MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

It’s funny, despite five eyeshadows being launched in this collection, none of them really spoke to me. I also got more of a fall collection vibe off of them, even though we’re heading right into summer. To be honest, I don’t think any of these are really must-haves.

Gazette Gray had a lot of potential, but it’s just so sheer–would have been great if it had been a veluxe pearl finish! Cut to Fit is something that’s close enough to other shades I’ve seen before. Tissue Weight is pretty on its own, but you may already own something similar.

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Cut to Fit is a reddish copper-bronze with a frost finish. It reminds me of French Cuff from early last year, but it’s not as frosty and perhaps a little more darkness to this one. It also seems close to Twinks from the permanent line.
  • Bamboo is a matte fleshy nude with a subtle orange undertone. It’s a permanent shade, but it’s nice to help diffuse color. On my NC25 skin tone, I find Bamboo is a bit orange/dark as a highlighter.
  • Tissue Weight is a pink-toned fleshy beige with a frost finish. This is a pretty color, and it layers well over Coral Crepe paint pot. I think pinker skin tones may even like this as a highlighter, albeit it is a bit on the frostier side.
  • Gazette Grey is a brownish-gray with gold and green-gold flecks of sparkle. It applies quite sheerly, so despite looking quite beautiful in the pan, it doesn’t translate on its own. You could try layering this over a darker base (like one of the Greasepaint Sticks from earlier in April) to bring out the flecks of shimmer in this.
  • Memorabilia is a matte, red-toned purple with an almost gray cast to it. It’s an interesting shade, though I believe this is its second appearance. It’s not totally opaque, but it’s not sheer either, and it’s a very blendable matte.

See photos & swatches!

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Cut to Fit Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Cut to Fit Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Cut to Fit Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Cut to Fit Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Tissue Weight Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Tissue Weight Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Tissue Weight Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Tissue Weight Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Tissue Weight Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Gazette Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Gazette Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Gazette Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Gazette Grey Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Memorabilia Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Memorabilia Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Memorabilia Eyeshadow

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Eyeshadows: Cut to Fit, Bamboo, Tissue Weight, Gazette Grey, Memorabilia

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Eyeshadows: Cut to Fit, Bamboo, Tissue Weight

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Eyeshadows: Tissue Weight, Gazette Grey, Memorabilia

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Reviewer

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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More like Twinks. It’s redder and lighter than Antiqued, and it’s not even close to Coppering, which is very red-orange.

It’s a grayish-green-brown base with green-gold shimmer, so it changes depending on how the light catches the sparkle.

Sooo pretty! I’m a sucker for eye shadows and everything looks promising with a little bit of work.

I agree that the colors on them own are more fall-ish than summer-y.

I like Cut to Fit but I have something that is similar to that. I may get that shade if I see it the CCO. Tissue Weight looks like a pretty but Gazette Gray and Memorabilia really disappointed me! I had high hopes for those 2. Oh well on the plus side none of these eyeshadows say BUY ME! which saves me some money 🙂

Great review!! Might pass though as the colors seem a bit disjointed. I think I own non-MAC dupes for two of these: Lancome eyeshadow Vue for Tissue Weight and Smashbox’s Rapture for Gazette Grey.

OMG! Ok, totally saves me $ because none of these wow me! I’m kinda sad but at the same time my wallet is happy!

Tissue Weight reminds me of Shore Leave

Thanks Christine!

I’ll be picking up Tissue Weight and Memorabilia. I’m so saddened by Gazette Grey – not falling for another sheer e/s!!

I do not have Twinks but have been meaning to pick it up. Would you says Twinks or Cut to Fit??

This collection sounded pretty nice, in theory.. I had high hopes for the shadows. The rest of the collection was ‘meh’ to me, as I’m not into corals and browns.

Memorabilia looks easily dupeable. Off the top of your head, can you think of any dupes for it that MAC already offers?

Gazette grey sounded gorgeous. I may still have to play with it in store before I decide against it. I really don’t have any colours like it.

I must say, I know this collection isn’t super bright but I love almost everything in it! I knew I would though, but, as many eyeshadow as I have, I don’t have these colors…same with the other stuff…I think I just recently realized how well corals worked on me…I can’t wait to get my stash! =) Thanks for the review and pictures Christine!

