Four Mallards Walk Into a Bar… Wait, I Mean, Behold the MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow X 4 Quad!

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MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow X 4

MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow X 4 ($44)

Because I generally try to avoid bubbling vats brimming with bacteria, I’m not the type to spend my summer nights hot tubbing (unless it’s with RyGos or J-Ren). But if I were, my dream scene would look something like this:

MAC Temperature Rising


So totally feeling this makeup!

I was so excited about the MAC Temperature Rising collection’s highlighted skin, metallic, glossy lips and strong focus on smoldering eyes that toe a slightly menacing line between seductive and spooky that I tried to paint a picture of it over the phone to my mom (who never wants to talk about makeup), and the best I could come up with was, “The girl in the promo pic looks like Nelly Furtado sitting in a hot tub at night under a heat lamp wearing Mrs. Roper’s jewelry. Oh, and she’s sandwiched between two dudes from Magic Mike.”

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow X 4

Eye Shadows, counter clockwise from the green pan: When In Rio (a deep green with a copper pearl and a Frost finish), Friendly (a deep bronzy chocolate with a Veluxe Pearl Finish), Romantico (a light taupe bronze with a Veluxe Pearl finish), and Bare My Soul (a frosted gold with a Lustre finish)

With three neutral powder eye shadows and a single smokey green pan, Bare My Soul ($44) must be a hit among cool, stylish mallards… It has a brown, a taupe, a gold and a coppery green.

Quack! See, Mallard duck colors. The slightly shiny finish even says, “I’m a mallard duck, yo.”

What do hot mallards have to do with MAC Temperature Rising, the release to which Bare My Soul belongs?

Absolutely nothing, far as I can tell. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, the mallard part doesn’t, but the colors sure seem conducive to summery smokey eyes with copper, gold, bronze and brown.


I’ll use the taupe and gold for dusting all over my lids (and/or highlighting) and the chocolatey bronze and coppery green for deepening and smoking out my look.

MAC Bare My Soul swatches from the left: Romantico (a light taupe bronze with a Veluxe Pearl finish), Bare My Soul (a frosted gold with a Lustre finish), Friendly (a deep bronzy chocolate with a Veluxe Pearl finish) and When in Rio (a deep green with a copper pearl and a Frost finish)

Swatches from the left: Romantico (a light taupe bronze with a Veluxe Pearl finish), Bare My Soul (a frosted gold with a Lustre finish), Friendly (a deep bronzy chocolate with a Veluxe Pearl finish) and When in Rio (a deep green with a copper pearl and a Frost finish)

The coppery green, also known as When in Rio — jinx! You owe me a Coke if you thought, “That’s a Club dupe.” It reminds me a lot of MAC Club on my NC 42 skin, except a little more brown and less red.

MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow X 4

MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow X 4

I swear these powders feel softer than the powders in the past few limited edition quads, but I’m not totally sure why… Sure do like it though.

PRICE: $44
AVAILABILITY: Coming May 16 to and May 23 to MAC counters and stores

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. AHAHAHAHA I can just hear you describing that scene to your mom hahahaha!
    You look SMOKIN’ in this quad! Glad to hear the shadows are better too!
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  2. Noga says:

    Karen, your skin looks freaking gorgeous!
    And darn it, I’ll have to get that quad now…

  3. Teri says:

    Lol, your description is just spot on! You look absolutely hawt giiiirl! I really dig that green shade, glad to hear it has more brown instead of red, it makes it a lot more wearable imo ^^.
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  4. Zoe gruss says:

    Great article Karen. The colours in the new collection are smouldering and the two example looks you have provided of what the colours look like when applied are great! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new collection when it launches on the online site!

  5. Gowthami says:

    its a gudd one…. looking gorge ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. Sunny says:

    Haha your mom would probably be really confused if you actually talk to her about this :p

    I really like this quad. It’s much better than every LE quad MAC has put out since basically forever! The shades are easy to use, and they really scream my name!
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  7. Lauren says:

    You look great here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure how those shades would work for me though ๐Ÿ™ I tend to stay away from teal/brown duochromes and light golds.
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  8. Danielle says:

    This quad looks nice… It’s on my maybe list for this collection.
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  9. Agata says:

    You looks stunning, 100 times better than the model too :)I really like this quad.

  10. Kim says:

    Thankfully mallards are more into fresh water than bacteria-ridden hot tubs. HAHA! I like this look on you and your lighting is much more flattering than the heat lamp in the promo pic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Karen, girl. In all seriousness. You look fan-tas-tic! Just as good, if not better than the model :-O
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  12. Eileen says:

    I got such a laugh out of your mallard image because the first thing I thought when I saw this palette was that it reminded me of the ducks that occasionally land in our pool! Quack!

  13. Christina says:

    You look so good these pictures! This collection was meant for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Summer says:

    Um, I don’t even care about this quad, I just had to say that Karen, you are STUNNING! I’m serious, that first pic of you is especially striking and I had to comment! Go girl!

  15. Chelsea says:

    Perfect quartet!!

  16. Awesome makeup, Karen!
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  17. Daya says:

    I love the look. Where did you get those awesome earrings?

  18. Halley says:

    When are you going to be on the east coast? I owe you a Coke!

  19. Hollie H says:

    You always look fab but this look…smoking summer sexy.
    I love your blog. It’s a daily destination for me.

  20. Monika says:

    I am SO excited for this collection. This is what I want a summer collection to be! Hey Sailor! was fun, but the mix of colors wasn’t reaching out to me for summer makeup. Temperature Rising is total 180 for me, and I’m really pumped to check this stuff out.

  21. Amber says:

    Karen, you had me rolling at the Mrs. Roper’s jewlery comment! (I guess that shows my age?!) The quad looks pretty, but girlllllll you are stunning! Better than the model, hands down!!
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  22. Maria says:

    Karen I’ve been overwhelmingly busy lately and I got stuck on “toe the line” earlier today. I just re-read it and I think it might be “tow the line”? Please help a sistah out. I’m feeling insane lately

  23. Monique says:

    Karen have you tried the bronze powder in Sundipped? Would you review it please? Thanks!

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