Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “bright champagne with pearl, peach pink with pearl, light pink, bright lavender and dusty grey.”  This was the hardest palette to use of the six MAC launched, because four of the five shades had incredibly crumbly, almost gritty, textures that were just so filled with sparkle that the sparkle got everywhere during application, after, and really stuck to the skin.  I initially applied these shades this morning, and after nine hours of wear, most of what was applied on the lid seems to be underneath my eye and on my cheeks.  Even applying all of the shades with a damp brush didn’t give great results on the lid from the get-go.  The only shade that wasn’t a pain to use was #5.  The eye that I wore this palette on was watering all day (and the other one only started watering towards the end).

Pastelluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale gold with a muted quality. It was sheer both wet and dry, and it was difficult to smooth out, so it looked uneven applied. MAF Flicker is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bone is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #2 is a pale peach that looks more beige applied than it does in the pan. Like #1, it was sheer whether applied wet or dry, and the consistency was very sparkly and kind of crumbly to the touch. Urban Decay Sellout is darker, less glittery. NARS Delphes #1 is less glittery. MAC Light Touch is smoother. MAC Blonde Streak is cooler-toned. MAC Ice is darker. Bobbi Brown Bone is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #3 is a pastel pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s mostly just a sprinkling of sparkle, and then applied wet, you can see more color but it is still semi-sheer. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is darker. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is darker. Maybelline Inked in Pink is darker, cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic is a bit darker, less metallic. MAC Tuapeless is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is a touch darker and a cream product. MAC Good Fortune is lighter and a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir 4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #4 is a cool-toned lilac purple with gold and white sparkle. It had a very chunky, crumbly texture that was apparent both wet and dry–it went from very sheer to sheer. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #1 is less metallic. MAC Fresh Ice is lighter, less metallic. MAC Silverwear is lighter, less metallic. MAC Digit is quite a bit lighter and less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #5 is a dirty taupe with subtle warm undertones and a multi-colored sparkle. This one was particularly pretty as it caught the light and twinkled. Applied dry, it’s a softer, semi-opaque color, while applied dry, it is a bit darker and more opaque, as well as smoother. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is warmer. MAC Romance Me is less frosted. MAC Shale is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey is warmer, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

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Pastelluxe

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Pastelluxe was the worst of the six, as it was incredibly sparkly--these sparkly shades were crumbly, prone to fall out, and difficult to smooth out. They're a bit like the Pressed Pigments in that they really need to be mixed and pressed to smooth out.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Pastelluxe #1

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6/10

Pigmentation

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Texture

6.5/10

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Application

4/5

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Pastelluxe #2

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MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

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29 thoughts on “MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Jen Jen

    Holy god this one looks terrible… Way too much money for such lack of quality. None of these interest me, really but this one almost makes me sad to look at it.

  2. I hate the packaging!

  3. Mel

    Is this serious?? Shame on you, MAC! I only liked the shade #5.

  4. Avatar of Sophie Grimm Sophie Grimm

    It pains me that companies with such high reputations as MAC continue to come out with products of such a poor quality, it’s one of the things that has really turned me off MAC cosmetics for the most part!

  5. What a pity! This one had potential to really compliment some collectors’ stashes. The only one that even looks pretty is the dusty grey shade, quality aside. What a letdown.

  6. Avatar of Deanna Deanna

    Wooo… fallout city! Way too much sparkle. I don’t mind the bottom colour though.

  7. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Just the other week, I got a Pretty in Nudes eye shadow trio from IT Cosmetics and I can hardly see the products on my eyes so there is no way I’d go for this one, even if the quality were better. But I have to hand it to you, Christine – the eye look in the bottom photo is so beautiful – you seem to be able to get great results even from sub-standard products.

  8. This was the only I thought I was going to like. Too bad on the quality of these things. And I don’t like the packaging either.

  9. Oh, that’s too bad! If it were more pigmented and less fallout-y, this would be a great combination of colors.

  10. oh dear lawrd..horrible! Thankfully not a fan of pastels for my colouring, but still this is quite pathetic at this price point.

  11. Not to be negative but… yuck.
    OK that was pretty negative. But really… why would they release this?

  12. Pretty to look at, but the quality’s a huge letdown. I’d rather buy regular eyeshadows that perform well at this price point. :(

  13. Meredith

    What a disapointment

  14. Meredith

    What a disapoinment MAC.

  15. VickyM

    I actually like the look you made with the palette, very fairy like, however I wouldn’t buy this ecause it lacks pigmentation and is hard to work with.

  16. Jordyn

    This looks like something you can get at Claire’s or some teeny-bopper store… terrible.

  17. Avatar of Catherine Cath

    Each time I see a new palette by MAC, i hope THIS one will be great, and each time, I am dissapointed. It is like, they are insulting my intelligence by even thinking that people won’t notice how bad it is. Don’t they test product before getting them out? And if yes, the person who is saying the final yes before it is release should be fired…

  18. Joanne

    Holy fall out, Batman!

  19. Chelle

    Wow, what a mess! I loved the look of this collection so much and now I’m going to outright avoid. And I’m starting to feel like I have this exact same reaction most of MAC’s recent collections. Very, very frustrating.

  20. Avatar of Danielle Danielle A.

    I’m a newbie here, and I am SO appreciative of what you do Christine! This palette is just atrocious, especially for the price! I’m still considering getting the brownluxe, because that one was pretty. I’m just really thankful that you help me see before I buy. :)

  21. Avatar of Carly Carly H.

    Hi Christine, I hope this isn’t a silly question but do you wear an eye primer when testing these eyeshadows? Just trying to decide if that would make a difference with wear, i really want to like these palettes lol

    • Hi Carly!

      Normally, I try to test with and without primer, but with collections that MAC release, I just don’t have the time to test both ways (not with six palettes, LOL!). You would need an adhesive primer or tacky base to really minimize some of the fall out, because these actually wear well without a primer, except for the fall out. For this particular palette, I would look at something that would normally hold loose glitter in place (but blending may be difficult).

  22. Avatar of Jill cloudburst

    Too bad the rest of the palette is terrible because shade #5 is actually really nice.

  23. Carrie

    Pity. This was the one I had my eye on, but even without the texture and wear issues the colors are so sheer you can barely tell the difference between them!

    I keep TRYING to like something MAC puts out and they keep letting me down. Sadness.

  24. This is the one I was looking most forward to but after seeing this it is very much a pass

  25. It just looks cheap. The product and the packaging… I could pick up phenomenally better shadow at the drugstore.

  26. Carrie Ann

    I just used this palette this morning over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It is sheer (I didn’t use it wet), but I had no problem with mine. It went on smoothly and there was very minimal fallout. I think it’s just a matter of whether or not you like sheer eye shadow with some sparkle. I like subtle, so I thought it was pretty.