Spotlight On: MAC Beautiful Iris

Finish: Veluxe Pearl / Lavendar with sheen

Known Dupes: Mancatcher, Lovely Lily pigment, UD Stalker

Beautiful Iris is a cool, blue-based purple ideal for ladies with cool complexions and those who may be looking for a lighter purple. When I first got this shade and tried it, I wasn’t impressed with it and didn’t even like it. Well, things change! Haha! After putting this post together I can honestly say I do like this color … A LOT! This one requires a really densely packed brush and a really great base to get the real beauty of it to show on the lid. My favorite way to wear Beautiful Iris is in the crease with a stronger color on the lid. It creates such a striking look, but with a soft fade. My favorite look out of all of these is by far, #5 – it does something magical to my eyes. Beautiful Iris is a wonderful color for creating seamless transitions in your look and blends easily with other colors.

21 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Beautiful Iris

  1. Beautiful as always Zabrena! I can honestly say I love all of the looks 🙂 I really like how you used Club. I bet the look with Club is even more pretty in person. Club is such an interesting shade. I look forward to trying the look! 🙂 I still love my Lovely Lily pigment too! It’s a great dupe for B.I., but L.L. has a little more shimmer to it. Anyway, I wanted to ask you what you think about Moon’s Reflection? Is it like any other Mac shade? or different? Would you recommend it for cooler complexions? Thank you again, Zabrena for all the hard work that you do for us ladies! 🙂 (and the beautiful spotlight posts!) 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karah! 🙂
      Oh my gosh, the combo with Club is just TO DIE FOR! It was the last look I did for that post and hubby came home while I still had it on. He was like, “Wear that one tonight – I love that!” LOL! And that was when I only had it on one eye – once I did the other, it looked AMAZING.

      Hmm, Moon’s Reflection is definitely in a league of its own. The only one I’d compare it to is Tilt. If you look back in the MAC eyeshadow collection picture of my blue palette, they sit side by side and are almost identical. Moon’s Reflection is just lighter and goes on more pale; Tilt is a little stronger. Definitely recommend it for cooler complexions! 🙂

  2. Beautiful Iris and Club, a combo I never would have thought to try! I, too, was unimpressed at first as i expected more intensity. However, it has become one of my most used shades! I like to wear it on the lid, with Mac’s Chromaline in “pure white” as my base…What do you think about pairing Beautiful Iris with Parfait Amour, are the shades too similar in tonal value?

    1. Haha! Right?!
      Oh wow, I bet it just POPS with the Chromaline white base!

      Yeah, B.I. and Parfait Amour are a little too similar. I tried a look with them as they looked like they’d go really well together, but there wasn’t any differentiation between the two when I took the pictures, so I scrapped it. It looked like I just took B.I. and applied it all over! LOL

  3. I also love the pairing with Club – what a dynamic look that is! I’ve read that UD Asphyxia is a dupe for Beautiful Iris but behaves itself better (better application and pigmentation). I swatched it once, on holiday, and found it quite icy-reflective (almost garish) but that could have been the store lights. I’ll have to try them side by side next time I’m at the mall that has both MAC and Sephora and then choose one or the other. What beautiful looks you’ve created, Z!

    1. Thank you, Mariella! 🙂
      I can’t speak to Asphyxia from experience, but I’ve read the same thing about it being a dupe for B.I. Some of the UD eyeshadows are so glitter packed I’ve kinda held back lately for fear of another glitter monger. Ha! More research needed before buying!

  4. How sweet! 🙂 You know you have a good look if your hubby likes it and wants you to wear it! I bet that made you feel good. Also, I noticed Mariella’s comment about Asphyxia and it being a dupe for B.I. Really I think Lovely Lily pigment is a dupe for B.I., not Asphyxia. I don’t know about you, but I have all three of the shades I just mentioned. I think Asphyxia is a warmer toned similar look to B.I. but not a dupe. B.I. is a more true lilac/lavender shade with white and blue based undertones with some shimmer. Asphyxia is a lot warmer and a bit darker,due to it’s pink undertones. To me it also has more shimmer to it. Really going from shimmer to glitter with how much you pack on. What do you think Zabrena? Does Asphyxia look nice on you because of your warmer coloring? Or not?

    1. Hi Karah!
      Lovely Lily is absolutely a dupe for B.I., but I can’t speak to Asphyxia – I’ve never used it, unfortunately. I’ve heard it’s a dupe for B.I., but I can’t be 100% certain based on any experience. I’ll have to look at it next I’m in the store. Sorry I couldn’t help more there!

