MAC Carbon Black Eyeshadow Review, Swatches

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow Review, Swatches

mac carbon eyeshadow

Price : Rs 680 for refill and Rs 900 for pan.

MAC describes carbon eyeshadow as Intense matte black.

When you think of “Carbon” , you think of intense charcoal black. This one does no justice to its name.

According to me :

  • It’s a medium matte black eyeshadow, which is nice for daily wear.
  • It does not crease and works great as an eye liner. The staying power is awesome.
  • You can do soft day time smokey eyes with carbon.
  • You can use it to smudge your kajal and the medium pigmentation helps in getting that soft smoked out look on your lower lash line.
  • Does not have even a teeny bit of fall out.
  • It is also one of the saddest black eyeshadow I have ever used. It goes on patchy, is difficult to blend and building up the colour is quite a pain.

It is definitely one of my regret buys. Even the Coastal Scents 88 palette black eyeshadow is better than Carbon. It just looks pretty in pan and that’s about it. Very difficult to work with on lids.

mac carbon eye shadow

Here are the swatches :

mac carbon black eyeshadow swatch

For the price you pay for it, it is definitely not worth it. It’s not even true intense matte black, it’s sort of darkish gray moving towards black. Bad pigmentation!

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139 thoughts on “MAC Carbon Black Eyeshadow Review, Swatches

  1. i kinda agree rati on pigmentation and color buildup part………….its actually not worth all the hype……

      1. i will buy see sheer firsttt .. am in love with that shade ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. OMG saddest black eyeshadoww.. ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜• ..itz so much hyped…!!! it feels so sad to get a product thats not that nice…tsk..tsk… ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

  3. thanks for reviewing this. I was going to make my uncle get this sooooppppeeer expensive thing fr me from US bt now I wont… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow!!! You are reviewing everything on my wishlist today Rati!!!! Glad something’s off it now.. Can you recommend any alternative??? I still don’t have a nice, matte and intense black shadow.. i was sorta sure, carbon’s it!!!! :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

    1. Mrun i use black from my palettes only. :(( I thought this would be THE black and it turned out to be such a disappointment. How about blacktied?

  5. Seeing the eye shadow in pan, I was looking forward to the review, but the swatches tells all, m not impressed !!

  6. wow.. i’ve been wanting to buy this. coz i thought the term carbon would have meant it’s the best black eye shadow. but thanks for the review.

  7. Ive been wanting to get this…but thanx for doing this review…i will surely not get it now ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. yeah 1-2 .. It was so nice talking to you Shivani. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. hmmmphhhhhhhhhhh……… were not paying complete attention to moi…… :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:
        I demand complete attention :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

  8. rati, did u try using it as eyeliner with a liner sealer/ duraline…? i think u hav dat duraline from inglot naaaa? :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

    1. yeah it works fine with that noofoor. Infact if you use it dry as an eyeliner also , it works fine. but it’s an eyeshadow na.. i thought it’d blend like dream. It doesn’t. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

      1. ohhhh….. hmmm….. koi nhi use it as an eye liner hi then… ๐Ÿ™‚ ya blog sale mei niptaa dena ….khihkhihkhi :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

          1. :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: shabaaashhh!!!!!!!!

            rati rati, me got a pro. use wala 10 color blush palette today!!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

            1. pro use 10 blush palette????? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY do you girls need so many blushes….:spank: :spank: what is pro use??? Is bigger, better is it? Me want to see, Nooooofurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ๐Ÿ˜€

              1. raaaddigaaa??????????? u uppp sooo earlyyy?????????
                soorry abt last nyt my net went haywire, n i cudnt talk further…. ๐Ÿ˜
                yes yes, it has 10 diff. shades of blushes…. n pro. use- wht professional MUAs use…. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
                is nicccccccceeeeeeeeeee………
                n meeee lovee ur new dp…. :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

                1. pro use, coz thy need diff diff shades of blushes naa…. thy match blush shades wid skin tone n dresses too i guess … ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

                  1. Naaaaaaah I was wondering how much of a zombie you might become staying up so late chatting ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ Hehheee yaaaa mail me naaa…never seen …is MAC palette…mail me..and when u posting crackling cackling whatever nail thing?

  9. Nice review Rati…last week I bought a black VOV mono shadow-I was amazed at 125 bucks I could get such a deeply pigmented jet black shadow-and with some primer it stays all day!!!! :inlove:

      1. Well I was using an angled brush-and it was working fine-I find it tightly packed-maybe they have improved the product-coz I got another beautiful shade of brown with mild shimmers-that also was working as good as Maybelline quads :struggle: :struggle:

  10. hey rati,

    it started raining here too… thanx for sending them here :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
    this looks more like kajal ki dibiya which dadi-nani used to give us :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  11. I’m so glad I did not buy this! One would expect it to be good (being MAC) but this is such a disappointment. I have a Jordana eyeshadow single in matte black. I had wanted to purchase NYX matte black after reading a lot of good reviews about it but it ws out of stock so I settled for Jordana. I haven’t used it that often so don’t know how it blends but its pretty dark!

