MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon

MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon review and swatch
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon review and swatch
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon review and swatch


I was looking for a black eyeshadow, specifically, the blackest of the black. I did my research and read that this had fit my criteria. Without hesitation, I had popped into my nearest counter to get this without swatching it in store. Big mistake. I am so disappointed. This doesn’t come close to being blackest black no matter how much I layer it. It’s just a basic black eyeshadow. It’s great for those who don’t want it too black. The above swatch is only one swipe. There’s no intensity.

Due to the matte formula, I had found it hard to use. Even though it is soft, when applied, it was patchy, not very pigmented and difficult to blend. When it does blend out, it loses its colour. It is a buildable shade but hard to work with. Even after many layers, it’s still not as black as I hoped for, as I would describe it as a chalky, grey black. I have applied it over an eyeshadow primer and it still didn’t help. It’s not too bad when it’s applied over dark bases since you won’t be able to see the patchiness.

The first time I’ve used this was on the eyelid only on a night out. It lasted all night. That’s the only good point I could say. Beware that this does have some fall out. I wouldn’t purchase this again. I’ll probably sell this as it’s been sat in my drawers and has only been used once. The hunt for the blackest black continues.

If you want a less intense black, this would be the one for you.

Are you a fan of black eyeshadows?


  1. Dannii Martin
    21st June 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I love dark colours like this. Perfect for when I am in a dark mood haha.

  2. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    21st June 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Now back in my teens I would have love this (Ok I still love it ans want it) may have to treat myself. x

  3. Rhian Westbury
    21st June 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I'm not a huge fan of black eyeshadow as I don't feel it suits me. x

  4. Candice Nikeia
    21st June 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I love this black eyeshadow! This will make for a beautiful smokey eye! Let us know how you use it! xoxo

  5. 21st June 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Urban Decay used to do a very dark black. I haven't bought them since they sold out to l'oreal as the quality went bad, but I imagine they have the pigment still. It might not be as disappointing. This does look poor.


  6. Tori Gabriel
    21st June 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I'm sorry you were disappointed with this shade and that your quest to find the blackest than black is destined to continue. Good luck!

  7. 21st June 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I don't think I would wear such a dark colour now. I'm sorry you were disappointed, hope you find one which suits you.

  8. beautyqueenuk
    21st June 2016 / 4:54 pm

    I am not sure I could pull off black but with a name like Carbon, you would expect it to be pretty dark right? x

  9. Claire Cly
    21st June 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Hopefully you will find the shade you like soon. I usually love Mac eyeshadows x

  10. Jessica McDonnell
    21st June 2016 / 7:03 pm

    I need to buy this, I love wearing black/dark eyeshadow on nights out.

  11. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    21st June 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I have carbon, I love it! I use it as a liner, smudged and pretty much everything!

  12. ana de jesus
    21st June 2016 / 8:50 pm

    That is definitely not black I can't believe how unpigmented it is no wonder you were disappointed. They aren't cheap either.

  13. Melanie Ed
    21st June 2016 / 9:20 pm

    To be honest no, I'd go for a brown colour myself.

  14. Chelsea Olivia
    21st June 2016 / 11:21 pm

    So weird, I have always heard such good things about Carbon too! That is terribly pigmented…. glad I read this before ever thinking about buying it. I don't know if you have ABH in the UK, but if you do, try their Noir shadow. Super black!

  15. 22nd June 2016 / 1:08 am

    I haven't tried that eyeshadow this is good to know. I've never really used a lot of black eyeshadows.

  16. Stella Olojola
    22nd June 2016 / 10:20 am

    Yea I am. I have a similar shade I use for special effects ?

  17. Sheren Mhanaya
    22nd June 2016 / 10:21 am

    Very interesting to know as I've always heard such great things about this product. I'm not overly keen on a black eyeshadow as I rarely wear eyeshadow so not confident enough to try it out (just yet) X


  18. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    22nd June 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Ooh I love this colour! I'm a big fan of black eyeshadow – love the super smokey eye look 🙂

  19. Hannah Heartss
    22nd June 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Cant believe it isn't that pigmented – I thought it would be crazy intense!

  20. Emma Matthews
    22nd June 2016 / 2:35 pm

    This looks wonderful, just the right balance of being pigmented but not OTT. I bet it looks lovely when incorporated in a smoky eye! x

  21. Jessica Ayun
    22nd June 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Not really a fan but I have a close friend who's really into black eyeshadows. I once accompanied her to buy one from MAC.

  22. 22nd June 2016 / 6:41 pm

    I love Mac products and I am in desperate need of some new eyeshadow! I need to go shopping!

  23. Katy S
    24th June 2016 / 10:49 am

    Wow I bet this is lovely for helping create a smokey eye look!

  24. Anosa Malanga
    25th June 2016 / 6:06 am

    I have never actually won dark eyeshadow before so not idea how I would feel about black eyeshadow.

  25. Laura - Alagoz
    26th June 2016 / 9:53 am

    Thats a shame 🙁 Kat Von D has a really good black eye shadow, which is completely black and one of my faces x

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