I’ve always thought that MAC has some beautiful eyeshadows to offer, but haven’t purchased anything from them since their cruelty-free status changed. As I started expanding my eyeshadow collection, I realized slowly that refusing to buy MAC really isn’t that much of a compromise. There really are a million different amazing shades in amazing formulas available from other brands. In the higher-end rage, NARS and Urban Decay make great, highly-pigmented shadows that are super close matches to some classic MAC shades. NYX shadows are good drugstores choices, and Wet’n’Wild can be worked with just as well over a good primer. If you’re looking for cruelty-free dupes, I assembled this list of 25 of the most popular neutral and everyday MAC eyeshadows for you! Most are 85% or higher dupes.

If you’ve never heard of Silk Naturals, they offer a whole bunch of MAP dupes, ranging from eyeshadows to lipsticks, that are super close dupes! Their shadows come in a loose form but they can be pressed fairly easily. Another nice little cruelty-free palette to have is Wet’n’Wild’s Walking on Eggshells; it has close matches to the popular Shroom, Cork, and Naked Lunch shadows. Finally, if you were a fan of MAC’s shadows before the company started testing on animals and are looking for something of similar or better quality, I highly recommend Urban Decay’s Naked palettes, especially Naked 2. Urban Decay’s shadows are buttery-smooth, and way more affordable than MAC’s if you’re looking at the price of the individual shadows.

VANILLA: Silk Naturals – Sonic

SATIN TAUPE: Silk Naturals – Mink & Wet’n’Wild – Nutty

NYLON: theBalm – #38

CORK: Wet’n’Wild – Walking on Eggshells (crease)

NAKED LUNCH: Silk Naturals – Nekkid & Wet’n’Wild Walking on Eggshells (eyelid)

SHROOM: Silk Naturals – Boom & Wet’n’Wild – Walking on Eggshells (browbone)


RICEPAPER: Silk Naturals – Papyrus

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Urban Decay – Sidecar

WOODWINKED: NYX – Peach Bronze & Wet’n’Wild Comfort Zone (crease)

BRULE: Wet’n’Wild – Brulee

CARBON: Hourglass – Prism

KID: Urban Decay – Naked

VEX: Silk Naturals – Nymph

MOTH BROWN: Silk Naturals – Lurid

SABLE: Urban Decay – Toasted


TEMPTING: Urban Decay – Smog


SMUT: NARS – Mekong

PATINA: Edward Bess – Intimate


WEDGE: Jane – Rock Star

MULCH: Too Faced – Chestnut

SOFT BROWN: Bare Minerals – Frisson