MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “light peach, bright champagne with pearl, dark olive, blackened green with gold pearl and deep forest green with pearl.” Greenluxe is not really as green as you’d expect, so if you were wary, you might still like this but if you are a fiend for green, you’ll be missing those.  #2 and #4 were the two that were very fall-out prone.  I wore this palette on one eye, and after nine hours of wear, there is no creasing, but there is a noticeable amount of fall out–the sparkles in this are finer, so they’re not as large or as visible as glitter would be. I did experience fading with #4 and #5 that was noticeable after seven and a half hours of wear.

Greenluxe #1 is a warm-toned beige with a pearly sheen. It was semi-sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied wet. This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Brownluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #2 is a pale, light gold with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry but was very loose/crumbly; applied wet, it smoothed out better but would do best with a pressing and crushing technique.
Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the GLass is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 is a touch darker. Make Up For Ever #101 is less metallic. MAC Flicker is lighter. MAC Femme-fi is lighter, less metallic. Dior Golden Savannah #3 is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Gold Bar is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #3 is a dirty gold, kind of pewter-like, but I’d say it’s a little warm to be a true pewter. I’m a total sucker for shades like this, though, because they can look warmer or cooler, depending on what you pair them with. Dry, it had fairly opaque color payoff but was somewhat powdery. Wet, it was smoother, sparkly without being too glittery. Chanel Moon River is darker, cream product. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is warmer, lighter. MAC Hazy Day is darker. MAC Antique Diamond is similar but a cream product. MAC Modern Pewter is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 is slightly darker. bareMinerals First Class is a touch darker. bareMinerals Gold Medal is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #4 is a blackened green (more like a tint of green) and forest green and gold sparkle and shimmer. Dry, it’s a little gritty from the high sparkle content, and applied wet, it does apply more smoothly with a richer base color, but it still needs to be layered and packed on a bit to get good coverage. Giorgio Armani #25 is greener. Urban Decay Snare is lighter. Milani Melange is warmer, browner. MAC Smutty Green is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #5 is a reddish brown with a teal duochrome finish. Dry, it looks warmer and browner, while wet it takes on a more dominant teal coloring. MAC Woodsmoke is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush On You is slightly lighter. Shades like MAC Blue Green pigment and MAC Club are also similar. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

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MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette $32.00/0.14 OZ.
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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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mmm the green veluxe #5 rather looks like club, doesn’t it?
The colors are pretty but I am not feeling this quads, they look kindda cheap to me, too frosty

I expected a palette called “Greenluxe” to be, well, greener. #5 reminds me of wet n wild’s coloricon “Comfort Zone” definer shade… which cost a scant few dollars for a set of eight. From what you’ve shown us, the quality of these palettes is just not cutting it for me. One reassuring thing is that they’re permanent, so hopefully Mac girls won’t feel tempted to rush out and buy these without weighing the value and reviewing them thoroughly.

I was more hopeful for Greenlux before the swatches, since I have to say the eye shadows don´t look very green to me at all, I would have liked this pallet more if the green was more prominent.

The Veluxe Pearlfusions remind me of Lunasol eyeshadow palettes – but I think Lunasol does them better! It looks like it’s trying to imitate the Japanesey type of glimmery eyeshadow.

Now, this one is REALLY tempting! CLIO makes a good point about the Comfort Zone palette (WnW) – the shades in this one are probably duped fairly easily. Still, it looks SO tempting.

So I have to ask a silly question: did you use primer in applying these swatches? I am a die-hard Urban Decay fan and use almost nothing else eye makeup-wise, so I am religious when it comes to the eyeshadow primer. I really like this palette though and just want to know what you did there.
Thanks!

Hi Amanda,

I generally do not use eyeshadow primer for swatching. On rare occasions that I use a primer (the only example that comes to mind from recent memory is Fyrinnae’s), then I provide both and indicate which is which (IMO, it is misleading not to state somewhere that you did use primer!). Basically, an eyeshadow primer will usually help, but not everybody uses it, and a lot of brands actually claim their eyeshadows are long-wearing, super pigmented, etc. on their own (so that’s how I test them). Depending on timing, I try to test both with and without primer – if I wasn’t able to get something to work at all without primer, the review will say that as well. With a collection like this, I don’t have time to test with and without primer but will usually give it a shot later on just to see. With these, a regular primer like UDPP I don’t think is going to combat the major issue – fall out – as UDPP has never helped their own sparkly shadows adhere (for me). I’d recommend a more adhesive base (something like Fyrinnae or Too Faced’s Glitter Glue) or a tacky cream eyeshadow.

This is so disappointing! I was really crossing my fingers with this one, but there’s no way I’m paying $40 for this. Does anyone know of a dupe palette with similar colors that actually show up as green?

I’m actually really liking the colors, but it looks like getting it on is going to be a pain – so much fallout! Regardless, I love all of the eyeshadow colors in this quintet. It might be worth a splurge!

This reminds me so much of the Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar palette! Same golden/green fallout shade, even! I am one of the few people who absolutely loved that palette, so I’ll give this a try wet with Glitter Glue. I’ve been really into wet applications lately, so I’m planning on grabbing the brown and smoke palettes, also.

I saw a review elsewhere that recommended spraying Fix+ right onto the whole palette before applying to make all of these palettes easier to manage, so that might work nicely if you could move fast enough.

For those of you who keep bashing these pallets, please remember that the finish of these eye shadows WILL have SOME fall out. It is just how they are. Cheap is a totally different idea. They are worth the money if you think about how much one shadow costs. If they did not wear for a long time and wiped right off then yes, I could see the frustration but I just want everyone to understand that the finish that the “veluxe” stands for will always have some fall out. It is just how that finish turns out. It is to be expected if you understand what I’m saying.

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