It’s been a long time since MAC eyeshadows have rocked my boat but I’m here to say that Bare My Soul from the new Temperature Rising collection is doing just that. I’m enjoying this palette so much that I’ll even forgive MAC for raising the price to $44. Supposedly they did this because of the special packaging color. Since I like all the shades though I’m not going to complain.
The first shade is a fabulous taupe. Below is Romantico which is a light and shimmery brown taupe in the Veluxe Pearl formula. The color is beautiful and one I’d love to have on its own. It’s not highly pigmented so I do need several layers but once it’s on it’s terrific.
The quad is named after this shimmery gold shade below, Bare My Soul. This is quite frosty which makes sense considering it’s a Lustre which I’ve always found shimmery. The difference with this and some of the lustres I own is that this applies beautifully and the color doesn’t flake away (talking to you Honey Lust). I’ve seen this described as a light gold but I find the color to be an intense gold. In my photo below I have it on my browbone but I prefer it on my lid.
Summer Indulgence is another terrific Veluxe Pearl that’s a dark bronze chocolate. It is extremely pigmented and easy to blend. A great color to own in general if you love bronzes and browns. It is much darker than it appears in MAC’s picture.
The shade that drew me to this quad in the first place is When in Rio. It’s reminiscent of Club but much more green. MAC calls this “deep green with copper pearl”. I find that it’s more of a duochrome with blue undertone in a forest green shade. The formula unfortunately is Frost so it doesn’t blend as well as some of the other shades. My advice is to not pack it on your brush but to start slow and build if you want. The finished color is beautiful but it takes a little more work than it should.
So far I’ve done a few looks with Bare My Soul using all the colors. The one I’m wearing as I type this is the taupe on the lid, bronze in the crease, gold on the browbone and green as an eyeliner. I used Manna Kadir’s Trans-fix to change this into an eyeliner (review upcoming in my Wantable post). I love the tone of this green as an eyeliner. The next time I wear this look I won’t use the gold though, instead I’ll use something like MAC Mushroom or a similar shade on the browbone to make it more daytime friendly.
Every year at this time MAC brings out a bronze collection. Temperature Rising has helped me appreciate some MAC again. I hope that they continue in this vein. Have you considered any of the palettes, lip colors, blush or polish from Temperature Rising? I’d love to know what else to buy. — Marcia