MAC x Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows with a neutral theme. Five of the six eyeshadows are part of the permanent range, which may be a deal-breaker for long-time MAC fans. On the bright side, those five permanent eyeshadows are as good in the palette as they are individually. The only shade I had real trouble with was the limited edition color.

Each eyeshadow is 0.042 oz., which is slightly smaller than full size (0.05 oz.). Depending on how you want to calculate the value, if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pots, then the palette has a value of $80, and if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pans, then the palette has a value of $50 in eyeshadow + $10 for a palette to fit them in (since you can purchase five of the six shades in pan form, I think this comparison is the most useful).

Vapour is described as a “peach-pink with violet pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s an iridescent brightened white with a bluish sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was one of the weaker shades in the palette with respect to intensity. It was buildable, and it was easy to work with otherwise as it blended well. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Phloof! is described as a “frosted off-white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pinky-beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended well. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige-taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was really soft and finely-milled, which made it easy to blend on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quarry is described as a “soft muted plum-brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky, though a smidgen powdery, and the resulting color payoff was mostly opaque. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Taupe is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stroke of Midnight is described as a “black plum with sparkle pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened purple base (mostly black) with a dusting of multi-colored sparkle. It ends up looking mostly matte and like a soft, warm black applied, because the sparkles don’t really translate. The texture was a bit powdery and drier, and I found blending to be more troublesome, though not impossible. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Vapour Eyeshadow
MAC Vapour Eyeshadow

MAC Vapour Eyeshadow
MAC Vapour Eyeshadow

MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow
MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow

MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow
MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow

MAC Omega Eyeshadow
MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC Omega Eyeshadow
MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow

MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow, MAC Quarry Eyeshadow, MAC Pretty It Up Pigment,
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow, MAC Omega Eyeshadow, MAC Vapour Eyeshadow,
Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment, MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter.

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Why have phloof and vapor in the same palette? They’re so similar. It would have been nice for then to include a matte white as well. Still a pretty palette! Reminds me of UDs Glinda palette.

Vapour is very cool-toned and has a bluish iridescence – practically speaking, they’re very different in the way they would be used, I think!

WOW! I wasn’t super excited about the palette until I saw the beautiful look you created with it. So ethereal. Gah, I want it.

I am so glad the eyehsadows are as good as the permanent ones. I don’t have any of these shades so I really hope I will be able to get a hold of this palette!

When I saw this I thought “six permanent shades and then an I Can’t Believe It’s Not Beauty Marked shadow?” LOL! Beauty Marked is one of those horrible ones that I can’t believe they still make. It’s also one of those mistakes everyone has to learn on their own… cause it looks so pretty in the pan that you’re just forced to buy it even though the salesperson warns you not to.

Dusty, you’re right – and if it’s not Beauty Marked, it’s Carbon (usually in a crummier formula than the permanent version, which is crummy enough!). Even though Christine says the purple shade isn’t that great, I quite like it and if I didn’t already own the 5 other shades, I’d probably buy this one.

This looks like a palette that is really worth purchasing but as I said earlier, for lots of us, we would already have several of these shadows in our collections. But for someone fairly new to MAC, what a great way to get some of their best shadows and that lovely blackened purple as well. I have both Phloof! and Vapour and they don’t look quite as much alike as they do in these swatch photos but it still might have been nice if they’d replaced one of them with something a bit different.

Vapour in the palette here seems to have slightly more sheen or else it caught more of the iridescence (though my permanent pans that I swatched are way, way old, too).

With the right brush, Carbon is awesome! I tried my RT eyeshadow brush with it, not expecting much (I was swatching the Gravitas palette), and Carbon swatched beautifully. I tried it on my eyes, and the results were the same.

Wow, a MAC shadow palette that got an A-?? If you don’t have the 5 shades already, this would be a nice one to grab. Yes, it’s another neutral palette, but at least MAC got this one right

I wish they would´ve done at least some limited edition colors in this palette. I always gravitate towards MAC palettes that have colors that aren´t permanent. Maybe that´s just me 🙂

Yay!.. a very good palette from Mac! I actually own no Mac shadows except one of the small gift sets of pigments from the this past Holiday collection. I may have to pick this up. Idk..I will need to consider if this is going to be more valuable than 3 more MUFE artists shadows added to my collection. Is it me, or does this bring memories of the Tartelette palette? I love the look you made with this Christine!

I really love this. I actually don’t own ANY MAC eyeshadows, so this seems like a great opportunity to try several for a decent price. I’m going to *try* to find this. It’s MAC LE though, and we all know how that goes.

It’s one of those “Well, I can easily skip” but there’s always that feeling of, “But… I wanted to want something!” moments!

Uhm… Considering that I have the three Naked palettes + the Basics 2, I think I’ll pass this one. I already have this kind of shades 🙂

Man, if this was 5 years ago I would have snatched this one up. But since I switched to getting Inglot singel pans over MAC, I really don’t need this permanent shade palette anymore. There just as many similar permanent shades in both brands.

I’m struggling with this one! Glad to hear that this isn’t an instance where the formulas for the permanent colors were way off, at least. I do have Satin Taupe already, but it’s a color I love and will replace if I run out anyway. Disappointed that neither of the dark purple eye products in this collection lived up to their potentia,l though.

I agree with Krista, who mentioned that it seems redundant to have Vapour and Phloof!; maybe a matte highlight to replace one of them, or an additional LE dark color would’ve worked better. And it does have some similarity to the UD Glinda palette, just more mattes. It’s a big fat “maybe” for me!

I’m lemming this SO BAD as I don’t have any of these shades. However, I could probably dupe them with the countless neutrals that I already own. Decisions, decisions….

I have all the permanent colors already, and I do have a Stroke of Midnight from years ago, but that one is a dark navy blue with shimmer.

I may have to bring out my pots and play with them, no need to purchase this for me. 🙂

Yay, I’m so happy this is a good quality palette! I don’t own any of the permanent colours, but have been eyeing them all for a while, so this is a good deal 😀

I really appreciate this palette, even though 5 of the six are permanent. The past year I was kind of giving up on Mac eyeshadows because they’ve been so dry and can give a hard time showing up on the lids, but in recent collections it looks like Mac has paid better attention to their formulas.

I’m pretty happy MAC decided to put together a palette with most of their good permanent shades! Much better option than making a lot of LE shades that just don’t deliver!

I already own Satin Taupe, but this may be worth a look regardless. My pan of Quarry broke beyond repair, so this might be a more cost efficient way of replacing it while picking up other shades.

I could live without the first two shades but I like this palette! I could see myself using the rest of the shadows a lot

Nice to see a MAC palette getting a good grade. Too bad about the LE shade. It could have been really pretty if it translated to the eye.

I am going to try to get this palette, the only eyeshadow I own from it is satin taupe. I love that it is all neutral, that is my everyday look. Thanks Christine. I always wait for your review.

I have Phloof! and Satin Taupe, but they’re well used and I could use replacements. I don’t have the others. I think that is a good enough excuse for me to buy this palette. 🙂

Another neutral palette on the market! These colours look quite lovely and the only one that I really love is good old Satin Taupe.
Your eye look Christine is really pretty and would convince anyone to buy this palette.

Still not a fan of the packaging and I haven’t bought into the theme, but I love the look that you created with this palette of very pretty shades 🙂

OH. MY. GOD. Now I want it! Christine, that look is AMAZING. But that lower lashline is really calling out to me, I know you listed the shades used bit which were specifically on the lower lashline? 😀 Thank you!

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