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I’d like to review two shades from this range of Mac Eye Shadows which I received as part of a goodie gift collection from a relative. The shades I have are in the same pressed powder range but they have different finishes. Prior to this I’d never used this brand of eye shadow.
The eye shadow comes in a 1.5g or .05 US OZ sized pot which is small and lightweight. It is fitted with a transparent lid which clicks open and can be securely closed. My eye shadows also came boxed with a list of full ingredients on this outer packaging as well as contact details for Mac and a label showing the shade and finish.
There is a very extensive range of shades and finishes in the Mac eye shadow line. There are also eight different types of finishes such as ‘Matte’ or ‘Frost’ so you can really find every colour and effect you could possibly want!
My first eye shadow is the colour Cork in a Satin finish. This is a golden biscuit brown colour which has the effect of looking silky smooth and creamy. I really like the shade as it’s suitable for all occasions. It’s also good for contouring. The eye shadow can be applied really easily either with applicator or finger and it’s easy to apply this evenly because of the fine quality of the powder.
The second shade is Da Bling in the finish ‘Veluxe Pearl’. This is a light pink with a golden pearl shimmer effect. It’s a lovely shade for brightening the eyelids and opening up the eyes. It’s also a good shade in the neutral range though as it’s not overpoweringly bright or too light reflective. Once again this is super easy to apply.
Both eye shadows I have are long lasting. I have also used the loose powder Pigment eye shadow from Mac and was disappointed in it’s lack of staying power but these pressed powders are much more adhesive to the skin.
At GBP13.00 per eye shadow these are very pricey but they do award a beautiful look which looks professional and high quality. I would recommend to any girl or lady who loves experimenting with make-up and who wants to find the best eye shadows out there.
It is no surprise that MAC cosmetics is one of the best brand when it comes to makeup. It is expensive, but still more affordable than other luxury brands like Chanel or Sisley.
That said, nowadays the beauty industry is evolving more and more, and the so-called drugstore brands have been stepping up their game, with better quality and more reasonable prices.
MAC eyeshadows remain very well worth the price and the hype, though, even if some colour are very dupable. They come in different finishes which I find provide different colour payoff as well.
Matte eyeshadows tend to have a less smooth texture and some of them are harder to blend. Some darker colours are extremely pigmented though, like Carbon, which is one of the blackest blacks I have ever used.
Satin is my favourite finish, as I find the eyeshadows very smooth, velvet-y feeling and easy to apply and to blend. The range of colours is incredible too. My favourite shades are probably Arena and Soba, while the most unique is Club.
You can buy them in pots, individually, for £12.50, or in pans, to insert in palettes.
I prefer to buy pans as they are a little bit cheaper and you can customise your palette as you prefer.
Palettes come in different sizes too, bigger ones which can contain up to 15 eyeshadows, or quads, or even duos.
I love make up and am very loyal to a few brands. I use a mix of high street & high end brand names. I am currently slowly in the process of filling a 15 shade palette. I love MAC colours. They have such a broad range of really pigmented eye shadows. They offer matte and shimmer, ranging from highlighters to Carbon, the blackest black. The fall out tends to be minimal, depending on the eye shadow shade that you use.
The eye shadows are long wearing, especially when used with a MAC paint pot or another primer. They last all day with minimal creasing and are really blendable. Any shadow fall out is easy to brush away to ensure that your face make up does not get ruined!
The only downside is that they are expensive, 12.50 for a pot or 10 for a palette size. They are one of the more expensive eye shadow ranges out there. However because of the price, I always take care of them and it feels like a special treat when I buy the next on my very long wishlist! But don't be put off by the price tag as you can get a great bargain for some unused eye shadows on ebay, especially of the very common shades.
If I could only choose one brand of make-up to use for the rest of my life it would probably be Mac. I find the brand very inspirational when it comes to make up. There's ALWAYS new collections and limited editions and all kinds of new exciting products coming out. Also when it comes to eyeshadows, blushers and lip colours they have the widest range of shades available. I'm always excited to visit the Mac counter, much more than the other brands out there.
Mac is available in the bigger department stores and some Debenhams stores (sadly there's no where that close to me that stocks it) There are also Mac stores dotted around aswell, they have a pretty impressive website where clear swatches of the colours and a brief description of the shade is described.
