MAC Sketch eyeshadow is a blackened burgundy in a velvet finish. It has extremely subtle red shimmer, but this doesn’t show up unless applied very heavily. If you’re looking for a true burgundy eyeshadow you’re better off looking elsewhere – Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier both usually have true burgundy shadows in their permanent lines – as honestly, Sketch will always end up looking more like brown-tinted black or blah brown than anything else.
Sure, it’s holding its colour in the swatch below, but that’s because it has been packed on and shot under clear light with a macro lens without any other shades around it. When actually on the eye, used as an eyeliner? Browny-black. Blended out in the crease? Blah brown.
You could apply a true red burgundy base underneath it, or pack it over a really reddish eyeliner, but honestly, why bother? Use a better burgundy eyeshadow if that’s the colour you’re after, or just use Sketch as a softer option than black eyeliner. Just don’t expect it to look like the pan, ok?
Sketch is a permanent eyeshadow, and has also been promoted as part of the Thunder quad in the Beauty Icon III colour story featuring Catherine Deneuve. It will also be repromoted in July’s Digi Pops collection.