    1. Ankita, glad you skipped it. You have MUFE also in mumbai na. they have one of the best black eyeshadows. If you budget allows you, do check it out. :))

    1. goooood eveningggg queen of all dayanssssss :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
      jomollll ice age will show in sometime … u watch with aarohann .. he will be so happy ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

          1. Hi Naina daayan and rati daayan…………you only watch ice age……I am watching cartoons on hungama :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

              1. Yesssssssssssss Shivaaaaaaaaaani :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

  12. ice age 3 will show in sometime on HBO i think :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

    1. have watched it so many timess.. will watch again. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. me tooooo :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: i loooveee the ‘peachessss’ :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

            1. ohh!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ You lagooed nazar at my typos.. itne din se sab theek theek likh rahi thi main. :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

  13. such hyped one….I was thinking to add in my palette….but then I read somewhere its not blackest black….thank God I did not buy :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
    You know my NYX palette has a better black than this one :stars: :stars: :stars:

  14. yeah jinal. You know i wa sto pick that only but the MUAs at mac were carbon , carbon and now i so regret not picking up black ties. it’s blacker than this one. I think it has ahint of shimmer in it though.

    1. ohhh….shimmer is ok if they are not chunky ones. Actually I like black shimmer e/s they look super sexy for night time look ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. She got crackling waala nail paint..i soo want it..when will the companies in india launch it,its such a nice idea for a nail paint ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        Me toh did nothing,just lied around,watched a few movies,maggi,pani puri and all ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

        You say :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

        1. I was also kinda lazyy only.. did some bank ka kaam.. one bank got closed by the time i visited .. kyonki uske pehlle toh i was sooper lazy naa lekin i expect banks to be open whenever I go. ๐Ÿ˜› Lekin aisa nahin hua…. ๐Ÿ˜› bt anyway.. aise hi tv watched and ate salad.. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

              1. I love my bank for only one reason,its open all 7 days exceot the govt holidays ofcourse ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

                I soooo want to eat mangoes and watermelons,mangoes toh i can still get but getting watermelons in room and cutting them would be a big task plus storage all in all no watermelons this summer :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

                You cut and send some :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: :vampire:

  15. i donno how so many ppl like it..evn i feel it goes patchy and building up the colour is a painin the backside :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

        1. day was really tiring sugi

          but I got a nice kurti from a designer friend of mine as an advance b’day gift :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    1. wow rati… this is so cute :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:
      we all needed this one :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

      1. cho chweet :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

  16. :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:
    Feels like the smiley is doing hakuna matata dance :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  17. :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

    her chotis are soooooooooooo cooooteeee !!!! :happydance:

  18. Definitely not worth the hype ๐Ÿ™

    :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: I love this smiley :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

      1. So far so good ๐Ÿ™‚ But still missing home a lot :((
        Btw I am loving all these smileys :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

  19. I started reading this post only caz it was from MAC but wat an utter disappointment ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ….quite amazed to see bad pigmentation and read other cons as well.

  20. New smiley :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

        1. Sooo cute!!! When I was in school I used to tie ribbons just like these!!! Only red… We all looked so pagli types… :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

          1. hihihihih same here Mrun.. But i used to change my hairstyles a lot so never got stuck with these ribbons for too long. now i find them sooper cootee :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

            1. Even I used to tie these kind of ribbons in school,two plaits and ribbons :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

              Everyone used to look so cute..but its only now that i understand it :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:

    1. Oh wow!!!! Woohoo!!! :clap:

      :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

      Feels like school reunion… :clap: :clap: :clap: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

    1. :drool: :drool: :preen: :preen: :preen: :teddy: :teddy: :teeth :teeth :yikes: :yikes: :waaa: :waaa: :pan: :pan: :love: :love: :makeup: :makeup: :manicure: :manicure: :mirror: :mirror: :methinks: :methinks: :nono: :nono: :nababana: :nababana: :nonono: :nonono: :jog: :jog: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :jog: :jog: :bash: :bash: :bash: :bash: :chewnails :chewnails :chewnails :chewnails :daayan: :daayan: :daayan: :daayan:

      1. feel like using all the smileys.. :shying: :shying: :shying: Thank u soo much Sanjeev Ji for all these super Cute Smileys.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. The color seems pretty deep in the pan but the the swatches are saying a different story all together. It reminded me of cherry shoe polish! :nono:

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