MAC MACnificent Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette
MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a warmer-toned, neutral palette with a mix of frosts and mattes. The amount of product contained in this palette is similar to that of their eyeshadow quads, though each shade is similar to the size of a dime. The palette itself is the same size as the quad palette, so they store/stack well together. The shades worked well together, and overall, it’s a nice palette with only a few shades that could have performed better (and only one real miss). This palette is part of the MACnificent collection, which will be available at counters and in-stores on October 1st.

MACnificent Me is described as a “pinky white frost.” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a blendable texture that was soft, a little powdery, but it applied well and lasted for eight hours. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Sydney Grace Dream Maker (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Riff (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Jewelry (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Glitz (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Stop Ruffling My Feathers #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Beige (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Ballet Flats (PiP, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tulle (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Quiet Type is described as a “medium bronze shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was blendable and easy to use on bare skin. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (PiP, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Subtle Blend (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Too Haute to Handle (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) (PiP, $29.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Woodwinked (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep cool brown.” It’s a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It is actually one of the better versions I’ve tried of this shade (MAC likes to use this one in their limited edition palettes), as it had semi-opaque coverage and a more blendable texture, though it was still tricky to use. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tarte Smokeshow (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Bali (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, )(95% similar). Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (DC, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, )(100% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). theBalm #15 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pepper (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fabulous DNA is described as a “light pink shimmer.” It’s a brightened peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very soft, silky consistency that was a little powdery in the pan but didn’t look powdery applied. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cashew Chew (PiP, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P, )(90% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Grain (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Jardins de Lumieres #2 (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #1 (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pleasing to the Eye is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a muted, medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. Tarte Hearts & Crafts (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Georgia Peach (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Hanky Panky (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Supermodel (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Chic (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Strapless (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Nectar (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Nougat (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Rose (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sable is described as a “gold plum with bronze pearl.” It’s a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with soft, lightly dense, blendable texture that was easy to apply to bare lids. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 14 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #6 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Mocha (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Precious Metal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Inferno (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Vengeance (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel City Lights #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cocoa Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frankly Frosty is described as a “light grey taupe.” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, as the texture was firmer and was harder to get dislodged from the pan. The color lasted for eight hours once on. Disney by Sephora What's-It (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fogged In (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Girl Crush (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Concrete (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Sarah (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Silent Mary (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals Tranquil (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In My Element is described as a “cool silver pearl.” It’s a brightened, silvery mauve with warm undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a noticeably chunky consistency as the glitter just got everywhere, except the lid–of course! I didn’t have much fall out when worn, as there was hardly any glitter that translated, but the underlying color lasted for eight hours. Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Sydney Grace Immortal (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte C'est La Vie (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Earthshine (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is darker (85% similar). Milk Makeup Peep Show (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Lavender (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Top Shelf (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cool Complement is described as a “cool medium brown.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that blended nicely on the skin and wore well for eight hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Lofty (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Tabac (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Suede (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Rocky (DC, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Black #5 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Chocolate (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Saddle (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Camelot (P, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Risque (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Americano (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sexspresso (PiP, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Corduroy (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Suede (Remastered) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette
MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette
MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette
MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow
MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow
MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow

MAC Quiet Type Eyeshadow
MAC Quiet Type Eyeshadow

MAC Quiet Type Eyeshadow
MAC Quiet Type Eyeshadow

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulous DNA Eyeshadow
MAC Fabulous DNA Eyeshadow

MAC Fabulous DNA Eyeshadow
MAC Fabulous DNA Eyeshadow

MAC Pleasing to the Eye Eyeshadow
MAC Pleasing to the Eye Eyeshadow

MAC Pleasing to the Eye Eyeshadow
MAC Pleasing to the Eye Eyeshadow

MAC Sable Eyeshadow
MAC Sable Eyeshadow

MAC Sable Eyeshadow
MAC Sable Eyeshadow

MAC Frankly Frosty Eyeshadow
MAC Frankly Frosty Eyeshadow

MAC Frankly Frosty Eyeshadow
MAC Frankly Frosty Eyeshadow

MAC In My Element Eyeshadow
MAC In My Element Eyeshadow

MAC In My Element Eyeshadow
MAC In My Element Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette
MACnificent Me, Pleasing to the Eye, Sable, Quiet Type, Dance in the Dark,
Cool Complement, Fabulous DNA, Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint

