Review & Swatches: MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $38.00 each

Companyโ€™s Description

Dark, moody, painterly, this limited-edition Eye Shadow compact melds Daphne Guinness’ choice of muted pink and dusky lavender with charcoal and mid-tone grey, creating a rich, smoky look.

This review is for the Interior Life eye shadow quad that comes with MAC’s upcoming Daphne Guinness Collection. The colors are as follows:

  • Stratus (matte): Light pink
  • Bruised Sky (satin): Dark lavender gray
  • Interior Life (velvet): Mid-tone gray blue
  • Heather Belles (satin): Dark charcoal


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Packaging: 9/10

This quad is packaged in a standard MAC container–a plastic 2-by-2 palette with a see-through, flip-up, magnetized lid.

Quality: 8/10

Stratus is a pale, pale cool pink that you almost can’t see on my NC20 skin, even after layering. The formula is actually quite smooth, but it just doesn’t show up. It will be a lovely highlighting color on darker skin, though.

Bruised Sky is a dark lavender-toned grey with a satin finish. Interior Life is a deep taupe with a velvet finish (though the quad says it is a veluxe pearl). Heather Belles is a deep, almost-black with a satin finish. All 3 of these colors have mediocre color-payoff and need several layers to bring out the color and smooth out the finish. The good news is that if you do take the time to layer the colors, you get quite beautiful finishes.

Ease of Use: 8/10

Use a primer or base and expect to apply 2-3 layers after picking up plenty of product at each go.

Price: 8.5/10

Single shadows are (now) $15.00 each, so for four colors, $38.00 is a good deal, though this favorable price is mitigated by the quality of the shadows.

Final Grade

82/100

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad Swatches

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Stratus

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Stratus Swatch

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Bruised Sky

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Bruised Sky Swatch

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Interior Life

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Interior Life Swatch

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Heather Belles

MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad: Heather Belles Swatch


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8 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Daphne Guinness Interior Life Eye Shadow Quad

  1. Sthobbie says:

    I strike… No more quads for me

  2. Sthobbie says:

    Haha I did not expect a reaction… My frustration took over ….
    Let’s start a petition, and demand better quality quads ๐Ÿ˜‰
    On the other hand this is better for my wallet ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lisa B. says:

    Ah, we all have the usual grumble…MAC, stop making cruddy quads! I would gladly buy one if all 4 shades were good and I’d RUN to buy one if they were all standouts.

    I don’t have much to say that hasn’t been said, except that Bruised Sky seems like a terrible name for a shadow.

  4. Sarah L. says:

    I agree with Sthobbie’s comment. Mac make some beautifully pigmented eyeshadows- why do they ALWAYS have to include the bad ones? I mean, usually in Mac quads, there’s one stand-out, i.e. in the Mac Parlor Smoke palette- the brown colour was the stand-out, but…really Mac? Why can’t you just make an amazing quad with fantastic-quality eyeshadows instead of ones that are dry, stiff and needs tonnes of layering? ๐Ÿ™

    Thanks for your review Allura- you saved me some money on this slightly disappointing quad!

    Also, I had a question about your Mac MSF giveaway. My parents have decided surprise everyone and take the whole family overseas as a Christmas present, from the 27th of December to 2nd of January. I will no access to any Internet during this time, so if I am chosen to be a recipient to a Mac MSF, (how lucky would that be haha) I will be unable to reply to your email in the usual 48 hour limit. So what happens to my entry?

    Sorry for any inconvenience!!

    Sarah(:

  5. Sthobbie says:

    The swatches seem nice but for the price I rather have a quad that has better payof, MAC is such a great brand but why do they bring out these kind of quads, it seems strange to me that they put shadows with less payoff in a quad when they make much better shadows, or is it the Pigment of the particular color that makes it sheer? But they have similar colors with better payof, why not include those?..

    • Allura says:

      I ask myself this almost every time I review a MAC Quad. Why can’t they make one with 4, strongly-pigmented, soft-formulation shadows? I don’t have the answer. =/

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