The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
M·A·C Eyeshadow is a highly pigmented powder formula that applies evenly and blends well. Suitable for use either wet or dry, it's available in a wide variety of textures and finishes.
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Based on 77 Reviews, 675 Quick Reviews
The Good: Blendable (370), Easy To Apply (299), Smooth (294), Long-wearing (270), Buttery (165), Great Value (157), Crease-resistant (128), Travel-friendly (63), Creamy (41)
The In-Between: Buildable (274), Highly Pigmented (260), Sheer (55), Luminous (13), Natural (13), Scented (1)
The Bad: Powdery (70), Hard To Apply (49), Fades (40), Hard To Blend (39), Fall Out (28), Chalky (27), Creases (17), Too Little Product (6)
77 Written Reviews
By Ana Maria 3 weeks ago.
Ground Down is one of those MAC matte eyeshadows that are a little harder to work with, but perform amazingly once you get the proper technique. It's one of the stiff and dry MAC matte eyeshadows, that with the wrong brush and blending techniques can look very patchy. But with the right brush and blending, it's one of those versatile buildable colors that allow you to apply a sheer blended wash or pack a dark smoky color. I personally like to blend it with a fluffy but medium-stiff brush like #217, while building opacity with a more stiff and flat brush. The color would be better described as a warm-neutral dark taupe brown, which is quite unique considering most dark warm browns tend to have a redish undertone (don't be fooled by the fact is looks red in the pan, the color looks differently swatched or applied on the eye). On my light-medium complexion it's multipurpose, as I can apply a sheer wash in the crease to sculpt the eyes, smudge it on the lashline to create a lined look, deepen my outer V, packed it on the lid and blend it in the crease for a single-shadow eye look. Ground Down is also one of those shades that lasts all day without fading no matter the primer used. Since it's so stiff in the pan, I never get any fallout from it.
By Ana Maria 3 months ago.
MAC Blanc Type is a one of those staple shades (at least for people with fair to medium complexions) in a great quality formula. It's so bad it's discontinued (Blanc Type and many others Matte2 eyeshadows really need a comeback). The color is a very light beige that more flattering and versatile than a pure white. On my light-medium warm yellow undertone complexion (NC16-20) it can look a little bit chalky, on someone with lighter complexion it would made a great setting powder/eyeshadow. I use it to add a little bit of matte illumination under my eyebrow. The color can be sheered out with a fluffy brush, but it's a pigmented beige with some opacity. The formula is one of the best mattes I have ever tried, even better compared to other MAC Matte shadows. It applies and blends so smoothly that it's a pleasure to work with. If I have other eyeshadows that don't blend well and are patchy, I'll apply first Blanc Type all over the lid and it really helps. The caveat is that this eyeshadow had tone of kick-back even when I use the softest brush; for a darker color the fact that the shadow is so powdery would probably annoy me, but for this type of shade it's almost a good thing.
By Ana Maria 4 months ago.
MAC Scene is quite an unique grey shade, I was surprised how well this color compliments me (light-medium warn yellow undertone with dark brown eyes and hair, usually cool eyeshadows and brow products look better on me). In the pan or swatched Scene looks more grey, with subtle purple/mauvish tones; on my eyelids is somehow translates to a soft blue grey, more cool than neutral. I personally found MAC Scene to be a good quality eyeshadow. It's easy to pick both with soft and stiff brushes; I didn't find it too dry and stiff, it actually has a bit of kick-off (but no issues with fallout). Applied with a soft blending brush the payoff is quite sheer, but the formula is buildable (especially if using a stiffer brush to pack the color). It's quite easy to blend, but the softer the brush the better (a very dense or packed blending brush might apply a little patchy, but I don't have the best make-up skills). I personally prefer an eyeshadow formula that applies sheer at first, but it's easy to build up; I can use it very blended, almost like a light transition/crease color, or I can pack it on the lid as a grungy all over grey look. The eye shadows stays put all day, not creasing or fading, but I do use very good eye primers (I have oily lids and hooded eyes).Note: The review is for a pro palette refill pan eyeshadow purchased in 2018, batch code traces back manufacturing date to December 2016.
By Ana Maria 7 months ago.
Woodwinked is one of the old-school cult MAC eyeshadows and I can see why. It's a very beautiful golden warm bronze, with good pigmentation, that suits my dark brown eyes. While it looks medium-dark in the pan, the color is lighter once applied on the eyelid; but it can be layered over a deeper matte brown to get a darker bronze shade. There is a slight seen, almost subtle, not glittery; to me it looks slightly wet rather than frosted. The eyeshadow is quite buttery, with some fallout, but nothing that bothers me too much. It can be packed on the eyelid with a flat brush or diffused into the crease (for an one eyeshadow look) with a good blending brush. There is some fading after 6-8 hours, but at the end of the day it still looks good.