My love of make up has developed over the years and I love watching make-up tutorials online, I guess that's what lead me to these eyeshadows. I've purchased quite a few different ones and find the quality second to none.
* high-pigmented powder
* applies evenly, blends well.
As I mentioned before the variety of shades is amazing, there are 144 shades available online in every colour you could think of! There are also a number of finishes:
* veluxe pearl
* veuxe pearl
The pigment in the eyeshadows is so strong! I've found you only need to use a tiny amount of product to get a strong finish. The colours do blend well as stated by Mac and the texture of them is so smooth, they go onto the eyelid like silk. I sometimes use the matte black shade named 'carbon' as an eyeliner and it stays on all day. There are palettes available with the eyeshadows in but probably my favourite thing of all is that you can buy empty palettes and choose the colours you want! No more buying a palette full of colours and only using half the shades! There are also individual refills available for your palette.
I love the Mac packaging it's plain but very classy looking. The small pot comes with a flip-top and a clear lid so you can see which colour your picking up.
VALUE FOR MONEY:
For the individual eye shadow pot which is 1.5g the cost is £12.00, this is expensive for an individual eye shadow but the quality is worth the price and the product does last well to.
Also you have the option if you choose to go for a palette and buy refills, the refills cost £10.00 so overtime you will save money by doing it this way if you use them all the time and want a few different colours. As you've probably guessed by this review I will always be repurchasing these products!
I have always found that I am very happy with MAC make up, and I have never really bought anything I have thought to be a waste of money. Their basic little eye shadows are no exception. Great quality eye shadow, high colour pigment, very easy to apply.
I own many shades myself, and at the minute MAC have 126 shades available online, all priced at £12.00 for 1.5g. This might sound expensive, but MAC products really do last well and really are worth the price tag they wear.
"High pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well." maccosmetics.co.uk (product description)
MAC have hit the nail on the head with the product description. Very limited information, but to be honest, no more is really needed. I have never had an issue applying the shadow - I use a MAC shadow brush and am able to apply a gorgeous layer of colour to my lids in just one stroke, and I can build the colour up to be as vibrant, or buff it down to be as subtle, as I should wish or require. Every colour I own has been beautiful, and none have been a let-down or of questionable quality. I often layer and blend a few colours together - these shadows lend themselves to this seamlessly. There are so many effects you are able to create, and in all honesty, once you own one colour it is like an addiction! More colours are needed!
The pot is a smaller version of their blushers etc. A functional plastic pot with clear window in the lid. A secure pop top, strong plastic. It looks clean and professional.
This company have an excellent reputation, and these eye shadows are just more proof as to why the reputation is well deserved! Fabulous.
Tip: brush on 'electric eel' across the whole lid (not up to the brow line - leave this clear), then from around a third of a way out form the inner corner - about level with the outer edge of your iris, build up the shade 'deep truth'. Blend the line on the lid so the colours blend seamlessly together (again do not put up to the brow line). Next, add a thin line of 'electric eel' about 1 mm across the bottom lash line of the eye from the inner corner. Now, add a thin line of 'deep truth' the rest of the way across the bottom lash line, and out to the outer corner. Blend. On the very inner corner of the eye, mark a small amount of 'Dig It' or 'Gesso' and blend slightly into the top and bottom lash lines to really open the eyes up. Finish with liner and mascara, or just mascara, however you feel you would like to complete the look.
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These eyeshadows are world renowned for being fab, by both the public (like me) and industry insiders e.g. makeup artists. Obviously there are some people who don't rate them, but I believe they are top quality and have a great colour range available.
The packaging is a little round pot, which easily fits into any makeup bag. The eyeshadow seems to be made of lovely fine particles so it goes on evenly and blends very well. The best thing about them is how strong the colour pigmentation is. You can really build up the colour for either a full coverage or a dramatic or bold look. This makes them very versatile, and the range of colours makes it easy to mix and match a whole look (e.g. smokey eyes, or different shades of similar colour for a graduated effect.
They are certainly addictive, and I do find myself lusting after new colours when out shopping - bit like the adult version of going past a sweetshop window! My everyday staple is "Shroom", a perfect taupey beige colour.
