MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Review

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MAC Fashion Flower: Eyeshadows

The collection features six shades of Eyeshadows (each $14.50 for 0.05 oz.) — three are limited edition, while three are available in the permanent range; though, all of the editions in this launch are imprinted with the flower design, while permanent editions will be normal. The six shades include: Aqua (aqua blue), Bows & Curtseys (metallic hunter green), Free to Be (bright true coral), Fresh Daisy (frosty white yellow), Groundcover (mid-tone warm grey), and Lucky Green (frosted mid-tone lime).

  • Aqua is a bluish aqua with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade but I felt like it was a little less pigmented here than my permanent pan.
  • Bows & Curtseys is a blackened forest green with bluish shimmer. It looks nearly black when swatched on my arm with the green being hinted at as the color plays with light. When I wore it in a look (albeit with a sheer green base), it seemed to pull out the forest green more. This has a satin finish.
  • Free to Be is a medium-dark coral-red with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade, but I felt like it was a little less pigmented here than my permanent pan.
  • Fresh Daisy is a very bright white with only a hint of warmth. It has a frost finish, but it really looks rather metallic. I tried to wear it as a highlighter, but it’s too frosted and stark on me–I imagine it would be more appropriate on someone with a lighter skin tone. It is, however, very pigmented.
  • Groundcover is a matte, taupe-ish brown gray. It is nicely pigmented but lacks the buttery texture that makes mattes easier to use.
  • Lucky Green is a bright, chartreuse-shimmered grass green with strong yellow undertones. It has a veluxe pearl finish. This is a permanent shade. It’s one of my favorite colors, because it is so pigmented and soft.

MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Review

B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
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MAC Aqua Eyeshadow
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MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow
MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow

MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow
MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow

MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow
MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow

MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow
MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow

MAC Free To Be Eyeshadow
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MAC Fresh Daisy Eyeshadow
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MAC Fresh Daisy Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Daisy Eyeshadow

MAC Groundcover Eyeshadow
MAC Groundcover Eyeshadow

MAC Groundcover Eyeshadow
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MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow
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MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow
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MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow
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MAC Aqua Eyeshadow
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MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows
Aqua, Bows & Curtseys, Free to Be, Fresh Daisy, Groundcover, Lucky Green

MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows
Aqua, Bows & Curtseys, Free to Be

MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows
Fresh Daisy, Groundcover, Lucky Green

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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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I am SO wanting Bows and Curtseys (was this not also in Tartan Tales or was it another product of the same name?) and also Groundcover (I always go for the neutrals!!! But these look gorgeously gorgeable!) Sad to hear that the matte texture of Groundwork is hard to blend but the colour is so “me”.

Bows and curtseys was in the 6 twists of tartan Xmas 2010 palette. Although it look really dark the picture. On my dark skin tone, you really see the bluish understone

The only one I really like is Free To Be and I would rather get the permanent version if it is more pigmented. I’m don’t care much for the imprint… it will go away with use anyway.

Okay, I just checked back and Bows and Curtseys was, indeed, in the Tartan Tales release, as part of an eye shadow palette but, OMG…THIS current B&C looks like that previous one on steroids and with a hefty blood transfusion! So much more intense, dark and pigmented!

I wonder because MAC puts out so many collections, that their new eyeshadows are worse in quality than the ones in the permanent line? I think the quality is going down. 🙁

Christine may not have FG, but I do. And I brought my palette with me to the counter just for this comment.

French Grey is way browner, but Groundcover and Apres-Ski are so similar that I’m considering returning Groundcover. They’re both matte and Groundcover may be a smidgen browner than Apres-Ski, but the later actually applies smoother. I swatched at the counter and saw it, but purchased anyway because I wanted to test with UDPP underneath.

Since I have all three here, I can post/send a pic once there’s some daylight. MUFE 110-115 for reference.

Wow, that is so nice of you! Thanks so much! I do own Apres-Ski and i LOVE it, but on my skin, FR is slightly cooler. Looking forward to your swatches!

I usually bring color palettes when eyeshadow shopping to avoid buying dupes, but I saw you ask about French Grey. I know it’s not a common color, so I thought I’d check it out.

I upload it @ Specktra (tomorrow) and post the link here.

Haave mercy!
I own and love both French Grey and Smoke & Diamonds, and kind of want Apres Ski, taupe fiend that I am.
I was going to go for Groundcover, but after seeing the comparison photos, I don’t know if I’ll bother.
Why didn’t MAC bring back Seedling with this collection?
I was hoping they would!

Thanks for sharing the swatches!! Are the smoke & diamonds / Apres ski, LE? I don’t see them on MAC website??
I bought groundcover & bows & courtseys today..haven’t tried them on yet, but will compare groundcover to my french grey..if its similar, then I’ll be returning groundcover! I’ve been looking for a nice satin greyish brown for so long, but haven’t found one I love yet!

You’re welcome Bridget and Sheryl! Anything to help other eyeshadow-junkies out!!

