Tuesday 13 March 2012

Review: Mac Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad

The Mac Daphne Guinness collection was launched in stores a couple of months ago and I picked up this quad, Interior Life after being drawn to its subtle grey and purple shades, in the hope of creating a neutral, soft smokey look.
It is well-known that Mac’s limited-edition quads have been lacking in pigmentation lately, but these shades looked so pretty in the pan, I couldn’t resist!  The shades included are:
  • Stratus – a very pale pink which was very difficult to swatch.  I have been using this mostly as a highlight shade or as a base for other colours.
  • Bruised Sky – a mauve / purple tone that I have been using as a subtle wash of colour on my lids for an almost neutral look.
  • Interior Life – a medium grey.  This was my favourite of the four shadows as it was very easy to apply and blend.  I have been using it a lot with my Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusionoire, and blending it out a little.  It also works well in the crease with Bruised Sky.
  • Heather Belles – a charcoal black which you will probably have similar versions of in your collection.  I use this either to line the eyes or blended in the outer v for a smokier eye. 
L to R: Stratus, Bruised Sky, Interior Life, Heather Belles
The shadows all appear to be of a matte consistency when swatched and applied to the lids, (so there’s nothing here for shimmer addicts!) although only Stratus is actually named as a matte. Bruised Sky and Heather Belles are named as satins, and Interior Life is a veluxe.  They do take a little more effort to use as they are on the whole, very sheer, but when layered and combined, they work well for an understated, polished look.  As with other Mac eyeshadows, these have an excellent wear time and last throughout a full working day for me, without creasing or fading, when used in conjunction with a primer. 

For those of you who prefer more pigmented shadows with a good colour payoff, this quad probably will not be suited to you.  However, if you want a subdued look which would go perfectly with a light rose lip, this quad could work well.  It will especially suit those with fairer or cooler skintones and I always find Mac’s quads useful for helping to formulate a complete look for your eyes.  It would also be very useful if you want to branch out into matte shadows as these are all neutral colours which can be adapted for a variety of looks.

Price – £35
Where to Buy – This is now sold out online but I found it at House of Fraser last week so there is definitely still stock available. 


  1. Replies
    1. I know when did mac start becoming so expensive? To be honest, I wasn't sure how much it was until after I got home as I bought a couple of other products from mac at the same time. I do remember thinking it was more than I expected whilst i was paying though....

    2. I wish I had the money to spend to try Mac out but I just don't, which is a shame! Would love to see what else you brought!



      Just a reminder that my giveaway is still running!



  2. These colours look good, but I prefer more pigmentation, although as you said, these could create some gorgeous subtle looks x

  3. Yes I usually expect Mac to have more pigmented products but after having a play with these, they have grown on me a lot.

  4. I liked the purple but I have to agree with the above comment a bit expensive.
    Miss Starshiny

    1. Thank you, the purple and grey are probably the most useful shades.