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24 x MAC Eyeshadow Quad Ideas

01/09

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadow  

MAC Eyeshadows ($7.00 for 0.05 oz.) come in a slew of neutrals with some pops of color. The range has really changed over time, and as someone who has followed and bought a lot of MAC products for over a decade, it’s incredible to see what shades have been discontinued (and which somehow have clung on for dear life) over the years. I tried to check and verify my picks based on what’s currently available but might have missed a couple (let me know, and I’ll pick an alternate or remove + redo!).

MAC Eyeshadows
Floral Lux

  1. MAC Stars 'n' Rockets — A Warm Lavender with a Frost finish.
  2. MAC Fashion's Field Day — A Warm Pink with a Pearl finish.
  3. MAC Red Brick — A Warm Orange with a Matte finish.
  4. MAC Oh My Mocha! — A Warm Burgundy with a Frost finish.

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24 x Anastasia Eyeshadow Quad Ideas

01/07

Anastasia Eyeshadow  

Anastasia Eyeshadow  

Anastasia Eyeshadows | Shade Details

Anastasia Eyeshadows | Shade Details

Anastasia Eyeshadows | Shade Details

Anastasia Eyeshadows | Shade Details

Anastasia Eyeshadows | Shade Details

Anastasia Eyeshadows ($12.00 for 0.05 oz. each or 4 for $32.00) are available individually, which makes them a great line to consider if you’re looking to build your own palette–whether that’s a quad or something much larger. They have a slew of colors and finishes, and for the most part, they have some quality shades (I have found some of the more matte/satin pops of color can be weaker, definitely need primer!). I really hope that the brand will add more shades to the permanent range this year, though.

Here are 24 quad ideas for your viewing pleasure — I really appreciate your feedback about these quad idea posts, so I’d love to hear if any of these caught your eye! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I also did a post like this a couple of years ago for Anastasia here.)

Anastasia Eyeshadows
Color on the Fringe

  1. Anastasia Enchanted — A Cool Purple with a Frost finish.
  2. Anastasia Gemstone — A Warm Purple with a Frost finish.
  3. Anastasia Tiger's Eye — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Anastasia Venice — A Cool Teal with a Metallic finish.

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24 x ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Quad Ideas

01/01

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow  

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) are an excellent, budget-friendly powder eyeshadow choice. You can sometimes find them for $4.00 each and get a free four-pan palette to put them in, too. The downside is that their catalog changes frequently, so depending on how long after the original publishing date of this post, some shades may no longer be available. I tried to cross-reference with ColourPop’s website when building the following ideas to ensure the shade was available on the day this post was published.

Pressed Powder Shadows
Jewel Thief

  1. Colour Pop Upon a Star — A Warm Plum with a Metallic finish.
  2. Colour Pop The Game — A Warm Gold with a Pearl finish.
  3. Colour Pop Slay-farer — A Cool Teal with a Frost finish.
  4. Colour Pop Two Piece — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.

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24 x Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow Quad Ideas

01/08

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow  

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a large range with over 100 shades, so it can be overwhelming trying to build your own quad (or palette). Now that I’ve reviewed the range, I’ve put together some “quad” ideas if you need some inspiration!

References

Best Makeup Brushes for Finishing & Contour

Best Makeup Brushes for Applying Finishing & Contour

When it comes to applying cream eyeshadow, synthetic brushes are my go-to as creams as natural hair brushes can soak up liquid and creams too much and produce either sheer or streaky results (and creams tend to necessitate washing often, and synthetics can take the extra washing easily).ย  I find a flat, synthetic brush is necessary for all-over lid application; a fluffy, dome-shaped brush key for diffusing crease color and applying creams to the brow bone; and a dome-shaped, denser brush for depositing pigmented color into the crease.

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for brows and detail work — share your picks in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Best Makeup Brushes for Foundation, Concealer, Powder

Best Makeup Brushes for Applying Foundation, Powder, & Concealer

There are certain types of brushes that I tend to rely heavily on a specific brush and have less options, and this post reflects that.ย  I’m not sure if it’s merely because I love them so much and don’t love others nearly as much, but these were the ones I use often and stood out to me when I went to compile my favorites!

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for foundation, concealer, and powder — share your picks in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