MAC Desert Lightning Eyeshadow x 12 Palette contains a mix of cooler neutral shades with some being more neutral to neutral-cool, but there were some warmer shades still present throughout. The warmth tended to lean on the side of rose, plum, or yellow as opposed to orange or red. The quality was decent across the board with only one miss (Deception), and those who have indulged in a fair amount of past palettes may want to check that they don’t have repeats as over half the palette were shades that had been released before (some in limited edition palettes, two are from the permanent range).
MAC Desert Lightning Eyeshadow
Desert Lightning is a pale beige with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency, but it was finely-milled and blendable without losing too much of its coverage. This shade lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.
MAC Fresh Innocence Eyeshadow
Fresh Innocence is a pale white with subtle, warm undertones and pink sparkles. The texture was soft but powdery, which made it prone to clumping together and had a fair amount of fallout when I worked with it on my skin. The pigmentation was semi-opaque and had to be built up to full coverage with a second layer. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before it started to fade visibly.
MAC Retrospeck Eyeshadow
Retrospeck is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too powdery or dry, and it was much, much more pigmented than past iterations of Retrospeck have been. I felt like it was smoother with less obvious sparkle. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
MAC Fool’s Gold Eyeshadow
Fool’s Gold is a medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. This shade lasted nicely for eight hours on me before it showed signs of fading.
MAC Marzipan Eyeshadow
Marzipan is a pale mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was opaque in a single layer, and the color had decent adhesion without a primer, but I’d recommend using a primer with this shade to keep it from sheering out a bit. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable with a smidgen of powderiness in the pan. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.
MAC So Jaded Eyeshadow
So Jaded is a pale, aqua-green with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation–not quite opaque–that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color. The consistency was soft, a little drier and dustier in the pan, but it blended out well and wasn’t prone to sheering out. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
MAC Duabandita Eyeshadow
Duabandita is a medium, plummy-brown base with strong, warm undertones and cooler blue-to-teal shifting pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was much less pigmented than the last time it was released in a collection. The consistency was drier, thinner, and firmer in the pan, which made it harder to apply evenly. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.
MAC Is It the Beat Eyeshadow
Is It the Beat
Is it the Beat is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, though it wasn’t too difficult to pick up; the challenge was more in blending and diffusing it, as it took more effort to blend out the edges. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.
MAC Brun Eyeshadow
Brun is a medium-dark, taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s a long-time permanent staple in the MAC range, and I find it is a chameleon–it can look ashier against cooler tones and just barely warm-toned when paired with warmer shades. It had a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan, which yielded opaque pigmentation. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading visibly.
MAC Deception Eyeshadow
Deception is a medium, plummy brown base with flecks of gold sparkle. From the look of it, you’d think it was a Lustre finish, but it’s actually a Frost (technically). It is an eyeshadow that’s been released a few times in other palettes, and it is usually pretty terrible; this time isn’t any different. It was dry, sheer, prone to fallout, and not worth using unless over a tacky base or packed on with a wet brush. It lasted for six and a half hours but had fallout over time.
MAC Golden Brown Eyeshadow
Golden Brown is a soft, golden brown with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer, while the eyeshadow had a smooth, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firmly pressed in the pan but wasn’t so soft that it became powdery to work with. It lasted nicely for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.
MAC Big Attitude Eyeshadow
Big Attitude is a light, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery in the pan, but it adhered evenly and had minimal fallout. This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.