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MAC’s Retrospeck – I bought this when it first came out many years ago and used it almost every day.

I’ve used up patina twice and have hit pan on the third, and a dip in the fourth.
I’ve almost finished a large pot of grain – bought in 1999 for my wedding.
I’ve also finished a ricepaper and arena – again bought for my wedding

It was Bobbi Brown in Bone. This was back when my mom would buy my make-up and she was heavy into Bobbi Brown. It did make for a very neutral eye and I used it just about every day.

I’ve still got some right around the edges(thrown over for MAC and other items). The majority of it was gone in about a year or a little less, I believe.

That has yet to happen, although I doubt it ever will…
I don´t use eyeshadow every day and have way to many to use one regularly.

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Hey Nell! You know, I didn’t think it would ever happen to me, but I have maybe 4-5 that do have pan showing, and probably a handful more that have dips.

strawberry fudge by clinique. and I went straight to the store for a new one when it was out. love it 🙂

Still waiting for that moment!! : ) I have only been into MAC for about a year and a half. I keep getting new colors all of the time. So I just keep dabbling in all of them.

i’ve hit pan with All That Glitters and Retrospeck. i’ve re-purchased the latter and bought Gleam over ATG. i’ve also hit pan with Rose Blanc and am deciding between Ricepaper or Nylon to replace it.

I’ve been thinking abt buying Patina and Neesh’s comment has just pushed me into the purchase : )

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How are you liking Gleam over ATG?

I love, love Ricepaper. I think Nylon is a bit too frosty, though it is closer to Rose Blanc than Ricepaper, IMO!

i haven’t decided which i prefer. they are the same but different, you know what i mean. ATG is definately smoother to apply (VP) but the colour is really subtle on my lid. i was aiming for a more apricot-esque colour and the MA suggested Gleam. i guess i’m adjusting coz the pay-off is better but so is the fall-out (lustre).

black tied and beauty marked both started showing pan around the same time. i think i used those two every day for a 2 year period. must have gone through 2 or 3 pots of each, and those are the only eyeshadow colors i’ve ever repurchased.

MAC Jest is my favorite highlighter/blender. I use it almost everyday and with any color from orange to teal to hot pink. Love it!!!!

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I really like this color, though I don’t actually own it. Too many LE colors coming out, and no money left for permanent purchases, lol.

I hit pan with Patina, Shroom and Juxt all about the same time. I will definatly buy these three shades again. I think Nanogold from the N collection will be next; its wearing a little thin. Since this was LE (and I only bought one), what is another shade that’s similar?

Have you checked the mac website to see if they still have it? Nanogold is definitely still available on the Canadian site.

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Wow! My Juxt is almost about to show some pan soon, too, I think 🙂

Hmm, you can try Motif – it’s similar, but it’s more of a duochrome with peach vs. gold.

Patina, then Retrospeck, then Shroom.
Ha! Sounds like there are some good old standbys we have in common. I’m about to hit pan on Charcoal Brown, and Shroom is once again half gone.

Nanogold is a little like Shroom but with gold, so I’d go with that or Ricepaper.

Great in the crease/bone w shroom all over & smut in outer corners and then black liner. It is for those days that I got out of bed late and don’t have time to play.

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, I LOVE this eyeshadow colour, its pretty for the office or can be vamped up with heavy eyeliner for night.
If I’m only wearing one eyeshadow(unsual) I go straight for this one.

Both MAC-yogurt and a Revlon quad made up of forest green, mid green, wooden pink and a bark brown colour. How sad i remember that, i think i was 13 when it happened, i just remember looking at those one day and thinking ‘oh dear, need to go shopping!’

Vex!! It was the one of the first e/s I had from MAC..got it in one of the holiday sets and then have repurchased since. It is my go to color!

wow I dont think I have ever even gotten close to hitting pan. I guess in order to keep MAC in business I better start wearing more shadow 🙂 LOL

hehehe actually I am kinda weird about dips….I dont like them so I tend to use my brush all over the top so that no visible dip appears. Weird? totally…thats me. But no I wouldn’t say that any of my shadows have been used more than 10% each.

MAC’s Seedy Pearl. I adore that color. I’ve also hit the pan on my Weather Girl palette shadows from Benefit.

One of my 1st purchases were Vanilla and Mythology which was back in 03′ I have since replaced Vanilla!!!

Can anyone tell me if the heatherette trio #1 color “mood ring” is like Shroom? Or is there another color I can use to dup? I bought trio #2 but have SO MANY teals/blues/greens didn’t feel the need to shell out $32.00!! Thanks peeps I really appreciate it! 😀

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Ohh, nice! Vanilla is definitely a fave 🙂

Hoppin’ is similar to Shroom… I think it has a little bit of a pink undertone to it, but yeah, I don’t think you need to have it.

I’ve hit the pan of Thunder the other night when I took a quad with me to my boyfriend’s for the night and Thunder somehow broke. 🙁 Since it was still in the palette, though, I could salvage it and repress it! (which I did) 😀

I wore Thunder with the Mi’Lady colours and it was lovely.

So sorry! I meant “hoppin'” The teal one reminds me of “shimmermoss”, and “aquadisiac”.Which I alraedy have! Thanks for all your help Erin! 😀

I haven’t hit the pan on any yet, but I can tell that Naked Lunch is going to be first for me, too! It’s definitely the most used of my shadows, with Brule in second place.

