Friday, October 26th, 2012

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

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MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Glamour Light (soft beige frost), Retrospeck (bleached blonde), Honesty (pewtered bronze), Cognac (frosty golden bronze), and Sketch (burgundy with red shimmer). Honesty, Retrospeck, and Sketch are all available as part of the permanent range.

Whew! There is not a lot of product in this palette! For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.

Glamour Light is a pale golden beige. This has a satin finish. It is a little sheer, but it is a very light shade overall–it tended to disappear against my skin tone in particular, unfortunately! Cinderella A Wish is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is less warm. MAC Baby, It’s Cold is very similar. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter.

Retrospeck is light-medium gold subdued by brown. This has a lustre finish, so it has a fair amount of sparkle and doesn’t apply really smoothly. It’s part of the permanent range. Chanel Apparence is darker. Buxom Poodle is yellower.

Honesty is a coppery orange-brown with lighter copper shimmer and sheen. It is pretty sheer, and it was very, very dry. This has a lustre finish, but it is so much drier and less pigmented in this palette than it is in permanent form. Urban Decay Penny Lane is a bit lighter. MAC Star Myth is darker, redder.

Cognac is a molten golden bronze. This has a frost finish. This was the best performing shade out of all three palettes–it was soft, smooth, richly pigmented, and easy to blend out. Inglot #404 is a bit lighter. Urban Decay Rush is darker, less warm. MAC Romp is darker, browner. Urban Decay Honey is less brown, more golden. MAC Old Gold is similar but has that green-ish sheen.

Sketch is a dark burgundy with a smattering of barely-there-sparkle that you really can’t see once it’s applied. This has a velvet finish. It had good color payoff, and it blended out without trouble when I used it. theBalm Moderato is more subdued. theBalm Sexy is browner.

This palette was the best out of the there eyeshadow palettes (and while I have to crunch the numbers, my big picture view is saying this is the best out of all the palettes).  Retrospeck and Honesty have fall out, being that they’re lustres, with Honesty being a bigger offender.  (I feel like I’m making excuses; it’s like “well, it’s not horrible, so at least that’s good, right?”)  Glamour Light works but could use a softer, denser texture to yield slightly more pigment–it would make it a more versatile shade.  Cognac was really lovely and easy to work with; if the whole palette was like that, we’d have A-quality.  Sketch is true-to-form and is nicely pigmented and dark.  It’s soft enough to be blendable (could be a little easier, though) but is not powdery.

The Glossover


Fabulousness Warm

One great eyeshadow (and another good eyeshadow--Sketch) isn't enough to make up for the rest of the palette's drawbacks (primarily, fall out, as well as some weaker pigmentation).











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MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Glamour Light Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Retrospeck Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Honesty Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Cognac Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
MAC Sketch Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette
Retrospeck (inner lid), Cognac (middle of lid), Sketch (outer lid), Glamour Light (brow bone),
shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner (lower lash line)

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30 thoughts on “MAC Fabulousness Warm Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Laura

    Cognac is sooo nice but no way am I buying the palette just for that!

  2. Jade

    Sigh. To be expected, but isn’t it sad that we DO expect it?

  3. I adore this palette, it’s very soft and beautiful I will def be looking to purchase this palette

  4. Aly

    Wow I’m amazed at how you are never one collection behind, you’re such a busy woman! lol

  5. Cognac looks gorgeous but it’s the only stunning shade out of 3 palettes… Sad, no?

    With all these supposedly permanent shades just being pale copies of themselves, I wonder if MAC has these holiday palettes manufactured in a different place to reduce costs… Does the packaging mention where it’s made?

  6. That’s a pretty color combo on your eyes! Ignoring the quality, I like the way the gold and plum/burgundy colors look on your skin!

  7. Hi Christine!
    How would you compare Sketch with Mac Deceit pigment (Gareth pugh collection)?

  8. Laura

    Wow. It looks stunning on you. This makes me want to buy it since I also have medium complexion and dark eyes. Hmmm….decisions decisions

  9. kolorkoded

    This sucks that this isn’t a grade A palette. This would be the palette I would buy but since the quality isn’t there I will pass. I must say Cognac is a beautiful color. Thanks Christine.

  10. I think I love the bow pkg way more than the contents~~~

  11. blueraccoon

    The look you did with this almost reminds me of Turandot…but that’s way better quality :)

  12. Amanda

    Question on this palette. Could one just get a similar look by buying Dazzlelight, Sketch, Retrospeck and Honesty in there permanent pots? It might be more money, but do you think it’s worth it for quality? I mean I have those colors already so is buying this palette worth it? For what it’s worth, I also have Old Gold and Romp as well to cover for Cognac. Just wondering, thanks :)

  13. celia

    completely agree with Temptalia. I purchased one online and the only good color was sketch, all the odor colors reminded me of the new Maybeline eyeshadows with fall out and glitter everywhere. With Maybelline is forgivable because of the price range but I;m sorry, at $40 , they better put something better out there.
    I also got the brushes set, and the eye liner. Also returned the eyeliner because of the amount of glitter it had on it.

  14. Sherry B.

    Christine, why does everything look so amazing on you?

  15. I can get a better value with the UD Naked Palette. Once you put them colors together, they do look the same whether it is one brand or another. Second, other than that pin cushion design compact, the amount you get is like what you get in a free gift with purchase.

  16. I don’t think I’ll buy this palette but I wonder why didn’t I buy retrospeck before? :d Such a beautiful shade, I need it now hihi :)

  17. Witch

    Wonderful make up! I like the combination of shades in this palette!

  18. Leticia

    I’m so sad about these palettes, which were the items I was looking more forward to :(…..after reading the three reviews, I guess that no matter how lovely the packaging is, I won´t fall in the trap this time! I liked the warm palette the most, but there’s no way I could actually wear two lustre finish eyeshadows (not even in separate looks), because I find them unflattering on me. You did a great look with these eyeshadows – it´s amazing how EVERYTHING seems to look good on you (though I noted the amount of work you had to put into this)! Thank you so much for your in depth, objective reviews and of course, for saving me and my wallet from a disappointment!