MAC Purple Eyeshadows | Review


Just look at them – aren’t they beautiful. I’ve been reaching for purple shadows more and more recently, and these from MAC are my favourite. I feel like most people can be a little scared when it comes to not only wearing purple eyeshadows, but wearing them well. But, with these shadows it’s super easy. My ‘Wearable Purple Smokey Eye Makeup‘ tutorial has proved very popular and I used all MAC shadows for that look.

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
My collection of purple shadows from MAC includes the Purple Times Nine palette, Force By Nature duo and two refill pans. The Purple Times Nine palette (just FYI), is so worth the £30 price tag. Although the shadows are considerably smaller than the standard ones, they all compliment each other and are so easy to work with for that reason. I love how compact the duo is and the pans are just a way of getting more shadow for your buck. MAC charge £10 each for the eyeshadow refill pans and an extra £3 for the single shadows purely because of the extra packaging, quite outrageous; I store mine in an über cheap Z-Palette from Makeup Geek.

MAC sell every formula of shadow possible including mineralized, pigment, pressed, paints and pro longwear. Quite frankly, it can all become a bit confusing. Their standard eyeshadows are my favourite of the bunch. They’re always true to colour, have good lasting power and not forgetting have amazing pigmentation. So, if you’re a bit unsure I would advise sticking to the basics. I’ve had a few issues with certain shades drying out before the standard two years expiration date of shadows, but it’s not so much of a problem to stop me purchasing them. Has anybody else experienced this?

I love MACS range of shades; there’s something for everyone. If you can afford to buy a whole palette and be done with it, I’d highly recommend that because you truly get your moneys worth. MACs Warm Neutral Palette (£65) is right bang at the top of my wishlist.

Below are all of my MAC purple shadows as well as swatches of all the shades to give you a real impression of what they’re like.

The Force of Nature duo are one of my most worn shadows ever. My boyfriend picked this up for me a while ago, isn’t he good?  Both of the shades are mineralize shadows. The quality is so high and after numerous uses there’s barely an indentation in the pan. They look brown in the photograph but they’re definitely more of a taupe purple in person. Shade A is a matte cool tone taupe shade and B has pink undertones with plenty of shimmer. If I apply too much it can look a little glittery.

favourite-favorite-mac-shadows-eyeshadows-purple-review-swatches-palette-singlefavourite-favorite-mac-shadows-eyeshadows-purple-review-swatches-palette-singleCranberry and Sketch are up there with my favourite shades from MAC, of all time. Aren’t the beautiful? Cranberry is a, well, cranberry shade and Sketch is a gorgeous red wine colour. I love to use Cranberry all over the lid and then Sketch can be used to darken up the outer corner or for a whole new look. If you have green or blue eyes, Cranberry will really make them stand out.

favourite-favorite-mac-shadows-eyeshadows-purple-review-swatches-palette-singlefavourite-favorite-mac-shadows-eyeshadows-purple-review-swatches-palette-singleI reach for the Purple Times Nine palette constantly, but more so if I’m going somewhere a little more special. All of the shades in the palette are available in single pan form. You may be able to tell I had some issues with Shadowy Lady. It has seemed to have completely dry up. It took endless rubbing to even get a little pigment from it. It’s such a shame but it’s not too dissimilar to Sketch anyway. The others applied like butter and were all true to colour. Satellite Dreams and After Dusk are my favourites.

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
+ High end price tag
+ True to colour
+ High pigmentation
+ Good quality
+ Some shades are prone to dryness
+ Most are creamy, blendable and buttery
+ All shades in palettes are available separately
+ Wide range of choice
+ Selection of numerous formulas

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream
9/10. Some of the shadows have dried out on me, what a shame!

The Perfect Match | Origins GinZing Moisturiser & Eye Cream

Single Eyeshadows – £13 each

Eyeshadow Refill Pan – £10 each

Purple Times Nine Palette – £30

Mineralize Eyeshadow (Duo) – £18



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0 comments on “MAC Purple Eyeshadows | Review”

  1. shaz02 says:

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    1. Clarina says:

      Hey! Thank you so much 🙂 I’m heading over now x

  2. I have been dying to get my hands on cranberry! I have sketch and mine is so difficult to work with! It’s really dry. 🙁

    1. Clarina says:

      Cranberry is definitely one of my faves! The formula does seem different to sketch though, it was creamier and blended more easily. I’ve had a few problems with MAC shadows drying out!

      1. Really? I’ve never had that problem! Sketch was the first shadow I had problems with but it was really dry from the start. I wonder if certain finishes dry out sooner.

        1. Clarina says:

          Oh right. They’re so hard to work with when they’re dry 🙁

          1. They are! 🙁 I may end up tossing it because I never reach for it anymore.

  3. stashmatters says:

    From your palette, I have Beauty Marked and Sketch. Purples are on of my go-to “colour” eye shadows when I’m not wearing neutrals. I think purples make brown eyes pop. My favourite MAC purple eye shadow is a limited edition one called Fertile. It’s in a Veluxe Pearl formula so it’s buttery and pigmented. Your post reminds me – I need to pull it out and use it!

    1. Clarina says:

      Both are equally as beautiful. Yes I think purple makes brown eyes pop too. I’ve never heard of Fertile – too bad it was limited edition 🙁 MAC seem to make a habit out of doing that.

  4. Wow, the Purple Times Nine palette is gorgeous! I’m always drawn to purples, too.

    1. Clarina says:

      It is lovely! Just a shame about the one dud shade. I do love my purple shadows 🙂

  5. Icy Sedgwick says:

    That Purple Times Nine palette does look nice but I’m determined not to buy anything from Mac – I’ll need to find a dupe!

    1. Clarina says:

      Makeup Geek shadows are great dupes! I actually prefer the quality of MUG too. I just always seem to go back to MAC.

      1. Icy Sedgwick says:

        I wish we had a MUG store in the UK!

        1. Clarina says:

          I know! They do them on Beauty Bay now which is amazing but only single shadows. Otherwise postage costs a bomb 🙁

          1. Icy Sedgwick says:

            Good excuse for a trip to the States 😉

          2. Clarina says:

            Yes! Haha. I’d love to go and fill a suitcase with makeup. 🙂

  6. I really love those pretty swatches and what a great bargain onto the 3×3 palette and more importantly, it is from MAC which completes represents the quality of the product that one could trust for.

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! I love the nine shadow palettes.

  7. Emma Kershaw says:

    I am loving cranberry and sketch! I like to stick with what I know with shadows and use Naked 1 constantly but I may have to branch out. 🙂

    – Emma xx

    1. Clarina says:

      They’re gorgeous aren’t they! Naked 2 is up there with my favourite shadows 🙂 Xx

  8. So pretty! Loving the colours 🙂 xxx

    1. Clarina says:

      They are aren’t they! Xxx

      1. I want it now and something similar in rose gold too 🙁 xxx

        1. Clarina says:

          Ooh yeah! Their Rose pigment is beautiful and lasts forever. Xxx

          1. I need to try it! Now! 😀 xxx

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