MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6
MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Base Eye Shadow Palette x 6

Glamourize Me

MAC Glamourize Me Cream Colour Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) features six Cream Colour Shadows. The formula is supposed to have “medium, buildable colour” that is long-wearing, water-resistant, and non-drying. They felt a lot like the Cream Colour Base formula to me: soft, very emollient, and almost “greasy” in a way. They go on thin and have a slight tackiness, and they are hard to build-up or use more than one or two shades at a time, as they look uneven and patchy with more than that. The wear ranged from a few hours to six hours, but a couple of shades creased soon after applying but did not worsen for a few hours later (think of it as “initial creasing” because they don’t really dry down). I think the formula is most suited used all over the lid as a wash or as a lightly tacky, wet base for powder eyeshadows.

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MAC Glowing Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Glowing Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Glowing Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Glowing Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Glowing Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Glowing Cream Colour Shadow

Glowing

Glowing is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium coverage, though it wasn’t buildable beyond semi-opaque intensity. The texture was thin, lightly tacky, and never fully dried down on the lid–it looked dewy at all times, which was quite pretty except for the immediate creasing that was apparent. There was some migration and movement within four hours of wear.

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MAC Dynamic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Dynamic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Dynamic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Dynamic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Dynamic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Dynamic Cream Colour Shadow

Dynamic

Dynamic is a dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a dewy, thin, emollient consistency that blended out decently but was best applied with fingertips (brushes seemed to make it appear patchy). This shade had subtle creasing within five hours of wear.

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MAC Enigmatic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Enigmatic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Enigmatic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Enigmatic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Enigmatic Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Enigmatic Cream Colour Shadow

Enigmatic

Enigmatic is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, pearl sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a lightly tacky, emollient consistency that was thinner. I found this one harder to use, as it always looked patchy and uneven, as if the deeper pigment in the base did not blend out well. It lasted for six hours before creasing on me.

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MAC Alluring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Alluring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Alluring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Alluring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Alluring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Alluring Cream Colour Shadow

Alluring

Alluring is a dark purple with warmer undertones and a satin sheen. The consistency was thin but less tacky than the other shades, so it seemed to sit better on the skin initially, though I still had issues with the underlying pigmentation (the darker purple) looking patchy when blended–even as a sheer wash.

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MAC Daring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Daring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Daring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Daring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Daring Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Daring Cream Colour Shadow

Daring

Daring is a blackened navy blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that did not build up beyond that. The consistency was lightly tacky, emollient, and looked dewy on the skin. It was difficult to blend out this shade without the pigment looking patchy on my lid. The color started to crease after five hours of wear.

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MAC Rebellious Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Rebellious Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Rebellious Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Rebellious Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Rebellious Cream Colour Shadow
MAC Rebellious Cream Colour Shadow

Rebellious

Rebellious is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage that did not build or layer well for me, as the dewier, more emollient texture just seemed to make it slide around even more if I tried adding product. The color did not blend out evenly, and the color looked much like it did on my arm as it did on my eye–lined, a little patchy, and uneven. The eyeshadow creased within three and a half hours of wear.

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About the Reviewer

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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This was so promising! MAC cream colour base tend to slide around on my oily face. But I was still willing to bite the bullet coz these shades were gorgeous together! What a bummer!

I might be totally misinformed, but I have always been under the impression that these cream palettes that Mac launches every season in fact are made in the cream colour base formula?

The back of the palette listed these as “Cream Colour Shadow,” which is different from “Cream Colour Base” — as far as I know MAC will use the “Cream Colour Base” notation when that’s what it is, e.g. the Full Face Kits state that they contain “two Cream Colour Bases.” The ingredient lists for this collection’s Full Face Kits “Cream Colour Base” has similar ingredients to the “Cream Colour Shadow” but not in the same order. They definitely feel similar, but MAC has made sure to label them differently.

Thank You Christine for pointing out that distinction! Could it be that the difference in labelling has something to do with that the regular cream colour bases sometimes due to choice of pigment are not recommended to use on the eyes and that they with these palettes want to make it clear these are colours meant for the eyes? I am just guessing here…

I agree with the critique that these palettes don’t work very well for all day use and that the longevity is short lived… Like the CCBases their first trait are their malleability which is great when you are working artistically to create a look. They can however work if you layer them on a strong primer like the stay don’t stray one from Benefit and powder products on top to draw the moisture from the colours or if you can get on with the lived in kind of vibe that allows your look to have some creasing and messiness…
I do agree however that previous versions of these palettes have been more pigmented than these seem… stunning colours though!!

