Eye Makeup

New Eyeshadow Palettes from MAC Girls, Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kat Von D Beauty

August 14, 2017

Kat Von D Shade and Light Glimmer, MAC Girls Mischief Minx, Marc Jacobs Eye Conic in Glambition | The Beauty Look Book

There are some new eyeshadow palettes out and I put three to the test from MAC, Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kat Von D Beauty. At first glance the colors look really similar between the three that I have but swatching proves otherwise. They have varied undertones, different textures, finishes and pigment. I’ll say up front the new Marc Jacobs Beauty palettes win for pigment and blendability, MAC wins for the fun factor and Kat Von D is one I have mixed feelings on.

Up first is the one I had the highest hopes for which is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette. The colors in here are just perfect but the formulas aren’t the same across the board. There are four formulas in this that Kat Von D calls:

  • Base Shades are soft satiny shimmers: Porcelain, Dusk and Dune
  • Contour Shades are perfect smooth metallics: Copper, Cinder, Rust
  • Define Shades are glitters: Bronze, Onyx, Jasper
  • Topcoat Shades are chunky glitters: Sterling, Glacier and Quartz

The Base and Contour shades are really amazing in texture and pigment. They’re velvety soft and easy to blend. The Define and Topcoat Shades are where this palette gets high maintenance. There is chunky glitter with tons of fall out in application and after application/clean up. You need to apply with either a damp brush or over a super emollient base to make the shades stick. With some glitters I find applying with a finger in a patting motion helps the shadow + glitter stick better with less fall out but with these fall out happened no matter what. If all of the shades were glitter free or in the contour formula this would have been 100% perfect. I can get it to work but it takes a LOT of extra work and clean up.

Kat Von D Beauty Shade and Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

Kat Von D Beauty Shade and Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Kat Von D Beauty Shade and Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette Sephora swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC launched six personality palettes in their MAC Girls Collection and I received Mischief Minx as a press sample. I stopped by the counter and was seriously tempted by Prissy Princess and Power Hungry – some other gorgeous neutrals but decided for now to stick with Mischief Minx. It has a palette of shimmers and warm shades. Pigment is medium but buildable. This one is fairly warm in undertone but easy to wear (even the orange and red shades which I mix or blend). Each shade has a name but it’s only labeled in a removable plastic insert which is easy to lose.

MAC Girls Mischief Minx Palette Review

Swatched from left to right is: Mischief Minx (shimmering orange gold), Natural Tease (shimmering tan gold), V Frisky (light silvery gold), She-Nani-Gains (shimmering warm tan), Flaming Femme (matte rust), Schemer (satiny matte warm brown), Been There Done That (shimmering dark brown shimmer), Totally Trouble (black matte), Stride of Pride (gold peach highlighter)

MAC Girls Mischief Minx Palette Review Swatches

Last but not least is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition. I’m a fan of the original Style Eye Con ones and the new ones have excellent pigment and texture which are just as good as the originals. Glambition is the most neutral option and the texture is super soft with a velvety feel. Pigment is just so SO good. Color-wise this isn’t necessarily the most exciting palette but it has easy to wear mix of neutrals and bolds that just work. They also layer well together.

 Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Glambition

Colors left to right include She Was (satiny soft ivory cream shimmer), Infamous (soft rose tan matte), Known For (warm pigmented gold), Seeking (fawn brown matte), The Most (pale pink frost), Over the Top (matte warm brown), Glamour (matte black with gold flecks).

 Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Glambition swatches

I highly recommend the MAC or Marc Jacobs palettes if you’re looking for a new one. The Marc Jacobs palettes have the best formula out of the three I tried but MAC has more fun wearable shade options to choose from. Kat Von D is one I have mixed feelings on – I still think the colors are just so good but formulas are hard to work with and super high maintenance which is not something I have the patience for. If you’re looking for a new eyeshadow palette that’s more streamlined and simple, you might want to check out the Chanel City of Lights Les 4 Ombres – I just bought it and will be reviewing soon.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Glimmer, MAC Girls Mischief Minx, Marc Jacobs Eye Conic in Glambition | The Beauty Look Book

I had planned to do some eye looks but I’m in the midst of a move and upcoming travel so I’m a bit limited on time for the moment. Have you tried any of these formulas yet? What did you think? In case you missed it my favorite eye shadow brushes listed in this post here.

