MAC Colourizations: Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes (Part 1)


MAC Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos

MAC Colourizations: Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes (Part 1)

MAC Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos ($25.00 for 0.09/0.10 oz.) are pre-filled with nameless eyeshadows. Some of the duos contain 0.09 oz. while others contain 0.10 oz. From the ones I have, Double Feature #5 and #8 contain 0.10 oz., while the others contain 0.09 oz. The four featured in this post are:
Double Feature 1 (bright yellow gold / pinked-up chrome purple), Double Feature 2 (bright lime / frosty deep grey), Double Feature 3 (mid-tone teal / deep chocolate), and Double Feature 4 (deep forest green / mid-tone ochre brown). Once I can purchase #3, I will update this post with a review and photos/swatches for it.

Edited @ 7/11:  Added photos, swatches, and review for Double Feature 3!

  • Double Feature 1 is a brightened banana yellow with a veluxe pearl finish / red-toned grape purple with a frost finish. The yellow shade is right on the border of yellow and gold, and the frosty finish makes it look more gold than yellow. It had good color payoff, and it seems a touch darker than MAC Going Bananas. The purple shade has good color payoff, but it could be a little more pigmented. It is slightly darker (and has a different finish) compared to MAC Vibrant Grape.
  • Double Feature 2 is a neon, chartreuse-lime with a veluxe pearl finish / dark gray with a silvery shimmer and satin finish. The lemon-lime shade had good color payoff, and the finish felt very smooth. It is lighter and brighter than MAC Lucky Green–it’s more like MAC Bitter with better color payoff and a shimmery finish. Inglot #343 is comparable in color but matte. The gray shade is on the sheer side and doesn’t apply very smoothly overall. It seems like a shimmery MAC Print.
  • Double Feature 3 is a brightened teal with a matte finish / muted, gray-tinted brown with a satin finish.  The color payoff of the teal shade is lovely, while the brown shade was harder to work with and felt very dry.  Just the poor quality of the brown shade makes this duo rather expensive for one good color.  The teal shade is very much like Inglot #372; it’s like a matte version of Surf USA.  The brown shade is very similar to Urban Decay Shakedown.
  • Double Feature 4 is a medium-dark teal with a veluxe pearl finish / muted, orange-toned brown with a matte finish. Both shades had nice color payoff and smooth textures. The teal shade was one of the better textured shades out of the six duos I tried. The teal is seems comparable to MAC Teal Pigment (but likely less frosted in the finish). I can’t think of a real dupe/comparable shade for the brown shade. I thought maybe Ochre Style (limited edition from many years ago), but it seems lighter from what I can tell.

The color payoff was decent to good overall, but notably, the purple shade of Double Feature #1 was a little sheer while the gray shade of Double Feature #2 was sheer and uneven in color payoff. The best duo (in terms of quality) was Double Feature #4, because both shades had good color payoff and smooth textures. I can see each duo being worn on their own, though I think they may be better used in conjunction with other shades you may own at home. They tend to be rather strong, bold combinations if you stick with just the duo compact.

I find it odd that there is no information about the finishes within the palette (thank goodness the press release listed them!), and even odder that none of these shades are named. MAC regularly gives names to the shades they include in various eyeshadow quads and palettes, so why skip the duos?

I’m happy to say these are infinitely better than the last time MAC attempted eyeshadow duos–Suite Array. If you remember Suite Array, you’ll know what I mean! To this day, those are easily some of the absolute worst products MAC (or any high-end brand) has ever put out. They were the kind of product that made you wonder where QA was that day.  These are actually better quality than many of the recent eyeshadow quad releases have been (which have felt rather inferior to many of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows).

Generally, MAC eyeshadows are 0.05 oz. except for veluxe pearls, which come in at 0.04 oz., and I think this is why some of the duos are 0.10 oz. and others are 0.09 oz. as all of the duos that are 0.09 oz. have a veluxe pearl eyeshadow in it.)  I tried to remove some of the eyeshadows from the duo, but I wasn’t able to, so I believe they are glued in.  MAC eyeshadows are normally $14.50 (in the pot) or $11.00 (pan), while an empty quad is $6.00 (they do not sell empty duos at this time).  The pricing on these is as expected ($22 for eyeshadows + $3 for compact), except that since you can’t choose your own shades, they could have made these more of a value deal (like pre-filled quads are $36 vs. $49 to fill it yourself).

MAC Colourizations: Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes (Part 1)

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MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 1 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 2 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 3 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo


MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo

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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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beautiful shades, but they seem strangely matched. which i’m sure was the point – i’m not a fan of clashing colours though.

It’s always tricky to judge exactly, but I have Ochre Style and it does look similar to the brown colour in Double Feature 4. With all the things I’m excited about in other upcoming collections, I think I may give these a pass.

These are super cute but honestly? I just want them for the palette. I’d loooove to have a cute little 2-pan palette to throw my eyebrow shadows in when I travel. I hope they come out with these one day.

I’m really drawn to Double Feature 1. Both shades are so pretty and for some reason, I really like the yellow paired with the purple.

hey guys, you actually can remove them it’s just a pain in the butt. you need to get an eye dropper or syringe and drop rubbing alcohol around the edge of each pan. needs to be at least 70% rubbing alcohol. then take a thin blade and carefully wedge it into the crack between the pan and the plastic. GENTLY wiggle it around (the tip of the blade could snap, mine did) until the shadows pop out. let the eye shadows dry and clean up excess glue with rubbing alcohol. you’ll have to glue thin magnets inside the palette as well as to the bottom of the pans. trick is finding ones thin enough that are still strong.
hope this helps!

I will be getting 1,2,3,& 6..i cant wait to get these…i love that with this collection the color combinations are unique.

Gah, the chartreuse in #2! …I have so many gunmetal silvers, though, so I don’t think I’d ever let myself buy it. Also, I honestly don’t know if I could pull off that color, but I would try.

The purple in #1 seems reminiscent of UD Last Call.

Totally want 1, 2, and 4… but only gonna buy one because of the price. Are the shadows in the packs the same size as full shadows? I know you put the oz but is the oz in the duo for both shadows or for each singular shadow?

I think all the 3 you have swatched above are very pretty. But I love the Double Feature 1 because yellow and purple is one of the many favorite combo of mine.

The green on Double Feature 4 is lovely- I wonder how it compares to Jealousy wakes?

Can’t wait to play with them in store!

So, first of all, I WANT THEM ALLLL!! Second of all, that forest green looks a lot like a darker version of Jealousy Wakes! How does it compare?

I wasn’t that enthusiastic about this collection until I saw your swatches! Def want # 4 & 5! Oh MAC is really bad for my wallet!

Yeah, i’m gonna skip this one. Some colors looks great, but I can’t find a duo that contains 2 colors I really want, so buying a duo just for the one eyeshadow seems like a waste. Oh well, more money to spend on the other fall collections.

Yeah. Before I knew much about mac I bought a couple of the Suite Array duos from a CCO. Big let down. I think number four looks lovely, possibly will buy it 🙂 Thanks Christine x

Really like the banana yellow in DF#1, but I don’t do duos or quads as I can’t afford to pay the higher price when there’s only 1 color that I can use.

The colors are surprisingly pretty, but I don’t need them. I only wanted a duo so I could pop out the pre-picked shades and put in two shades of my own.

Hey Christine! Thanks for the fabulous pictures.

How does the chartreuse in double feature 2 differ from “sweet and punchy” that came out with “to the beach” last year?

Out of this batch it is Duo #1 which makes my stomach hurt with longing. Which means I will be buying that one as well as #5. Yes. I will happily do this and I simply cannot wait!

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