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MAC - Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Quint

19 February 2015
Back when I was doing my Blogmas giveaway shopping I spotted the Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Quint at MAC and I fell in love. It was one of those 'Love at First Sight' deals and I purchased without swatching.

The palette contains 5 shades, 4 of which are kind of like a pressed glitter and the last is perfection in a pan.

The shades aren't named but for the sake of this post we will call them Ninja 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the last will be called Perfect Taupe. The reason we are calling them Ninja 1 through 4 is because you can't fucking see them.

The first colour in the palette is a champagne, it's essentially just multiple shades of yellow glitter with a sprinkle of lavender and pink glitter thrown in.

Next up is a pink peach, again it's just packed glitter and when it's swatched it loses all of it's peach glory and just looks like a soft pink, it's combination of a few shades of pink and yellow glitter from the previous shade, this is how all the colours tie in, they use the same glitters from the previous shades.

The third pastel is a pink, this consists of yellow, soft pink and bright pink glitter.

The final pastel is lavender and stunning in the palette but such a disappointment IRL, it consists of a couple of shades of purple, pink and yellow glitter.

Finally we have Perfect Taupe and it really is perfect, it has a gorgeous peralised finish, a smooth and creamy texture and colour payoff that will not disappoint.

The pastels in this palette are embarrassing to say the least, using them wet helps and they are promoted as being a sheer shadow but realistically the only reason to purchase this would be that you like pretty things and you don't mind wasting money (or spending $65AUD on a teeny tiny pan of a gorgeous taupe colour because it's the only useful colour in the palette)

Inner corner: Yellow | Eyelid: Purple | Crease: Taupe
The shadows applied over a standard eye primer were ok, it didn't really help with their sheer appearance but it did stay put all day and I had no creasing, initial fallout during application was an issue but I didn't experience any further fall out during the day.

Eyelid: Pinky Peach | Crease: Taupe
I opted for a creamy base next time around, just a thin layer of Benefit Erase Paste (which is a great shadow primer when used sparingly). I found this method to be a little more effective, initial fallout was still there (you simply can't avoid it with these glitter bombs) but the Erase Paste held the shadows perfectly all day and there was zero creasing. This is my preferred method when using these shadows.

Eyelid: Purple | Crease: Taupe
I had heard that using these shadows wet was how to make them bolder, the effect was marginally better and while fall out during application was ever so slightly less, I experienced fallout throughout the day and also creasing.

My verdict is that while this quint is absolutely stunning to look at the shadows aren't really functional for the most part, they are so difficult to see and almost impossible to capture on camera which makes them basically redundant for me. I wouldn't recommend it for purchase if you're looking for a pretty and effective pastel palette but if you like to collect beautiful makeup you'll probably want one of these for your collection.

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Quint retails for $65AUD.

Do you sometimes purchase makeup just because it's visually appealing but not so functional?

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2 comments on "MAC - Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Quint"
  1. Well, with the disappointing shades, you were still able to create a killer eye, gorgeous!
    Pretty eye shadow palettes are my downfall. I have not even used the Urban Decay Oz palettes, but just had to have them for the packaging!

    1. colours and packaging get me too, they are just so hard to say no to!