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MAC x Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

01/10

MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC x Terry Barber Eye See Palette | Look Details
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC x Terry Barber Eye See Palette | Look Details
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC x Terry Barber Eye See Palette | Look Details
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC x Terry Barber Eye See Palette | Look Details
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette
MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette

Terry Barber Eye See

MAC Terry Barber Eye See Eyeshadow x15 Palette ($65.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette exclusive to Selfridges. The palette’s shades were picked by Terry Barber, the director of makeup artistry at MAC and someone who has been with the company for 25 years. The color story is incredibly well-done with a good mix of shimmers and mattes along with light, mid-tone, and deeper shades. As a long-time fan and follower of MAC’s releases, the shades chosen are quintessential MAC eyeshadow shades. All 15 shades are lovely to work with and either consistent or better than the last version I have purchased.

What’s interesting about the palette is that upon arrival, it turned out to be a classic, empty 15-pan palette that was filled with refills of each of the shades–I already knew it was comprised solely of shades from the permanent range–but past pre-made 15-pan palettes have had the eyeshadow pans glued into the palette itself.

I wish MAC actually implemented this for all of their pre-made palettes, but one improvement they could implement: a label on the back with the shade names or maybe a piece of paper that I could keep inside the lid. There was a postcard-sized sheet, but it didn’t have shade names, though. I would LOVE to see MAC release a palette like this more often, like a spring/summer and fall/winter combination of shades highlighted from their permanent range but available at a discount.

FYI, it can be purchased and shipped to the US, which is how I came by mine (I also have Selfridges+, which is like the Amazon Prime of Selfridges; perfect for someone like me who places at least a few orders a year!). That being said, every single shade is part of the permanent range, so any combination of the shades can be purchased through MAC directly, too. I bought it because I was curious about the performance of the shades and whether any of them would feel updated/different as some of the more recent MAC palette releases have feel improved/different.


01/02

MAC Smut Eyeshadow
MAC Smut Eyeshadow
MAC Smut Eyeshadow
MAC Smut Eyeshadow
MAC Smut Eyeshadow
MAC Smut Eyeshadow

Smut

Smut is a deep taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, and smooth without being too powdery or too firmly pressed in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

01/02

MAC Sketch Eyeshadow
MAC Sketch Eyeshadow
MAC Sketch Eyeshadow
MAC Sketch Eyeshadow
MAC Sketch Eyeshadow
MAC Sketch Eyeshadow

Sketch

Sketch is a deep burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There was faint pearl in it, but it looked mostly matte in practice, especially after it was blended out. The version in this palette (which has a magnet on the back, so it really appears to be what is sold individually) is much, much more pigmented and softer with a more yielding, blendable texture compared to the last pan I purchased. It had rich color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and lasted well for eight hours on me.

01/02

MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow

Embark

Embark is a deep brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented, and the texture was a huge upgrade from past iterations I have of this shade in pan form (but comparable to the one in Glam AF), which have been stiffer and a bit harder to blend out. This shade was soft, a touch dusty in the pan, and blendable on my skin. It stayed on beautifully for eight and a half hours on me.

01/02

MAC Cork Eyeshadow
MAC Cork Eyeshadow
MAC Cork Eyeshadow
MAC Cork Eyeshadow
MAC Cork Eyeshadow
MAC Cork Eyeshadow

Cork

Cork is a soft, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, blendable, and smooth without being too softly or too firmly pressed in the pan. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. It wore well for eight hours on me.

01/02

MAC Coquette Eyeshadow
MAC Coquette Eyeshadow
MAC Coquette Eyeshadow
MAC Coquette Eyeshadow
MAC Coquette Eyeshadow
MAC Coquette Eyeshadow

Coquette

Coquette is a light-medium taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to opaque coverage with a second layer. The eyeshadow had a smooth, velvety texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan but not dusty or prone to sheering out on my skin. It lasted well for eight hours before I noticed any fading.

01/02

MAC Twinks Eyeshadow
MAC Twinks Eyeshadow
MAC Twinks Eyeshadow
MAC Twinks Eyeshadow
MAC Twinks Eyeshadow
MAC Twinks Eyeshadow

Twinks

Twinks is a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one layer, while the texture felt soft, smooth, and a smidgen loose but not prone to sheering out or having fallout during application. I had no trouble applying or blending out this shade on my lid. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a touch.