Kat Von D Palette available at Sephora and Kat Von D Beauty.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette available at Sephora, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Neiman Marcus.
MAC Girls Palettes available at MAC, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

MAC palette provided for review. Others purchased by me.


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  • Suzanna

    I saw the Marc one the other day and was tempted, but I never use dark matte colors so it was a no-go. However, it is an attractive option and I agree that the shadows are nicely pigmented.

    Am considering the Chanel City Lights palette (for fall) but will have to see that in person first.

    • I think the City Lights palette is a really pretty option πŸ™‚

      • Suzanna

        And it is an online-only exclusive! I was at Dillard’s in Jax today and the rep told me that only Road Movie is being released to stores. I wasn’t interested in Road Movie (apparently is being released in the next few weeks for those interested). I ended up replacing my lipstick that had melted in the Florida heat (Rouge Coco 454 Jean) and my Le Volume waterproof mascara. A tiny haul for me.

  • Jennifer Jones

    I have my eye on the Chanel Road Movie quad. It looks so divine!

    I’m waiting for your review on her liquid lipstick. There’s a beautiful plum shade in interested in.

    • There’s a Chanel plum liquid lipstick? Details please!

  • Katrin Bartas

    Wonderful review! I just purchased the Chanel City Lights Quad… and OMG! It’s so lovely and perfectly pigmented. I try to hold myself back from buying more palettes, but the City Lights one is a must for fall/winter <3

    • Jennifer Jones

      I feel like I’m going to go down the rabbit hole! >_<

  • Bonnie

    I’m eager to read your review of the Chanel City Lights quad! The colors look great for an everyday look.

    • I’m testing it out this week – hope to have the review up soon πŸ™‚

  • Eileen

    I bought the MJ Glambition and was terribly disappointed by all the dust and fallout. I loved the initial silky creaminess of the shadows and how beautifully they applied and blended, but after using each shade a couple of times, every application resulted in specks of shadow all over the place. Mind you, I’ve been wearing makeup over 60 years and know my way around tools and techniques. Could I make this lovely selection of colors work? Yes. Were they worth the effort and clean up? No. I also found that there was some migration and fading during the day which is unusual for me since I have dry lids. It’s always possible that I just got a bum palette, but I simply can’t be bothered trying to make it work. There are too many other beautiful options from which to choose.

    • Porsha Troost

      @disqus_HEBujEcZzv:disqus I had a similar experience with the new MJ palettes – I bought Scandalust and ended up returning it for similar reasons.

      • So bummed to hear this! Glad you were able to return though.

    • Oh no! So sorry to hear that πŸ™ I wonder why there was so much fallout in some. Hope you were able to return it!

      • Eileen

        I was. The SA at Sephora offered to just exchange it, but I told her I’d think about it and to just go ahead and credit my account. She was so very nice about it and sent me off with bunches of samples πŸ™‚

  • These are such beautiful palettes WOW…

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  • AstarteOurania

    I thought I would like the Kat von D one but I swatched some of the colors that really caught my eye but on my skin…the color just wasn’t what I was looking for. I keep circling the Marc Jacobs shadows though lol I can’t decide which one I want the most (I do not need 3 palettes, just 1 and good). I can’t decide between this one and Scandalust. Too pretty!

    • I totally feel your pain! I’d say wait a bit to decide … fall beauty is launching and there might be another one coming out that you’ll feel is a good one. I think the MJ ones are permanent so there’s no rush!

  • Christy Nicholls

    great post! I’d love to see you doing some eye looks as you mentioned πŸ™‚ We in Australia got the Mac palettes relatively quickly (for us!) but at $99 I doubt I’ll get one…. well, maybe one!!!

    • Don’t know that I’ll have time unfortunately but Temptalia has great swatches and eye looks of the MAC ones πŸ™‚