MAC Moth Brown Eyeshadow Swatches, Comparisons, Dupes

NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom

Possible dupe ideas: NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom

I try not to get pulled in by the MAC limited edition product hype, but I do love my purple/taupes, so when the recent MAC by Request collection was released, I ordered one product – the eyeshadow Moth Brown.   It’s already sold out (though available overpriced on Ebay) so instead of a review, I have comparison swatches for you today.   The two most similar shades in my stash are – luckily – both permanent: NARS Lhasa, and Urban Decay Mushroom.
Swatches are done without primer, with a sponge – tipped applicator. Click to enlarge.

swatches - NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom - sunlight

NARS Lhasa, MAC Moth Brown, Urban Decay Mushroom – sunlight

As you can see, the color family is the same, and the shade is very similar in all three eyeshadows. The biggest difference is the level of pigmentation – Lhasa is fairly sheer, Moth Brown has medium pigmentation, and Mushroom is very pigmented.  If you apply Lhasa or Moth Brown over primer they will – of course – appear more opaque and pigmented.

Everyone has different ideas of what is close enough to constitute a dupe, but I personally would consider Lhasa and Moth Brown almost-dupes; different in swatches, but identical on the eye.  Because Mushroom is more pigmented (and has more metallic shine), I don’t think it’s a dupe, though they might be close enough that you don’t want to own both.

Would you consider any of these three eyeshadows dupes?

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