The MAC Eye Shadow x15 Cool Neutral palette is one of two fifteen-pan eyeshadow palettes that were originally released last year and are being repromoted this year (the other being the MAC X15 Warm Neutral palette). A third, limited edition palette has been added and is a Nordstrom-exclusive product: the Nordstrom Naturals palette. All three sell for $85.
These palettes are a great way start a MAC eyeshadow collection, as each has a nicely curated assortment of colors and finishes. While the $85 price tag may seem steep, this palette contains 15 full sized MAC eyeshadow pans, which would normally retail for $10 each. Adding a MAC Pro Palette ($8) and Pro Palette insert ($2) brings the total value of this palette to $160. So even if you only liked half of the eyeshadows, you’d still be getting a good deal! (Don’t you just LOVE makeup math?)
The MAC Cool Neutral palette has a mixture of 15 permanent, repromoted and brand new limited edition shades designed to enhance cool skintones. Get ready for a whole bunch of MAC eye shadow swatches…
Sweet Allure (satin)
Sun Tweaked (frost)
After Dusk (veluxe pearl)
Blackberry (matte, permanent shade)
Pick Me Up (matte)
Cozy Grey (matte)
Crushed Clove (frost)
Brun (satin, permanent shade)
Silver Fog (lustre)
French Clay (frost)
Pearled Earth (veluxe pearl)
Black Tied (velvet, permanent shade)
Some of the lighter pastel and shimmer shades that make up the first two columns (obvious FYI: that’s top to bottom) are a bit sheer (Flounce, Sweet Allure, Pick Me Up, Crushed Clove, Silver Fog and French Clay), and because I have medium tan skin (NC35-ish), they don’t stand out much against my skin, even when used with primer.
This is a look using the top row: Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked, After Dusk and Blackberry (a very light hand on Blackberry.)
Additionally, some of the darkest shades are a smidge chalky and harder to blend, particularly Black Tied. However, as MAC points out, all of these shades can be used wet or dry, and the less pigmented and chalky shades are beautifully transformed when applied with a damp brush or damp sponge applicator.
Here I used the bottom row: Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth and Black Tied.
I LOVE the three shades in column three (Sun Tweaked, Crushed Clove, Cumulus), and the three shades in column four (After Dusk, Deception, Pearled Earth), They are smooth and have a nice sheen to them without being over the top. They blend beautifully and are nicely pigmented. And I feel that they’re all that fantastic sort of color that helps tie together a look–they’re almost chameleon-esque!
I really love the combination of shades and finishes in this palette, and the way they’re laid out–a nice variety, in three rows of colors that compliment each other, going from lightest value (left) to darkest value (right). It really makes this a VERY user-friendly palette, and incredibly versatile–you can do a natural, “no makeup” type look, or go for the smokiest sultry eye.
The MAC Eye Shadow x15 Cool Neutral palette keeps neutrals from being anything but boring!
Not ready to make the leap to X15? They’ve also released x9 palettes; $53 worth of shadow for $40. Shown here (clockwise from bottom) are Burgundy Times Nine, Purple Times Nine and Amber Times Nine. (There’s also a Navy Times Nine.)
So how about it we heartsters – which palette do you NEED (or have)?
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
skin tone: NC25
Skin type: oily, acne-prone
Favorite beauty product: eyeshadow