Friday, October 30th, 2009

Build a Quad: “Soft Fire”

Dubbed Soft Fire, this eyeshadow quad features four permanent shades of MAC eyeshadow: Amber Lights (a coppery frost), Antiqued (a reddened brown frost), Bronze (a rich bronze frost), and Grain (a lightly shimmered beige highlighter). All of these shades have warmer tones, so I would consider this to be a warm quad. (I say this to caution you if you dislike warm shades, this is probably not the one for you!) All four shades are colors I’ve been using for years without fail, because they’re pigmented, smooth, and easy to work with. Grain is more of a neutral highlighter, and I like the way it accents the rest of the quad’s stronger warm tones–it helps to balance everything out.

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Amber Lights all over the lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
  • Amber Lights all over the lid, Antiqued on the outer lid, Bronze in the crease, Grain to highlight
  • Grain all over the lid, Bronze in the crease
  • Grain on the inner lid, Amber Lights on the outer lid, Antiqued in the crease

Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow.  We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments!

P.S. – As this is a new feature… tell me if you love it or hate it so I know whether to continue it! :)

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252 thoughts on “Build a Quad: “Soft Fire”

  1. Brie

    I love this new feature – I think it would be great to have some user submitted one also. It would be neat to see ones submitted by people with other colorings (cool tones, warm tones, fair, dark skinned, etc) to see a variety of combos :)

  2. Della

    Great new feature! I love the “make your own quad” that MAC has on their website, except there are so many colors to choose from, I never know what I should add. Keep these coming!

  3. Kay

    Awesome idea! This will help me alot.

  4. Jessica

    Love this feature, hope you will continue it!

  5. Avatar of Sarah SarahT

    Awesome idea, Christine! You’re the best :D

  6. nia

    Hey I just bought scene and knight divine and wanted to make a quad; what two colors could i pair with these

  7. KIKI

    absolutely love this new feature! I even went and built my own neutral everyday quad today! I got naked lunch, shale, cork and embark. Thanks for the idea, it’s so practical and cheaper than just getting four eyeshadows on their own!

  8. kelly

    love the idea of the four eyeshadow quads. it helps us figure out how to wear the different eyeshadow colors. please keep doing it. thanks:)

  9. Stephanie

    OMG I love it! That looks like a perfect fall quad! I must get these LOL

  10. This is probably my favorite feature you’ve done on your site!

    I have an earth-tone quad:

    Henna (of course Sumptuous Olive would be its permanent dupe)
    Woodwinked
    Satin Taupe
    All That Glitters

    and a bright fun one:

    Star Violet
    Swish
    Stars n’ Rockets
    Gorgeous Gold

    As you can see I am partial to the veluxe pearl finishes. :P

  11. Jenn

    I LOVE this feature! There are so many colors, it’s overwhelming! And I never know which combos I should get/use. Thanks for this feature!

  12. Kacie

    This is a great feature! Next up: build a palette for those of us with real issues?! ;)

  13. igswonderworld

    This was my first EVER MAC quad too (with the exception of Retrospeck instead of Grain :)) I love these colors soooo much.. They make my brown eyes sizzle and bam! (If that makes any sense.. :P )

  14. Millicent

    I love this feature! Great idea and sooo helpful!

  15. Claudia

    I really love this feature. I love the color combos and the suggestions you give on how to wear them.

    Please keep doing this!

  16. AnickiaReShan

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!