Mac Eyeshadow Look Alike


Let’s have a little chat about eyeshadow.

After many years of wearing it, I’ve found that the right shades and finishes can be really flattering and pretty, but the wrong shades can make you look like you have the flu.
Browns, creams, and nothing with red/orange/pink undertones works on me. As “cool” as I can get it, the better. (that phrase could also be my life goal)
I love Mac shadows. They apply beautifully, do NOT budge, and don’t spill all over your face as you are applying. All of those things are a win as far as I’m concerned. 
Except for the price. They are $15.00 a pop, and that can add up quickly. 
However, I do understand why they are priced like that–they are great quality and really pigmented. So you really get what you pay for. 
Some would argue, though, that a great eye shadow primer can make nearly any eye shadow as high of quality as the pricey ones. And I’ve found that to be true sometimes.
In the case of Revlon’s 16 Hour Eye Shadow, I think that theory holds true. Plus, the colors are almost identical to Mac colors.

The Revlon palette that contains 4 colors costs about $5-7.99 depending on where you buy/promotions.
The total cost for 4 Mac eye shadows is $60.00. Scary. 
(also, I definitely used a calculator for that math. that is also scary.)

Here is a look at how the colors match up:

Phloof is a little bit warmer than the white in the Revlon palette, but the other colors match up almost exactly.

The color that is not labeled is from the Revlon palette. 

Pretty darn close, right?

The first noticeable difference between the Mac shadows versus the Revlon shadows is the way they apply. I found that the Revlon shadows were much messier and were prone to crumbling onto my cheeks as I was applying. I guess that isn’t a big deal if you do your eyes first, but still–I’m not interested in “cleaning up” while I apply makeup. I’m sure with practice, and the right brush, I could do a better job. I’ve never had that issue with Mac shadows, so I appreciate how easy they are.
Secondly, it seems like the Revlon colors have a bit more shimmer? I use that word lightly because they aren’t extremely shimmery, just more than Mac’s colors. 
Lastly, they apply slightly lighter than the Mac shadows. This could be due to a pigment difference, or just the quality of the shadows. But if you start with a great eyeshadow primer, you may just need to layer it slightly more to look closer to Mac’s shadows.
*some of my favorite eye shadow primers are this one, and this one

So what about you? Are you a name brand eye shadow purchaser? Or do you save a little and just invest in a good primer?

*this is not a sponsored post, but simply my opinion on these products. 

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Comments (119)

  1. Shelley says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Loreal makes a great taupe called classic Khakis.It’s a duo and cheap. Very matte and not shimmery. Just perfect.

  2. Morgan says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I think a primer is a must (thanks for showing the bareminerals one, i use there make up and never noticed the had one!). I use name brand eye shadow because I can’t stand how others get all over my face, like you said. I make up for the expense in my other daily make up. For instance, my eye liner is the Ulta brand and I love it! My mascara is Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Blasting. Like all that “BLAST” in there? Lol. I do use bareminerals face make up, but that stuff last forever. I think at the end of the day everyone want something that will stay on and not break.

    I’ve found that Clinique’s eyeshadow always broke. No matter where I kept it, they broke and I finally gave that up. I have Mac eyeshadow, Bareminerals and Estee Lauder.

    I think it makes a difference :). Also, a good brush!

    • Jan says
      Posted February 25, 2015

      Urban Decay makes a wonderful eye primer!!! I really like the Bare Minerals Face Primer, as well as a face primer made by Mary Kay!!! I have not tried the facial primer by Urban Decay. However, I am sure, after using their products, that their primer would be a good choice as well.

  3. Michea says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    LOVE the Paint Pot in Painterly; TOTAL game changer, and it lasts forever!

  4. Posted July 12, 2012

    I bought a set of Two Faced shadows a while ago and I love them! They came with Shadow Insurance which is a great primer. I did notice that when I tried to use a cheaper brand, it felt chalky almost? Needless to say I’m addicted… good thing makeup lasts me a good while 🙂

    Nice post! I like the comparison you did on your hand 🙂

  5. Marsha Setliff says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Kate- Have you ever tried Mary Kay primer and eye shadows? I love them!

