MAC Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes four shades: All Races (cool light taupe mauve), Tendersmoke (muted silver lilac), Lady Grey (light frosted green-grey), and Hazy Day (mid-tone grey).
All Races is a cool-toned mauve-pink. It has a matte finish and is a repromote. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one. The color payoff was good, and despite the lightness of the shade, it wasn’t chalky or powdery.
Tendersmoke is a gray-tinged purple with subtle red undertones and a frosty sheen. It has a frost finish and is a repromote. It is similar but less intense compared to MAC Azuki Bean and theBalm Curvy Cami. The color payoff is decent but not fully opaque.
Lady Grey is a soft, muted gray-green with a satiny sheen. It has a satin finish. It is a lighter version of NARS Delphes. Like Tendersmoke, the color payoff is decent but slightly sheer.
Hazy Day is an olive-tinted brown with a smooth sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is similar to theBalm All About Alex but Hazy Day is grayer. This shade had the best pigmentation of the four shades, and the texture was really smooth.
It’s one of the better eyeshadow quads I’ve seen MAC put out in some time. For many collections now, the eyeshadow quads have suffered from both pigmentation and texture-based issues. Lady Grey is a subtler, more muted color combination and the resulting payoff seems to align with that. You might find you need to layer both Tendersmoke and Lady Grey to achieve the color you see in the pan. Similarly, both of those shades had slightly drier, less buttery textures, while Hazy Day was a breeze to work with.
MAC Me Over is a 51-piece collection for fall, which will launch in North America on August 25th, 2011 and internationally in September 2011. It will launch online approximately August 23rd but there is no concrete online launch date. All products–unless otherwise noted–are limited edition.
The quality is decent, and I think if you're going for a softer look, you'll find this quad to your liking. If you want true-to-pan color, you might have to work at it to achieve those results.
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Dark Neutrals: All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Look
I gotta tell you, the eyeshadows from All Ages, All Races, All Sexes are really not so flattering on me. I’m thinking it’s probably the cool edge that they all have; it’s just a little much on me when used together. I think Cross-Cultural and Showstopper can be used, but perhaps not together. I think, on me, I need something earthy and metallic-y to warm them up and make them more flattering to my skin tone. (This is what prompted me to throw in Honey as the eyeliner… probably should have done Bourbon instead!)
So Sweet, So Easy really isn’t too cool for those with warm skin tones, but it can look cooler or warmer depending on what you pair it with. If you want to try this look, I’d recommend opting for a cooler-toned liner (maybe a neutral brown) and Resort Life lipgelee instead — I think the pink in Preppy doesn’t quite suit the coolness of the eyes.
Even though it didn’t come out to my liking, at least it can show you some of the new products in action! As always, experimentation is key to finding out what you like and don’t like — and makeup always washes off!
Substitutes: All Races = no dupe; Cross-Cultural = Espresso; Showstopper = Brun; So Sweet, So Easy = Ladyblush; Preppy = Pinkarat
For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the lid with the 249. With water-based mixing medium, apply Universal Mix pigment onto the eyelid with the 239. Using the 239, apply All Races eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply Banshee eyeshadow on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with Cross-Cultural eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Next, define the crease by applying Showstopper eyeshadow with the 226. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Bisque eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Honey Liner on the lower lash line, and then sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply So Sweet, So Easy cremeblend blush to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 188.
For lips, apply Preppy lip gelee for shimmer and color on lips.
MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches
None of the eyeshadows really spoke to me, which may be more a reflection of them being a little too neutral, too safe and me having more than enough neutral favorites through their permanent line. I suppose my feelings are much like they were with Warm & Cozy from last week — I’d loved to have seen new and different neutrals. I also wish Showstopper would go into retirement for at least a few years! Of the four, my favorite was All Races, and I do think that one is the most worth picking up, because it’s not a shade I’ve seen by MAC at all (no immediate dupes came to mind).
Eyeshadows ($14.50 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
All Races is a cool-toned lilac with a little gray edge. It has a matte finish, and it is a creamy, silky matte–no chalky texture here. I can’t remember seeing a shade like this by MAC. Maybe once or twice, but nothing I can remember at the moment!
Banshee is a dirty pink with a little brown to it — it has a silver glitter that makes it a little chunky. It has a lustre finish, which definitely accounts for the glittery feel. I imagine you may have some issues with fall out with this shade.
Cross-Cultural is a medium-dark chocolate brown with a matte finish. This is definitely a shade you could use to contour your eye space with; it has a nearly neutral finish, not being too cool nor warm. I’d say this is similar to maybe Era/Texture or a lighter version of Espresso.
Showstopper is an ultra dark charcoal brown with a cool feel to it. This is a shade that’s not permanent yet it comes out often enough that it never feels like you need to stock up. This also has a matte finish to it. This is similar to Mystery/Brun.