Look: MAC Photorealism Eyeshadow Quad Made Easy

Here’s an attempt at using MAC’s Photorealism eyeshadow quad πŸ™‚ The photos are a little wonky, because silly me forgot to change the white balance settings before taking these photos, SO I had to muck around with them (to get the right color) in Photoshop. I think they’re *fairly* accurate, but they just look so edited, so I do apologize! I do recommend substituting a different highlighter in this look, but my goal was to only use the quad’s eyeshadows. But definitely feel free to go with something more neutral and less shimmery for a better look πŸ™‚

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Silver Fog pigment (platinum silver), Image Maker eyeshadow (soft grey-green), Fresh Approach eyeshadow (pastel green), Grey Range eyeshadow (dark teal), Photorealism eyeshadow (soft gold), Make Up For Ever #20L Aqua Eyes (dark teal), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: The Perfect Cheek (pale pink), Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronzy highlighter)
  • Lips: Front Lit lipstick (sheer white-gold), New Spirit lipglass (peachy-orange), Lychee Luxe lipglass (coral)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Photorealism = Nylon; Image Maker = Electra; Fresh Approach = Juxt; Grey Range = Deep Truth+Shimmermoss; The Perfect Cheek = Dame; Front Lit = Tanarama; New Spirit = Love Nectar

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 Silver Fog pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Fresh Approach eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Image Maker eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Grey Range eyeshadow using the 226. Sweep Photorealism eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Make Up For Ever #20L Aqua Eyes on lower lash line9. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with The Perfect Cheek blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Front Lit lipstick to lips, and then top with New Spirit and Lychee Luxe lipglasses for color and shine.

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Kirsten Avatar

I was so excited to come on here this morning and see a look! It’s been a while(Although I HAVE enjoyed all the new features on Temptalia) Gorgeous, and really makes the brown in your eyes stand out.

Ribbons Avatar

Oh I really like this, it’s bold and classy at the same time. Also, I’m liking the gold sparkly bits in your eyebrows, either the eyeshadow is on them or the sun got to them, but I still like it!!! πŸ™‚ x

Emm Avatar

I like this look because it seems like an everyday look with a touch of color. Plus it goes well with your eye color.

I agree with Ribbons(above) I like the gold sparkly bits in your eyebrows.

Nicole Avatar

thank you for the look I love this quad, now your making me want it even more and You look so pretty in green, but anything u wear looks nice .. pretty lady πŸ™‚

Diabla Avatar

Nice shirt color! And this make up fits you particularly well.

I love that dark teal. When it comes to green I generally only wear khaki and olive and avoid the teal side (for some reason, I don’t think it would flatter my grey green eyes) but I should definitely give this type of color a try. Beside, I thought it was an uninteresting quad but you proved me I was wrong.

Also… does “The Perfect Cheek” really look like “Dame”?

DevilishDoll Avatar

Very pretty look, I’m so glad you finally did one. Been waiting impatiently. I especially love the lips. Now I’m really hoping that you do a look with the beautiful single eyeshadows of this collection. That is what I’ve been wanting the most, lol.

margot Avatar

I like the look (except for the brow highlight) and find the lip combo super pretty.

I’ve always wanted to tell you that your eyes are incredible. Really beautiful !!!

amy Avatar

I love the Photo Realism quad and I picked up last week at a MAC event, where the MA did a look on me with the it. I was playing around with it doing my own thing and I find that the Soft Ochre Paint Pot blanched out the colours too much on me. It could just be my skin tone or the soft ochre’s colour oxidized. I would probably try playing around it it some more with a different base.

lesleykat Avatar

yay girl! you finally busted that quad out! it’s for sure my fav of the MUAC collection quads. looking good! i think that’s too many exclamation points. oh well. πŸ™‚

Macaddict Avatar

My fave quad (& the only one I bought) from the collection! Funny cuz I also was wearing it today but with Moss Scape paint pot underneath.
Although green does not look as nice on me as it does on you!

Bettina Avatar

you did a great job editing those photos Christine, I do photography as a hobby and I wouldn’t have know you edited those at all if you hadn’t said mentioned it. πŸ™‚

Rachael Avatar

I missed seeing looks from you Christine! This is very prettiful! I did a similar look with this quad. This quad is absolutely stunning and I havn’t been so impressed with a MAC product in a long time.

letthembleed Avatar

I am so tired of seeing the same look on your eyes. You use different colors but in the pics they all look the SAME. No originality and no deviation…you are stuck in a rut girl and it takes all the fun out of the makeup when you don’t do anything new and exciting.

letthembleed Avatar

It isnt that I didnt like the look, that is not what I said, nor what I was getting at…the look is the SAME! I even went back through your library of looks and guess what…they are the same. I WANT you to try new stuff, I WANT to see fun, artistic, off the wall, unexpected creativity! You have the means, obviously if you are keeping up a website devoted to all things makeup, so find the creativity I know you have and USE it to your full advantage. Just think of how many more readers you could get if you stepped out of the box you have put your eyes into.

Sylvia Avatar

Thanks a lot for posting this. I was so stoked on the quad and then I took it home and have some trouble getting the full effect of the colours. Now I’m going to pull it out and can’t wait to use it!

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