MAC Art of Powder Street Art Eye Shadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Baby if pastels are your bag you might just find the joy in the new Art of Powder Street Art Eye Shadow Palette from MAC but even if you do you might find it sorely lacking.

Check it.

I haven’t a clue what the design is…if you know, please by all means give me the deets. I see New York, 2010 (little late there), a big B, a t-shirt (or maybe it’s a little person wearing a shirt) if I squint…and other little strange happenings in the design of this palette….but hey, maybe that’s the idea of the design that anyone who stares at it will come up with something else….

The design is interesting but I dunno if it’s enough to get me excited about wanting or needing to collect it but I can understand harder-core fans might feel the need to own this piece. Don’t enjoy the design too much though if you have plans of using it as the “New York” logo, etc…rubs off with the first swipe.

If you’re heading into the purchase outside of the collector aspect you might want to second guess that one as the palette doesn’t really have the color payoff to warrant the $38 price tag. Colors are very sheer and subtle here with minimal pigmentation and really, a mix up of various shades won’t have you creating some sort of sophisticated eye look here. Colors are a tad chalky in some cases and are a mix of camel, pale pink, coral, and turquoise. It’s just a mix match of colors I don’t personally believe go well together. Honestly, if you’re going to create an eyeshadow palette at least have some definition of what sort of look you can create using it…can we get a face chart because I wanna see your visual design for this one MAC.

I wouldn’t call the shadow formula bad as it does have a silky feel in some places that applies easily however color pay off is the deal breaker here as the colors go on subtle…they may have the ability to lighten and brighten up tired eyes though which could be deemed a plus.

I do find palettes like this a little bit impractical to use as it’s hard to get your brush into the colors without mismashing all the shades together.

Overall, Street Art Eyeshadow Palette might be deemed pretty and interesting by some but if you’re heading into this as a practical makeup purchase for actually creating an eye look, you’d best look elsewhere, it’s simply not going to give you the MAC experience that you know and love.

Pricey at $38 too.

The Art of Powder Collection will be available September 29th, 2011.

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  • 9/15/11 13:46 MaggieMayQ:

    It seems to me that it would just get sooooooo complicted that I would just keep it and then throw it in the trash after 5 years (maybe not 5, but you get my point.)

    PS: I would love for you to take a look on my page and give me some feedback.


  • 9/15/11 14:05 LINDARRAGNAR:

    lol I don’t get the design either!! But i do see the person with a t_shirt!!

    I do love pastels, but that is just awful pigmentation! pass!


    • 9/15/11 14:22 the Muse:

      oh I’m glad I’m not nuts about the person and tshirt linda lol! ;-D


  • 9/15/11 16:53 rowan:

    wow, this palette is such a fail…it’s a shame because it looks so cool, and it has a nice mix of shades.


  • 9/15/11 20:04 18thCenturyFox:

    Over at Temptalia I just remarked on how horrified I was by the unfortunate choice of colors and cheesy pre-school design. Everyone else seemed excited by the design and I felt I was viewing the Emperor’s New Clothes. I purchased the Maison LancĂ´me blush for aesthetics and can appreciate different points of view but I jut can’t with this. The horrid color combination and Fresh Prince of Bel Aire art no,no,no. Oh Muse you’re so much kinder than I.


  • 9/15/11 22:55 Melody:

    I do like the type of shimmer in these shadows, but I couldn’t see myself creating a look with them, and for a palette based on graffiti? Really, MAC?


  • 9/16/11 5:19 domncroxd:

    i think the design is supposed to be graffiti art on those metal scroll-down doors that you see in factory lots. not too crazy about these shades though. meh


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