May 6, 2013

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

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

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow x 4 is one of two new, limited edition eyeshadow palettes releasing with the MAC Summer 2013 Collection. Finally MAC you’re doing it right! Your last few eyeshadow quads have been disappointed to say the least so I’m quite excited about your Summer offerings with colors that go well together and a formula that’s equally fabulous you have my attention!

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad ($44) includes four shades:

  • Romantico (taupe-y bronze)
  • Bare My Soul (brassy gold)
  • Friendly (rich dark chocolate)
  • When in Rio (deep teal green)

MAC Bare My Soul Swatches

When in Rio, Rmantico, Bare My Soul, Friendly

MAC’s Summer Collection features a really great rubbery texture, matte bronze packaging this year and as much as I love it I just wanted to say that it attracts fingerprints like crazy. Especially this quad which has gross, powder-y finger marks all over it after I used it. Do pay a care when using it to avoid it getting as gross as NARS packaging does.

All the shades in this quad are exquisite to work with! I’ve used so many drier formulas lately from MAC it boggles my mind when I actually do get a workable quad from them. I’m happy to report all the shades have a smooth easy to apply formula that blends easily and provides excellent color pay off. The only shade I had minor issues with were When in Rio as it did run a little denser than the other shadows but still it was easy enough to use with a sponge applicator but not as blendable when using a brush during application.

I love that all the shades work together and can be incorporated into a single eye look or paired up in a duo look or even using a single shade. My biggest pet peeve is getting a mismatched quad of colors that I have no idea what to do with. These shades just work well together and there isn’t a ton of no how to get an excellent contrasting eye look!

I do think $44 is a little high when it comes to MAC. That’s quite a chunk of change for only four shades of shadow when you have brands offering a palette full of color for either around the same price tag or similiar.

None the less MAC finally got a winner! As I said lately I’ve been sore with MAC eyeshadow due to drier textures and a host of other issues but the Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad was a step in the right direction with a formula that was easy enough to apply, great pigment, and shades that will work well for Summer!

MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow x 4 FOTD

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad Face of the Day

MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad FOTD

This one is worth checking out.

The MAC Summer 2013 launches later this month at MAC locations and online at

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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  • Christine

    Can’t wait to buy mine! Been hearing nothing but good things about this quad, so I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

  • Blee

    Musey girl you look sooooo pretty. Your glowing!! 😀 Love the earrings too.

  • Nadia

    You look so pretty in yellow! I think I am going to get this quad. What brushes do you use to apply eyeshadow? Your eyeshadow always looks amazing.

    • the Muse

      aw thanks nadia you’re too kind!!!!!! I used the 217, 219, and 213.

  • jody

    You look gorgeous. More gorgeous than usual, that is. 🙂 Gorgeous +

    Looks great on you!

    and Dammit, Janet, I didn’t want to buy anything from this years’ summer collection. I’m thinking though, one quad, and one lipstick, and one gloss.
    And that’s it…. And one strobe liquid… and that’s it….


    • the Muse

      jody you are FAR too kind 😀 thanks! LOL it’s a good round up this year and small which I like!

  • Nantajit

    Wow!!! The colors are gorgeous … Can’t wait to try them on! Thanks Muse 🙂

  • Laura H.

    Wow that eye look is beautiful, it looks great on you !

  • Swetha

    You look amazing. What are you wearing on your bottom lash line ?

    • the Muse

      aw thanks swetha you’re too kind. that’s Romantico on bottom last line.

  • Stacy

    This looks so pretty on you!! You also look amazing in Yellow!!

  • kimkats

    Oh heck… And I had almost convinced myself that I wasn’t going to get this quad. Well THAT just went swirling down the toidy….(goes and puts reminder on calender to buy this the day it comes out…..)

  • Sarah S.

    So purty on your eyes! I was wondering why this palette didn’t appeal to me and I realize now it’s because my blue/green eyes wouldn’t be flattered but this looks so fab on your chocolate brownies there 😉