The new MAC Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral palette ($85), one of two 15-pan palettes released with the Eyes on MAC collection, available now at MAC counters, stores and online at maccosmetics.com
See, this is how they get ya — cold, hard numbers, baby.
When you run the numbers, $85 for each of the two new MAC Eye Shadow X 15 palettes sounds beyond reasonable — and not just reasonable, but actually wise. Considering that a Pro Palette Insert ($2), an empty Pro Palette ($8) and 15 individual shadow pan refills ($150) would set you back $160, $85 is a steal!
At least that’s what I plan to tell my husband when I go to Nordstrom later this week to “take a look” at another 15-pan MAC palette, this one recently released and filled with some of the brand’s bestselling shades (codename: Nordstrom Naturals).
“But, babe!” I’ll tell him, “It’s basically half off. I’m doing this for the good of the family.”
Something tells me I’ll be met with rolling eyes and a sigh, but whatevs.
Cool Neutral (top) and Warm Neutral (bottom)
So, these two palettes — Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral — I can’t even think about them without feeling a little gooey inside. Filled with a mix of perennial permanent collection faves and limited edition colors, they’re the two new Eye Shadow X 15 palettes from the Eyes on MAC collection, and they’re available now at MAC stores and online.
If they look familiar, gold star! You might remember them from last year. They’re essentially re-promotes of those palettes, so you may already have them.
If not, this could be a good time to pounce, and not just because the palettes are a pretty good value (the pans are the same size as MAC’s full-size 0.05-oz. refills). They’re also a good way to quickly build up your collection of MAC workhorse shades, as both of them are bristling with useful, everyday neutrals that never go out of style.
But which one? — that’s the million-dollar question.
Well, what kind of colors do you currently wear? Do you wear more cool grays, pinks and silvers, or more warm, buttery coppers and golds?
Eye Shadow X 15/Cool Neutral
Some other things to consider…
Overall, the colors in the Cool palette seem less pigmented than the colors in the Warm palette, at least on my NC 42 skin, and I find myself building them up in layers (especially Flounce, Sweet Allure, Pick Me Up and Cozy Grey).
The Cool Neutral palette top row colors in Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked After Dusk and Blackberry
The Cool Neutral palette middle row colors in Pick Me Up, Cozy Grey, Crushed Clove, Deception and Brun
The Cool Neutral palette bottom row colors in Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied
The Cool Neutrals seem like they’d be better suited for paler skin tones rather than deep. For that reason I haven’t been reaching for it as much as the Warm Palette.
Eye Shadow X 15/Warm Neutral
The Warm one’s shadows pack more pigment than the Cools, and the palette has several shades that I know I can wear every day…for the next three lifetimes (like Saddle, Brule and Amber Lights).
And then there’s Honey Lust — in this case, the dicey shade. It’s definitely a chunky monkey, I know, but that’s just the way it goes with Honey Lust. Whenever I wear it, I use a wet brush, and/or gently pat it on my lids with a flat brush. Be patient, and try not to sweep it, lest you end up with shadow all over the place. It can be worth the effort, though. Honey Lust can look really beautiful when it’s packed on the lids.
The Warm Neutral palette top row from the left: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingershap, Dark Brew and Dance in the Dark