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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

MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon: £13.00


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 fallout. 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?

25 comments so far.

25 responses to “MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon”

  1. Dannii Martin says:

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

  2. Sarah-Louise Bailey says:

    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 says:

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

  4. Candice Nikeia says:

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

  5. Jess says:

    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 says:

    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. Vicky says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  10. Jessica McDonnell says:

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

  11. Harriet from Toby & Roo says:

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

  12. ana de jesus says:

    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 says:

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

  14. Chelsea Olivia says:

    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. Liz Mays says:

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

  16. Stella Olojola says:

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

  17. Sheren Mhanaya says:

    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 says:

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

  19. Hannah Heartss says:

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

  20. Emma Matthews says:

    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 says:

    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. Charlotte says:

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

  23. Katy S says:

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

  24. Anosa Malanga says:

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

  25. Laura - Alagoz says:

    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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