MAC • Shale Eyeshadow • Eye Shadow
|Would buy this product again.||78%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I'm really glad I read the reviews here. I was sure I got a bad shadow – I had NO payoff what so ever. But I tried scraping off the top layer as recommended by a few of you (I used sand paper) and it worked!
I tried the same trick with a few other shadows which had little payoff and it improved them all.
Nevertheless, I still wouldn't buy it again. In the end of the day, it just looks like a pale boring gray on the eye.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
This is a pale silvery lilac colour. This colour is nothing special and I'd say fairly dupable. It's also the most powdery of all my MAC shadows and not heavily pigmented.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
EDIT: I was originally disappointed with this shade because I was getting zero color payoff no matter what method of application I used (Original rating = 1). But I ended up buffing off the top layer of the eyeshadow (very, very lightly with an emery board) and it's since been working very well. I've had this same problem with two other MAC shadows--Copperplate and Warming Trend--so I don't know exactly what happened to them, but it's luckily an easy fix. Now I'm happier with this eyeshadow. It's a very lovely soft smoked mauve, but it's still quite sheer unless it's built up. But it's still great to blend out a nice daytime smokey eye, and especially pretty when paired with grays and purples. I may repurchase this because the color is fairly nice, but the quality could certainly be better.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Brown
This es goes on very sheer, and on my NC30 skin, it takes a lot to show up. I really do like the color, and it works great for blending as well. It is good for blendling between purples, blues, plums and even browns. It can also be worn alone, for a soft violet look. U will need a very good primer and base for the color to show. I am only giving this 3 lippies as the pigmentation could really be better.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I wish I could love Shale, but I don't. I have heard about this color for ages so I had to get it. It's really sheer, you have to pack it on to get it to show up. I checked my makeup after I got to work this morning and it was nothing special. I had to touch it up with the purple from my beloved and now discontinued Wet n Wild Paradise Cove palette. Sad when I like a Wet n Wild shadow better than MAC.
I also thought it was kind of hard to blend this out.
I will try it again tomorrow. If I still don't like it it's going back to Nordstrom.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I love it, it's impossible to put too much on because it's the perfect amount of depth! :) Great purple-ish color for hazel eyes!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Fine Eyes: Blue
I love the color. It is a little hard to get on and a little hard to get to stay on, but it is a beautiful color on me. I'm a warm tone person and have blue eyes and usually stay far away from purple, but this color is so subtle and pretty and works.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
honestly...i kind of hate shale. and im a big mac eyeshadows girl. shale goes on my eyelid very sheerly and i have to pac a TON of color on. so whenever i use it i pretty much HAVE to use a sticky base like a mac cream color base or a ny jumbo eyeshadow. and besides that, i feel like it turns greyer over time...and then fades completely off. im just really not impressed with shale......im happy i got it from back-to-mac. i prefer quarry over this one x100 more...its also matte which makes me like it more:D
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Grey
I really Love Shale even M.A.C is a bit expensive for a schoolgirl like me...
I applied it in the morning and it lasted all day no matter what I was doing!
I think it looks really nice on my skin type all over the lid or just in the crease. The finish i very nice- not to much but nice.
For me it was the perfect colour to start my M.A.C line because you can wear it to so many things and combine it with loads of colours!
