MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes four shades–two of which are part of the permanent range. The blue is an interesting addition, as it is a very neutral set of shades otherwise. It had good quality overall with nice color payoff and eight-hour wear.

Brule is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. This shade is part of the permanent range as well. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D South (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Tiny Death (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #1 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Chouquette (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Sundeck #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Brown is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery, but it was very easy to use on the lid as it diffused easily. This shade is part of the permanent range. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Being (P) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Sultry (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Soft Brown (P) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Namaste (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Brown (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Star Treatment (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (P) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Horses is a deep, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque with a slightly firmer texture that could have been easier to work with and to blend out on the skin. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P)(90% similar). Anastasia Smoke (P, $12.00)(90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow Quad Wild Horses
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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I personally like more shimmery than matte shades, but I like a variety in shimmer levels and still want a couple of mattes included (typically in more basic shades). I also prefer for pre-made palettes to be cohesive–that I can use it to create multiple looks without having to add in other products. It should be slim, travel-friendly, and sturdy. I don’t use palette mirrors, so a lack of mirror wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for me.
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Best ColourPop Super Shock Shadows — Top 25

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cream-based formula that comes in a multitude of shades and finishes. The more metallic shades have the most slip to them (they have a “wetter” feel), while the more matte ones have a firmer, more clay-like consistency. Almost every shade I’ve tried from ColourPop has been exceptionally long-wearing (10+ hours of wear, usually there until I remove, even 14 hours later). The pigmentation can vary from shade to shade, but the average shade is quite pigmented. From feedback I’ve seen from readers, many love them but some don’t like them at all. They aren’t a traditional cream eyeshadow, as they are denser (more sponge-like), and they apply best with flat, firm, synthetic brushes (I like the MAC 242 and 249) for me. The brand recommends using fingers for the most pigmented application, but I’ve only felt that fingers were necessary on a few shades (usually the super glittery ones).
01

Colour Pop Bae

Permanent. $5.00/0.07 oz.

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "rich eggplant purple with an emerald and turquoise, glittery duo chrome [with a metallic finish]."

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A+

02. Colour Pop Porter

Porter is described as a "warm burgundy with gold multi-dimensional gold glitter on top [of] a metallic finish." Read full review.

A+

03. Colour Pop Telepathy

Telepathy is described as a "bright gold with a green undertone in an ultra-metallic finish." It's a bright, light-medium yellow gold with an almost "cool" undertone (compared to most golds, which are often orange-based) paired with a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

04. Colour Pop Get Lucky

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "liquid-like true gold." Read full review.

A

05. Colour Pop Partridge

ColourPop Partridge Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "saddle brown undertone with a green duochrome finish [with a Pearlized finish]." Read full review.

A

06. Colour Pop Truth

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "neutral light beige." It's a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Colour Pop Smash

ColourPop Smash Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "neutram medium warm beige." Read full review.

A

08. Colour Pop On the Rocks

ColourPop On the Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "vibrant true bronze with gold and violet glitter." Read full review.

A

09. Colour Pop Coconut

ColourPop Coconut Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "bright peacock teal in a pearlized finish." Read full review.

A

10. Colour Pop Weenie

Weenie is described as a "pinky rose gold in a pearlized finish." It's a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

11. Colour Pop Game Face

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "penny copper [with a metallic finish]." Read full review.

A

12. Colour Pop Desert

ColourPop Desert Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "warm saddle brown." It's a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Read full review.

A

13. Colour Pop Mooning

ColourPop Mooning Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "rich blackened bronze ... Read full review.

A

14. Colour Pop Etiquette

ColourPop Etiquette Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "true royal blue in a pearlized finish." Read full review.

A

15. Colour Pop Eye Candy

ColourPop Eye Candy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "cool-toned ... lavender ... Read full review.

A

16. Colour Pop Hanky Panky

Read the full review from the link below. Read full review.

A-

17. Colour Pop Girly

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duochrome." Read full review.

