MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “sherbet orange [with a Satin finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, meidum orange with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff, but the texture was dusty and on the thinner side, so it had trouble adhering well to the skin. It only seemed to work decently over a thicker base like a MAC Paint Pot, but it did not work well with thinner primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s 24-Hour Prep + Prime. I could get a tinge of the color if I swept it above the crease, but it was never opaque. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Viseart Cantaloupe (Warm Mattes #6) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Sandstone (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Get Closer (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #123R Top (PiP, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Sundeck #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (DC, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Mandarin (27) (P, $4.49) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Tone (223CP) (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Warm Browns #2 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rouge-Gorge (116) (LE, $32.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Rio (91) (DC, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop I Owe You (P, $4.50) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Smelted (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever Igneous (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “coral orange [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, dustier consistency that was difficult to apply. I really tried with this one; I tried it over primer as well as over bare skin (which is what the rating is based on), but I also tried it with a damp brush, because it was working terribly even over primer! Oddly enough, with a damp brush, it applied decently on bare skin but “cracked” and separated over the primer (MAC’s 24-Hour Prep + Prime). It wore for six and a half hours (dry, no primer) on me. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Mrs. Baily (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Coy #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Orange (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Tigress (PiP, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Cameo (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Morphe Little Lady (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Coloured Raine Short Cake (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Siren #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Lumbre (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Venus (GPV2 #22) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Garden Date (PiP, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence I (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Morgana (131DC) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Louie (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fashion’s Field Day Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky-coral [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium pink with warm, golden shimmer that gives it more of a pearly finish. It is less shimmery and thinner, dustier in consistency than most Frost finish eyeshadows I’ve tried from MAC, which made it hard to work with on bare skin. It didn’t work spectacular over MAC’s own 24-Hour Prep + Prime base either, though it was less dismal. It just sheered out noticeably and tended to look a little dry and uneven. It lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing on me. MAC Pretty Dainty (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate Jelly Bean (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #10 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bubblegum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Be Our Guest (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rabblerouser (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Carefree (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Red-Hot (345) (P, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pinky (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #2 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (80% similar). Viseart Coy #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Sephora Cotton Candy (342) (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Rose (DC, $17.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “intense red [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very dense consistency that was firmer to the touch, but it wasn’t stiff to the point where it was hard to get pigmentation out of it or blend it out on the skin. The color lasted for nine hours on me, and I didn’t notice any staining after I removed it. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (PiP, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Easy Go (LE, $4.50) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Revel (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (PiP, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Flame-boyant (PiP, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Claret (274M) (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Nuance #6 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Wiggalese (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Γ‰clat Γ‰nigmatique #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Rose (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Swoon (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Asylum (P, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Afterparty (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Drift (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Sunrise (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Mars (GPV2 #16) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Watermelon (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “antiqued cranberry [with a Frost finish].” It’s a subdued, dark plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that had a harder press but wasn’t difficult to work with on the skin. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear on me. Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Mulberry (24) (DC, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Soiree (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Garnet (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Celestial Eyes (Smoke) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (PiP, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Iris Bronze #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Heritage Rouge (PiP, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (80% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Rococo (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark red brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, reddish burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too thin or too firm in the pan. It had good pigmentation, which applied well to bare skin. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. Anastasia All Star (DC, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Shade (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Boss Lady (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced I Can't Even (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dose of Colors Mixed Berries (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Everyone's Darling (PiP, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Huda Beauty Mauve #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherry Cola (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ms. Brightside (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Hell in Heels (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Divina (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Pasha (219CM) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Bossy (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Kabuki Doll (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte BFF (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Baie (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Drama (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow

MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow
MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow

MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow
MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow

MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow
MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow

MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow
MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow

MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow
MAC Suspiciously Sweet Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion's Field Day Eyeshadow
MAC Fashion’s Field Day Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion's Field Day Eyeshadow
MAC Fashion’s Field Day Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion's Field Day Eyeshadow
MAC Fashion’s Field Day Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion's Field Day Eyeshadow
MAC Fashion’s Field Day Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion's Field Day Eyeshadow
MAC Fashion’s Field Day Eyeshadow

MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow
MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow

MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow
MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow

MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow
MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow

MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow
MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow

MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow
MAC Ruddy Eyeshadow

MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow
MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow

MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow
MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow

MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow
MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow

MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow
MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow

MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow
MAC Oh My Mocha! Eyeshadow

MAC I'm Into It Eyeshadow
MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow

MAC I'm Into It Eyeshadow
MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow

MAC I'm Into It Eyeshadow
MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow

MAC I'm Into It Eyeshadow
MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow

MAC I'm Into It Eyeshadow
MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows with MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Primer

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows with MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Primer

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows (No Primer)

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows (No Primer)

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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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Oh no! I was eyeing Suspiciously Sweet and Fashion Field Day, love the gold shimmer and hoping they can double as shadows/blushes, but if they aren’t doing well over even primer, doesn’t sound good πŸ™ But I’m going to get I’m Into It! I have the dupe Colour Pop Central Perk, but my version is a dark purple brown with red undertones, it looks NOTHING like the swatch I see here, but I noticed that Colour Pop’s colors can sometimes vary by batch, so it will be nice to finally get the red brown I’m looking for

Awe the first 3 in text is sad…. But I do have UP AT DAWN dupe of #123R, and Suspiciously Sweet dupe of Urban Decay Freelove.

I wonder if I have something similar to Fashion’s Field Day because the shade is still calling to me.

Christine, is MAC I’m Into It Eyeshadow similar to Everyone’s darling that came out last fall? They look quite similar?

Those peachy shades are disappointing, especially considering so many other brands get them right. I really like Ruddy. Fingers crossed the brights get good grades.

Boo πŸ™ two out of the four I wanted have bad grades. Oh well, I’m definitely going to get Im into it, and I’ll think about oh my mocha, so long as it’s not too similar to antiqued. Thanks!

This is so disappointing! I was LOVING Fashion’s Field Day and Suspiciously Sweet. Dammit. (It turns out I have a dupe for Suspiciously Sweet anyway, though.)

It’s weird how good they look in the swatches, versus how difficult they were on the eye. I was totally convinced I was going to get Suspiciously Sweet, but … no. Which is fine. I am seriously considering Oh My Mocha! though.

Girl you need to organize your site. I have been around since you first started it and its still frustrating. This is the perfect example…..This is part 1 of 2 and yet part 2 isn’t linked ANYWHERE on the page…I literally have to go all the way back to Google and search for part two. Same thing when you do preview pages. Once you release the reviews you never link it on the preview page for that collection……its not hard to just link the pages together……

Hey Megan,

Everything is organized within: Brand, Product Type, Formula. If you want to look for a MAC Lipstick, you can find it all in one place – right under MAC Lipstick. I don’t organize by collection as it created a lot of tags on the site (we did that before, and it was overwhelming, because there was no way to arrange 10,000 tags in an order – and that was only a few years’ worth of posts). Although, you can search within the site (you don’t have to use Google but that is up to you!) “bangin’ brilliant,” and all relevant posts turn up πŸ™‚ In general, most users search for product by specific name, not by a collection, which is why it made more sense to organize by formula when we created the product database that enables better linkage across features of the site.

I’m also not sure what you mean by preview page – right on the sneak peek for this collection, you can click any shade, which will take you to the product’s page! πŸ™‚

Page: http://www.temptalia.com/sneak-peek-mac-bangin-brilliant-eyeshadows-blushes-photos-swatches/

Each product is linked. If you click the shade name, it takes you that shade’s permanent page, which provides full photos, swatches, a link for dupes, rating, user reviews, and a link to a full review, as applicable. Are you clicking them? They work on my end, so please let me know if they are not clickable on your end so we can troubleshoot any issues!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! πŸ™‚ If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!