Here's a comparison swatch, both with and without base (I used my MAC painterly paintpot), between MAC and Artdeco eyeshadows..Relaxing is the only MAC shadow I have with color..my other MAC e/s is Unorthodox which is a light yellow shade so I can't use it for swatching hehe.
See how pigmented both brands are? the shade and intensity of the swatches on my hand versus the shade in pot is almost identical..they last long too even with or without base underneath..I could really conclude, for me anyway, that both MAC and Artdeco eyeshadows are good buys.
MAC pressed eyeshadow in "Relaxing"
- Although I don't have other shades of MAC e/s to compare the quality with, here's my review for this particular shade of MAC e/s.
Packaging: 5/5 -- i like the sturdiness of the case and that you could see the shade immediately on the cover..very handy too.
Price: 3/5 -- a little pricey especially for a student like me..it is almost P900 here in the Philippines per piece..so this is a turn off for me even if the quality is superb
Availability: 4/5 -- we can only get it from few Rustan's Essences and Marrionaud shops.
Quality of the product: 4/5 -- this shade is hard to show on my lids but I like the staying power once I've made it show
Artdeco pressed eyeshadow #20
- this is also my only Artdeco eyeshadow so like in my MAC review, there is no point of comparison.
Packaging: 4/5 -- it's hard to memorize the shades since they come in numbers instead of names like in MAC but over all I love the size and packaging..it only occupies a small space and you can easily see the shade and shade name on top...you can also easily customize the palette with any shadow you want..it has a built-in magnet at the back so easy to attach in the palette..and lastly, the small size is perfect since you will surely use up the shadow before it expires.
Price: 5/5 -- for less than P300, you could get one shadow already that's very pigmented..very budget friendly for students.
Availability: 4/5 -- you can only get these from chosen SM department stores.
Quality: 5/5 -- it is very pigmented and you only need to dip your eyeshadow brush once to make the color show on your lips...it lasts a lot longer than my MAC too.
OVER-ALL Verdict: I love MAC but it is much practical for me to purchase ARTDECO eyeshadows instead..I get the same quality for a fraction of the cost..so for those looking for a chaper alternative for MAC shadows, I suggest you try Artdeco and you won't regret it :)