MAC Hocus Pocus Eyeshadow x 8 Palette is a new, limited edition eight-pan palette that features four matte eyeshadows, one more satin-pearl shade, and three more sparkly shades (Pressed Pigments). The Pressed Pigment formula is an unusual addition to a pre-made MAC palette, but it is a formula that’s been released individually in the past and is supposed to have “sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage” that can be used wet or dry. The coverage ranged from sheer to medium and greater, depending on the shade, but they all had more translucent bases packed with larger flecks of glitter and sparkle.
The matte eyeshadows felt more velvety and seemed to have a bit of glide and slip to them, though they weren’t as consistent in application as I expected, and they weren’t as blendable as they should have been, which was also a surprising result based on the texture and the type of tones they are (if we were talking about a matte purple eyeshadow, I wouldn’t have been caught off-guard!).
After five attempts using this palette, I had the best luck dusting translucent powder onto my lid, letting that sit for a few minutes, and then using a thin layer of eyeshadow primer, but I would stay away from using it over bare skin or over a tacky/creamy base, as both seemed more likely to produce patchier results
MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow
Lo and Behold
Lo and Behold is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was smooth, velvety, and blendable without being too firmly nor too loosely-pressed into the pan. It was the best-performing matte shade in the palette, yet it was one of the more vivid/deeper shades, so that was unexpected–normally darker mattes can be harder to blend out. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.
La-di-da is a light, peachy gold with sparkle that shifted from gold to pink. It had sheer to semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage when applied wet. The consistency was dense, firm without being too stiff (though I’d use a synthetic brush and push gently at the surface to dislodge pigment), and adhered well to bare skin with brushes as well as fingertips. There was slight fallout after eight hours of wear.
MAC Blanche Cloud Nine Eyeshadow
Blanche Cloud Nine
Blanche Cloud Nine is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer paired with a soft, velvety texture that was lightly powdery in the pan, but I didn’t have issues with fallout during application.
The first time I tried this shade, it did not apply evenly and left bald patches in places as I attempted to spread and blend out the product. The second time I used it, it was more forgiving and while it wasn’t effortless, it blended out without too much work. It seemed to perform similarly over MAC’s eyeshadow primer–better but not perfect–and the fourth time I used it on bare skin, it appeared slightly patchy as the matte powder darkened a bit in places. On me, it showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear.
Brownie Points is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied wet, and it had buildable pigmentation overall. The texture felt smooth, lightly emollient to the touch, and had good adherence to bare skin without fallout, though the pan itself seemed a little stiff. This shade didn’t have as many larger particles in it, so it also had better overall wear as it lasted for eight hours and I didn’t notice fallout over time.
MAC Touch Wood Eyeshadow
Touch Wood is a light-medium, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The eyeshadow had a smooth, slightly firmer texture, and it didn’t feel as velvety (but it wasn’t prone to sheering out) as the other mattes in the palette. It applied fairly evenly and blended out decently, but it took more effort than ideal. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed some fading.
MAC Lie Low Eyeshadow
Lie Low is a light brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that sheered out a bit when initially applied, even over an eyeshadow primer. The eyeshadow blended out well along the edges and was easy to use. It stayed on nicely for seven hours before fading noticeably.
All in All
All in All is a light, golden peach with warm, orange undertones and flecks of pale peach and gold sparkle and glitter. It had medium coverage applied dry and semi-sheer coverage applied wet, which was unusual, but I felt like using it with a dampened brush resulted in the product sliding around enough that it created sheerness instead.
The texture was smooth to the touch, lightly creamy with moderate slip. The eyeshadow applied evenly and was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage (two to three layers). It wore well for eight hours with some fallout over time.
MAC Carbon-Copy Eyeshadow
Carbon-Copy is a light pink with warmer undertones and a golden shimmer throughout. The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable to the touch, though slightly dusty to work with. The pigmentation was semi-opaque and buildable. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.