    • eowens says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      Yay! Marsha! Glad you posted about MK, cause I was going to add a post about them too! I love both too and not because I am a consultant! The price is right too! And to note, our eye shadows are mineral.

    • Jessica says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      I was also going to post about Mary Kay eyeshadow. The pigments are nice and while small they last a long time. I have both MK and Mac shadows and find that MK blends just as nicely.

  6. Posted July 12, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! I love MAC Patina but NYX Mocha is a pretty good dupe for it.

    Dainty and Decadent

  7. Heather says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I’m a MAC girl all the way. Totally worth the price, in my opinion. Thanks for finding cheaper alternatives… if I’m in a bind I know what to do!

  8. Lauren says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I am a believer in paying up for higher quality eye shadow. I try to keep my collection down to just a handful of flattering, versatile neutrals that I use all the time. Although MAC is pricier than drug store, it is not as pricey as Bobbi Brown or others, so I think it’s the best value for your money. I used to be a Painterly Paint Pot addict but I have recently switched to Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I find works better for oily lids.

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      I too use the UD primer potions. I have them in the original, matte, anf the champagne tint. They are life savers!

  9. Posted July 12, 2012

    I love MAC eyeshadows but the clear tops of mine always pop out! ANNOYING!

    • Posted July 12, 2012

      Emily…have you tried the Pro Palette from MAC? They’re amazing. There are 15 empty spots and you can buy just the small magnetic pan of color and create your own palette! Then it’s all in one easy palette and no more annoying popping tops!

  10. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I’ve always been a MAC girl but recently tried the Mabelline Tattoo creamy shadows and they are awesome! I now use them as a base to some of my Mac but I was impressed.

  11. Posted July 12, 2012

    As long as I use my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, I find that *most* cheaper eyeshadows (I use alot of ELF) work just as well as the pricier versions!

  12. Donna says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I haven’t splurged on mac yet but have been looking for a good light gray that isn’t shimmery. Any suggestions?

    • Cristina Hernandez says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      MAC makes one called Scene and it’s very pretty. Check it out – it might be just what you’re looking for!

    • Emily says
      Posted July 13, 2012

      MAC Copperplate is a fantastic gray

  13. Renonda says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    The new Almay line that is supposed to match your eye color is very vibrant when you put it on. I bought it on a whim (for blue eyes) and got compliments all day the first time I wore it.

  14. Alissa says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Do you have a favorite plumb color? I am going to be in a wedding this fall and I need to find one.

    • Rachel says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      I’m curious to to see if Kate has a favorite plum color too. Mine is an eyeshadow duo by Clinique, Beach Plum. The purple color can be applied lightly for a more subdued look or more heavily and the golden neutral color that comes with it is really pretty all by itself for just a quick sweep of color on a day when you’re in a hurry!

    • Posted July 13, 2012

      Most of my eyeshadow tends to be ULTA brand, but I did splurge on a quad pack of Chanel and find it is now my everyday go-to because it goes on so much better and stays on. It is expensive, but lasts forever. Check out Chanel quad packs: Vanites or Enigma for great plums/purples. Try them on and wear them for a day before you buy, the colors will surprise you. Good luck.

  15. Posted July 12, 2012

    LOVE this post! I do find that the Revlon falls to the cheeks, but I have found applying with clean fingers reduces that! As you have said before, “fingers are cheap” and rubbing in the shadow really helps it stay in place. I just have to apply a little more. Also, I smudge a little with a Q-tip. It blends it while taking off the excess.

    Thanks for the comparison!


  16. Heather says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Love your blog Kate! I’ve been reading it for a few months and especially enjoying your hair tutorials and 30with30 challenge.

    I also love MAC makeup – my go-to colours for everyday are Shroom (similar to Phloof)and Kid (a soft matte brown). In case you or your readers don’t already know, I thought I’d mention that MAC has a “Back to MAC” program where, if you return any 6 empty containers for recycling (e.g. lipstick tubes, blush containers, eyeshadow pots, mascara tubes – really anything), you get a free eyeshadow or lipstick. The program isn’t really promoted as much as it used to be when they first introduced it several years ago but it’s definitely still in place, at least in Canada. 🙂

    • ShireenSims says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      Great reminder! I use this all the time…I think in the US you can just get a lipstick without an option to get an eyeshadow.

