MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. It has a neutral theme running through it, and the set of shades runs warm-toned. This palette was the best of the three eyeshadows palettes, though I don’t think it’s great. It’s all right–the shades themselves are more dupable than not, and without superb quality to back them up, it ends up falling in the middle.

Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow.

Her Mistress is described as a “soft pastel egg [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Sovereign is described as a “frosty gold champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly–it was buildable, at least–and performed better on the lid than the swatch suggested it would. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Faire Maiden is described as a “bright coppering gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, yellowed gold with copper sparkle. As the Lustre finish might have you expecting, it is semi-opaque with a noticeable sparkle that does fall out over time (and a lot of it never makes it to the lid, as it tends to sit on the surface rather than bind with the eyeshadow color). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tempting is described as a “sinfully rich coco [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle golden sparkle–it’s more of a frost finish than a Lustre one. It is also one of the most pigmented Lustre eyeshadows MAC has out (it is part of the permanent range as well). The sparkle doesn’t stick with the color, but most of it doesn’t apply to the lid so there isn’t much fall out that could occur (but what is there will drop). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm, dirty taupe with a matte finish. The color payoff was lovely with a really rich, buttery consistency that was a smidgen on the powdery side but really velvety overall. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Quintessential is described as a “dirty olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a golden brown with subtle, warm, olive undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly. It was also buildable to a slightly richer, more intense color. It was very blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystery is described as a “muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, stiffer consistency. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Night Whisper is described as a “rich black brown [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened brown with subtle,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a barely-there shimmer in the pan, but once applied, it looks mostly matte. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was stiff and harder to blend. (Note, the press release listed this as a Veluxe Pearl finish, but the back of the palette says (V) which indicates Velvet as (VXP) is typically used to denote Veluxe Pearl, and the finish in real life doesn’t look anything like a Veluxe Pearl finish!) See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Her Mistress Eyeshadow
MAC Her Mistress Eyeshadow

MAC Her Mistress Eyeshadow
MAC Her Mistress Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Sovereign Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Sovereign Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Sovereign Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Sovereign Eyeshadow

MAC Faire Maiden Eyeshadow
MAC Faire Maiden Eyeshadow

MAC Faire Maiden Eyeshadow
MAC Faire Maiden Eyeshadow

MAC Tempting Eyeshadow
MAC Tempting Eyeshadow

MAC Tempting Eyeshadow
MAC Tempting Eyeshadow

MAC Omega Eyeshadow
MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC Omega Eyeshadow
MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC Quintessential Eyeshadow
MAC Quintessential Eyeshadow

MAC Quintessential Eyeshadow
MAC Quintessential Eyeshadow

MAC Mystery Eyeshadow
MAC Mystery Eyeshadow

MAC Mystery Eyeshadow
MAC Mystery Eyeshadow

MAC Night Whisper Eyeshadow
MAC Night Whisper Eyeshadow

MAC Night Whisper Eyeshadow
MAC Night Whisper Eyeshadow

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

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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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Although there’s nothing this special about this palette (apart from the packaging), I will probably be buying this because I imagine getting so much use out of this palette. Warm neutrals all the way!

I like the look you created Christine, despite the lacking quality. It’s a real shame these don’t perform better, because this would make a nice manageable neutral palette. I must admit I don’t own any of the UD naked palettes, maybe because they’re just… too much: too much hype, too many shades, too much sparkle, too many palettes… I guess I’m just too shy! But this one contains exactly the kind of shades I would reach for.
Once again MAC, you disappoint. It’s sad how we have now come to expect MAC palettes and limited editions to be poor quality. πŸ™

It’s true – before, I would get excited for their palettes, as they were a great way to try more MAC without spending a bundle (at least, comparing against full-sizes!). Now, I kind of dread it.

Not only is it too dupeable, these palettes tend to contain primarily permanent shades, and even the “LE” shades are just one-offs from the permanent range… It’s not just MAC, either; I’ve skipped the last few NARS palettes for the same reason-either I have the shade (or never had the interest), or the “LE” shades were nearly identical to other NARS shades in my stash.

I feel these brands either need to commit to LE shades, or a “compilation” ofnavailable shades. MAC did a collection of 6-pans a few Holidays ago, and other than an occasional permanent shade, they were pretty much all LE, and I actually bought 3 of 4, with the 4th just being far too warm.

I was really keen on the Keepsakes palette because of the packaging (I admit, I’m a sucker for packaging!) but seeing how dupeable, and poor-ish quality these are, I’m going to skip. Pity, because if MAC had repeated what they did for the Alluring Aquatics collection they’d have had a huge hit!

The packaging is super cute but I can never convince myself to buy any of MAC’s holiday palettes. The quality always seems to be subpar. The price is a great value (for MAC) but it’ll be a lot better if the quality was on par with the permanent line.

I hear ya! Their eyeshadow palettes aren’t even that much value (in terms of quantity), but it is nice to try 4-8 shades in one go.

A decent palette from MAC! And no Carbon!
If I didn’t have a hundred nude palettes already I’d find this a bit tempting. It also remainded me that I still havent bougth Omega, and for some reason I think I need it πŸ™‚

I know what you mean – the term “carbon footprint” has taken on a whole new meaning in the past few years!!!! In the earlier palette, Typographic would have been a much better addition than Carbon!

Of course things are predominantly warm toned. *cool toned, old man style grumble*

I’m genuinely glad the quality is better here, but it’s still pretty yawn-tastic. πŸ™ It’s the HOLIDAYS. They release 364527 other warm neutral collections during the year, why couldn’t they try a bit harder for this one?

I like the concept but, just as with the other palette, there are too many permanent shades that I and I’m sure many others here already own. Mind you, I have to accept that many of these holiday items are aimed more at those who perhaps don’t have quite the mass of products that many here do (I don’t think we’re quite a “normal” representation). Ten or 15 years ago, I’d have been thrilled with a set like this.

It would be nice, though, if they put out one palette–since they have SO MANY–that’s aimed at their hardcore/long-time customers.

Are the MAC holiday palettes so ordinary because they have created too many of them? I think it would be better to create one really fantastic one rather than three ordinary ones – that frankly look the same.

Faire Maiden (inner lid), Tempting (middle of lid), Omega (crease), Quintessential (outer lid), Mystery (outer crease), Night Whisper (outer crease), Sweet Sovereign (brow bone), Her Mistress (brow bone),

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