Review & Swatches: MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duos

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duos

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $27.50

This review is for the 4 Dynamic Duo eye shadow pairs from MAC’s Reel Sexy Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Dynamic Duo 1: Coral with yellow pearlized pigments (veluxe pearl) / Purple (matte)
  • Dynamic Duo 2: Violet duo chrome with pearlized pigments (frost) / Violet (matte)
  • Dynamic Duo 3: Mid-tone purple (veluxe pearl) / Teal blue (matte)
  • Dynamic Duo 4: Mid-tone pink (satin) / Blackened violet (matte)



Packaging: 9/10

These come in standard MAC palettes, but have only 2 side-by-side wells. The lids flip up and stay shut with a magnetic closure.

Quality: 8.8/10

Dynamic Duo 1 contains a duo-chromed light peach with a golden sheen on the left and a matte, medium purple on the right. Both have good color payoff, though the purple color doesn’t apply opaquely and needs layering.

Dynamic Duo 2 contains a duo-chromed, pale, greyish lavender with a light purple sheen on the left and a matte, purple-tinted blue on the right. The blue color applied more opaquely than the purple from Dynamic Duo 1.

Dynamic Duo 3 contains a metallic grey with subtle and dispersed purple shimmers on the left and a matte, deep teal on the right. The teal color applies smoothly and opaquely, as does the grey color.

Dynamic Duo 4 contains a light, baby pink with a sheen finish on the left and a matte, blackened plum on the right. The pink doesn’t have the best color intensity and the matte purple applies unevenly. You will definitely need to add multiple layers of the matte color to smooth over the finish.

Dynamic Duo 3 has the best quality overall. Dynamic Duo 4 has the poorest quality overall. I’d rank these duos (in descending quality) as follows: 3, 2, 1, 4.

There aren’t any duplicated colors from the Colourizations collection in these duos.

Ease of Use: 8.8/10

For the most part, the shades on the left sides of these duos apply smoothly and evenly. The mattes on the right sides require more layering, with the exception of the matte teal in Dynamic Duo 3.

Price: 9.25/10

Each duo is $27.50 (up from $25.00) and contains 2 shadows for a total of 3 grams (1 ounce) of product. Single MAC shadows cost $15 each, so you pay a little less by buying these duos.

Final Grade

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duos

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 1

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 1 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 1 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 1 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 2

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 2 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 2 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 2 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 3

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 3 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 3 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 3 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 4

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 4 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 4 Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duo 4 Swatches


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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Reel Sexy Dynamic Duos

  1. amarock says:

    Yup, I agree with Allie, Dynamic Duo #3 is the only one I may buy. I don’t own any teal eyeshadows at all and I think this matte one will make a nice liner. And that grey/purple colour on the left is to die for!

  2. Allie says:

    Deluxe Duo 3 is the only one calling out to me here… althought the first color in DD is simply gorgeous.

  3. Sthobbie says:

    These look like great pigmented colors… When they come out here I will definately have a look

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