      P.S. (Thank you for the gifts!!) MUAH!

  5. Wow, Club and Beautiful Iris look like they were made for each other!! Gorgeous! Zabrena, I’ve been wondering…what would you say is your undertone? For instance in the MAC world do you fall under NW? NC? You seem to have no problem with any shade!

    1. Hi Michelle!
      I love that combo! 🙂
      You know, I never have learned which I am! Ha! I always go for the eyeshadows and have not asked about foundation. I’ve been so impressed with my drugstore brand I haven’t looked elsewhere. I’ll have to ask next I’m in the store and let you know what they say.

      I have a neutral undertone (although I feel it leans more yellow). My veins are blue AND green and I’ve read that mixture helps with being able to wear different cool and warm shades.

  6. Im loving all of these looks, they are amazing!!!! I am new to this site and OMG am I glad I found you! Ive recently gone out and bought a load of Mac eyeshadows and now Im struggling to make them work for me, lol. I struggle with blending and also getting colour to show up on my eyelids! Must be doing something very wrong! I cant find Too Faced eyeshadow primer or Urban Decay primer here, so I have been using Mac Paint pot in Painterly. Im just not not getting good colour at all. Do you think its because I need a different primer or if Im putting the eyeshadow on wrong? Help please, hahaha. 🙂

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Hi Maxine!
      Welcome to the site! I’m so happy you found it and are enjoying it as well! 🙂
      I can completely understand your frustration with not getting the colors to show on your lids.
      Painterly is a good base to use, but in my experience it doesn’t work for everyone, so you may actually need a separate eyeshadow primer.
      Do you have access to be able to buy the NARS eyeshadow primer?
      Of all the primers I’ve used, NARS truly is my favorite for its lasting power and getting eyeshadows to show on the lid.
      It is a little higher in price though.

      If you don’t have access to the NARS eyeshadow primer, or you’d like to try a cheaper fix to see if it will help, I would also recommend an eyeshadow transformer. I did a video about eyeshadow transformers a little while back that I’ll include below, in the hopes that it might help you. It’s really just another medium to mix in with your eyeshadows to make them appear more vibrant on the lid and eliminate fallout that may be associated with the formula (i.e. MAC Lustre eyeshadows!).

      Thanks for taking the time to ask – please let me know how it comes out!

  7. Also, when you say you blend with a light colour after, is that always? I think I only know the “old fashioned” way of putting eyeshadow on, hahaha. It used to be a light colour over the lid, a slightly darker or different one in the V and another slightly darker or different one in the crease/socket and then blend. It seems different now. Do you have any tutorials on putting the shadow on in places and blending? The one I found on the site seems to have been removed and I just love the looks you create! Thanks. 🙂

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Hi Maxine!
      Oh no! Could you let me know where you saw the tutorial that had been removed?
      I delete videos from time to time and I sometimes miss removing the links from the site, so I try to keep it as up to date as possible! 🙂

      Have you seen the YouTube channel?
      I have a lot of really great eyeshadow tutorials there that might help.
      The channel is here:
      And on the right side you’ll see a playlist that says ‘Eyeshadow Combos’ – that should help some more in the explanation.
      Please let me know if I can answer anything else for you! 🙂

  8. Thank you for your replies.

    The video that has been deleted is on this site in the video section. It is called “best brushes and tips for perfect blending”. I use MAC brushes, but was really interested in the blending part. Maybe it is just my computer playing up, but I can’t get into this video. However, I have been on you tube and seen your other videos….amazing, you make it look so easy. All your looks come together so beautifully, I need more practice, hahaha!

    I did abit of research online and have found that I can order the “Too Faced” primer. I am now torn between that one and the NARS, but Im guessing that will be trial and error depending on how my eyelids feel, lol.

    Thank you for again for responding to my questions.xx

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      You’re so welcome! 🙂
      Ah! I just actually redid that video and will be posting it to the YouTube channel this Saturday.
      The one that was removed was back from when I first started – poor quality, low microphone, you know – I’m always looking for ways to improve things!
      So that one will be available again shortly, in MUCH better quality 🙂
      Thank you!

  9. Hi Z, Love all the looks, but loving Look 8 when you say Blackberry and Satellite Dreams (crease) – how do you apply – do you mix these colours or apply separately? Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Marcia!
      I apply them separately; I believe I applied Blackberry over S.D. to help with blending it out in the crease. It can be a booger and a half to blend on its own sometimes! 😉

  10. Where is the look with club? I can’t seem to find it- and it sounds like i would love the look! What am i missing? Thanks

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