MAC x Aaliyah Age Ain’t Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Palette | Look Details
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Palette | Look Details
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

Age Ain't Nothing

MAC Age Ain’t Nothing Eyeshadow x 9 Palette ($32.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral palette that releases June 20th online. Five of the nine shades have been released before (across various palettes/collections), but I personally felt that the formulation behind the eyeshadows (in general) was different than MAC’s typical formula–it was much more like the formula used in the recent Patrick Starrr collections, so softer, more velvety mattes and creamier, more silicone-heavy shimmers. The palette was a mixed bag–it’s workable, but it’s not stellar–and it’d really only be practical for someone who uses primers and doesn’t mind fingertips/adhesive base/dampening a brush to get the most out of the shimmers (and the least fallout).


01/02

MAC Lovesmoke Eyeshadow
MAC Lovesmoke Eyeshadow
MAC Lovesmoke Eyeshadow
MAC Lovesmoke Eyeshadow
MAC Lovesmoke Eyeshadow
MAC Lovesmoke Eyeshadow

Lovesmoke

Lovesmoke is a bright silver with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use and build up on the lid. The texture did not feel quite as creamy or as dense as most Veluxe Pearls, though. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.

01/02

MAC Magic Moor Eyeshadow
MAC Magic Moor Eyeshadow
MAC Magic Moor Eyeshadow
MAC Magic Moor Eyeshadow
MAC Magic Moor Eyeshadow
MAC Magic Moor Eyeshadow

Magic Moor

Magic Moor is a purplish-brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had rich color coverage in a single layer that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The eyeshadow was soft, blendable, and easy to work with. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading slightly.

01/02

MAC Care 4 You Eyeshadow
MAC Care 4 You Eyeshadow
MAC Care 4 You Eyeshadow
MAC Care 4 You Eyeshadow
MAC Care 4 You Eyeshadow
MAC Care 4 You Eyeshadow

Care 4 You

Care 4 You is a medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it is a Lustre finish, which is the brand’s sheer (and more glittery) finish. The texture was slightly creamy, but it seemed to be less finely-milled so it looked a little dry when initially applied. I was able to press it into the skin, and after a few minutes, it seemed to “melt” and look just fine (no dryness). It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before creasing.

01/02

MAC Creative Copper Eyeshadow
MAC Creative Copper Eyeshadow
MAC Creative Copper Eyeshadow
MAC Creative Copper Eyeshadow
MAC Creative Copper Eyeshadow
MAC Creative Copper Eyeshadow

Creative Copper

Creative Copper is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was more softly pressed in the pan, and it was a shade that I’d recommend using with a dampened brush or with a flat brush and pressing/pushing motions to minimize fallout and improve adhesion of the larger sparkles, though the base itself applied fine without having to make any adjustments. It had opaque pigmentation, but it’s supposed to be a Lustre finish, which is a sheerer formula. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Ingredients

Talc , Zinc Stearate , Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate , Isostearyl Neopentanoate , Tocopheryl Acetate , Caprylyl Glycol , Hexylene Glycol , Phenoxyethanol , [+/- Silica , Mica , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289) , Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288) , Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510) , Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) , Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035) , Ultramarines (Ci 77007) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

01/02

MAC That Somebody Eyeshadow
MAC That Somebody Eyeshadow
MAC That Somebody Eyeshadow
MAC That Somebody Eyeshadow
MAC That Somebody Eyeshadow
MAC That Somebody Eyeshadow

That Somebody

That Somebody is a soft brown with warm, golden undertones and a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, and it definitely built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The consistency was smooth and velvety without being too powdery, so it had a softness that enabled blending but didn’t have fallout. It stayed on well for eight hours on me.

01/02

MAC Princess of Soul Eyeshadow
MAC Princess of Soul Eyeshadow
MAC Princess of Soul Eyeshadow
MAC Princess of Soul Eyeshadow
MAC Princess of Soul Eyeshadow
MAC Princess of Soul Eyeshadow

Princess of Soul

Princess of Soul is a muted, medium-dark dirty brown with olive undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage using two layers. The texture was soft, velvety, and very finely-milled, which made blending very easy to do. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly on me.