And as a clumsy fool as I am.. I dropped it immediatly when I unpacked it but it didn't broke so I really think it's a super thing!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Never been into the Purple range of e/s and this was gift that had sat in my collection for ages before I used it. I am so surprised - I used this in the crease & outer lid over a paler matte taupe from the Coastal Scents Neutral palette and it looks very nice. A nice 'day look'. Also used the same on a friend who is paler than I, who has brown eyes - looks fabulous on her - really opened up her eyes. Not too dark (looks darker in pan), slight shimmer (Satin?) & it's buildable. Has less pigment than many of my MAC shadows though, and one of the few in my collection that I like that has actual shimmer. It certainly does not accentuate lines anyway :) Not that I am overly lined, just I am 47 now and steer clear of too much 'sparkle'. 4/5 because the pigment could be better IMO, so you do need to blend it in to get true depth of colour.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I think this is a good eyeshadow just for winter. I bought this yesterday and it seems pretty unsuitable for summer. It seems too grey for my fair skin and green/hazel eyes and I think i look a bit bruised. However, I think it is a nice alternative to brown/neutrals for cooler seasons of the year.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I bought Shale a long time ago and although I liked it I could never find a way to make it look good on me until I tried a pale/neutral lid and a little bit of Shale in the crease and Clinque Starry Plum eyeliner... feel so pretty with this on!!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
love this colour! satiny finish, smooth and easy to blend. surprisingly wearable during the day with some copperplate in crease. creates a sexy, smokey un-done eye. love this with rebel lipstick. will re-purchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Shale is my go-to-eyeshadow. You can wear it during the day, in the evening, it goes perfectly with any type of make-up you want to wear.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Grey
Shale is my all-time favorite MAC Eyeshadow. I'm NW10, and Shale is beautiful for my skin tone. It's what I hoped Satin Taupe would be (after hearing all the raves for Satin Taupe for years). Don't get me wrong, I like Satin Taupe, but Shale is just so flattering and lovely. It's a purple gray shade, as others have said, but there is something taupish about it on me. I actually think of it as a purplish taupe. That is how it wears on me. It's great shade for work or can be applied more intensely for night. The discontinued Chanel Vega (also a purpley taupe) was one of my favorite shadows, and this kind of reminds me of it. If you are fair and cool toned, please check out Shale. I LOVE it and will definitely repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is a purpill/grey eyeshadow. you can use it lightly or build it up for a darker color. I have hazel eyes and on me it looks more purpill than greyish. but i love the color.i wanted something for my crease for daylook and it looks great.i build it on for nights. the packaging is the usual MAC ones
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I feel like I must have gotten a bad pan but this color sucks! it barely shows up- awful color pay off no matter how much i rub my brush in the pan to pick up product! it looked pretty in the pan and I went to buy it after reading the reviews here but it was a huge waste of money! I have other MAC eyeshadows and there is a huge difference in this one's quality compared to all the others I own.
Update- so I scraped the surface of the pan to see if maybe the top had been sealed somehow and interfered with the color pay off- and, it worked! the color definitely shows up now. Even then though, its ok but not great. the color is a gray-lavender-ish type shade but once on it loks kinds dull. I can make it work with shades of gray, blue or purple but I'm not a huge fan.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I love Shale. I'm NC15/NW20 with yellow undertones and green eyes, and it really makes my green eyes pop. Not as much as Nocturnelle, but sometimes, I don't like to wear really bright purples, so this color is perfect for me when I want some more neutral colors.
My only compliant is that you really have to pack on the color because it goes on pretty sheer.
But overall, this is becoming one of my favs.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I love this shadow! I actually used to hate it, because I thought it was so unpigmented. It is when swatched, but applied to the eye, it looks like a subtle beautiful purple color. I am always drawn to purple-gray colors when I'm in the MAC store, and I always pick this one up, look at that back, then realize that I already have it! I wear this all the time now, and it does work as an everyday eyelid, or crease color. A more shimmery version of this is the limited edition Hypnotizing eye shadow, which I own as well. Worn together, (with Hypnotizing on the lid and Shale on the crease) it becomes a beautiful purple smokey eye that is also very wearable. I do not think that this is the color of a bruise, but just a pretty, subtle, gray toned purple.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love makeup but don't enjoy looking heavily made-up. For me this is a perfect product. Although it's purple, it's a very natural looking purple that looks nice with brown or taupe. I like using it all over my lids with Cork (medium, slightly reddish brown) in the crease and outer V. Perfect daytime smoky eye.
If your eyeshadow collection is ridiculously neutral because you're hesitant to start using color, this is a perfect baby step.