Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

MAC Eyeshadows

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Permanent Eyeshadows (April 2010)

These are all the permanent MAC eyeshadows I have to-date.  Over the past year, I’ve been working on increasing my permanent eyeshadow collection (although I’ve had many from over the years!), because I want to phase out my older limited edition shades from the looks I post on the blog.  There are a few limited edition and discontinued shades in these palettes, but overall, they’re focused on the permanent range.

How I Organize…

  • By color in rainbow order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Gray, Black)
  • By undertone — e.g. blue-based purples are separate from red-based purples; cool neutrals from warmer neutrals

I have a tendency to buy PRO shades when I finally get around to visiting one, and so I’ve ended up with a few doubles!  Boy, nothing makes you feel silly like buying the same shade twice!

See close-ups and labels…

MAC Eyeshadows
It’s Eyeshadow Alley!

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Beauty Marked, Cranberry, Post-Haste, Passionate, Sushi Flower
Middle row: Swish, Da Bling, Rose (PRO), Pen ‘n Pink, Coppering
Bottom row: Red Brick (PRO), Red Brick (PRO), Expensive Pink, Free to Be, Orange

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Beauty Marked, Cranberry, Post-Haste, Passionate, Sushi Flower
Middle row: Swish, Da Bling, Rose (PRO), Pen ‘n Pink, Coppering
Bottom row: Red Brick (PRO), Red Brick (PRO), Expensive Pink, Free to Be, Orange

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Rule, Coral (PRO), Samoa Silk, Goldenrod (PRO), Goldenrod (PRO)
Middle row: Juiced, Goldmine, Bright Sunshine (PRO), Canary Yellow (PRO), Gorgeous Gold
Bottom row: Nylon, Femme Noir, Flourishing, Greensmoke, Sumptuous Olive

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Rule, Coral (PRO), Samoa Silk, Goldenrod (PRO), Goldenrod (PRO)
Middle row: Juiced, Goldmine, Bright Sunshine (PRO), Canary Yellow (PRO), Gorgeous Gold
Bottom row: Nylon, Femme Noir, Flourishing, Greensmoke, Sumptuous Olive

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Humid, Velvet Moss, Wondergrass (LE), Bio Green (PRO), Lucky Green
Middle row: Lucky Green, Sunny Spot, Juxt, Bottle Green, Newly Minted
Bottom row: Shimmermoss, Aquadisiac, Aqua (PRO), Plumage, Prussian

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Humid, Velvet Moss, Wondergrass (LE), Bio Green (PRO), Lucky Green
Middle row: Lucky Green, Sunny Spot, Juxt, Bottle Green, Newly Minted
Bottom row: Shimmermoss, Aquadisiac, Aqua (PRO), Plumage, Prussian

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Deep Truth, Freshwater, Blue Calm (PRO), Electric Eel, Sky Blue (PRO)
Middle row: Winkle, Moon’s Reflection, Atlantic Blue, Atlantic Blue, Cobalt (PRO)
Bottom row: Parfait Amour, Beautiful Iris, Digit, Graphology, Indian Ink (PRO)

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Deep Truth, Freshwater, Blue Calm (PRO), Electric Eel, Sky Blue (PRO)
Middle row: Winkle, Moon’s Reflection, Atlantic Blue, Atlantic Blue, Cobalt (PRO)
Bottom row: Parfait Amour, Beautiful Iris, Digit, Graphology, Indian Ink (PRO)

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Fig. 1, Vibrant Grape (PRO), Vibrant Grape (PRO), Plum Dressing, Hepcat
Middle row: Stars ‘n Rockets, Seedy Pearl, Sketch, Deep Damson (PRO), Star Violet
Bottom row: Shale, Embark, Brown Down, Twinks, Sable

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Fig. 1, Vibrant Grape (PRO), Vibrant Grape (PRO), Plum Dressing, Hepcat
Middle row: Stars ‘n Rockets, Seedy Pearl, Sketch, Deep Damson (PRO), Star Violet
Bottom row: Shale, Embark, Brown Down, Twinks, Sable

