Spotlight On: MAC Parfait Amour


Finish: Frost/Blue violet with shimmer

Known Dupes: UD Psychedelic Sister

Parfait Amour means ‘Perfect Love’ in French, but unfortunately some of us warm toned gals may not find it so perfect. I will say it is a beautiful, medium purple blue-toned shade. If you are of a cool complexion, this is one should consider owning, and especially if you have brown eyes. I personally did not find it flattering on me, and that could be attributed to my warm complexion. Which is sad, because I really love some of these combinations (especially #5!); they just make me look weird when I stand back and look in the mirror. Ah well! I also wish this one had more pigmentation with the first swipe. I really had to pack this one onto a good base to get it to show up. A really beautiful shade when paired with similarly blue-toned purples and blue shades.

Look #1 – click here for the full face!

MAC eyeshadows used:

  • Parfait Amour (inner and outer third of lid)
  • Pink Freeze (middle of lid)
  • Gesso (blend)

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Comments & Responses

20 Responses so far.

  1. Gina says:

    Oh my gosh you did a look with idol eyes thank you so much!! Yaaaaay score! You were super creative this is so unique would have never thought of that combo. I am a cool toned gal so all these looks will work for me thanks again Z! Have great Sunday!

    • Zabrena says:

      YAY!! Yes! I finally got the courage up for Idol Eyes. Ha! I’m so happy you like them – and you’re cool toned, so they’re all perfect for you! :)

  2. Mariella says:

    #4 and 5 have me planning maybe to buy this shadow! Like Gina, I’m cool toned so I’m really tempted because of these looks. I love how you’ve put together that more subtle look of #5 by pairing it with Shroom. Parfait Amour doesn’t get the greatest MUA ratings, so I’m wondering if there’s a better “dupe”. I’ve got a gorgeous Too Faced nameless shadow (“Exclusive”) and I wonder if it’s very close to P.A.

    • Zabrena says:

      I thought of you as I was putting these together, Mariella! :) I was reading that Violet pigment was a really good dupe for it and much more pigmented, although I can’t speak from experience. That’s the only thing I didn’t like about PA – pigmentation. :( But if you build it, it’s nice.

  3. Karah Schenk says:

    Hi!
    I’m new to your site. I just happened to see it when looking for MAC eyeshadows. What a happy surprise that was! You are so creative, talented, and so helpful! I see what you are saying about parfait amour and warm toned skin. I really do like #5 on you though. Could you maybe use a warmer shade of purple on top of P.A., and make it more to your satisfaction? Just a thought. I have a light complexion like yours, but I’m cool toned. I have P.A. but I haven’t used it yet, because since being on your blog, I have bought so many MAC shadows I haven’t had a chance to use it! :) I would really love to see you do a spotlight on Creme De Violet. I think there is a lot of us ladies that would like to see that! Thanks again for all the work you do in helping us ladies look beautiful. :)

    • Zabrena says:

      Hi Karah!
      Welcome! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the site! :)
      That’s a good idea about Parfait Amour – usually when I pair the cooler shades with warmer shades I do like them better.

      YES! Creme de Violet is definitely on my mind – I hope to do a Spotlight for that soon. I do love that shade!

      You’re so welcome! I’m happy you’re here!

      • Saira says:

        Ooooh, I love Creme de Violet! I will keep an eye out for the Spotlight post! I’ve used it with other purples and also with corals (I especially like it with Paradisco) but I would love to get ideas for other colour combinations.

  4. Joanna Hotalen says:

    1,4, and 5 are awesome!! how did you like idol eyes? every sales associate at mac strongly discourages me from purchasing it LOL

    • Zabrena says:

      Blah, Joanna! :( Not my favorite. I’m not too happy with the texture – very chunky type of glitter. I’ll have to work with it some more, but my first impression of it wasn’t too good.

      You’re not missing much there! :)

  5. Saira says:

    It’s funny that you say that this shade doesn’t suit you, Zabrena – it looks so pretty on you in the eye shots.

    Great to get some ideas for this shade :o) . I don’t have Parfait Amour but I have the MUG (MakeUpGeek) eyeshadow in Unicorn and it looks very similar. I especially like looks #1 and #3. I have brown eyes, so I am definitely going to try these combinations out!

    • Zabrena says:

      YAY! I’m glad you found some you liked from the post, Saira!

      I did like how #1 and #4 looked on me, so I may give those a go again at some point. :)

      • Saira says:

        I tried out look #3 today and wow, I absolutely love it! I have brown eyes and it really makes my eyes pop :o). I overlaid the Freshwater on the lid with the MUG Unicorn (like MAC Parfait Amour) in the crease slightly and it created the most gorgeous, iridescent bluish-purple colour.

  6. Mamacinco61 says:

    I came across your site by chance and was amazed at everything I discovered. I have been thinking about investing in the MAC 15 shadow palette. I was trying to pick some colors I knew I wanted but the MAC sitw doesn’t do the colors justice. Your pictures and discriptions are amazing. Thank you for all your hard work.

  7. Heather Cooke says:

    I love Look 8, the colors really stand out over a dark base. And I like the complementing “purple/yellow” in Look 5. I also like the different shades of purple used in Look 4.

  8. Samantha says:

    ik this might a stupid question, but how do u do the inner and outer corner look…. I’ve tried it and it just never looks good I must be doing something wrong… the middle of
    my eye never stays clean… if that makes sense……. can u please do some sort of video or step by step picture how to do it… also does it have a certain name?

    • My Eyeshadow Consultant says:

      Hi Samantha!
      That’s not a stupid question at all! :) We are all here to learn, so no worries!
      I did a tutorial on the first look actually – it’s on the YouTube channel here if you’d like to see it:

      That should help explain it a little better :)
      Thanks for asking!

      • Desiree says:

        Hi Zabrina,
        The video for look #1 doesn’t play anymore. I watched it eons ago but now I can’t remember if you applied the inner and out color first and then pink freeze in the middle. I tried it that way but pink freeze is not popping on me like it does in the picture, even with a Shadow Insurance and Painterly paint pot layered underneath. I tried one eye over NYX Milk and seemed to get a bit more color payoff but it still looks off. I am using the MAC 242 brush on the inner and outer and the 239 for the middle with the 217 to soften the edges. Can you repost the video or tell me what I am missing? Should I be blending more? Thanks!

        • Zabrena says:

          Hi Desiree!
          You’re right, I did apply the inner and outer colors first with Parfait Amour and then Pink Freeze in the middle, I also carried them above the crease point a little bit. Everything you said, as far as brushes and whatnot looks great – how does Pink Freeze show on you usually? Is it bright? Does it pop on its own? It sounds like it could be your complexion based on how you said it looked with the NYX eyeliner underneath. Have you tried applying it wet with something like MAC’s Fix+? That could help it pop more!

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