Availability: MAC Online
An Eye Shadow Palette in fifteen warm shades: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark, Brule Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle, Lemon Tart, Butterfudge, Creative Copper, Unwind and Divine Decadence. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully.
This review is for MAC’s new 15-pan Warm Neutrals eye shadow palette. The palette includes the following colors:
- Hey (Repromote)
- Warm Breeze
- Dark Brew
- Dance in the Dark (Repromote)
- Brule (Permanent)
- Vanilla Extract
- Honey Lust (Permanent)
- Amber Lights (Permanent)
- Saddle (Permanent)
- Lemon Tart
- Creative Copper (Repromote)
- Divine Decadence (Repromote)
You can also see a full review, along with photographs and swatches, of the Cool Neutral Palette.
This palette contains a mix of more neutral-toned light shades and more distinctly warm-toned medium and deep shades.
Hey is a shimmering nude-champagne great for highlighting the inner corner of the eye, all over the lid, or even on the face ans a highlighting powder, depending on your skin color.
Warm Breeze is a nude with a pale peach undertone and a subtle amount of shimmer. It, too, can be used in the inner corner, all over the lid, under the brow bone, and as a face highlighter depending on your skin color.
Gingersnap is a metallic, soft copper with opaque pigmentation and a smooth formula.
Dark Brew is a chocolate brown with copper-pink micro-shimmer particles. It looks deceptively light in the pan, but applies much darker on the skin.
Dance in the Dark is an extremely deep grey-brown in the pan, but applies as an almost-opaque, almost-black shade on the skin and has an almost-matte finish (there are silver micro-shimmers that are widely disbursed).
Brule is a nude, cream color with a matte finish, good for highlighting both the eye area and under the brow bone/face.
Vanilla Extract is a shimmery shade with a hint of peach-gold that gives off a subtle duo-chrome effect.
Honey Lust is a peach copper that consists more of gritty shimmer particles than underlying powder. When swatched, this color didn’t hold together very well and didn’t adhere that well on the skin either, due to the lack of underlying powder to keep the glitter together. But, when I actually tested this shade on the lids, it didn’t actually create much of a problem with fall-out or adhering to the skin, most likely because the lid is much smaller than the are of skin you swatch on. I would suggest, though, using a primer or base underneath this color.
Amber Lights is a an intense, opaque, metallic copper shade.
Saddle is an overtly warm-toned (slight orange undertones) brown with a matte finish.
Lemon Tart is a metallic, pale lemon color.
Butterfudge is a metallic, bronzed-gold with not quite an opaque finish.
Creative Copper is a medium-light brown with a slight copper undertone and an understated shimmery finish.
Unwind is a rich, milk chocolate brown with a metallic, gold-toned finish.
Divine Decadence is a metallic olive-gold shade.
This is a high-quality palette with shadows that have a mixture of finishes–from matte to shimmery to metallic–while maintaining a good level of quality across-the-board. They’re not all equally buttery (Creative Copper and Honey Lust could be smoother), but there are no duds in this 15-pan palette. And all of the colors have good or great pigmentation.
Of course, the downside with this palette (as with all MAC palettes), is that not all of the shades are new. In the Warm Neutral palette, there are 4 permanent shades and 4 re-promoted shades, which means fewer than half the shades in this palette are new.
In the worst case scenario, where you already own all the permanent and re-promoted shades, you’d be getting 7 new colors for $100, which means you’d be paying $14.29 for each new shadow. Technically, this is still less than what you’d pay by buying the shades individually (which would cost $15.00 each), though it is more expensive compared to buying each in pan form (which would be $10 each).
What’s more likely, though, is that you don’t already own all 8 of the non-new shade, and instead have 2-3 of the permanent/re-promoted shades, which means you’re paying $8-9 for each new shade. In the best-case scenario, where you don’t have any of these colors yet, you are paying $6.67 for each shadow–a pretty big steal when it comes it purchasing MAC shadows. So, as long as you’re interested in at least 8 or so of the shades in this palette, it’s worth a purchase.
Analyzed on a dollar-per-gram of product basis, you pay $5.12 per gram of eye shadow. The Urban Decay Naked palettes are $3.33 per gram of product, while the LORAC PRO palette costs $4.77 per gram of product.