The Face Shop Color Nuance Single Eyeshadows, duping M.A.C. quality for less

It was my first time at Resort World Hotel  in Pasay and I was headed for the MEGA event that evening.  I was exceedingly early as usual and decided to have a look and walk about first.  Have you ever been there?  It’s kind of like a mid to high range shopper’s dream because you have the brands side by side at a really nice venue and no hustle and bustle due to less people on most days.  The boutiques are kept tidy and well stocked because it is a hotel, therefore making “dangerous” shopping for the financially misguided an easy thing (aptly so as the hotel has a casino tsk, tsk), it would be good to bring a friend who cares about you to act as your conscience.  Some of the brands included in Resort World’s Shopping Directory are Mango, Adidas, Bench, Charles & Keith, Cushe, Giordano, Guess, Hush Puppies, La Bagagerie, Lacoste, Technomarine, Paris Hilton, Puma, Sebago, Samsonite, The Body Shop, and of course The Face Shop (it’s a bit amusing that they decided to get both the Body and Face Shop, para complete noh).  At The Face Shop I did a little swatching spree on my hands and made a mess, not even half expecting to be impressed with the quality of their Color Nuance Single Eyeshadows.

As I tested these on my hand they reminded me of the quality M.A.C. single eyeshadows instantly and I was delighted because I was planning to buy a handful of MAC shades at Mall of Asia or Rockwell for my professional kit but after seeing the prices in comparison to these I didn’t.  The total price for these 6 was Php1650 (that would only amount to 2 MAC colors) and I believe I got a 15% discount that time coz I exceeded the 1500 mark, there was a promo of some sort.  I did bring home two MAC colors from Singapore but that’s because I availed of the price drop with my friend’s discount card.   At Php 275.00 each for these Color Nuance eyeshadows you get color that isn’t overly soft or smudgy, minimal fallout, but with intense payoff and great blending quality.  I bought these six shades because the colors are so wearable and work so well together.  My mother found the selection I made so lovely that she said she would have picked the exact same colors.  I’m not familiar with the names of a lot of MAC shades but I can definitely say the black with a tiny hint of sparkle is like MAC’s Black Tide, the satiny white is like Shroom or Vanilla, and the chocolate shade is like Woodwinked or Wedge.  First thing that I love about them is… they’re not very “shimmery” and some aren’t at all, these have matte and satin finishes.  Here begins the parade of swatches and I’ll include the shade names beneath the photos.

LEFT TO RIGHT: BL605 a deep neutral blue and GR504 a greenish olive peuter shade, both have a satin finish

LEFT TO RIGHT: BK904 Matte black with super subtle sparkle and BR805 a satin beige champagne color


LEFT TO RIGHT: BR806 soft, deep matte brown with some gold flecks and WH002 satin cream white (not pure white) like MAC Vanilla or Shroom.  Sorry my arm is white in this last shot, I moved my arm to a different area near the window.

The swatches are about 2 swipes each so you see the exact color of these eyeshadows.  The shades with the strongest most velvety pigment are the mattes which are the black and most especially the dark brown, a single light touch already picks up a lot of color.  One normal swipe registers really dark already as a swatch.  The other shades can be easily layered on twice for more intensity.  My eye swatches aren’t as pretty though, they’ve got just the eyeshadow and 2-way face powder on before that, no eyeliner, so bear with me.  I dampened my brush a bit upon application of some of them, not all, to get instant color right away. Continue reading to see these colors on my eyes.

Ok, you ready for the eye parade in the same order?  I patted these on on the main area of the eyelid then blended them all out for a basic uniform smoked eye.  Here we go.

BL605 and GR504

BK904 and BR805

BR806 and WH002

Out of all of these my favorites are the deep brown which is wonderful for defining the eyes even just as a crease shade, the blue that won’t scare the customers, the catwalk worthy black and the very wearable and natural beige champagne shade.  I chose all 6 shades for my kit because I know these neutrals tend to be shades that are requested often.  The Color Nuance shade selection isn’t a wide range, from what I recall there were probably only about 15 or 16 shades in The Face Shop boutique at Resort World.  There are lots of Face Shop Branches here in the Philippines.  According to The Face Shop has branches at the following venues: Ayala Glorietta, TriNoma, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Megamall, Bonifacio High Street, Global City, SM Mall of Asia, Shangrila, Rockwell, Robinsons Ermita –Midtown Wing, Robinsons Galleria, SM Cebu, Eastwood Mall , Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Pampanga, Festival SuperMall, SM City Clark, Pampanga, SM Fairview, SM City Bacolod, Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Center, SM Taytay, SM Southmall, Newport City, SM Novaliches, Abreeza Mall, Davao.

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  • I like the BR805. I’ve been looking for quality eyeshadows without the hefty price tag. The Face Shop has just opened here in Davao so I might check it out one of these days. Thanks for the post.

  • I’ve seen these in faceshop and wasn’t sure if they’re good. Thanks for doing a review! I’ll prolly get a few colors for myself na. 😀