Review & Swatches: MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadows

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadows

Limited Edition
Release Date: September 13, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online

Company’s Description

A unique longwearing Eye Shadow with a silky, creamy texture formulated for maximum colour impact. Easily blendable and buildable; lids are visibly smooth no matter how intense the application. Lasts 8 hours.

This review is for the new Pro Longwear Eye Shadows releasing with MAC’s Office Hours collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Ever Ivory: Pale ivory
  • Bloom On: Light burnt rose
  • Always Sunny: Light yellow brown
  • Uninterrupted: Dark caramel*
  • Fashion Fix: Dark cool slate grey
  • Linger Softly: Light grey blue
  • Endless Passion: Mid-tone rose
  • Mauveless: Dark mid-tone mauve*
  • More Amour: Mid-tone red
*These shades were not yet available.


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Packaging: 9/10

These come in larger plastic compacts compared to normal MAC eye shadows. Otherwise, the packaging is the same.

Quality: 7.5/10

Ever Ivory is an extremely sheer as well as pale, matte ivory white shade. This shade barely shows up on my NC20 skin even with 2-3 heavy layers of the color. This shade is probably best suited for darker skin to be used as a highlighting or lid color. On paler skin, it’s too similar to give prominent color.

Bloom On is a very pale as well as sheer, dusty, matte pink. Again, this shade has an extremely difficult time showing up on my NC20 skin because of its translucent finish and similarity to light skin shades.

Always Sunny is a warm, light camel color with a translucent finish. You’ll need at least 2 heavy layers of this color to get it to show up.

Endless Passion is a dusty rose shade that technically has silver micro-shimmer particles. The shade doesn’t give off a shimmery finish, though–the shimmer particles are not prominent. This color still has a translucent quality, but the color can be built up more effectively than the lighter shades.

Linger Softly is a slate blue with silver micro-shimmer particles. Like with Fashion Fix, the shimmer particles in this shade aren’t strong enough to translate into a shimmery finish. The color has a translucent finish.

Fashion Fix is a light, matte taupe shade with a translucent quality.

More Amour is a rosy-red shade with a velvet finish. This color also has a translucent quality but the nature of the shade makes it much more vibrant than the other shades from this collection.

MAC claims these shadows last for eight (8) hours. I don’t know if MAC has application over a base in mind or not. When applied without a primer underneath, theses shadows creased after about five (5) hours of wear. Even used over a primer, I saw creasing a little before the eight (8) hour mark.

The formulation is much softer than the formulas from MAC’s regular, permanent line. The formula is also noticeably more dusty. I had problems with fall-out throughout the day and found myself swiping away specks of eye shadow 2-3 times between application in the morning and removal at night.

Overall, I really like the softness and blendability of the Pro Longwear eye shadow formula. But I don’t like the fall-out. I also wish that the colors could be built up with subsequent layers to be less sheer. The translucent quality is nice to have for day-time office wear, but MAC claims that you can get color “impact” from these shadows, which I don’t find is the case.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

These shades are not particularly difficult to blend out due to the sheer nature of the shades and the smooth formula. But you will find it frustrating to apply multiple layers without getting the “maximum colour impact” MAC claims.

Price: 9.5/10

Pro Longwear Eye Shadows contain 3.4 grams of product and cost $21.00 each. That’s $6.17 per gram compared to $10 per gram for regular MAC shadows.

Final Grade

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadows

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow Swatches

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Ever Ivory

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Ever Ivory

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Ever Ivory Swatch

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Bloom On

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Bloom On

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Bloom On Swatch

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Always Sunny

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Always Sunny

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Always Sunny Swatch

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Endless Passion

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Endless Passion

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Endless Passion Swatch

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow Swatches

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Moer Amour

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Moer Amour

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Moer Amour Swatch

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Fashion Fix

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Fashion Fix

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Fashion Fix Swatch

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Linger Softly

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Linger Softly

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Linger Softly Swatch


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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Eye Shadows

  1. Lisa B. says:

    From the swatches, these look like very soft powder, but they don’t seem to melt into the skin that much; and they look like they apply really unevenly.
    Apparently MAC just doesn’t have the hang of matte colors yet.

  2. Nartian says:

    Do you have Outre from last year’s fall collection? Could you do a comparison with Outre & Always Sunny when the full review is up? (Given screen settings, I don’t know how close they are or not.) And is it my screen settings, or are they rather sheer?

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