Release Date: August 23, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
A highly pigmented powder formula that applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully. The globally inspired colour combinations.
This review is for the 4 Eyeshadow Duos releasing in MAC’s upcoming Style Seeker Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following duos:
- Culturalized: Brule Soft creamy beige (Satin) / Retrospeck Mid-tone neutral gold (Lustre)
- On the Hunt: Raving Mad Bronzed red (Frost) / Star Myth Bronze violet (Veluxe Pearl)
- Marché aux Puces: Chessa Mid-tone golden orange (Veluxe Pearl) / Indie Spirit Chestnut brown (Matte)
- Whims & Fancies: Performance Art Platinum silver (Veluxe Pearl) / Shadowy Lady Blacked plum (Matte)
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.
Culturalized contains Brule on the left and Retrospeck on the right. Brule is a matte, cream color with good pigmentation. It applies evenly and smoothly. Retrospeck is a twinkling, slightly-muddy gold. The base color is actually pretty spotty, but the shadow is so filled with shimmer that you get a very even layer of color on the skin.
On the Hunt contains Raving Mad on the left and Star Myth on the right. Raving Mad is a shimmering copper with a hint of pink to it. The color isn’t opaque, which is ok since the shimmer is plentiful, but the application is streaky and the shadow requires more pressure and layers to get a smooth finish. Star Myth is a rust color, again with the tiniest bit of pink. It has a whisper of shimmer but, like with Raving Mad, doesn’t apply opaquely or evenly. You’ll need to blend and layer the color to get a uniform finish.
Marché aux Puces contains Chessa on the left and Indie Spirit on the right. Chessa is a gold that leans a bit orange. It has a shimmery finish without individualized shimmer particles. The color applies pretty evenly. Indie Spirit is a matte, warm-toned brown. Particularly for a matte formula, this color is fantastically saturated, opaque, and even on application.
Whims & Fancies contains Performance Art on the left and Shadowy Lady on the right. Performance Art is a shimmering silver mixed with a dusty purple. Even though it’s a shimmery color, it’s a little more translucent at its base than I’d prefer, but you can otherwise get a uniform surface from the color. Shadowy Lady is a matte, extremely deep plum shade that looks nearly black. It doesn’t apply evenly unless you swipe your brush over the shade multiple times and smooth it out.
Overall, you get a mixed bag with these duos when it comes to quality. Judging the shades individually, the most impressive are probably Retrospeck and Indie Spirit. Since Retrospeck is actually a shade you can get in single-pan form (same with Brule and Shadowy Lady, fyi), I’ll give the tie to Indie Spirit as the stand-out shade. The least impressive is Raving Mad.
Judging these as duos, I’d say you’re getting your best shades by purchasing Culturalized or Marché aux Puces. On the flip side, On the Hunt and Whims & Fancies contain shades you’ll have to work with more to get the same level of pigmentation and smooth finish as you would with the other duos.
I’m a little disappointed that 3 of the 8 shades are colors you can get in MAC’s permanent line. On the other hand, if you like the paired combinations MAC has chosen, you get to pay less for the 2 colors than you otherwise would by buying the shades individually.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
None of these colors was anywhere near unworkable. You’ll just have to spend a little more time with Raving Mad, Star Myth, Performance Art, and Shadowy Lady than you will with the other shades to get a uniform color.
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.