MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows : Swatches, Review


Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing two eye shadows from MACFolie and Carbon which you might recall seeing in some of my recent smoky eye makeup tutorials (HERE and HERE).

Price : Rs 1100


MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows

MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows


MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows – Review


Folie is a matte burgundy brown shade that makes an excellent crease color. I personally prefer true browns (without the burgundy tone, like Makeup Geek Mocha) as they work better on my complexion. In terms of texture, Folie is reasonably soft, well pigmented and doesn’t apply chalky or uneven on the skin. Its not the softest matte or silkiest matte eye shadow though and I’d rather pick Makeup Geek or theBalm matte eye shadows over this one. The staying power is about 5-6 hours on my eyes after which it begins to crease and fade. A primer can extend the wear of the eye shadow. Overall, I’m not too smitten with this eye shadow because I have other options in my kit that are superior in terms of formula and work better on my coloring. However, its not a bad option if you’re looking for a basic dark brown color.



MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows

MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows


MAC Folie Eye shadow

MAC Folie Eye shadow



Carbon is a semi-sheer black eye shadow with a somewhat dry, chalky texture. The pigmentation is low and if you want a really dark color, you have to layer it a lot. Black eye shadows are always tricky to work with as they can look too dramatic and heavy. Keeping that in mind, it makes sense to have a black eye shadow that’s a bit sheer so that you don’t go overboard with it. Carbon is one of those shades that can help in adding a smokier touch to looks but you always need to use it in combination with other shades. Used by itself, it looks patchy and uneven. I personally rarely use black eye shadows, preferring to use a kohl pencil whenever I need to add a touch of black. The texture of Carbon may work for some people but I personally don’t love it and wouldn’t recommend it.



MAC Carbon Eye shadow

MAC Carbon Eye shadow


MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows - Swatches

MAC Folie, Carbon Eye shadows – Swatches



Have you tried MAC Folie or Carbon eye shadows?

Share your comments below!




  1. Zainab Sabah
    December 10, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Thank you for the honest review.i personally wouldn’t spent much on a single eyeshadow and still don’t get the desired results. Would you then recommend makeup geek eyeshadows?

  2. Tina
    December 10, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Hi Ankita,

    Since you posted about black eyeshadows, I would like to thank you for recommending Shiseido Caviar to me. It’s awesome, I always use for my stage performances and I think I have already gotten my money’s worth. Keep up with the good work! 🙂

  3. December 10, 2015 / 10:06 am

    MAC carbon is my favorite for smokey eye look …. would like to try folie 🙂

  4. ash
    December 10, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Thanks for the honest review.

  5. December 10, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I have these two shades in my wishlist ! Folie would be great for winter makeup and carbon is the ultimate for doing smokey eyes 🙂 🙂

  6. December 10, 2015 / 11:19 am

    I thought that all products from mac are exceptionally good but now this review makes me rethink it.

  7. December 10, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I am so happy that you have not changed a bit as far as honest reviews are concerned.. That’s why we love you Ankita. Thank you so much for the review. I will not go for these now. Currently I m happy with my Bourjois brown eyeshadow and revealed 2 palette black and brown ones

  8. madhusinha
    December 10, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Folie is in my wish list, I really loved it from ur tut. Nice review Ankita. ….

  9. Shaf
    December 10, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    I love love love folie. I personally like to use it smudged over brown kajal (I use Lakme eyeconic) and it works for me as an overall lid colour. I find it very wearable and it can be used during the day time as well as its matte. I agree it's not silky smooth and I find it difficult to swatch as well but it comes out awesome on my lids (I have pigmented lids and I use it without any base). I have a fair to medium wheatish complexion. Thank you!!

  10. December 10, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Folie looks really nice color. But it is expensive for single eyeshadow

  11. December 11, 2015 / 2:05 am

    So disappointing! MUG, Inglot, CS sound more promising than these! 🙁 thanks for your honest review Ankita! xx

  12. December 11, 2015 / 9:17 am

    im not a single eyeshadow person…i love my palettes…also the price is too much for a single eyeshadow!

  13. Joo
    December 11, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Thanks for reviewing these… Folie is really good in case of pigmentation

  14. Joo
    December 11, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Rest even i have never found the true black eyeshadow perfect for smoky eyemakeup…

  15. December 14, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    MAC Carbon is my most used single eye shadow for the last 11 years. Totally agree that used alone it is far from satisfactory but for cut crease, crease blending, smudging out liner/pencil.kohl it works good for me.

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