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MAC Woodwinked Eye shadow: Review, Swatches, Dupes

Review, Swatches, Dupes, Price of MAC Woodwinked Veluxe Pearl Eye Shadow

I am a neutrals girl. In makeup. And otherwise in life too! Give me some neutral eye shadows and i will hit the pan in no time. I have been lusting after the MAC warm neutrals palette since the beginning of time. Warm nude eye shades look great on Indian skin tones and are perfect for Indian festivities also. Eye shadows are a staple part of office makeup and lovely muted browns and blacks give a much defined look to the eyes. Just a wash of brown eye shadow makes the makeup more striking and gives a well put up look to the personality. Which is why I decided to try the Woodwinked eyeshadow by MAC in veluxe pearl finish

which I will review and swatch today. It is antique gold shade perfect for warm Indian skin tones.

My Review of MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow:

The veluxe pearl shade comes in a classic MAC packaging with a flip open cap and black case. The cap has a transparent part which makes it easy to identify the shade. The name and batch number of the shade is written on the base of the packaging.

The woodwinked shade is a medium warm golden brown colour and looks almost bronze on the eyes. On some skin tones, mac woodwinked shows a tinge of orange and looks a bit coppery. It is a muted eyeshadow colour so even if you put many layers, it won’t look gaudy or too much. The pigmentation of the mac eyeshadow is not something that will amaze you and this is one of the least pigmented eye shadows i have from MAC cosmetics. 2-3 layers need to be applied for the woodwinked colour to show properly. I use MAC 217 blending brush


The texture of woodwinked by mac is very satiny and velvety with fine shimmer as the name suggests. This smooth and buttery finish makes the application of this mac eye shadow very easy and it blends like a dream. I also use woodwinked to create a soft brown Smokey eye when i want a natural look. Just pair it up with a soft pink lipstick and i am all set for office. It is a great base colour when you want to create different eye shadow combinations. The staying power of the mac eyeshadow is amazing as it stays on my lids for a good 6-7 hours without fading or creasing. There is no fallout.

If i have to summarize this woodwinked review in a sentence, this shade is a perfect bronze shade which doesn’t seem too much on the eyes. For girls who love neutral makeup, this is a must have eyeshadow shade in the palette. A perfect bronze-gold shade for the base or on its own in a soft brown Smokey eye. It is one of the perfect gold eye shadows for bridal makeup too as it gives a metallic sheen to the lids without looking over the top. Another great shade from MAC is Expensive Pink which is a gorgeous shimmery rose gold shade which looks stunning on the eyes. Both these eyeshadow shades go well with Indian wear and suit Indian skin tones.

Pros of MAC Woodwinked Eye shadow:

  • Beautiful bronze-brown shade for the lid.
  • Can be used as a crease colour too.
  • Velvety buttery texture
  • Long staying power of 6-7 hours and even more with primer.
  • Packaging is sturdy and travel friendly.
  • Will suit all skin tones
  • Perfect shade for bridal and festive makeup too.
  • Doesn’t fall out or crease on normal to dry lids.

Cons of MAC Woodwinked eye shadow:

  • Average pigmentation which needs 2-3 layers to show that beautiful colour.
  • Expensive as compared to other brands.
  • Available only in MAC stores.
  • It needs 2-3 coats for the colour to show up properly.
  • Oily lids would need a primer underneath so the colour doesn’t crease or fade.

Price in India: Rs.1200

VNA Rating: 4/5

Dupe: Urban Decay Dirtysweet, Milani Gold Bronze, Inglot 12 shine freedom system eye shadow refill is a similar

Conclusion: MAC woodwinked is a very pretty duo chrome bronze gold shade with a dream texture. It is a velvety smooth shade which will be perfect for Indian festive makeup or as a base in bridal makeup. Pigmentation is an issue but there is nothing which cannot be fixed by a primer. It works better on MAC paint pot in Indianwood as shown in the second swatch. If you are a neutral lover, this is a must have mac eye shadow.

It works as a base, a crease colour and an overall lid colour too. Check it out once in the mac store to see if it floats your boat. MAC warm neutrals palette of 15 eye shadows is a great investment if you love natural shades like me but it cost 9000 rupees so!

Have you tried this shade? Any other shade that you find similar to this? Share in the comments. We all love pocket friendly mac eyeshadow dupes!

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