Definitely possible, Scout! I was thinking that perhaps these were tested and only for eyes, though some of the shades seem like they would be totally fine all over (the lighter ones).

It is confusing, though, since the formula feels SO like the CCBs!

Totally agree. I was disappointed in this palette. I had hoped the cream shades would be true creams as well as being opaque. As you said, they are neither. I did find a way they do work though – as a base for metallic/glitter shadows. The shades work well to contrast or compliment other powder or loose shadows. Still, sad face 🙁

It feels very much like a pro/artistry product, since it needs a lot of manipulation and probably won’t have the greatest wear time (so best for shoots and events).

That makes some more sense. The error, then, is probably in claiming it’s a “long-wearing” product, which creates unrealistic expectations for it’s performance.

The only use I can imagine for these is as a base for powder shadows, but I’d still worry that they would crease, at least on my lids!

I thought it curious when I realized these were CCB formula, since even by MAC’s categorization CCB is primarily a cheek product. I don’t see the average, non-MUA person liking CCB for eyes. They won’t set, they will crease. That kind of slap-dash, worn in makeup look isn’t so much the style these days; most people want products that last 12+ hours looking pristine. It could be fun to play with, though, since the formula stays so malleable.

Ack, I forgot to update the title – they’re actually just “Cream Colour Shadow.” I thought they were CCBs initially until I went and read the back of the palette again.

I have a couple MAC Cream Colour Bases, I can’t use on my oily lids, but I like to use them as a base on my cheeks, to make powder blushes last longer. I was really hoping there would be blush dupes for the 2 purple cream bases, but nope, as I can’t use the other 4 colors. Maybe if this kit was drastically marked down on sale, I will consider it, and based on poor reviews, that might happen

So glad I skipped this. I had a feeling the formula was not going to transfer to successful eye use at all. Pretty much what I was expecting but still such a bummer. Wish they just did more Eye Paints instead with this collection too 😛

Thank you for the review Christine! Money saved for me. MAC should focus more on quality instead of releasing two collections per month. Also, MUA like the ones that collaborated for this collection should think twice before putting their names next to such disappointing products.

I was surprised this wasn’t just marketed more as a pro product – maybe explaining how it’s functional or useful in an artist’s kit (since they collaborated with artists) vs. making them seem like regular cream eyeshadows (long-wearing, for example).

What were they thinking? It looks like a really dismal cream shadow formula… Too bad because the colors were very pretty.

I really like the colours in this palette but the swatches and performance are so disappointing! Luckily I have dupes for nearly all of them.

This was like an arrow to my heart MAC! I love Casual Colors and am just dipping my stipple (that sounds so dirty lol) brush in the CCB’s. When I saw the photo of the vibrant jewel shades and rich earth tones I got so excited!! Then came the review and the dismaying swatches. Some of these wouldn’t even be good bases they’re so sheer and patchy. Wouldn’t that make your powders on top look uneven? They need to step it up because I bought one of the new Revlon Colorstay Cream shadows on a whim and it was really good. I NEVER thought I’d see the day Revlon would outperform MAC! 1990’s college Bonnie would smack the crap out of anyone who uttered such blasphemy against MAC. It’s like the world is upside down. ? ?

Aww, darn! 🙁

The wetness of the eyeshadow lets you pack on a lot of powder, so your powders can be quite pigmented and smooth, actually! 🙂

I didn’t think of that, but it makes perfect sense. Thank you for giving me a very good reason to revisit my decision to pass. It’s so pretty!

So far, this whole collection has been dissapointing, save for the lipsticks, and this is no exception – and MAC is my HG brand. Money saved for Tom Ford, I guess.

I would use Glowing for just as you said, a base for color, but wow, how disappointing it scored so low. I’m usually pretty weary of cream eye shadows because they are so hard to use. But hey, at least they look pretty in the pan, lol!

I love cream eyeshadows… when they’re done right – e.g. pretty pigmented and long-wearing. I think sheer works for colors that are more similar to one’s skin tone (so golds/beiges/coppers for me), but darker colors like a deep blue can be unforgiving when sheer (patchy, uneven).

I have a question. Why is L’Oreal Glistening Garnet described as “lower quality” as a dupe for Enigmatic? It got an A in your review of it.

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