Spotlight On: MAC Star Violet

Finish: Veluxe Pearl / Pinky brown plum

Star Violet is one of those tricky eyeshadows from MAC; I hated it a LOT when I first started using it because of the way it appeared on the lid. Once I accepted that this is just the way this eyeshadow is, I was able to get more out of it. If you’re expecting a bold, vibrant color, this isn’t it. However, Star Violet is great for making seamless transitions between colors and blends beautifully. A great primer is highly suggested for the full effect (I use and swear by Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance). I personally wouldn’t recommend using this one alone, as it works best when paired with other colors – think of Star Violet as the “supporting actor”, not the movie star.


14 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Star Violet

  1. I can totally get this color to be bright and fun. Sometimes using a denser brush is the key. It also looks amazing used over Royal Hue shadestick.

  2. question-I know what highlight with a color is but what does it mean when you say highlight and blend with a certain color?

  3. I looove this one as it goes with various colours and brings out my browns! Tried it with woodwinked n cork, was fab 🙂

    1. N btw when i tried the first look, with expensive pink, DH kept complimenting the eye makeup…. How often does THAT happen? Lol.. thanks Z!

    1. Hi Hannah!
      I use the Sigma E30 for precise color placement and the MAC #222 (or Sigma E45) for more blended placement. The Sigma crease brush (E30) is MUCH better than MAC’s 219 – not as stiff a brush and much easier to work with.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

  4. I have this colour and match it with Sketch, I got this as a recommendation of a MAC seller (apparently he had made up a famous singer years before, she also has brown eyes). I could not agree more with the idea of a secondary-complementary colour!

    Thanks again!


  5. Today, I used Satin Taupe on the lid, Star Violet for the crease, and Shroom to blend and highlight, the result was amazing! Whenever I can’t think of an eye look, I just browse your site and it never fails me. 🙂

  6. I just got this color today from for $8.99 and I can’t wait to try the different looks you have here thanks Z!!!!

  7. Strange, when I swatched this against Trax , Trax looked weak and sad while Star Violet was like POW… Rich purple with insane gold sparkles. That was on my hand though, sad to see it doesn’t look that way on the lid!

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