There’s nothing I love more than buying makeup (except for TV) but sometimes when you walk up to a brand’s makeup counter things can get a little intimidating, especially if you haven’t really heard of any of the product names before. I’ve been having a major thing for eyeshadows lately, trying out different combos every day and rediscovering a couple of my favourite shadows from the depths of my stash. So if you’re wanting to branch out your collection or if you’re new to MAC eyeshadows, here are my must have shades:
Patina- A softer version of Woodwinked, this is one of those hybrid shades that’s hard to describe but looks amazing on. It’s essentially a multi-dimensional brownish gold with a satin finish to it (and no glittery chunks in site). Patina is perfect worn alone all over the lid for when you just want to use one shadow, but you want it to look like you’ve actually used a few.
Works perfectly with? MAC’s Brun.
Satin Taupe- I’d describe this as a shimmery, eggplant taupe shadow that’s surprisingly easy to wear. It’s quite cool-toned but not too cool-toned and it’s the perfect shade to enhance brown eyes especially. You could wear this all over the lid on it’s own but I find it looks the most dynamic when used on the outer third of the eye, in conjunction with lighter shades on the lid.
Works perfectly with? MAC’s Quarry.
Nylon- Pale gold with icy shimmer, the description of this shadow makes me want to run for the hills but for the inner corner of your eye? Perfection. One of the best highlight shades I’ve found to date.
Works perfectly with? Any eye look.
Brule- A light bone-coloured shadow, Brule is perfect if you’re looking for a good neutral base or a shadow that will work well with your existing collection of shades. On my fair skin this is flesh-toned so I like to use this daily on the lid with a deeper matte shadow through the crease for a subtle but defined everyday eye look.
Works perfectly with? Basically anything, but neutral matte shades especially.
Quarry- A muted plum/taupe shade with tones of brown thrown in for good measure. After tossing up whether or not to buy this, Quarry has actually become one of my favourites to use when I want something to define my crease but I’m sick to death of reaching for matte brown shadows (Am I right?). Quarry isn’t a shade I would’ve thought I’d like, but turns out I love it!
Works perfectly with? MAC’s Satin Taupe.
Brun- A deep brown, this is one of those shades that looks boring in the pan but it’s actually quite versatile and pairs really well with a lot of different shadows- it’s a great staple to have in your collection. I usually use this either as a liner or to deepen my crease.
Works perfectly with? MAC’s Omega or Patina.