brings out the teal in my eyes.

  3. Kasia

    Atlantic Blue is permanent, at least in Poland :)
    But it is hard to work with it. I prefer Inglot 488, although AB’s colour in the pot is prettier

    • I bought Atlantic Blue from a regular counter recently in the US, too! I don’t think it’s just PRO!

      • dee

        Atlantic Blue is permanent. It came out with winkle, red brick, sunny spot, and other colors into the main line. They called it Pop Color I think

  4. t_zwiggy

    I want Deep Truth, Freshwater and Electric Eel so bad now! I’m just not sure if I can pull off blue eyeshadow.

  5. Lauren

    plumage is a terrible swatcher- but a BEAUTIFUL colour to have to darken the crease, the outer v or even as a liner. It goes on much smoother in action!

  6. Vonvon

    Blue calm, Freshwater, Deep Truth are awesome colours!

    I have Shimmermoss and lve it so much.

  7. Sheena F

    Thanks for this Christine! I love love love Shimmermoss and Electric Eel (this, especially with Lucky Green for an awesome tropical/peacock look) Because of you, I have become a blue and green fiend as well! And because of this post, I will definitely have to revisit my blue palette once again :)

    I’m so bummed that I did not pre-order Jealousy Wakes!!! I hope they put it back on sale!

  8. bluevelvetcake

    I have to say I’m surprised you never mention Steamy. its one of my all time favs of MAC!!! Goes on smooth, love the iridescent sheen. Its just a gorgeous color!

  9. I have Newly Minted which I bought about two years ago. I bought Surf USA this year and the colour is nearly identical, but Surf USA is shimmery. I remember feeling gutted that I’d gone and spent more money on a colour I practically already had!!

  10. catherine

    Really wanted to see Contrast on your list!! It is gorgeous, nice formula, great navy that pairs well w/ so many shades :)

  11. Tessa

    Are fresh water and deep truth swatched dry?

  12. Cas

    I love the color of Newly Minted but always have issues with how powdery it is. Any tips on how to get it to apply smoothly?

  13. Jimena

    I have some problems with my Newly Minted, people tell marvels about Matte2 finish but I find it kind of chalky like Aqua eyeshadow when I try to blend it with other color

    • You might find it chalky just because of the color itself, which can look odd on some skin tones or depending on what you pair it with!

  14. Lakitha

    I love Deep Truth, Atlantic Blue and Freshwater.

  15. crazedstargazer

    I got newly minted before it was relieved of its matt2 status-so glad!!

  16. Lakitha

    I love Deep Truth and Contrast.

  17. charemilye

    I can’t even get my deep truth to swatch! does this happen sometime?i think I got a bad one the color pay off is horrendous 

  18. charemilye

    sketch is the same way :/