MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. The textures of the eyeshadows in this quad were fairly good, with the matte shade being a little drier and harder to blend on the skin. All four shades work well together, but there have been many warm-toned quads like it before, so it may also be more dupable depending on what products you already have.

Sweet Eyes is described as a “light golden nude [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, peach with a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before starting to fade. This may be a repromote from a long-ago holiday eyeshadow palette, but the one in the 2008 palette seems a bit lighter/more beige and was also listed as a satin finish, so I don’t think they’re really the same. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is warmer, darker. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is has a smoother sheen. LORAC Nude (P) is slightly pinker. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is a touch cooler. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sexy Eyes is described as a “soft warm bronze [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, coppery brown with a gold-shimmered, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, blendable and easy to work with on the lid. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is redder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more sparkly. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is similar. See comparison swatches
/ view dupes.

Femme Fatale is described as a “golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with a soft, gold micro-shimmer and yellow undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a tiny bit powdery. It stayed well on my lids for seven and a half hours before fading. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #5 (P, $2.29) is darker, less yellow-toned. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is darker, more red-toned. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less warm-toned, more shimmery. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker, slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embark is described as a “dark reddish brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture is a combination of soft yet dry, so it doesn’t yield the best color payoff, though it is buildable. It isn’t quite as effortlessly blended, but it is workable. This shade is permanent, though the one included in the quad was less pigmented than the permanent one I have. Make Up For Ever #162 (P, $20.00) is darker, richer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Sweet Eyes Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Eyes Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Eyes Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Eyes Eyeshadow

MAC Sexy Eyes Eyeshadow
MAC Sexy Eyes Eyeshadow

MAC Sexy Eyes Eyeshadow
MAC Sexy Eyes Eyeshadow

MAC Femme Fatale Eyeshadow
MAC Femme Fatale Eyeshadow

MAC Femme Fatale Eyeshadow
MAC Femme Fatale Eyeshadow

MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow

MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

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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 think I’d get a lot of mileage out of this, provided the shadows don’t turn too warm/orange on me. The curse of having neutral-ish undertones…

It’s definitely a quad that does lean quite warm-toned, but I look forward to hearing if it works for you, Jade!

I wanted to get both palettes, but this one seems so easy to dupe, I have so many neutral eyeshadows from mac and urban decay naked palettes. What do you think Christine, is it worth to have more neutral colors, is just that package is so beautiful, I don’t want to regret not buying it, but it is so generic.

Oh, I think this is fairly readily duped! It’s nice, but are all four shades go-tos? Would you use them all the time? How many other neutral palettes do you have and use (or don’t use)?

That’s a really lovely quad, but for that money I’d might as well get any of the naked palettes (I don’t own any).

This is one of the top two products from this makeup collection! Such a handy neutral palette in fun packaging!

This quad’s a bit too warm for me, but the colours are pretty and you rock it ( as always!) 😀 still, though… How do you make a repromote shade less pigmented than its permanent everyday twin?

I have the original more Pigmented Embark already… And I have the 15-pan Warm Neutral palette too, which some of the colors look a lot like this quad already. I also have a lot of neutral single eye shadow pots… Think I will pass and get some of the more interesting things, or save my money for Fall… I’m a big sucker for the Fall collections.

Embark isnt one of my favs either. I am not fond of the dry texture and poor color payoff. the other shades are nice but not really eye catching not to mention easily dupable! 🙂

I appreciate the offering of neutral shades, but $44 is kind of a lot of money for something like this. It’s what I would pay for a Lancome palette.

Im passing..:( I’ll wait to see what Mac does for fall. Until then I have some permanent products I need.. ie.. MSF natural , Fix plus, wipes. A couple of their permanent blushes and shaping powders.

How does Femme Fatale compare to Mac Texture, Saddle? I feel like I have a permanent Mac color very close to it but can’t actually put my finger on one.

Sweet eyes looks pretty close to Naked Lunch. At least on my skin. Sweet eyes is a little…. brighter, I would say, but very similar on my skin. I just got this quad today. I love the colors 🙂

Best palette I’ve ever owned. Perfect for redheads!! I wish I could dupe Sexy Eyes and Femme Fatale so I don’t feel obligated to buy a second one. I thought I could make my own quad from MAC, but there doesn’t seem to be anything like Femme Fatale, and it is my favorite! The others are dupable, but that golden, medium brown is the perfect crease color for me and I don’t know if I’ll ever find another one, so I may have to buy a second palette. Sexy eyes is a fabulous peach. I have MAC’s Mythology, but it is pinker and has more of a duochrome look when layered on heavily. This is a more true peach with the perfect amount of shimmer for lids. I’d love the lightest color to be matte, but its great for under the brow and the inner corner of the eye. Even a cheek highlighter in a pinch. I’m going to have to decide very soon or they will be all gone. Best collection for my coloring that MAC has ever done!

I agree. I almost didn’t buy this because the review said it is pretty durable. I own a lot of eye shadow…MAC, Too Faced, Guerlain, Chanel, Tom Ford, Dior, Tarte, Hourglass, Revlon, the Balm, Urban Decay, Lorac, Wet n Wild, etc. and this quad by far is my favorite. The colors are really pretty on me and I find my self grabbing this over all my eye shadows. None if the colors are really super close to anything I own, and I own all the Naked Palettes. I just wish that I had bought two because I am going to be sad when I hit pan…what are 3 of the shades LE!?!?

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