Spotlight On: MAC Honesty

Finish: Lustre / Pewtered bronze

The best way I can describe Honesty to my fellow eyeshadow lovers here is to say that it truly is a golden tan version of Mythology; the only difference is its disappointing pigmentation and color payoff. For the combinations you’ll see below, I applied it wet, layered it dry and had to do it back and forth a few times to get it to show up. I will say once I was able to get it to show, it became a beautiful color and reminds me a lot of Urban Decay’s Chopper. I personally don’t care for the color on myself and don’t like how hard it is to work with. For those reasons, it’s not one I recommend getting.

Look #1

MAC eyeshadows used:

  • Honesty (on lid, below crease)
  • Texture (crease)



11 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Honesty

  1. I think the color is really stunning on you, and the transformer almost makes it look foiled. and the combinations are gorgeous!

    with that being said, i’m going on a mini rant. this was my first mac shadow purchase ever, which was about seven years ago. i don’t understand how a mac sales associate can actually suggest this product to the average consumer, knowing full well that this shadow SUCKS. it is extremely sheer and chunky with residual fallout all over your face. it looks pretty with the transformer, and i don’t fault you for using it one bit, but you know your products and are understand the artistry and technique behind using various different mixing mediums. it’s not fair for companies to sell subpar items since most average consumers don’t know about primers and mediums and such. and quite honestly, you shouldn’t have to use a mixing medium to make a pan of eyeshadow work for you. just my opinion. i just get really upset with mac discontinuing good products only to keep things as nonfunctional as this. they really do their customers a disservice. i love mac, but if i worked there, i could never sell this product to someone as i don’t stand behind it. ugh! sorry, but it was the first purchase and nearly turned me off to the brand

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Hi Joanna!
      Oh, I just couldn’t agree with you more! I hear your exact same story all the time and it frustrates me to no end to hear about MAC sales associates pushing either the wrong colors on unknowing ladies, or horrible eyeshadows like this one!

      And yes, this is one of the WORST eyeshadows I have ever worked with from MAC (you’re right! I shouldn’t have to resort to an eyeshadow transformer!); if it had been my first one I’m sure I would’ve been quick to write them off like you almost did. And what gets me is they discontinue shades with really awesome pigmentation and color and keep crap ones like this! UGH!

      LOL! I’m so glad I’m able to talk with ladies like you about stuff like this! Ha! 🙂

  2. Zabrena,
    I’m sorry you had so much trouble with Honesty, and what a ridiculous name to give to this shade! I think you did the best you could with this shade. When I looked it up on web all I saw was bad reviews. I totally agree with what Joanna said. ( Except the being foiled part), but MAC and other brands let great shadows go, but keep the really bad ones. You shouldn’t have to use a Shadow Transformer to have a shadow show up!

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Haha! Yeah, really! Ridiculous name is right! 🙂 I sure am glad I had that eyeshadow transformer, but you’re absolutely right. The only other shade I’ve used it with is Idol Eyes, but it is at least a little more versatile than Honesty. I remember you warning me about this one, Karah! Ha! Luckily I got it in a swap, so hopefully I can swap it away again too.

  3. Hi Zabrena,
    I bought Honey Lust the other day and feel like it’s just as bad as Honesty. And the MAC salesperson didn’t warn me at all about the glitter, fallout, etc. of that shade either. I could say all the same comments as the other ladies about that shade too. I’ll have to try an eyeshadow transformer to see if I can make use of it – but agree that we shouldn’t have to!

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Aww no, Michele. Honey Lust is another one I need to do for the site. 🙁 Not looking forward to that! BOO, MAC!
      Totally agree. If you do try it with an eyeshadow transformer, scrape a little off the top of the eyeshadow and put it onto a paper plate (or the lid of the pot) to mix in with the transformer so as not to ruin the eyeshadow itself. That’s how I did it anyway 🙂

  4. Every cloud has a silver lining…finally a Spotlight on that doesn’t make me want to rush out and get yet another eye shadow!!!

      1. Well, I do have to tell ya – MAC had free express shipping and had restocked both Soot and India Ink so guess what’s zooming its way to me as I type (should be here tomorrow, fingers crossed). So you see, I’m really NOT kidding when I say this less than stellar shadow is a bit of a blessing in disguise!

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