The lasting power of this eyeshadow is fantastic! It really does last all day, and because it is made of fine particles it doesn't crease. If you want to make sure it lasts, build it up in layers or use a primer.
This is by far the best eyeshadow I have used, and by far the best, brightest colour range. The colours seem to look even better on than in the pot, so if you are fancying one the chances are you will be pleased. They aren't cheap, but they are quality and long-lasting.
MAC eye shadow is probably my favourite eye shadow to use as I find it to be highly pigmented and really good quality.
I have about 10 MAC eye shadows now and I love them.
The ones I use the most are a dark grey colour and a white colour, which are both regulars in my make-up bag that I keep in my handbag and have with me all of the time.
~ About MAC ~
MAC stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics and was founded in Toronto, Canada in 1984. Their cosmetics were initially designed specifically to be used by professional make-up artists.
~ Price and availability ~
MAC eye shadow retails for around £12.00. There are 141 shades of this eye shadow available on the MAC website, www.mac-cosmetics.co.uk, where it can be ordered. It can also be bought from Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges, House of Fraser and most other department stores.
~ Design ~
The eye shadow comes in a round black container with a clear window on the top showing the colour of the eye shadow and 'MAC' in black letters across the front of the window. The lettering does not scratch off the window (even when I try to scratch it off), but it scratches off easily on fake versions of MAC's eye shadows.
The container is quite tall at around 1.5cm considering it is only just over an inch in diameter. It has a hinged lid, which opens easily to reveal the eye shadow inside.
The bottom of the eye shadow has a sticker on with the name of the shade, the weight (1.5g) and it tells you that the product was made in Canada.
I think the little eye shadow container is quite cute.
~ Use ~
I love using my MAC eye shadows as they are such good quality. They are highly pigmented and the colour is really easy to transfer. Even lighter colours, which with other eye shadows I often find difficult to transfer onto my skin, are not a problem with MAC's eye shadows.
The eye shadow is of a powdery consistency and it is very fine. It can be picked up onto your brush or applicator very easily.
The eye shadow has a light shimmer to it, but it is not glittery and it does not look over the top and there is no glittery fallout. I don't tend to get any fallout from this eye shadow.
It is long lasting and can look the same as it did when it was applied in the morning, last thing at night.
It is really good for blending and there are lots of colours in the range that will complement each other.
I am really happy with this eye shadow and although it is more expensive than your average eye shadow I do think they are worth the price as for me, there is no other eye shadow I have tried that matches this quality.
~ Conclusion ~
Overall I think this eye shadow is fantastic. It is my favourite eye shadow to use and the only reason I don't use it all of the time is because I don't have it in every colour that I wear and as it is quite expensive I haven't got round to buying it in every colour I want.
It is highly pigmented, excellent quality and blends easily. I would really recommend this eye shadow.
MAC is my all time favourite brand of cosmetics and I absolutely love their eye shadows. They're quite expensive at £12.00 per 1.5 gram compact but the quality is worth every penny.
I have built up my collection over the period of around two years and I usually treat my self to one (or maybe two!) once every couple of months or whenever I feel like I deserve a little treat. While I have come across some cheaper dupes which are similar in quality I have never come across any brand of eyeshadow that matches the quality or is higher quality. I would rather pay a bit extra for one highly pigmented, good quality eyeshadow rather than waste my money on several cheap and nasty ones.
I would rather buy a MAC branded eyeshadow oppose to a dupe because the difference in quality is noticeable - plus I absolutely love the packaging that the MAC eyeshadows come in. A majority of mine are in compacts but they are also available in refill form for pallettes. These are £2.00 cheaper for the same amount of product and I have recently started filling my palette that I recieved as a birthday present a couple of months ago. I've got the pro palette which is able to hold fifteen eye shadows and I currently have three refills in it and the rest of my eyeshadows are compacts - I currently have eleven in various shades including charcoal grey, light blue, dark brown and so on.
About 90 percent of the shades that I have are quite dark and basic but there are brighter colours available including pink, yellow, purple, green - there really is something for everyone and I love that there are different shades of each colour eg dark pink, light pink etc and it's really fun to experiment with different colours. There are matt versions and pearly versions and there's even quite a few shades that have glitter in them. If you are new to MAC and want an eyeshadow I would recommend buying it in store rather than via the website as that way you will be able to swatch and see which colour is best for you.
