MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Greens

MAC Femme Noir Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Greens

Here are several swatches of MAC eyeshadows from the green family (mostly permanent shades) that are now part of The Swatch Gallery.

Femme Noir is a smoky, dark green with subtle yellow undertones. It has a veluxe finish, and it has been discontinued. It’s actually rather close to MAC Diana Undercover, which was from Wonder Woman.
Flourishing is a khaki green with a matte finish. It has a Matte2 finish, and it has been discontinued.
Greensmoke is a muted, smoky green with a golden sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it’s honestly one of the better lustres I’ve come across–it doesn’t have the sheer, uneven payoff of most lustres nor the issues with fall out.
Sumptuous Olive is an olive green with brown undertones and a golden sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. Inglot #433 was the closest dupe I could find, but it’s less green.
Humid is a medium-dark forest green with a subtle golden sheen. It has a frost finish. Inglot #418 pulls deeper and darker–less yellow-based.
Velvet Moss is a mossy green with a near matte finish. It has a veluxe finish. It has been discontinued.
Wondergrass is a bright pop of grass green with a yellow undertone. It was limited edition, and it has a frost finish. Make Up FOr Ever #91 is similar in color but lacks shimmer/sheen.
Swimming is a medium grass green with gold shimmer and subtle gold sheen. It has a lustre finish.
Lucky Green is a bright, darkened chartreuse green with a golden sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is one of my all-time favorite greens! Make Up For Ever #304 is similar, not quite as deep.
Bitter is a yellowed chartreuse with a velvet finish. This is one of those shades that has never worked well for me. It’s always sheer and difficult to pack on. Inglot #343 is a better version–more pigmented.
Juxt is a spring green with a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It has a satin finish.
Bottle Green is a dark, blue-based green with a matte finish. It is a PRO shade. It never swatches well, but it applies so smoothly and has excellent color payoff when used on the lid. Le Metier de Beaute Jade is most similar, but it has shimmer.

MAC has certainly done a slew of greens, yeah?  It’s been a long time since I’ve rearranged my eyeshadow palettes, as evidenced by how many discontinued shades I have in my so-called permanent palettes!  It’s a shame, too, because for shades like Flourishing and Velvet Moss, which were beautiful, there are no real comparable shades within MAC’s permanent range.

MAC’s matte eyeshadows have a drier texture, and they often perform better in actual application than merely swatched on the arm.  For instance, Bottle Green looks patchy when swatched, but it’s a shade I reach for regularly because of how smooth and buttery it looks on the lid.  Lucky Green has such a smooth, buttery texture with excellent color payoff, and it is easily one of MAC’s best eyeshadows in terms of quality.

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Greens


MAC Femme Noir Eyeshadow

MAC Flourishing Eyeshadow

MAC Greensmoke Eyeshadow

MAC Sumptuous Olive Eyeshadow

MAC Humid Eyeshadow

MAC Velvet Moss Eyeshadow

MAC Wondergrass Eyeshadow

MAC Swimming Eyeshadow

MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow

MAC Bitter Eyeshadow

MAC Juxt Eyeshadow

MAC Bottle Green Eyeshadow


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Rosie Avatar

LOL Girl me too. I’ve wanted greensmoke for a while but Mac’s always coming out with collections every month so I get those since they’re limited. I will get greensmoke one day though!

AngelicBetrayal Avatar

Greensmoke will be mine… one day! I’ve never tried Sumptuous Olive but I have Inglot #419 and they seem to be kind of close. I looked at your swatches and your 419 looks less green but it was probably my lighting XD

heidi Avatar

I actually adore bitter. Its one of my favorite greens and doesn’t show up nearly as sheer on me. But I’m very fair so maybe that’s why. I like this with UD graffiti for a fun green look

alex Avatar

I agree with Heidi. Maybe you just got one from a bad batch? My “Bitter” is insanely pigmented. I barely have to touch it to get full, vibrant coverage. I usually have to sheer it out a bit to make it wearable. Then again, I think I purchased mine in 96 or 97. Maybe the formula has changed?

Arrow Avatar

Actually it is wonderful. I am not particularly young so I try to avoid too shiny eyeshadows but judiciously applied this is my best eyeshadow.

t_zwiggy Avatar

Well actually it’s not. 😛 I have it and I hate it. Maybe I just got a bad one or something, but I get horrible chunky glitter fallout every time I try to use it. 🙁 Do you guys have any tips on how I can avoid that?

shontay Avatar

Flourishing is my favorite of them all. I got it at a CCO a few months ago. I had never heard of it before, but swatching it, I knew I had to have it. I love, love, love it!

Megan Avatar


I’m not sure if you’ve already explained this somewhere; if you have, please forgive me (and give me a link).

MAC has quite a few eyeshadow finishes, and to someone who isn’t a MAC-aholic, like me, it’s a bit confusing. A matte finish is pretty obvious, but what’s the difference between a lustre and a veluxe pearl? Just a veluxe? Throw frost in there and I’m at sea. Could you do a quick post on shadow finishes? That would be amazing. 🙂

Christine Avatar

These are MAC’s descriptions for their finishes – but finishes are often defined by brand and to some extent generally – like frost or glitter or matte – but lustre/veluxe pearl is purely MAC language.

