Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MAC PRO Spring '13 Forecast Eye Review, Swatches and Photos

The spring season in the world of fashion and beauty starts about 2 months into our 5 month winter here on the prairies! So it's often hard for me to get into the seasonal pastels and brights when I know the sun will be setting at 4:00 pm for at least another 2 months.

But I digress - today I have for you the latest MAC PRO seasonal palette, the Spring '13 Forecast Eyes (LE, $47.50 CA). The MAC PRO eye palettes feature a creme formula which is like a drier, stiffer version of MAC's Creme Colour bases. Both these products do not dry down or set like Paint Pots. Photos in natural light on NC 40 skin.

MAC Spring '13 Forecast Eyes (top - bottom, left - right):
Now Mustard! / Sunshine
Must Have Brown / April Mist
Top Soil / Runway Rose

The palette is a well balanced mix of neutrals and pastels. Now Mustard! is a slightly cool grey toned cream, Sunshine is a surprisingly vibrant pastel egg yolk yellow, Must Have Brown is a beautiful mid tone warm taupey grey, April Mist is a pastel robin's egg blue, Top Soil is a mid tone burnt sienna, and Runway Rose is a very pale baby pink. Pigmentation on the shadows are semi opaque to opaque, with the strongest pigmentation being in Sunshine, April Mist and Top Soil.

Now Mustard!, Sunshine, Must Have Brown, April Mist
Top Soil and  Runway Rose

Because this is not a product that sets, it's less long wearing and that affects it's practicality. I find the MAC PRO eye palettes are designed to be more of a creative, editorial product than a practical, consumer driven product. The semi opaque pigmentation of these shades may be a con for some, but for me it makes sense with pastels as it allows them to mesh with your skin tone and not be overly chalky looking. These work well as bases for powder eye shadows, but could also be set with a transparent powder, or worn on their own as a wash on people with non oily, or shallow set eye lids. 

Overall I liked this palette, mainly because it successfully mixes pastels and neutrals. It's a fairly complex palette in terms of the mix because it runs the gambit of warm and cool which means there's a little bit of spring in this palette for everyone.

Grade: B


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