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 13, 2012

      The Back to MAC program is great, but remember, you get a free lipstick at a department store MAC counter(like Nordstrom) and it is a free lipstick, lipglass, or eye shadow at an independent MAC store

  17. Amy says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great to know! Im like you and Love MAC, but they get $. Its nice to know of a lower cost option! Thanks Kate!

  18. Posted July 12, 2012

    Love finding good dupe products — tried the Sonia Kashuk lipstick in the coral shade instead of pink punch (fair brunette – hard for me to wear bright pinks) and it’s my new favorite shade. Keep the recommendations coming!! (I’m also now a member of the Aquage cult, too)

  19. Grace says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    MAC all the way!!! I feel like if I’m going to spend the money at all to pay for eyeshadow, I might as well guarantee a product that I know I will 100% love over something that may work just ok.

  20. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I use the Urban Decay primer, and love it! I don’t like my shadow too shimmery, which is why I usually stick to MAC or Napolean (LOVE the Leather and Lace color)

  21. Sarah R says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    As a lover of all cosmetics I don’t like to make an investment cause I hardly ever use the same shadow daily. I wouldn’t pay $15 for an eye shadow cause I like to change things up. The best eye-shadow that I have ever tried is The Body Shop eye shadows. They are $9, last about 2 years, they have great pigment and wear wonderfully!

  22. Judy says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I’ve never tried the MAC since we don’t have a local source close, but I did buy the Sonia Kashuk neutrals pallet you mentioned and I love it. It’s a good primer in a pinch…if I don’t want to dig out my Bare Minerals one…and the colors are very thick and solid.

    Ulta has a Baked eyeshadow that goes on a little sheer without primer but lasts forever, with nothing falling on he face. Use primer and you get loads of color.

  23. Posted July 12, 2012

    I love Mac products! I can’t wait to try this look for less!

  24. Tiffany says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I really have had good luck with Bare Minerals READY Duo & Quad eyeshadows. they are not as messy as the powder type and really stay on long and no creasing. I do put on a tad of eye primer from Mary Kay – have not found anything better yet than that primer.

    Love the recommendations – Sonia Kashuk lipstick! 🙂

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  26. Posted July 12, 2012

    I find with eye shadow you get what you pay for….I love Nars, pricey but lasts all day.

  27. Posted July 12, 2012

    I use primer. I go back and forth between Too Faced Eye Primer and Urban Decay’s eye primer. I also used to use cheaper eye shadow with those primers and they were fine. HOWEVER….after trying Urban Decays’ Naked Palette…OH MY WORD. I love it! If you haven’t looked at it yet you should definitely check it out. They have the Naked Palette 2 also but I haven’t tried it yet.

    • Jana says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      I have the Naked 2 palette and LOVE it!! Perfect colors for someone with fair skin and blonde hair. 🙂 Plus the black makes the best eyeliner!

  28. Posted July 12, 2012

    Thanks for posting a lower cost option! With a new baby on the way and my husband starting a new job, I am trying to be a frugal as possible, but I still want to look my best. Always love ready your blog Kate!!

  29. Posted July 12, 2012

    I love all makeup, but I agree that sometimes it’s hard to rationalize paying a lot for a small container of only one color. However, like with most beauty products, if you find a great one, the extra money can be worth it. I tried Buxom “Stay-There” eye shadow after a coworker recommended it and I’m so happy with it. The best part is that it’s waterproof and really stay put, all day, no matter what activities you’re doing. (Plus, all the colors are named after dog breeds- too cute!)

  30. Posted July 12, 2012

    I’ll be honest – I don’t pay for brand name make up. I do use a primer but my make up is almost all L’Oreal. I don’t wear it daily (esp in the summer) and money is often tight so I can’t really justify spending money on make up that could be otherwise spent on something for the house or family.