By Ana Maria 9 months ago.
Indian Ink is a gorgeous eggplant purple, a pop of color that doesn't look too colorful, complimenting my brown eyes. Formula wise, Indian Ink is one of the best quality MAC matte eyeshadows I have tried. It's blendable, buildable (without patchiness of some other mattes), doesn't have fallout, stay put all day (with primer). Although it's quite blendable, a really good fluffy brush and time are needed to work this as a crease eyeshadow; but it's all worth it. But for defining and smudging Indian Ink works like a charm.
By Ana Maria 10 months ago.
Satin Taupe is simply that classic cult eyeshadows that (almost) everybody likes, and once I tried it, I understood why. The color is beautiful, but lighter once applied than in the pan (more of light-medium taupe than medium dark). The shifts in the color are unique. It's mostly a neutral smokey-taupe, a mix of grey and brown, with a hint of purple... it depends on the lightning, what other colors is paired with. I am light-medium warm yellow toned, with brown hair and eyes, and on me it mostly shows a neutral brown, I also love how versatile it is. I can play around with pigmentation (depending on the brush and techniques I use) to get a soft blend all over the eyes; I can pack to a deeper pigmentation. I can also create new shifts of color depending on the eyeshadow I use as a base (for more complex looks). I'm rarely a fan of shimmers (especially in the crease), but the shimmers in Satin Taupe are tiny and workable. The eyeshadow is a little powdery in the pan, and it can have some fallout during application. I usually tap the brush a little, to remove excess. I never noticed fallout during the day. Still, the eyeshadow has something creamy in the pan. It has a good color pay-off, but I would describe it as buildable rather than pigmented/opaque.
By Ana Maria 12 months ago.
While Pink Venus has a nice washed-out warm pink shade (if you like pinks, which I'm not the biggest fan), I was very disappointed by the formula. The eyeshadow is glittery and quite chunky in the pan, with silver sparkles. It's quite hard to pick-up with most brushes, a flat synthetic brush like MAC 228 or 242 works best. The amount of fall-out I get it's awful; and it's not just during application, it's also during the day (I need to keep cleaning the sparkles from my under eye area). It's definitely a formula requiring glitter glue/primer or a very sticky base. The eyeshadow on me basically disappears in 3-4 hours. The level of pigmentation is very low, it applies quite sheer.
By Ana Maria 12 months ago.
Rule is one of the best quality MAC Matte eyeshadow I have tried, but I almost hate the color; the warm vivid orange simply doesn't suit me and when I use rule I feel I look very tired / sick. Otherwise, it's very pigmented and easy to pick with any type of brush, with minimal kick-back / fallout. It blends wonderfully and it's easy to work it; it can also be build up with a stiffer brush. But the color payoff is amazing, it's nearly opaque from the first layer; building upon just intensifies the color to a bright bold orange. To make use of it, I sometimes use Rule in the crease, than build a look with darker browns that suit me; I feel that having Rule as a base makes every other eyeshadow blend/apply better and last long. Because color is subjective (some might look amazing with orange eyeshadow), it's still a 5-star for me. I wish other MAC Matte eyeshadows would perform this well.
By Ana Maria 1 year ago.
Omega is a muted but highly pigmented matte eyeshadow, but I don't agree with the color description the MAC website and Temptalia provide (or at least not on me). For me Omega is more like a grey-taupe, very cool toned, with nothing beige or brown in it. MAC Omega is not as stiff as other MAC eyeshadows; it has a little more kickback, but the fallout isn't bad at all. I agree that the formula in Omega is soft, smooth and blendable (very easy to work with). The color is quite pigmented, but buildable. Depending on the application technique and brushed used, I can either get a wash of color or a medium grey wash of color. I'm NC20-25 and Omega it's a great cool toned transition or deepening shade when applied with a fluffy brush. Packed on the lid, I can get a beautiful cool toned one-color grey look, quite grungy without being too strong.
By Ana Maria 1 year ago.
