Here are several swatches of MAC eyeshadows from the green family (mostly permanent shades) that are now part of The Swatch Gallery.
Newly Minted is a green-based teal with a matte finish. It had a Matte2 finish, but it was discontinued. Make Up For Ever #93 comes the closest–it’s a little brighter but has better color payoff. Shimmermoss is a blue-teal with a silvery sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. Milani Teal the Truth is similar in color but a touch darker, while Aquadisiac is a green-tinged aqua blue with a soft sheen. It has a lustre finish. Make Up For Ever #168 is the only dupe I could think of, but it’s much darker and not so much an aqua. Aqua is a soft aqua blue with a matte finish. It’s a little powdery and can look chalky on some complexions. Milani Caribbean Sea is similar in color, though a little darker and shimmery. Inglot #345 has a similar lightness but leans greener. Plumage is a blackened blue with just a hint of green. It has a matte finish. Inglot #340 is not quite as dark, but it is very similar in color and more pigmented. Prussian is a dark navy blue with a Matte2 finish. It has been discontinued. Make Up For Ever #60 is the closest shade I could think of, but it is much darker and not quite as blue. Deep Truth is a dark blue with a frost finish. This is a shade with a fair amount of dupes/cousins. Just to name a few: Make Up For Ever #308, Milani Blue My Mind, and Inglot #428. Freshwater is a bright, medium blue with a veluxe pearl finish. Inglot #426 is similar, a little darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is also similar but a bit darker. Blue Calm is a brightened, medium blue with a veluxe pearl finish. It is a PRO shade. It’s just a smidgen lighter than Freshwater (and thus is a smidgen lighter than the comparables listed for Freshwater). Electric Eel is a bright but darkened cyan blue with a satin finish. Inglot #371 is very similar. Urban Decay Electric is slightly less blue. Make Up For Ever #72 is darker. Sky Blue is a pale, pastel blue with a white sheen. It has a frost finish and was a PRO shade but is no longer available. Make Up For Ever #150 is very similar. Cle de Peau #112 is also similar but a little lighter. Winkle is a cornflower blue, almost periwinkle, with a satin finish. It is similar to Inglot #369. Moon’s Reflection is a purple-tinged blue with a silvery-white sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. The closest color I could think of was Inglot #429, which leans more on the purple side and has a brighter white sheen. Atlantic Blue is a deep, intense cobalt blue with a hint of indigo. It has a matte finish and is a PRO shade. Make Up For Ever #159 is similar but has less violet in it, while Inglot #388 is a little darker and has less blue.
MAC’s matte eyeshadows have a drier texture, and they often perform better in actual application than merely swatched on the arm. Shades like Aqua, Plumage, and Prussian don’t always swatch perfectly but Plumage and Prussian work better when applied. Aqua is a finicky shade that sometimes works but not consistently, and the product itself seems to be inconsistent–some pans are better than others.
Atlantic Blue is one of the best matte shades by MAC, because it’s so intense. Shades like Deep Truth, Freshwater, and Electric Eel are classic blues–all three lovely in color payoff and texture. Electric Eel has all the hallmarks of a matte but it has a satin finish, so it’s easier to work with. Sky Blue can be tricky to work with, similar to Aqua’s issues.
It’s a shame that a shade like Newly Minted gets discontinued, though, because it’s not a shade you see often. (Or, for the older MAC fans, Melody!)
MAC does some really great blues, like Freshwater, Blue Calm, Deep Truth, and Electric Eel. Veluxe pearls are some of their smoothest and most pigmented shades, while mattes can be harder to work with.
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It’s probably just me, but the colors in this look remind me of birthdays and ice cream. I gotta tell you – I miss all those birthday parties I had (and went to) when I was really young (like 3-10!), those were always fun. My favorite kind of birthday cake is ICE CREAM CAKE! I also die for my boyfriend’s mom’s carrot cake, which she makes for everyone’s birthday. DELISH! What’s your favorite kind of cake?
I wore this look to my final exam yesterday, and can I just say how freaking excited I am that I am done with school until August? I can’t remember the last time I took a summer off. I feel like I’ve been perpetually in school forever. I’m just SO excited to be able to concentrate more on the blog and hope I can realize some of my big plans for it! But seriously, the word freedom never meant so much to me until last night at 10pm when I walked out of my final. (By the by, I hate finals that start so late–my brain just wants to go zzz!)
Oh, and I totally got eyeshadow base on my BROW, which I didn’t notice was so apparent until after photos – blah blah, I fixed it after, you know the drill!
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Juxt eyeshadow on the lower two-thirds of the lid. Lightly place Aquadisiac eyeshadow on the crease 239. Next, apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow above the crease with the 239, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Orb eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #15 aqua eyes on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Opulash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Romeo & Juliet blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.
For lips, apply Capricious lipstick first, and then layer Cultured lipglass for a complementing lip.
A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier.Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.
Shimmermoss eyeshadow is my absolute favorite teal eyeshadow. It’s vibrant, pigmented, and it goes on effortlessly. It blends easily with other shades (especially golds and blues), and I’ve used it so much and yet it doesn’t even have much of a dip in it–that’s how rich in color it is.
Steamy eyeshadow is kind of a dirty green-teal color. I find it to be in the teal family, but it definitely has green undertones to it. I like it for its duality.
Newly Minted eyeshadow is a matte finish semi-dusky teal. It’s quite “minty” in a way. While my all-time favorite Melody eyeshadow (long discontinued) holds my heart in this type of teal, Newly Minted is a very close runner-up.
Aquadisiac eyeshadow is a light, glittery aqua-teal shade. It’s one of the lightest teal colors MAC has come out with, and it is definitely a must if you like to wear teals or blues.
This is a look from a week or two ago! I’m about to get my butt in the shower so I can get ready to dash over to Nordstrom’s to check out Naughty Nauticals, so you can definitely expect to see reviews and swatches galore in a bit
I used Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Sunny Girl eyeshadow (LE) on inner lid, Aquadisiac eyeshadow on outer lid, Patina eyeshadow on outer crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Urban Decay Stash 24/7 liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Margin blush on cheeks, and I had Sweetie lipstick with C-Thru lipglass on my lips.