MAC Primapanda Nicopanda Full Face Kit ($40.00 for 0.40 oz.) makes one wonder if brands even bother to test their own products prior to releasing them to consumers. Every single product in the palette fell below what one would look for in a mid-end product with two shades being absolutely atrocious. Eyeshadow primer did not alleviate the overall application issues and only improved wear by a few hours but by no means long enough to make it through even an eight-hour day.
Plum Sparkle is medium-dark plum with cool undertones and flecks of silver sparkle over a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with two layers. The texture was drier and dusty with a slight graininess to the touch. It applied somewhat unevenly but could be blended out with some effort. It wore well for eight hours on me.
- Tom Ford Beauty Gratuitous (P, $60.00) is warmer (95% similar).
- IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Cover FX Sweet Mulberry (Left) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- ILIA Sing (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Flower Beauty Bitten (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar).
- NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
- MAC Hot Nights (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar).
- Dior Confident (783) (LE, $44.00) is brighter (85% similar).
- Stila Berry Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
- NARS Candid (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce
Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).
The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.
MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).
Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).
Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.
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TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN: 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 6 (CI 15850), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).
Midas is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and flecks of copper micro-glitter. It was sheer, dry, dusty, and applied patchy, even over primer with a dampened brush. It did not last longer than two hours on me.
- Wet 'n' Wild Stop Ruffling My Feathers #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Chanel Les Indispensables #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- NARS Singapore #1 (PiP, $19.00) (90% similar).
- Zoeva Distinct Experience (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Azure Sun (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
- BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #15 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).
- Make Up For Ever Jewelry (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Gleam (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- Colour Pop The Cancer (P, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).
Freakshow is a pale lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had sheer coverage with a drier, more powdery texture that was prone to kicking up excess in the pan, not sticking well to bare skin, and disappeared from my lids within an hour of wear.
- LORAC Lilac (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar).
- Urban Decay Discreet (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar).
- Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #8 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar).
- Too Faced Lavender Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
- Lancome Rich History (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar).
- NARS Charade II (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
- MAC She's a Machine (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar).
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Violet Hour (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
- IT Cosmetics Romance (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
BLK is a deep brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture was slightly dusty and more prone to fallout during application if I wasn’t very careful to pat it on. It had good pigmentation that blended out fairly easily. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours.
- Dior Feel #5 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).
- Natasha Denona Layla (140M) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).
- Dior Parisian Sky #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Played Out (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).
- Urban Decay End Game (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Mousse (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
- NABLA Cosmetics Adagio (PiP, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Too Faced Fingers Crossed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Prism (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
Pout is a soft, light-medium lavender with subtle, warm pink undertones and a satin finish. It had medium coverage, which wasn’t buildable, and a dry, thin texture that was dusty and prone to fading and sheering out. It applied with more promise than the other two horrendous shades in the palette, but it ended up just as much of a disappointment as it wore poorly. The color had faded and disappeared on my lid within two hours of wear.
- MAC Style & Influence (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Fizzy Rose (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).
- Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
- MAC Envisioning Pink (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
- Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Eerie (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
- NARS Pulp Fiction #3 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).