MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow
MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic vanilla” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a soft beige with a moderately frosted finish. bareMinerals Libation is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #5 is similar but more frosted. MAC Jaunty is more golden.

When this showed up in a holiday palette, I found it very sheer. That was not the case here–this eyeshadow is so, so much better as a single than it ever was in the palette. The color payoff is dead-on with true-to-pan, opaque color. It has a soft texture that goes on as smoothly as silk and blends out easily. The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone; on me, it’s very close to my natural lid color, so I don’t know how often I’d use it myself, but I thought the color payoff and texture were really stellar here. ย I wore it on the inner lid and on the brow bone as a highlighter, and it was slightly faded along the brow bone after eight hours but mostly intact on the lid (no primer).

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow


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So glad it was better this time around! I went ahead and ordered it last night just in case it would go out of stock. I really wanted to wait for the review but i couldn’t resist!

I bought all the eyeshadows (minus Carbon), one lipstick and the beauty powder from this collection just because of the embossing. I wasn’t expecting quality… and now I just want to use it all!

Beautiful look, but too bad you didn’t actually provide information about how to recreate it. What are the colors you used where? How? The pictures are not particularly helpful, which is unusual since you usually provide more photos than we even need! Would love it if you could repost as a real tutorial.

Lovely! I know I already have too many shades like this one, but I love the Year of the Snake graphic pressed into the pan. I can totally justify it as a must-have beige, right? You can never have too much beige. ๐Ÿ˜›

Hi Christine!!

Beautiful look! I was wondering, could I reproduce something very similar with existing permanent shadows from MAC ? I find it a bit expensive to buy all 3 colours (excluding carbon since it’s already in the permanent shadows). I’d like it if I could replace them with something I could put in my pro palette..

Marie

How would you say it compares to bareminerals Queen Phyllis and Vanilla Sugar? I LOVE MAC eyeshadows, but those two from bareminerals have been my beige go-tos when I want something with more punch than MAC Shroom. Thanks!!!

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