MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. This might be better titled as “Purpleluxe,” since it’s more like variations on purple than plum. It’s characterized by a lot of glitter, sparkle, and metallic finishes, which makes it harder to wear on its own as the powdery, sometimes crumbly, quality of the glittery shades shows up on the lids and creates a lot of fall out both during application as well as throughout the time I wore them. I think the way the Veluxe Pearlfusion formula sparkles can be really pretty, but they can be such a high maintenance product to apply/wear.

Plumluxe #1 is described as a “frosty white.” It’s a glittering, bright white with a metallic finish and subtle warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and more opaque pigmentation when applied damp. The texture wasn’t glittery exactly, but it wasn’t smooth–almost crumbly where flecks of sparkle/shimmer acted more like chunks. I had a lot of fall out with this shade when I wore it. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less glittery. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is less glittery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more muted. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #2 is described as a “white pink with pearl.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned, light-medium pink with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had sheer color that was very powdery when applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It had moderate fall out when worn, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is less glittery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is less glittery. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is similar. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is less glittery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #3 is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver and white sparkle/shimmer. It had a more glittery, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and a bit crumbly, and applied with a dampened brush produced smoother, more pigmented results. I had some fall out with this shade when I wore it, though the color didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly, darker. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #4 is described as a “dark purple with light pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer and powdery when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush, which helped most of the powderiness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #5 is a dark gray with a pearly sheen and subtle,c ool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer but not powdery, and then applied damp, it was slightly more pigmented. The color lasted for almost eight hours before fading. There is a surprisingly amount of shades very similar to this — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
MAC Plumluxe #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette (MAC Evil Twin Fluidline Eye Pencil)

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette (MAC Evil Twin Fluidline Eye Pencil)

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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 personally do not care for these for a couple of reasons. I can’t get beyond their look. I think they look really cheap. The colour combinations and finishes are like something I would have found in the 70’s in the drugstore. Definitely not my cup of tea.

There’s something about the finishes that goes very over-the-top quickly – if there wasn’t as much fall out with the sparkly shades, it could be more interesting, but they’re just messy to use and absolutely require wet application.

The colors are pretty but I just don’t care for this formula. I’m not a big fan of glitter all over my eyes either. Easy skip!

I’ve somehow never been tempted by the Pearlfusion palettes. The shades always seem to be on the sheer side with a lot of glitter fall out.

You pretty much have to use them with a damp brush if you want good color payoff πŸ™ It’s as intended… but more work/frustrating.

Lucky I bought pink in a box… So I could try this velux pearl shadow without paying another usd50 in Malaysia. I think my fabulous no 3 color more plum and I have jingles.. So I am set!

The colors are really pretty, but I can’t imagine wearing more than one ultra-pearly color at a time. I like my shimmer, but these take it over the top. I want a matte base for any looks done with these.

I am totally loving that Evil Twin liner. Added to my “want” list.

I don’t mind having to grab additional shades/finishes to complete a “look” when using a larger number palette, but with quads/quints, I expect it to be complete, and this is just too much shimmer… Aside from that, the individual shades are all very pretty, but I would like to see a matte shade with a contrasting/complimentary color.

First, I love the look you did, Christine. Etheral shimmer in purple, lovely!
I really like the shimmer party these shadows provide. If it wasn’t for the difficulty applying it, and the fallout during wear I’d love this palette.
As it is, even I won’t buy it.

I like the colour scheme, but the execution of the palette makes me sad πŸ™ Funnily enough, there’s something about the consistency of the first, white shade that (in the thick swatch) really reminds me of Chanel Fantasme!

I always find ONE shade in these things to be really nice, but they’re quints and that’s not a good thing. I only buy palettes for one shade at drugstore pricepoints…on SALE.

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