MAC Hard Currency is a moderately cool-toned, light-medium taupe with a matte finish. It is a limited edition eyeshadow that retails for $17.00 and contains 0.05 oz.
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. 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). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (PiP, ) 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). 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). Zoeva Ever (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Sculpture (226CM) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Passion (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Zero Gravity (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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.