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MAC Bangin' Brilliant Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow

MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, chalky consistency that was hard to work with. It looked uneven and dry on the skin–with or without primer!–and I could not seem to get it to look decent at all. I even patted it over eyeliner, and it made it look terrible. What I was able to apply lasted six hours! Anastasia A1 (Norvina Mini Vol. 2) (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia D2 (Norvina Vol. 4) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Frazzled (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Huda Beauty Neon Green #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). KVD Beauty Exodus (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). ColourPop Sips Tea (PiP, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bitter (DC, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC My Kid Could Make That (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sphere (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Relapse (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Sense (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Sapphire #7 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Terra Moons Land on the Stars (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Rose #7 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lemon Rush (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Remixology (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Almost Famous (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Helios (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC New Crop Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vivid hunter green with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, emerald green with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had rich color payoff, but the texture was very dense, firm, and grainy, which made it hard to work with on the skin as I had to really dig at the eyeshadow and then press it into the skin. It applied like a very thick, almost dried-out cream and less like a powder. It wore for nine hours without creasing, though. KVD Beauty Iggy (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). ColourPop Juicy (LE, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). ColourPop The Bull (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Grasshopper (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Green Safari (P, $6.49) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cracked Emerald (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Big Banks (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Neoprene Green (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Sweet Tooth (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Borealis (PiP, $6.25) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Left on Thread (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Rivalry (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Kush (DC, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sugarpill Midori (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Saint Bernard (P, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Buxom Pre-nup (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Keytar (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Moody (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Teal Appeal Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “intense teal blue/green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark, blue-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was firmer in the pan than the average eyeshadow, but it didn’t translate into problematic application, as the eyeshadow blended out just fine on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Melt Cosmetics Deadbolt (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Equilibrium (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #83 (DC, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Ozma (DC, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay LCW (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Backseat (P, $4.50) is more muted (90% similar). ColourPop On One (LE, $4.50)(85% similar). Clinique Aqua Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.75) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Party Animal (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Hydra (P, $6.25) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Cold Heart (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Double Dip (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Sydney Grace Ride the Wave (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC How Royal Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pearly cerulean blue [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a bright, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation paired with a softer consistency that wasn’t too firm or too dense, but I did notice it had a tendency to fade when applied to bare skin. Over primer, it looked better and applied more evenly. On me, it wore well for eight hours (no primer). KVD Beauty Paranoid (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Rio (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S214 Ultramarine Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Glacier Gang (LE, )(90% similar). NARS Showgirl (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Afterparty (P, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blue Calm (DC, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Clash (DC, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant dark blue [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark blue with strong, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. The coverage was mostly opaque, though it had a very dense, firm texture, so it was best applied with a firmer, flatter brush and pressed onto the skin to maximize coverage. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. ColourPop Luckfully (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). KVD Beauty Nile (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (PiP, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Soaring (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey #5 (DC, $2.29) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dark Seas (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Opulence (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (DC, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #24 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vega (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Radium (DC, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Royally Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay TRM (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Blue Envy (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, cobalt blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that was a little thin but not too dusty to work with. It applied decently to bare skin, but at least it performed better over primer (not all shades from this launch have done so). On me, the color lasted for eight hours before creasing. MAC Royale (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia D4 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Winter Wear (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Penombre (Cobalt Blue) (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). About Face Lost Unfound (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Outremer (DC, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). By Beauty Bay Twilight (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). KVD Beauty Chad (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Untitled (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Royal (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop The Fates (LE, $4.50) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bleu Electrique (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). ColourPop Brunch Club (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #159 (DC, $20.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #336 (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Majorelle (PiP, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Sadist (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Romance (LE, $6.99) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow
MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow

MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow
MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow

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MAC New Crop Eyeshadow
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MAC Teal Appeal Eyeshadow
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MAC How Royal Eyeshadow
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MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow
MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow

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MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow

MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow
MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow

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MAC In the Shadows Eyeshadow

MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow
MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow

MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow
MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow

MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow
MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow

MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow
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MAC Zinc Blue Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows (with MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow, Sephora Caipirinha Dreamin’ Eyeliner)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows (with MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow, Sephora Caipirinha Dreamin’ Eyeliner)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows (with MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow, Sephora Caipirinha Dreamin’ Eyeliner, MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Primer)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadows (with MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow, Sephora Caipirinha Dreamin’ Eyeliner, MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Primer)

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Katherine T. Avatar

Yay!!! Zinc Blue is on my must buy list! A matte royal blue that performs well? Never thought MAC would be the one to do it, but well done MAC!! And permanent too, so blue shadow lovers rejoice 🙂 And In The Shadows makes me drool, definitely my kind of blue, but I have enough dupes. Also like Teal Appeal. Kind of shocked over Shock Factor, the swatch did look kind of dry, but wow. BTW, love the mermaid eye look you did !

Christine Avatar

Thank you, Katherine! I wish Shock Factor was better… I mean, it was just unworkable. I was originally going to wear it on the center of the lid, but it was just so horrific that I swapped it for Lucky Green just for a more cohesive/decent look and tested Shock Factor later.

kjh Avatar

Pretty decent, and you look great. They did a good job with the blues, though the Royal is not very true to pan on my tablet. The chartreuse is excusable, as it is so hard to nail. Always like seeing MUFE dupes, bec that formula is friendly to me, even in the shimmery shades, very refined, even if bright.

Christine Avatar

It’s not a dupe, sorry! New Crop is cooler in tone, and the texture is different for sure. It actually reminded me of the texture of Jealousy Wakes in the first sample, which I was appalled by and MAC offered to keep working on it to see if they could make it better, and if they didn’t, I could pull it.

Cat Avatar

Wow! Those colors look amazing on you, Christine! While I was scrolling through the swatches (before checking out the dupes) I immediately thought of the KVD Metal Crush shadows as well as the Mi Vida Loca palette. Seems both brands struggled with lime green but were able to pull off beautiful, emerald shades.

El Avatar

The shoddiness of Shock Factor really is a shock! I have a chartreuse MAC pigment and it’s gorgeous, so I expected better from a similar shade pressed shadow.

I want the two dark blues. They would fill an actual gap in my collection, too, lol.

Love the eye look. Sephora’s eyeliner shade names make me smile.

Racquel Avatar

I am beside myself with how bad that matte lime green…just why bother with putting it out. I was hoping it would get at least a B grade to use with my urban decay electric palette..sigh. Some of the blues are really pretty, I might consider picking up zinc

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