MAC Brooke Shields: Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Last Thursday, MAC launched a collection in collaboration with iconic actress and model Brooke Shields. This collection sees the launch of 14 products, nine of which are new and limited edition, three of which are re-promotes, and two of which are permanent. Brooke Shields sees the release of one new and limited edition 15-pan eyeshadow palette. Each palette comes in special edition light grey packaging with bright orange accents, featuring Brooke's signature and MAC's logo in an orange square on the lid, and matching secondary cardstock packaging. Each palette contains a total of 19.5 grams of product, and retails for $102.

Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, and Satin Taupe

Pretty is a light warm-toned beige with a soft sheen in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is less peach than Orb, more peach than Shroom, and more muted than Dazzlelight.
Soft Brown is a medium warm peachy brown in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter than Texture, lighter and more reddened than Saddle, and darker than Bamboo.
Expensive Pink is a light-medium peachy pink with a golden sheen in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more pink than Naked Lunch, darker and more pink than All That Glitters, and more pink than Melon Pigment.
Clove is a medium-dark warm golden brown in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more golden than Saddle, darker than Cork, and darker and warmer than Soba.
Satin Taupe is a light-medium warm taupe-brown in a Frost finish. This is supposed to be a permanent shade, but it is significantly different from the original. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and warmer than the original Satin Taupe, more taupe than Sable, and less gold than Patina.

Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, and Carbon

Canter is a light brightened neutral gold in a Frost finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and brighter than Ricepaper, more muted than Nylon, and more golden than Dazzlelight.
Luscious is a medium marigold-bronze in a Frost finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and less orange than Amber Lights, darker and more orange than Goldmine, and similar though less metallic than Brownluxe #3.
Antiqued is a medium-dark warm reddened copper brown in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It more copper than Twinks, more muted and more brown than Coppering, and darker and more reddened than Bronze.
Psyche is a medium-dark muted golden olive-brown in a Frost finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more brown than Sumptuous Olive, warmer and more golden than Greensmoke, and darker and more brown than Golden Olive Pigment.
Carbon is a muted soft black in a Matte finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a drier, stiffer texture, and can go on patchy and unevenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered easily, but can be difficult to blend out well. It is less blue-toned than Nehru, less sparkly than Black Tied, and less pigmented than Typographic.

Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty, and Pepper

Shroom is a light neutral beige with a soft shimmer-sheen in a Satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted than Mylar, less yellow-toned than Brule, and less peach than Orb.
Persuade is a medium-dark cool-toned grey-brown in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is less grey than Coquette, lighter than Concrete, and more brown than Copperplate.
Plummed is a medium-dark warm plum-berry in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more plum than Cranberry, brighter and more reddened than Star Violet, and more reddened than Plum Dressing.
Lofty is a medium-dark cool-toned taupe-brown in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter than Brun, warmer than Charcoal Brown, and cooler than Espresso.
Pepper is a blackened charcoal in a Velvet finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer than Typographic, lighter than Carbon, and darker than Print.

This is a truly well-curated palette filled with gorgeous neutrals from light to dark with a couple pops of colour thrown in, so the looks you can create from it are pretty endless. Aside from Carbon, all the shadows have smooth, finely-milled textures that execute and blend out beautifully. It is the first 15-pan palette that MAC has released in a limited edition capacity, and at $102, it is significantly pricier than anything MAC has ever released in a collaboration collection. That having been said, it is well worth the price, assuming you don't have many of the permanent shades in the palette. To build your own 15-pan palette at MAC would cost $192, so Gravitas is a great value. Still, it surprised me to see how fast this palette sold out; it was sold out online within the first hour of launch and sold out from most stores and counters within the first day. Many will balk at the price given the many palettes available from other brands now, but it's a stunning palette to have if you're willing to shell out for it (and if you can get your hands on it!).
8 comments on "MAC Brooke Shields: Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette"
  1. I didn't realize this was over $100 in Canada although - duh. The display caught my eye the other day, and when I wandered over, I saw that this palette was sold out. The promo pics looked kind of meh and boring, but in person, they look so wearable that I was tempted!

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    1. So great if you don't have the permanent shades. Like, this has been my go-to palette since I got it because all the shades are so wearable. Even that bright plum colour!

      I'm really surprised that this palette is sold out everywhere. Like, I didn't think people should shell out $102 for a palette given all the choices we have now. But my favourite thing about this palette is the variety in finishes. Like, as much as I love UD palettes, I find that they have too many metallic/frosted shades and not enough satins/mattes.

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  2. SO. MANY. SHADES. lol. As nice as they are - too scary for me! Haha

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    1. Lol, why too scary? Too much choice?

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  3. I thought about this, since it seemed like a cost-effective way to pick up a lot of shades that did appeal to me, but I hate the MAC LE chase :P If I stumbled across one, I might think about it, but I'm not gonna go looking for it. WEAR ME OUT.

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    1. Lol, fair enough. The LE chase is really exhausting, which is why some MAC lipsticks can go on eBay for $100+. It's ridiculous sometimes. I think you could easily build a palette at MAC with similar shades from the permanent range if you were willing to shell out for it. Maybe build a 15-pan palette slowly, three or four shades at a time.

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  4. I really had my eye on this palette for the longest time when all the promo teaser images were coming out but then I saw that 6 of the shades are permanent, and I think I have all 6, I was kind of less excited. Probably doesn't matter either way though, I bet this is sold out in most places now if not everywhere!

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    1. True, if you have the six permanent shades, it might not be as worth it to you. But still, it has a value of $192, so you're basically getting those six shades for free, lol.

      And yes, it is probably sold out in most places. I don't think MAC anticipated that so many people would buy it because it is still really pricey for a palette in general.

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