Review & Swatches: MAC’s Mega Metal Eye Shadows (Peacocky Collection)

Mega Metal eye shadows are a new product launched with MAC’s Peacocky Collection. All 15 shades released in this collection are limited-edition. Read here for an overview of the Peacocky collection, including photographs and swatches. This review covers 8 of the 15 colors: Peek-At-You, Prance, Dandizette, Odalisque, Dalliance, Spectacle of Yourself, Centre Stage, and Unflappable.

Packaging: 9/10
These eye shadows come in standard MAC packaging, though they are considerably larger than regular MAC eye shadows. MAC packaging, in my opinion, is some of the best out there. It is sleek and simple while also being durable. Most of MAC’s packaging is made of matte, black plastic, but it does not look cheap. As an additional plus, the packaging is light-weight, so it won’t weigh down your purse if you want to take it along with you.

Quality: 7.5/10
MAC describes these shadows as “colour-rich,” “light-reflecting” and “creamy.” I was really looking forward to these shadows, with the expectation that they would be very pigmented and smooth. Unfortunately, while all of the colors are “light-reflecting,” not all of the colors in this collection are as pigmented as they should be. Also, all of the colors I swatched, with the exception of Dalliance, were differing degrees of chalky.

The more chalky colors are the lighter shades (again, with the exception of Dalliance). In particular, as you can see in the photograph below, Peek-At-You is very difficult to get color out of. I layered the shadow 3-4 times, trying to get it to show up in the photograph, but as you can see, you can still barely tell there is shadow there. The darker shades and bright colors fare better in the pigmentation department. All of the colors across the board look much better when applied wet than dry.

Peek-At-You & Prance: applied dry (left) & wet (right)

I want to also note that the eye shadow swatches I do are all with a flat, dense, eye shadow brush. From a couple of other Peacocky reviews I have seen, it seems these shadows are much more pigmented when swatched with a finger. While I think it’s important to acknowledge that these shadows can give you more color payoff if swatched by hand, I also think that very few people will be applying the Mega Metal shadows with their fingers. Most of us use brushes. So while I recognize the possibility of getting better pigmentation out of these shadows with water or by applying them with your finger, in scoring the quality of these shadows, I give more weight to the fact that, when applied with a brush, these shadows lack pigmentation.

Ease of Use: 7.5/10
As I mentioned in the Quality section, these shadows can give you more color if you foil them or apply them with your fingers. I also suspect you could get better pigmentation out of them if you apply them with a sponge applicator. But if you are using an eye shadow brush, expect to apply several layers.

A couple of the shadows that apply better color are Dalliance and Unflappable, which I used for a NYE look. They applied well, blended smoothly, and lasted all night.

Price: 9.5/10
Regular-sized MAC eye shadows are 1.5g and cost $14.50 each ($9.67 per gram of product). Mega Metal shadows are 3.4g and cost $19.50 each ($5.74 per gram of product). You are getting more than twice the product for much much less than twice the price. This is a great deal, provided you find a color that works for you.


Overall, I want to love these shadows, especially given that many MAC fans will flock (haha, get it?) to buy them. But with only a couple of exceptions, I expected these shadows to be creamer and more pigmented.

Toss if: you want an eyeshadow that is high in pigmentation and does not need layering to get a color payoff
Try: Dalliance and Unflappable, which are both pigmented and will work on most skin tones
Buy if: you are comfortable foiling shadows or don’t mind layering and if you want bang for your buck
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19 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC’s Mega Metal Eye Shadows (Peacocky Collection)

  1. I usually love the bronzy neutrals, but Prance and Peek At You in the swatches barely showed up! I was expecting a little more intensity in the color and maybe a bit more shimmer to give the eye a healthy glow!

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I was kinda disappointed with these as well–I tried Odalisque. I, too, expected better pigment, since it looked a little muddy on me, and it was indeed rather powdery.

  3. Deja says:

    I’m a sucker for a great metallic shadow! These look fab – I love the Prance shade, such a beautiful sheen! MAC isn’t really my first brand of choice, but I give in on a few purchases here and there. Which is what I might dowith these gorgeous shadows – Great Review!

  4. Jeanna V says:

    Great tips! I love these colors, especially the Centre Stage. MAC seems to have their ups and downs (at least in my book) and this is definitely an up! You’re right on the pigments though, not as strong as I could have hoped for.

  5. Kayte CookWatts says:

    I love the idea of dark red pigment, but I don’t know if I could wear it without looking like a goof.

  6. Autumn says:

    I am loving these colors and would definitely want to invest in the price but I am hesitant now after reading your review. I am looking for eye shadow that will be long lasting and it sounds like these won’t be for me. I appreciate the info, you might have saved me from making a $20 or more mistake-thanks!!

    • Allura says:

      There are a few good shades in the eye shadow collection, but they are not all outstanding. I would recommend going in to a MAC store and swatching them for yourself to see which you like. All MAC stores will have the colors on display for you to test out before you commit to buying.

  7. Kristi says:

    Such beautiful colors. I LOVE eyeshadow!

  8. katrina v says:

    Thank you for this informational review! I think I’ll pass this collection as I love my eyeshadows very pigmented. The NYE look you did looks fab though!

    I also like how you swatched the eyeshadows with a brush because it’s only rational that we’re most likely going to use a brush to apply the eyeshadow as well 🙂

  9. MarciaF says:

    What a terrific and honest opinion you’ve stated. Most blogs are just raving about these and yours is the first I’ve seen what is probably the truth about them. I’ll have to check out the pigmentation when I get to the mall on Thursday.

    • Allura says:

      Thank you. I do love a lot of MAC products, but no brand is perfect, and if there is a product that doesn’t live up to expectations, I am honest about it.

  10. Lynda says:

    i am just starting to get into mac eyeshadows – love these!!

  11. maša says:

    these colors look amazing! i like both dark and neutral ones. thank you for informative review!

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  13. Ali says:

    I saw these today and well I think I may buy one or two from the collection — I was leaning towards the neturals but maybe I’ll go Prance and Dalliance and Dandizite. I like your toss try buy tips by the way

  14. Lyn says:

    That’s interesting! I’m a super fangirl of MAC eye shadows, and usually stray away from the lighter pigments just because I fear that they’ll either be too faint or too strong for my complexion. I considered Prance, and am a little darker than you- I wonder if it’d still be chalky on me…hmm.

    Thanks for the critique- I’ll definitely be looking to your site for more reviews and information.

    • Allura says:

      You could definitely use it as a highlight color. If you are going to buy it, I would suggest using it wet. Most MAC locations also have Peacocky out now for the public to see before it’s released for sale, so you might want to check it out to see if it will work for you.

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