Two MAC posts in a row? Aren’t you lucky sausages! But until recently I had never, ever tried MAC eyeshadows. I have a limited edition palette which I got at the CCO in York which I’ve never used, but I’ve never owned anything that I’ve worn.
However, I decided that I needed the MAC Warm Neutral Palette in my life (give me all the warm tones) and my parents bought it for me for a graduation present.
With 15 warm tones in a variety of shades and finishes, this is a pretty decent palette. For £49.50, this is a total bargain compared to if you bought all the shadows separately (£150 without the palette!) and considering I had my eye on four of these shadows anyway, and extra £10 is worth it for the extra 11 shades!
The top line contains red and pink tones, with my favourite definitely being Gingersnap which makes a beautiful lower lash line shade. The two shades on the end are a little disappointing, as is Warm Breeze, but they are definitely buildable if you’re a big fan of them. Hey, although I’m yet to use it, would work beautifully for an inner corner and brow bone highlight if you wanted that slightly warmer tone. Out of all three rows, this is by far the most disappointing (the only way is up) but Gingersnap seriously makes up for it.
The second row contains Amber Lights which is a shade I’ve had my eye on for about two years now so I was excited to have this in my life. Again, the less intense glittery shades (whether that’s matte or a more satin shadow) just don’t have the pigmentation I’d necessarily expect from a high end shadow but alongside Amber Lights, Honey Lust really knocks it out of the part for me. It acts as Amber Light‘s more subtle sister and looks even more stunning with a spritz of Fix+. Before getting this palette, I’d heard incredible things about Saddle but it does need a slightly heavier hand than the frost and veluxe pearl shades. However, I love this an an outer v shade for a lighter eye look or a crease shade for a dark one. The most disappointing shadow in this row is definitely Brule as I find it to be a little powdery, but it would work as a base shadow all over the lid before blending over the top.
The third row is definitely the most pigmented out of the three, and you could buy this palette for this row alone and still make a slight saving over buying them all separately. I find it so difficult to pick a favourite from this row but I think it has to be between Creative Copper and Unwind, as they’re both incredible colours and beautifully pigmented. The only shade I find to be a bit bizarre is Lemon Tart as you never really get yellows in neutral palettes and I can’t imagine I’ll reach for it all that often.
One of my main issues with it is the fact that the pans are glued in. I like the idea of finding a well loved colour and being able to replace it after I’ve run out, although at 1.5g per pan I don’t think I’ll be running out anytime soon! Another slight qualm I have is the matte shades aren’t anywhere near as pigmented as the shimmers. I can’t say much about whether these are less pigmented than the original MAC shadows but I’m pretty impressed on the whole.
If you have ever lusted over the palette but didn’t fancy the £65 price point, you have to buy this now it’s dropped by £15! It actually works out cheaper per gram than an Urban Decay Naked palette (£2.46/g in a Naked palette compared to £2.20/g in this palette).I think the next time I know anyone passing through duty free, I’m handing over the cash for MA C’s Cool Neutral palette because it’s only fair to have the set, right?