  31. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I have been using MAC Paint Pot as a Primer since showed to me by a make up artist for my wedding!! LOVE this stuff! The Bareminerals within 6 hours creases on my eyes. I LOVE brand name eye shadows; MAC, BareMinerals especially. My MAC eye shadows last much longer – like 2 years and I wear them every day – so for me, worth the cost! All the others don’t pack the same pigment or coverage on my eyes. I get the rest of my mascara, eyeliners from drugstor brands and they work just fine for me…

  32. Emily says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I started using Mary Kay primer and eyeshadows. The colors (that I’ve tried) are great. I like them way better than any drug store brand that I’ve used and they’re priced really well, too ($6.50 each). They apply smooth, aren’t messy, and last all day.

    And no, I’m not a Mark Kay rep, I just like the makeup (the lipstick is pretty fantastic as well).

  33. mergrl says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I have been using MAC since I was 15 (now 37) and though the price out of the gate seems high the quality and length of use I get out of the pots makes them totally worth it!

  34. mergrl says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I have been using MAC since I was 15 (now 37) and though the price out of the gate seems high the quality and length of use I get out of the pots makes them totally worth it!

  35. Posted July 12, 2012

    I’m definitely a Mac eyeshadow girl. I’m willing to try other brands and have done over the years but always come back to Mac.

    Thanks for doing this post. It’s good to see what Revlon’s like too.

    E x

  36. Jodi says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I recently discovered Infallible Eyeshadow from L’Oréal, and paired with a decent primer it is a great line!

  37. Posted July 12, 2012

    I love Mac eyeshadow and have been using Shroom on and off since high school. I have also been pretty loyal to Stilla shadows as well (Kitten is my all time fav). I agree, a primer makes all the difference.

  38. Meg says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I use Merle Norman & Mary Kay. I’ve never tried MAC, but would like to. I’m a makeup junky! The new shadows from merle norman are much more pigmented than before and more than mary kay. But I like them both. And I’ve never used a primer before. I always apply my concealer on my lids while I’m applying it under my eyes. Darn you dark circles!

  39. jlizzi says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love MAC and to make it more reasonable, I bought a palette and you can just buy the palette refills which are $11.50! I think they only sell refills at the MAC stores (not in departments stores) but you can get them online if you don’t have a store by you.
    I also love the Naked Pallete by urban decay, I got it this year and it’s becoming my go-to over my MAC eyeshadows!

  40. Rebecca says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    GREAT POST!!! I use Bare Minerals makeup and love it; however, I am frustrated daily by the clean up that is necessary after applying the eyeshadow. I will definitely try the MAC ones. Cheap is good SOMETIMES, but quality counts for sure!!! And I’m sure the MAC lasts much longer than cheaper brands. One note…I got a sample of the Bare Minerals primer…tried it and my eyes were red and swollen for days. Sensitive skin maybe!?! I have found the Bare Minerals mineral veil is excellent for keeping your eyeshadow in place!!! No creases either. Where is MAC sold?

    • Emilia says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      I get my MAC from Macy’s, I think Nordstrom also has a MAC counter.

    • Judy says
      Posted July 13, 2012

      Rebecca..I have the most sensitive skin possible and the BM primer didn’t give me any sort of reaction….did you use a new shadow too? or maybe mascara? Might have been old if it was a sample too. Try some again on the inside of your upper arm and see if it reacts, then you’ll know for sure without looking red and swollen on your face.

  41. Posted July 12, 2012

    Great review, very helpful! I have found that when I wear the L’Oreal Hip Eyeshadows, I often get asked if I’m wearing MAC. I’ve also recently discovered the NYX line of cosmetics at Ulta. I think they’re amazing! I got an eyeshadow palette with blush/bronzer for about $25.00. And I do agree, a little primer goes a long way!

  42. Shireen says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love MAC products as well. One of the makeup artists in New York recommended using the Mac Paint in “Still life” as a primer, and I have been using it ever since. My makeup does NOT budge and each tube lasts at least one year. I also love Laura Mercier products- the eyeshadows are gorgeous and buildable, and my favorite primer is Flax; has a little pearlescence. They are expensive at $22 each, but they last a long time. I prefer to spend more on quality products, and maybe just have fewer products overall. (although I have too many, I admit…)

  43. Posted July 12, 2012

    I use Urban Decay primer potion…that stuff is the holy grail of primers. You eyeshadow will NOT move with this stuff on. Which is perfect for me since I tend o have oily eyelids (gross). I use a combination of mac eyeshadows & L’oreal. Mac is my favorite even with the price tag because I feel like their pots last me a long time. I tend to have to use more shadow with other brands.
    Thanks for the review!

