Saturday, October 19th, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades of cool-toned eyeshadows for the holidays.  This year’s eyeshadow palettes are a definite surprise–and in a good way–because they’re better than the last few years’ palettes in terms of quality. I don’t think they’re the best palette for the holidays now that they’re at nearly $40 a pop (and you’re only getting 0.14 oz.).  Deception had a chunky, glittery texture that felt dry and a little loose, while Romance Me was somewhat stiffer to work with, but the other three eyeshadows were nice overall.  Shadowy Lady felt softer and had more payoff (more readily) than I remember the permanent version having.  Deception had fall out during wear, and Frisco was prone to a little fading after seven and a half hours, while the majority of the shades looked mostly intact by the eight-hour mark.

Fair Sex is described as a “light frosted pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly overall. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is more metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Deception is described as a “frosty golden brown [with a Frost finish].” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. The texture felt more like a Lustre, as it had a chunky, gritty feel because of the high sparkle content. LORAC Pewter (P) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Damson (LE, $21.00) is more golden. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is smoother. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches.

Romance Me is described as a “warm plum with gold pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinged brown with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was somewhat stiff and harder to blend. Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE) is browner. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is less gray/purple. See comparison swatches.

Frisco is described as a “soft pastel pink [with a Matte finish].”  It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish.  It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, velvety, and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is shimmery. Too Faced Ringleader (LE) is frosted. MAC Orb (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. It had a soft, slightly powdery–but very smooth–texture with good color payoff. It actually seemed softer and easier to use than the permanent version. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is lighter. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Stroke of Midnight/Cool

B+

This year's eyeshadow palettes are a definite surprise--and in a good way--because they're better than the last few years' palettes in terms of quality. I don't think they're the best palette for the holidays now that they're at nearly $40 a pop (and you're only getting 0.14 oz.). Deception had a chunky, glittery texture that felt dry and a little loose, while Romance Me was somewhat stiffer to work with, but the other three eyeshadows were nice overall.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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product

Fair Sex

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Deception

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Fair Sex Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Fair Sex Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Romance Me Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Romance Me Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Frisco Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Frisco Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Shadowy Lady Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Shadowy Lady Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadows: Frisco (inner lid), Deception (middle of lid), Romance Me (outer lid),
Shadowy Lady (crease), Fair Sex (inner tear duct)

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadows: Frisco (inner lid), Deception (middle of lid), Romance Me (outer lid),
Shadowy Lady (crease), Fair Sex (inner tear duct)

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18 thoughts on “MAC Stroke of Midnight/Cool Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Debra Debra Logan

    I want it

  2. I wonder why MAC chose to label Deception as a frost when it’s very clear just from the swatch that it’s a typical lustre finish.

    I won’t be getting this because I have so many similar shadows already, but I do like the color combination, I’m sure it would be a great go-to palette.

  3. Oh my gosh, Shadowy Lady is so gorgeous there! I almost reminds me of a UD Shadow but I can’t put my finger on which one.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat

    Fair Sex is an interesting eyeshadow name!

  5. The swatches and packaging looks nice! The shades are pretty dupable but it still looks like it’ll be pretty decent.

  6. WHAT??? No CARBON? (pulls self up after falling out of desk chair)

  7. I meant to add that, at $47.50 Canadian, I will pass on these. I like the look of Romance Me but I’ve got dupes.

  8. Lovely Palette.. great for quick brown eyes or a smokey eye look… I loved shadowy lady the most.. :)

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jo Jo

    O_O From the swatches these look like decent palettes. How they work on the lid might be different but I might actually buy a MAC palette for the first time in ageeesss!

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gena Gena

    I like the looks of Shadowy Lady and Frisco, but I’ll pass. if I bought this I would be using Frisco the most, and I would venture to guess that most people would, given that it’s neutral; why is it one of the smaller shadows? Just a thought.

  11. I really never go for palettes with plums in them, but I really like this one!

  12. KK

    I love the compact, so I bought this one–just love the cool Art Deco look. And I don’t own any of these shadows. I’m excited to get it.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Daisy Daisy

    i absolutely adore these eyeshadow colours but i cant stand the packaging :(

  14. Good to hear that there is an improvement from last year!

  15. Elle

    Meh…same-ish packaging as last year. Think I’ll pass. Thanks for the reviews as always Christine!

  16. Ah, the irony of Deception. :D