Friday, September 30, 2011

MAC Parlor Smoke Eye Shadow Quad Swatches, Review and FOTD - Fall Colour

Two quads were released with the MAC Fall Colour Collection - Angel Flame and Parlor Smoke. While both were beautiful, and different enough from each other to warrant buying both, I only purchased Parlor Smoke. There is something about purple that always calls to me. It just makes such a perfect and different smokey eye that I can't resist!

Parlor Smoke Eye Shadow Quad contains the shades Parlor Smoke (Mauve Grey - Frost), Cross Cultural (Neutral Brown - Matte), Indigo Noir (Navy - Matte), and Steel (Almost Black - Veluxe Pearl).

I was able to see the collection early at Nordstrom and play with the testers as they were making them. I instantly fell in love with the colors of Parlor Smoke as I was testing them on my fingers. When I got the quad home, though, and swatched on the arm for pictures and review, I got a little nervous. It doesn't swatch well. Matte shades can be hard to work with, and I had a hard time getting color on my arm.

Luckily, the shades translate well onto the eye and look gorgeous together (the brown threw you off too, right?!). I thought they were easy to blend and create a look on the eye, and ultimately am happy with my purchase!

This is a FOTD I did yesterday using the products I purchased from the MAC Fall Colour Collection. I didn't buy a whole lot from the collection because the lip products didn't really appeal to me, and the MSF's seemed like more of a highlighter than anything... I don't use a highlighter enough to warrant buying any more of those, no matter how "cult" they are.

I was really pleased with the end look, and was happy to incorporate all four colors in the quad into my eye look.
I began with a dab of Urban Decay Primer Potion smoothed onto each lid. On top of that, I applied a sheer layer of Ash Violet Fluidline. I applied Parlor Smoke (top left) on the lids and added Cross Cultural (top right) to the crease. I deepened the outer lid and outer crease area with Steel (bottom right). I liked my upper lid with Ash Violet Fluidline and quickly smudged over it with Indigo Noir (bottom left). I also used Ash Violet Fluidline to line the outer waterline and then took Dior Waterproof Liner in Trinidad Black to deepen all the way to the inner corners of the waterline. I completed the look using MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara.

On my face I used :
~ MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW25
~ Lancome Dual Finish Powder Matte Bisque II
~ Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20 - 1 Cream
~ Dior DiorShow Brow Styler
~ MAC Brow Set - Clear
~ MAC Solar Riche Bronzing Powder
~ MAC Naked Bliss Mattene

MAC Parlor Smoke Eye Shadow Quad retails for $38.00 and has released with the MAC Fall Colour Collection. As of this post it is currently still available on You can also call your local MAC store or counter to check on availability. This item is Limited Edition.

Click here to view the MAC Fall Colour Collection Official Press Release.


LVMAKEUP said...

I went to MAC yesterday, and took a sneak peek in the back at the Holiday collection, OMG , its amazing...very different packaging from the usual holiday kits....I pre ordered....No discount allowed on the holiday sets, oh well

jbrobeck said...

Looks great babe! I actualy wore a very similar EOTD today, from an old Dior holiday palette.

Anonymous said...

you know, I saw this, I swatched it, I walked away cuz it was beautiful but I wasn't sure what to do with it....and no lie, I said to myself, "i'll bet Brooke posts something awesome with it and then I'll wish I'd bought it". I almost think I can predict the future!!! It's gorgeous on you amd yes, I'm gonna get it!

Brooke @ Blushing Noir said...

lol polarbelle!!! <3 happy to help ;) hehe

Anonymous said...

Great colors

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