Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frosty pink white, deep bronze, carbon black, deep grey and platinum.” #2 was the sparkliest shade, so it was the only one that seemed like it might be prone to fall out. I’ve been wearing this palette together for just over four hours, and there’s very little sparkle underneath my eye thus far, so hopefully there’s not too much more between now and the eight-hour mark. Based on my experience with the wear of these eyeshadows to this point, I expect the others to wear without creasing and might show some signs of fading after nine hours or so. The texture of this palette was slightly less silky compared to the others.

Smokeluxe #1 is a subtly warmed-up, pale beige with a pearly sheen. It’s a bit dry, so the payoff was about the same both wet and dry–semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best. Brownluxe #1 and Greenluxe #1 both have very similar beige shades in them. Urban Decay Broken is lighter, less shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is warmer. MAC Dew is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is more shimmery. MAC Shroom is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #2 is a dirty olive brown with hints of green and then flashes of taupe. It was a very interesting color, and it was one that I swatched three times while getting everything together, because it never looks the same. It also swatches darker than it looks in the pan. Greenluxe #4 is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is greener, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is warmer. Giorgio Armani #24 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #3 is a warm, brownish-plum with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied wet, it was mostly opaque and appeared slightly darker. Disney Rococo is darker. Disney Chateau is warmer. theBalm Blink 1982 is similar. Urban Decay Roach is darker.
MAC Star Violet is warmer, redder. MAC Prettified is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Turandot #4 is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Euphoria is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #4 is a medium-dark gray with a light silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry and mostly opaque applied wet–a little drier than other shades. theBalm Matt McDonald is cooler-toned. Chanel Gris Exquis is more neutral, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #5 is a deep, dark black with a satin finish. It is a softer black applied dry, but it is quite dark and rich when applied with a damp brush. Sugarpill Bulletproof is matte. Urban Decay Blackout is matte. Milani Pitch Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Smokeluxe

B+

Though the sparkly shades are really pretty, they do result in fall out, which is an annoyance. I'd recommend using a tacky or adhesive base to keep it in place. Most shades need to be used damp to get decent color payoff and apply the color evenly.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Smokeluxe #1

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Smokeluxe #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

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15 thoughts on “MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Charlotte Charlotte

    This seems the most promising of them all but having just recently bought all 3 UD Naked palettes, which seem vaguely similar I may have to pass, for now. Christine you say you use them wet? Do you moisten your brush or wet the shadow? Does it ruin the shadow in any way?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Charlotte!

      I spray my brush with water or just get a droplet on my finger, then pat my brush in that. You want it damp but not sopping wet! If the eyeshadow is a wet/dry formula, you shouldn’t ruin it that way. These are wet & dry!

  2. Avatar of Deanna Deanna

    Looks really different on the eyelid to the swatch, interesting. You have done an amazing job Christine! Thank you for the swatches! if only we could get our hands on them in OZ. Sleep well, you deserve it :)

  3. love the colors in this one!!

  4. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    Your application makes the cool colors look warm, very well done! I love the warm colors in this palette but I didn’t know what to do with the gray and black. You nailed it!

  5. Avatar of Kristin kristinyang

    loving the collection!
    but this one reminds me too much of the shades in Urban Decay’s Naked palette 2

  6. VickyM

    This is a nice palette, but still the one that stands out the most to me is definitely Brownlux.

  7. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    This is one of the Pearlfusion palettes I thought I’d want but seeing it, while the colours are nice, some of the textures are a bit less than ideal so I can probably pass on this since I am sure to have multiple dupes of most of the colours.

  8. Lovely look, Christine!

  9. This seems okay.. But it’s still not worth it for me.

  10. Love your eye look with this Palette, Christine! Wonder if that one shade #2 has wicked fallout. Totally love the grey shade #4 and hey that black swatch actually looks pretty damn good.. it can’t be Carbon.. teehee

  11. I agree with the Naked Palette comparisons: this palette seems overpriced for only a handful of shadows.

  12. Morena

    Is it just me, or does it look like MAC took one of their permanent PIGMENT colors, modified the shade a little bit and then made a pressed eyeshadow out of it, call it a “new color” “new f√≥rmula) and then sell it for $30-40. I haven’t checked these out in person yet (if its out,) But that’s what it looks like they’ve been doing lately. I don’t like that at all. I’ll pass.

  13. Savannah

    At first I was going to skip these, until I saw your review of this one and brown luxe. I went to see them in person and they are so luxurious and pigmented. Plus the colors are unlike anything in my collection. I’m surprisingly impressed.

  14. Bought this last week & hate everything about it. $47+tax in Canada for 4 grams of product that absolutely bites. Don’t like the way they look, apply or blend – wet or dry. Especially dry. The black shade is a chalky mess & the rest of the shades are incredibly boring.

    I’m returning this palette tomorrow. Nothing MAC has released this summer or spring has interested me. I find I’m buying more high end products than ever because MAC simply can’t compete anymore.