01/02

MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow
MAC Deception Eyeshadow

Deception

Deception is a mediu, bronzy taupe with a glittering finish. The consistency was very loosely pressed in the pan and had a drier texture; though it held its form in the pan, when swatched, it was like there was nothing to bind the product together. This shade has been released in the past, and it was far better than the version in this palette, which amounted to little more than loose sand. There was no wear time as nothing adhered without using a tacky base and packing it on (and then it was merely mediocre instead of an abysmal failure).

01/02

MAC Gingersnap Eyeshadow
MAC Gingersnap Eyeshadow
MAC Gingersnap Eyeshadow
MAC Gingersnap Eyeshadow
MAC Gingersnap Eyeshadow
MAC Gingersnap Eyeshadow

Gingersnap

Gingersnap is a soft, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that spread and blended out well on my lid. The only downside was that I have found that the newer shimmer formula that seems to be more silicone-based fades/creases faster on me than MAC’s typical eyeshadow formula. The color stayed on well for seven and a half hours.

01/02

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark is a deep, purplish brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation that applied fairly well and blended out with moderate effort. The texture was firmer and stiffer in the pan compared to the other mattes in the palette, but it was significantly easier to work with than most other versions I’ve tried of this shade. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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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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Since I definitely believe that this awful version of Deception is what brought the overall grade down by a lot, I’m still buying one for me and one for my daughter.
I will say this to MAC: Thank you for listening to us, Aaliyah’s fans. However, y’all could’ve done this collection more justice! That bronzer? It will barely show up on my NC37-40 self, Aaliyah was darker than me, many Aaliyah fans are much deeper completed than her. This palette? Nice, but where’s the deep blues? Deception sucks! The lip products are the clear winners.

This palette could have been really nice as I actually like the shades chosen, particularly the lovely plum shade Magic Moor.
However there were some dismal failures – Deception being the most notable.
How on earth could MAC get a brown shimmer so wrong and put it out?

I think overall most of the Aaliyah fans will find this palette workable if not really stellar or representative of Aaliyah’s esthetic. I am trying to find the silver lining in this release! As many of us have said before, if MAC is going to honor or memorialize someone it would be nice if they looked like they knew who the person was and then spend the time to make the products really great quality.

Hi! How many versions of Magic Moor have we? I think I see a different swatch in the swatch gallery, more sheer and light. Thank you!

I feel a bit like MAC was trying to give off general ’90s vibes with this color story, but the choices don’t ring true to me as particularly Aaliyah, and it’s too bad there are total misses. I loved her spread for Vibe, and the makeup for the music video for Are You That Somebody. If they had picked a deep green, instead of purple, I think it would have been instantly recognizable as a tribute to that music video — why would they use brown? If they named the brown shade It’s a Vibe or something, it would have made more sense. A blue-ish purple could have worked for Try Again. Care 4 You could have been matte peach – why purple? There was so much opportunity with this release. I’m not sure I understand the gingersnap reference, and this color doesn’t strike me as one that relates to her? Out of all of Aaliyah’s works, I wish they wouldn’t have titled this after Age Ain’t Nothing, considering her relationship to industry mentor R. Kelly beginning at least around 14 and marriage at 15 🙁

Gingersnap is a previously released shade!

The ones that are new: Lovesmoke, Care 4 You, That Somebody, and Princess of Soul. The others have been released before!

Yep. The palette is on sale now and typically I would get it without a second thought because I’m a MAC palette lemming but the name of the palette is very off-putting.

I am still torn whether I want the eyeshadow palette..sigh. MAC eyeshadows are too much hit and miss all at once. That deception color is horrid. I wish they would of did an eyeshadow palette inspired by one of her music videos instead.

One of my make-up dilemmas is if Gingersnap is really permanent or not. 😆 You cannot buy it as a palette refill/single eyeshadows, but keeps re-appearing in many pre-made palettes.

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