February 7, 2013

MAC Archie’s Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette 1

I’m sure you’re well on your way to getting your goodies from the MAC Archie’s Girls release. Did your order include the Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette ($44) by chance?

This palette contains four lighter shades of color for all the Bettys out there.

MAC Archie's Girls Eyeshadow Palette

I actually like this palette considerably more than Veronica’s which contains some heavier purple shade. The palette is MAC’s traditional slim line rectangle that they embrace for many special edition released. Inside you’ll find Cherly Chic, Dreammaker, Caramel Sundae, and Showstopper.

Cheryl Chic is a light coral pink but oddly enough it somehow swatches lilac on me. Don’t ask! I’ve no idea why. On my lid it has a frosty finish with a sheerer formula that builds easily. Dreammaker is the perfect pairing with the shade as it’s a yellow gold that blends out nice as an inner eye color with Cheryl Chic on the outer lid area for a festive Spring eye look. The frosty finish isn’t bad here but it does have a weaker color pay off as well and quite powdery when applied leading to fall out.

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette 4

Although both of these weren’t terribly appealing in the quality department I did find success with both Caramel Sundae and Showerstopper. These shades are a nice contrasting duo with fairly nice pigmentation. The satiny finish of Caramel Sundae is very easy to work with and applied smoothly and even Showerstopper, a matte finish shadow, was easy to work with even those the shadow was dense and hard. I did find that sponge tip applicators aid in the best application here as brushes seemed to not work well with the color!

Texture and color wise I think Spoiled Rich (Veronic’s Palette) is the more difficult to work with. Caramel Sundae is the easier of the two to use and create looks with. I dunno if I’d necessarily use all four of these shades in one look but I like that I can create two looks with them.

Quality isn’t really up the speed with many of MAC’s other offerings and I think the main appeal might be the collectability of the packaging and overall, collection. I have felt for a very long time that MAC has failed a little with recent eyeshadow palettes. Caramel Sundae isn’t necessarily a huge fail (I’ve seen worst from them) but it isn’t a huge success either.

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette 8

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette 9

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette 12

MAC Archie's Girls Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

For collector’s, yes get it. For those wanting practical, quality makeup, perhaps skip it for some MAC standard single shades instead! I know, the cute packaging is terribly appealing but you might be happier with quality shades from the general catalog instead!

Did you buy and love it?

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This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Icequeen81

    Like the brown shades I can use it for brows ( when I remember to use something for the brows

  • Sev

    I like the colors, but I’ll keep it in my mind buying a quad of single shadows of my choosing. No need to get sub par shadows when their singles are so good…and it’s not like these colors aren’t dupable within their line.

  • Lys

    I don’t like this collection at all… For this price, I would prefer a Urban Decay paltte.
    Great review (:

  • Noe

    Hey Muse,
    this is the first time of me writing here so here goes..
    $44 FOR THAT?! I saw it in the store it looked tiny, flimsy and rather cheap to be honest! Sorry MAC I love you but this is ridicules, for that price (lower even) I can buy the LORAC PRO palette that has +10 eyeshadows with better quality, or even Benefit’s world famous nudes for $30 and you get 4 shadows and 2 smaller cream shadows. I think the targeted market with this palette are 14 year-olds who are clueless about makeup, 35-40 year-olds who want to feel young again maybe and hoarders in general :/ can anybody sense that I’m annoyed as hell from the quality/price of this? what a shame since this I loved the majority of the collection…sigh

    • the Muse

      hi noe sorry delayed reply, yeah, it is kinda small for what you get, I agree 🙁 If the quality was there I’d prob be kinda ok with the price! but the formula as is, well, meh!

  • Cindy Ramirez

    Whats the deal with their eyeshadow lately? I just don’t understand why the quality of a product is different and worse when it’s a LE. Blows my mind.

  • Andrea

    Wow, that does swatch lilac on you! I really wish MAC would up their game with these limited releases, or just…stop releasing so many of these collections in favor of a few really good ones.

    • the Muse

      i’d prefer quality over quantity myself! I used to love mac doing so many collections but yeah, it gets a little crazy at times!