I also think cut to fit looks like glamour check from the starflash collection which i already have. So please let me know if i should get it :S

I’ve been doing it since Dame Edna in December 2008 🙂 Occasionally I’ll get samples from MAC but not usually (and definitely not all of it most of the time — I think two or three times…).

I was pretty excited for Cut to Fit, but now that you’ve compared it to Twinks I’m not so sure.. Between the two which do you think is nicer?
Also, do you think Tissue Weight is similar to Grand Entrance from Starflash or anything in the permanent line? It’s pretty but I don’t need it if it’s really similar.

Thanks!

I’m hesitant to buy Cut to Fit…I want it but I don’t. Same thing with Memorabilia. Which do you think is worth buying if you HAD to choose between the two?

Memorabilia e/s is the only one tempting me, and I have it already from Originals collection (was that 2007?). It is little too warm of a purple for me to reach for often, but I try to work it in. Poison Pen was also from that collection, –it has less red, more true purple, and is also greyed/dustied so it isn’t overly bright.

oh nevermind! I just saw that you already answered my question. lol! sorry, I’m just dying to find something similiar to grand entrance!!!

Wow, Cut to Fit is sooo pretty! But I own French Cuff, Twinks, Glamour Check – I think I’m going to have to say no this one. (and this time not only say no and then end up buying it weeks later lol)
Tissue weight seems like something I’d really like as a soft wash all over the lid – these pastel shades really work well for me – but I don’t know if i can justify another colour that doesn’t really look very different from any other light pinkish shade. 🙂 Do You happen to know about some similar colours? Ego is much pinker and cooler, right? 🙂

I’m still somewhat tempted by Gazette Grey… I’ll have to check it against my skin today and figure out if I could do anything useful with it.

Does CTF compare to Time & Space from the Neo SciFi collection? It sort of looks like it in the photos.

Oh yeah and I forgot to say the gazette gray looks really close to the eyeshadow in the Hello Kitty packaging called Lucky Tom it seems a little grayer than taupe but still really similar.

Hey, Christine!:) Another poster mentioned that Tissue Weight reminded her of Shore Leave. Do you think they’re similar? Tissue Weight was the only one of these I wanted, but I already have Shore Leave. You think it’s still worth picking up?

Hmm, I don’t know if I still have Shore Leave, so going off past swatches, I’d say this is a little pinker, but they’re similar.

I really wanted Gazette Gray when I first heard about it, but for some reason it reminds me of Greenstroke (which I already own)?? Is it just me?

It’s sad the last 2 grey e/s that MAC has released have been so sheer. Bough Grey looked super super sheer when I swatched it and now this grey is sheer too? Weak! Gazette Grey was the only thing I was looking forward to in this collection.

You found Bough Grey sheer? I’m not saying it’s an in your face colour, but it shows up very decently on me without having to work too much. I am very fair though. Wish I could give any handy tips, but I really didn’t have to do any tricks for it to work on me. 🙁 Maybe if You used some greenish or silverish base? Or even something neutral underneath (for exc. shroom)? Hope it will work for You eventually, it’s an interesting shade!

Hi Christine! Thanks for working so hard to get the color swatches for us to see before the collection hit the stores today. You are awesome!!!

Hi! I REALLY love the idea/color of the Gazette Grey eyeshadow, but if it’s so sheer I won’t be able to use it. Do you know if there’s anything similiar on the beauty market? I really need something like this! 🙂

Thanks for the swatches and the review Christine!

Is Cut to Fit anywhere close to Aztec Brick from Quad 4 in Spring Colour Forecast? That was the only shade I wanted from the quad but couldn’t afford the whole palette 🙁

Hi Christine,
would you say that Cut to Fit is similar to Rich and Earthy from Notoriety quad of last year?

thank you and good luck on your exam :o)

Hi christine,

How would you compare cut to fit eyeshadow with the coppery eyeshadow in the spiced chocolate quad (i think its the one called brash)?

Thx 🙂

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