|MAC Bare My Soul quad|
Haaa Bare My Soul, one of the most sought-after MAC eyeshadow quad since... well, a very long time. I, myself, haven't been this excited about a MAC item for a while now. In fact, the whole Temperature Rising collection is absolutely delightful and i would have gotten the entire collection if only i could afford it.
But, back to this eyeshadow quad. In my opinion, what makes this quad so special isn't so much how the colors might be unique (because they aren't, we'll get to that in a minute) but rather the quality of texture, the great color payoff as well as the brilliant combination of these four colors that thus offers us endless possibilities.
Bare My Soul consists of:
- Romantico, a pink-ish taupe.
- Bare My Soul, a golden orange.
- Friendly, a deep reddish brown with flecks of copper.
- When In Rio, a deep brown/green duochrome.
|Left to right: Romantico, Bare My Soul, Friendly, When In Rio|
Let's review each color along with their dupes, shall we?
Firstly, Romantico isn't as pigmented as i would have expected of a veluxe pearl finish, but it still has very decent color payoff and quite a smooth texture. It is very luminous too. A possible dupe is YDK by Urban Decay, except that it might be a little bit pinker and deeper than Romantico.
|Urban Decay YDK on the left, MAC Romantico on the right.|
Then comes Bare My Soul. This one has good color payoff and applies smoothly for a lustre finish. Nothing exceptional on its own though, nothing too bad either. I don't have any orange-based gold eyeshadow to match it with as i usually steer clear of orange-based anything. I still did a comparison swatch with Urban Decay's Half Baked eyeshadow. Half Baked is a truer gold with a stronger metallic finish.
|Left: Urban Decay Half Baked; Right: MAC Bare My Soul.|
Then, Friendly... this one has both incredible color payoff and smooth texture. It seriously feels like butter. Typically the kind of things that i expect from veluxe pearl finish eyeshadows. Friendly did not disappoint at all. I compared it to Urban Decay's Darkhorse which i find to be of the same intensity except that it has golden flecks (instead of copper) and is a bit cooler than MAC Friendly.
|Urban Decay Darkhorse on the left; MAC Friendly on the right.|
Finally, we have When In Rio. This eyeshadow was the one i was expecting the most of. It's definitely not as smooth as Friendly, essentially because this one is a Frost - not a Veluxe Pearl. It's not dry or chalky either, which is great. But, my favorite thing about When In Rio is... it's kind of everything i wanted MAC's Club eyeshadow to be.
Club is quite dry, with a very strong (almost overpowering) red base and a feeble green (almost verdigris) duochrome. I do not like that. On the contrary, When In Rio has a lesser red/more subtle base with a stronger/deeper green duochrome!
Here, i compared When In Rio to Club and to Urban Decay's Loaded eyeshadow. Loaded is definitely a deeper forest green. Loaded's color payoff is incredibly stronger, which also makes it more difficult to use if you were going for a more subtle look.
|Left to right: MAC Club, MAC When In Rio, Urban Decay Loaded.|
That's all for now folks! I hope everybody managed to get their Bare My Soul quad, and if not, i hope i offered you a few decent alternatives.