MAC Cosmetics: Rockin’ Rebel eyeshadow palette (review)

Rockin’ Rebel is one of the nine MAC Girls eyeshadow palettes released by MAC Cosmetics since last summer. Each palette has its own identity and I chose to purchase the Rockin’ Rebel one because I thought it would be an interesting contrast to my unhealthy collection of warm neutral palettes. It retails for 39,50 EUR/US$ and has 8 eyeshadows and a highlighter. There are 4 mattes and 4 shimmers.

rockin' rebel palette

Admittedly, despite the overall quality, these are not the easiest colours to work with and it took me a few playing sessions to form an opinion on Rockin’ Rebel. Two of the shadows did not perform as I’d expected: the light pinkish shimmer (second one in the picture) and the green one, which needed a bit of Fix Plus to really pop. I particularly enjoyed the greyish taupe, the dark blue and the three other shimmers. The highlighter is B.L.I.N.D.I.N.G.

Overall, I’d say this is a palette that I’m going to have to get the hang of before I can thoroughly enjoy it and I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who’s looking for something quick and easy. Some of the other MAC Girls palettes seem more “accessible” to the warm neutral mind and I might indulge in one of them one of these days.

Edit: three months later, I have to admit that I haven’t reached for this palette as much as I thought I would. I still think the colours are beautiful but I lack inspiration and motivation to make them work. Some palettes just appeal to you and immediately work out, while others look like a lot of work.

If you are interested in MAC Cosmetics eyeshadows, you might enjoy the review I wrote about their collaboration with beauty guru Patrick Starrr for the spring. Check out the Me So Fleek review.

Have you bought any of these palettes? What did you think? Would you have chosen Rockin’ Rebel too?

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MAC rockin' rebel eyeshadow palette review and swatches

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