Thursday, August 20th, 2009

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection — Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad

Richard Phillips contributed three eyeshadow quads to the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection. Let’s take a look at the earthy quad called Notoriety…

Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00)

  • Skintone 1 is a glittery confection of pale, whitish pink with a frosty finish. It has a lustre texture, which makes it a bit gritty and it does have a bit of fall out.
  • Rich & Earthy is a muted orange-base with golden shimmer laced through it. MAC describes it as a “coral bronze,” but I don’t really see that much brown in it. It’s more of a light, copper orange with gold shimmer, at best. This one has a veluxe pearl finish, which means it’s smooth, pigmented, and easy to blend.
  • Skintone 2 is a slightly muted gold with a bronzy finish. It has a frost finish, so it is incredibly easy to blend while still being pigmented and smooth to the touch. I felt like this was a really wearable gold, because it wasn’t so yellow or bright.
  • Notoriety is a deep cool-toned taupe brown base with gold flecks throughout. Being a velvet finish, this shadow is a bit chalky if you don’t layer it. I was expecting the brown to be a bit warmer–more chocolate–than it turned out to be. It’s surprisingly cool.

In the Gallery may be the “butt” quad of the collection (aka the loser of the bunch), I’m happy to be able to say that Notoriety is much better. The colors are more pigmented, and they’re not chalky like In the Gallery . I felt the weakest was Notoriety, actually, because it was a bit chalky compared to the other three shades in this quad. However, it layers really well so you can create a smooth texture that way. In particular, I really liked both Rich & Earthy and Skintone 2 — very pretty, wearable shades.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 9/10

Recommendation: Want a bit of a neutral look with a little shimmery kick? I think Notoriety is neutral without being too soft or subtle. It gives you great earthy tones that will be perfect for fall.


See up-close photos and swatches

Skintone 1

Rich & Earthy

Skintone 2


Skintone 1, Rich & Earthy, Skintone 2, Notoriety

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28 thoughts on “MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad

  1. Luda

    This was a nice quad but I felt it owuld be easy to find dupes for these so I ended up not getting it.

  2. amani

    it looks alot better up close..but i already bought the stuff i liked form the collection….so i thing im going to pass cause my moneys gone now

  3. Johana

    I just got this quad today. Can’t wait to try it out :)

  4. I’m going to get that quad! It’s so perfect to use for the fall!

  5. Love the review christine! im still undecided about this quad! dissapointed with the colour pay off off notoriety think too faced netural pallet mght be the winner in this round sorry MAC

    what would be better dupes for this quad from the perm line?

  6. passable! l’oreal hip flare will do!

  7. Natalie

    I would like to know the dupes as well (especially notoriety). I only liked Notoriety, but since you said it is a bit chalky, I would prefer to get the dupes in either perm or MUFE shades.

  8. Janelle

    Not too impressed with Notoriety, but the other 3 colours are pretty

  9. charlieee

    thanks for the review christine! :) i’m still undecided about this quad. it’s pretty for sure, but they look dupeable yeah? i guess i have to see it in person.

  10. lovepotion18

    I bought this quad yesterday and wore all the colors today for work. I have to say that the colors look pretty in the quad and swatched. Skintone 1 was a bit too hard to pick up using a MAC 239 brush and was hard to apply to the lid. I expected the brown color Notoriety to be more intense in color, but it’s a really light, light brown in the pallette in real life (not pics) and when applyed to my crease. It’s a really neutral pallette. After using it just this one time, I’m not really loving it as I was before from just seeing the promo pics. Still great neutral colors, so I will def keep it.

  11. Iya

    can somone tell me what are good dupes for this quad??

  12. Cherie

    I would like to know dupes as well

    • IMO, I don’t think there are great dupes. The best would be All That Glitters, Amber Lights (not a great dupe), Goldmine (yellower), and Smut (no gold flecks).

  13. calico

    Do you still do looks for the new releases and quads ?
    I been trying to find on the site but can’t. Am I being off?

  14. calico

    Hi Christine, do you still do looks for the new Mac collections that come out?
    I loved your fafi and sci fi looks you did when I discovered your site.
    I have looked around but can’t find for the latest releases, am I bring doff?

  15. Jess0501

    just now i compared this quad with the lucky tom palette from the hello kitty collection. And i think 3 colors which are creme royale, paradisco, and lucky tom look similar to this palette

  16. Jess0501

    i think if u got the lucky tom palette this one u can just leave behind