MAC Holiday 2008: Passions of Red Collection Eyeshadow Palette Reviews and Swatches

Over the weekend, I attended a preview party for MAC’s upcoming Holiday Collection, Passions Of Red. Read on to see reviews and swatches of some of the products!

MAC Holiday 2008 Passions of Red Collection

Eyeshadow Palettes

Devoted Poppy: 6 Classic Eyes comes with 6 new and limited edition colors. While the two more interesting colors, Fall Deeply and Awaken, look pretty in the pan, they are semi-sheer and slightly chalky. The real winners are Amourously and Sweet Eyes but even with that, you can easily find dupes of them.

Young Thing – Light creamy peach
In Awe – Intense black with gold pearl
Fall Deeply – Frosty bright blue with white pearl
Amourously – Frosty antique gold
Sweet Eyes – Shimmery muted golden beige
Awaken – Frosty light green with golden pearl

Intriguing Scarlet: 6 Warm Eyes too contains 6 new and limited edition colors. It is a nice palette if you are into warm colors. My favorite colors are Real Drama, Warm Suede and Sweet Joy.

Warm Suede – Frosty antiqued golden olive
Grand Entrance – Dirty deep green with green pearl
Real Drama – Dirty burgundy with red pearl
Gentle Heat – Light muted grey taupe
Well Spiced – Frosted warm peachy brown
Sweet Joy – Frosted creamy pale gold

Infatuating Rose: 6 Cool Eyes
This is my favorite palette out of them all and the only one worth getting! Not only are the colors all new and limited edition, they are smooth, decently pigmented and easy to blend. My favorite ones are Platonic, Deep Feelings and Feast.

Platonic – Frosty greyed perwinkle
Cavort – Cool dirty lavender orchid
Satisfy – Slightly shimmery pale ballet pink
Bon Fete – Frosty neutral mid-tone pink
Deep Feelings – Dirty deep violet indigo
Feast – Frosty pink plum

Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes
This palettes comes with two permanent colors, Satin Taupe and Carbon. All the colors go very well with each other and they do make a great palette for smoky eyes. The color that stood out to me the most was Ambiance. It reminded me a lot of Gentle Fume from the Velvet 6: Smoked Eyes that was released with the MAC Holiday 2006 Formal Black Collection, only better. I also really liked Scant and Gorgeous. They are both great highlighting colors with good pigmentation.

Scant – Creamy white with pink pearl
Satin Taupe – Taupe brown with silvery bronze shimmer
Dark Devotion – Black brown
Gorgeous – Light silver with white pearl
Ambiance – Cool mid-tone grey with silver sparkle
Carbon – Intense black

More pics and swatches!

Classic Eyes and Warm Eyes

Cool Eyes and Smokey Eyes

Devoted Poppy: 6 Classic Eyes Palette

Intriguing Scarlet: 6 Warm Eyes Palette

Infatuating Rose: 6 Cool Eyes

Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes Palette

See more previews of the MAC Holiday 2008: Passionately Red Collection and
MAC Holiday 2008: Adoring Carmine Collection!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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