Ok so we thought we’d kick off our blog in style and who better to do that with than MAC? I have recently just filled my pro palette and in the words of Sonique, “and it feels so good!” (if you don’t know who Sonique is, then lets pretend i said something really cool.) It felt so good to pop that last little round piece of wonder into that perfectly made hole! siiigghhh! so i thought id kick off the blog talking through my collection of eyeshadows, what i use them for and which one i recommend, which one i don’t etc, you get the idea!
So, lets get to the good bit, shall we? Lets delve deep into the wonderful world of eyeshadows!Wether it is colours, neutrals, naturals, sparkles, darks, warm, or cool whatever floats your boat, theres a whole glorious range available at MAC and i have to say, i am obsessed! I have fifteen regular eyeshadows and two Pro Longer shadows and I am already lusting after more!
The first one i’m going to show you is ‘Blanc Type’
What MAC describes it as- “creamy beige”
What i would describe it as- “A pale netural cream.”
Blanc Type has a ‘matte 2’ finish, which means for all us simpletons, is that it has a satiny, more blendable texture and i would also say its more pigmented then their basic matte colours.
i use this colour all over the lids as a base, so that its easier to blend colours on top! It is lovely eyeshadow.
‘But would you say i need it buy it?’ I hear you ask. Yes! If you don’t have any other matte bases. No, if you have you already have some.
Next is ‘Kid’
This shade is actually discontinued now so i cant find out what MAC describes it as, but i would describe it has a peachy cream. It has the regular matte finish. I use this colour to warm the crease for a transition shade or on its own in the crease with a dark lip and bold brows! I LOVE this shade and I’m really disappointed that they discontinued it! However, i would recommend to check in your local MAC stores to see if they have hiding away!
Next up is ‘Quarry’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Soft muted plum brown’
What i would describe it as- ‘Soft medium taupe with purpley undertones’
Quarry is another matte finish and it again, is a lovely crease colour/transition shade. Its perfect for the ‘Kylie Jenner’ look. Blend it into the crease, over Blanc Type, stick on some natural looking false eyelashes, swipe on some MAC Whirl or Soar and you’re good to go, girl!
‘Would you say i need to buy it?” Yes! Its a lovely shade and finish!
Next is ‘Omega’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Soft muted beige-taupe’
What i would describe it as- ‘Pretty much what they say’
Omega is most popularly used as an eyebrow colour for fair to blonde hair. It is a matte. Its great if you are doing a strong eye, use to fill your brows in so you don’t have it ALLLL going on, because sometimes that can be a bit much, you know what I’m saying? It is also lovely as an all over lid colour for a dark smokey eye, as the base blendy colour (i’m very technical!).
Would i say you need to buy it? Mmmmm, if you have no other eyebrow products or find the ones you have are too red and you have never heard of Anastasia Beverly Hills, because you’ve been living under a rock, or been in space or something, then yes, i would recommend you buy it.
Next is ‘Espresso’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Muted gold brown’
What i would describe it as- ‘A cooler toned medium/dark brown’
Espresso is a lovely subtle but buildable shade. Its also a matte shade and it is also used as a brow colour for people with darker hair. I love it as an all over eye colour, blended right up into the crease as a wash of colour, then pair it with a bold lip, something like Flat out Fabulous. It is also really good as a base for ‘Woodwinked’ eyeshadow put over the mobile lid.
Would i say you need to buy it? Yea, its one of those seemingly ‘boring’ colours but theres so much you can do with it!
Next up is ‘Copperplate’
What MAC describes it as ‘Muted mid-tone grey”
What i describe it as ‘MAC are pretty bang on with their description!’
Copperplate is a Matte2 colour. I just love the matte2 formula! I use it most with uninterrupted blended into the crease and Copperplate over the mobile lid. It is also i good crease colour for pink or mauve eye looks!
Would i say you need to buy it? Yea, its a very versatile colour and its always handy to have a nice grey shade in your palette for smokey eyes etc!
Next is ‘Embark’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Intense reddish brown’
What i would describe it as- ‘A slice of heaven!’
Where do i start with this shade?? Lets take a minute to soak in Embark’s majesty, shall we?…. OK, Embark is one of those shades that you will be pondering about in the cold reaches of the night, thinking, ‘How did i live without this eyeshadow?’ “Why did i not know about it sooner?’ What i basically mean is, Embark is the meaning of life. It is perfect for an edgy smokey eye, blended with ‘Rule’ it is so gorgeous, it will make you shit your pants! It has a matte formula.
Would i say you need to buy it? YES!! You NEEEEEED it!