    Lindsay @

  44. Susanne says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    my absolute favorite is the naked palette from urban decay. so far i’m still using the original one and it has lasted forever! it came with a primer, but i hardly ever use it as my eye shadow seems to stay put. i used to use bare minerals but got tired of minerals flying all over the place and getting on my face! thanks for the suggestion of the revlon shadow–i will try to find that tomorrow.

  45. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    That’s funny Susanne because I was just going to ask if anyone has used Urban Decay (I’ve been thinking about getting the Naked–the newest one) but have never used it before. We don’t have MAC or Sephora, or anything around here. The closest is an hour and a half drive to find Clinique products so I use that sometimes.

    I wonder–do people like Urban Decay? It’s expensive!

    • Jana says
      Posted July 12, 2012

      Totally worth the $50!! 🙂 Get the 2nd one because then you get the black which is perfect for eyeliner!

  46. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great post! I use MAC primer as well and am a big fan. I use bare minerals concealer, foundation, and mineral veil. I have a few MAC eyeshadows that I love and also just recently purchased the Naked 2 eyeshadow pallet. Love it.

  47. Janice says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love MAC. and second in line is Urban Decay! I have tried everything and I always seem to go back to Mac and Urban Decay! I guess when it comes down to it, you like what you like – primer or no primer. LOL I guess that is where gift certificates come in! But in all purposes of being thrifty … I liked Almay’s in comparison but had the same results with flecking on my cheeks.

  48. Kali says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I only use MAC eyeshadow and liner (and make up for the rest of my face) now because I agree with you. They are a little pricey, but they stay on ALL day without any mess. I apply my make up at 7:00 a.m., work all day, go to the gym, and my make up is still on at the end of the day when I wash it all off. You gotta love MAC for that! And there are great colors! I do use a Mary Kay primer on my lids first as I’ve found it to be the best for me, but I have a MAC lid primer as well and use it too.

  49. Christy says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great post. I have never used MAC makeup except just one lipstick that I love their color and so smooth. I used to have Bobbi Brown eyeshadow because I like the individual that you make choices of color but I stopped buying because its expensive (more expensive than MAC). I went for drugstore brands which is not always best or long lasting than department store brands. I wanted to know How long does MAC eyeshadow last before it run out? Thanks for sharing the difference!

  50. Christy says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great post. I have never used MAC makeup except just one lipstick that I love their color and so smooth. I used to have Bobbi Brown eyeshadow because I like the individual that you make choices of color but I stopped buying because its expensive (more expensive than MAC). I went for drugstore brands which is not always best or long lasting than department store brands. I wanted to know How long does MAC eyeshadow last before it run out? Thanks for sharing the difference!

    • Posted July 12, 2012

      Hi Christy, I have had MAC eyeshadows for years and they have not run out yet! One of my “go-to” colors is Soft Brown and Vapor, and I’ve had those for over 6 months and they still haven’t run out. So they are definitely worth the price you pay 🙂

  51. Laura says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I’m a big fan of Clinique and Urban Decay eyeshadows. I don’t mind paying the money for quality. And I have severely sensitive skin so I’m pretty limited to which products I can use. Clinique is my go-to because it’s noncomedogenic. I just can’t get over how amazingly pigmented the UD shadows are. I have both the Naked and Naked 2 palettes and they are TOTALLY worth the $48/$50 price tag.

    check out my July giveaway!

  52. Andrea says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Actually, I have found Wet n Wild (yes!) to have some shadows that are super close dupes for my fave Mac shades. I just love that the lower end brands are seeming to be stepping up their game and making themselves comparable to high end brands.

