Tuesday, June 11, 2013

MAC All About Orange Rainy Season Quad Review and Swatches

 Why, you might ask, of all products in a collection entitled All About Orange, did I decide to buy an eyeshadow quad composed entirely of greys? Two reasons. First, I’m an eyeshadow addict. Second, I love me a good smokey eye!

Sultry, smokey eyes are no longer relegated only to the colder months. Smokey eyes are a huge trend this summer and I, for one, am thrilled! Eyes are my favorite feature to accentuate, and nothing makes me feel sexier than a smokey eye!

When I first saw promo pics of MAC’s Rainy Season quad I was uninspired. It looked like someone took a picture of my last MAC eyeshadow purchase, Bare My Soul quad, and turned down the saturation. It’s not a quad that grabs you with it’s uniqueness or innovation, its practicality is really where it earns its keep. The four monochromatic, neutral colors in this quad are perfect to grab in the morning for a smokey eye that will go with everything. Bright cheeks, statement lips, your impeccably coordinated outfit; this quad is the perfect understated complement to anything.

The four shadows contained in this quad all have good color payoff and minimal fallout. The weakest of the shadows is arctic grey it’s a frosted lustre finish so like most MAC lustres you have to layer it on to achieve the color you see in the pan. After experimenting with this quad I’ve decided to relegate arctic grey to an inner corner highlight, a role it performs excellently. The quad is $40 and can be purchased here.

Swatches top to bottom and left to right: Rainy Season (light warm grey frost), Arctic Grey (frosted midtone grey), Courtly Grey (matte cool grey), and Typographic (matte asphalt black).

Bottom line: The colors in this quad work well to create a classic smokey eye and I enjoy the convenience of having all the colors for a complete, go-with-anything eye look together in one quad. I do recommend!

Thanks for reading! Are you into the smokey eye for summer trend? Let me know in the comments below!

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xoxo - Katie


  1. I really like this! As you say its a convenience quad! Perfect for quick reach, all in one, awesomeness.


  2. lovely post! I adore MAC products!
    Emma xx

  3. These palettes look amazing! I'm going to peruse on the MAC website now :D
    Thank you so much for your kind comment! Now following you on BL too (:
    Fashion Ganache.

  4. These colours look so good on the skin!

    Jodie x


  5. That gray palette looks really lovely! Nothing better than a good smokey eye!

  6. are they available in the individual pans or just in the quad? I almost never buy anything I can't put into a palette, but these are pretty colors!