Thursday, August 20th, 2009

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection — Photo Realism 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 Photo Realism…

Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00)

  • Photorealism is a paled down yellow-gold with a bit of a taupe-mix in the base with a frost finish. This is a very unique color, actually. Just the way the gold comes together makes it unusual.
  • Fresh Approach is a cool-toned, minty green. It’s not a bright, springy green, because it is mixed with a little bit of aqua to make it more of a mint green. It has a veluxe pearl finish, so it has a nice, smooth texture with great color pay off.
  • Image Maker is grayish green with a frosty finish. It actually reminded me of Club eyeshadow with less reddish tones.
  • Grey Range is a dark blue-green and is a pretty good match to Deep Blue Green pigment, actually. It has a veluxe pearl finish, which is why it has good pigmentation.

I’d put both Photo Realism and Notoriety eyeshadow quads on the same level–they’re both nice palettes with colors that go on smoothly and have good color to them. Notoriety is likely the more wearable between the two, because of the neutral tones, but Photo Realism is surprisingly wearable. None of the colors are so bright or bold that they couldn’t be used in a more subtle look. I’m really impressed with Photorealism, just because it has so much dimension to it. I love the idea of Grey Range, because I’ve always wanted an eyeshadow the color of Deep Blue Green pigment (I don’t like pressed pigments). These colors also just scream FALL! to me, too. I like it when things fit!

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

Recommendation: Perfect for fall, Photo Realism is a great combination of softer, cool-tone greens and blues. If you like a little color in your looks, you might find yourself falling for this quad.


See up-close photos and swatches


Fresh Approach

Image Maker

Grey Range

Photorealism, Fresh Approach, Image Maker, Grey Range

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40 thoughts on “MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad

  1. Luda

    I fell in love with this quad when I saw it – I promised myself I wouldn’t get another green/grey smokey shadow but I had to get this one.

  2. Stephanie

    I picked this up today, I am in love with it. Especially the color “Grey Range”.

  3. sprut6

    I ordered the purple quad and I might go back and get this one. I love the look of these but I so rarely wear green eyeshadows that I’m not sure.

  4. I am SO excited, I ordered this the other day :)

  5. This is the only quad I’m considering on getting.. .. the other two were just blah for me

  6. Allie

    I adore this. I can’t get enough green eyeshadows! Will definitely get this when it’s out here =)

  7. Mikki

    Hello gorgeous-ness. This quad is very unique and I want!

  8. Diabla

    I generally don’t like quads and have never bought any but I must admit this one is really beautiful! I love Image Maker and Grey Range!

  9. I’m so glad that I ordered this quad on Monday! That is a total must-have quad! I’m thinking about ordering an extra one in case this quad sells out fast.

  10. Christy

    These colors don’t look like anything I have in my stash, so I may pick this up.

  11. Rebecca

    “Photorealism” looks JUST like an old single eyeshadow that L’OrΓ©al used to make!

  12. Amy

    I still on the sit on this quad, it is the most beautiful of the 3, but I think I might have similar shades from The Balm. I will have to compare them.

  13. i only like grey range…. dagnabit!

  14. Heather

    I love this quad. I love green. Although, I feel this shows up more blue-ish then green, I still love it. I asked my boyfriend how my green eyeshadow looked and he repeated green eyeshadow it looks more blue. So if you can’t work with blue it might not be your quad.

  15. Alexandra

    i was woundering how does strike a pose compare to grey range?

  16. Janelle

    It’s pretty enough, Im just not really impressed

  17. charlieee

    this quad has my eyes on it!=p

  18. Caroline

    I went to my MAC store and an MUA there used this quad and created a BEAUTIFUL eyeshadow design with it that was easy to recreate. This is probably my favorite purchase from this collection.

  19. Ribbons

    Oh, yeah, think I have to have this one!

  20. Caesara

    Bought this yesterday, and am wearing it today … tons of compliments on the look and colour. Yay, work-appropriate greens!

  21. Madeleine

    Does image maker looks a little like club eyeshadow to anyone? or maybe it’s just me?

  22. Nadia

    I thought i wouldn’t like this quad even though i like greens but this is very pretty. I’m debating weather to get it or not. Are there any dubes to these shadows in the permenant collection?

  23. Jess0501

    any dupes for this one?

  24. Teresa

    My PR quad came today and it’s gorgeous. I allowed many enablers to entice me into getting it & it was worth it :) Today I used grey range in the crease of my everyday look (which always includes mulch, sometimes sable &/or style snob). It was beautiful. Cant wait to try out the rest, as I was in a rush today.

    Thanks for the post, Christine! I look forward to trying your PR combos as well!! -> ( )

    • So glad you got it, Teresa! The look sounds very, very lovely. I love the idea of Grey Range mixed some browns :)

      • Teresa

        Thanks, Christine! πŸ˜€ Also an update if I may, this has become one of my very fav MAC products I’ve purchased! I used the full quad one day + shroom as a highlighter and it was INCREDIBLE! It’s like it was made for me, lol! I have it infront of me and can’t stop staring at it either ;D I can’t wait to use it again, but now it’s my baby and I’m scared to ever run out! haha πŸ˜€

  25. Teresa

    Oh, also I’d love to ask if anyone has any dupes for this in terms of a neutral quad? (Aside from Notoriety). What I mean is, each colour in this quad being replaced by a neutral (browns), with the same payoff, same “shade”, etc, if I’m explaining it right :/ For example, *perhaps* Fresh Approach could be Sable? I’m not sure :) If anyone can help I’d appreciate it so much! πŸ˜€
    Thank you :)

  26. Lindy

    I love this quad! I have green/hazel eyes (depending on the makeup and clothing i’m wearing) and finding good greens and green grays (a good green gray is hard to find) has been nearly impossible! Does any one know of any other greens that MAC or anyone else may have that is like this quad? Or like Hold My Gaze which was amazing!