Friday, September 16th, 2011

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Fall Colour: Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is second of two quads from the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and will roll out internationall in October. Parlor Smoke includes these shades: Parlor Smoke (mauve grey), Cross Cultural (neutral brown), Indigo Noir (navy), and Steel (almost black).

  • Parlor Smoke is a smoky purple-gray with pale silver shimmer-sheen. It has a frost finish, which makes the sheerer payoff more disappointing. The finish seems less like a frost and more like an amped satin. I wish it was more pigmented, though. I don’t really have any dupes for you on this one. Inglot #420 is similar but very metallic so they end up looking more different than they do similar.
  • Cross Cultural is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm, red undertones. It has a matte finish, but it’s so, so buttery and intensely pigmented. I don’t remember it being as good here as it was when it was launched individually (but still limited edition). MAC Charcoal Brown is warmer, a little yellowy in comparison. Inglot #327 is a little warmer.
  • Indigo Noir is a inky purpled-black-navy. Very complex and will certainly lean bluer/purpler depending on what you layer it over or pair it with. It has a matte finish, and it does have a drier texture (some mattes are dry, some are very soft but some go too soft and become powdery).  I still had good color payoff in  a regular skin swatch, but it performs well on the eye (much like Gravel from the other quad).  It’s darker than MAC Imaginary. It’s purpler than Inglot #321.  It seems like a brighter variation on MAC Graphology.
  • Steel is a dark gray with hints of brown, and it has a veluxe pearl finish. For a veluxe pearl, it’s surprisingly dry and a little stiff to work with; it’s not as buttery or as dense as other veluxe pearls are. It is similar to theBalm Inspirational and Urban Decay Gunmetal. It is more silvered than Print, while Knight Divine is lighter (and frostier).

As interesting of a shade Parlor Smoke is, the color payoff is only average, while Steel has good (but not great) pigmentation, the texture is somewhat stiff and dry (rather unexpected for a veluxe pearl in particular). It’s a cool-toned quad with a really dark, smoky feel to it (true to the name).  The colors look good together in the palette, but I expect this is more of a palette one would use in conjunction with what you already own, just because three of the four shades are quite dark.

The Glossover

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Parlor Smoke

B+
As interesting of a shade Parlor Smoke is, the color payoff is only average, while Steel has good (but not great) pigmentation, the texture is somewhat stiff and dry (rather unexpected for a veluxe pearl in particular). It's a cool-toned quad with a really dark, smoky feel to it (true to the name). The colors look good together in the palette, but I expect this is more of a palette one would use in conjunction with what you already own, just because three of the four shades are quite dark.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Cross Cultural Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Indigo Noir Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Steel Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Cross Cultural Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Indigo Noir Eyeshadow

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Steel Eyeshadow

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on September 29th, $38.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

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See individual shade review.

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21 thoughts on “MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad Swatches, Photos, Review

  1. I wish I could buy these individually! LOVE cross-cultural but I don’t want the other 3!

  2. ak

    Hmm….interesting. They look better on Christine’s arm than they do in the pan. They don’t look ugly in the pan, just very ordinary though.

  3. Missy

    Oh my gosh, Steel is gorgeous! If they sold that as a permanent eyeshadow it would be a hit for smokey eyes!

  4. ms_k

    idk..i’m kinda loving the three darker shades…good for the fall and winter for smokey eyes.

  5. Maureen

    I don’t like the Clay color, but I like the purples.

  6. Violet

    I quite like these colours. Just my thing.

  7. Ashley

    It’s funny that I actually like Cross-Cultural best out of this, though the feature is purple.

    Christine, can you recommend anything similar to this brown shade? (Preferably permanent collection MAC, but any recommendation is appreciated!)

  8. AUGH I wish Parlor Smoke was more pigmented. It looks so pretty otherwise.

  9. KT

    Parlor Smoke reminds me of Chanel Fauve, except Fauve is more shimmery and outstanding quality.

  10. Melody

    This is a solid quad, I think, but I still won’t get it. I’m sure Cross Cultural will pull orange on me, because browns that aren’t super cool-toned do. Loving the other shades, though.

  11. Lumi

    The colors are nice. I like Parlor Smoke a lot, but too bad about the pigmentation. :/

  12. sam

    oh its nice to see cross cultural back. it’s a great brown :)

  13. I think I’m gonna be going for this one too… OH NOES, MY WALLET!

  14. Those colors are so freakin’ pretty (but I’ll have to pass).

  15. wow..i really love this..i wish i could buy all.

  16. Sam

    Oh my god I thought they would never repromote Cross Cultural! It’s my favorite brown ever, it’s perfection. I try so hard not to use it because I don’t want to run out! I had no idea I’d love it so much when I bought it. I really want it but I truly don’t want the entire quad… I hate MAC quads. The quality is downright embarrassing. I wish it was sold seperately.

  17. Lisa

    I’d love to see smoke in a look. I wonder if it was purposely unpigmented because “smoke” is not exactly an opaque thing.

    It would probably be pretty in a smokey eye + Steel

  18. This palette will go really great with my brown eyes