MAC Fabulousness / Warm Eye Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows: Glamour Light (soft beige frost), Retrospeck (bleached blonde), Honesty (pewtered bronze), Cognac (frosty golden bronze), and Sketch (burgundy with red shimmer). Honesty, Retrospeck, and Sketch are all available as part of the permanent range.
Whew! There is not a lot of product in this palette! For reference, MAC eyeshadow quads ($38.00) typically contain 0.19 to 0.20 oz. (about 0.05 oz. per eyeshadow). Last year’s holiday eyeshadow palettes contained 0.21 oz. (and retailed for $38.00). The prior year’s holiday palettes contained 0.19 oz. (and retailed for $36.00). You used to get six shades, but with this year’s design, you’re getting five.
Retrospeck is light-medium gold subdued by brown. This has a lustre finish, so it has a fair amount of sparkle and doesn’t apply really smoothly. It’s part of the permanent range. Chanel Apparence is darker. Buxom Poodle is yellower.
Honesty is a coppery orange-brown with lighter copper shimmer and sheen. It is pretty sheer, and it was very, very dry. This has a lustre finish, but it is so much drier and less pigmented in this palette than it is in permanent form. Urban Decay Penny Lane is a bit lighter. MAC Star Myth is darker, redder.
Cognac is a molten golden bronze. This has a frost finish. This was the best performing shade out of all three palettes–it was soft, smooth, richly pigmented, and easy to blend out. Inglot #404 is a bit lighter. Urban Decay Rush is darker, less warm. MAC Romp is darker, browner. Urban Decay Honey is less brown, more golden. MAC Old Gold is similar but has that green-ish sheen.
Sketch is a dark burgundy with a smattering of barely-there-sparkle that you really can’t see once it’s applied. This has a velvet finish. It had good color payoff, and it blended out without trouble when I used it. theBalm Moderato is more subdued. theBalm Sexy is browner.
This palette was the best out of the there eyeshadow palettes (and while I have to crunch the numbers, my big picture view is saying this is the best out of all the palettes). Retrospeck and Honesty have fall out, being that they’re lustres, with Honesty being a bigger offender. (I feel like I’m making excuses; it’s like “well, it’s not horrible, so at least that’s good, right?”) Glamour Light works but could use a softer, denser texture to yield slightly more pigment–it would make it a more versatile shade. Cognac was really lovely and easy to work with; if the whole palette was like that, we’d have A-quality. Sketch is true-to-form and is nicely pigmented and dark. It’s soft enough to be blendable (could be a little easier, though) but is not powdery.
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I’m trying to get these up sooner rather than later so that I can be sure to include permanent MAC dupes when and where possible, as it’s the most requested brand when someone is looking for a dupe. MAC Eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) are so numerous, and the amount of browns and neutrals the brand has is insane.
Sketch is a dark burgundy brown with a velvet finish. Deep Damson is a dark burgundy brown with red undertones and a matte finish. It’s slightly richer in color with a stronger red undertone than Sketch, but ultimately, it’s a much better formula to work with. This is a PRO shade. Star Violet is a frosted, medium-dark burgundy brown with a veluxe pearl finish. Embark is a rich, intense brown with a red undertone. It has a matte finish. Shale is a dirty plum-gray with a satin finish (though it feels more like a frost or veluxe pearl than it does a satin–the sheen is too frosted). Brown Down is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle warm undertones and a veluxe finish. It has this grayish cast to it that makes it not quite your typical brown. Twinks is a medium-dark, golden brown with bronzed shimmer. It has a veluxe pearl finish. MAC describes it as a deep plum with pearl, but it’s very brown on me–at most, a hint of plum. Sable is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with a tinge of plum. It’s very similar in color to Twinks, but their finishes make them look different. Antiqued is a rich, coppery brown with a veluxe pearl finish. Swiss Chocolate is a warm, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. Brown Script is a warm, red-toned, medium brown with a Matte2 finish. Texture is a warmed-up, light-medium brown with a yellowness and a velvet finish. It is a bit like Inglot #357.
A lot of the shades featured in this post are really lovely to work with. Sketch is the only so-so shade; it can be temperamental and not always blend out with ease, which makes Deep Damson a much better choice if one has access to a PRO store/willingness to purchase via phone. Shale is a shade that often looks just a bit different, because skin tone often shifts it to gray, plum, mauve, or even brown. I’m a big fan of Twinks, Sable, Antiqued, and Brown Script–all rich and smooth formulas.
Substitutes: Lotusland = Parfait Amour + Digit; Rite of Spring = Pink Opal
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, apply Pink Opal pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Lotusland eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Sketch eyeshadow with the 219. Sweep Rite of Spring eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Ransom Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes.
This is a very simple look. I kind of wanted to have teal in the crease, but when I tried it on one eye, it looked HORRIBLE, thus it didn’t happen. I found Lotusland a bit hard to work with, which was disappointing. I’m going to have to try it a few more times before I have a final verdict, but boy, it just did not want to apply well for me!
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Dreammaker using the 239. Apply Shale to the middle of the lid, overlaying it with Dreammaker. Darken the outer lid using Lotusland and drag into crease using the 239. Deepen crease with Sketch eyeshadow lightly in the outer crease with the 239. Sweep Dreammaker underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Raven kohl power on lower lash line, and black mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Gentle using the 129. Apply Sparks Can Fly lipstick to lips, and then top with Lull lipglass for color and shine.