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate, Brown Script, Texture, Amber Lights
Middle row: Tete-a-Tint, Soft Brown, Bamboo, Arena, Motif
Bottom row: Smut, Mystery, Espresso, Satin Taupe, Romp

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate, Brown Script, Texture, Amber Lights
Middle row: Tete-a-Tint, Soft Brown, Bamboo, Arena, Motif
Bottom row: Smut, Mystery, Espresso, Satin Taupe, Romp

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Cork, Tempting, Woodwinked, Bronze, Mythology
Middle row: Say Yeah (LE), Gleam, Hush, Jest, Naked Lunch
Bottom row: Orb, Grain, Concrete, Charcoal Brown, Wedge

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Cork, Tempting, Woodwinked, Bronze, Mythology
Middle row: Say Yeah (LE), Gleam, Hush, Jest, Naked Lunch
Bottom row: Orb, Grain, Concrete, Charcoal Brown, Wedge

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Honesty, Patina, Omega, Soba, Era
Middle row: Malt, All That Glitters, Bisque, Brule, Blanc Type
Bottom row: Ricepaper, Retrospeck, Femme-fi (LE), Femme-fi (LE), Shroom

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Honesty, Patina, Omega, Soba, Era
Middle row: Malt, All That Glitters, Bisque, Brule, Blanc Type
Bottom row: Ricepaper, Retrospeck, Femme-fi (LE), Femme-fi (LE), Shroom

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Phloof!, Dazzlelight, Vanilla, Mylar, Vellum
Middle row: White Frost, Forgery, Filament, Vex, Electra
Bottom row: Idol Eyes, Silver Ring, Knight Divine, Scene, Copperplate

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Phloof!, Dazzlelight, Vanilla, Mylar, Vellum
Middle row: White Frost, Forgery, Filament, Vex, Electra
Bottom row: Idol Eyes, Silver Ring, Knight Divine, Scene, Copperplate

MAC Eyeshadows
Top row: Print, Soot (PRO), Typographic, Nehru, Carbon
Middle row: Black Tied

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129 thoughts on “MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Permanent Eyeshadows (April 2010)

  1. Roxanne

    Someone likes Goldmine! ;) Eyegasm!

  2. Anh

    those are beautiful!you make me want to go to mac and get more eyeshadows now~ i never knew macc once had their eyeshadows in a square shape! you must’ve been a long time collecctor

  3. JB/Brandi

    *drooling*!!!!!!!

    That is just so fabulous!! Right now I can only dream of having a collection like that, I know I will get there one day! I’m loving the blues, greens and purples the most!

  4. Áurea Robles

    hi,love your blog!
    Can you swatch all these eyeshadows ?
    xoxo

  5. Pam

    what an awesome collection!

  6. purple

    awesome collection!!

  7. Ally_D

    *drools like Homer Simpson* pretty

    Thanks for this Christine, it really helps in comparing colours to each other when trying to decide what to buy next :-) I know you really like Soft Brown but it d/c’d in the UK so I’m trying to work out what I use that’s similar for blending. From the looks of it maybe Tete-a-Tint might work.

  8. lauraaaaa

    i was drooling this whole post. but i cant believe you dont have the full size of satin taupe and smut. my all time faves!! What are your fave MAC eyeshadows (le, dc, perm…doesn’t matter!)
    xox

  9. Cherie

    I love your e/s alley!! :)

  10. Michelle

    Wow, thanks for this post. It helps me to think of how to organize my shadows . . . and decide which of these shades I need to go buy!

  11. daphne

    I just can’t believe I have way more pan showing on my first Femme-fi than you do :) Buuut I don’t have nearly as many different shadows so that makes a difference, heh! I’m guessing that the couple you didn’t label LE are discontinued, right – like Femme Noir? (That’s the only one I don’t recognize as discontinued, but I’m assuming it must be.)

    Two things: can’t believe your Nylon doesn’t have even a dent in it? I thought you use that one a lot! And I am pretty sure Orange is actually a regular permanent color, not Pro, but correct me if I am wrong.

    • LOL! I alternate between so many highlighters that even though I prefer Femme-fi, I could (if I had to!) live without it.

