2 April 2015

What's in My Not-So-Neutral MAC Eyeshadow Palette?

My all-neutral MAC customised eyeshadow palette may get pulled out on a near daily basis, even if it's only to have a bit of a swoon over, but another MAC put-together-palette of mine doesn't get near as enough love. Back when I visited England, said shadow selection was uncovered, the dust blown off and I made the decision for it to be stuffed in my bag for my return in an attempt to use it a little more. There's no denying it packs a more colourful punch as it was gradually filled when I was doing makeups for proms and parties - I've got a feeling I'll be dipping my brush into some more than others and I've already eyed-up a few standouts and so without further ado, allow me to take you on a tour of my not-so-neutral MAC eyeshadow palette...

Top Row
Sumptuous Olive - I've been keen on khaki as of late, a simple sweep of it under my lower lash line in place of bronze for my standard smoky eye just adds a little different something something. This one's an green-brown with warm, olive undertones and a shimmery finish.

Swimming - Described as a medium grass green with gold shimmer, a lustre finish and a subtle sheen, it's another kind of khaki that I'd run under the eyes and may even brave washing all over the lid.

HumidOne that will possibly be reserved for a fancy dress opportunity or next Halloween, this medium-dark forest green with a subtle golden sheen and frosty in finish definitely stands out from my usual neutral crowd.

Fresh Water - The day I decide to welcome a touch more colour to my shadow steps, here would be a good place to start. Vibrant and bright, this medium blue is veluxe pearl in finish, I've got a feeling it could be a good while before my fluffy brush gets dipped in to this number.

Middle Row

Expensive Pink - Think a more intense, pinker version of All That Glitters with that same golden sheen - it looks lovely washed over the lids.
Stars N Rockets - I'm still figuring out how I could possibly rock this brightened, fuchsia-purple with an iridescent pink lavender sheen and an overall veluxe pearl finish, but I've been reaching for purples to add a little something to my smoky eye so lilac could just be next - watch this space?

Creme De Violet - Why I purchased two shadows that are all too similar when I knew I wouldn't get much wear from either baffles me, but vibrant and violet in shade with a golden pearl and frosty finish, it's similar to the above with a bit more pink about it.

Sketch - Coming across as a muted, dusty, matte burgundy, this is what I'm talking about when I say I'm welcoming plumier tones to my smoky creations - it adds depth yet switches up what I usually sweep on. 

Beauty Marked - With a burgundy base all too similar to Sketch only with added flecks of plum and ruby, it's another I love to run along the waterline or even blended through the crease for some colour definition. 

Bottom Row
Idol Eyes - Appearing all kinds of silver in the pan, this shadow is in fact more of a sheer smoky purple with chunky gold shimmer and glittery flecks. A swatch suggests fall out, and a lot of it so I think I'll be sliding this one in the direction of the back burner for now. 

Electra - Now this is your true light-medium silver with an almost metallic sheen to it - a good'un for adding touch of metallicness to your standard black/grey smoky eye if that's your thing. 

Scene - For a smoky blue-grey with a slight satin sheen, this just adds a different shade of smoke to the look I usually opt for, and with that said, I predict it'll be dabbed into more frequently from now on. 

Knight Divine Dark, lead-pencil coloured grey's like this are what I'd usually steer clear of in terms of a full-on lid wash but with added silver shimmer, it's another that could bring a dramatic depth to a smoky eye.

Contrast - If I'm going to brave blue, it would be something more like this deep midnight with turquoise sparkles - I have in fact worn it once as a one-sweep-wonder and very much favoured the outcome but used as a liner it works beautifully paired with bronze.

The keys for me? Sumptuous Olive, Swimming, Beauty Marked and Scene, but there's still one blank space to fill. Recommendations for a colourful, but at the same time wearable, on a postcard below...


  1. I need Sumptuous Olive in my collection, it looks gorgeous!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  2. I really love the sound of Expensive Pink! Naked Lunch is my favourite MAC eyeshadow :)

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  3. A pretty palette! I think I still own my very first MAC eyeshadow which was Moon's Reflection which was a lovely bright blue. Must track that down and get some use out of it again :)

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

  4. I bought Sumptuous Olive a while ago and have barely used it, I really need to pull it out and try it under my lash line :)
    xxx Claire

  5. Amber Lights is quite a colourful shade but it's a stunning wearable gold. Highly recommend. Loved this post. X

  6. You really do Jasmine - I've fallen right in love with it ;-)

  7. Ah if you like Naked Lunch, I've got a feeling you'd really like Expensive Pink Sophie ;-)

  8. Ah thanks Kate - ooo I'm going to have to look that one up :-)

  9. Mine had hardly been touched too Claire, though this week it's all I've been wearing - love :-)

  10. Ah I've been meaning to swatch that one for a while - I will next time I'm in MAC! Thanks for the rec. Zoe :-)

  11. It's beautiful indeed - I'm getting a lot more use out of it :-)

  12. These are gorgeous, but I know I would chicken out of actually wearing them!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  13. Haha - same! Many of them haven't even been used by me, but I do think I'll get use out of some of the more wearable shades ;-)


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