  53. Posted July 12, 2012

    Are my comments even posting? Lol

  54. Posted July 12, 2012

    I learned in beauty school a neat little trick.. If you dampen your brush with water and then apply your eye shadow it will last longer and intensify the shadow!! Apply it how ever many times to brighten the color!! be careful to not over saturate the brush though! 😀 quiet well with the pinky finger if your in a big hurry.

  55. Posted July 12, 2012

    If you press the eyeshadow on with a brush instead of swipe you will get less fallout on your cheeks, no matter the brand.

    I have used Bare Escentuals for years. I will use just about anything but 95% of my shadows are still from BE. They last so long that I have to rarely ever buy shadow anymore so on the rare occasion that I need a shadow, I’d say it’s worth the extra cost of a extra pigment and quality ingredients.

    BE does make REALLY good primers and I find that if I use that primer under anything, (even ELF) it holds.

  56. Heather says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    What is the name of the color palette from Revlon?

  57. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Hi Kate, I love your blog!
    I LOVE the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin It holds your eyeshadow perfectly and adds a little shimmer. I am also a MAC lover but I have found the Urban Decay eyeshadows to be just as good as MAC if not a little better. I love the Naked 2 palette. You get 12 eyeshadows, a brush and a mini lipgloss for $50.. not too bad for amazing eyeshadows! 🙂

  58. catt716 says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love trying new eyeshadows…but I’m a beauty on a budget type of girl. I was once an “Avon Lady,” and still love their eyshadows…great pigment and long lasting…and available in singles, doubles, quads, etc.

  59. Katie says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I prefer MAC eye shadows. Although, I do like a few Bobbie Brown ones, too. Primarily I just stick to Satin Taupe, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters and Woodwinked.

  60. Rachel says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love my name brand eyeshadows and I really do think they go on better than many of the drugstore brands but I don’t discriminate by any means. If I see a color I like, I’ll buy it! I agree that a good brush can really make a big difference. And as far as primers go, I found one that I love! I’d tried the clinique primer and a MK primer with no luck…they still creased. 🙁 Then while going for some cheap retail therapy for crap I don’t need at the Dollar Tree, I found an ELF primer and thought for a buck I’ll give it whirl. OMG it is the best primer I’ve used! It keeps my eyeshadow in place in this humid NC summer weather even with my already oily lids! I had planned to try the Too Faced one but who can argue with a good product that only cost me a dollar!!

  61. Jessica says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Loved this post! Mac eyeshadows are my go to also. I love the urban decay primer potion too! Macs paint pot in painterly works great as a base for me too. I know some people are skeptical of using it for a primer. I like it though! I would love a post like this about your favorite lip colors. I been loving all your neutral pinks! 😉

  62. Posted July 12, 2012

    I love Mac too and I use UD primer. I have on occasion like for a wedding gotten some Chanel eye shadows and they were ok and $$$ but I still go back to Mac. Sometimes I will go cheap on a white highlighter color from target though :).
    I love mac lip gloss in lust too.

  63. Kristen says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I’m a MAC fan myself, but has anybody tried BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Truth?! I’ve been eyeing it for a little while and it looks pretty similar.,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=BE_SUB_COLOR

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 13, 2012

      i have tried the ready eyeshadow and love it! fun colors to play with (have the same colors too) and truly last all day…its worth the money and lasts long.

  64. Tiffany says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I LOVE MAC. I use the paint pot (bare study) daily and my MAC and non-MAC shadows stay put all day with no creasing.

    Great post! I’d love to hear what you think of highlighters. I’ve been on the market for one, but can’t find one that is more matte and not so shimmery. Thoughts?

  65. Unknown says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love Mac,but for inexpensive shadows I like Wet n Wild they are SUPER pigmented and they do some great dupes for Mac shadows as well.

  66. Posted July 12, 2012

    For years I was an avid MAC user, until I started following girls on Instagram who used different brands of eyeshadows and they look amazing! My favorite inexpensive brand would be E.L.F., I recently bought 2 palette’s at Walgreens for $5/ea and they work great! Not to mention that the colors are so pretty! I tried these exact eyeshadows by Revlon but I wasn’t too pleased, maybe I will give it another shot?