The colour choice is a little overwhelming at first and although some of the eyeshadows look the same colour as each other in the compacts/palettes you will be able to see the difference upon swatching them. All of the MAC eyeliners have got the same gorgeous, silky feel to them and the pigmentation is amazing. The eyeshadow is easy to apply and it doesn't crease, smudge or transfer from my eyelid to the area under my brow bone. I use the 239 brush to pack it on and then the 217 brush to blend it out if I'm going for a smokey eye look. It stays in place with no flaking at all - primer is obviously a must have though and I always apply it before I apply my eyeshadow as it helps it to last longer and ensures a flawless, smooth finish.
The eyeliner looks good quality and glamorous when I'm wearing it and the range of different shades are all suitable for different ocassions. I usually wear 'orb' (a gorgeous peachy shade), 'mulch' (a pearly reddish-brown) or 'miss piggy pink' during the day as these are subtle but really make a difference to my overall look. Even if I just wear this with foundation and a bit of mascara it makes it look like I've made more of an effort while still looking reasonably natural and simple. On nights out I will wear either the black (typographic), shimmery silver (electra), charcoal grey (scene) or a slightly brighter shade such as blue or purple. During the day this will last for a good eight hours or so and if I'm wearing it to go clubbing the lasting power is just as good even if I'm slightly sweaty from dancing around like a lunatic!! It doesn't melt off of my skin like some cheap eyeshadows can do.
Overall, I recommend this eyeshadow. The quality, pigmentation and lasting power are amazing and the colour range is huge! While £12.00 does seem quite expensive for an eyeshadow, I assure you that it is worth it! Five out of five stars.
I have a slight obsession with eye shadows; therefore, I have tried various make-up brands. At Mac they sell empty palettes, where you basically buy one and then buy refills to fill it up. I bought a palette to fit 4 eye shadows.
The palette costs £6.50 and the refills cost £10 for 1.5g. The colour of the eye shadow I purchased is called: 'Woodwinked' the reason I choose this eyeshadow as it was recommended on many make-up tutorials as one of the favorites of many make-up artists. Also, the fact I tend to go for gold/beiges. The eye shadow palette comes in a black plastic case. The front of the case is clear so you can see through the palette, something I do tend to prefer, I like to be able to see what's in the inside of the product because if I have numerous eye shadow palettes, it's a bit of a pain having to go through them all to find the right one.
The eye shadow palette is plain but I still think it looks good. It has the M.A.C logo in white on the front and has a black base.
The woodwinked shade is really beautiful. If you Google it you can see images of it on to get a real feel of what it is like. I can describe it but it wont be the same. It's a golden kind of colour. As Mac describes it as a 'Golden antique' shade.
Due to the colour been a golden shade, it does look its best on those with olive skin. For people with pale skin they have claimed it looks slightly orangey golden colour on their eyes.
The eyeshadow lasts all day but I do notice a few creases, but I guess this is expected as firstly my skin is combination, so although my skin is terribly dry when I wake up, it can be quite oily through the day and this can have an affect on my eye make-up and of course the rest of my make-up... unfortunately!
Is it as good as the other brands?
I must say that MAC eye shadow is in my opinion very overrated. In fact I think the brand itself is. I have used much nicer products from Chanel and Estee Lauder. Obviously the prices tend to be a fraction more but not that much more.
The eye shadow is good but Urban Decay deliver just as good results with their eye shadows for a much cheaper price if you buy a already made up palette. Such as: Urban decay naked 1 and 2. This is usually around £32 but you get 12 eye shadows.
Despite this, the eye shadow is soft and blends nicely. It has a really nice velvet feel. A tip I learned from a make-up tutorial was to get really intense eye make-up adds a little water to your brush and it really makes such a difference to the intensity of the colour and even makes it easier to blend.
The mac eye shadow if it was a tad cheaper it would be in my eyes just as good, but due to finding a product that matches the standards of MAC but much cheaper, I would have to go with Urban decay.
So overall, I do like MAC eye shadow, but I am afraid it is well and truly overrated for its prices. Urban decay wins a mile off for me because of this.
