Whenever I get a new palette I did say to myself “this is it, I don’t need anymore”. Who are we kidding? I remember my first ever eyeshadow was from MAC. In fact most of my firsts in terms of makeup was from MAC. And till date one of my favorite palettes is the MAC custom palette. But when it comes to pre made palettes MAC wasn’t a winner mostly because I rarely get the quality that I get from the permanent range.
An Eye Shadow Palette in fifteen warm shades: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark, Brule Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle, Lemon Tart, Butterfudge, Creative Copper, Unwind and Divine Decadence. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully.
How it fared:
When MAC launched two neutral palettes it did start a lot of debate starting from the price point to how it compares with the rest of neutral palettes in the market.
With respect to the price point I can see why it isn’t exactly inviting when you compare it to the rest of the palettes in market. There aren’t many 15 eyeshadow palette at this high a price point. But for someone who love MAC as a brand or is planning to build a 15 shade pro palette, the price point can easily be deemed reasonable. To build a 15 pro palette in itself from MAC would cost around $160 ($10X15, $10 for Pro palette). Of course it does give you the flexibility to choose your own shades and move around the shades as you prefer. The eyeshadows included within the palette are glued to the pans in the neutral palettes. At the end of the day it is all about personal preferences. If you can see yourself using more than a few shades in the palette it well may be worth it. Most shades from the Palette are exclusive (at least for now) and are not available for purchase separately.
Before I get into the shades per say, there are 2 neutral palettes; a cool neutral Palette and a Warm neutral Palette. The one I loved and brought home as it should be quite evident by now is the warm one.
Cool neutral Palette (Shades): Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked, Blackberry, After Dusk, Pick Me Up, Crushed Clove, Cozy Grey, Deception, Brun, Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied.
Warm Neutral Palette (Shades):
- Hey Metallic coral (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
- Warm Breeze Pastel coral (Satin)
- Gingersnap Deep rosy pink (Frost)
- Dark Brew Deep chocolate with pink pearl (Velvet)
- Dance in the Dark Dark brown (Matte) (Repromote)
- Brule Soft creamy beige (Satin) (Permanent)
- Vanilla Extract Soft warm yellow beige (Frost)
- Honey Lust Bronze-dipped peach (Lustre) (Permanent)
- Amber Lights Peachy-brown with shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
- Saddle Golden orange brown (Matte) (Permanent)
- Lemon Tart Metallic gold (Veluxe Pearl)
- Butterfudge Dirty mocha with gold pearl (Satin)
- Creative Copper Frosted gold (Lustre) (Repromote)
- Unwind Dirty olive (Veluxe Pearl)
- Divine Decadence Soft bronze (Velvet) (Repromote)
The only eyeshadows that really gave me some issue were the Lustre finish ones. There are 2 Lustre finish eyeshadows included in the Palette; Honey lust and creative copper. Creative Copper was easier to work with than Honey Lust. It might be just me but the texture of Lustre finishes is like something crumbling especially with shades like Honey Lust. It isn’t really bad or not workable. These just need some work to begin with. The shades are gorgeous no doubt but the sparkles are a bit too much and the fall out is not quite ignorable.
The rest of the eyeshadows performed well in terms of texture and pigmentation. These have a good wear time of 8+ hours with a primer. Though the Matte finish ones were a touch powdery in the pan these applied and blend well.
Overall Verdict: If you are someone who love MAC as a brand and have had good results with their eyeshadows or someone beginning to build a Custom neutral Palette, MAC Eyeshadow 15X Warm Neutral Palette might be right up your alley. The high price point might be a deterrent but I prefer to see the value of palette in terms of the number of shades that you would use often and the price per eyeshadow when compared to the ones from Permanent range priced at $10 each.