MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette Review & Swatches

01/14

MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Palette | Look Details
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Palette | Look Details
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Palette | Look Details
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Palette | Look Details
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Palette | Look Details
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette
MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette

Flame-boyant

MAC Flame-boyant Art Library Palette ($48.00 for 0.6 oz.) is a new, warm-toned neutral palette with more orange/red undertones to it. It contained five shimmery shades and seven matte shades, and there was a good mix of light, mid-tone, and dark that would make it easy to create a variety of looks.

Some of the mattes were very nice and easy to work with, especially for anyone who prefers to build product or feels like more powdery formulas are too messy to work with. I only had major issues with one of the shimmers–Flame-boyant–which had a chunkier texture and needed to be used with a fingertip/dampened brush. A few of the mattes could have been better but were workable in practice (and looked better in practice than just swatched).


01/02

MAC What's the Pointilism Eyeshadow
MAC What's the Pointilism Eyeshadow
MAC What's the Pointilism Eyeshadow
MAC What's the Pointilism Eyeshadow
MAC What's the Pointilism Eyeshadow
MAC What's the Pointilism Eyeshadow

What's the Pointilism

What’s the Pointilism is a pale, white gold with soft, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, more loosely-pressed but not to the point of becoming powdery or difficult to work with. It had rich pigmentation that applied evenly to my skin and blended out easily. It seemed to “melt” slightly, which gave it a smooth sheen. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before I noticed slight fading.

01/02

MAC Samoa Silk Eyeshadow
MAC Samoa Silk Eyeshadow
MAC Samoa Silk Eyeshadow
MAC Samoa Silk Eyeshadow
MAC Samoa Silk Eyeshadow
MAC Samoa Silk Eyeshadow

Samoa Silk

Samoa Silk is a medium peach with strong, warm orange undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied evenly to my skin, but it had a tendency to sheer out a little bit, so a primer would be better with this shade to help it stay in place. The texture was soft, blendable, and slightly dusty in the pan but not prone to fallout. It wore well for seven and a half hours before there was visible fading.

01/02

MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow
MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow
MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow
MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow
MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow
MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow

Amber Lights

Amber Lights is a light-medium copper with strong, warm gold shimmer and a lightly, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that applied well to bare skin and diffused easily along the edges. It lasted well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

01/02

MAC La Vida Mocha Eyeshadow
MAC La Vida Mocha Eyeshadow
MAC La Vida Mocha Eyeshadow
MAC La Vida Mocha Eyeshadow
MAC La Vida Mocha Eyeshadow
MAC La Vida Mocha Eyeshadow

La Vida Mocha

La Vida Mocha is a softer, medium brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was opaque in one layer, which adhered well to my lid with a smooth, even application. The texture was soft, more loosely-pressed than the typical MAC eyeshadow but not to the point that it became really powdery or prone to sheering out. You’ll want to tap off excess, though, prior to applying to the eye to avoid the fallout. It stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading.

01/02

MAC Dada Issues Eyeshadow
MAC Dada Issues Eyeshadow
MAC Dada Issues Eyeshadow
MAC Dada Issues Eyeshadow
MAC Dada Issues Eyeshadow
MAC Dada Issues Eyeshadow

Dada Issues

Dada Issues is a light-medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety consistency that was just slightly powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and didn’t sheer out too readily. It wore well for eight hours before I noticed any fading on my skin.

01/02

MAC Rule Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow

Rule

Rule is a light-medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque color coverage in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was more firmly-pressed in the pan, but I had no trouble picking up the color with my brush, and it transferred well to bare skin without adhering so strongly that it became difficult to blend out. It lasted well eight hours on my lid before I noticed a bit of fading.

01/02

MAC Dali Wood Eyeshadow
MAC Dali Wood Eyeshadow
MAC Dali Wood Eyeshadow
MAC Dali Wood Eyeshadow
MAC Dali Wood Eyeshadow
MAC Dali Wood Eyeshadow

Dali Wood

Dali Wood is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, which adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out with minimal effort. The texture was soft, velvety without being too powdery or too firmly-pressed in the pan. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before it showed signs of fading.

