After seeing Modesty Brown’s post on her favourite MAC eyeshadows, I decided to go ahead and do a post on my favourite MAC shadows too.
Here they are:
Any regular readers of this blog will know that I favour dark eyeshadows for three reasons: I wear glasses, I have no natural definition around my eyes whatsoever, and I love a smokey eye. When I reach for my MAC palette I know that any of these colours will work for me.
Bronze (frost): A beautiful bronze eyeshadow that has a great formula and is my version of a lid colour.
Mulch (velvet): Great for adding definition to the crease.
Antiqued (veluxe pearl): I love how blue this makes my eyes look. Very flattering. I particularly like applying Antiqued all over the lid, then adding definition with Mulch or Handwritten.
Tempting (lustre): This is my version of gold eyeshadow, as true golds just look yellow on me.
Handwritten (matte 2): Easy to work with formula and fantastic for adding defintion to the crease.
Sable (Frost): Another lid colour for me. I love the plum/mauve undertones.
However, in every MAC palette are the colours that don’t work. These are mine:
Here is the first row swatched:
Honey Lust (lustre): This shadow is very glittery and has poor pigmentation. You really need to pack on the colour to get anywhere with this shadow, which leads to a lot of fallout.
Woodwinked (veluxe pearl): Whilst this colour looks quite easy to wear in the picture above, it looks yellow when applied to my eyelid. Every time.
Satin Taupe (frost): I have tried many, many times to use this shadow, but it’s just not flattering on me at all. The best combination I’ve found is with Victoria’s Secret ‘Private Beach’, but most of the time it does nothing for me. I find this very strange as I have a taupe eyeshadow from Ellis Faas that works very well.
Carbon (matte): You can see from the swatch above how chalky and difficult to work with this shadow is. I’m not sure why it is so popular.
Naked Lunch (frost): Too light for a lid colour; too peachy as a brow highlight.
All That Glitters (veluxe pearl): This is a bit of a nothing colour when it is applied to my lid. The formula is great, but the colour is quite bland.
Gleam (lustre): I find this shadow chalky, and the pigmentation is not great. Also, prepare for fallout if you wear this one.
Amber Lights (frost): Looks amazing in the pan, but looks orange on my lids. I can *just* get away with it if I put Bronze over the top of it, which is how I’ll probably use it up.
Mythology (lustre): This shadow is packed with glitter that will end up all over the cheeks. I also find it quite chalky, and the colour isn’t dark enough to use as a lid colour on me.
So there you have it.