MAC Natural Wilderness, Sandstone, Greystone, Carbon, In Living Pink Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

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MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow
MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow

Natural Wilderness

MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a lighter, very yellowy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff in a single layer, while the texture was smooth to the touch, not too firmly nor too softly pressed in to the pan. I had no trouble picking up product with a dry brush and diffusing the edges. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. - $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "highly pigmented powder" that goes on "evenly and blends well." MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance--and higher performance at that--compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they're not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren't powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow "topper." I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn't have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I've found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I've found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don't swatch well, they often apply better in practice--as in on the eyes!--than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow
MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow

Sandstone

MAC Sandstone Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a light, golden taupe with muted, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full opacity with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was soft, velvety, and lightly powdery but blendable and wasn’t prone to fallout during application. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. - $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "highly pigmented powder" that goes on "evenly and blends well." MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance--and higher performance at that--compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they're not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren't powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow "topper." I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn't have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I've found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I've found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don't swatch well, they often apply better in practice--as in on the eyes!--than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow
MAC Greystone Eyeshadow

Greystone

MAC Greystone Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had medium coverage, which was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation over bare skin and closer to more opaque coverage over a primer. The texture was moderately powdery with a tendency to sheer out and yield some fallout during application. It lasted well for eight hours before I noticed signs of fading.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. - $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "highly pigmented powder" that goes on "evenly and blends well." MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance--and higher performance at that--compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they're not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren't powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow "topper." I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn't have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I've found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I've found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don't swatch well, they often apply better in practice--as in on the eyes!--than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

Carbon

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a little bit layered on top. The texture was smooth, more substantial without being powdery, and felt richer than past iterations of this shade (which has truly run the spectrum of ratings).

It wasn’t quite as blendable, though, but it retained more of its intensity so the trade off for richness in exchange for a little more time spent blending might be worth it to some. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. - $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "highly pigmented powder" that goes on "evenly and blends well." MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance--and higher performance at that--compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they're not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren't powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow "topper." I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn't have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I've found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I've found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don't swatch well, they often apply better in practice--as in on the eyes!--than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow
MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow

In Living Pink

MAC In Living Pink Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a light-medium pink with moderate, warm undertones and warmer, golden shimmer throughout that gave it a frost finish. It had a drier, dustier texture that was prone to sheering out from semi-opaque coverage initially to more semi-sheer pigmentation.

There was also some fallout, though the fineness of the shimmer made it easier to dust away. It worked better over a primer or applied with a dampened brush as that helped to minimize some of the dustiness. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.05 oz. - $340.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "highly pigmented powder" that goes on "evenly and blends well." MAC eyeshadows run the gamut from total failures to long-time, cult-favorite staples. In general, the permanent line has been more consistent in performance--and higher performance at that--compared to limited edition launches, but it can really depend.

The Matte finish tends to have a firmer press and a bit of thinness compared to other matte formulas on the market, so MAC matte eyeshadows tend to build up better and have better wear-time without fallout as they're not powdery at all. Some of the newer matte finish shades have had a more velvety quality to them that gives them a softer feel but aren't powdery; these have been easier to blend and are often more pigmented in one layer.

The Lustre finish is designed to have sheerer pigmentation, and it often has more sheer to medium coverage with a drier, dustier consistency that can be hard to apply with a dry brush. Lustre finish shades can suffer from fallout during application, too. They are the old school version of an eyeshadow "topper." I would recommend applying with a fingertip or applying with a dampened brush to get smoother, more even coverage and minimize fallout.

The Satin finish is few and far in-between, but it is softer and more yielding than the Matte finish but performs similarly. They tend to have very low sheen but are quite blendable with medium to opaque coverage. It can be easy to mix the finish up with the Velvet finish, which has more of a sparkle-over-matte effect but are more powdery than the true Matte finish.

The Frost finish is more firmly-pressed into the pan but doesn't have fallout, is often pigmented, and blends out well enough. They can sometimes be a little drier to the touch depending on how much shimmer is in the shade. The Veluxe Pearl finish is one of the creamier takes within the range, and newer shades released in the finish tend to have more moderate, silicone-like slip. I've found that Veluxe Pearl finish shades tend to have more semi-opaque pigmentation and are more consistent in performance than some of the other finishes.

One thing I've found with MAC eyeshadows is that they tend to last longer without primer than the average brand (eight hours). While some eyeshadow shades don't swatch well, they often apply better in practice--as in on the eyes!--than just swatched on the skin. They can be quite hit or miss, and they have inconsistencies between releases (see Carbon and its sordid review history!).

Browse all of our MAC Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Wow! What are the improvement of Carbon! Too bad past iterations of it never came close to this. Not that I need another black matte eyeshadow, but I really do like this one.
As for everything else, I either love it but have dupes for it (Sandstone, Natural Wilderness) or it does nothing for me (Greystone, In Living Pink). Same old story. ?‍♀️

I bought Greystone a few months ago, partly lured by the name and partly because it was popular years ago when it was LE. I’ve used it twice; WHAT was I thinking? It is encouraging to see them come out with a better version of Carbon, aka “The Shadow MAC Keeps Trying to Shove Down Our Throats”. Sandstone look nice and like a very practical shadow to have in one’s collection but I’ve got several dupes.

It’s the colour and I guess the finish (I’m not mad for matte shadows generally and sort of have all the mattes I need). It’s just not especially good and it can be a bit patchy. But in reality, I think it was just that it wasn’t very exciting when I got it home and applied it. I like it better smudged more as a liner for a smokey effect.

I had Greystone at some point and actually love it; not the best matte, but the color looked amazing enough that the extra blending needed was worthwhile. I would probably purchase it (or at least try it in stores when they finally open) even with the C rating.

Natural Wilderness is quite a unique shade. Even looking at the dupe list, the other shades are either too yellowy or too browny. I wish that it was offered as a soft shimmer personally. It is a lovely autumn colour.

It IS nice they did an improved Carbon, but the whole world has past, poor releases. I really don’t understand why it is so difficult to do a smoky charcoal, when decent blacks are a dime a dozen. SG Dusk is an option for those who mourn Typographic. Not that it’s a dead-on dupe, but it could pinch hit for typographic, and, uh, Sydney Grace, so d*** fine.

These are nice additions! I have dupes for Natural Wilderness and Sandstone from MUFE and Natasha Denona. Greystone looks awful — glad I have Pat McGrath eyeshadow in Deep Space.

Carbon here seems to have the same ingredients as in the Cicero palette (2019), which received an F, and the It’s Designer Palette (2019), which received a C+, so while the formula is being marketed as reformulated, it has actually been used for a lot longer than MAC has stated from what I can tell! We don’t have any way on the back end to distinguish a break point in formula other than creating a new one (which then would make it confusing because MAC has used this “new” formula for a year or so but it’s not clear what the break really is).

It’s on the to-do list to figure out, but it would be a major change (requiring a lot of time) but is low impact (because it only impacts a minority of products) so it is a lower priority – we are focusing on higher priority items that have more meaningful impact to readers right now.

I thought that Natural Wilderness was a LE release from 2014…I’ve been coveting my old pan of it because I thought I’d never get another one! It looks so nice paired with a bright, warm yellow for a very mustard-y effect. I’m going to feel very silly if it was made permanent sometime between then and now and I missed it, or worse was never LE to begin with! Oh, well at least I know now 🙂

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