MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

MAC Styledriven Collection
MAC Styledriven Collection (well, part of it!)

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is supposed to wear for eight hours with a “silky, creamy texture” that yields “maximum color impact.” It’s also designed to be blendable and buildable. As a reviewer, I am endlessly pleased that MAC gave definite wear times on these–it’s so much easier to assess whether the product was successful!

There a whopping sixteen shades released in MAC Styledriven, and because of the amount of photos, I’ve split them over three parts. This first part includes: Carefree (pale white gold), Fresh Flare (bright kelly green), Hot Paprika (mid-tone burnt red), Keep Your Cool (dark grey brown), and Legendary Black (warm almost black).

  • Carefree is a pale, creamy white gold with a soft, frosted finish. The texture is very slightly powdery. This has a frost finish, but it’s considerably less frosty compared to your traditional MAC frost finished eyeshadow. It has a less metallic finish compared to MAC Nylon with a yellower color overall. MAC Manila Paper is closer in color. Make Up For Ever #101 is similar but more metallic in finish. It’s a little yellower compared to MAC Peek-at-You.
  • Fresh Flare is a brightened medium grassy green. This has a frost finish. It has good color payoff and soft without being powdery. It’s darker than Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea. Inglot #384 is similar in color with a slightly yellower undertone and a matte finish. For those who wanted more green from MAC Jealousy Wakes, you might this more to your liking–on me, it is a very similar green base without the teal flash. I expect this is similar to Kelly Green pigment.
  • Hot Paprika is a burnt orange with pinky-red shimmer. This has a frost finish. It looks redder in the pan than when used–it’s more orange than it is red. The color payoff was excellent. It is similar to MAC Double Feature 8. MAC Red Brick is more intense and matte.
  • Keep Your Cool is a smoky, dark, brownish taupe. This has a satin finish. It is just slightly darker than Urban Decay Mushroom. It’s cooler in tone and much grayer compared to MAC Satin Taupe. It’s quite similar to the taupe from Chanel Prelude. Burberry Taupe Brown is similar but more matte. It is also similar to MAC Unflappable.
  • Legendary Black is a dark brown with bronze shimmer. It’s not really blackened or black–just a really dark brown. This has a satin finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has a similar shade but it’s not quite as dark (and almost leans green). MAC Smut is similar but has a burgundy tone.

I don’t find that these are Mega Metal eyeshadows by another name; their textures feel distinctly different. Where Mega Metal Eyeshadows were buttery and dense, Pro Longwear Eyeshadows have a thinner, drier texture. I had better color payoff with the Mega Metal Eyeshadows overall, but these are still good–just easier and more blendable with the Mega Metals because of the buttery texture. I do prefer the textures of the Mega Metal Eyeshadows, which is a personal preference, as the Pro Longwear Eyeshadows yield good color payoff overall, last over twelve hours (without primer) without creasing, and are still soft to the touch.

I tested the six eyeshadows I received as samples (the rest of the shades I purchased from the LA PRO store, which is why it took me awhile to get the review up; the rest just arrived late yesterday afternoon) extensively. I knew I couldn’t review these immediately, especially since everything was long-wearing! Each time I tested the new eyeshadows, I applied everything over primer on one eye and then the same placement but without primer on the other eye. It was consistent no matter what shadow I used that a primer boosts the intensity of the shades; they all had this slightly faded/muted look to them when applied without a primer. If you use them wet, you can mitigate some of the faded characteristic (I’ve used a few wet and haven’t seen any ill-effects to the pan itself yet).

The good news is that what you see is what you’ll still see twelve hours later. When I was originally testing these, I didn’t know what MAC considered “long-wear,” so I went for a full twelve hours. These are only touted to last eight hours, which means these fully satisfy that and then some (at least on me). I’m ecstatic about the wear of these, though I personally will use a primer underneath them because I prefer the more saturated look (closer to the pan color).

They have a soft texture, but it’s thinner–kind of like a cross between satin and frost finish–so it has a dryness to it. Some of the shades (always noted by the shade as appropriate) can be on the powdery side and may require layering to achieve true-to-pan color. I did find them blendable and buildable, though. I didn’t feel like I had to put in much work to get these to come out right, which is a hallmark of a good product.

MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
Ingredients

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
One to Watch on lid, Hot Paprika in crease, Lie Low above crease over primer

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
One to Watch on lid, Hot Paprika in crease, Lie Low above crease over primer (12 hours later)

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
One to Watch on lid, Hot Paprika in crease, Lie Low above crease (NO primer)

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
One to Watch on lid, Hot Paprika in crease, Lie Low above crease (NO primer, 12 hours later)

MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Carefree Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Hot Paprika Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

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About the Reviewer

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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Gah, none of the colors really jump at me, but I’m somehow immensely pleased that they wore well. It must be nice when you test a product and it actually lives up to its wear-time claims, if not better.

Are these definitely permanent? I’ve asked at two different MAC counters in my city and been told by both that they are limited edition. Perhaps they are just limited in the UK 🙁

Thanks Christine – I have read this elsewhere too but I am getting different information from the actual MAC employees I’ve spoken too. Oh well, they told me the same thing about the Superslick eyeliners and they are still around! I just wish they were better informed about their products sometimes.

Wow, they’re all really beautiful shades. I love Fresh Flare and Keep Your Cool!

And is it just me or did the shadow seem to look even *better* after 12 hours? The fact that it looks so amazing without primer is, well, just that! Amazing!

I like these, but it just seems like SO much eyeshadow. I bought every Peacocky color because I fell in love with all of them, but I know for sure I’ll never make it through all of them. At least these are perm!

Yep, they give you twice as much, but they tack on $5 more – and in the long run, you’re really just spending more. What’s worse is these are permanent, so normally you could buy then in pan form (if they were the size of regular eyeshadows) and save $3-4 that way!

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