Review & Swatches: MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadows

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadows

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $15.00

Company’s Description

Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well.

This review is for the 4 new Eye Shadows releasing with MAC’s upcoming Iris Apfel Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Silver Gull (velvet): Blue-gray with sparkle
  • Robins Egg (matte): Mid-tone teal
  • Diamond Dove (matte): Deep gray-brown
  • Early Bird (matte): Bright coral

Howzat was just released with MAC’s Ice Parade collection and is re-promoted with this collection. You can see a review, swatches, and pictures of Howzat here.

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Packaging: 9/10

These shadows come in standard MAC packaging. The compacts are plastic and come with snap-shut, flip-up tops.

Quality: 9.75/10

Silver Gull is a light every-so-slightly-blue-toned grey with silver glitters. The glitters do not show up on the skin as predominantly as they do in the pan. The color payoff is good, but not great.

Robins Egg is a bright mid-toned teal. The color payoff is great and the formulation is soft, gliding on evenly over the skin.

Diamond Dove is a medium brown that looks more grey in the pan than it does on the skin. It has great color payoff, with an opaque and even finish.

Early Bird is a bright coral. It too has intense pigmentation, great payoff, and glides evenly onto the skin.

I am so impressed by the quality of the 3 matte shadows. They are the best in terms of finish that I’ve come across in a MAC collection. Although the formulation is matte, the finish is not dull and has a velvet-like quality. The pigmentation is rich, the powder is smooth and soft, and the finish is even.

Ease of Use: 9.8/10

All 4 of these colors glide evenly over the skin, layer well for an opaque finish, and give intense color.

Price: 9/10

These are standard MAC eye shadow size (1.5 g) and price ($15.00).

Final Grade


MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadows

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow Swatches

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Silver Gull

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Silver Gull Swatch

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Robins Egg

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Robins Egg Swatch

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Diamond Dove

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Diamond Dove Swatch

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Early Bird

MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadow: Early Bird Swatch

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8 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Iris Apfel Eye Shadows

  1. Sarah L. says:

    It’s really great to see some good quality Mac eyeshadows that are matte for once!! Although I feel like some of the colours are not really unique and that I have seen them before, I’ll definitely be going to my Mac counter and checking these out because from what you’ve said, I think it’s worth it! 😀

    Thanks again for your review!!

  2. Sthobbie says:

    I am a bit underwhelmed by this collection… The lippies are nice though!

  3. Allie says:

    Thanks for confirming, this gives me a way to justify getting it now ^^;

  4. Allie says:

    I knew there was a reason for me to be excited for this new collection! These all look so impressive and I’m glad to hear that the pigmentation is there. Just wondering, do you think one should expect fallout from Silver Gull? The sparkle doesn’t look like it binds that well. Thanks for the informative post and I can’t wait for your video/swatch demo! ^_^

    • Allura says:

      Your suspicion is well-founded. The glitters don’t completely adhere to the skin, but the fallout is actually not significant. It mostly doesn’t transfer to the skin that well from the pan, instead of transferring a lot and then falling off.

  5. Lisa B. says:

    Whoa…the 3 mattes really REALLY look impressive in the swatch. I suppose I’ll find out when you do the video but how many swipes did it take? Usually it seems to take a bunch of strokes to get a matte shadow to look so intense and smooth, but those seem like they could be a single stroke (not sure why I think that…)
    I wish I could pull off the coral Early Bird on my eye, but I think I’m going to have to settle for Robins Egg or Diamond Dove. On which part of the eye would you recommend using Early Bird?

    • Allura says:

      Well, no matter where you use Early Bird, it’s going to be a quirky look. 😛 So I don’t think it would make a difference if you used it on the lid, the crease, or even just the lower lash-line. It’s going to be a bright look.

      And the mattes take 1 swipe.

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