MAC x Helmut Newton Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC x Helmut Newton Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad
MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad ($32.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four neutral shades–yellowy beige, grayish taupe, brownish taupe, and deep black. The first three shades were nice–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–but the last shade was very difficult to blend out as it was a much firmer, stiffer product in the pan.

Real Fantasy is a light, buttery yellow with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery. It blended out easily on the skin, and it wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Entomology (DC, )(100% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (DC, $10.00)(100% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE, )(100% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot J335 Pearl (LE, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #2 (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Cashew Outside (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paper Tiger (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hard Currency is a medium-dark gray-leaning taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a touch dusty, but it was blendable, didn’t sheer out too readily, and didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Clinique Portobello (PiP, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Copperplate (DC, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (DC, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sydney Grace Passion (Light) (PiP, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). Zoeva Ever (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Blackbird Cosmetics Smudge (DC, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Concrete (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Passion (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Sculpture (226CM) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Zero Gravity (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Influential is a dark taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was firmer in the pan, which made it harder to work with and blend out on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M619 Espresso (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Become (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Lights Out #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Henna Sea (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Bowl Out (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Henna (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Mystery (DC, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Enjoy the Ride (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Drama in the Snow (LE, $17.00) is brighter (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Tan Linez (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Ghiradelli (Cool Mattes 2 #9) (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Robert (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Big White Lie (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Admiral (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Point ‘n’ Shoot is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones paired with a matte finish. While it wasn’t Carbon, it was still Carbon-like: stiff in the pan and difficult to use–the color skipped and dragged, turned patchy when blended, and took a lot of effort just to manipulate into something decent. I had the best luck using a very feathery brush and lightly tapping it into the crease and then using Influential to soften and blend the edges. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Punk (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (DC, $2.29) is darker (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Nablack (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is darker, cooler, better quality (95% similar). NARS Pandora II (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Finders Keepers (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia D5 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Noir Satin (26) (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Real Fantasy Eyeshadow

MAC Real Fantasy Eyeshadow

MAC Hard Currency Eyeshadow

MAC Hard Currency Eyeshadow

MAC Influential Eyeshadow

MAC Influential Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

MAC Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow

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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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I was really excited to see a matte black that wasn’t Carbon . . . But it’s basically Carbon under witness protection. I’ve never understood how MAC could create some truly amazing things but still have trouble making a matte black eyeshadow. It’s just become a long-running inside joke at this point and I personally think it’s kind of hilarious.

Christine, just an FYI – MAC Copperplate is now DISCONTINUED (as are all the Matte2 shadows – talk about STUPID!) While on the subject, I emailed the “found an error” link last week or so about MAC Bare Study. It’s showing as “discontinued” in the original Paint Pots section of the Reviews but hasn’t been added to the “Pro Longwear Paint Pot” list, although it is indeed still available.

As for this quad, I actually quite like it, especially the shade Influential (just one more reason to purchase Cashmere Coat from Sephora!). I think it I were just getting into makeup and especially work appropriate/neutral makeup, I would get this right away. And it looks like I was right about Point n Shoot – it looks like Carbon with a new name so people won’t realize what crap it is!

Hey Mariella!

I’m behind on everything right now, including making updates to the product database (outside of whatever I’m swatching) – I’m really sorry for that!

I think this is a sad tribute to Helmut. It looks like MAC didn’t sell enough of these quads from the Brant Brothers collection and basically recycled it, slapped one of his photos on the box (it’s not even on the product itself), and called it a Helmut Newton collection. And that black (Point N Shoot) looks like another recycled Carbon in disguise. Shame on MAC

I get why it is the way it is, but it certainly doesn’t excite me. P&S doesn’t improve on carbon very much. Might have to get dupe copperplate some day, but have tailor gray….think it was my first paint pot, with painterly, ‘course. Talk about staples in stash.

The colors I wear regularly, in one palette. I’m going to be all over this when it comes out. It’ll be perfect for travel, for me.

Not bad for a basic 4 pan to use for a pin-up look. But it’s not great, though. I’d rather put my own together. Easier that way considering how many really good permanent shades there are to pick from. Feeling “meh” towards this one, however.

pretty versatile looking. i am a big fan of helmut newton`s work but given that its just a printed box i`ll be sitting this one out! thank you as always for the thorough reviews and swatches.

I really like Hard Currency, and wish it were a single. Strictly speaking of color, I like the four shades individually, but together I think they make for a rather boring quad that would go muddy on me. And MAC needs to *really* work on its black shadows.

This one is tough for me, because I *really like* Hard Currency and Influential, but not the other two colors. They’re perfect hood/crease/blending colors for me, and it looks like (with the exception of Tailor Grey, a cream product), not that easy to dupe with permanent singles. I may end up purchasing this for two of the four colors! (and then maybe wish that Influential was more blendable — hopefully a good primer will help with that!)

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