Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Off the Page Eyeshadow

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Eyeshadow

Six vibrant eyeshadows debuted with the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Off the Page, Maira’s Magic, Crest the Wave, Purple Shower, Haunting, and Violet Trance.

Eyeshadow ($14.50)

  • Off the Page is a vibrant, bright orange with golden orange shimmer and sheen. This reminds me of the ever-fabulous Fab & Flashy eyeshadow that came out with C-Shock two years ago. It has a frost finish.
  • Maira’s Magic is a subdued medium pink with a satin finish, so it just has a subtle bit of sheen. It’s like a more matte and muted version of Da Bling.
  • Crest the Wave is a frosty yellow with gold sheen. It has a frost finish. This originally came out with the Naughty Nauticals quad.
  • Purple Shower is a soft, satiny fuchsia-purple with subtle sheen. I’ve always liked this color, and I’m glad to see it cropping up again for a spell.
  • Haunting is a sheer wash of blue with just a hint of aqua. I’ve never been found of this shade, just because the pay off isn’t tops. It really does need a good base to work.
  • Violet Trance is a matte dark blue-based violet purple. This originally released two or three years ago, so avid collectors may already have this in their stash. As lovely as it appears in the pot, it’s not the easiest matte to work with. I’d have to vote Make Up For Ever #92 if you’re looking for a deep, intense purple, just because this one doesn’t have a dream texture. It’s so-so, a bit chalky and thus drags a bit, and pigmentation is decent but not intense.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: This just may be the closest we come to a C-Shock redux (though not as good as C-Shock). If you like bright pops of color, you should play with these. I really liked Off the Page and Purple Shower the most. Crest the Wave is pretty, but I’m not sold on it (at least not for my skin tone).

Availability: MACCosmetics.com

See up-close photos and swatches


Maira’s Magic Eyeshadow


Crest the Wave Eyeshadow


Purple Shower Eyeshadow


Haunting Eyeshadow


Violet Trance Eyeshadow


Off the Page, Maira’s Magic, Crest the Wave, Purple Shower Eyeshadow


Haunting Eyeshadow (Middle)


Violet Trance Eyeshadow (Left)

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58 thoughts on “MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Eyeshadows Reviews, Swatches, Photos

  1. Sarah

    omg violet trance and hauntinggggg!!!! going to check out the collection after work! cant wait!

  2. Diabla

    Beautiful colors but nothing is in my style!

  3. Gorgeous! So far I ordered Off the Page since I don’t own Fab & Flashy e/s. I’m going to get haunting e/s since I have Rollickin paint pot and that would be perfect for it.

  4. What is the difference other than finish between Haunting and AquaDisiac.
    Also…What base should i use to make purple shower pop?
    Thx

    • amani

      the make up artist at my counter put full of fusia technakhol on me to make purple shower pop

    • Caroline

      Aquadisiac is a more green than Haunting. The difference isn’t huge, but significant enough to justify having both if you really want.

  5. Kharina

    So awesome!
    Christine, how would you describe the texture for PURPLE SHOWER e/s to be like? And do you think there is a close enough dupe for it from the permanent collection? Thanks in advance!

  6. christine thanks a million for all the swatches :)

  7. oh violent trance, you will be mine!

  8. SimplySimplyS

    u were so right bout Violet Trance….i got it n i duno if i can work wid it!!!
    sighhhh…..i was excited bout this

  9. Caroline

    I got Violet Trance without swatching it at the store, and I got home, swatched it, and discovered to my horror that the pigmentation and texture of this eyeshadow suck! I was so disappointed, because it’s such a pretty color. I’ll either return it or swap it on MUA.

    • sugarcrumb

      TO all the folks who’re lemming Violet Trance – honestly, your $$$ is truly better spent on MUFE’s No 92 like Christine said. I have it – bought it only very recently and i find every opportunity to wear it! its really deep and pigmented and such a gorgeous shade that lasts and lasts.

    • I’d return it, it’s that terrible.

