Not Basic Black

MAC Eyeshadow

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MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow

MAC Not Basic Black is a neutral-toned, medium-dark taupe with a satin finish. It is a limited edition eyeshadow that retails for $17.00 and contains 0.05 oz.

Editor's Review

Not Basic Black is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a barely-there satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer press, which made it harder to work with overall. I wish this one would have blended out more easily. On me, it showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. theBalm #15 (P, $6.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Big White Lie (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Mystery (DC, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Tor (225CP) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Grunge (DC, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). KVD Beauty Fawn (Define) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Blurry Blue #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Old Smoke (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Enjoy the Ride (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Wild Horses (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Become (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (PiP, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.

Claims / Ingredients

These saturated shadows in neutral and metallic shades and multiple finishes stay on all day long with non-creasing, eight-hour wear. The result: potent colour payoff that applies evenly, blends well and can be used wet or dry.

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