MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette ($100.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows with a cool-toned theme. Aside from some of the quality issues, one of the things I noticed as I used this palette was that it wasn’t that cool-toned. Not only is it labeled a cool palette, but it is the counterpart to the Warm Neutral palette, which was very warm-toned. I thought the pigmentation was weaker in this palette overall, and there were some shades with texture issues (most of them Lustres, though). In general, these shades wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing, but one of the Lustres did have noticeable fall out during wear. This palette also contained a few of repromotes/permanent shades: Blackberry, Brun, and Black Tied are part of the permanent range, while After Dusk, Deception, and Silver Fog were repromotes. I thought Cumulus was a repromote, but it’s a totally different shade than the past limited edition release (from several years ago).

Flounce is described as a “chalky white pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned pink–almost a little lavender to it–with a matte finish. MAC was right about a chalkiness to it, too; I’m not sure it will work well on deeper complexions due to the chalky, white base. The consistency was a little dry and powdery, but soft and blendable, and yielded semi-opaque color payoff. bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is more lavender. Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon (P) is pinker, less cool-toned. Urban Decay X-Rated (LE, $18.00) is darker, pinker. LORAC Light Pink (P) is similar. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is pinker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is also pinker. Inglot #319 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Allure is described as a “soft light pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, pinky-beige with a soft, frosted finish and subtle warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but a bit powdery. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $23.00) is more beige. Laura Mercier Guava (P, $23.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Dope (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Chanel Delicatesse #3 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Orb (P, $15.00) is less pink, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Sun Tweaked is described as a “soft frosty coral [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium orange with a frosted finish. It felt more like a Lustre, as it was soft but a little loose/powdery, and it didn’t bind together for great color payoff. This was a surprisingly warm-toned shade for a cool-toned palette. Too Faced Marzipan (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is less frosted. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is more golden. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is slightly browner. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is more metallic, browner. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, muted rose with reddish-orange undertones and a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery. Urban Decay Buzz (P, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Mineral Mode (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned and less pink. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is more frosted. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blackberry is described as a “muted burgundy-plum brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, plummy brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and velvety, while the color payoff was really nice–it was just a little powdery but still adhered well to bare skin and didn’t sheer away easily. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Pick Me Up is described as a “pale ivory [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, white-beige with a matte finish. It’s not quite as stark as a true white, but it’s not too beige either. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied evenly overall. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of shades very similar to it — see comparison swatches.

Cozy Grey is described as a “cool grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium taupe with a neutral-to-cool undertone and a matte finish. MAC Camel Coat (P, $18.50) is a cream product, darker, grayer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Inner Strength (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Crushed Clove is described as a “dirty gold olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, golden bronze with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth overall. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is slightly darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is very similar. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is also similar. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Deception is described as a “chocolate gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged brown with gold sparkle. It felt more like a Lustre finish than a frost–it was glittery, grainy, and dry with sheer color payoff. This one had problems with fall out during wear. Too Faced Amaretto (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is darker. MAC Damson (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is similar. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Brun is described as a “muted blackish brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, and it had semi-opaque color payoff. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) and Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) are darker. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is also darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) darker, cooler-toned. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Silver Fog is described as a “white with silver pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, silvery-white with a frosted sheen. The texture almost felt emollient, and it had semi-sheer color payoff. It’s so sheer and light, there are a fair amount of very similar shades — see comparison swatches.

French Clay is described as a “dirty grey charcoal [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, golden taupe with a frosted sheen. It seems to be slightly warm-toned–just slightly–but you’d expect it to run cooler in this type of palette. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #8 (LE) is less frosted. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is slightly warmer, cream product. See comparison swatches.

Cumulus is described as a “dirty grey charcoal [with a Frost finish].” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark taupe with an olive-brown base. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was really soft and buttery. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is less frosted. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is warmer. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is more glittery. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Pearled Earth is described as a “deep blue-grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a cool-toned, muted medium-dark purple with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff but could have been more intense. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Bluff (LE) is similar. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a matte black base with silver sparkle. This is the best Black Tied I’ve ever tried, including a permanent single I’ve had forever. It was really quite pigmented, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled. It can take some extra effort to blend just right, but it’s pretty intense. This combination of matte black and silver sparkle is really common, so there are several very close shades — see comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Cool Neutral
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
MAC Eyeshadow Flounce
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
MAC Eyeshadow Brun
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
MAC Eyeshadow Silver Fog
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
70%
MAC Eyeshadow French Clay
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Eyeshadow Cumulus
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
MAC Eyeshadow Pearled Earth
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
MAC Eyeshadow Black Tied
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
MAC Eyeshadow Sweet Allure
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
MAC Eyeshadow Sun Tweaked
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
86%
MAC Eyeshadow After Dusk
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
MAC Eyeshadow Blackberry
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
MAC Eyeshadow Pick Me Up
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
MAC Eyeshadow Cozy Grey
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
MAC Eyeshadow Crushed Clove
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Eyeshadow Deception
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
68%

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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Flounce Eyeshadow
MAC Flounce Eyeshadow

MAC Flounce Eyeshadow
MAC Flounce Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Allure Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Allure Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Allure Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Allure Eyeshadow

MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow
MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow

MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow
MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow

MAC After Dusk Eyeshadow
MAC After Dusk Eyeshadow

MAC After Dusk Eyeshadow
MAC After Dusk Eyeshadow

MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow

MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow

MAC Pick Me Up Eyeshadow
MAC Pick Me Up Eyeshadow

MAC Pick Me Up Eyeshadow
MAC Pick Me Up Eyeshadow

MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow
MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow
MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Crushed Clove Eyeshadow
MAC Crushed Clove Eyeshadow

MAC Crushed Clove Eyeshadow
MAC Crushed Clove Eyeshadow

MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Brun Eyeshadow
MAC Brun Eyeshadow

MAC Brun Eyeshadow
MAC Brun Eyeshadow

MAC Silver Fog Eyeshadow
MAC Silver Fog Eyeshadow

MAC Silver Fog Eyeshadow
MAC Silver Fog Eyeshadow

MAC French Clay Eyeshadow
MAC French Clay Eyeshadow

MAC French Clay Eyeshadow
MAC French Clay Eyeshadow

MAC Cumulus Eyeshadow
MAC Cumulus Eyeshadow

MAC Cumulus Eyeshadow
MAC Cumulus Eyeshadow

MAC Pearled Earth Eyeshadow
MAC Pearled Earth Eyeshadow

MAC Pearled Earth Eyeshadow
MAC Pearled Earth Eyeshadow

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC: Sweet Allure (inner lid), Cumulus (middle of lid), Pearled Earth (outer lid),
Blackberry (outer lid), Pick Me Up (brow bone)

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC: Sweet Allure (inner lid), Cumulus (middle of lid), Pearled Earth (outer lid),
Blackberry (crease), Pick Me Up (brow bone)

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC: Crushed Clove (inner lid), Sun Tweaked (middle of lid), Brun (outer lid),
Deception (crease), Pick Me Up (brow bone)

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC: Crushed Clove (inner lid), Sun Tweaked (middle of lid), Brun (outer lid),
Deception (crease), Pick Me Up (brow bone)

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