MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Limited Edition Eyeshadows (April 2010)

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Limited Edition Eyeshadows (April 2010)

Here’s a round-up post of all of the palettes in one place πŸ™‚Β  Please keep in mind that I’ve been buying MAC since 2004 — it’s not like my collection grew overnight!Β  The journey is there, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in taking that journey!

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Top Row: Limo, β€˜Til Daybreak, Hot Hot Hot, Free to Be (oops, a permanent slipped there!)
Middle Row: Living Pink, Maira’s Mood, Perky, Pink Papillon, Up-do
Bottom Row: Wintersky, Ego, Et Tu, Bouquet?, Liberty of London, Firespot

Top Row: Fab & Flashy, Off the Page, Pollinator, Evening Aura, Straw Harvest
Middle Row: Flip, Jasmine, Bright Future, Going Bananas, Crest the Wave
Bottom Row: Dreammaker, Creme de Miel, Creme de Miel, Dreammaker, Rose Blanc

Top Row: Fiction, Scarab, Mink & Sable, Sable Wrap, Henna
Middle Row: Warming Trend, Tender Metal, Summer Neutral, Rye, Rye
Bottom Row: Glare, One-Off, Aquavert, Aquavert, Rated R

Top Row: Eyepopping, Overgrown, Metamorph, Tease ‘n Teal, Gulf Stream
Middle Row: A Bluer Blue, Melody, Cool Heat, Parrot, Stormwatch
Bottom Row: Strike a Pose, Birds & Berries, Birds & Berries, Talent Pool, Haunting

Top Row: Blue Storm, Blue Flame, Love Lace, Fashion, Suave Intentions
Middle Row: Top Knot, Deep Shade, Cinders, Thunder, Climate Blue
Bottom Row: Violet Trance, Very Violet, Dame’s Desire, Lotusland, Fashion Groupie

Top Row:
Pearl of the Earth, Hypnotizing, Thunder, Banshee, Of Summer
Middle Row: Rompin’, Purple Shower, Lala, Showstopper, Night Maneuvers
Bottom Row: Magnetic Fields, Prepped for Glamour, Style Snob, Milled Cider, Sorcery

Top Row:
100 Strokes, Buckwheat, Cross Cultural, Taupe Note, Modelette
Middle Row:
Ochre Style, Bagatelle, Elite, Glamour Check, Glamour Check
Bottom Row:
A Little Folie, Beautyburst, Cut to Fit, Valet, French Cuff

Top Row:
Bold & Brazen, Neutral Pink, Tissueweight, Goldbit, Hey
Middle Row:
Modest Tone, Nanogold, Nanogold, Sugarshot, Performance
Bottom Row:
Soft Force, Daisychain, Chamomile, Blurr, White Tie

Top Row:
Casablanca, Rite of Spring, Unbasic White, , All Races
Middle Row:
Pincurl, Pincurl, Sugar Shot, Silverthorn, Cumulus, Bough Grey
Bottom Row:
Arctic Grey, Apres-Ski, Gazette Grey, Clue, Smoke & Diamonds

Top Row:
Smoke & Diamonds, Knight, Charred, Mont Blanc

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Not really — I’ve come to realize I can live without many shades, as I very rarely use these now, since if I’m going to do a look, then I want to show all of you, so then I don’t use super old LEs!

Yes, you definitely could πŸ™‚ If it’s safe for the eyes, it’s probably safe for the cheeks — particularly when it comes to eyeshadows! Now, a blush as an eyeshadow – not necessarily eye safe!

Hi Christine, how do you get pop out the holiday pallets? I have the smoke and mirrors palette from last year and I cannot for the life of me get out the section with all the shadows to melt them out!

Any assistance would be amazing!! xx

I just popped out the plastic pan, and then I used a lighter to melt them out. I haven’t done it in years, though.

This is really great! Enjoyed each and every post you made with the different colors and color groups. I am still trying to figure out how to organize my eyeshadows (not all from MAC, as I am trying to grow my MAC collection of eyeshadows). I was thinking of doing it by brands but then all the similar shades will be scattered around….hmmm…..gotta think about it…..

I have it by brands, just ’cause with all the different sizes/shapes/types of products, it’s hard to coordinate them all together πŸ™

This makes me depressed =( I keep finding colors here I want.. and then realize they’re LE so most likely I won’t ever be able to find them..

