MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. Amberluxe is a warm-toned, orange-y palette that goes from warm white to dark brown. The formula is quite blendable, but some shades are so soft that they are almost crumbly and prone to powderiness. I highly recommend applying the palette prior to any base makeup, as there is a ton of fall out (both in the form of powder and glitter/sparkle) during application, even when lightly patting color on. There is fall out during wear as well with the more sparkly/glittery shades. I find these look prettier on and in person than they appear in photos, but you have to like a fairly glittery look. I have the best luck applying these when using a dampened brush, as the dry application tends to go on unevenly as the powder doesn’t adhere quite as well.

Amberluxe #1 is described as a “white.” It’s a white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and when applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is very similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is less golden. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #2 is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and it was mostly opaque after applying it with a dampened brush. The texture was a bit powdery, though. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more metallic. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is warmer. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a brightened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It was actually quite pigmented applied dry–it was opaque regardless of application method, which is great for those who prefer to skip that step, but it isn’t true to the formula’s promise (so you’ll see the rating reflect that). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is browner. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, richer. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #4 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a sparkling, medium orange with warm undertones and a glittery finish. The texture of this shade was somewhat crumbly, so it was very prone to fall out during application and doesn’t bind together as well as the other shades. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was a lot of fall out during wear. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #5 is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones with a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque, but the texture was stiffer and difficult to blend. On me, the color stayed true for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Rising Passions (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Amberluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette (Marc Jacobs Beauty Mari(gold) Highliner)

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette (Marc Jacobs Beauty Mari(gold) Highliner)

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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This makes me not at all sorry that I’m no longer a MAC buyer – the shades are way too yellow/gold for me, and the texture sounds fairly dreadful. On someone younger than I, with different coloring, it could probably work, though.

This would be lovely on a warm toned skin. Your eye look was great Christine. But I am afraid I would give this a miss as I already have these colours.

What is up with MAC and their shimmery shades lately? I feel like this is all they release. The new Novel Romance is the same way. Frustrating because unless you are younger than 30 and or have really great skin, a person can’t wear shimmery shadows.

This is like a grown up more pigmented version of the covergirl trio I kept buying over and over again in high school. I’m not a big fan of this style of packaging for mac eyeshadows though. I’m probably just being picky though.

Such a pity this palette isn’t a really good one with straight A’s. I really like the look of it. I can handle fall out during application, having to apply wet and shades a bit hard to blend, but fall out during wear is a no no for me.
I like all the shades, and I like the worst ones the best.
Generally I’m more into cool shades, but sometimes it’s fun going warm.

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