MAC Deep Damson is a pretty warm burgundy shade, with enough hints of brown to not make me look sick (usually eyeshadows with red in them make me look sick). It's a nice color that I can use all over the lid (and diffused in the crease) as a single-color look, but also to deepen the crease or the outer-v for looks with warm browns, warm mauves (like MAC Haux) or pinks. Most MAC Matte eyeshadows are stiff in the pan, but the Deep Damson I have is even stiffer. If you don't use it with the `right` brush, it applies patchy and hardly gives any pigmentation. If I use something like a eye shader brush (like MAC 242), I barely get product on the brush. I like it applied with fluffier brushes (like MAC 217, 224) even when I pack it on the lid; I like that this kind of eyeshadow formula gives me a lot of space to play with the pigmentation. Packed on the lid, the shadow looks like a beautiful deep wine/burgundy; diffused it looks more like a mauve with hints of wine. The eyeshadow is so stiff that it doesn't have any fallout. I always use eyeshadow primer set with powder, never had issue with this eyeshadow creasing.
By Ana Maria 1 year ago.
MAC Deep Truth is a nice jewel toned blue in the pan, but on my eyes it looks like a blue with shifts of indigo. It's definitely a cool blue and I find it works with my dark brown eyes. It has some shimmer/frost in the pan, but once applied it almost looks matte (but not flat). I wouldn't personally call it a `dark-blue`... maybe `medium-blue`.In the pan the eyeshadow is quite stiff, but the product can be picked-up nicely with a good brush; it works good with both flat brushes (for precise application) and fluffy brushes (for blending). The opacity is not great with first applications, but it can be built up easily (especially with a flat brush). There's some fall-out, but it's minimal. For a bold opaque application a darker shade underneath Deep Truth would really help. It's not the easiest eyeshadow to blend, but it doesn't look patchy.
By Ana Maria 2 years ago.
MAC Humid is an eyeshadow that looks like a jewel toned green in the pan, but translates like a mossy/military green on the eyes. The warmness of the green makes this color look wonderful with a warm toned dark brown in the crease, complimenting my brown eyes. It's a beautiful green eyeshadow (with some flaws) that look great on the lid and in the crease as well. It applies smoothly on the lid and blends well with other eyeshadows. As most frost finish MAC eyeshadows has is has a little bit of shimmer, but Humid is minimally shiny; sometimes it can almost appear matte on my eyes. Humid is quite buildable and versatile, allowing me to obtain a variety of looks. With a fluffy brush and/or light application, it applies very sheer. With a stiff brush I can build the color to a darker green, but never to full opacity. I only can get it as green as in the pan if I apply it over a darker base (green/black eye pencil smudged all over the lid or a dark matte brown). I didn't find Humid very pigmented or `intense` (as MAC states). My biggest issues with Humid is that it creases and it has some fallout even with stiffer brushes. I own other MAC Frost eyeshadows and this is the only color that has these issues. But it's the best green for me and due to it's versatility I would consider re-purchasing it (I have a minimalist approach to make-up purchases).
By Rachel 2 years ago.
totally looks better in the pan than translates to the skin. in the pan, the color looks beautiful and highly pigmented, but in reality, it is much more sheer. you can build the color on your lid, but it never gets to the pan color. i used to use this as a transition shade for a dramatic (and sometimes harsh) black smokey eye, with the purple as the smoke. because it was sheer, it blended out nicely, but again not much color pay off. over time, this color would get the dreaded 'bumps' and sometimes you will have to scrape that layer off. also, does not foil well.
By Rebecca 2 years ago.
Coppering is a lovely copper shade that pulls slightly peachy on me. Applied dry it is smooth and buildable but has a lovely foil effect when applied wet. Lasts for 6+ hours when used with an eyeshadow primer and does not crease. Has a little fallout but nothing unsolvable.
By RoseLane03 2 years ago.
I purchased five mattes (swiss chocolate, quarry, fig 1, omega, and wedge) they're all extremely stiff, hard pressed, very difficult to get any pigment, have to jam my brush in the pan to get anything to show up. I ordered straight from the MAC site so I know they were authentic. Not the same quality as MAC I purchased years ago (cork, follie, arena) Will not ever purchase again.
By Seraphine 3 years ago.
What a beautiful and useful color! I avoided this one in the past because I couldn't see how this frosted color could work on me. I don't normally like using shimmery colors in my crease, but I finally broke down and bought it based on reviews. I'm so glad I did! This looks absolutely gorgeous as a crease color. It is extremely pigmented with excellent color payoff. It's frosted, but in a more subtle way. The color stayed on perfectly all day (note: I always use a primer under all eyeshadow). I own a lot of eyeshadows, and Satin Taupe is now my favorite.