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I am a professionally trained Make-up artist and have used many different brands of eye shadow in my time however I always come back to and rely on MAC eye shadows as well as solely using them for myself. Having purchased more than 30 shades I am fully satisfied with all of them. The eye shadows have a strong pigment, last for a VERY long time, blend well and MAC I believe have the best selection of colours to chose from. They are worth every penny considering the amount of time they last and the pigment they offer it is not cost effective going with cheaper brands.
I have owned five MAC eye shadow in the shades: All That Glitters, Shroom, Arena, Honey Lust and Jest. These are all neutral shades so I can't really comment on any of the bright ones MAC offers. I ordered mine from the MAC website and I paid £13 and on their website there are over one hundred shades to choose from. The packaging is a black plastic container with a clear plastic lid with MAC written on it. The clear lid is useful since you would be able to see the exact colour of the eye shadow without having to individually open it to see. The packaging does feel expensive and you can tell it is of a good quality. Alternatively, you can buy a palette then just buy the pans to fill the palette with which are slightly cheaper (£10 instead of £13). When applying these eye shadows they don't crumble down onto my face like other brands I have tried do and they have a long staying power and my eye shadow does not crease or smudge throughout the day. They blend together beautifully and they are very pigmented but if you wanted them to look even more intense you could apply them with a wet brush. I really cannot pick any faults with these eye shadows. Overall, I think that £13 is not much to pay for such an amazing quality product. I would recommend MAC eye shadows to anybody looking for pigmented and long wearing eye shadows.
I have bought several of these over the years mainly when I have been matching up with a lipstick if I am honest because I find them a little expensive.
The product ....
The product is a solid eye shadow in its own little plastic container made by Mac cosmetics.
The Packing ....
The product comes in a small black plastic pot that has a clear lid that is hinged at the back. The lid of the product is clear which is handy for seeing the exact colour of the eye shadow inside the pot.
The eye shadow is in a solid circle disc inside the pot.
What I like/dislike ....
The pigment of the product is really nice and it blends really nicely on my skin lasting a good 8-10 hours without creasing.
I find these eyeshadows stop coming out of the pot after a bit of use, however I discovered if I scratched the surface off then they were ok again.
I dislike that these pots come with no applicator which is a let down for the cost.
These eye shadow singles cost around £11 per eye shadow which is a lot of money but I have used some of mine for a good few years and there is still not much gone from them so they do get a good amount for the cost.
I like these for their staying power, the fact I can match my lipsticks and liners but I do find them costly for what they are and I really would prefer if they changed the pots to allow for a mirror and applicator. Other than that a nice product that lasts a long time.
I really don't find these single eye shadow pots are as "out standing" as others saying.
I don't know it's the brushes I used to apply MAC eye shadows, or I just always ended up getting the wrong shades, none of the eye shadows I bought from MAC works for me. The texture is kind of hard that I always struggle to get enough product on my brushes or on my finger tip. The matte shade eye shadow some how always become shinning and hard on the top, which is even more difficult to use. MAC offers a great selection of eye shadow colors, so I believe that every one can find the right shades. However, I find it wasting of money to continuously searching and trying. $20 for each shade, and so far I had no luck of finding even one shade that I like or easy to work with.
Although I really like the idea of the small eyeshadow pots, I just ran out my patience to deal with it. My partner actually likes my makeup better when I spend less time on using a simple eye shadow palette, and whenever I spent a long time on working and blending all those MAC colors on my eyes he would feel that I wear too much makeup (even I don't use dark colors), so to me it's just not worth the time and the money. I'm finally ready to give away all my MAC eye shadows (yes lucky for my friends).
I would say if you are not good with makeup, don't own a big collection of really good eye shadow brushes, and not into spending too much time and a lot of money on makeup, MAC eyeshadow is definitely some thing you don't want to deal with.
As this year has continued I have bought more and more products and MAC had featured highly on the brand list. I recently bought the MAC cool neutral palette, this features fifteen eye shadows for £65.00 (a massive bargain) and has some amazing colours to choose from.
First of all matte shadows are something that I find very difficult to find the perfect brand, as they can so easy be a little dusty and chalky. This is not the case with these. All of the shadows are very highly pigmented, very easy to blend and can be built up so easily.
The satin and shimmer shadows are just beautiful. I adored blackened plum which is the most beautiful very dark matte purple and is just fantastic in the outer V.
The lasting powder is these shadows is amazing, they last without primer, but primer makes them pop a little more and really adds to that lasting power. They do not crease either ( a huge thing for me as I am very concerned about this!) and nor do they have fall out.
The cost of these shadows is normally massive (£10 a pop – making a 15 shadow palette cost £165 with the palette and inserts) so I would recommend having a look at their limited edition value sets. These include mostly shadows from the full range, and they just represent such a huge saving. They also do a great range of quads that save you around £15.
All products can be ordered from their site and of course from the huge number of stores in which they feature. Time to go and buy them girls!
The MAC Eye Shadow is available for GBP 12.50.
MAC was founded in 1984 and stands for Make-Up Art Cosmetics.
The eye shadow is available in a black plastic packaging with a flip top lid. The plastic packaging is in a black boxing. The product name and additional product information are printed on it. The packaging contains 1.5 g.
The eye shadow is described as follows. "Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well. Please note - Eye Shadows weight vary slightly based on the density of the product."
The ingredients are Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol and Phenoxyethanol.
The eye shadow Mylar is a creamy-white colour with shimmer. The colour seems creamy and a little beige. The eye shadow is highly pigmented. The eye shadow can be applied well and evenly as well. Rough edges can be blended well. The shimmer is not too overpowering and cannot be noticed. The eye shadow leaves a comfortable feeling on the skin. The eye shadow can be removed easily with a make-up remover or with water and a lotion.
The eye shadow is long-lasting. The eye shadow holds for around 12 hours after applying. The eye shadow does not crease while wearing a primer.
I can recommend the MAC Eye Shadow, as the eye shadow can be applied well. The eye shadow covers well and is highly pigmented, although the shimmer cannot be noticed. The eye shadow is long-lasting and can be removed easily with a make-up remover.
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.
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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.
MAC Eye Shadow / Highly-pigmented powder / Applies evenly / blends well / Please note / Eye Shadows weight vary slightly based on the density of the product.