I have not been more excited about getting a new eyeshadow palette, since I got my Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes in 03 Bridal Satin and 01 Neutral Matte earlier this year. When I saw the MAC Eye Shadow X15 Palette in Cool Neutral, it was an instant love. I have to be honest, when I first saw the x15 Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral palettes online, I thought I would pick the Warm Neutral one, since warm colors look nice on me. However, when I saw these two palettes in person at the store, I was glad that I did not order online, because the X15 Warm Neutral Palette was too yellowish and reddish, and so vibrant that I immediately decided it was not for me. At the same time the MAC Eye Shadow X15 Palette in Cool Neutral was toned down, classy and not really that “cool”, and I would even say it felt more natural, subtle, and sophisticated. The choice was made and I was thrilled at the idea of adding this jewel to my eyeshadow collection.
This palette looks and feels quite large and because of the great selection of shades presented in it, it would not be an exaggeration to call it one of the best all-inclusive neural or nude eye shadow palettes that exist out there. The variety of colors and textures presented by this palette allow to create an infinite number of looks from everyday classy to glamorous night ones.
1. Flounce – (matte finish) – a chalky white pink. It is definitely more pink than white and has a cool lilac pink tone. It is very pigmented opaque shade that is very blendable and looks great when applied in the inner corners and under the brow line.
2. Sweet Allure – (satin finish) – a soft light pink. It’s a soft, pinky-beige with a soft, frosted finish and subtle warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but a bit powdery.
3. Sun Tweaked – (pearlescent frosted finish) – a soft frosty coral. It’s a light-medium orange with a frosted finish. It felt more like a Lustre, as it was soft but a little loose/powdery, and it didn’t bind together for great color payoff. This was a surprisingly warm-toned shade for a cool-toned palette.
4. After Dusk – (veluxe pearl finish) – a mid-tone rosy pink with pearl. It’s a warm-toned, muted rose with reddish-orange undertones and a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery.
5. Blackberry – (matte finish) – a muted burgundy-plum brown. It’s a muted, plummy brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and velvety, while the color payoff was really nice–it was just a little powdery but still adhered well to bare skin and didn’t sheer away easily.
6. Pick Me Up – (matte finish) – a pale ivory. It’s a cool-toned, white-beige with a matte finish. It’s not quite as stark as a true white, but it’s not too beige either. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied evenly overall. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of shades very similar to it — see comparison swatches.
7. Cozy Grey – (matte finish) – a cool grey. It’s a light-medium taupe with a neutral-to-cool undertone and a matte finish.
8. Crushed Clove – (pearlescent frosted finish) – a dusty olive with golden sheen with a subtle bronze undertone. It is a highly pigmented metallic shade with a fine, smooth and creamy texture that can be applied in the crease or outer corner to add more dimension to your look. It blends well and perfectly complements other shades in the palette.
9. Deception – (pearlescent frosted finish) – a deep chocolate shade with gold shimmer and a light eggplant purple undertone. It is rather sheer glittery shade that is more grainy as compared with other creamier shades in the palette. I use it primarily for finishing touches to the evening looks. Because of its texture, it does have some fall out but nothing major that could not be fixed.
10. Brun – (satin finish) – a combination of dusty blackish brown with a medium-dark intensity. It has a slightly frosted matte texture that is fine, soft and creamy on application. It is more opaque than sheer and has a very nice pigmentation. This shade blends well and is easily buildable.
11. Silver Fog – (lustre shimmer finish) – one of my most favorite shades in this palette, if such a thing is even possible, because all shades are equally great both in terms of color and quality. It is creamy white with silver pearlescent sheen. I love the soft and creamy texture that does not have any fall out. It is more sheer as compare to other shades in the palette, but, if needed, you can always build it up to the desired intensity. I like applying it as a highlight shade to the inner corner and on the brow bone, although it can be as successfully used as an all over the lid color to lighten up the look, especially if you plan to follow up with an eyeliner.
12. French Clay – (pearlescent frosted finish) – a light-to medium intensity dusty purple charcoal with a slight hint of warm taupe. The texture of this frosted eyeshadow is creamy with a subtle pearly sheen. I found it well pigmented, easy to apply without any excessive fall out and most importantly, very easy to blend.
13. Cumulus – (pearlescent frosted finish) – a classy combination of dark taupe and dusty charcoal shades with a slight hint of olive-brown. The texture of this frosted formula is very soft and creamy, which makes it one of the most blendable and easy to work with shades. The universal color is perfect for combining it with almost any lighter shades to add more drama and dimension.
14. Pearled Earth – (veluxe pearl finish) – a dusty eggplant color: a beautiful combination of dark blue and grey with deep purple pearly sheen. It is nicely pigmented, blends well and is easily buildable to achieve the intensity you desire.
15. Black Tied – (velvet finish with silver sparkles) – a deep matte black base with silver shimmer particles. This is a universal black color that is perfect both as an eyeshadow and a liner. It is nicely pigmented with a soft and fine texture that does not have any fall out on application. It blended well, making it one of the best dark shades that I own that are very easy to apply.