      Actually, it’s a brand new Nylon :) I gave my sister my half-used Nylon to try out instead.

      Yeah, I think Femme Noir got the boot. I am terrible at keeping up with what they discontinue, so I didn’t even attempt to list what was DC. I think a bunch of the Matte2s are discontinued as well.

      It totally could be, I just remember buying it at the PRO store and not remembering it at the regular store.

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of aradhana aradhana

        i was just thinking the same thing about orange — i just saw it at my local mac, which isn’t pro.

      • daphne

        Yeah…I could live without Femme-fi too. Ricepaper is frostier but works pretty well! But it’s definitely my go-to, not just as a highlighter but as a quick wash if I’m running late. Perks up the eyes and all that.

        (I thought that Nylon looked brand new!)

        Most of the Matte2s are discontinued. It makes me a sad makeup addict :( I’ve had to chase down quite a lot of them. I don’t get why they’d discontinue colors like Flourishing and Graphology…I’m always worried Blanc Type is gonna go too!

        • I don’t know why they discontinued the Matte2s… such a great matte texture. MAC has some great mattes (and some not-so-great ones, too), but the Matte2 is really a winning matte texture in my eyes! Very blendable, which mattes often *aren’t.*

          • Darn! I didn’t realize they were discontinuing matte2! I remember when it came out, I hardly wore mattes, so I didn’t pick any up for a long time. Now I find myself reaching for mattes more often, and I <3 the matte2 finish.

            Really, they should get rid of the old matte formula, and make the same colours as matte2.

  12. Awesome!!! Lately I have been getting LE eyeshadows and not have been purchasing any permanent eyeshadows. The last PRO eyeshadow that I got was Soot e/s and I love the texture! I have it in the sleeve until I purchase another palette. I wish I can organize my palettes but I’m too scared since I have broke two eyeshadows (both Aquavert and Off The Page) and fixed them with rubbing alcohol. I also broke Texture and Vanilla and cracked Carbon and almost broke Silverthorn, Dear Cupcake and Sugarshot. I have been wanting to purchase some permanent eyeshadows for awhile but never got around to do it though. Hopefully I’ll do one day.

  13. This is great. Being new to mac This is really helpful. Now my pocket is going to feel it.

  14. Lisa

    What do you do in instances when say a new color comes out, do you keep your permanent and your limited editions seperate.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of aradhana aradhana

    what were your other three ‘originals’?

    my ‘originals’ were amber lights and carbon…my carbon is from when they did a larger circle version of at least some shades, and the containers were screw tops!
    the next two were ricepaper and saddle…i’m not sure what i’ll do when saddle runs out!

    • I believe they were Amber Lights, Bronze, Goldmine, and Coppering… maybe Antiqued. I can never nail down the fourth one. My original Bronze got dropped, so I finally replaced what was left recently!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of aradhana aradhana

        :) my original amber lights got ‘borrowed’ and never returned…so i ended up replacing it recently. but it’s strange because now that i have a lot more shades, i don’t find myself reaching for it very often.

      • lauraaaaa

        it looks like stars n rockets was one of your originals! LOL ok im done lurking :P

  16. Dbb

    wow! what a beautiful collection. do you always depot all your eyeshadows and put them in palletes?

  17. Fantastic! I think I have 12 of these myself. :)

    Btw, I just love the “eyeshadow alley” picture! How can you take such a long photo by the way? Panoramic shot? It looks great.

  18. I love how you have so many! I need more :(

  19. HC

    I noticed some names that I’ve never heard before! Were they once permanent shades then discontinued? Like Post Haste, Juiced, and Femme Noir?

  20. HC

    haha Christine! I just realized you have about 20 eyeshadow palettes. Do you mark them so you know which palette contains which color? I can’t imagine oepning up 20 different palettes to find the right eyeshadows you want, LOL!

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    How hard is it to depot eyeshadows? It’s something that’s on my to do list, and I wasn’t sure how many palettes to buy….once you get one in the palette can you move it still?

