I am by no means a fan of Sharon or Kelly Osbourne but I will hand it to the ladies that they so far in my opinion have the collection of the year in terms of MAC launches. I'd even go as far as saying this huge (it is a rather expansive line up) collection outshines all the Rihanna pieces of last year. So well done to them and of course MAC. I initially thought I'd only be interested in the Kelly section of this launch but urge all neutral fans to check out Sharon's pieces especially The Duchess Eyeshadow Quad - holy moly is it a keeper.
I have been told that the packaging has been chosen to reflect each woman's hair colour - red for Sharon and lilac for Kelly. How true that is I am not sure but it sure does make sense. I like MAC's standard black packaging but a little pop of colour and change of pace every now and then is great. I think I prefer Sharon's red casing over Kelly's Lilac (which reminds me a little of the Dame Edna collection from many moons ago) but get the thumbs up. As with all MAC packaging the bulk is constructed from plastic which makes it durable and long lasting. No complaints what so ever.
As you can probably see the MAC Sharon Osbourne The Duchess Eyeshadow Quad is a neutral line up, In a nut shell the palette is - four eyeshadows, three shimmer formulations, one matte, one permanent shade and three limited edition hues. I could have sworn MAC Femme Fatale was a permanent shade but according to the MAC site I am wrong. It is one of the few ready made quad palettes from MAC that I truly do believe could take you from day to evening with ease. The four shades are as follows: Sweet Eyes (Veluxe Pearl), a very shimmery yet soft textured pale oyster pink shade. This makes a great highlight be it on the eyes or face for that matter. Sexy Eyes (Veluxe Pearl), I would love MAC to make this shade permanent - a light yet warm toned rose gold shade that again has a soft yet shimmery texture and is well pigmented. It reminds me a little of L'Oreal Infalliable Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. Femme Fatale (satin), a slightly warmer and more bronze toned tan shade than Sexy Eyes. This is less shimmer based due to it being a satin formulation and a little drier but no pigmentation problems. Lastly we have Embark (matte) , a buttery soft deep and somewhat cool toned brown eyeshadow that can be used to fill in dark brows, as an eyeliner and of course as your typical eyeshadow. All four shades within the MAC Sharon Osbourne The Duchess Eyeshadow Quad work well together as well as worn individually.
I only received this palette yesterday so I have not had the full opportunity to wear test it. I have applied all four shades to ensure they apply as well as any other MAC eyeshadow but can not say for sure how long each shade will wear. As with all MAC eyeshadows I found this selection to apply best with a primer and typically I can achieve around 8 hours of crease free wear from a MAC shade and this quad shouldn't be any different.
Annoyingly the MAC Sharon Osbourne The Duchess Eyeshadow Quad has sold out online but I did see it on a few counters yesterday so if you live close to a MAC counter I highly suggest popping in store .It costs £33.