Ah don’t worry, MAC will most likely release similar shades in the future and/or repromote some of their old ones ^^

By the way lovely collection Christine =)

wowowowoww this one was so tempting ….
do tell me when r u going for dinner next time so that i can come down to ur place ( hahahah USA ) to steal them yeaaaaaaa

i have one quest. here sweetie …. when i started collecting blushes i didnt thought m gonna buy more then 2 – 3 but as now m addicted pls tell me how can i depot them in n empty blush pallete n use the empty containers for BACK 2 MAC…
is it possible???

I think this summer I am going to try to depot all my LE single shadows and other single shadows in pots. I have two palette’s and two quads…And I just adore them better that way, but I am scared I’ll break the shadow depotting… hmmm.

Practice on the shades you’re not as in love with… start with those, then save your absolute favorites for the end. I haven’t lost any eyeshadows, I don’t think, though I’ve slipped my nail or the knife and gouged an eyeshadow several times… but I am not really patient about the process.

Christine – love this post! You have such a great collection.

Question: Have you ever considered doing what Josh (a.k.a. Petrilude on YouTube) does with his MAC palettes? He takes out the plastic insert and is then able to fit 28 eyeshadow pans instead of just the standard slotted 15 pans? You might be able to consolidate more shadows into fewer palettes… πŸ™‚

Nope – I really don’t like the way it looks. It just looks disorganized and jumbled up. I really love the way everything looks perfectly spaced out and even. Keeps me sane πŸ™‚

I love your collection! It takes dedication to a whole new level. You rock Christine!

I totally fell in love with 2 e/s, Ochre Style and A Little Folie (they are in the 7th palette from the top). They’d be so perfect for a look I have planned. Do you recall which collection they come from?

Hi Chester,

They came from “The Originals” Collection, which featured twists on classic MAC eyeshadows. If you like A Little Folie, check out Folie (permanent), which A Little Folie is based off of. Ochre Style is based off of Ochre, which is an old, discontinued shade, so I don’t think there’s anything quite like it in the permanent line.

wow! thanks for sharing–that is some collection!
are the doubles of certain shades ‘backups’, or do you generally buy the shadow each time it comes out in a collection for your reviews?

I know there is always talk about not keeping makeup too long because of bacteria. How long would you keep an eyeshadow and how would you know it is time to toss. I am very strict with my mascara and liquid liner, but I never know about eyeshadow and blush. Considering you have some older ones I wanted your opinion.

Hi Kim,

I don’t follow the “rules.” Powder products are not a playground for bacteria–bacteria likes warm, moist places, which is why stuff like lipgloss and mascara have shorter lives. Every six months or so, I spritz my eyeshadows with rubbing alcohol and wipe down with a paper towel or cloth.

Great! Thank you – I never actually thought about it – I toss out so much…….. yeah, now I know better!

What would you say about something like cream blush/eyeshadow?

How long do you keep your lipglosses? I am very strict with mascara – but kind of attached to my lipgloss

Depends on how clean you keep it, I’d say. I usually go by if it smells bad, looks funny, changes texture, etc. I would estimate cream blush/shadow at 2-3 years or so, but you could always wipe off the top layer. Lipglosses you use a lot are probably limited to about 2 years.

I find that LE e/s are not really that necessary to have just because they are an LE. Pretty much the permanent line has the color of the LE but may added a glitter or be slight more pigmented. In rare cases, you can find an LE that is totally different from other colors offered by MAC. But mainly LE’s are to see if being slightly off the permanent color will look more appealing on you. Unless you’re the type that has to have every single shade no matter how slight of a difference it is, you can just get one or two per collection if need be. Eg. Dame’s Desire/Stars and Rocket, Birds and Berries/Strike a Pose. So I say don’t be sadden if you missed one of these, either it’ll come out again shortly or there is already a shade that is similar.

Now when it comes to lip glosses and lipsticks, I’m an LE junkie. No matter how slight it is, I can see the difference. E/s is different so I don’t have as many as I do with the lippy’s.

Your blog is the absolute BEST for makeup junkies like me. I look forward to it every day! Thank you Thank you Thank you! Oh and I love the LE post, I love looking back at the past releases.

I think I have 14 of these myself, lol. πŸ™‚ What a lovely collection! Can’t wait to see the rest. πŸ™‚ I love looking at people’s stashes, especially huge well organised ones. πŸ˜‰

I’m not going to lie! I started salivating when I saw your Goldbit! I have one tiny piece left and I’m scared to use it. Its my holy grail eyeshadow! I wish they would repromote it, its been 5 years…FIVE!!!!

Do you know of any good dupes?

Hey (recently came out, but LE) and Jest are both similar, but they’re more pigmented and peachier, but they’re very similar to me. Retrospeck is similar but obviously more golden. Maybe a mix of Retrospeck and Jest would get you there.

