Hola friends! I want to share some quick swatches of the (relatively) new MAC Eye Shadow X 15 Warm Neutral palette, a pre-filled 15 slot eyeshadow palette that’s available from the MAC Pro stores in Sydney and Melbourne. I’m in the process of consolidating my working makeup kit down to the bare bones, and one of the things I’ve been streamlining is my eyeshadow wardrobe. I have an extensive eyeshadow collection to play with already, with a fairly strong selection of neutrals on offer, but it’s a little all over the place and disorganised. I wanted something I could pair with a brief without assembling a custom palette each time, or hauling around a crate of eyeshadows whenever I went to a job.
There are two pre-filled neutral 15 x eyeshadow palettes available, one warm and one cool. Both palettes cover a broad spectrum of neutral tones, and both are equally strong when it comes to workable, wearable eyeshadows. The big difference is basically the way the eyeshadow palettes can be used: the warm palette lends itself well to editorial work, especially here in Australia where the emphasis is consistently on bronzed and golden gilded eyes, whereas the cool palette is beautifully bridal with a selection of delicate cool creams and taupes.
After much umming and ahhing I ended up choosing the warm palette, simply because I avoid doing bridal work as much as possible, and my client roster is more about creating bronzed beachy looks or sultry sloe-eyed maidens. Gotta go with what your work demands, you know? I’m very, very interested in the cool neutral eyeshadow palette, don’t get me wrong, but it’s definitely something I’m more likely to keep for personal use.
A quick note on cost: the MAC Eye Shadow X 15 Warm Neutral palette is AU$250 with no pro discount. To fill a 15 slot palette with eyeshadows (including the cost of the palette) costs AU$435, or around AU$335 with AU makeup artist pro discount. AU$250 is a bit of a steal, even though you can’t choose your own colours. While I’m happy to spend AU$250 in the knowledge that it’s a business expense, I can’t imagine this being a must-have for a home consumer unless you’re a hardcore MAC collector.
I think the best piece of advice I can offer to people looking to build their own makeup kit is this: don’t spend any significant amount of money on trend colours. Invest your money into neutrals, because that’s where your cost-per-use is going be the best. Invest in a wide variety of neutral eyeshadows in warm and neutral tones, trust me. Whether this palette is the right choice for your kit is up to you, but it’s working a treat for me!
Keep on reading for my MAC Eye Shadow X 15 Warm Neutral palette swatches!
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- Hey (Veluxe Pearl) is a soft peach shimmer . Colour payoff is good, with a buttery smooth finish.
- Brule (Satin) is a light beige with a soft, satiny finish. Colour payoff is sheer, but given that I’d usually use a shadow like this as a ‘filler’ colour along the browbone (ensuring an even appearance without demarcation between coloured shadows and bare skin), I’m note hugely fussed about it being so sheer.
- Lemon Tart (Veluxe Pearl) is a pale delicate lemon gold. Colour payoff is good, with a buttery smooth finish. It looks particularly good when applied with a damp brush; the shadow creates a gorgeous foiled metallic effect without becoming too shiny or obvious.
- Warm Breeze (Satin) is a light coral eyeshadow in a satiny, almost matte finish. Colour payoff is sheer to medium.
- Vanilla Extract (Frost) is a light beige shadow with medium colour payoff. Despite being a frost it’s not particularly lustrous or sparkly, making it a reliable working shadow to emulate the look of bare skin.
- Creative Copper (Lustre) is a metallic medium brown shadow with high pigmentation and an ultra smooth finish. The Lustre label is almost slightly misleading, given that Creative Copper is smooth and finely milled enough to qualify as a true frost finish.
- Gingersnap (Frost) is a fleshy pink shimmer shadow with high pigmentation and an ultra smooth finish. Gingersnap is probably my favourite shadow out of this entire palette as it’s a particular shade that I like to use all the time, but it’s also a shade that’s surprisingly difficult to find. I’m a fan of using it to deepen the eye socket line, and smooth along the lower lashline to provide definition without overpowering the eye.
- Honey Lust (Lustre) is a warm coppery bronze shimmer shadow with high pigmentation. Sparkly fallout can be an issue with this shadow, so I recommend using a damp brush to pat on this eyeshadow.
- Butterfudge (Satin) is a soft golden brown shadow with high pigmentation and a smooth finish. It’s not the most visually exciting eyeshadow in the entire palette, but it’s the most versatile and wearable of the medium brown shadows. There’s nothing wrong with being practical!
- Dark Brew (Velvet) is a deep dirty burgundy brown with some sparse shimmer. The colour payoff was sheer but buildable, making Dark Brew more effective as a layering shadow to deepen other colours without pulling them noticeably black. Blending took a bit of patience though, so be prepared to invest a bit of time whenever you reach for this shadow.
- Amber Lights (Frost) is a warm orange gold eyeshadow in a pearly frost finish. Payoff is excellent with high pigmentation and a creamy feeling finish, all reasons why Amber Lights has consistently been one of my go-to gold shadows for years. See an EOTD post using Amber Lights here.
- Divine Decadence (Velvet) is an espresso coffee shadow with high pigmentation and a slightly dry and powdery finish. The micro flecks of gold shimmer are ultra subtle but give Divine Decadence a lovely lustrous look.
- Dance In The Dark (Matte) is a matte dark brown shadow that pulls slightly cool when swatched out. Pigmentation is quite sheer and the formula is on the powdery side, so use a very dense damp brush and be prepared to work Dance In The Dark to bring out its full colour.
- Saddle (Matte) is a terracotta brick matte shadow with excellent pigmentation and a smooth creamy finish.
- Unwind (Veluxe Pearl) is a dirty gold frost with high pigmentation and a buttery soft finish. There’s a touch of olive green in Unwind that keeps it on the slightly cool side, but not so much that it casts green or looks sickly.