Ever since MAC launched their two pre-filled x15 eyeshadow palettes, I’ve been contemplating purchasing one but at £65 I couldn’t really justify one since I own a ridiculous amount of eyeshadow palettes but that still didn’t stop me lusting after them. The two x 15 pre-filled palettes are the MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette and MAC Cool Neutral Eyeshadow Palette and each palettes contains fifteen full size MAC eyeshadows within one of their clear plastic palettes, however you can’t take the shadows out of these palettes like you can do with their standard palettes. If you were to make your own fifteen pan MAC palette, it’d set you back £10 for the empty Pro Palette, £2.50 for the Palette Insert and then £150 for the fifteen eyeshadows totalling £162.50 so £65 was a pretty great price.
However recently, MAC lowered the prices of their x 15 pre-filled palettes to £49.50 instead of £65 which makes it an even better deal, and I decided it was time to finally purchase one and I opted for the MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette as the shades within the Cool palette looked a little pale and insipid for my liking.
I purchased my palette through Octer which is an online marketplace which allows you to view products from different retailers all in one place, as well as seeing which retailers have sales or promotions on to save you some money where possible. Octer also allows you to search for items such as “eyeshadow palette” and see products you perhaps wouldn’t have seen by browsing a single retailer, but you can browse for items via specific retailers, or by price bracket too making it easier to find what you’re looking for.
The MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette comes packaged within a very plain and simple black cardboard box, and the palette itself has a clear lid which is handy to see the shades inside. On the back of the palette there is a sticker which lists all of the names of the shadows inside the palette as well as what finish they are too.
I like the packaging but I do feel it’s a little bulky for my liking, and the lid is magnetic and I have a habit of catching my finger in the hinges on the back due to the way it’s made. I love the convenience of having 15 shadows all in one palette but I wouldn’t travel with it as it’s too bulky and heavy but it’s a nice addition to my palette collection.
Hey: ‘metallic coral (veluxe pearl)’ is more of a pale champagne shade than a metallic coral as I don’t detect any coral whatsoever but it’s really a pretty shade with almost a foil finish when worn all over the lid.
Warm Breeze: ‘pastel coral (satin)’ is another shade which isn’t remotely coral, instead it’s a pinky beige which barely shows up on my skintone.
Gingersnap: ‘deep rosy pink (frost)’ is a warm copper shade.
Dark Brew: ‘deep chocolate with pink pearl (velvet)’ is a warm chocolate brown with shimmer within the palette but the shimmer doesn’t translate onto the eyes.
Dance in the Dark: ‘dark brown (matte)’ is a poorly pigmented, chalky dark brown.
Brule: ‘soft creamy beige (satin)’ is a poorly pigmented beige and the most disappointing shade within the palette.
Vanilla Extract: ‘soft warm yellow beige (frost)’ is a yellow toned gold.
Honey Lust: ‘bronze dipped peach (lustre)’ is a warm toned gold.
Amber Lights: ‘peach brown with shimmer (frost)’ is a gorgeous bronze and the most impressive shade in the palette in terms of pigmentation and texture.
Saddle: ‘golden orange brown matte (matte)’ a warm toned milk chocolate brown with low pigmentation.
Lemon Tart: ‘metallic gold (veluxe pearl)’ is a yellow toned gold which is very similar to Vanilla Extract within the palette.
Creative Copper: ‘frosted gold (lustre)’ is a olive toned gold.
Butterfudge: ‘dirty mocha with gold pearl (satin)’ is a matte brown with gold shimmer with low pigmentation.
Divine Decadence: ‘soft bronze (velvet)’ is a gorgeous dark chocolate brown with gold shimmer.
Unwind: ‘dirty olive (veluxe pearl)’ is a super pigmented olive toned gold.
I have quite a few MAC products within my makeup collection but they’re definitely not one of my top 5 highend brand as I can’t help feeling their products are overrated as a whole but I do continue to buy some of their new releases as sometimes they have really great products. I used to own a x 15 MAC Palette which I filled myself but I ended up selling it as I just wasn’t blown away by the quality and I’d always use other palettes within my collection so it got neglected.
I decided I wanted to purchase the MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette because I’d read some really rave reviews and MAC is always so hyped up so I felt like maybe it was just me that felt this way but the quality of the shadows within this palette are disappointing. I have a large collection of Makeup Geek shadows which I adore and the shadows are very consistent in terms of quality. However these MAC shades vary so much with shades like Amber Lights and Unwind being incredible alongside shades like Brule, Honey Lust and Warm Breeze which are just absolute rubbish.
I am still glad I own the MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette as it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time but I’m not sure it’s something I can recommend as I can’t help thinking you’d be better off spending £50 on ten amazing Makeup Geek eyeshadows instead. It’s possible my palette is below par and other palettes are better quality but I feel that just highlights the inconsistencies across the brand and they just can’t compete with the likes of Makeup Geek, Zoeva and Inglot shadows.
I’d love to know if you have the MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, and what your thoughts are? Are some of your shades as poorly pigmented as mine?