01/02

MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow

Blackberry

Blackberry is a muted, medium-dark mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, which was buildable to full coverage with less than a second layer. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable and felt much softer (less stiff but not powdery) compared to the permanent version I have from a few years ago. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

01/02

MAC Coppering Eyeshadow
MAC Coppering Eyeshadow
MAC Coppering Eyeshadow
MAC Coppering Eyeshadow
MAC Coppering Eyeshadow
MAC Coppering Eyeshadow

Coppering

Coppering is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque color coverage with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was dense without being stiff or thick, which made it a dream to work with. The quality and consistency was the same as past iterations I have of this shade. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

01/02

MAC Texture Eyeshadow
MAC Texture Eyeshadow
MAC Texture Eyeshadow
MAC Texture Eyeshadow
MAC Texture Eyeshadow
MAC Texture Eyeshadow

Texture

Texture is a light-medium brown with warm, orange undertones and barely-there flecks of gold micro-shimmer over a matte finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque in a single layer, which definitely built up to opaque coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was soft, slightly dusty in the pan, but it blended out well and lasted well for eight hours on me.

01/02

MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow

Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch is a soft peach with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. The consistency was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended out well without fallout. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer that wore well for eight hours on me. It seemed slightly more pigmented and more yielding than the last permanent version I have.

01/02

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow

Satin Taupe

Satin Taupe is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm brown undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was opaque, while the eyeshadow felt smooth, creamy, and slightly dense without being thick or stiff in the pan. It applied beautifully, blended out with ease, and stayed on well for eight hours before fading slightly. It seemed slightly smoother compared to the last single I purchased.

01/02

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow

Cranberry

Cranberry is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was creamy, smooth, and dense but not stiff or thick, so it paired well with the mattes in the palette without looking uneven. It lasted well for eight hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

01/02

MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow

Soft Brown

Soft Brown is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. The consistency was soft, velvety, and more substantial than most of the brand’s matte shades, but it was consistent the last single I purchased. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before I noticed slight fading.

01/02

MAC Shroom Eyeshadow
MAC Shroom Eyeshadow
MAC Shroom Eyeshadow
MAC Shroom Eyeshadow
MAC Shroom Eyeshadow
MAC Shroom Eyeshadow

Shroom

Shroom is a soft beige with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This had the type of shimmer finish that became more and more metallic as I blended and buffed it out. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a smooth, slightly firm texture, but it picked up well with a brush. It stayed on well for eight hours on me.

01/02

MAC Brule Eyeshadow
MAC Brule Eyeshadow
MAC Brule Eyeshadow
MAC Brule Eyeshadow
MAC Brule Eyeshadow
MAC Brule Eyeshadow

Brule

Brule is a soft beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that felt more yielding and had more substance (not quite as powdery) as the last permanent version I have. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well without sheering out to nothing. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Hi Renee,

I mentioned in the review how they compare to the singles I last purchased, which was two years ago. MAC has not made any announcement that they’ve changed their formula.

Hi Renee, I recently got a 15 pan mac custom palette with many of these same shades and it seems like (from Christine’s review) the formula is the same!! one of the mac employees told me that mac reformulated their eyeshadows a bit recently, and my singles I bought (at least the shades I chose- saucy miss, gesso, soft brown, swiss chocolate, ruddy, brown script, cherry topped, wood winked, nylon, stars n rockets, coppering, sketch, rule, red brick and all that glitters) were wonderful and much nicer than the old mac formula i remember. Though its weird that they wouldn’t say that they reformulated the singles, so IDK if they did or not.

Hi Christine! Is there any way to confirm what Esther said? Or to even just ask if MAC just plucked singles directly from the current permanent selection or manufactured singles specially for this palette? I would be interested in just ordering from MAC directly

I was listening to a podcast “Full Coverage” and they mentioned that apparently this pallet has five “themes.” One was the colors Terry Barber used to use on Drew Barrymore, another was the colors he used on Kate Moss. I think another was “classic 90’s colors.” I am less sure, but the last two were “modern-Kardashian-esque colors” and “70’s glam” I’m not sure.

Has anyone else heard about this and knows which colors belong to which grouping? I’d be so interested to know.

If you go to Selfridges (which is in the post), they show names of each column. They aren’t as you’ve described them, but each column has a “name.”

I don’t have these shades and I have to say this palette looks fantastic. The colors all play together beautifully and I wish I could get my grubby little paws all over this palette! It’s really a pity MAC isn’t cruelty free…

What a fabulous gift for s.o. just starting out that already has an appreciation level. (Wouldn’t you hate to give this to a person who had no idea what an exquisite core basic it is?)

It really is such a well put together palette! I hope MAC will do something like this again in other regions.

Gosh, this palette looks great. Wish they would sell this in the US. I know these shades are permanent. But, love how all of them are in the palette. Some of them seem richer looking than the singles. Oh well.

They all had magnets on the back so I wonder if they’re reflective of exactly what you can buy presently (all of my singles are from two years ago). It’s like they filled them with existing stock and then just put them in the special box, lol.