  10. DevilishDoll

    I’ve been looking at swatches and Purple Shower looks similar to Creme De Violet. Do you think they are? Or is it worth it to get both of them?

  11. Kate

    Can someone please tell me whether Crest The Wave is similar to Bright Future from the style warrior collection? Thanks!

    • Bridgette

      No they are both different. I have both Crest the Wave and Bright Future. Crest the Wave is a much lighter yellow and it has a frost finish. Bright Future is almost like crayon yellow with a veluxe pearl finish.

      I know i may not sound so specific. But there is a difference with the two. I tried my best and I hope this helps you out :)

    • Paler and has more white to it.

  12. Rory

    Wow Purple Shower definitely…!! It looks gorgeous…!! Thanks for the great review…!!

  13. Bettina

    I like violet trance and haunting as well…purple shower looks like a darker version of stars and rockets but as I love stars n rockets that might be ok with me. When does this launch?

  14. wonjoo89

    I totally tried to depot Violet Trance today, and……………FAIL!! it broke into 3 pieces@_@

  15. This collection still isn’t out in the UK so I have some time to make a decision. I was really set on Haunting and Violet Trance until I read this – now I’m thinking I’ll pass on violet. I still really like Haunting and I can’t find a nice pale MAC turquoise which has good colour payoff, people tell me Aquadisiac is sheer, too.

    I bet it’d look great over the Otherworldly PP.

    Originally I was torn over the orange, since I liked the way it looked but MAC described it as mustardy. Mustard? Where? It’s not mustardy at all. I don’t have a nice orange and might need to pick that up.

  16. Oh, can anyone tell me how similar Crest the Wave is to Going Bananas from C-Shock? It looks very similar, I already have Going Bananas and utterly adore it, but I don’t need another.

  17. nikki

    to everyone, violet trance is AWFUL. i bought it yesterday and i’m returning it today. i cannot get it to show up for shit. i’ve layed it on udpp, mac’s luna cream color base, painterly paint pot, and nyx milk and it will not show up!!!!! just get mufe #92, it maybe five dollars more but it’s so worth it!!

  18. glitter princess

    haunting reminds me of urban decays matte e/s in Narcotic which is a bright turquoise and the pay off is good like all there shadows think ill be skipping haunting now :)

    http://www.urbandecay.com/categories/MatteEyeshadow.cfm

  19. Lindsey

    i want violet trance so bad! its such a gorgeous purple, and i honestly think its prettier than mufe 92. any way i can get this to work?

  20. Cassie

    I bought haunting. If you apply it over painterly and pack it on it looks great. However, I am a neutral girl, so I can’t quite figure out how to wear it besides by itself. I’ve just applied it over my whole lid. I am definatley going to keep it though. And I am proud of myself for venturing out of my comfort zone.

  21. Cathy

    is maira’s mood the same as maira’s magic like how it is listed on here…cause i got maira’s mood yesterday from this collection and thought that they may have changed the name, etc….

  22. aradhana

    i bought haunting and wore it over the ‘matching’ paint pot (otherworldly?) from the alexander mcqueen collection. i was a bit worried that it would be a bit chalky, but the paint pot makes it pop.

    when i swatched purple shower and violet trance at the counter i found the purple shower had v poor colour pay-off….and violet trance was good so i bought that instead…but that’s the opposite of what everyone on here is saying, so now i’m a bit worried! i haven’t opened my violet trance yet…. :(

    • Oh yeah, the paint pot is excellent to pair with it (particularly since they *did* originally launch together).

      I hope your Violet Trance works out… really, I do! Maybe you got lucky!

  23. Lee

    Im wearing violet trance today in my crease blended out with Digit and shroom. I love this shadow. It isn’t chalky, I think it’s on par with Carbon… newly minted is more chalky for me.

    I would recommmend this eyeshadow to everyone. I almost didn’t get it because of the bad reviews.. but I am so glad i did!

    It’s so vivid and doesn’t take as much work as everyone kept saying it does.

  24. Briana

    is it just me or is purple shower e/s just a crappy dupe for stars n rockets?