Mineralized Eyeshadow
A sheer, pearled, mineralized powder Eye Shadow with up to four shades baked together in one pan. Superfine, lightweight: provides a softly tinted, reflective shimmer on the skin with a delicate sense of dimension. Subtly builds colour and shine. Can be worn on face, eyes or body.

Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well.

An iridescent shine that adds a highlight to any colour.

Smoothly pearlized; intensely frosted with deluxe ultra-fine “conditioned” finish.

Hi-colour pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.

Pure colour in a satin-style finish. Provides a soft subtle non-frost, light-refractive sheen.

Superfine pigment rich and very luxe. Supple to apply. Provides silky smooth matte finish.

Vibrantly-toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eye shadow, now overlaid with high-shine pearl.

Soft look finish with high-colour intensity. Has a plush velvety look and feel.

Debra Avatar

Of all the MAC Greens, Sumptuous Olive and Jealousy Wakes are the only 2 I own. MAC needs to work on some of their permanent line to fill in gaps, like you just did, Christine, to great effect

Gabby T Avatar

I just got my Jealousy Wakes this evening and it’s freaking fantastic. I squealed when I opened the box – my husband thinks I’m psycho. Looking through these greens I am reminded why I have never been tempted to buy a green shadow before – these all look like they pull so yellow while JW has just the right hint of blue to it for my skin tone! I can’t wait to play around with itthis weekend – I can’t believe I’m 30 and never worn green before;)

Candy Avatar

I REALLY wish they would make Femme Noir again or make it a pro color or something. It’s so wrong not to have it permanently! I love this color so much!

michelle Avatar

does greensmoke have chunky glitter in it? do you know of a good dupe of it that’s a bit smoother in texture without glitter? it’s gorgeous!

Sari Avatar

Wow I ‘m surprised with how sheer that swatch of Bitter looks ! Even when I use it without any eyeshadow base it ‘s incredibly pigmented .

Helena Avatar

Greensmoke is kind of a funny shadow. It is indeed great for a lustre finish, but it looks gritty in the pan. I also used to have a bad habit of buying a lot of greens that were really similar to it, lol. I still have at least three Greensmoke cousins.
I don’t understand why MAC has discontinued pretty greens but kept underperforming shades like Bitter :/

Ashley Avatar

I really love Humid and Lucky Green, easily two of my favorite permanent MAC shadows! Although I believe Humid is actually a frost rather than a Veluxe pearl, like you’ve stated. 🙂 I never realized Swimming was that bright!

Jilliterate Avatar

Yay! I just happened to get Lucky Green today. I very rarely get my hands on MAC stuff, since there’s no stores in my province, and I asked for it on a whim. I’m glad I made a good choice!

Arrow Avatar

Greensmoke and Sumptuous Olive are my go-to colors. I use Greensmoke with Chanel’s Celadon waterproof eyeliner and they are a knockout together. For Sumptuous Olive I usually use one of MAC’s Technakhol liners (Uniform) or Avon’s Supershock gel liner in a similar olive green color but unfortunately the latter are about to be taken off the market.

Lee Avatar

Aw, I miss Velvet Moss. It was such a great crease shade, particularly with pinks. I dropped mine and it shattered so I lost a lot of it and then used it all up.

Kate Avatar

I recently picked up Lucky Green, my first and (so far) only MAC green.. I usually prefer their lovely neutrals and pigments, but it looked too gorgeous to resist.. and it was *definitely* a good choice. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m NC15 with rosacea, dark reddish-blonde/blue eyes.. I worried that this would pull too yellow and mess with my cool tones and red patches, but it’s a true bright green, as pictured. Love it, love it, love it.

GloriaKate Avatar

Christine, I read somewhere that BH Cosmetics has a PERFECT dupe for lucky green called CS17 or something… the colors look extremely similar but I’m wondering about quality…. have you heard anything about it? I noticed it’s not on your dupe list…. Thanks!

Christine-Temptalia Avatar

 @GloriaKate My concern with BH’s palettes, along with all others like it (because these are all mass-produced and labeled later) is quality control and ingredients. I do not personally feel comfortable using those types of products — there’s just not enough accountability.

GloriaKate Avatar

 @Christine (Temptalia)
 I wasn’t even aware! I’m glad I delayed my order then. Do you have more information about this kind of thing?

Christine-Temptalia Avatar

 @GloriaKate No, I don’t have any particular information – only that it’s not an area of cosmetics I feel comfortable going in. I don’t have a problem with makeup from China, but I want a large, major brand to be behind it – like Wet ‘n’ Wild is made in China, and they’ve had recalls, but they’re a large brand who is likely to be more accountable/responsible for their products.

GloriaKate Avatar

 @Christine (Temptalia)
 Also, BH has individual shadows too. Is it the same for those as opposed to their giant 120 palettes and the like? Thanks Christine 🙂

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