Review & Swatches: MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kits

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kits

Availability: MAC Stores & Online, Nordstrom
Release Date: October 25, 2012 (U.S.) / November 2012 (International)

Companyโ€™s Description

Haute class, stylish inside and out. Elegant Eye Shadow compacts reveal a palette of five perfectly coordinated colours. The satin-tufted compact is a touch of modern romance with its demure black patent bow accent. Includes interior mirror.

This review is for the three (3) Holiday Eye Kits releasing with MAC’s Fabulousness Collection.
This post includes photographs and swatches of the following kits and colors:

Warm Eyes

  • Glamour Light: Soft beige frost (Satin)
  • Sketch: Burgundy with red shimmer (Velvet)
  • Honesty: Pewtered bronze (Lustre)
  • Cognac: Frosty golden bronze (Frost)
  • Retrospeck: Bleached blonde (Lustre)

Neutral Eyes

  • Brun: Muted blackish-brown (Satin)
  • Blonde Mink: Grey taupe frost (Lustre)
  • Enviable: Cool mint green with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Smut: Muted black with red shimmer (Velvet)
  • Magical Mist: Metallic taupe (Lustre)

Smoky Eyes

  • Spellcaster: Matte aubergine (Matte)
  • Taupeless: Lavender pink (Lustre)
  • Black Slip: Rich blackened plum with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Satin Taupe: Taupe with silver shimmer (Frost)
  • Love Spice: Mid-tone rosy pink with pearl (Frost)


Packaging: 9/10

These Eye Kits come in rounded-square compacts that are decorated with a bow at the lid’s closure point. The tops of the compacts look like pillows and are squishy to the touch. The compact folds open to reveal five (5) eye shadows, a small brush, and a mirror. The compacts are quite light.

Quality: 8.25/10

Warm Eyes

Glamour Light is a fairly sheer cream color. Retrospeck is a slightly shimmery beige with decent pigmentation. Honesty is a light tan color made slightly purple because of pinkish-red-gold shimmer particles. Cognac is a well-pigmented golden brown shade. Sketch is a strongly pigmented, opaque burgundy shade.

All of the shades except for Sketch are shimmery. The most disappointing shades are Glamour Light and Honesty: Glamour Light barely shows on NC20 skin while Honesty consists mostly of gritty shimmer particles instead of an underlying color. Sketch is the stand-out shade of this kit, with its smooth quality and opaque finish. Cognac follows close behind with strong color and fairly even finish.

Neutral Eyes

Blonde Mink is a weakly-pigmented grey with silver shimmer particles. Magical Mist is a better-pigmented taupe with silver shimmer particles. Brun is a buttery, strongly pigmented brown. Enviable is a shimmering, multi-dimensional mint green. Smut is a deep, pigmented charcoal grey.

Again, the two Lustre finish shades are the most disappointing in this kit: Blonde Mink and Magical Mist. They are gritty and weakly pigmented. Brun and Smut have strong color and more buttery formulas, but note that Smut takes a couple layers to get an even finish. Enviable is disappointing on the first layer, but actually gives a very interesting, more vibrant effect upon layering.

Smoky Eyes

Taupeless is a pale, shimmering baby pink. Satin Taupe is a shimmering light brown. Love Spice is a pink-toned taupe shade. Spellcaster is a vibrant eggplant shade. Black Slip is a shimmering, deep plum.

This is the only kit with a matte shade–Spellcaster–which is wonderfully pigmented and smooth. Of the Luster formula shades, this kit has the best one–Taupeless–which has decent color pay-off once layered. The other colors, similarly, give impressive color and finish upon layering.

All three (3) of these kits are pretty equal in quality. They all contain a combination of less-than-impressive shades and pigmented, bold shades. Overall, the Lustre formula shades are gritty and lacking in vibrancy and color. The Satin and Matte formula shades are opaque, apply evenly, and give great color.

All the kits also include a mix of new and permanent/repromoted shades. If you are someone who is a long-time MAC customer, you aren’t getting the full value of these kits if you already have some of the non-new eyeshadow shades.

But if you are fairly new to MAC or want to give a gift to someone else, these kits offer a good mixture of different formulas, finishes, and colors.

The mini brushes in these kits are nothing to get excited about. They aren’t the greatest quality and are certainly not of the caliber of MAC’s full-sized brushes. But they will work in a pinch.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

The Lustre shades need at least two (2) to three (3) layers. The non-shimmery shades apply the most smoothly.

I also wish the wells holding the shadows were bigger–especially the two (2) square ones. Some eye shadow brushes will be a little wider than the pans.

Price: 9.25/10

Each kit costs $39.50 and contains five (5) eyeshadow shades for a total of 0.14 ounces (4 grams). Single MAC shadows cost $15.00 and contain 0.05 ounces (1.5 grams). You actually get only slightly more product per dollar by buying these kits.

Final Grade

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kits

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Box Packaging

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Packaging

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Swatches

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Swatch in Glamour Light

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Swatch in Retrospeck

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Swatch in Honesty

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Swatch in Cognac

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Warm Eyes Swatch in Sketch

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Box Packaging

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Packaging

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Swatches

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Swatch in Blonde Mink

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Swatch in Magical Mist

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Swatch in Brun

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Swatch in Enviable

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Neutral Eyes Swatch in Smut

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Box Packaging

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Packaging

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Swatches

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Swatch in Taupeless

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Swatch in Satin Taupe

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Swatch in Love Spice

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Swatch in Spellcaster

MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kit: Smoky Eyes Swatch in Black Slip


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10 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Fabulousness Holiday Eye Kits

  1. Yasmin says:

    O wow I love the packaging with the cute bow & I just love the smokey eyes kit. Thanks for sharing the swatches I know now witch kit I want (released today in Holland).

  2. Make-up-Deer says:

    hi Allura, I need your help ^^
    I’m a Mac addicted (you can also find me on specktra, I’m xasperadastra) and I really love the packaging of these palettes but the quality overall doesn’t seem so good.. anyway which one is the best in your opinion? the one that attracts me the most is the warm one.. I also like the smoky.. at the same time I have a lot of eyeshadows in the warm and purple family.. I’m really undecided ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Allura says:

      I think the one with the most overall consistent quality is the Smoky kit. But your choice might also depend on whether you have some of the non-new shades already.

      • Make-up-Deer says:

        thank you, I don’t have any of these permanent shades (I have brun but it’s in the neutral one).. but I have similar shades.. maybe I should save my money for something better, I’m still undecided ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Kelly says:

    This post was very helpful to me because it’s a very detailed review and you added very clear pictures to it. The packaging looks wonderful, although I’m not really in love with any of these sets this post did inspire me to buy some of the permanent shades for in my MAC palette.

  4. Caterina says:

    Thank you very much for posting this! I really appreciate… I follow your blog only from a couple of weeks, but I have to tell you that I really love your reviews, I love how accurate you are, I really enjoy!
    I was looking forward to this mac collection, expecially because promo pictures were looking so cute, but I think I’ll skip these palettes, MAC is so expensive that when I buy it I absolutely require the best quality for what I am paying!
    Thank you again,
    Caterina

  5. Mari says:

    Thanks for posting this. Lots of work involved taking pictures. It is well appreciated it!!!!
    My first pick was neutral eyes but after seeing the swatches I think I like the smoked eyes palette better.
    Honesty e/s looks very gritty and almost no color payoff ๐Ÿ™

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