Review and Photos: MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC eyeshadow in Omega (Matte). 

MAC eyeshadow in Omega (Matte). 

Some may say MAC Omega looks a little dull in the pot. I prefer to say it looks versatile! I picked up this cool, matte light brown to wear with a handful of other matte shades (Embark, Showstopper, and Plumage), and it's the perfect complement. 

I find the texture slightly powdery, and there is a bit of fallout during application, but it otherwise stays put all day without creasing, fading, or migrating. (Note that I wear all eyeshadow over a MAC Paint Pot such as Painterly). Like most other MAC shadows, it has good pigmentation. It also applies and blends quite well (which is nice for a matte).  

Ready for a look?

MAC eyeshadow in Omega is part of MAC's permanent collection.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega is part of MAC's permanent collection.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega has a smooth, matte finish.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega has a smooth, matte finish.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega. 

MAC eyeshadow in Omega. 

MAC eyeshadow in Omega swatched on my NC/NW 15–20 skin.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega swatched on my NC/NW 15–20 skin.

As you can see, it looks quite light in the pot. I wondered how well it would show up on the lid—quite well! I find it wears a little darker than I expected it to, which was a welcome surprise. I'm a big fan of going a little dramatic on the eye—even during the day. 

Here's what it looks like applied. I started by sweeping Omega all over my lid and into my crease. Then I gave my crease a bit more depth with MAC Embark (P), applied MAC Showstopper (LE) just to the outer corner, and blended it all together with a little more Omega. I lined the outer two thirds of my lower lash line with Omega, then patted a little Crystal Avalanche on my brow bone and tear duct (it was an experiment—I'd go with a less drastic highlighter next time). I finished off with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black.

 

MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Embark, Showstopper, and Crystal Avalanche.

MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Embark, Showstopper, and Crystal Avalanche.

Same matte look with MAC eyeshadows, different angle. 

Same matte look with MAC eyeshadows, different angle. 

Omega also works well on my brows. Currently, I'm much too lazy to fill in my brows every day—but in the future, when I decide to fill in the slight gaps, I'll be using Omega. It's the only thing I've tried that doesn't look too harsh.

Aside from the small size of the pan, which can make covering my brush a tad awkward, MAC Omega is also fantastic as a contour colour. Until now, I've used MAC Sculpt to contour, which I like, but it's warmer than Omega. I think the slightly cooler, greyer tones of Omega create slightly more natural-looking "shadows" on my face.

Here are some comparison swatches: 

Comparison swatches: MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt on top, and MAC Eyeshadow in Omega on the bottom.

Comparison swatches: MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt on top, and MAC Eyeshadow in Omega on the bottom.

Remember how I said Omega was versatile? :)

Would I repurchase? The more eyeshadows I add to my collection, the less chance I think I have of hitting pan on any of them—but I can see Omega becoming quite a workhorse. If I run out, I'll definitely repurchase. 

Rating: Four stars out of five for its slightly too-powdery texture.

Available: You can find it at Maccosmetics.com and anywhere else MAC Cosmetics are sold for $18 Canadian.

How do you like to wear MAC Omega? Let me know in the comments—I'd love to see links to looks that you've created!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 

 

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