I got this palette when it launched and love it ,even though I had 10 of the colours in singles already , I find it handier to have them all together in this layout plus these seem like better quality . Also my palette was already filled in when I got it just like my warm neutral x 15 & my cool neutrals x 15 palettes , not empty with the 15 singles to put in so I’m not sure why yours came like that :/

Hi Tracey,

My palette arrived with each eyeshadow in it, but each eyeshadow removes and each pan has a magnet and label. In my Warm Neutral palette, for example, the pans are glued in.

Oh I didn’t realise , sorry . I will check mine tomorrow and see if it’s the same deal , I never thought to check with a magnet 😉

This is ridiculously tempting. I already have three of these shades, but there are at least six others that I’ve been wanting for awhile. (In reality, the last thing I need is another eyeshadow palette, so I need to turn my willpower up to eleven!!!)

Yeah, if you want ALL the shades, it might still be cheaper than MAC directly, but if you just get maybe 6-10, then you can buy in the US yourself. Maybe swap out for shades you’d use more often 🙂

Also, if you’re someone who buys a decent amount of cosmetics and has or wanted to purchase from some of the brands that Selfridges sells (but is less accessible in the US), then their Selfridges+ is a great deal. Basically, if you order more than twice a year, you’ll save on shipping going forward. I pay for that so I get 1-2 day shipping from the UK on anything I buy, even if it’s just one item! Occasionally, products are cheaper there then in the US but a few brands are as expensive or more so you have to pay attention 🙂

I have a few of these shades already, but seeing this palette and the descriptions of the improved quality is making me want it!!! I’ve never tried to order anything from Selfridges before…thinking about it….

It’s wonderful to hear that these shadows are at least as good as their “original” siblings. Sadly (well, not sadly, really) I already own all the shades from this palette that I’d want. But I agree 100% about their premades/LE quads, etc. being made so shadows can be removed and moved around, etc.

Selfridge’s has this listed at $58USD. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong product 🙈

Would anyone know how much shipping might run for just this palette? TIA!

I’m super interested in this palette since it has all permanent shades I’ve been eyeing—and with a better texture!

I’m also seeing $58 USD with $30 shipping to the USA. With taxes and fees, it might be cheaper to buy each shade separately but yes, I would much rather have this with improved or just-as-good texture/performance.

What a sensational palette by MAC – they should make this available to everyone, not just Selfridges. It is the best one they have released in a long, long time. Fabulous shades, great quality and very cohesive.
Stunning.

Well… I have 6 of these shades, but that does leave 9 that I don’t have yet. All 9 are ones I would love using, except perhaps Coquette. Now to decide on whether to go for it or not.

So glad to see these are all existing shades. I have all but two of these shadows; so I am going to mimic this layout in my pro palette. 🙂

This might be my first MAC eyeshadow purchase. What amazes me is that it is only in Selfridge’s.

We typically get all the LE exclusive releases here, although sometimes it is directly with the company.

I have absolutely no Mac eyeshadows. I tried twice to venture into them by buying small 9X palettes where the colors calle dot me, and each time I was disappointed. So though the colors here don’t really call to me, yet they are staple colors for the fall (and that I like), I may go down this road to finally own MAC eyeshadows (because I trust your rating Christine). So you tell them that! 😉 And I need an A palette in my collection especially when working on others.

I’m not sure which 9 pan palettes you tried, but some of those have been misses. Classic MAC eyeshadows, though, can be quite good – these are all from the permanent range 🙂 (Several of these have been good for a long time!)

I can’t even remember, it was a few years ago, but I just checked this palette with my vanity and except for three shadows, the dupes I have are too close to warrant getting it, so no MAC’s yet to be added to my collection. But, I’ll keep in mind your comments when I travel. That’s where I often have time to stop at a MAC counter and try things. 😉

A lot of my favourite MAC shades are in here. I think this is a perfect way to showcase the permanent line and illustrate how the existing shade selections are on point with many recent palette offerings.

YES! And this is why I feel like even if the online site threw together 4-pan or 15-pan “pre-made” (even if YOU had to physically put each pan in!) for a slight discount over putting it together yourself every season or every other season… would be such a great way to showcase the permanent shades that “answer” the season’s trends.

This palette is beautiful. Also somehow I don’t have a dupe for Blackberry! I need an inexpensive brand like Colourpop or Maybelline or something to come out with a good shade like that!

Upon seeing the picture, I was like, gosh, this really looks like my own custom MAC palette! So I counted, and 11 of the 15 are in my own palette! I guess I have good taste. 😉

Hello Christine and Temptalia readers! I’m a long time reader but I never comment, I just had to thank you all for your comments on this palette. I got it from Selfridges after reading Christine’s review and your thoughts about it and I am loving it! In Italy Mac refills are really expensive (14€!) and shipping costs from the UK were not so steep as for the US, so that was really a bargain for me! 🙂

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