MAC Unsung Heroes: Tempting Eyeshadow

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To call MAC Tempting ($15 for a pan; $11 for the Pro-Refill Pan above) a basic brown eyeshadow would be like calling Kelly Clarkson a pretty good singer.


Lately, this bronzy coco that shimmers with microscopic flecks of golden glitter has been for me, in the words of the great Barry White (RIP), “my everything.”

Sure, some gals may not be as tempted by Tempting as I am, may call it too “blah” to its pan, but it’s shades like Tempting that made me first consider eyeshadow for everyday, workaday wear.

A wash of Tempting’s highly pigmented, finely milled powder over my lids and smudged along my lower lash line produces a buttery smokey brown eye that’s anything but boring.


Who says ya need more than one shadow for an elegant eye?

And I think Tempting also sings duets well with shades like Woodwinked, Mulch, Bronze, Patina, Shroom, Smut, Carbon, Indianwood, All That Glitters, Retrospeck and Soba, among many others.

One of these days on your travels to a MAC counter or store, allow yourself to be tempted, and give MAC Tempting a try. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection


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  1. Shannon says:

    Another shade I would have never looked twice at. Thank you for your reviews. I have picked out most all of my eyeshadows after reading your blog.
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  2. I love your Unsung Heroes posts, Karen! Tempting looks like another lovely e/s shade – will have to check it out sometime. It definitely wouldn’t be an all-over shade on me, but I absolutely love the look of it on your lids!
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  3. Tish says:

    Tempting is my #1 eyeshadow from MAC. It’s the only one I’ve hit pan on so far. πŸ™‚

  4. Joyce says:

    Tempting was one of the 1st eyeshadows I bought and although I rarely wear it anymore because my eyeshadow collection has grown, I’m still glad to have it in my collection. I remember pairing it with Woodwinked all the time. I would wear Woodwinked on the lids, Tempting on the crease and Embark or Carbon on the outer v. Now that you reminded me of Tempting, I just might wear it tomorrow. =)
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  5. I really love the shade but will it suit indian olive/ivory skin tone?

  6. Vidhya says:

    Tempting is one my fav’s too… And your absolutely right one can def get beautiful elegant eyes with just one eye color & tempting is def one of them….

  7. Leen says:

    Hi karen, i am really tempted enough by this Tempting. Can’t wait to see myself wearing it πŸ™‚

  8. Jaymie says:

    I love Tempting too! I love it with Retrospeck πŸ™‚ I think it’s one of MAC’s better luster formula eyeshadow.

  9. Tracy says:

    I love Tempting as well! I wear it all over by itself as well. I’ve been really into just one shadow looks lately. Easy!

  10. Adrienne says:

    Ooh! I’m tempted! I have found myself unhappy with many dark browns that I pick up lately. Some turn ashey or grayish when applied, appear too taupe-y when applied with golds, or are too warm and remind me of, as my co-worker so eloquently put it , “baby-**** brown.” lol
    How would you compare this to Urban Decay’s “Darkhorse”, which I have in my newly acquired Rollergirl palette (LOVE!) ?

  11. Shannon says:

    My favorite MAC shadow is Expensive Pink.
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  12. Tempting is perfect for the non-makeup, makeup look. A very versatile shade πŸ™‚
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  13. Lisa says:

    Hey Karen! What is on your lips in this post? It looks really fabulous with the understated eyes…very beautiful!
    p.s…..thanks for your wonderful blog. I really enjoy your posts and your sense of humor!

  14. Lisa says:

    oh never mind…just looked onward and found the answer!! RUBY WOO!!

  15. peach_ says:

    Love it with the red lips! Woodwinked is one of those shades that are loved by many, but I just can’t seem to make it look good on me. It always turns overly coppery!
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  16. I’ve been wearing bronze shadows a lot more lately and really enjoy how it can look soft, pairs nicely with bright colours, and can be easily smoked up. πŸ™‚
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  17. Michelle says:

    Love this as well! Also gorgeous paired with winged black liner πŸ™‚
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  18. Chris25 says:

    I have Tempting and it really wows me. I know it does seem kinda standard for a brown, but I love using it on my NC42 skin.

  19. Vonvon says:

    Lovely! One can never have too many work-safe eyeshadows. πŸ™‚
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  20. corallista says:

    I really loved your lip color here! Will check out Tempting on my next visit to the MAC Store πŸ™‚
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  21. Definitely my sort of shade – I’m trying to wean myself off a palette of entirely grey shades – albeit very pretty ones – and this looks like a good way to start:)
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  22. LoveVex says:

    It looks so warm and cozy!. I’m really falling in love with soft browns all over again.

  23. Amber says:

    Love Tempting too! And I just commented on the Ruby Roo post wondering what you were wearing on your eyes….well I just got my answer, and I actually have this one! Yay!:)

  24. AS says:

    Mmmm. You mentioned soba. That makes me hungry for the noodle, not the eyeshadow.

  25. Nina says:

    one of my first quads was the tempting quad …. <3

  26. breyerchic04 says:

    This is how I use UD Stray Dog (or sometimes Underground).

    Sharpening almost makes me want to buy a few technakohls.

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