The four or five Mac eyeshadows that I have in my make-up bag are the longest lasting eye shadows I own. I wear them at day and night, for work, for shopping, for dining out and partying - they really are super.
The range of eyeshadows, and lipsticks for that matter, is vast giving a colour for literally everyone as there is so much choice. The staff at Mac make up counters are always so helpful and will give excellent advice on the best colours and products to suit you.
The colours of Mac eyeshadows available range from sparkly to matt and you are guaranteed to find one suitable for you. The colour stays on all day and into the night, and washes off easily. The eyeshadows give excellent coverage, be it a light or dark shade. I own a sparkly one and some matt ones and I use them practically every day. I buy Mac eyeshadows as gifts for girl friends and family members as I know they will not disappoint.
I was given one of these MAC eyeshadows a while ago and recently decided to look into buying a new one for myself.
I'm not a massive eyeshadow fan but I do like some neutral shades for occasional use. I had a look at buying another of these and found they were selling for £12.00 RRP. I couldn't believe my eyes because this is a single shadow and only a 1.5g pot. The price is ridiculous obviously, but is the product any good?
Well, it comes in a £2 coin size black plastic pot. The design is synonymous with MAC who tend to opt for a simple and sleek black packaging. There is a clear pane in the top of the flip lid which shows you the colour and also has the brand name across it. The branding isn't in your face which I like, though the design is quite easily recognisable as being MAC because they are so well known. Inside there sits the dish of shadow and on the bottom of the pot are instructions and ingredients. Overall I think the design is great, simple and very chic. They are the perfect size for travel and look great as well as being functional.
The eyeshadow is a lovely creamy powder. It has a silky feel to it and a great consistency. I was given the shadow in 'aquadisiac' which is a turquoise shade - not my ideal choice but nice for special occasions. I find the shadow wears very well, stays on for most of the day without collecting in your eye lines. It also applies easily with a finer or brush, it isn't too dusty so you don't need to worry about getting it on your mascara.
All in all it is a great eyeshadow, one of the best I've ever used. BUT, and it's a bit but, it's £12.00 which to me seems frankly ludicrous for a single pot of eyeshadow. Admittedly because I don't use eyeshadows very much it would last me a lifetime but I just cannot justify spending this money on something I use so occasionally. I'll stick to cheaper brands, thanks.
A nice eyeshadow but really not worth the price.
Buying these little eye shadows is an absolute treat. They're quite expensive at £12.00 for a 1.5g pot, but I find that that just adds to the pleasure of buying them! The packaging is very minimal and classy, just a little black plastic pot showing the magic beneath. The range of colours is astonishing, but take care choosing!
I would say you should absolutely go into the shop to buy these, unless you're buying a repeat of a colour you already own. At this price you don't want to end up with a colour you never wear. I have probably two that I very rarely wear because I picked them just for the beautiful jewel like colour without actually trying them on. You should definitely try them on in the shop, ask the make-up girls for help, but don't be pressured into choosing. I really recommend trying it on, then go for a coffee and see what you look like and feel like with it on outside of the shop. If you still love it, go for it!
My absolute favourite colour is Gleam. It's a pinky, peachy, coraly, glimmering little wonder. Normally I would use expensive make up sparingly, but I can't help wearing this every day. It makes you look really healthy, and makes your eyes shimmer and whites whiter. You can use it on its own for a better-than-natural look, or use as a base layer, or even as a top layer to add shimmer to your favourite colour.
I've had mine for about 2 years and have nearly worn it all up now. I'll certainly be buying it again. Don't feel too sad when yours runs out, MAC has a great scheme to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. Once you have 6 empty pieces of packaging, you can return them to any MAC store, or to MAC online, and they will give you a free lipstick in the colour of your choice. Silver lining or what!
At twelve pound a go you really have to be careful your getting a product worth your while, because when building your collection you don't need just the one and MAC is definitely worth every girls while. The whole experience of going out and buying these pretty little pots is worth it. They are all neatly arranged in the stand with an absolutely amazing variety of colours. The pots are tiny black five gram circles with little clear plastic sections so you can tell which colour is in the pot. These shadows come in two types, mattes which is just what it says on the tin and frost which contains shimmer. The colours look amazing in the pot and even more so on the lid.The textures of these shadows tend to be mostly very creamy and soft allowing for a very buildable and blendable shadow. The amazing things with these shadows are that you can use them forever and they hardly look used, however they can sometimes be a hit and miss. A very few percentage of the shadows are very dry and impossible to blend.
