MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 4 x 0.05 oz.) has four, permanent shades of eyeshadows and is housed in a specially-packaged quad with the collection’s design on the palette’s lid. All four shades were fairly good with decent to good color payoff, mostly blendable, and all lasted eight hours on me. he eyeshadow quad contains four permanent shades, so you could purchase these shades right now for $10 per pan, plus the empty quad for $8, which would run you $48, so you would save $4 if you went with the Maleficent quad, and it would come with special packaging. However, if you purchased everything separately, you would be able to remove the shades from the quad at your leisure, whereas the pre-made quad will come with the shades glued in. If, perhaps, you didn’t love all four shades, you could also substitute another shade from the permanent range that would suit your needs better.

Personally, I was terribly disappointed in this collection–particularly since we saw what MAC released for Venomous Villains–and its abundance of permanent products for such a small collection. If it had been a small, well-edited release with new and interesting shades, that would be have amazing. This just feels like a missed opportunity.

Goldmine is described as an “intense gold with shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, yellow-orange gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t fully opaque, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is similar. OCC Triptych (P, $14.00) is more metallic. Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is lighter. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ground Brown is described as a “dirty deep brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subtly red-toned brown with a matte finish. The texture was really smooth, but it has a tendency to skip slightly. It applies and is easiest to blend if you use a fairly fluffy blush to apply it. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is more muted. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker. MAC Embark (P, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #162 (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Concrete is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted brown with a gray-ish overcast but still has some warmer, brown undertones. The texture was soft, smooth, and it had good pigmentation. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P) is similar. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is more matte. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $15.00) is similar. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with mostly neutral undertones and a matte finish. It’s worth noting that Carbon is usually a subpar black eyeshadow, and it’s often terrible when it is placed in a pre-made quad, but this might be the most pigmented, softest, and best iteration of Carbon I’ve come across. It’s not without its flaws, compared to other black eyeshadows on the market, but it is significantly improved from past releases. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon

LELimited Edition. $17.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow

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MAC Ground Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Ground Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Concrete Eyeshadow

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MAC Concrete Eyeshadow

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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

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indira Avatar

Thank you for the review. How disappointing. There was no creativity in the packaging and the colors seemed to have just been thrown into a palette.

Mariella Avatar

and again…….CARBON!!! Though it’s nice to read that this is a better formula than is usually in LE quads, I still find even the permanent iteration of Carbon to be disappointing. The only shadow in this quad that I’d want is Concrete and, fortunately, I’ve already got that one. And since I have 3 of the listed dupes for Ground Brown (a shade that is too red for me to lust over), I don’t even need to be curious about that one. This is quite a dark quad to be practical for a lot of people, I think (unless you’re an evil Queen!)

stephanie Avatar

Based on the trailers, I feel like the colors in the quad match the theme of the movie. I do like the shades together and I like your eye look with them. Venomous Villians was more whimsical to me in a way where this collections is more live action and realistic. I would have loved to see non permanent colors make their way to this collection to make it more exclusive.

Nekona Avatar

The look you came up with for this is quite pretty, but the colors and the collection as a whole seem like so little effort was put into it. That, and the trailers keep throwing me with the whole wings thing.

They basically were reading Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms and decided “Let’s make her an Avariel!”

(http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Avariel)

L Avatar

It is such a shame that the shadows are glued into the palette, because even if you thought these shades were boring, you could make you own version of a “maleficent” palette and that would be an awesome creative aspect. But because they’re glued in and all permanent… there’s not much excitement in this whole collection in my opinion.

xamyx Avatar

These palettes are fairly simple to depot, and glue I what you want. All you need is a flat iron. If you like the shades otherwise, it may be worth the effort/cost.

Allison Avatar

This entire collection seems really rushed, like they forgot they needed to put together a Maleficent collection and threw it together at the eleventh hour to get it out to market in time. It really is a bummer and doesn’t do the character justice. I mean, think of all the amazing things they could have done for an evil queen collection! Wasted opportunity.

Denise Avatar

Ya know, I’ve often wondered why I’ve had this totally irrational dislike of MAC products for years now… Guess what, the fog has lifted and its stuff like this which has clarified things for me. Bleh!

Jenni Avatar

Ditto. Way underwhelmed by this collection. Was looking for more purples and fuchsia from Maleficient!!! They’ve wasted an opportunity there…

Ellen Avatar

Karen, from Makeup and Beauty Blog, does a look on her blog with this palette that definitely ls “Maleficent”, if the definition of the word is dark and sutlry, with a bit of evil mystery thrown in. Its just in how you use the dark colors. For a quad, I’d like to see a better flow from light to dark. This has a light shade and then goes right to dark, that is what makes it ‘Maleficent” in my mind. I guess “goth” might be another interpretation of the word, or the look! Ground Brown looks like it would be my favorite, as it is a warm, red brown, why did you not swatch it? Concrete looks warmer and taupier in the pan than in the swatch, so I guess I really need to swatch these for myself, but I probably have dupes to most of these colors. You did do a beautiful look with them, how did you use the dark shades in your interpretation? You managed to take the dark shades and make a very innocent looking eye. Its all in how you use the colors and how deep you make the eyeliner. I can’t wait to get the Sculpt in the individual packaging, and the Beauty Powder looks promising for my very fair skin as well. I could probably use a good red, brown in my collection, but the rest of the eyeshadow shades probably already live in my bathroom!

Christine Avatar

Hi Ellen!

I did swatch Ground Brown! It’s the photo right below the photo of the eyeshadow pan! 🙂 I used all of the shades in the palette – Goldmine on the inner lid, Ground Brown on the middle of the lid, Concrete on the outer lid, Carbon in the crease!

Brenda Avatar

I agree Christine, totally a missed opportunity with this collection, as you said, esp. after the awesomeness of Venemous Villains.

No savings on the quad either, no thank you. For $52 CDN I can buy other brands’ palettes that are larger and have a lot more interesting options.

Ludmila Assumpção Avatar

I´d like to see some purple and grey eyeshadows in this collection..
Even the packaging is disappointing, I was hoping some velvet dark purple cases, like the Temperature Rising ones, with the black horn symbol, something impactful..

Nothing about this ugly packaging says Maleficent to me. So sad. Waste of oportunity to make something epic like Venomous Villains.

renae Avatar

all rather underwhelming. I was so looking forward to this one, but its all just “meh”. Was expecting something interesting as befits an evil story tale queen. I mean, look at those horns! They scream dark fantasy, deep misty purples and greens. A golden opportunity missed, methinks.

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