MAC Best Makeup, Girls Girls, Bounce Around, Put Me To Shame Soft Serve Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream eyeshadow formula that’s described as “buildable colour that’s long-wearing [and] non-creasing.” They are similar to formulas like ColourPop Super Shock, Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, and MAC’s own Electric Cool–it actually made me wonder why they didn’t continue to extend that range, but worth noting: these contain far more product than Electric Cool (those were only 0.07 oz.). I would say these are most like Chanel’s, as the majority are rather sparkly and offer less coverage than ColourPop or Electric Cool (on average). The texture is sponge-like, where you can press on the surface without leaving strong indentations with your brush, but if you pressed your fingertip in it, you would see a depression and even subtle fingerprints left behind. It’s not particularly emollient; it is one of the drier types of this kind of product that I’ve encountered. Most of them aren’t dry to the point where it would impede application. They are, as described, buildable, and I think the formula is best suited for someone who likes semi-sheer washes of lighter color with a fair amount of sparkle. I get all-day wear (10+ hours) with every shade–no creasing, fading, and very little fall out. I used MAC’s 242 brush to apply these, which applied most shades well enough, but some shades would thicken and bunch up, appearing uneven, if I attempted to build up the coverage. I think the finish and end result is similar to the Foiled Eyeshadows, which were a powder formula, but those were easier to work with overall (not as long-wearing, though). The collection launches online on May 26th, in-stores June 2nd.

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light golden highlighter.” It’s a light gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to about semi-opaque) that applied fairly evenly with a brush and lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. MAC Moon Rock (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Dazzle the Night Away (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Chem Trail (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Fresh Stem (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Red Carpet Arrival (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Light Up (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Plead Gilty (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #2 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). City Color New Year, New Me (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Babs (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Chem Trail (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel purple.” It’s a soft, light-medium lavender with warmer undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff, and this was a shade that tended to thicken/bunch up and appear uneven if I attempted to build it up beyond two layers of product. The eyeshadow was blendable but didn’t crease while drying down. It wore well for ten hours with minimal fall out. MAC Amethyst (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Electric Air (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Silvermist (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Ciate Paradise (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Magnify #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Amethyst #8 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Rave (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Past Midnight #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Inglot J401 Silver Dollar (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Steele (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Prowlin' (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Fairytale (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Blue Reflection (32) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Pallor (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Shots (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Lavender/Gold and Silver (3) (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light, cool taupey silver.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe with cooler, gray and silver chunky sparkle and a warmer, browner base color. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage when built up. The texture was lightweight, fairly blendable, but the sparkle tends to pull away from the base color the more you blend it out. The color wore well for ten hours with light fall out appearing after six hours (not too noticeable, though). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Moon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Sequin Sparkle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Lancome Tenacity (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sparkling (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Viseart Velvet (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty taupe.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a more metallic sheen with faint micro-sparkle. The sparkle in it was definitely finer and less prevalent compared to the other three shades featured in this review. The texture was a little more emollient, and the color payoff was semi-sheer to mostly opaque. It applied well, built-up without creating texture issues, and lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. NARS Thistle (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Stud (DC, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Treasure Hunt (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Inglot J307 Lilac Grey (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Girls, Girls! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Bounce Around Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Put Me to Shame Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow (with Make Up For Ever M92 and I90 Eyeliners)

MAC Best Makeup Soft Serve Shadow
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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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Hmmm, I was going to totally skip these, but now you have me thinking! I love to use the Chanel Illusion Ombres as sheer, sparkly toppers, but at $36 each, they add up. MAC Best looks like it would make a nice sparkling gold topper for a lot less. Glad to hear they last a long time and there’s no fallout, which I was worried about. I think I need to check these out, esp. Best

I hear ya! It’s like sheer gloss or lipstick, I think – it’s either your thing or not, and even if it is, you might not need more than a few in your arsenal.

How pretty! I thought these would be too similar to the ColourPop shadows but they seem to be more of an eyeshadow topper to me. I think Girls Girls would look beautiful patted over pink and purple shadows

They’re more like ColourPop’s super glittery shades but not quite as chunky – kind of that sheerer finish, better as a wash or patted on something else!

I’m going to get most if not all of these.I really like these types of shadows I have all of the Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono’s they are some of my favorites so I think I will use them to add sparkle and depth to some of my eye looks!Are they more saturated when applied wet like the MAC foiled shadows Christine?

No, I don’t think I’d use these damp – don’t know that I’d want to introduce the moisture to the product as a whole, but usually cream products damp get sheerer, lol! I did not try these damp, though, myself.

They seem sheerer than most of the Fusion Monos but similar in the type of formula – so think of these as a sheerer, sparkly version 🙂

They are quite pretty but I think on my oily, quite hooded lids, they’d get lost lol. I prefer something with a bit more pigment and colour.

Even though I can only see myself possibly getting one of these, I actually love that soft, washed effect these give! Very easy to wear during our brutal SW summers. Fresh looking, too. The one I’m most interested in has yet to be reviewed, but I think I’m already in love with it: Plead Gilty!

Not sure about these. I love a sparkly eyeshadow, but I also like more opaques ones. I might try one, either of the ones that got an A. I like this kind of product, I have a Chanel one and one fromanother brand, can’t recall which at the moment.

Oooh these look really interesting. I can’t wait until they come out in New Zealand, although it’ll probably be a month or two away.

I’m not a fan of Chanel or Dior’s versions, so I guess it’s only logical that I’m unimpressed by these Soft Serve shadows. Easy pass!

Ah these are sparklier than I expected, I’ll probably either skip or just get one. I wanted shimmery but not sparkly.

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