July 1, 2013

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Review & Swatches

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

MAC GreenLuxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes ($40) are a new creation from the brand that recently launched for Summer 2013. These shadow palettes contain five strips of eyeshadow color in graduating shades of color.

I was deeply impressed with all four of the palettes I tried and would liken them to Japanese Eyeshadow in terms of texture. If you’re a fond fan of Japanese brands like KATE or Majolica Majorca I’m positive you’re going to adore these.

Take a look!

These are a little different and unique for MAC as they’ve never done a strip eyeshadow palette like this. They quite remind me of the Milani Runway Eyeshadow Palettes although these aren’t as raised and have less of a baked formula.

Each palette comes in the standard MAC black compact. The compact are identical to what you’d get from a MAC Quad the only difference is there are no circle pans here as those are replaced with a strip design. The strip design is new and fresh to MAC however, it is a little quirky and could possibly get on your nerves quickly. It’s rather difficult to fit a sponge eyeshadow applicator into the pan and even for a bushier eyeshadow brush it’s a tight squeeze. I suggest a sponge eyeshadow applicator for application but you’ll notice it doesn’t quite fit well into the strips…my suggestion? Just rub it gently over the surface, back and forth, and color should get picked up easily enough within a few swipes.

Although they look small each strip is 1 gram in size. A single MAC eyeshadow is 1.3 grams in size so really there isn’t a HUGE difference in the amount you’re getting from a single pot versus an entire Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow. I will say that I find after using each palette once and swatching the colors definitely did look like they were close to hitting pan!

So why do I love them so much?

Each palette contains a mix of satin and shimmery shades. The shimmery shades actually dominate the palette and these are in fact a wonderful texture. They have the creamy yet powdery consistency of a true Japanese Eyeshadow and apply fairly easily onto lids while blending out to a perfectly smooth sparkly finish. On the downside they are fall out hell! So I would advise using a good cream base under them to avoid the fall out. Outside of this the texture is quite reminiscent to something you’d buy in Japan OR if you haven’t used Japanese Eyeshadow they are most comparable to the Too Faced The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow Palette.

MAC GreenLuxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Greenluxe Swatches

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Greenluxe FOTD

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow FOTD


MAC BrownLuxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Brownluxe Swatches

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow BrownLuxe FOTD

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow FOTD


MAC PinkLuxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow PinkLuxe Swatches

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow FOTD

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Pinkluxe FOTD


MAC SmokeLuxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Swatches


These shades aren’t incredibly pigmented but they build nicely and create very pretty wearable looks. You’ll find all the shades in each palette match perfectly so you aren’t left with a mismatch of shades which you aren’t sure about using together. All the colors graduate perfectly from highlighting your high brow, to lid and a contrasting crease shade, and a deeper, richer liner color. Five shades in one eye look is made oh so simple with these palettes.

Colors do tend to crease a fair bit so I would suggest a primer prior to application and a base of some sort for them to adhere to and lessen fall out and ease application for the longest wear.

Overall, the MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow are an absolute joy! I really love the creamy texture of these powder shadows, the great looks they create, and yes, all that lovely sparkle rocks my world.

I’d suggest trying AT least one of these as they are really easy to use and create looks with!

Muse Approved!

Love ’em!


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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  • Kate

    Daaaaaaaang, girl!

    You are so beautiful in each and every shot! And I think you age in reverse; what is your secret?!

    The palettes fall under want/lust after, not “need” for me at this moment. so I will try to resist.

    You make everything look good.

    • the Muse

      you are WAY too kind kate thanks. ha…I wish that was the case. Lots of moisture? 😀 you’re far to lovely thank you! I think you’ll really like them they are super nice shades and the formula is lovely!

  • ashley

    I love how you match your headbands to the makeup you wear. attention to detail!

    • the Muse

      aw you’re sweet thanks. just as long as it keeps my hair out of my eyes for photos I’m all about it ;-D

  • Samareen

    Such beautiful palettes!! I like the golden one best 🙂 n it looks best on you as well 🙂

  • Cindy Ramirez

    I wasn’t really wowed by these. I swatched a few of them at the MAC stand on the back of my hand, but wasn’t really impressed. But I also go for bright, vibrant, and opaque colors. 😛