Friday, January 10th, 2014

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

This spring, MAC launched a pre-filled 15-pan palette by the name of MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette. In case the name wasn’t obvious enough, it’s a cool-toned, neutral-themed palette. The palette retails for $100.  It’s permanent and is available online and at MAC stores (and PRO stores) as of January 9th.  It will be available internationally March 2014.  It’s going to take me a few days to test all 15 eyeshadows for wear, so for now, here are swatches.  Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to write up the review – thank you in advance!

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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Flounce Eyeshadow
MAC Flounce Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Allure Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Allure Eyeshadow

MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow
MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow

MAC After Dusk Eyeshadow
MAC After Dusk Eyeshadow

MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow

MAC Pick Me Up Eyeshadow
MAC Pick Me Up Eyeshadow

MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow
MAC Cozy Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Crushed Clove Eyeshadow
MAC Crushed Clove Eyeshadow

MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Brun Eyeshadow
MAC Brun Eyeshadow

MAC Silver Fog Eyeshadow
MAC Silver Fog Eyeshadow

MAC French Clay Eyeshadow
MAC French Clay Eyeshadow

MAC Cumulus Eyeshadow
MAC Cumulus Eyeshadow

MAC Pearled Earth Eyeshadow
MAC Pearled Earth Eyeshadow

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow
MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow

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47 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: MAC Eyeshadow x15 Cool Neutral Palette Photos & Swatches

  1. EH, not really feeling it from swatches alone, especially for $100.
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    • Avatar of divinem1 (Melissa) divinem1 (Melissa)

      Too little, too late considering all the palettes out there. With MAC’s decline in quality and creativity, I’ve truly lost interest in them.

  2. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    For a “cool” palette, some of these shades look quite “warm”… The swatches look promising, though!

    • Carrie

      I felt the same way about Naked 2. It just fees like most companies are afraid to commit to a truly cool to ned neutral palette.

    • Carrie

      I felt the same way about Naked 2. It just fees like most companies are afraid to commit to a truly cool neutral palette.

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        I love all but the first 4 shades of Naked 2, but I totally agree about companies not wanting to commit fully one way or the other. If you can still find it, take a look at NYX Butt Naked “eyes” palette (the first one from last year). The face products run warmer, but $25 for 15 quality eyeshadows still makes it worth the cost.

    • Avatar of divinem1 (Melissa) divinem1 (Melissa)

      I thought the same thing as I scrolled down through the swatches.

  3. I wish the eyeshadows were available separately, After Dusk and Pearled Earth look wonderful! :D

    • Nicole

      Same here.
      I wish the colors will be available as single refills (!) to complete my personal MAC shadow collection.

  4. Wishing it wasn’t so expensive. I know it works out to be cheaper than buying individual shadows, but there’s so many neutral palettes in the market already that has more consistent quality across the colours!
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  5. Ick. Some of these look way powdery, and the shades themselves aren’t really interesting or new. Ah well… There are PLENTY of other neutral palettes out there, after all..
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  6. Cumulus and Pearled Earth are nice, but based on the swatches of the other shades, I don’t think this palette is worth $100.

  7. I was told that they were planning on switching up the colors every season. Is that true?
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  8. Hmmm, I feel kind of let down by those swatches… Is that just me?

  9. Silver Fog looks nothing like the pigment of the same name. WTF?

  10. Some of those shades look pretty warm tbh. Wish I could get Pearled Earth separately though.

  11. I think these are a great idea for people who don’t know much about picking out makeup. However, I have a custom pro palette, and I like to pick out the shades that work best for me and my features.

    • Georgiana

      I agree! I don’t really understand who they think is going to be buying these new 15 palettes… MUAs? Or just people who love make up? Or is it for make up newbies? I just don’t get why they’ve included a mix of new and permanent shades; what’s the intended purpose of this palette? (Apart from being an eye shadow palette, duh.) Who is their intended customer? I don’t understand you, MAC!

    • Avatar of divinem1 (Melissa) divinem1 (Melissa)

      Melinda, I have to ask . . . are those your lips?! O_O If so, they’re gorgeous!

  12. I really love the shades in this palette, but again – that price is way too high.

  13. Avatar of Chelsea Chelsea

    Cumulus is NOTHING like the original (Blue Storm collection)… I have this shadow somewhere and I’m sure it’s a flat satiny grey/silver with a bit of sparkle… I can’t say it’s a great eyeshadow but it did remind me of brooding clouds… This shadow looks nice enough, but couldn’t they think of a different name… Things get confusing! – http://www.temptalia.com/mac-cosmetics-blue-storm-collection-product-photos-and-swatches

    Overall, these swatches are really disappointing… Oh well, saves me some cash!

