MAC Rimal Dahabia Quad Swatches and Review


The Rimal Dahabia quad is my second MAC quad purchase (the first being from the Archie collection). This was released with the Art of the Eye collection, and it’s still available. I thought these colors looked like a great fit for my eye color, and it has a great combination of natural shades that can go from day to night by mixing it up for a smokey look, making it ideal for travel. Thanks to a helpful translator on Specktra, the name of this quad translates to “golden sands”.


This palette contains four shades: Shroom (satin; soft beige with shimmer), Soft Brown (matte; soft golden peachy brown), Beauty Burst (matte; rich reddish brown), and Najm el Lail (matte; deep black brown). I already have Shroom, but this is a great color, so I don’t mind having a spare. Beauty Burst seems more like a satin finish than a matte to me.


Wearing all but Najm el Lail here; Beauty Burst is all over the lid.

I really like this quad so far. All of the shadows are smooth and pigmented, with the exception of Najm el Lail. This shade is a little more difficult to work with; it is definitely more stiff than the rest of the shades, but nothing that can’t be worked with.


Swatches in natural light

As you can see in the swatches, Najm el Lail looks pretty patchy, but the rest swatched nicely. I think Najm el Lail might be okay as a brow powder, but I haven’t tested that out yet. I LOVE Beauty Burst! This originally came out with the Barbie collection some time ago.

This quad is $40, which is quite expensive for something that isn’t totally perfect, especially when one can spend $10 more for a perfect neutral palette (UD Naked 1 or Naked 2), or the same price for something like the Lorac PRO palette (I don’t have that one). On the other hand, for MAC shadows, this is a decent price when individual pots are $15, or $12 for PRO pans. I do not regret buying this despite the difficulties with Najm el Lail. I can make it work despite the stiff texture and patchy application by putting a little more care into it while applying.

I love how handy it is and I have been wearing it often, and will definitely take it with me on my next trip out of town. When I went to Chicago, I only brought the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette with me. While I do like that palette, I was so sick of wearing neutrals by the time I went home, and I feel like this is more “neutrals with an edge”, if that makes any sense. 🙂 Even though the shades are dupeable, I found myself strangely drawn to this palette, and am happy with it.

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