MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette Review

When I first saw that the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette ($85) had been released, I tried to convince myself for a full 6 hours or so that I didn’t need this palette before realizing that that was completely insane and running out to Nordstrom half an hour before closing to pick this beauty up! I definitely made the right decision here. 😛

The MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom so if you want to secure one of these, you may want to act quickly!



Packaging: Fantastic shades that work well together. Sturdy plastic with clear lid makes it easy to see all of your beautiful shades although I’ll never stop wishing for MAC to put shades names on palettes. 8/10

Longevity: All the looks I’ve done with this palette have held up well all day long with a primer. 9/10

Application: Most shades are well pigmented and apply & blend nicely. 9/10

Texture: The majority of the colors in this palette are super smooth although a couple of the mattes are a little dry. 8/10

In this palette, you get 15 nearly full-sized pans of MAC’s best-selling shades! Each of these pans are 1.3g where as the regular MAC pans are 1.5g so you’re only missing the tiniest amount of product compared to a full sized pan. I actually didn’t have any of the shades in this palette so I took that as a sign that this palette was meant to be in my life but whether or not this palette might be “worth it” to you might depend on what MAC eyeshadows you already have hanging around in your stash. If you don’t have most of these shades already, this palette is an awesome deal!

One regular MAC eyeshadow in the case is $16. One MAC refill pan (I think the individual pans are only sold online and at MAC Pro Stores) is $10. $10 per pan x 15 pans = $150 yet this palette is retailing for $85, making it as if each pan only costs about $5.66 each. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your eyeshadow collection, this might be a good time!

This palette is made of a sturdy plastic and has a clear top allowing you to see your shadows. The pans, unfortunately, do not seem to be easily removed from this palette so there’s no switching shades around or replacing them with other pans.

The 15 shades included in the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette are:

  • Vapour
  • All That Glitters
  • Wedge
  • Satin Taupe
  • Honey Lust
  • Ricepaper
  • Amber Lights
  • Saddle
  • Mulch
  • Woodwinked
  • Omega
  • Brun
  • Embark
  • Beauty Marked
  • Carbon


As many of you guys probably know, I’m a sucker for color and love wearing bright eyeshadows but lately I just can’t stop myself from reaching for this palette so I just keep on rocking the neutrals! The MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette is like a one stop shop for any neutral look you could want.

In general, this is a really, really nice palette that is useful for nearly everyone and I am so happy that I purchased it! It contains a nice mixture of both warm and cool shades as well as several different finishes. Most of these are really well pigmented and blend easily but a couple of the matte shades were a little bit of a let down. When paired with my usual primer, the shades in this palette lasted very well throughout the day. All in all, a great collection of shadows that has a permanent place in my stash! 15 of MAC’s best selling shades together in one palette was just far to tempting for me to pass it up! 😛

Let’s get on to these swatches!

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Swatches Vapour, Honey Lust, All That Glitters, Saddle, and Mulch.

Vapour – Light beige with pink undertones that makes a nice highlighting shade. Velvet finish.

Honey Lust – MAC describes it as “bronze-dipped peach” and it is absolutely gorgeous! Fantastically shimmery right from the pan but when applied wet, it has a stunning metallic finish. Lustre finish.

All That Glitters – A gorgeous peachy pink shade that I can’t get enough of. Veluxe Pearl finish.

Saddle – A medium warm brown that is really well pigmented. Matte finish.

Mulch – This shade reminds me of a deep rose gold and is so mesmerizing! Velvet finish.

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Swatches Ricepaper, Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Wedge, Brun.

Ricepaper – This shimmery warm beige shade is my favorite highlight shade in the palette! Frost finish.

Amber Lights – Insanely well pigmented, blends like a dream, & really makes blue eyes stand out. A real must-have MAC shadow for me!

Woodwinked – A beautiful bronze shade. Veluxe Pearl finish.

Wedge – A soft brown that makes a nice transition shade. Matte finish.

Brun – A cool medium brown. A nice shade to use for smokey eyes or to deepen your crease or outer V area without the harshness of black. I do wish it was a little more pigmented though. Satin finish.

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Swatches Omega, Satin Taupe, Embark, Beauty Marked and Carbon.

Omega – A very soft brown. Works really well as a transition shade and in natural looks. Matte finish.

Satin Taupe – Some sort of wonderful mix between grey, purple and brown, Satin Taupe is probably my favorite shade in this palette! It’s so beautiful, so easy to use and blend and is a great effortless shade on many skin tones.  Works well alone, in dark smokey looks or natural day-time looks. Frost finish.

Embark – A brown with reddish purple undertones. Matte finish.

Beauty Marked – A deep burgundy shimmer. This shadow looks very burgundy in the pan but when you apply it to your lids, it mostly looks like a slightly shimmery black and you lose some of that reddish color. Velvet finish.

Carbon – A matte black, great for dark and smokey looks or adding definition. Carbon isn’t as dark as I like my black eyeshadows to be so if you want a really deep black, you may want to layer Carbon over a black base first. Matte finish.

For this look I used Carbon, Satin Taupe, Honey Lust, Saddle & Vapour from the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette. On my lips I’m wearing MAC’s Nightmoth liner with Maybelline’s Divine Wine Lipstick. Brows are Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ash topped with Clear Brow Gel. My foundation is Make Up For Ever HD in 117. This kick-ass turban is from Bullhorn!

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Look

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Look

Now I did this look like two weeks ago so no promises here but I think I used Honey Lust, All That Glitters, Omega, Rice Paper, Carbon and Beauty Marked. Beauty Marked looks extra pink on my lower lash line here because I layered it over OCC’s pencil in Hoochie. I’m also wearing LA Splash’s Ghoulish on my lips here. I’ll be doing a review of these LA Splash lipsticks super soon so keep an eye out!

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Look

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Look

I’m so very happy to have this super useful & versatile palette in my collection, especially since I only have a handful of other MAC shadows! Remember, this palette is a Nordstrom exclusive so you can only get this at a Nordstrom store or

What do you guys think of the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette? Share your favorite MAC singles with me too!

P.S. I know I haven’t responded to suggestions post comments just yet but I will very soon! You guys have some great ideas and I appreciate all the awesome feedback so much! I’m already trying to put some suggestions to use and I’ll be keeping all of your ideas in mind! <3


11 thoughts on “MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette Review

  1. Hi Ashley,
    I read your review when I was thinking of buying this palette (thank you!). I did go ahead and buy it. I just want to let you and your readers know that, with a tiny bit of work, it is possible to take out the pans. After a couple of weeks using this palette, I found that Vapour and Honey Lust are not for me. I took them out and popped in Brulé and Expensive Pink. I used the rubbing alcohol method (there are a few blogs and YouTube videos that show how to do this). Since the palette is not magnetic, I added magnet stickers to both the pan and palette. Works great!

    1. Wow, you’re a champ! I messed around with them a little but after seeing they weren’t easily removable, I just let them be because I was afraid of breaking one. Glad to see they can actually be moved around if you try a bit!

  2. I’ve been on the fence about getting this palette, and I’m so glad to have found your review! I think I’m going to go for it.

  3. I’m kinda on the fence for this palette but its so pretty. Do you know how long it will be around?

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