  14. Do you know if you can take the shadows out?

      • That’s one of the main things that puts me off from buying this kind of palette. I mean MAC seriously? Why not? The price is high enough, why don’t you give your consumers the possibility to buy this and customize it/be able to refill the ones they finish? I would totally go for it in that case! But now, ehmm, sorry but I’ll pass!
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  15. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Well, you just saved me some serious dough, Christine. Even if the swatch quality had been there, the fact that many of these shades are visibly warm raises my consumer ire like none other. If you want to charge me $100 for a “cool-toned” palette, you need to commit. Completely. Utterly. Indubitably. Warm-toned people have dozens of neutral palettes to choose from; for cool-toned folk, it’s much harder to find something flattering without having to buy something where some of the shades are unusable (lookin’ at you, Naked 2).

    (As it is, only four shades here really grab me. That is certainly not worth full price!)

  16. Cool toned eyeshadows are much more my scene, but I already have the Naked 2 palette, and this one is very expensive! :-(
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  17. JR

    Pearled earth is gorgeous! Not $100 worth, but very pretty. Hopefully it will be released as a single.

  18. Jennie

    I’m disappointed about the shadows not being replaceable on this palette. :/

  19. Annie

    i’m glad they created the palette said. The annoying Naked palettes aren’t doing justice and mac always has good quality

  20. …I like the last two color… I have the other permanent colors already… The rest I would never use really… These palettes are disappointing. Not that I was in the market for one… Thankfully custom palettes exist.

  21. Deception looks terrible!

  22. well i love it and love mac and there quality as it is. this is on the top of my long list of things to buy asap

  23. Lilac

    Thanks for the swatches and all the work :)
    I’ll wait for the review, of course, but from the swatches I agree with some commenters who have the impression that some colors are too warm; for me those would definitely be Brun (don’t like the color at all) and Crushed Clove, as well as After Dusk and Sun Tweaked. Also some colors seem to swatch very crumbly.

    I like the pale colors, but I`m sure that I have pretty similar neutrals already. Also I have the Lady Grey as well as the Angel Flame-quad, where some of the above colors are in a nicer and brigher version. Sweet Allure could probably be replaced by A Natural Flirt Extra Dimension, which I have, too. So I`m going to use what I have already; very economical :D

    Pearled Earth reminds me of colors I saw in Mega Metals or Pro Longwear-shadows, but I`m not sure right now. I think though, that long time MAC users might have many of the palette colors already. (of course the palette is probably more for people new to the brand, but nevertheless, if the colours would have been different, I might have considered it.).

    I am still more tempted by the Naked 3-palette, as the colours are all more rose tinted. It is currently sold out from where I’d like to order it (can’t order from US, won’t ship to Germany), but maybe in a couple of weeks it’ll be back in stock. Also I like Blackberry, but I could get that as refill.

  24. I really liked the warm palette swatches but this one just looks meh. Plus a few of those shades look pretty warm lol
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  25. Jennifer

    Definitely not all the colors are warm. And for $100 the quality just isn’t there.

  26. I’m cool and love neutrals, but I’m afraid I have to pass on this because it’s priced out of my range. Funny, I think I liked the warm palette even better. There was a copper and a gold that looked so gorgeous on your skin. Eager to read for full reviews. :)
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  27. Ellen

    Hi, I don’t see it available on their website. Is it possible it is not for sale yet?

  28. MsSavvy9

    MAC French Clay, Crushed Clove, Blackberry, After Dusk, Sun Tweaked and of course Brun all appeal to me. Some of the others might be nice compliments. I have never run out of a MAC shadow and I haven’t bought any in a few years. I’ve been buying more UD and Chanel. If it wears nicely I will pick it up. =)

  29. ninjaGlamour

    Looks pretty hit and miss to me on the swatches, but I do like some of the colors. Do you know if they will they be available as refill pans?

  30. I tell myself that I don’t need this. I tell myself that it isn’t worth the $100, but I’ll probably end up buying this, to be completely honest. Being the makeup junkie I am, I HAVE to have it. But, to be honest, MAC has lost its sparkle. Personally, I feel like, now, they’re trying to out-do other brands, and it’s not working. I mean, I know eventually, I’ll buy this and the warm one, because I have a problem, but I’d be lying if I said it was worth it 100%.

    PS: I miss the old pro palettes with the clear cover. I have the new ones. Ugh.

  31. Kalyn

    I can’t believe this palette doesn’t include Satin Taupe

  32. Shannon

    Just bought this pallet. I don’t think I would have spent $100 on it just because that is not in my budget but I did have a gift card someone had given me for Christmas.

    So far the colors I have tried work wonderfully for everyday looks and the Pearled Earth, Blackberry, and Brun work great to darken it up just the right amount. Not a fan of Sun Tweaked but other than that I have no truly horrible complaints.

    One thing I do have to say though is that I definitely see a bigger difference when I use eyeshadow primer as opposed to when I don’t then I do with other eyeshadow palettes.