All the shadows are LE. French Grey is far more brown than Apres-Ski/Groundcover and has a different finish. It’s just Apres-Ski and Groundcover that are pretty much duplicates of each other. And I’m assuming they called it “Groundcover” for this collection because things like skis do not work for the whole “spring and flowers” imagery of this collection.

MAC just doesn’t have a dupe of Apres-Ski/Groundcover in their permanent collection, just like Christine said in her review of Chill way back in 2008.

So, it’s just a matter of owning Apres-Ski or Groundcover. Then again, as you can tell by the pics, I have very fair skin with no yellow undertones (the veins on my inner wrist are blue bordering on violet) The slightest color — and difference, for that matter — always shows up. Whether or not the same colors work as dupes for you personally is dependent on your own complexion.

It’s part of the Truth palette.

To my eye, they look very similar. Lucky Green seems to have a bit more depth and is a hair more green, but they’re close. I’ll have to check out Lucky Green myself at the MAC store, but I think this is a fair dupe.

I know for sure Free to Be and Lucky Green are available at freestanding stores, Aqua may be PRO only. All three are available on MAC’s website.

Groundcover is calling my name, but since I just recently got Urban Decay’s Shakedown, and already own MAC Copperplate, I’m really not sure I can justify the purchase of another matte taupe.
I literally could not force Shakedown to fit into my browns/golds” eyeshadow drawer; I had to store it elsewhere. Not a good sign! 🙁

do you think the lack of pigmentation could just be due to the pattern? i remember for the rose romance collection beauty powders that after you get past the top layer with the rose pattern that the powder became more pigmented.

I wondered that myself too. If, perhaps they have to somehow change the formulation of the matte eyeshadows in order to get the product to form into the pattern shape.

I think I own every one of these colors as an Urban Decay color. Course would have to compare to be sure. They are lovely though and Lucky Green is striking. I noticed you were sporting it in your lip swatches. 😀

You say Aqua and Free To Be look less pigmented? I wish mine were that pigmented! I must have gotten a bad lot because those two colors are by far the worst eyeshadows that I own. Both look like I tried to draw on my lids with hard white chalk.

Aqua can sometimes be chalky-looking depending on what you pair it with, but Free to Be hasn’t given me any problems! (Just used it today, actually!)

I absolutely love florals!!! the pattern in these products is gorgeous.. I much prefer the pattern rather than tacky packaging they have been coming out with lately!

I would love to know how Fresh Daisy eyeshadow compares to the old MAC Pollen eyeshadow. I’ve almost finished my Pollen and can’t seem to find a super close dupe! Thanks!

Not in the Naked palette, and I’m not familiar enough with Bobbi Brown’s permanent eyeshadow line unfortunately 🙁

Thanks for the review and the swatches 🙂
How close do you think Groundcover would be to Copperplate? I already have Copperplate and it is a Matte2, so a very nice blendable texture.
TIA

Please click on the tag for Free to Be or do a quick search for “Free to Be” using our search field in the sidebar, and you should see several looks I’ve done show up!

Oooooh – was thinking of purchasing white jeanius before it disappears from the net. Do you think that fresh daisy is a better quality eyeshadow?

Bows and Curtseys..does it look green at all…on your eyes..?
It looks so nice in the pot…yet such a plain black shimmer swatched eh…? thx for doing that..!~

I would have been so disappointed to buy it…to receive it..and it be that color..

So.. free to be and lucky green –are they the exact consistency as the originals…?

You know when you get an eyeshadow with a print on it..it sometimes comes off chunky-ish..like its not as smooth..Is that the case here..?

Thank you!~

How’d you get groundcover to be so pigmented?! When I swatched it at my MAC stores, I got little to no pigmentation at all! Is it suppose to be used wet?

Were you first to swatch? Once testers get used a few times, especially if they’ve been swatched with fingers, the oil from fingers can build-up and make the eyeshadow hard to use.

Yikes! I sure could not use the coral on myself as an all over lid color. However for years I have known to take my blush shade of the day and just barely touch it over my already done eyes to give me a blended look so I don’t have a big separation between face ‘units’ of color. It works really well for me least with the shades of blush I tend to go for.

Personally, I have so many eye colors, I am taking a hiatus from buying more until I do a big clean out again of what I have and find is sleeping in my stash!

is fresh daisy similar to femme fi, i really love femme fi, and ive gone through 2 now and sadly it is limited editon.

Hey Christine! When you swatched these shadows, were they chalky/powdery? I saw them today at my local mac counter and while some of the shades were pretty.. they were hard to transfer from pan to hand (for swatching) as well as eyelid. But when I look at your photos, they look so vibrant. I asked the MUA there and she was like ” Yep, they’re chalky and don’t pick up color.” So when you swatched these, I was like whoa. Did you just appy with more force?

I didn’t have any issues with chalkiness, though Free to Be and Aqua were harder on the initial surface than their permanent pans (at least, compared to the pans I have).

The aqua looks so lovely, but on – it would be what is described as a ‘wash of colour’ – or washed out! Even after several layers, it was hardly there. Would have loved it to have the same intensity it did in the pan!

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