01/02

MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow

Embark

Embark is a deep brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly drier and stiffer in the pan, but it had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. I was surprised that it wasn’t harder to diffuse along the edges, though it wasn’t the most blendable shade in the palette–workable. It wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

01/02

MAC Fan the Flames Eyeshadow
MAC Fan the Flames Eyeshadow
MAC Fan the Flames Eyeshadow
MAC Fan the Flames Eyeshadow
MAC Fan the Flames Eyeshadow
MAC Fan the Flames Eyeshadow

Fan the Flames

Fan the Flames is a medium-dark copper with warm, rusty red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while the eyeshadow had a smooth, firmer consistency that was firm without being stiff or difficult to pick up or to blend out on my skin. It lasted well for eight hours before it started to fade a bit.

01/02

MAC Flame-boyant Eyeshadow
MAC Flame-boyant Eyeshadow
MAC Flame-boyant Eyeshadow
MAC Flame-boyant Eyeshadow
MAC Flame-boyant Eyeshadow
MAC Flame-boyant Eyeshadow

Flame-boyant

Flame-boyant is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a subtle, pink sparkle sprinkled throughout that gave it a more pearlescent sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was problematic as it was drier, almost chunky, and thick. I found it difficult to pick up and to apply with a typical dry, eyeshadow brush, and there was quite a bit of fallout that resulted as well! It was easiest to use with fingertips but was manageable with a dampened brush as well. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably on my skin.

01/02

MAC Louvre at First Sight Eyeshadow
MAC Louvre at First Sight Eyeshadow
MAC Louvre at First Sight Eyeshadow
MAC Louvre at First Sight Eyeshadow
MAC Louvre at First Sight Eyeshadow
MAC Louvre at First Sight Eyeshadow

Louvre at First Sight

Louvre at First Sight is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was almost grainy; it felt drier and looser to the touch, though it blended out significantly better than I anticipated in practice. It had buildable pigmentation from medium to semi-opaque but needed a primer or white base to really apply true-to-pan in color. It wore well seven and a half hours on my skin before I noticed fading.

01/02

MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow

Everyone's Darling

Everyone’s Darling is a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable color payoff from medium to mostly opaque (two to three layers). The texture was drier to the touch, a little dusty in the pan, though it didn’t seem to be prone to fallout as long as I was careful to tap off the excess. It blended out without too much effort but had room for improvement. It lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

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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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A very warm toned palette, that was much better quality than the Library one we saw yesterday. The shades are quite cohesive and gradations of the popular orangey, brown and reds tones.
Overall I would say that this is a workable palette, but not for me.
Amber Lights was my favourite shade and your eye looks are beautiful Christine.

My oh my, this is a good palette for red themed or just warmer toned eye looks. As much as I love my other palettes that go into this territory, this one is super appealing to me because of the red shimmers. I think I could still (hopefully) talk myself out of getting it. Maybe.

Nice to see something reasonably consistent from Mac, with no absolute complete failures. Looks like this one might be good value, if you are in the market for these types of colours.

Given the color of my eyes, this palette would probably be great on me, but I already have almost all these colors in other palettes or singles. BTW, it’s really good of you to point out that some of the colors applied better than they swatched — I feel like we rely too much on first impression swatches anymore, and it’s not terribly fair to the companies.

Are the pans on this glued in? I know some of the premise palettes had this “feature”?

On the other hand, I’m so excited they brought back Samoa silk for this… it was my favorite eyeshadow from the old YouTube days. I may need this palette, if the pans aren’t all glued in.

As far as I can tell, they are glued in. I tried to use tweezers to pull them out, but I could barely get a grip on them at all.

I couldn’t agree more on Rule with you: firmly pressed but easy to pick-up without fallout; great pigmentation and coverage; easy to blend and work it. I had mine in an single eyeshadow. I wish that other MAC Mattes would perform this well… because Rule (and oranges in general) doesn’t look good on me. I look sick, almost like I didn’t sleep for days.

It is funny that MAC has some truly standout mattes in their range… and yet they’re not all like that, lol! I wish they’d bring back the Matte2 formula!

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