Review & Swatches: MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $22.00

Company’s Description

Premiering in this collection – a dual-ended pairing of Eye Shadow and Greasepaint Liner for the perfect smoky eye.

This review is for the 4 new Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners releasing with MAC’s upcoming Beth Ditto Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Beth Mask: Reddish brown bronze liner/ Golden peach pink shadow
  • Beth or Glory: Deep brown liner/ Bright blue shadow
  • Drag, Strip: Smokey navy liner/ Pale blue shadow

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Packaging: 9/10

This product comes in a plastic pencil form-factor. It is duo-ended: one side has a rounded end and the other a slanted end. You can twist each side to reveal more product. Each end has a plastic cap.

Quality: 5/10

Beth Mask has a barely shimmery brown with slight maroon undertones on one end and a shimmery peach on the other end.

Beth or Glory has a matte, grey-based brown on one end and a vibrant, Cerulean blue with silver shimmers on the other.

Drag, Strip has a deep navy blue with lighter blue shimmers on one end and a matte, pale, sky blue on the other.

Even swatched on my arm, I could tell these shadows weren’t creamy or soft. The softest is the brown end of Beth or Glory. When applied to my lid, the formula was so dry. I got the color to transfer onto the lid, but not without pulling and tugging at the eye area. Blending over the crease was also difficult.

Without a primer, these shadows creased right away–within 10 minutes. Used over a primer, these apply even more dryly. I couldn’t even get the reddish-brown end of Beth Mask to apply color onto the skin over the primer. It just skipped over my lid without depositing shadow.

In terms of colors, my favorite is Beth Mask: the blue is stunning in the swatch. But applied to my lash-line, it was disappointing. It doesn’t retain its vibrancy and imparts a dry application.

In the end, these just aren’t worth it. They crease when used on bare skin and can’t be used over primer without tearing at the skin on the lid.

MAC should bring back Shade Sticks, which are far superior in quality.

Ease of Use: 3/10

All the colors skip over the skin and require tugging at the lid to get the color to deposit. Attempt using them over a primer at your peril–they apply in an even stiffer fashion than when used over bare skin.

I tried warming the product up before application (like I do with MAC’s Shade Sticks), but these don’t seem to respond to heat.

Price: 8.5/10

For $22.00 you get 0.85 grams (0.03 ounces) of product. MAC’s Shadesticks were $17.50 and contained 0.05 ounces of product. You get less product but pay more money for these Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners.

Final Grade

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner Box Packaging

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner Box Packaging

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner Swatches

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth Mask

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth Mask

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth Mask

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth Mask Swatches

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth or Glory

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth or Glory

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth or Glory

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Beth or Glory Swatches

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Drag, Strip

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Drag, Strip

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Drag, Strip

MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liner in Drag, Strip Swatches

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7 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners

  1. Misato-san says:

    this is terrible…

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Yuck…I am almost afraid to watch a live video of these!

    • Allura says:

      They applied just fine on my arm. But not on my eyes. >.<

      • Lisa B. says:

        That’s incredibly annoying!

        • Allura says:

          It’s really the first time there’s been such a big difference between the swatches on my arm and realistically applied. I was pretty surprised. I guess the skin on the arm is a lot more taut, so it gives enough traction to the shadow to force it to transfer. But the skin on the eyes is flimsy, so it doesn’t work the same way.

  3. kristen says:

    I agree and I haven’t even seen them yet. After watching your live swatches there was no way I was going to spend the money to try one.

    • Allura says:

      It’s funny how products can be so different swatched on the arm versus on your eyes. After swatching them, I thought “Hey, these are going to be good.” But when I actually tried to use them for an eye look, it was not good!

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