Until recently, I have never understood why some people spend a fortune on items such as eyeshadows and other makeup when they can typically get something identical much cheaper. However, until the last few years I hadn't tried many of the higher end makeup ranges, purely because I couldn't afford them. My opinion however had been: "how much better can they be?". This MAC eyeshadow for example costs £12, in Superdrug or Boots you could get a similar shade and similar packaging for a fraction of the cost. However, this review will explain why some (not all!) of the higher-end makeup brands are better and will focus on the MAC eyeshadow.
==Choice and Colours==
I first truly noticed the MAC brand when I visited America about 7 years ago. The girls on the makeup counter had amazing makeup and eyemakeup that was like artistry. The range of colours available in eyeshadows is truly extraordinary - there are well over 100 normal shades and then they have limited edition ranges regularly too. Basically, if you can't find the shade you want in MAC, the shade pretty much doesn't exist. They have all sorts of finishes covered too, some have sparkles and shimmers, some are pearlescent and some are just matt. I really like matt eyeshadows and those are the ones I picked. I picked a light yellow (similar to that in the picture) which really brightened my eyes and a matt chocolate brown for the socket line. My favourite combo on on of the American girls was lime green with navy blue in the sockets, she looked amazing!
The best thing about MAC eyeshadows and the main reason I am willing to fork out £12 for such a small item is the high pigmentation in the eyeshadows. You really only need a small amount for high impact colour. I always use eyeshadow over a base (Avon Perfect Wear in Diamond) which typically helps the eyeshadow to stay on longer and the colour of the MAC eyeshadows clings to the base beautifully and still looks as good 10+ hours later. If none of my other makeup stays on, the eyeshadow always remains - I think that is down to the good quality AVON product but also the high pigmentation in the MAC eyeshadow. Other eyeshadows I have had require a real build up of colour just to get anywhere close to the colour I am after. What you see is what you get pretty much in the colour of the MAC eyeshadows. The other brilliant thing of course is how well the shadows blend together, they really do blend in beautifully with an eyeshadow brush.
As previously mentioned the eyeshadow from MAC costs £12 for a single. I think you have the option in store of selecting 4 eyeshadows for a quad pallate, I think you get 10% discount (as you don't get all the plastic packaging) but have to buy the holder for them which is about £8 (from memory) - so if you buy lots of them and can replace the empty ones with "refills" you would save 10% (this may just be in Debenhams). For me, I decided just to buy two singles which set me back £24. Keep an eye out in Debenhams as they often have 10% discount days for Beauty and Fragrance. Not a huge saving but something at least!
I would not deny that the MAC eyeshadow range is quite expensive, particularly if you would like a range of colours and other ranges (Bourjois for example) have a good range of colours and can be bought more cheaply. In my opinion, the colour range and quality of items from MAC are unrivaled and I wouldn't hesitate in spending my hard earned cash there again.
I have quite a collection of various eye shadows in my make up drawer although I still like to look out for something new, so when I recently went round a friends house and she had been given a load of Mac make up which we could have for free I didn't turn down the offer. One of the items I ended up with was a pallet of 4 eye shadows, the colour on the back is described as Evil Eye/ Moody, I wasn't too keen on the name of this particular pallet but the colours were perfect for the shades I like to wear.
The eye shadow case is very simple in design and consists of a black plastic square case, the top of the case is made from a totally clear plastic allowing you to see colour of the eye shadows inside. The word "Mac" is written in the middle of the lid in white writing with a white dot between the M and A and the A and C. The back of my eye shadow pallet is totally blank apart from a small sticker with the name on it, however usually they have a sticker on the back containing the ingredients and also a contact address for the company. The make up my friend received although never used were sent to her brothers girl friend as samples as she is a make up artist so this information had been removed. That is basically it for the packaging, it is very plain and simple but tells you what you need to know and allows you to see the colours of the eye shadow inside before buying.