    • I don’t find it difficult, but some people do find it hard. Each palette holds 15 eyeshadows, so you can just figure out how many eyeshadows you have and then divide by 15 to figure out how many palettes you need. Yes, you can move it in the palettes!

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    Awesome collection too, by the way!

  23. Alexis

    I have 2 four pan palettes I created on my own. Recently I put together my first 15 pan palette. I tried to group them the best I can but I’m just glad I have them all together. The 15 pan palette is great because I can see all the shades that I have forgotten about – it forces me to use all my shadows. Plus, depotting MAC eyeshadows is one of my favorite Art Projects!!

    • I like four pan palettes, too. I have several empty quads that I will create combos out of when I travel :) I have too many to survive a full on quad system, lol, but I do like palettes since it reminds me of what I own!

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    Also, what is the difference between a matte and matte 2?

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marsha shnymrsh

    Are the square pans from the Holiday palettes? How hard were they to depot? (I’ve been thinking about doing this)

    • Yes, they are, but I haven’t done it since 2005-ish, so I don’t know if they’re harder now.

    • Cherie

      Funny enough, after seeing Christine’s e/s and realizing I could depot the 6-shadow palettes I went to see my Rose Garden one and it just popped out of the case! I didn’t event try that hard. It was just held in there with that kind sticky rubber glue stuff on two sides.

      I plan on now doing the normal depotting to get them out of the little plastic holder.

      Now what to do with the case??? Storage for blotting papers??

      • Business card holder… just a mirror compact… button holder! Who knows :)

        Sometimes you’ll get lucky and there isn’t much glue… sometimes there’s a TON! (Same with regular eyeshadow pots!)

  26. Minxy

    I have no words for this besides…DROOL… just beautiful to look at!

  27. Dianna

    Sooo pretty! Thanks for doing this :)

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of ShaSha ShaSha

    *swoon* Looks like I’ll be starting a third palette!!!

  29. Misty

    omgggggg i love this you’re the best !

  30. Sally

    This is so great for reference. Thanks!
    Are you missing Quarry or did I miss it? =)

  31. Thank You for the Makeup Pr0n! Your typographic looks so much lighter than mine. Mine looks almost as black as carbon.

  32. This has really helped in deciding what shadows I need. THANKS!!!

  33. lily

    do you shop at the PRO store in San Francisco? can you shop there without a PRO card? i’ve been wanting to go ;)

  34. Holy crap Christine, I’m J-E-A-L-O-U-S. I don’t even have enough to fit into one palette, haha!

  35. Meesh

    Wow! Going through your collection and making note of what you’ve hit pan on and comparing them to what I need to buy!

  36. Meredith

    to me – this is my “makeup porn”. Love! So jealous.

  37. Kiran

    Christine,

    Do you own Paradisco? If so, what should I wear with it?? any suggestions…. (nc35 for reference)!

    Also if you have any suggestions for Coppering as well!

    Thanks xx

    • I do — it’s in my Hello Kitty palette, I believe!

      I like it with golds, bronzes, coppers, and greens!

      For Coppering, I like it with golds, bronzes, coppers as well :)

  38. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Haley Haley

    you don’t have trax or club! gasp!

    • Gasp! :O I don’t own them all — I think I don’t own anywhere between 30-40. I’ve owned both of those previously, but never liked them enough, so when I was downsizing (I can’t believe I was “downsizing” at any point in my life), those were out the door quick!

  39. Daphnee

    Isn’t Velvet Moss LE?

  40. Rachael

    Ever thought about removing the insert in the palette so you could hold more shadows? Or using those Z palettes or larger palettes they sell on smh?

    • Nope — absolutely HATE the way they look! So, so messy and cluttered… yuck! No desire to remove the inserts or use Z palettes. I like the perfect spacing of the 15-pan palettes!

      • Rachael

        ha im the same way, it would be nice if mac made bigger palettes maybe

        • I kind of like it in 15 :) I like the size — it’s large enough to be sturdy and hold a lot, but it’s not so large that it’s awkward. It fits in drawers, cabinets, bags, etc.!

