MAC Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Quite Yummy, Softened Up Soft Serve Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “vibrant sparkling gold.” It’s a light, glittering white gold with warm, yellow tones and a very glittery finish. This was the most glittery shade out of the eleven I tested. The texture isn’t really rough going on, but it is better applied as more of a wash than trying to make it opaque on the lid. It’s buildable from sheer to semi-sheer, but it can look uneven easily. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading, but there was a moderate amount of fall out over time. MAC Pastelluxe #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dazzle the Night Away (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Moon Rock (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Stargazer (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fleur Neige (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Valley Girl (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Juicy Apple (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Follow the Sun (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Light Year (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Chem Trail (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop WKND (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kaja Gold Dust (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Pat McGrath Astral Luna Gold (PiP, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia C1 (Norvina Vol. 3) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone peach.” It’s a light-medium, peach with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and this was one of the shades that had a drier consistency and applied that way–it was very easily “bunched” where the product would overlap onto itself in some places and lift color up from other areas, so it appeared quite uneven. What did apply certainly lasted as long as the rest of the shades–ten hours–but was a pain to apply. Cle de Peau Grounded (Right) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cookie Cutter (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blaze (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Oracle (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cava (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Sugar (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #6 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Alhambra I (PiP, $19.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Sephora #happydays (DC, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Blaze (Beached) (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Starlight (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Estrella (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Prim-O (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Straight Up (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Collie (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Moony (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Moonstone (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Shake Shake Shake (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bow Wow (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a muted, medium rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. This shade didn’t have as much sparkle as some shades, so it might feel more subdued as a result. It had better color payoff, ranging from medium to totally opaque. The color was blendable, long-wearing (over ten hours), and easy to apply. LORAC Unbelievable (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Dive (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). City Color Homecoming Queen (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Who Me (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Clutch (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cause a Fuss (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Mythology (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hocus Pocus (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Hiney (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, golden tones and shimmer. It had semi-sheer to opaque color payoff (about two layers or just applied more heavily). The texture was a little “wetter” compared to most shades, but it still had more of a powder-like texture on the skin once applied. I didn’t see any creasing or fading after ten hours of wear. NARS Play Me (DC, $25.00)(95% similar). Colour Pop On the Rocks (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Frosting (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Rizzo (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Morphe Meeks (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Persona Goddess (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Beyond Bronze 003 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (DC, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Persona Resilient (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Nutmeg (LE, ) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #4 (DC, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Territorial (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kaja Gilded Chocolate (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream eyeshadow formula that’s described as “buildable colour that’s long-wearing [and] non-creasing.” They are similar to formulas like ColourPop Super Shock, Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, and MAC’s own Electric Cool–it actually made me wonder why they didn’t continue to extend that range, but worth noting: these contain far more product than Electric Cool (those were only 0.07 oz.). I would say these are most like Chanel’s, as the majority are rather sparkly and offer less coverage than ColourPop or Electric Cool (on average). The texture is sponge-like, where you can press on the surface without leaving strong indentations with your brush, but if you pressed your fingertip in it, you would see a depression and even subtle fingerprints left behind. It’s not particularly emollient; it is one of the drier types of this kind of product that I’ve encountered. Most of them aren’t dry to the point where it would impede application. They are, as described, buildable, and I think the formula is best suited for someone who likes semi-sheer washes of lighter color with a fair amount of sparkle. I get all-day wear (10+ hours) with every shade–no creasing, fading, and very little fall out. I used MAC’s 242 brush to apply these, which applied most shades well enough, but some shades would thicken and bunch up, appearing uneven, if I attempted to build up the coverage. I think the finish and end result is similar to the Foiled Eyeshadows, which were a powder formula, but those were easier to work with overall (not as long-wearing, though). The collection launches online on May 26th, in-stores June 2nd.

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MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Plead Gilty Soft Serve Shadow

MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow
MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow

MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow
MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow

MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow
MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow

MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow
MAC So, So Saucy Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Quite Yummy! Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
Jealous Girl, Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Softened Up Soft Shadows; Make Up For Ever I34, M30, I32 Aqua XL Pencils

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
Jealous Girl, Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Softened Up Soft Shadows; Make Up For Ever I34, M30, I32 Aqua XL Pencils

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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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Oooh, Softened Up is really pretty! I’ve been eyeing Chanel Illusion Ombre in Mirage, but this is cheaper. And eyeing Plead Guilty as a sparkly topper for shadows

Softened Up is easier to use, I think, too, as it isn’t as chunky as Mirage, if I’m remembering my Illusion d’Ombres right.

I think Softened Up is the only one that has enough pigment and color intensity for my liking. It’s quite pretty!

It’s definitely one of the most pigmented out of the bunch! I am glad MAC at least said buildable rather than over-the-top pigmented… since they are definitely not that.

Even with the forewarned fallout; I need Plead Guilty!!! A gazillion years back, in the 80’s , I worked as a MUA at a company that back then had MAC shades of excellent quality (I don’t believe MAC even existed yet? Idk?). But whenever I have Googled it, there are NO results! Very unnerving because Jean Pierre Cosmetique had shades that were way ahead of their time, including my HG white-gold duochrome eyeshadow that I went through 3 entire pans of. Have not found a true dupe for it yet! This one is super sparkley version of it, as is UD Bobby Dazzle from Vice 3.

I bet you’ll like it! It’s very pretty and has better staying power than UD’s Bobby Dazzle for sure!

Does so so saicy stay visibly peach on the lid or does it become just white shimmer? Is it that small little bit of orange in the eye look? (I see its labeled as in there im just hoping thats it)

It’s a light peach, but it isn’t just white – I applied it on the outer third of the lid, and the very, very outer portion is probably darkened by Softened Up (put that in the crease).

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