Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My First Finished MAC Palette | MAC Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

MAC Pro 15 Pan Eyeshadow Palette

There is something so satisfying about completing your own custom MAC palette. Although I have a few custom palettes (Coastal Scents and Inglot) for some reasons this MAC one is just different... Maybe because MAC Cosmetics is such an iconic brand, or because MAC is such a popular choice, or it could be just because they one of the pricier options for customisation... Or a combination of the three. 

MAC Pro 15 Pan Eyeshadow Palette 2

I started this palette about 2 years ago and because the costly nature of MAC eyeshadows and accessories, it has taken me all this time to finish it. A MAC Palette cost £14 whilst the 15 pan eyeshadow inserts are an additional £2.50 and MAC Pro Pan Eyeshadow normally retail at £10 each. So after doing your maths (£14 + £2.50 + (£10 x 15)) you'll come to the realisation that a MAC palette will set you back an astounding £166.50. Imagine all the makeup you could buy with that, right! 

But is a MAC palette worth all that money? Yes and no. Yes because MAC eyeshadows for the most part are good quality and the brand has a nice selection of finishes and shades. And no because if you do your research you can find some great dupes and alternatives from brands that are much cheaper. Would I recommend a MAC Pro Palette? Depends; if you have the budget and you enjoy MAC shadows and products - definitely. If not that you can definitely find some great alternatives.

MAC Pro 15 Pan Eyeshadow Palette 3

For my first MAC palette I pretty much stuck to neutral colours I knew I would use regularly. My logic being if I'm going spend so much money on the shadows, they might as well be colours I could get a lot of use from. However, I'm thinking though for my next MAC palette I might some more unique and bright colours.

MAC Eyeshadows Swatched Blanc Type, Rice Paper, All That Glitter, Expensive Pink and Fig.1

Blanc Type is described as a creamy beige. I'd say it was a warm off-white eye shadow. I prefer this to a white as white tends to look stark against tan/medium-dark skin. I like to use this a matte highlight for underneath the brow bone.

Ricepaper is described as a peachy gold with shimmer. I'd say it was a pale cool toned gold which is great for highlighting the browbone and inner corner of the eye.

All That Glitters is described as beige with gold pearl. I'd say it was more of shimmery pink toned beige. It's a must have eyeshadow; if you buy any MAC eyeshadow buy this one, it looks great on pretty much everyone.

Expensive Pink is a beautiful copper pink with a pearl finish. It's very beautiful peachy eyeshadow which really pops on the lid.

Fig. 1 is described as an eggplant purple. It might look pretty random in this palette but I love a purple in the crease for eyeshadow looks. This one is a great medium toned and not bright purple for using in combination with neutral looks.

MAC Eyeshadow Swatched in Samoa Silk, Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe and Mulch

Samoa Silk is described as a brightened peach orange. Unfortunately it was discontinued but it is a great transition/blending colour for warming up an eyeshadow look.

Amber Lights is described as a peachy-brown with shimmer. However I'd say it's a amber orange with a shimmery satin finish. This shade is a must have for the summer.

Woodwinked is described as a warm antique gold. It's really a beautiful satin gold colour that can be worn for any occasion.

Satin Taupe is described as a taupe with silver finish. This is what I wear if I want a muted cool toned neutral eye look. This is one of my must haves!

Mulch is described as a red brown with bronze pearl finish. I would say it a bronze brown with satin finish great for a everyday or brown smokey eye.

MAC Eyeshadow Swatched in Cork, Swiss Chocolate, Embark, Carbon and Black Tied

Cork is described a muted golden brown. It's a matte cool medium brown shadow that I use for a transition/blending shade.

Swiss Chocolate is described as a muted reddish-brown. I love this shade for deepening the crease and creating definition.

Embark is described as a intense reddish brown. Once again this is great for deepening the crease and creating definition on a neutral eye.

Carbon is described as matte intense black. It's not the blackest black or most pigmented black I've come across. In fact I would say you can find better such as Urban Decay Blackout. However it still pretty good at smoking out a crease and darkening shadows.

Black Tied is described as a black with silver sparkles. It's much more pigmented than Carbon and is great for doing a glamorous black smokey eye.

Have you got any MAC Eyeshadow? What are your favourites?

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