MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry Review & Swatches


Hi All,

Today I will be reviewing my very first MAC eyeshadow from a totally different genre..I usually am addicted to the neutrals but during one of my visits to MAC with Shivi and Paro, Paro enticed me into getting this. Her exact dialogue I believe was, “ Zara, don’t you DARE buy another neutral!.” And she was so fierce and gave me her ‘strick-mother’ look that I couldn’t go against her wishes…and Thank God I dint!! I’m damn happy I got this eyeshadow!

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My take on MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry:

  • Color: This shade is described as a red plum with pink shimmer. And Cranberry truly is a rich berry red shade with a frost finish..Hence it takes on a shimmery sheen which really adds the ‘X’ factor to any look.. MAC cranberry eyeshadow review+cranberry eyeshadow

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  • Cost: INR 720 for the refillMAC cranberry eyeshadow review+mac eyeshadow
  • Pigmentation & Texture: The pigmentation is insane!! This is such a rich shade and amazingly easy to apply. It doesnt feel chalky, nor does it give any problem wrt visibility.. The frost finish is something I was initially worried about but now I realise it’s half the beauty of this shade.

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  • Staying Power: This shade has a very good staying power. After about 4hrs of wear, the sheen starts fading, but the color stays on the lids without creasing for a looooong time.

Since I usually wear neutral shades, I’m very wary of brighter shades. But this was one shades which instantly caught my eye and went right into my heart with a single swatch. Ofcourse I tried to resist the impulse, but then Paro threatened me and made me buy my first MAC which is not a neutral! Thank you Paroo!!!MAC cranberry eyeshadow review+ cranberry swatch

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How I wear MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry:

  1. I like wearing this an an all over lid shade. With proper blending this looks totally magical and fairy like on the lids.
  2. I use Arena which is a neutral shade with a sheen on the lids and use Cranberry in the crease.
  3. Cranberry can be used on the lid and a darker shade in the crease for a smokey eye.
  4. I love using this on the lower lachline. I use black on the waterline and Voila! You can instantly turn a simple look into a sexy one.
  5. Finally, I use Cranberry on my lid and MAC Sketch in the crease. Below is what it looks like.MAC cranberry eyeshadow review+ eotd

There are many other ways to use MAC Cranberry I’m sure and would love some more suggestions from you gals for the same.MAC cranberry eyeshadow review+ fotd

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Pros of MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry:

  • Its really versatile and can be used on the lid as well as in the crease.
  • It’s such a magical shade and makes me think of fantasy things like fairies and elves.
  • Love how it looks when worn on the lower lashl line.
  • Super pigmented
  • Good staying power
  • It has a sheen rather than chunky shimmer which I’m not fond of.

Cons of MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry:




  • Pigmentation: 5/5
  • Staying Power: 5/5
  • Availability: 5/5
  • Price vs. Quality: 5/5


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  1. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: thank God i have is dupe !! 😀 :dance-left-right: :dance-left-right: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

    • Hehe.. Thanx pari! A tute or this? I think upsi has done one…let me see if I can do one… Hopefully pics shud cm properly..

    • it’s so hard t find an opportunity t wear these bright shades na…I cn imagine scandalising everyone at work..

  2. mereee heroin … Zaraaaa .. lovelyyy shade and prettyyyyy you :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: i loveddd the liner application … WOW … :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup:

    • Yeps..m tring to do a few….but only 1-2 come out well in pics…m gud at the everyday kinda looks with neutrals..but brighter shades still make me worry..

  3. This is a fab shade zee and you have actually done it so beautifully on ur eyes. :hug-makeup: WHats the lipstick n blush??? Looks amazing! :inlove:

    • Honestly rev, m quite a newbie when it comes to eyeshadows…so I really wudnt ko the dupes…I hope someone else here will b able to help to 🙂

  4. wowsyyyy!! beautiful zara… a gorgeous shade looking gorgeous on you… :rose: :rose:
    Is that your favorite top BTW… hi hi… 😉


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