  41. lexi

    how many of the perminates do you not own? you have so many i was just wondering! LOL.

    and also, i dont know if you tried creme di miel from naked honey, but do you know a dupe for it? its my fav and i hit pan quite a bit):

  42. Diana B

    Wow that is my goal down the road to have an eyeshadow alley just like that. I’ve been inspired!!

  43. Ashley

    Looking at all of your colors makes me want so many PRO colors! Indian Ink, Aqua, Sky Blue, Cobalt, and Blue Calm; all so lovely!

    • I always wait til I have a lot of PRO items I want, and then I call up the store and have them do a charge-send :) Makes the $7 flat rate shipping worth it!

  44. Kathie

    Beautiful collection!

  45. Chiara

    “femme noir” was a L.E, isn’t it? :’-(

  46. Ashley

    does your idol eyes shadow have a purple tint to it? i have the same color and mine looks like a really light purple with sparkle, but yours looks gray in the pics. are there two versions?

  47. Rachel

    No Club??

  48. Christina

    Hey Christine! Amazing collection! Haha
    Question though, I thought Vibrant Grape was now a permanent shade?

  49. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Valerie Valerie

    Compared to your LE’s, do you find that some of them are similar?

  50. Great Collection & Organization! XD

    Just out of curiostiy, how do you have such a good knowledge of colour theory (You’ve got warm & cool colours spot on) even though you don’t go to art school (which I do go to)?

    • Thanks, Rosanna!

      I’d have to say through experience – just playing and using makeup, because I definitely haven’t read up on color theory at all!

  51. Yo

    I’m jealous!!!! ehhehhe I love goldmine too!

  52. You’ve hit pan on:

    Gorgeous Gold
    Goldmine
    Juxt
    Lucky Green
    Stars n’Rockets
    Freshwater
    Ricepaper
    Femme-Fi

    XD I love that you’ve hit pan on COLOURS because most people hit pan on neutrals or highlighters first – hardly no colour! And No wonder you’ve hit pan on these colours! They’re all fabulous colours, too!

  53. Karen

    You have an amazing collection!!! I can’t wait to begin my own eye shadow alley!!!

  54. Annette

    Christine, WOW…thank you so much for all the work you put into this!!! This is so helpful, to see all the colors up close. It’s definitely “eyeshadow alley!!!” THANK YOU!

  55. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ceri Ceriene

    Whoa. I’m totally in awe of your collection. I don’t have enough to fill even one palette!

    Any here that are must-haves for you?

  56. kcrystal

    I don’t see swimming in your collection. Why?

  57. phillyshoegirl`

    I am hatin on you ms. honey. your collection is fantastic. How long did it take you to accumulate all of those shadows?

  58. Sarah

    I am SO jealous you got Femme-Fi !

  59. Cyn

    Anyone have a great dupe for graphology… I missed the boat by a mile and have been trying to make up for it for almost a year…

    Thanks

  60. Thank you for sharing this!! I love it! They don’t even sell palettes here in my country :(

  61. Nina

    Wow great collection! Do you know how many the MAC palettes hold when you take the dividers out vs. how many the Z palettes hold?

  62. Mercedez

    Love!.. looking at e/s…**picks up slobbers off chin**

    I trying to pick out 4 e/s…Wonder if you can help me..
    What I want to avoid is frosty, chunky e/s..I just don’t look good in frost..I know mac has some that say Frost..yet are more Satin..

    Shroom
    Naked Lunch
    Gleam
    Hush

    Are these ok choices to wear as both a highlight and all over e/s..? Or… only highlights..T.i.a. !~

  63. DANNNGGGG! This was so helpful! Thank you for sharing! : D

  64. Amira

    Hi Christine!
    Could you please explain the difference between tete-a-tint and soft brown (and kid)? I want to buy one of these to blend out browns in the crease (e.g cork) Which would you choose?
    Thanks! (don’t know how I’d manage without Temptalia :) )

  65. Bunii

    Where can I buy original mac palettes besides the mac site? They are sooo expensive, but I want! I have the hello kitty mac palette but the colors are all shimmery and I would like to have some matte colors. Help a broke college student out :-(