The 4 eye shadows that make up this eye shadow pallet are quite dark which wouldn't suit everyone however I prefer to wear darker eye shadows as I find that light colours just do not show up on my skin. Although the Pallet is called Evil Eye/ Moody each colour making up this pallet has a separate name which I have since researched.
* Palace Pedigreed - This particular eye shadow is quite a deep burgundy colour, this can be applied lightly to give a subtle colour or several coats will give quite a dark dramatic look, personally I find just a couple of coats is plenty, one coat tends to look a bit uneven and patchy, a second coat evens things out to give a smooth colour, for me anything more looks a bit too gothic and heavy which is not a look I like to go for. I think this is one of the easiest colours to apply out of all four of them.
* Spellcaster - This is a dark purple colour, I wasn't too sure whether I was going to like this particular shade when I first saw it or whether I was going to get much wear out of it, however I decided to give it a try. When I first applied it I noticed it went on a little patchy as the Palace Pedigreed colour did however after a couple of coats this evened out and was no where near as dark as I thought it was going to be. This colour was quite dark but did not have the gothic look that I first thought it would have.
* Evil Eye - This shade is a dark greenish grey colour, green isn't something I wear a huge amount of but mixed with the grey I thought I may like this colour better. In terms of applying the eye shadow this shade was the worse, I found that when applying more than coat if I pressed too hard with the brush it seemed to partly wipe the first coat of so I had to be very careful when applying a second coat as I found one coat was not enough, the colour went on much lighter than it appears in the pallet and I needed several coats to build the colour up and achieve a smooth finish. Whilst I like this colour once on it does take a bit of time to apply as you really do have to be careful not to wipe the first coat off when applying a second.
* Moody - This a dark grey which a very slight hint of metallic in it, although this is so slight that it doesn't even show up. I quite like this colour, you do need to be careful when applying it as it is easy to apply too much and end up with an almost black eye shadow, 2 coats is needed in my opinion just to achieve a smooth finish but any more than that for me looks a bit too heavy and gothic.
After trying all of the eye shadows I can say that I like all 4 colours and there is not one that I wouldn't wear, I think my favourite ones are the Palace Pedigreed and Spellcaster mainly as they are a bit different to the other eye shadows I have. Whilst I am pleased with the eye shadows and really like the colours I have to say I was a little disappointed with how well they lasted, normally my eye shadows last right through the day, after the gym or before bed they are not looking their best but throughout the day they remain in place and crease free, however by the afternoon when wearing my new Mac eye shadows I noticed that the eye shadows had started to crease slightly and I was starting to get a dark line across the crease of my eye lid which I had to smooth out with my finger. Whilst smoothing out the crease line did work and kept the eye shadow looking good I was a little disappointed that I have to do this as I had expected the Mac eye shadows to last all day.
When I have worn them up the gym (straight after work) by the time I get home the eye shadow has almost disappeared apart from a dark line in the crease of my eye lid, this doesn't bother me too much as most eye shadows I have do not look brilliant after the gym but I would have liked it t last a bit longer during the day.
As I have mentioned the Mac eye shadow pallet was free for me, however I have looked the product up and these 4 eye shadow pallets are sold in Debenhams and are currently being sold for £29.70, this is on offer and they are usually £33.00. I was shocked when I saw how much these pallets were, personally I would not pay out this much money for an eye shadow, I do go through quite a lot of it as I wear it every day so I would spend a small fortune if I always brought this brand. Also after trying the Evil Eye pallet I certainly would not pay this much for it as I do not feel it lasts long enough, in my opinion whilst I like they eye shadows and like the colours I do not think it is worth this amount of money.
Overall I'm not sure if I would recommend the Mac eye shadow pallet, the colours are perfect for me so if you like wearing dark colours this pallet would be ideal for you. Whilst the eye shadow does not go on smoothly with one coat I find this rarely happens with eye shadows and they often need a couple of coats. The thing that puts me off this product other than the high price tag is that it does not last brilliantly I would expect a lot more for this amount of money. If the eye shadow was cheaper I would recommend it but at this price I would not buy it myself, if I was offered more freebies I would certainly say yes but and not willing to pay out that amount of money.
MAC Eye Shadow / Highly-pigmented powder / Applies evenly / blends well / Please note / Eye Shadows weight vary slightly based on the density of the product.