MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC All Races Eyeshadow

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.

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MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Banshee Eyeshadow

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Cross-Cultural Eyeshadow

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Showstopper Eyeshadow

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
Eyeshadow Swatches: All Races, Banshee

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
Eyeshadow Swatches: Cross-Cultural, Showstopper

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I bought All’s Good blush…it’s a great brownish plum on me (NC42) and I love the subtle shimmer – I’m on the fence about 5N – I’ll have to play around with it. I also love my Taupe eyebrow pencil. I’ll go back for the Rich Life Pigment.

the end of my brows are sparse and when i would use my espresso powder it just looked smudged and dirty. I didn’t find the pencil too hard – I just used light stokes in the sparse areas. I still used espresso on fullest part of my brows. Taupe is a perfect match for me. I think I’m most excited about the pencil, oddly just because I do my brows daily.

Hey Alexis,

I tried it on my brows — and I agree, they’re not hard. On my arm, though, it was like OW OW OW! to get the swatch going, lol. I was a lil’ worried, but thankfully they feel fine on the brow.

D’oh! I thought that the Banshee shadow would be more of a wine-taupe-brown 🙁 It’s very light, too light to do my smoky eyes with. I do smoky eyes day or night BTW, hey why not?

I found Hypnotizing from Love Lace to be sort of similar to Banshee… But better. They are both frosty neutrals.

I haven’t bought Banshee yet – I like the shimmer but the more I swatched it to build up the color, I found that I didn’t care for the color at all. Personally, I don’t mind the fall-out from Lustre eyeshadows. I often use the glittery ones as highlights for the inner and outer corners of the eye and I find that they look really pretty that way. But I have to like the color, otherwise I might as well just use glitter.

Did anyone else think that Hypnotizing was very close to Style Snob? I swatched them together; the difference is negligible. If you you have Style Snob, you can skip Hypnotizing, in my humble opinion.

Banshee would be prettier as a frost or VP – shame, as I’d have swooped on it in one of those finishes. Cross Cultural looks ragingly generic. All Races is neat, but too cool toned for me, I think. It looks like this is the first time Showstopper has come out as a single? It’s nice, but I don’t think I need it since Brun is a staple for me…I guess it’s cooler than Brun, but eh. None of these speak to me, but I didn’t expect them to.

these are pretty…i think i have something similar to ‘all races’ from a nars duo…
christine, how does all cross cultural compare to saddle? (i take it saddle’s a little more reddish) i’ve hit the pan on saddle, and i’m dreading when it finishes because it’s been discontinued…

I just bought every eyeshadow except All Races. I also got Empowered lipstick, and Liqueur and Spirit and Soul lipglasses. All Races was way too chalky on me (it’s lovely on you, though). I may be going back for All’s Good blush.

Before Warm and Cozy I owned literally Zero neutrals. I really like this collection and Warm and Cozy… I’m new enough to MAC to have next to nothing from the permanent collection.

Nothing makes me feel all warm and tingly like a huge haul of makeup. x]

i’m actually so happy i dont love a MAC collection for once! i’m deffs only getting All Races and Banshee and i’m totally skipping Lillyland YAY MY WALLET is happy;)

Banshee is pretty, but I think I will need to test it for myself to see how shimmery it is….All Races and Showstopper are DEFINATELY coming home with me…..

All Races is pretty. It does however really remind me of something (not necessarily by MAC) but it is bugging the life of me that I cannot remember what it is! Lol

Era/Cork maybe for Cross Cultural – maybe even Espresso, it seems like a lighter version of Espresso though. Showstopper is similar to Brun or Mystery.

I too thought Cross-Cultural looked like Cork or cork mixed with saddle or something…
I looked on ur Mac Brown swatches from the permanent line and just based on swatches (I haven’t seen them in person) Cross-Cultural looks like Charcoal brown without the darker brown/black bit running through it… And Showstopper looks to my eyes like an almost dead on dupe for Smut, but without the shimmer running through it…

Anyhow I ordered all the shadows from this. I love matte’s and wanted more matte’s in my collection.

Love Showstopper, not sure about the others. Baneshee will be hard to pair, All races is a repeat of what I already have by Tarte. I am definitely getting at least a half of the collection, gotta go play with it tonight and see what might work for me.

From the pics and your description “All Races” reminds me of “Modest Tone” from the N collection. Is that the one you were thinking of? MT is one of my favorite eyeshadows ever.

I like All-Races & Cross-Cultural. Strange how Showstopper keeps turning up. I have it and barely use it. It’s well pigmented and so dark its kind of hard to control where it goes.

I like All Races. it would be great as an all over base on a purple/lilac smokey look. reminds me of one of the shades in NARS duo Violetta. I’d like to see how that color compares to it.

Banshee is very pretty. I have it from a previously released LE collection. Surprisingly I don’t own Showstopper and I feel that I should after seeing it swatched! It would smoke out a look in a soft way.

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