Next up is ‘Deep Damson’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Deep Burgundy’
What i would describe it as- ‘Same as the big M!’
Deep Damson is one of those scary looking shades because it looks so red in the pan, but it actually transfers onto the skin more of a deep, deep redy, purpley colour. Guys, it is so beautiful! it is a matte finish and so very blendable and buildable. MAC have it as one of their Pro colours but you can order it from their website or buy it in a MAC Pro store. It rocks with a warm smokey eye and in the crease. Man, it is a gorgeous colour!
Would i recommend it? Yes! It is something a little different without being too in your face and scary.
This leads us nicely into ‘Rule’
What MAC describes it as- ‘ Vivid orange’
What i describe it as- ‘Vivid Rust’
Rule is a really scary shade and i never really knew how to wear it or what to do with it at the start but play around with my makeup, i have discovered it amazing as a crease shade blended up towards the brow-bone with Emark and lots of other shades. You could use it as a ‘pop’ with a natural smokey eye. It is a matte shade and is buildable and blendable.
Would i recommend it? Yes! if only to put with Embark. They are the Beyconcè and JayZ of the eyeshadow world!
Next is ‘Seedy Pearl’
This shade is now discontinued, so i cant see what MAC describes it as.
What i would describe it as- Lets just say thank the lord it is discontinued because this is the worst eyeshadow i have EVER had. Its a frost, which lets be honest is not one of macs strong suits anyway! There is absolutely nothing can do with this eyeshadow! I must have been unhinged when i bought this eyeshadow! Anyway, lets move on….
Next is ‘Expensive Pink’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Pink with duochrome’
What i would describe it as- ‘A coral with a gold shimmer’
When i bought Expensive Pink i thought i was buying a pink but when watched it, it isn’t, it is coral. Orangey shades are hard for me to wear as i am so pale. So i did what any self respecting woman would do, i ignored it. Then one marvellous day i was messing around with different looks and i used it as a pop with a super smokey eye and it was gorgeous! I started with some dark eyeliner (or paint pot) blended all over the moveable lid, up to the crease and Expensive pink as a pop on the centre, the dark base brought the under lying pink tones out and turned it a lovely rose gold! This happens because its a ‘velux pearl’ formula, so the same will be with all of MAC’s Velux Pearl finishes. So clever!
Would i say you need it? Hhmmmm, i don’t know.. Its a nice shade if you like smokey eye looks or even if you like an orangey, pink eye looks! But if you don’t, then i’d skip this one!
Next is ‘Woodwinked’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Warm antique gold’
What i would describe it as- ‘Gold orange undertones’
Again, when i bought Woodwinked i thought i was buying a gold. So when i tried it and blended it and saw how orange it goes i was gutted. It wasn’t until i put it over Espresso that i fell in love with it. The darker shade underneath took out all the orange and gave me the ‘antique gold’!
Would i say you need it? Yea, its lovely shade with the darker shadow underneath. Even on its own its nice if you like orangey tones.
Next is ‘Satin Taupe”
What Mac describes it as- ‘Taupe with silver shimmer”
What i would describe it as- ‘A shimmery taupe with purple under tones’
Satin Taupe is a really beautiful shade. Even though it is a frost finish it isn’t the same texture as Seedy Pearl. Its smooth, pigmented and blendable. Its a really good colour for those ‘I have no time, and i need to look like i have made an effort’ or a ‘lazy’ day, just pop it all over the lid and blend and, voila! You’re done!
Would i say you need it? Yes! For all the reasons above!
Up the next is ‘Star Violet’
What MAC describes it as- ‘Pinky brown plum’
What i describe it as- ‘MAC has it in the description bag’
Star Violet is, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated shades MAC have! This shade first came to my attention when Sam from Pixiwoo did her ‘Birthday Look’ and she used a Trish McEvoy 24 hour eye shadow and liner and i fell in love with the colour and she said that MAC Star Violet was a dupe for it, so i went and got it! Its another lovely ‘all over the lid’ for me. Just blend, swipe on eyeliner and heaps of mascara or false eyelashes and you’re good to go!
Would i say you need to buy it? Yea, its nice for something different.
Last but not least is ‘Cranberry’
What Mac describes it as- ‘Red-plum with pink shimmer’
What i would describe it as- ‘Cranberry is a haaarrd shade to wear! But those who have figured out how to wear it, love it!
Here is a look i created using ‘Embark’ and ‘Expensive Pink’
I will post more pics through out the week to our Instagram and Facebook page.
So that is it for our first blog post!
Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.