  67. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Even though Mac is expensive, you really get your money’s worth, in my opinion. I bought the primer and 3 eyeshades in February of this year, use them everyday, and I’ve barely made a dent in them.

  68. Posted July 12, 2012

    Mary Kay Mineral Eye Shadows are a big hit with me, especially paired with the Eye Primer… shadow lasts up to 16 hours or longer(I have fallen asleep & was surprised to see my eye makeup look exactly the way I had fixed it 24 hours ago……ooops!) The only thing is you must let it dry well before applying your eye shadow. The tube lasts along time and for $12 bucks….it’s a win win for me!Of course having the right brushes to apply your shadows do play a very important part in the whole process too. And of course I use the MK Brush Set as well. 🙂

  69. Anonymous says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    Wow! That is so crazy! I just started reading your blog and as soon as you showed the photos trying the lighter MAC makeup, my two daughters and I loved the look so much we hit Walmart that day and bought Moonlit! I’m always on the lookout for look-a-likes where I can to save $$. The look is exactly the same and we saved $50!
    Thanks for sharing your great style. We have learned so much since reading your blog! Blessings.

  70. Posted July 12, 2012

    I love how you tell where you got all your clothes and products! How do you put text on photos like that?

  71. Posted July 12, 2012

    I use Urban Decay shadow primer but not every day. My favorite shadows are by Stila and Urban Decay but I also have the Revlon quad (the tall one, not the one you pictured) and I have never had an issue with it. I will say the higher end shadows have better colors, better pigment and stay longer. They last a long time because a little goes a long way. If you can afford it, go with the higher end product.
    I have never used MAC. I should try it sometime.

  72. Posted July 12, 2012

    Can you give us a specific video of how you use these shadows? Or refer me to a video that would work with these colors from your previous postings.
    Thanks. Just found you on Pinterest! Great ideas!

  73. Posted July 12, 2012

    Just wanted to stop by and tell you I got my July Birchbox in the mail today and I am IN LOVE!!! I signed up a few months ago after reading your blog and let me tell you they just keep getting better!!! I look forward to getting them every month! Thanks for introducing me to Birchbox 🙂

  74. Sarah says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I love my MAC shadows. They really are the best. I am thinking of getting the Urban Decay Naked palette… Lots of colors that I use for less $$$.

  75. Amber says
    Posted July 12, 2012

    I am totally a MAC eye shadow snob. But honestly mine last me forever so I feel like the $15 price tag is ok–I just space them out so I’m not buying 5 at a time. Satin Taupe is one of my favorite colors ever. And I agree the primer is key–love MAC Paint in bare canvas, I’ve used that stuff for years.

    • Jamie says
      Posted August 10, 2012

      I also love MAC and wear a bunch of their products….I’m curious as to opinions about their eye primer….I use the one in the pot ( I believe it’s Eucre). I’m not sure I’m happy with this lol…anyone think there’s better primer ???

  76. Posted July 13, 2012

    These all look so great, but I am such a drugstore make up girl. I almost always use Maybelline.

  77. Posted July 13, 2012

    This is simply why i love your blog. AND I just signed up and purchased my birch box subscription!! SO EXCITED!

  78. Posted July 13, 2012

    I’m a Bobbi Brown girl through and through. Her long wear cream eye shadows will last all day. i wore them on my wedding day and they lasted all day even with tons of dancing!

  79. Laine says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    I love NARS eyeshadow primer, think it is the best and came in a birch box a while back. I also splurged and got some Dior shadow for a special occasion and really love it, but SO pricey. For everyday, I’ve really liked the Elf line at target for shadow!

    Great post, adding some Revlon to my shopping list to try.

  80. Anonymous says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    I am a makeup junkie and have tried nearly every drugstore brand as well as higher end brands. I have oily skin and I swear by the Urban Decay primer several others have posted about, my eyeshadow lasts all day layered on top. I have the Urban Decay Naked palette and am in LOVE with it. I’ve also found the Bobbi Brown gel pot eye liner to be the absolute best there is!

  81. Posted July 13, 2012

    I use the Urban Decay primer potion and the NAked palette!!!

    • Candy says
      Posted July 13, 2012

      I use the Naked palette too… the colors…..very pigmented and easy to apply.

