MAC Eyeshadow in Arena: Review & Swatches


Hi All,

I’ve reviewed a ton of neutral eyeshadows and I don’t think my obsession with them is in anyway diminishing…I’ve mentioned MAC Arena quite a few times in my reviews and today I thought of reviewing this illustrious shade which changed my outlook towards eye makeup..

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Remember me mentioning that my lids are  a bit pigmented? So I usually need a shade to neutralize it. I tried using Moleskin for this but it looked too pink. I tried Stila Eden but that on the other hand looks a bit peachy…nothing seemed to make my lid the same color as the rest of my skin..So one fine day I was watching a YouTube video by the BeautyGuru Megha who is an Indian MUA abroad (Yippie!!) and she happened to mention she had a similar issue and used MAC arena. She used this same eyeshadow in multiple videos and after watching all of them, I knew this was exactly what I wanted. And all thanks to her, I have the perfect shade for me πŸ™‚

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My take on MAC Eyeshadow in Arena:

  • Color: Arena is a soft, beige-brown in a satin finish..It has a glossy almost champagne look on my lids..even in the swatches it looks more like a beigey champagne shade, don’t you think?

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  • Pigmentation & Texture: The pigmentation is very impressive..It’s satin but not while it adds a nice healthy shine to the lids, it doesn’t looks blingey and is perfect for work-wear. Texture is soft and not at all gritty.
  • Price: 720INR
  • Staying Power: This stays on my lids for about 5-6hrs easily. The shine starts to fade after about 4hrs or so though..

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I swear girls, if I could pick any one eyeshadow for a lid wash shade, this would be it…It works so well…even as a highlighter this excels..It’s not shimmery at all and is perfect to work. I’ve worn it ‘N’ number of times and it adds that bit of pizzazz to the look without looking glitzy. It doesn’t make my lids look dry like when I use a matte shade so Whoppiieee!!!! this is probably the one shadow I would keep repurchasing for ever!! Or atleast till they discontinue it πŸ˜‰


Swatch of MAC Eyeshadow in Arena:-


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And this is what it looks like on my lids..I have used arena on the inner half of my lid and the outer half and the crease shade used is L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Endless Chocolate..


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What I like about MAC Eyeshadow in Arena:

  • The best eyeshadow ever!!
  • Versatile
  • Can be used as an eyeshadow as well as a highlighter
  • Good pigmentation
  • Has a satin finish so doesn’t make the lids look dry
  • Staying power is perfect
  • Glossy without looking shimmery
  • Helps neutralize the pigmentation on my lids


What I don’t like about MAC Eyeshadow in Arena:

  • I adore this and can’t find even 1 flaw!


Ratings:  5/5

What do you think of MAC Arena? Have you tried it out?

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  1. babe is that maybelline swirl in brown on ur eyes ?? wat blush , lippie ???
    I was listening to this song, and reading ur review, i saw ur fotd and u know wat i heard-
    * i love you like a love song baby, i love you like a love song baby, and i keep hitting repe-pe-pe-peat * .. selena gomez .. i thought perfect .. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ .. nice co-incidence na ??

  2. Love your FOTD, bright lippies look great on you without any exception πŸ™‚
    My problem is oily lids, nuetral shades stay for like 3-4 hours and then its like nothing was there ever πŸ˜€

  3. for reference,Im an NW15 and I love this eyeshadow. I have to buy more of it! the best highlight..soo sexy! it brings out my eyes as well


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