I love an elegant eyeshadow look on other people but must admit that I struggle to make it work on myself. I’m confident with liquid eyeliner but at 34 years old I really am a novice in the eyeshadow department. Eyeshadow is probably the type of makeup I’ve had the least practice with. My eyes becoming puffy and weird as a result of the Botox treatment I’m having for Chronic Daily Migraine isn’t helping at all!
I’ve decided that practice is bound to make perfect eventually so during my MAC haul a couple of months back, I chose four gorgeous neutral shades to experiment with. The empty quad palette wasn’t at all expensive (to my surprise) and since the eyeshadows are cheaper to buy in the metal pan without all the plastic packaging, it’s definitely worth doing it this way if you’re buying a few shadows at once. Alternatively if you’re a massive eyeshadow fan & add colours to your collection regularly, the larger metallic palettes are a good space-saving option.
The lovely Monica who helped me at the Canary Wharf (East London) store unboxed the eyeshadows and fitted them into the palette for me; I’d have cried if messed up my first MAC eyeshadows immediately! The palette is sturdy and feels like it will last a long time. I think the quad palette would be handy for eyeshadows lovers to include in their overnight/weekend bag; just slot your current favourite four shades in.
The above pics show how the shades look swatched on my very fair NW10-NW15 skin. If you’re as fair as me or just fair in general, I really recommend Blanc Type as a highlighting shade for beneath the brow and corner of the eyes. It’s a matte finish, which I prefer while I’m still learning the eyeshadow ropes (don’t want that super sparkly, bright white under-brow look that my mum used to rock when I a child in the 80s!). Corduroy is a gorgeous rich reddish brown in a matte finish that I suspect could look lovely on all skin tones. It seems especially pigmented to me so it calls for a light hand if, like me, you don’t really know what you’re doing! Woodwinked is a lovely shimmery shade. It’s hard to describe but to me it looks like a light bronze with a hint of warm gold undertone to the shimmer. The shade is a pretty summer option and would look gorgeous with a tan (not that I ever have one!). Cork is a wildly popular shade that never seems to go out of fashion. It’s a sheer finish golden brown that strikes me as potentially very versatile.
My initial experiments with these eyeshadows have shown them to be quality products; long lasting and blendable. They apply very smoothly with none of the crumbly chalkiness that some cheaper eyeshadows have going on. MAC currently have a whopping 130 shades available in the pan refill form and there are a variety of finishes to choose from, so I’ll definitely be heading back for more when I eventually improve my eyeshadow application game.
What MAC shades would you recommend for someone who is new to wearing eyeshadow?
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