  82. Kristen says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    I use eyeshadow called Everyday Minerals. I am highly allergic to OTC eye shadow….even Bare Minerals.

  83. Kristen says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    I use eyeshadow called Everyday Minerals. I am highly allergic to OTC eye shadow….even Bare Minerals.

  84. Laura says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    This is the exact eyeshadow I use. 1. becuase we dont have a MAC carrier where I live and 2. I love clothes too much to spend 60 on make up.
    I just apply my powder and blush after my eyes. Great alternative and great colors!

  85. Posted July 13, 2012

    I use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and have mostly BareMinerals. I love Mac but its really far away for me to buy them. Since buying the primer I enjoy buying cheap eye shadow such as the Wet n Wild Back to Nature palette to play with for fun.

  86. Heather says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    I’m a Mac Girl through and through!. Revlon must have extra additives because it irritates my skin somethime. Plus Mac maybe more money but I can get a year+ use out of one tub!!

  87. Jaymee says
    Posted July 13, 2012

    Perfect timing! I’m actually going this afternoon to find some dupes for Satin Taupe after seeing your other posts about it. Ive never tried MAC but I do prefer the more expensive brands. I actually love BeautiControl’s eyeshadows, especially Champagne and Caviar. I’m also wanting to try the Naked 2 palette.

  88. Posted July 14, 2012

    I LOVE MAC eye shadow!!! My favorite right now is All That Glitters, it’s the perfect amount of sparkle and a great neutral! I also love the Urban Decay Neutral eye palette and their shadow potion primer. I think it’s worth spending the extra buck to get something that you love and that will stay put all day, even in the humid summer months.

  89. Posted July 15, 2012

    I LOVE hearing about dupes for MAC products!!! Thanks for sharing, Kate 🙂


  90. Posted July 15, 2012

    I’m a huge fan of MAC! I actually received a ton of Revlon products (including about 20 eyeshadow quads) when i was an alternate in Allure’s beauty blogger of the year awards. My experience with this is that Revlon eyeshadow was not nearly as pigmented as MAC’s. Certain quads work better then others but in general, i much prefer MAC. Worth the money! I agree with the crumbling too! xoxo

  91. Dana says
    Posted July 16, 2012

    Urban Decay is where it is at for me! I love their shadows and the primer is really good too. What I really love is their eyeliner and lip liners, because they ‘feel’ like they go on wet, but they are actually the pencil. They glide on so easily and have true stay power. I also got a stila eyeliner in last month’s birchbox, and I really like it too. It has some sparkle which is fun.

    p.s. I have the U.D. Naked palette 1 and 2, and Kate I think you might really like them!

  92. Laura Howe says
    Posted July 17, 2012

    I’ve been doing TV work for years and I swear by MAC eye shadows. All the make up artists I’ve worked with do as well. They hold up great under lights as well as under everyday activity. Yes, they are pricey, but they really last. I tried a Stila eye shadow a few months ago and it totally crumbled. Sent me right back to MAC.

  93. Anonymous says
    Posted July 17, 2012

    Mac’s the best its worth every penny!

  94. LS says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Phloof is one of my favorites!!!

  95. Posted July 20, 2012

    Oh man I can’t believe how cheap MAC is in America!! here (in Australia) it’s around $33 a pot! And our dollar is about on par with yours! We pay twice as much as you guys! Wow!

    I still buy them though, for all the reasons you outlined. They are just such good quality. Plus a pot lasts me approximately a year even with daily use.

  96. ohyaknow.collegegirl says
    Posted August 7, 2012

    Ive been really happy when using the ELF brand product from target. It is incredibly cheap for the quality I have found. Im on a college girl budget so its definite worth it to me.

  97. Jamie says
    Posted August 10, 2012

    When I can I buy MAC as I really do love their products! I’d love to get some opinions are some MAC lipstick and eye colors for a fair skinned, green eyed redhead 🙂 I’m hoping to do some shopping this weekend….yeah lol !

  98. Anonymous says
    Posted August 15, 2012

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    P.S. Your blog is always so helpful, so thanks!

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