A-

18. Colour Pop So Quiche

ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "soft olive with ... gold and pink violet glittery duochrome metallic finish." Read full review.

A-

19. Colour Pop Mittens

ColourPop Mittens Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "deep warm brown [with a matte finish]." Read full review.

A-

20. Colour Pop I Heart This

Read the full review from the link below. Read full review.

A-

21. Colour Pop 3 (Three)

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral light beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A-

22. Colour Pop Bandit

ColourPop Bandit Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "warm rusty brown with a matte finish." Read full review.

A-

23. Colour Pop Hammered

ColourPop Hammered Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "smoky olive with tons of gold glitter [with a Metallic finish]." Read full review.

A-

24. Colour Pop Lace

ColourPop Lace Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "deep rich blue violet with a pearlized finish." Read full review.

A-

25. Colour Pop Midnight

Midnight is described as a "black undertone with a ton of gold glitter on top in a metallic finish." Read full review.

Glossover Breakdown

89%

Average Score
A
25
B
15
C
2
D
2
F
0

Glossover Averages

Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Reader Reviews

4.5
5 Stars
108
4 Stars
89
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1

Based on 11 Reviews, 213 Quick Reviews

Rate It:
The Good
  • Great Value (142)
  • Long-wearing (106)
  • Easy To Apply (60)
  • Blendable (50)
  • Buttery (42)
  • Crease-resistant (40)
  • Creamy (37)
  • Smooth (30)
  • Travel-friendly (17)
The In-Between
  • Highly Pigmented (52)
  • Buildable (36)
  • Sheer (3)
The Bad
  • Hard To Apply (7)
  • Fall Out (5)
  • Chalky (3)
  • Hard To Blend (3)
  • Powdery (3)
  • Too Little Product (2)
  • Fades (2)
  • Creases (2)

Week in Review | April 23rd through April 29th

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! :)
01

Colour Pop Molly

Permanent. $6.00/0.11 oz.

ColourPop Molly Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "mid-tone plum lilac."

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A+

02. Urban Decay Iracebeth

Urban Decay Iracebeth Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "bright red matte." Read full review.

A

03. Colour Pop Littlestitious

ColourPop Littlestitious Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "pastel dusty pink." Read full review.

A

04. Anastasia Comfort

Anastasia Comfort Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.

A

05. Dior Ever Dior (643)

Dior Ever Dior (643) Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($30.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddish-coral with warm, gold micro-glitter. Read full review.

A

06. Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate

Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Surratt Beauty Halo

Surratt Beauty Halo Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, golden yellow with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling sheen. Read full review.

A

08. MAC Lion Babe

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner ($21.00 for 0.084 fl. oz.) is described as a "shimmering gold." Read full review.

A

09. Anastasia Blazing

Anastasia Blazing Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

10. Surratt Beauty Angelique

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Apr 23, 2016 — Apr 29, 2016

85%

Average Score
A
23
B
39
C
11
D
3
F
2

Total Reviews (78) — Brands Reviewed (12)

MAC Yellow Topaz CCB & Firebrush Bronzer

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base

MAC Yellow Topaz Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had sheer color payoff that was somewhat buildable to semi-sheer coverage. The texture of this shade was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, so it had less shine and a subtle shimmered effect on the skin. I think the finish is more apparent in person than in photos, but it is a subtler effect. It lasted for seven hours on me (of the eight hours it is marketed as having). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-sparkle (it’s mostly matte, though). The texture was a little dry and chalky, where the powder seemed to clump together as it was dislodged from the surface. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture issues as much, as it applied relatively easily and blended out without too much work. It isn’t the best or most blendable bronzer, but it isn’t the worst. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, which is apparently as intended, as MAC describes their Bronzing Powder as a “powder that gives skin sheer, antural colour.” It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

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MAC Cream Colour Base Yellow Topaz
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%
MAC Bronzing Powder Firebrush
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%