Spotlight On: MAC Filament

filamentFinish: Lustre / Platinum silver

I’ll admit I didn’t have high hopes for Filament when I knew first off it was a Lustre finish. *sigh* This really is just such a beautiful pure silver color but the finish ruins it completely. I feel these Lustre shades are nothing more than pure glitter pressed into a pan! Agh! Like Idol Eyes and Honesty I found myself needing to use an eyeshadow transformer for a LOT of the looks below; that is the only thing that cuts the fallout and glitter down to nothing when using a Lustre finish. I also layered it over a paint pot (in look #3) and while I really like the effect created in that look, I still don’t know if this one is going or staying. If you want to recreate some of the below looks and do not want to purchase Filament to do it (hey, I wouldn’t either!), you could easily substitute Electra in its place.

Look #1

MAC eyeshadows used:

  • Jesse’s Girl Eyeshadow Transformer for Filament
  • Filament (inner half of lid)
  • Copperplate (outer half of lid)
  • Quarry (crease) – really a light purple, even though it looks pink here
  • Vanilla (blend)

19 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Filament

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Thank you! Deep Damson and Beauty Marked are pretty much dupes of one another, so it’d look a lot like Look #4, only with a little more glitter 🙂 They are beautiful together!

      1. oh-thanks-I have a dupe for beauty marked and a silver a bit darker than filament, may try it.Also thanks for the transformer tips-I never heard of it before.

        1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


          Anytime! It’s amazing how an eyeshadow transformer can make some of these Lustre shades behave themselves better LOL 🙂

          I know you’ll love the contrast between the silver and deep burgundy!

          1. I need to purchase a transformer. I honestly don’t know why I bought Filament after having Gleam and never using it. I guess I’m just a hopeless optimist!

          2. Haha! Nothing wrong with that! 😉 A transformer will definitely help matters!
            If Filament didn’t have so much darn fallout, it would be such an awesome shade! 🙁

  1. Hi Zabrena,
    I felt bad that you had to deal with Filament. I knew you where having problems with it. You can tell that it’s a real pain by look 4, but you always try to take lemons and turn them in to lemonade. 🙂 I like look 5. It’s too bad about Filament. Maybe if MAC would have changed the finish so it would have less glitter. It seems like MAC always keeps the shades they need to get rid of and takes away the ones they should keep. I wanted to ask you how you like Concrete?

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Ha! Exactly! Ya work with what you have 🙂
      Yes, it was turning into quite the Chunky Monkey in Look #4!
      I agree – they should just go ahead and do away with the whole Lustre line as it is.
      I’m sure it can’t be a great seller for them. And leave the matte finishes alone! 😀
      Haven’t tried out Concrete yet, but I hear good things about it!

  2. While the colour combos are lovely, even in the photos, Filament seems to make your lids look “scaly”…not a nice texture at all. I’ve got a silver shadow in the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette that is a delight to use, if anyone is looking for an intense silver that is easy to work with. Ooh and Aah (if they still make it) is also a really nice silver shadow.

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      I couldn’t agree more; such a disappointment. 🙁
      Thanks for the alternative suggestion! 🙂 I just got the Mariposa palette from UD the other day and I’m intrigued by the silver eyeshadow in there called ‘Mushroom’!

      1. Zabrena, I got that palette just for the sake of Mushroom (I actually “swapped” with my daughter, who’d got it as a gift). I think you have Moth Brown; can you let me know how close (or not close) Moth Brown and Mushroom are? I quite like the Mariposa palette – not a must-have but still nice.

        1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


          Okay, so I *finally* got to compare these two today (sorry for being late!), and the two are identical when swatched side by side with one another. When you compare them side by side in the pan, Moth Brown looks to lean slightly more purple to the discerning eye, but they truly are dupes of one another. Hope that helps! 🙂

          1. It sure does! I wanted to get Moth Brown but as I own just about every taupe in existence, I wanted to check it out in store first and then I learned it was (a) online only and (b) the releases were timed so you couldn’t take advantage of any free shipping offers. Those 2 things together just annoyed me so I passed on it. Now it turns out I’ve got at least 2 identical dupes of it (though knowing myself as I do, if they repromote it again, I’ll break down and buy it!) Have you seen the new UD shadow in the shade Snare? “To die for”!

          2. My Eyeshadow Consultant

            LOL! I can just see you buying all the taupes! Haha! Like me and the pink eyeshadows.
            Oh they’re dupes?! So what! Ha!

            I just looked up Snare – wowee! Pure silver! I’m going to Ulta tomorrow; hope they have it to check it out!

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