MAC Colourdrenched Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Colourdrenched Pigment ($22.00 for 0.065 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow formula. I don’t know if it makes any specific claims, but I’ve used it both wet and dry and find that four of the five shades below really don’t need damp application. They have a very dense, almost cream-like consistency (think products like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in the shimmery finishes, Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow, etc.) that go on smoothly. These deeper shades seemed to be a little harder to blend, particularly with the shades here, but they seemed easier to work with when paired with regular MAC eyeshadows. The wear time varied between six and eight hours before I noted creasing.

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment ($22.00 for 0.065 oz.) is described as a “cobalt violet-blue.” It’s a, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff applied dry and was slightly richer and more opaque applied damp. The texture is dense and smooth, but it is so thick that it seems almost like a cream eyeshadow when you initially apply it. The color adhered well to the skin, but the blending was where it seemed harder to really diffuse and soften the color into the next. I noticed slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Simbad's Seas (LE, $9.99) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Blue Dahlia (181DC) (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Cross Faded (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Blue Bus (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX6 (LE, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bad Habit Andromeda (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Shady Bitch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Electric #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Amethyst (141M) (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Violet Void (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Villain (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Rest More (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Plague (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Poolside (PiP, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Interstellar (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Posh Purple (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Thunder and Rain #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #17 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment ($22.00 for 0.065 oz.) is described as a “royal blue.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented and very, very dense and cream-like, even though it seems like a powder eyeshadow. It goes on smoothly and evenly with good coverage, but the edges seem to be harder to blend out to a really soft, diffused edge as the product adheres so well. On me, it started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. Natasha Denona Tiger Lily (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dark Seas (P, $14.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sapphire Dream (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Blitz Blue (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (DC, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Nebula (DC, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay TRM (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics King Stud (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Midnight Bolt (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Icon Disco Eyes #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Abyss (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Nile (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Bad Habit Karma (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment ($22.00 for 0.065 oz.) is described as a “gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This one had a much drier consistency compared to the other four, and it was the only shade that had to be used damp to get it to apply decently, as it would adhere more smoothly and have greater payoff. It wore for six and a half hours with fall out. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (DC, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Gold Dipped (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Gilded (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Spun from Gold (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Canter (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Irresistible (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop The Gemini (P, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Golden Rhea (P, $19.00) is more muted, more pigmented (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Reignbow (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment ($22.00 for 0.065 oz.) is described as a “blackened blue.” It’s a deep black with lighter navy blue shimmer paired with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a very smooth, cream-like texture. It could have blended more readily, though it wasn’t overly hard to work with. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Space (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (2016) (LE, $31.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Pat McGrath Underworld (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sydney Grace Moonlit Kingdom (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Navy (09) (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Midnight (01) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tonight is the Night Colourdrenched Pigment ($22.00 for 0.065 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened teal.” It’s a deep, dark teal with cooler undertones and a subtle green tinge paired with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff, and it actually seemed better dry than damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and dense, and it applied well to the skin without losing its intensity, but the thicker consistency seemed to make blending and diffusing the edges harder. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty For Once (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Charred Emerald (LE, $45.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Azure Sun (Cream Color) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Scandal #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (DC, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #10 (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Impulse (LE, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Dose of Colors Nightsky (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (DC, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Moon is Blue Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Night Thrill Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC No Taboos Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Tonight's the Night Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Tonight’s the Night Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Tonight's the Night Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Tonight’s the Night Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Tonight's the Night Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Tonight’s the Night Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Tonight's the Night Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Tonight’s the Night Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Tonight's the Night Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Tonight’s the Night Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment

MAC Ascent of Glamour Colourdrenched Pigment
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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 really like the look of these! The blue and the black in particular! The purple is nice too but I have way too many purple eyeshadows. Love the eye look you created, Christine!

These look really nice, with the exception of Night Thrill. But, the blending issues certainly brings some concern into mind. If I needed to try one out, based on what the review and the colors above I’m going for Tonight’s the Night.

That is a bummer because they are gorgeous. But you think they will work blended with regular shadows? If not, with all the goodies out there, I gotta leave ’em. But, wow are they pretty!

Wow, they’re real stunners! Ascent of Glamour is my kind of blurple, and I’m completely mesmerized by the depth of Tonight’s the Night. Well done MAC! Fingers crossed that the gift set are good too this year 😀

OMG, look at the pigmentation on these! Crazy! I’m eyeing the purple, blue, and teal. Well, shadows that “adhere well” are music to my ears, because I have oily lids. ds. Because I usually have to load up on eye primer/cream bases anyway, I run into blending issues all the time, so I try to use a light hand, and blend with a softer color around the edges. But if it doesn’t blend, hey just go with the bold eye look!

Hmm there really expensive for a regular size pan shadows. I was interested in Tonight is the Night but for $26.50CAN…. not so much. At least with MUFE and Kat Von D you get a large pan for the price range. 😉

How weird that the gold is the shade that didn’t turn out so good. The rest look incredible. Moon Is Blue and Tonight’s the Night are absolutely stunning.

It was the first I swatched, and I was like, “Oh, maybe these are wet/dry…” but then the others were like WHOA!

The swatches look very pigmented. I’ve gotten spoiled with eyeshadow palettes and rarely buy singles anymore unless they are really special.

Ooh, hard question, ha! All the cool ones, maybe Ascent of Glamour, since I don’t have a purple glittery one, or maybe the blue or teal one, they are so strong! I’ll have to see in person, but even then I suspect I still won’t find it easy!

OMG….jaw hanging open. Ascent Of Glamour, Tonight’s The Night and Moon Is Blue have just reeled me in and I have to buy at least two of these beauties! And I love No Taboos as well!
And Christine, that eye look you did using these is bangin’! I really love the darker shade in the inner corner, have been doing that lately myself because it gives my eyes more dimension.

Moon is Blue is stunning! I don’t usually grab shadow singles but I may have to add this one to my list. The color and shimmer are insane

All of these except the Gold one look amazing swatched.I haven’t been buying a lot of MAC lately.The last things I purchased was the Dazzleshadows and 2 of the Electric Cool shadows.I will be buying these!

I love the look of Moon is Blue in the pan, but it seems to lose something in application. Not that it looks bad, it’s just not quite the same.

Nice to see some LE formulation from MAC that performs well, I know new formulas from them are hit or miss sometimes.

Just in time! I was kind of bummed because I don’t have any dupe for Blue Quartz in the new Lorac palette, but this blue is so much better! I’ll probably grab the teal shade as well.

I like most of these, all, infact, except Night Thrill, I like it, I mean, a gold is always a gold, and I like gold 🙂
Not sure I’ll get any of them with so much coming from what seems to be every brand, but I sure would like at least one, or two. I love the intesity and the rich colours.

I love everything but the gold one. No Taboos is the front-runner, though – I recently got a blue-black eyeliner (Lise Watier) and they would look awesome together!

I have the Moon is Blue love the color but is is hard to blend. I tried to blend with Mac Interupted and it’s turned the transition to a green color. ?

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