21 September 2012

My 10 favourite MAC eyeshadow colours

When I started writing this blog, I listed ten of my favourite make-up and beauty products.  At the time, I promised to list my favourite MAC eyeshadows.  At last, I have honoured my word and dusted off my keyboard.

I present my top ten favourite MAC shadows, and my favourite ways to use them...

10: FILAMENT - lustre - "Platinum silver"
Cerubic, glitter-packed and innocent.
Perfect for: risking-up natural looks without adding sex appeal
Pair it with: resinous perfume and soft lashes - play up the angelic look with a devilish scent.

9: ROMPING - frost - MAC description unknown 
(A C-shock limited edition resurrected in the Hello Kitty Too Dolly quad.  I wasn't going to include any limited editions, but I use this too regularly to skip it!)
Perfect pink with lilac sparkles - cute and sweet!
Perfect for: injecting some pink into blander outfits.  Remember to avoid matching your eyeshadow to your outfit outside of fancy dress and fashion shoots!
Pair it with: cream waterline eyeliner to tone down eye redness.  Red eyes are exaggerated by pink eyeshadows.

8: NEHRU - matte - "Muted bluish-black"
Wearable black-tone; like a black hole.
Perfect for: smokey eyes, blending out the edges of eyeliner.
Pair it with: hyper-strength glitter-tastic lipgloss, like Urban Decay Stardust in "Andromeda".

7: TILT - frost - "Violet w/blue-green pearl" 
The perfect peacocking for blue-eyed (or grey-eyed!) beauties.
Perfect for: adding an extra dimension to brown looks (my favourite), or to accent blue eyes - just blend, blend, blend.
Pair it with: soft pink lips, stained with Benefit Posie Tint.

6: SATIN TAUPE "Taupe with a silver shimmer"
Copper-toned gold with a subtle glow.
Perfect for: brown smokey eye looks, socket colours and glitzing up day-time looks.
Pair it with: deep, sexy plum shadows to equip yourself with a 'fuck me now' glance.

5: BITTER - velvet - "Vivid green with a shimmer"
Jaundiced, putting the creepy into creepy cute.
Perfect for: sallow goth looks without resorting to black.
Pair it with: a good concealer - I rate NARS - you need to even out any redness to carry this colour off!

4: BEAUTY MARKED - velvet - "Black-red w/sparkle pearl"
Gothic, burlesque and glamour.  Delicious glitter.
Perfect for: dressy smokey eye looks and all-over-lid for gothic looks.
Pair it with: thick, smudged eyeliner å la Taylor Momsen.

3: OMEGA - matte - "Soft muted beige-taupe"
Subtle, soft earthy beige - one I've bought twice!
Perfect for: everything.  This is my perfect base-shade and I nearly always use it before building up with other colours.  I'm usually prefer drawing attention to my eyes rather than my lips (I have a scar on my lip that I hate!) and this is quite dark for a base colour but it's perfect for me and what I like.
Pair it with: white waterlined eyes for a bright-eyed glow.

2: YOGURT - matte - "Soft pale pink"
So good I've bought it twice!
Perfect for: base tones and vintage cutesy looks.
Pair it with: graphic shimmer eyeliner.  Mix up the styles, but remember to blend out something between the two, like MAC "Phloof!" eyeshadow.


1: WOODWINKED -veluxe pearl - "Warm antique gold"
True gold, true glamour.
Perfect for: highlight - light cheekbone highlights are awesome with this.  Tap it on, then blush-brush it off. A little goes a LONG way!  Same for a cupids-bow highlight with nude lips.
Pair it with: bronzed skin for a beautiful glow.  So much fun to play with!

And they're not MAC, but I can't live without them...
Urban Decay Stardust eyeshadow in "Diamond Dog".
Barry M fine glitter dust and Dazzle Dust in 98 and 24.
Urban Decay Naked2 palette, in it's entirety, but in particular, YDK, Suspect and Snakebite.

It's been a while, but I still love you.

Michelle <3

Product images from the MAC website.
All other images my own.

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