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MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Desert Dusk

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that contains two mattes and two shimmers with three shades being more neutral in hue (the fourth shade is a pop of blue). It was a decent quad, and I suspect that some will love the inclusion of the blue shade while others will find it doesn’t contribute to a cohesive look.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Indian Moon

Indian Moon is a light-medium, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer with a smooth, creamy texture that was blendable and easy to work with. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Shell Peach

Shell Peach is a medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was easy to blend but did not apply as evenly as desired without a primer underneath as it was thinner in texture. It started to fade on me after seven hours of wear.

Natural Brown

Natural Brown is a muted, medium-dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second or third layer. The texture was soft, a touch powdery but not prone to fallout, and blendable on my lid. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Hopper Blue

Hopper Blue is a bright, periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t opaque without a primer. The texture was slightly drier and a bit loose to the touch, which contributed to the issues with pigmentation. It was fairly blendable and stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me.

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad

MAC x Padma Lakshmi | Look Details

MAC x Padma Lakshmi | Look Details

MAC Indian Moon Eyeshadow

MAC Indian Moon Eyeshadow

MAC Shell Peach Eyeshadow

MAC Shell Peach Eyeshadow

MAC Natural Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Natural Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Hopper Blue Eyeshadow

MAC Hopper Blue Eyeshadow

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MAC Eyeshadow Quad $33.00/0.19 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Oh okay got it! I see that lovely Hopper Blue. It reminds me a little of like an iridescent lilacy-lavendar in pan but I’m wondering if my hazel eyes and NC25 can pull it off on the lid – it might be too pastel for me. Love the other colors though. I’ll have to think on it. 🤔

This quad looks exactly like the one my neighbor friend’s Mom gave me to practice with when I was in 7th grade! Frosty blue was always my above the crease and browbone shade 😂😂😂 I’m thankful every time I’m reminded my Mom wouldn’t let me wear it out of the house! My next bday her and my Grandma hooked me up with beginner makeup, a book about how to apply makeup and a subscription to Seventeen. 😂 What I was doing on my own clearly wasn’t going well.
The packaging is beautiful!

Wait, did you use the brown from this one in the crease of the look? Because I thought that that was just purely the colors from the other quad being disappointing. (It’s happened for me with MAC shadows) Damn… maybe I should have ordered the other quad… I thought the pinks and purples were brown and disappointing…

This quad reminds me of the 70’s, and raiding my Aunt’s makeup stash! Poor Aunt Edna, my youngest, hippest aunt would find all her products used by her twice yearly teen houseguest, lol! Well, I don’t (and won’t) wear frosty light blue eyeshadow anymore, so this one just left me hoping (praying!) we’re not about to have the 70’s making a comeback.

This is a pretty decent little quad from MAC – so often in the past they have done these quite poorly.
I like the inclusion of the blue for a pop of colour – I would have liked it to have been a darker blue though.
Pretty eye look Christine.

Not colours that appeal to me at all. I think for Padma’s colouring and exotic looks, this would work but for a pale Canadian gal, nah. That blue puts me in mind of that book “Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal”. Apologies to anyone who loves it.

I rarely use blue eye shadows, and the only one of the four colours in the quad I have a listed dupe for is the blue.
I think I prefer the other quad, but I doubt I’ll get it.

Though I normally don’t like this kind of a blue as an eyeshadow, I think it looks lovely in combination with the Peach in this quad. However, this quad costs 57€ (=70$) here in Germany, so I won’t buy it. For a few € more I could get myself a Huda Beauty Desert Desk!

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