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MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review, Swatch, EOTD

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review, Swatch, EOTD
3.8 (76%) 5 votes

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review, Swatch, EOTD (Velvet Range): Woohoo Lovelies! Smoky eyes is a trend that is not going anywhere ever. A black smoky eye is a lot like the Little Black Dress – must be a staple in your makeup arsenal. So I got myself this shade called ‘Black Tied’ from M.A.C. Read on to find out how did it fare.

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review Swatch EOTD MBF

Claims for M.A.C Velvet Eye Shadow – BlackTied

MAC describes this as black with silver sparkle and the finish as velvet. They also claim that it is a pigmented powder that gives the eyes a shine and pearl-like effec;ultra fine in texture, it is easy to blend and does not settle into the eye crease; it is long lasting and fade resistant and its moisturizing agents keeps your eyelids soft and smooth


• Supposed to contain moisturizing agents to keep eyelids soft and smooth.
• Available in a range of swanky shades.


Not mentioned 🙁

How to Use

Apply it on primed eyes using an eye shadow brush.


INR 1200.00 for 3.0 g.

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Velvet Review Swatch EOTD

In Detail MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review, Swatch, EOTD and My Experience

The shadow comes in a matte black base, now here is the twist, the matte black base on its own can be so hard to work with and the pretty silver sparkle in it. Black tied has sliver flecks of glitter that runs though the product, only problem is; if you are buying it for the glitter, it is a sheers waste – because the glitter just disappears. Although the sparkles can be clearly seen when viewing MAC Black Tied eyeshadow in the pan, the sparkles seem to disappear and just create a subtle shimmer instead of a frost to this eye shadow when worn and blended out. No point spending so much on an eye shadow that contains glitter for the glitter that doesn’t stay on. It’s not as black as carbon, but works if you want to soft black eyeliner and make it less harsh.

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Pigmentation

Black Tied seems to have a sort of top layer that you need to break through before it becomes really pigmented. The formula of M.A.C Velvet Eye Shadow – BlackTied is a little confused. The pigment is neither black nor grey – it is actually a dark charcoal with very dark grey with glitter in it. Black Tied is a glitter packed, deep black shade that is darker than Typographic and gives a slightly different effect from Carbon. It’s a medium black with a matte finish and silver sparkle is there only as a lure – it really does nothing to the product, sadly.

How I Use it

Beautiful as an eyeliner but not so dark when blended out! I use this on a concealer, though some might find it a little chalky – but it helps the product to stay and also enhances the colour. Also, the fall out is not much for a black eye shadow. And I wear it a little darker for special night outs by packing it lightly onto the eyelid area until I’ve built up the desired intensity.


The glitter you see in the pan with this one does translate to the lid if you pack the color on. However, that glitter does tend to travel to the face throughout the evening (that’s the only complaint I had with this one). I especially like to deepen the crease with Black Tied, as I find it much easier to work with in terms of blending than Carbon.

More Photos and Swatches

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review Swatch EOTD blog

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review Swatches

MAC Black Tied glitter Eyeshadow Review Swatch

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review Swatch

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review Swatch EOTD Beauty Blog

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Review Swatch EOTD on eyes photo image

Pros MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow

• Not too dark – so great for those who are entering the world of smokey eyes.
• Doubles up as eye-liner

Cons MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow

• It is expensive
• The glitter is chunky
• A tad difficult to blend – tends to flake during application.
• No ingredient list

MBF Advises

If you want the sparkles in the eye shadow to show up for a really glam evening look, then make sure you have a damp brush. I find the best way to do this is to load up the brush with shadow, then use a squirt of thermal water onto the loaded up brush.

Also, pair up this shade with an electric blue eyeliner to create a stunning two-toned effect. Like this picture below

MAC Black Tied Eyeshadow Eye makeup


3/5 (I was looking for a darker colour pigmentation; and the claim that the glitter lasts on the eyes was not true at all!)

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Kiran May 31, 2016, 1:24 pm

    Lovely colour, reminds me of Blackheart from Naked 3 palette

    • aarti singh May 31, 2016, 7:02 pm

      Oh Yeah Kiran! You are right – only Black Tied is less intense…But great observation 🙂

  • swathi May 31, 2016, 5:27 pm

    Nicely reviewed. Though nice, I hate when glitters travel on the face, a skip for me 🙂

    • aarti singh May 31, 2016, 7:04 pm

      Thanks for reading, Swathi 🙂

      I’d like to reassure you that the glitter hardly stays! Forget travelling to the face. So you could go ahead and try it. Why not visit the M.A.C store and ask them to do a little Black Tied makeup on your eyes. Have a look at it after an hour and only once you are convinced, buy it.

  • swati sharma June 3, 2016, 12:16 am

    OMG….the color looks so pretty ….

  • Karishma June 3, 2016, 12:21 am

    Woahh its super pigmented . Nice post. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Astha June 3, 2016, 11:25 am

    Love the shade and your eyes! 🙂

    • aarti singh June 3, 2016, 4:02 pm


      Thanks Astha 🙂

  • rachna June 4, 2016, 11:14 pm

    looks really pretty

    • aarti singh June 6, 2016, 8:06 am

      Thank you Rachna 🙂

  • punita January 25, 2017, 10:45 am

    great review Aarti, love the colour but with glitter spreading, its a no-no for me.

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