MAC MACnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette
MACnificent Me, Pleasing to the Eye, Sable, Quiet Type, Dance in the Dark,
Cool Complement, Fabulous DNA, Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint

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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 really like palettes just like this. I can likely dupe it. but, I want it. I’m going to wait until the time to say if I’m getting it or not. But, I’m going to try. 😉

I guess MAC is beginning to listen when it comes to giving us better quality with their LE eyeshadows! This one is quite nice, but I already have 2 shades in here, Sable and Dance In The Dark, plus dupes for nearly all the others, except: Fabulous DNA and Pleasing To The Eye.

Ah dang it, I really like this! And I only have exact dupes for one or two… And I calculated price per ounce as being less than the price per ounce for a single MAC shadow (even just the pan)… so I think I might need this! At least I have a few weeks to decide.

I like this palette and I’m pleased so see it performed so well. My problem is that I already have Sable and have dupes of so many of these shades (though not all in one palette….that’s always the appeal with palettes – “Oh, it would be SO CONVENIENT and PRACTICAL to have all those shadows in one palette!” But I will probably pass on this because I so don’t need it.

Frankly Frosty looks really similar to “All Races” which is one of my go-to transition shades, and the rest of the colors look pretty nice. I might have to pick this up!

You know, even with the total miss of the one shade, I can see this being a great starter palette for someone who wants a safe and easy mix of shades for every day looks but wants something on the mid to high end range of brands. Honestly, even though I’ve drifted more towards skincare than actual color cosmetics, I see this as potential buy. The average quality seems worth it and to be honest I’ve just made a dent in the Tarte MATTEnificent palette I got a year or so ago.

I don’t hit pan on anything but Chanel Les Beiges anyway, so this could last me quite a while! I’m just now making a big dent in the Archie’s Girls pearlmatte powder from forever ago if that tells you anything haha.

Another warm toned neutral palette on the market – so original. However what IS original is the better rating. Now let’s cross our fingers and hope that MAC puts out some colours with this sort of rating.
Your eye look with this palette is beautiful and elegant Christine.

Am I the only one who looked at this and thought “Oh, the MUFE Artist Palette – Neutrals You Need” (or whatever it’s called?)?!
Yeah, I know it’s not exactly the same, but between the shades and layout/look…
Sounds like MAC palette has pretty small pans, though.
Hmm.

MAC came out with this style before the MUFE palette, I think, actually! But I definitely see what you mean – these are much smaller, more like the size of a dime!

Thinking about this, this palette really would be a good one for MAC to add to their permanent line – I think it would be a steady seller all the time. Same goes with the 2 new Paint Pots (especially the blue one, since there is NOTHING in the Paint Pot lineup like that at all; I also wish they’d bring back GreenSTROKE (not “smoke”) to the Paint Pot permanent collection because, again, MAC has nothing like that and yet in both the Paints (the ones in tubes) and Paint Pots, they have so many “similar” shades. They need a strong blue, a stronger green, etc.

It’s so funny to see all the comments are like “So glad MAC got a good score on this one!” It just reflects how awful they had been doing with LE collections lately. This is a nice quad for those who are just starting to build up their collection and/or those who travel a lot and need a little compact to cover all their bases.

I must admit I like this. Do I need it? No. Will I buy it? Probably not, as so many fun things are coming the next months, and some really fun things are already on my list of wants (WANTS) 🙂

I actually might get this. I dont have many eyeshadows anyway, just a 1 highlight and 1 pallette with 9 colors. But then again, i’m only using a bronzer as an eye shadow (LOL i know, but its too dark to actually ise as bronzer but it smells like chocolate so i love it). So i dont know if id even reach for it! Decisions decisions…

Very thorough review, thank you! Question – I am yet to be an expert on applying various eyeshadows. I love the way your make up looks in your example photo and it’s helpful that you listed what eyeshadows you used, but how did you apply them? If it’s not too much trouble, a step-by-step would be incredibly helpful…or if you already know of a handy tutorial, that’s fine, too. I’ve watched a lot of tutorials, but I can’t find one for this specific palette – I’m guessing because it’s so new. Thank you!

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