As with year’s past we get new, limited edition Holiday 2014 Eyeshadow Palettes from MAC. The MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette is the traditional MAC Holiday Eyeshadow Palette with six shades of eyeshadow that we get ever year. The thing about the Holiday eyeshadow palettes is they are not only affordable but also house a nice selection of shadows that pair up well together. However, after a while they actually become a little repetitive from year after year if you purchase them every season.
I’ve always loved them but unfortunately quality has gone downhill in recent releases and I think if the rest of the shade selections in this release is as bad as the MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette you might be able to skip ’em!
I’ve only tried the Smokey Eyes color selection in this release. There are a few others to choose from so don’t base this review on all the palettes because who knows the other shades might just be better. But….as I said…MAC has gone down considerably in quality with some of these palettes.
The MAC Keepsakes Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette comes housed in a gorgeous sparkly white and black compact. I mentioned in a few of my MAC Holiday 2014 reviews how much I love this year’s packaging with the cute Victorian Cameo that’s embedded in each compact or gift box. Unfortunately I hated this compact. It’s very difficult to open and the border of pearls that surrounds the palette is very loose and will likely fall off at some point if you open and close it open. For some reason you really need to dig a nail under the ridge of the compact to get it to open because the clasp adorned with the MAC logo is useless to pop the palette open. I dunno if this is a fluke or if all the Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palettes are like this but it deserved mentioning!
The Smoky Eyes Palette is more a neutral selection of shades versus a more traditional smoky eye look. You get pretty shades of copper, beige, lighter browns, tans, taupes. There is a black and a shimmery white shade which can be considered more traditional smoky colors but seem a little out of place with the other warmer shades here. There are both limited and permanent shades in this palette but the permanent shades are in no way as wonderfully formulated as their full size versions.
MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette (Smokey Eyes)
MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Carbon, Forgery, Divine Rule, Nobel Spirit)
MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Satin Taupe, Fancy Dress, Kid, Honey Lust)
You get eight shades total here and aside from maybe one or two colors I thought all of them were dry, dense, and applied patchy. Pigment is ok on the shades but I felt they applied poorly and sheerer out considerably one on my eye. Honestly, there isn’t a ton of redeeming qualities in the formula here and you can definitely see MAC did something or another different with the formulation because this simply isn’t how MAC Eyeshadows perform, feel, or apply.
Again, I haven’t tried any of the other MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palettes but I sure do hope they are better than the Smoky Eyes ones because this is a total skip and disappointment!
The MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palettes are available now on counters or online at Nordstrom.com.
Did you purchase any of the palettes?
What was your experience?