Rocket to Fame
MAC Rocket to Fame Holiday 2020 Eye Shadow x 12 Palette applied better than it swatched, but it had a ton of fallout during application (and some during wear with certain shades) and most of the shimmers had to be applied with a fingertip or a dampened brush so that they would apply evenly and smoothly.
It did not feel like the brand’s typical formula as a lot of the shimmer shades felt more emollient, but somehow managed to be drier with loose sparkle/shimmer that came away. The shimmers did come off as particularly shiny so long as they were applied with a fingertip or dampened sponge, so I could see someone with that application as their go-to not having as much difficulty with the palette overall.
Shook My Snow Globe
Shook My Snow Globe is a lighter, yellowy-peach with strong, warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle. It had sheer color payoff with a drier, more loosely-pressed consistency that had a ton of fallout. It wasn’t worth using dry; it was more medium, buildable coverage when applied with a fingertip or a dampened brush, but I would recommend using an adhesive base or spray to improve coverage, for evenness of application, and to reduce fallout. This shade wore for seven hours but had fallout over time.
Snow Globetrotter is a bright white with neutral undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out well, though the consistency was slightly drier and dustier in the pan. There were signs of fading present after seven and a half hours of wear.
Sparks and Rec
Sparks and Rec is a light, pinky-peach with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had sheer color payoff that did not build up well, so it had to be applied with a dampened brush to get more even, medium coverage application. The texture felt more loosely-pressed, slightly drier, and was prone to fallout during application. It lasted for seven hours and had light fallout over time.
Share My Blanket
Share My Blanket is a darker, pinky-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff paired with a soft, more velvety consistency that was a smidgen dusty in the pan but retained its intensity when applied to bare skin. It wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.
Pyromancer is a medium red with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer, though it was opaque when applied with a fingertip. The texture was more loosely-pressed, so there was light fallout during application if I wasn’t careful. It lasted decently for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Lit My Sparkler
Lit My Sparkler is a brighter, reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly creamy without being too dense. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Plum Darling is a medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out well. The texture felt lightly creamy and more emollient but was too thick. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Frost Smitten is a medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation paired with a slightly powdery, though emollient, texture. It was strange to feel it, as it felt smoother and had glide, but when I put a brush to it, there was powderiness. When I applied the product to bare skin, it applied more evenly than anticipated, though there was moderate fallout. It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.
Catch My Snowdrift
Catch My Snowdrift is a medium, charcoal gray base with cooler, bluish undertones and brighter, silver pearl. It had sheer color coverage, which only applied decently with a dampened brush (yielded more medium, buildable coverage) as the texture was more loosely-pressed and very prone to sheering out. There was a moderate amount of fallout when I sued with a dry brush, though it–surprisingly–stayed on for six hours before fading.
Ride My Slay
Ride My Slay is a faded burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was difficult to build up without jabbing at the surface of the pan as it was very stiff and firmly-pressed into the pan. The eyeshadow did not want to blend out easily, so it took some doing to get a decent edge that wasn’t super harsh. It wore decently for seven hours before fading noticeably.
Carbon is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. Oh, poor ol’ Carbon, one of the least reliable eyeshadows ever to be released over time. It’s not the worst, particularly if you prefer more buildable coverage, but it was by no means the best iteration (as in, most blendable and easiest to use) either. The texture was smoother to the touch but firm, slightly dry, while it had medium coverage that was buildable. It lasted for eight hours before fading visibly.
MAC Disco Snowball Eyeshadow
Disco Snowball has a silvery lavender base with flecks of blue and cooper sparkle that shifted from silvery blue to bluish-violet. It had a more sparkling, shiny finish, which applied best with a fingertip or a dampened brush as this minimized fallout. The texture was more loosely pressed, so there was some fallout when I worked with it using a dry brush. It had opaque color coverage that stayed on for eight hours but had light fallout over time.