Just a question, do you buy eyeshadows off of Ebay or swap? Do you get many older shadows or do you just buy when they are launched. If you get older shadows, what sites do you go to purchase them?

A little but not really – if I had taken them out, I’d never use them, so I’d rather use them than never πŸ™‚

Great collection… do you find that you have a lot of breakage in the palettes? I’ve thought about depotting mine and using the big palettes instead…

Thanks so much for sharing these Christine. My permanent/LE mixed palettes add up to a few less than these πŸ˜‰ I wonder, do you end up giving a lot away or otherwise parting with them? I feel like since these are so heavy on the last 15 months or so of collections, there are definitely some I remember you using pre-2009 that I think aren’t here (the only one that comes to mind is Wondergrass, since it’s one of my favorites, but I think there must be more). Or have you just not depotted and paletted *everything*?

Wondergrass should be here, but I might have gotten it mixed up in my permanents (just like Free to Be got mixed up here… and I have two Free to Bes, LOL), but it should be here. I depotted 68 on Friday, so it’s still a bit of a work in progress πŸ™‚

68!! I barely have the patience to do a half-dozen at a time (I’m always accidentally touching hot pans with my fingers and trying not to let the glue stick pans to my protective paper towels and…well, I’m clumsy!). I admire your steadfastness in sticking to your permanent or new shadows, though I have to admit, I miss your use of some of the LEs…because I finally own them! Ha! I mean, I chased down a bunch of LE shadows because of this blog (C-Shock colors come to mind). Of course, it’s also taught me how to use them creatively myself πŸ˜‰

I’m the opposite… I loathe to depot, so I end up doing a TON at once, LOL.

I’ve just found that after a certain point, it gets tough for readers who aren’t so into MAC or are newer to MAC to track down older products, even though they are great. I’ve taken to using a lot more PRO products to replace some of those favorite LEs — at least they’re permanent and anyone *can* buy them, even it may take a little work, lol!

Yeah, I’ve noticed you’ve done that with the Pro colors! I think it’s great that you make the looks more accessible. And I actually do a lot of “reverse duping” πŸ˜› Like I picked up Rose Blanc a long while ago at a CCO, but I don’t have Nylon, so if I’m trying out one of your looks that calls for Nylon I use RB instead…or Sweet Chestnut instead of Cranberry…etc πŸ™‚

I keep that with my permanents, actually, because I love it and can always recommend a dupe (Shroom!) πŸ˜› There are a couple of LEs (I can’t remember other than Femme-fi) that I persist in using. It was tough to put Going Bananas away!

That’s okay Christine, you can just send it to me and it will have a good home and be well-loved – I’ll even send you some extra Femme-fis in return, how is that for a deal! ;D

The CCO I go to has a plethora of femme-fi!! Is it ridiculous if I bought MORE backups? I already have one and I just hit pan on the femme-fi I’m currently using. hahaha I think I’m obsessed with femme-fi just as much as you are! I β™₯ it!

those two Aquaverts look different!
this reminded me of a question I’ve been wanting to ask someone. How do these single pans work with Back 2 Mac since you depotted them? Do you just throw away the casing and B2M the pans?

No, if you were going to B2M, you would B2M the plastic casing and not the pan. Some places will let you, some say you need the pan, too.

Hello Christine!

I have recently told my family that I collect makeup as a hobby because I love to experiment and play with it. Everyone keeps on telling me to stop buying makeup, but I enjoy it alot! I use my own money to buy everything and they stil pester me about it. What should I do?

If you’re not in debt, late on paying your bills, etc. then you should just keep reiterating that it’s a hobby, it makes you happy. It’s like collecting stamps!

Ahh… Valet how i love you! I wish MAC would bring it back…

and Firespot and Fiction…. I truly miss fiction! and Firespot has been one i have been dying to get my hands on..

Christine, what do you do with all the shadows you don’t use? After a while, I either trade with or give them to my daughters. My regular shadows are in a palette or in a caboodle.

I keep them in a different area so that I can compare to newer products, since I get a lot of questions about a dupe for such and such or is x a dupe for such and such πŸ™‚


i would love to know how you depot your holiday palettes. ive tried depotting my nyx shadows (tried it with the cheap ones first) and i ruined most of them =[

I just popped the plastic pan out of the palette, used a lighter to heat up the bottom of each well, and then pushed through with a knife!

WOW!!! What a great collection you have there.
Back in the days, i wish a grab Magnetic fields πŸ™
Now i really regret not buying that.
I was wondering, where do you buy the empty paletes?

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