Here is our next set of brown MAC Eyeshadow ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) swatches! It looks like the next post will be lighter neutrals/highlighter shades.
Woodwinked is a warm, red-toned brown with a metallic shine. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is less copper than Inglot #405. Tempting is a warmed-over chocolate brown with golden shimmer and sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it’s–quite possibly–the best lustre finish eyeshadow ever, because it doesn’t feel like one. It’s smooth, richly pigmented, and you won’t end up with all of the shimmer underneath your eye. Inglot #406 is similar, but it’s not quite as dark and has a more metallic sheen. Urban Decay Smog is similar but darker. Cork is a warm, medium-dark brown with a satin finish. Mythology is a rusty copper–like the color of a penny–with chunky shimmer-glitter. It has a lustre finish, and I find it difficult to work with, because it doesn’t have good color payoff and the chunky glitter causes a lot of fall out. Bronze is a rich, dark bronze with a warm, golden sheen. It has a frost finish. Omega is a soft taupe with a matte finish. Inglot #342 is similar, just a touch warmer and less gray. Charcoal Brown is a medium-dark, gray-tinted brown with a matte finish. Urban Decay Shakedown is similar but not quite as warm. Concrete is a dark, gray-tinged brown with cool undertones. It has a satin finish.
The most problematic shades from this set was Mythology. I didn’t have any issues with the other shades, which had good color payoff and were easy to work with. These are a lot of MAC’s long-time favorites and likely to be some of the more popular shades (yes, believe it or not, neutrals are their top sellers)–you can actually view “bestsellers” for their permanent eyeshadows, and Woodwinked, Cork, and Bronze all show up. I have found that the neutral range of mattes is a cinch to work with; they really aren’t fussy–not powdery, chalky, or poorly pigmented.
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MAC Tartan Tale: Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Tartan Tale: Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette
Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00) is a rather neutral, slightly warmed up palette.
This palette includes six eyeshadows: Bronze (copper penny), Buckwheat (frosty medium brown), A Dashing Lassie (metallic milk), Magical Mist (metallic taupe), Showstopper (dark brown), and Once Upon a Time (metallic vanilla).
Bronze is a rich metallic bronze with a copper-bronze sheen. It has a frost finish, and it looks the same as the permanent shade of Bronze, despite the different descriptions. This is the nicest and most pigmented shade of the six–but you can get it on its own, too.
Buckwheat is a medium-dark brown with soft green-gold shimmer. It has a frost finish, and it was originally launched with Naked Honey in 2009. The pigmentation is decent, but it could be a little richer. Sable seems like it would be the closest dupe from the permanent range.
A Dashing Lassie is a frosted soft white with beige sheen. It has a frost finish. The pigmentation is decent, and it could be used as a highlighter on light to light-medium skin tones; it may be too ashy as a highlighter on darker skin tones. It’s similar to Dazzlelight, perhaps not as white.
Magical Mist is a mushroom-y taupe with a metallic sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it doesn’t have the typical gritty texture of lustre eyeshadows–very little fall out as a result. I can’t think of any great dupes from the permanent range for this.
Showstopper is a dark, cool-toned sooty brown. It has a matte finish, and it has been launched on numerous occasions. Even though it swatches rather sheer, it works decently as a crease shade to darken the lid. It’s just been in so many palettes and launches, I wouldn’t be surprised if you already had it somewhere in your stash!
Once Upon a Time is a semi-sheer champagne. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It’s very sheer for a veluxe pearl–looks more like a lustre in terms of color pay off. It’s a more metallic version of Ricepaper.
The palette contains 0.19 oz. worth of eyeshadow along with a tiny 213 brush, which means you’re paying $190/oz. In comparison, if you were to buy potted eyeshadows, MAC eyeshadows run at $290/oz. and pans run at $230/oz. These palettes do offer a little more bang for your buck than if you were to buy shades individually.
The best part about this palette is how well the shades coordinate with each other. It’s very much variations on browns and beiges, and all but Bronze run on the neutral to neutral-cool end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, pigmentation seems to be lacking severely in two of the shades, and pigmentation is only top notch in one. I don’t think this palette is a must-have; at this price tag, I’d recommend Urban Decay’s Naked Palette instead for a solid neutral palette that’s not only a good deal but full of quality, too.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: The shades go together well, but too many of them are on the sheerer side of things. Given MAC’s penchant for pigment, it seems at odds with what one would expect to see in their palette.
I wonder if you can sense a theme from last week… looks with a quickness! I think this look may have run a little over five minutes, but it was pretty quick. I think I missed a small patch on my lid, but luckily I noticed that after taking photos and fixed it, LOL!
How’s your Monday treating you so far? Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Goldmine eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid. Apply Bronze eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid, then lightly blend Cranberry eyeshadow in the outer crease and very outer edge of the lid with the 226. Blend Grain eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #10L liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Echo blush on the apples of the cheeks and smooth with fingertips.
For lips, apply #101 lipstick first, and then layer Nymphette lipglass for a complementing lip.
Super fast neutral eye I did last week! I have some tutorials to upload still, but unfortunately, there’s no tutorial for this look, because I really was in a major rush and didn’t have time to record it. Sorry in advance!
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Naked Lunch eyeshadow all over the lower lid. Apply Romp eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid, then lightly blend Bronze eyeshadow in the outer crease and very outer edge of the lid with the 226. Blend Grain eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Lucky liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Margin blush on the apples of the cheeks and smooth with fingertips.
For lips, apply Giulette lipstick first, and then layer Nymphette lipglass for a complementing lip.