MAC ‘In The Flesh’ x15 Palette Review and Swatches

MAC ‘In The Flesh’ x15 Palette Review and Swatches

I’m a sucker for a hot new product, and whilst I really didn’t think I wouldn’t end up buying the new MAC In The Flesh palette so soon, I couldn’t help it when I wandered into the store on Saturday. It might seem ludicrous to some people as I have the Warm and Neutral x15 palettes but when I was swatching it in store, the shades were clearly very different.

Why ‘In The Flesh’?

MAC describes In The Flesh as: ‘A carefully edited palette of 15 iconic neutral shades, perfect for a classic nude look.’ This is their first real nude palette and the shades are very similar in tone to the original Naked palette. There’s a mix of true nudes and light browns as well as some greys too. The lightest shades in the Neutral Cool palette are on the pink side so that’s one key difference between these, whilst the Neutral Warm has more golden shades.


The palette has 15 shades which vary in textures and finishes. Only two are available to buy as singles and they are the classic Carbon and Tempting. Cast Iron is available as a liner only. I’m a bit annoyed carbon is on there as I have it in two other palettes already, but I guess it’s nice to have another.

Top Row

Beaded : Light golden beige (Frost); Glam Gold: Coppery yellow gold (Satin);  Copperfield : Peachy beige (Satin); Sandstone : Cool grey beige (Matte); Luxury Cachet : Cool pewter (Frost)

Middle Row

Elemental : Cool wheat nude (Matte); Nutrelle : Muted apricot (Matte); Rustique : Cool pinky beige (Matte); Tempting: Rich Coco (Lustre); Indiscretion : Dirty mauve (Lustre)


Bottom Row

Naked Lights : Light neutral slate (Matte); Cumulus : Dirty grey charcoal (Frost); Cast Iron : Matte charcoal (Matte); Black Factor : Dark chocolate (Matte); Carbon: Black (Matte)

The big plus for this palette is that it’s very pigmented so you won’t need to keep applying to get the look you want. They do create quite a bit of dust in the pan so be sure to use it to get the most from it. The frost textures are some of the best I’ve seen from MAC and they give a really luxe finish. Everything is easy to blend and they last ages, like you’d expect from MAC eyeshadow.

Whilst this is a nude palette, you can actually make some incredible smoky eye looks with it. Last night I used , and Carbon to create a bronzed smoky eye for a night out (excuse the pic, wasn’t meant to be taken for blogging purposes!). 

So there’s lots you can do with it besides ordinary daytime looks. I love using grey shadows so can’t wait to use these for an evening look soon. 


Price will be a sticking point for many people, as the palette is a whopping £49.50. It’s cheaper than the NARS Loaded palette (£55) I bought last week but more expensive than the Naked palettes (£38). What I will say though is that you get larger pans for the MAC shadows and compared to buying 15 individual shadows, you’re saving a lot of money. Ideal for a birthday or Christmas present, it’s definitely a wishlist item. It’s going to be a permanent palette so when Debenhams or HoF are doing a 10% off deal, I suggest you go for it! 

It wasn’t easy to get whilst in store either. Luckily, I know most of their products bettter than the staff do and always research things online before I buy in store but on two occasions someone told me they’d be over to help me and then ignored me to go to other customers. I helped some ladies pick out lipsticks whilst I was there only to have them give up and leave because nobody was around to grab the products from them. I know the stores are small and get busy quickly, but you can notice a clear difference between people who are there to buy and those that are there for browsing only quickly. I grin and bear it because I love the products, but I can see a lot of customers get lost this way.


I really didn’t think I could justify a new nude palette but this has once again proved a worthy investment from MAC. Not one colour has looked like it won’t be used and it’s going to be a great all-rounder for travelling (something I find difficult!). 

If you were going to choose out of the three x15 palettes I would say to go for this one – you’ll certainly get more use out of it than the others and it’s ideal for daytime too.

Do you love MAC’s x15 palettes? What do you think of In The Flesh? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 



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  1. May 1, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Enjoyed the review, gave me a good idea of whether or not I should buy it! Xx (Instagram: beautyintheheat_)

    • Siân Catrin
      May 1, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you! Glad you found it useful!!! X

  2. May 7, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I’m a sucker for a nude palette too!! Thanks for the swatches! ?

    • Siân Catrin
      May 7, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks for reading Hun! They are the best aren’t they haha x

  3. May 13, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I’m yet to try any Mac eyeshadows in single form or palette form but this palette does look really pretty. Loved your in depth review and photos especially the one of the look you created for your night out which looks stunning!

    Ellie x

    • Siân Catrin
      May 13, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Aw thanks lovely! Their x15 palettes are a really good way to sample them, or the sets they bring out at Christmas! Still my favourite shadows! Pigment and range of colours is huge!!!! X

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