Review & Swatches: MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadows

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadows

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: October 4, 2012 (U.S. / Canada); October 2012 (International)

Company’s Description

Highly pigmented powder in a special compact featuring a black & white photograph of Marilyn. Shades in shimmering metallics and diamond tones for silver screen allure. Applies evenly, blends well.

This review is for three (3) of the new Large Eye Shadow colors releasing with MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Collection. (Sorry, no Showgirl.) This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • How to Marry (Veluxe Pearl): Soft White
  • Preferred Blonde (Veluxe Pearl): Pale champagne beige
  • Silver Screen (Veluxe Pearl): True Silver


Packaging: 9/10

These eye shadows come in the standard-made MAC compacts, except that they have an image of Marilyn Monroe on the lid and are larger than your normal MAC eye shadows.

Quality: 8.5/10

How to Marry is a frosty white color saturated with silver shimmer particles. The shade has good pay-off, high shine and is very Monroe-esque.

Preferred Blonde is a slightly beige-er version of How To Marry. It has equally good color pay-off and shine. On the lid, it’s not easy to tell the difference between How to Marry and Preferred Blonde, so you may want to choose between the two if you’re looking to save money.

Silver Screen is a pale, frosty silver shade with decent pigmentation and high shine. It doesn’t apply as smoothly or with the same level of pay-off as the other two shades.

MAC describes these shades as metallic and diamond-like, which is absolutely true. The shades aren’t opaque, but they still have good pigmentation. The formula is noticeably dusty, so you will get fall-out from the shimmer particles during application.

I also tried applying these colors with a damp brush, which worked beautifully. This method reduces the fall-out you get and amps up the shine finish slightly.

These colors do start to fade a bit after about three (3) hours of wear, particularly around the crease area. But in terms of actual creasing, these last around five (5) hours before showing signs of slight creasing. I also found little specks of shimmer on the upper cheek area after two (2) hours of wear. It’s nothing too noticeable, but is there.

Ease of Use: 8.8/10

MAC says that these shadows apply evenly and blend well, which I found largely to be true. You will need to clean up shimmer particles from around the eye area and on top of the cheek because of fall-out. You can use a damp brush to reduce the fall-out.

Price: 9.5/10

These eye shadows cost $21.00 each and contain 3 grams (0.1 ounce) of product. This is the same price and amount as MAC’s Pro Longwear eye shadows, which, compared to MAC’s regular eye shadows, contain significantly more product for the price.

Final Grade

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow Box Packaging

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow Box Packaging

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow Packaging

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadows

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadows Swatches (Dry): How To Marry, Preferred Blonde, Silver Screen

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadows Swatches (wet): How To Marry, Preferred Blonde, Silver Screen

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in How to Marry

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in How to Marry

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in How to Marry Swatch (Dry)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in How to Marry Swatch (Wet)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Preferred Blonde

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Preferred Blonde

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Preferred Blonde Swatch (Dry)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Preferred Blonde Swatch (Wet)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Silver Screen

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Silver Screen

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Silver Screen Swatch (Dry)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow in Silver Screen Swatch (Wet)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadow Applied: Dry (Left) & Wet (Right)


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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Marilyn Monroe Large Eye Shadows

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the honest review and the excellent photos! Your detailed reviews really me to make an informed decision before purchasing.

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