MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of greens, more or less. There are four shades housed in a metal compact all in a row. The pans seem the same size as full-sized eyeshadows, but the quantity is actually smaller. The usual pre-made eyeshadow quads contain 0.19 oz. (almost always have one Veluxe Pearl, which are 0.04 oz. in full-size, individual pans, whereas other finishes are 0.05 oz.), so you are getting a bit less here. A few shades in this palette were on the powdery side, which made them more difficult to use and prone to fading/sheering out during application, so I think using a good primer underneath these is a real must.

Lisa’s Spikes is described as a “lime green [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, yellowed green with a satiny sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was blendable, it was also on the powdery side. It was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is brighter, slightly less yellow. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is more matte, brighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is darker. Aveda Papyrus (P, $14.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apple Squishee is described as a “mid-tone Kelly green [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium grass green with a pearly sheen. It had really good color payoff, but it was somewhat powdery–I also found it was very prone to sheering out when applied to the lid. I felt like I had to pat it on firmly and barely blend the edges or else it would disappear. It seemed really promising when I initially swatched it, but in practice, it stumbled. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99)is slightly warmer. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Fresh (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

2 Dozen and One Greyhounds is described as a “dirty olive green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, golden green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and very blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. YSL Avant Garde #5 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is darker. MAC In the Meadow #3 (LE, $21.00) is greener. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chalkboard Dreams is described as a “deep blackened teal [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened teal with subtle lighter teal sparkle over a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a powdery, drier texture that kicked up a lot of excess product both in the pan as well as during application, so you’ll want to pat it on and probably do eyes first (and base after). It was fairly blendable, which was a surprise. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is bluer. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Lisa's Spikes Eyeshadow
MAC Lisa’s Spikes Eyeshadow

MAC Lisa's Spikes Eyeshadow
MAC Lisa’s Spikes Eyeshadow

MAC Apple Squishee Eyeshadow
MAC Apple Squishee Eyeshadow

MAC Apple Squishee Eyeshadow
MAC Apple Squishee Eyeshadow

MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds Eyeshadow
MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds Eyeshadow

MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds Eyeshadow
MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds Eyeshadow

MAC Chalkboard Dreams Eyeshadow
MAC Chalkboard Dreams Eyeshadow

MAC Chalkboard Dreams Eyeshadow
MAC Chalkboard Dreams Eyeshadow

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
Lisa’s Spikes (inner lid), Apple Squishee (middle of lid), 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (crease),
Chalkboard Dreams (crease), Sephora Indulge Yourself Eyeliner

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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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Dozen and One Greyhounds is so similar to Urban Decay’s Urb. I wish they would release that shade again. There aren’t many shades of a green tinged with antique gold.

That was one of my favorite shades from the eyeshadows – it stood out more as a little unique compared to a lot of the other shades.

Exactly. The others are a little unwearable for me, but understandable with the Marge Simpson theme. I also like the bright purple in the other palette, but the lip glosses and stickers stand out most.
I meant there aren’t many versions* of it.

For MAC, it’s about on par, but IMO, these days, MAC quads being at the $40+ range means you have a TON of palettes you can purchase from a myriad of high-end brands.

I wish the price point was lower here – say maybe $25-$30 bucks – because the color combination is fun and fairly unique for a palette. For the price though, I’d want the formulas to be on point since they are definitely not everyday colors.

It is such a bummer that nothing from this collection really stands out… This is one of those collaborations where I probably would have bought everything if it had been even mildly impressive. Probably going to just be picking up the Sideshow You blush and one or two of the glosses.

This is just another instance of being extremely grateful for your reviews, Christine! With out knowing what to expect I might have picked more of these up based on the packaging alone and been sorely disappointed with the results.

I want to say I liked the nail stickers the best, but I have some issues with the actual design (not the wear/application/quality) and they’re not cheap, LOL. The Lipglasses would be next.

I seriously doubt it. It’s cute..but I’m 50.. This is one collection where nothing feels like me. It doesn’t fit in with my vision of my makeup style and the colours are awkward to me.

p.s. As always when I comment here: this is not a judgement call on anyone, regardless of age, who loves this.

I wonder if that’s why they’re launching Artificially Wild alongside it – totally opposite in terms of color and theme and feel, though both on kind of more extreme ends of the spectrum.

Although, only MAC to my recollection will launch 2-3 additional collections against their big collab, LOL!

>_< I want to buy it just for the Greyhound one! But I can't justify the expensive for 1 shade…especially since I can get a similar shadow one off from another company. Sigh.

Is the sparkle noticeable on the eye with Blackboard Dreams? Also, can these be applied damp/wet?

Daheep, that’s how I feel and I see we’re not alone. Quite a few really like the Greyhounds shadow but balk at the price of the palette and aren’t wild about the other 3 shades in any case. The price is getting a bit steep, though.

I really love the idea of this collection but, for that price I wish the shadows were slightly better quality. I mean a B’s not bad but I guess I just go for the A’s if I can. I may pick up one of the blushes because the packing is so cute and one of the bright Lipglass shades. Thanks for the review, Christine. They are always so helpful.

They should be better at $44. It’s not cheap at all, so I don’t think there’s excuse/justification for less than A-range!

Apple Squishy would look terrible on me. I like the rest, especially Dozen and One Greyhounds (but I have UD Urb and a couple other similar colors). I think this a bit expensive. The case is ultra-cute, but I wouldn’t spend the money just for that.

How I wish 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds was available on its own. I really don’t want to shell out $50 CDN or so just for that one shadow and, believe it or not, I don’t have ANY of the dupes! I don’t want or need any of the other shadows in the quad and have close dupes of Chalkboard Dreams and Apple Squishee but I REALLY LOVE the Greyhounds one! Sigh…..please, MAC and the eyeshadow gods, make this one available as a single (heck, maybe even permanent!)

Not really my colours but glad to see the quality in MAC quads picking up a bit again! Hope they continue this level or higher through into Christmas…:)

I love your eye style, Christine! Brava! 🙂 I think the freak in the UD ELECTRIC works for this green and the yellow a similar enough dupe. Pigments too! Yay I don’t have to buy. 😀

LOVE the eye look you did with this palette! Funnily enough, I can’t remember this palette from the promo stuff….I do think it’s the more worthwhile palette of the two, though (just comparing within this collection), as it has more unconventional shades. Kind of peeved that the quality isn’t really there though.

Yuck! I’d rather spend my cash on the new MUF single eyeshadow pans with the new formula, several of which I bought at IMATS. Nothing MAC has put out in the past 5 years, at least, comes close to the higher quality products MUF has been putting out over the last couple of years. MAC continues to shoot themselves in the foot with pretty much every collection they’ve put out in recent times. Nothing they’ve done compares to what many other brands have been doing.

I used to think yellow was the worst colour ever for my lids. When I finally decided to try one, I must say I love it, and use it quite often (and not just on weekends :)) I also like green eyeshadows a lot. I guess I shouldn’t as my eyes are grey-green, but I think some greens and also the yellow makes the eyes appear greener.
I really hoped this quad would get A’s, but after reading the review and seeing the grades I don’t think I’ll buy it. It also depends a bit on what it’ll cost here. (If it even get to this part of the world.)

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