Yep! It was also one of the first MAC products I ever bought, so it has a head start. (I got it with Trax, which I never use now 😛 )

I have gone through three amber lights and I have replaced gleam a few times as well. I think for awhile I was using amber lights everyday.

Christine, I recently found this site and I LOVE IT! You provide such great information.

wow, i have yet to hit pan on anything…i’ve gone through one lipglass so far and i’ve been into mac for about a year now…how long does it take you guys to hit pan on an eyeshadow? Do you use it frequently?

prrr….lipglasses go really quickly for me, even though they have amazing staying power. Actually I think it’s because they have amazing staying power that I use them more frequently over lipgloss from other brands

Haven’t hit pan yet after 5 years of collecting. Probably because over that time I went through phases of wearing just mascara and gloss.. None of my shadows look much like running out anytime soon! I’ve only ever completely finished a Love Nectar lustreglass… Maybe I buy way too much MAC???? lol 🙂

I’ve never hit pan on anything, I just have too damn much lol I’m pretty close to hitting pan on grain tho, which is my HG highlight shade

i do! i use it as a highlight and sometimes i will do it all over my lid, and then do a smokey effect along my lashline with espresso. and i use swiss chocolate on my browbone and a little in the crease. it always makes my eyes stand out without looking like i have a ton of makeup on.

hmmm mine would have to be bamboo for my brows and crystal avalanche for my brow highlight! Yes I am pale enough for crystal avalanche to not look like a clown lol

I recently decided to finally try MAC and first bought CHARCOAL BROWN and use it a lot on my crease lid area. I really liked the staying power of this shadow without creasing, and went back for KID (lid), BISQUE (brow bone highlighter), and CONCRETE to fill my brows. Now I have the four in a quad pro pallete compact and will call this one my FIRST LOVE. AHHHHH. It’s like heaven.

Nothing yet, but I know Phloof! will be my first! I always use it for my highlight. It is nearly the same shade as my skin, but frosty! 😛

Oooh I can’t remember my first… it would’ve had to be Motif, Tilt, or Swish, since they were my first MAC shadows and have since been re-bought! But SO many of my current shadows are down to the pan now and it’s kind of sad. Especially since Waternymph is one of them, and it was LE.

ROMP! I’ve used it at least twice a week for 2 years. It looks so gorgeous on my colouring! Most of the time when I have a crazy purple or green, i put it in the crease with romp on the lid!

my first and only: stila launey! it happened a few months ago, but i’ve had that color for at least 3 years and i really want to just use it up! =)

I’ve almost hit the pan on Nylon and Humid, two of my faves! I use such a variety of products every single day that it’s going to be a long time before I have to start replacing shadows! 🙂

I’ve only used up all of Bare Minerals all over face colors in the really light pink pearly shade… I use it for eyeshadow all the time.

I hit pan on phloof first because I use it everyyyy day as a highlight.

The first real color I ever hit pan on was Nocturnelle, I used it in the crease of every look before I was brave enough for Carbon. I still loveeee Nocturnelle!

NONE lol.. i recently broke my rice paper which was a funny story.. i’ll tell in a short form lol

i was using uhm, soba, swish choc, rice paper and woodwinked and i was in my boyfriends room then i left rice paper on his desk and went to the bathroom i came back to touch up rice paper and it was broken.. and i thought wtf? i didnt even drop it or slam it on the desk 🙁 but while i was in the bath room i saw my bf in and out of his room.. so i told him my stupid e/s broke.. and he didnt say anything! so i kept naging and naging about it… so then we were in his car and i told him to fess up i got nothing! so its weird how it just shatterd and everytime i bring it up he just stays quiet! ahahah its okay tho!

because i ended up putting it in a loose form!

I’m on my second Patina and Amber Lights, Vex, Goldbit and Retrospeck all have significant parts where the pan is showing right now. Goldbit was LE!! =(

I have a beautiful empty pan where my Carbon used to be, only because it shattered en route to NYC from Oakland!!! So sad

all that glitters – it was my first eyeshadow…i got it almost 2 yrs ago though lol

i actually finished my clair de lune eyeshadow last week!

i’m actually getting through my first pan…and i love it! i’ll definitely buy another: SWISS CHOCOLATE.

also, sumptuous olive, trax and soba have equal dents…they look amazing as a trio!!

Satin Taupe for me too! It’s only a slight dip, to be honest… But I use it more than anything. That and goldmine and phloof! are probably the most gone of all my eyeshadows.

Even being a mu artist and personally, I can’t believe I’ve never hit the pan on any eyeshadows. Probably because I change my mind so much.

 I hit pan on my first eyeshadow yesterday! So now, I’m obsessed with hitting pan and I’m looking it up on blogs… =P
 
The shadow I hit pan on is MAC’s Once Upon A Time which is LE and came in the Dashing Lassie eyeshadow palette from the Tartan Tales Christmas collection. It’s my inner corner highlight of choice (I’ve yet to find a good brow highlight – I think I’m gonna pick up MAC Blanc Type pretty soon) and once in a while I’ll use it on the lid. I’m so happy! Also a bit worried – though I don’t see myself finishing the whole pan anytime soon I should probably find a permanent inner corner highlight fave. Any reccomendations?
 
I don’t have any significant and large dips in any of my other eyeshadows, but you can see a smaller dip in All That Glitters and maybe even Soba. There’s even a tiny dip in A Dashing Lassie, from the same palette as Once Upon A Time. I’m really desparate for dips here… 

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