Must Have Mac Eyeshadows

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:

                                                                                                                                THE SHIMMERS

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.


                                             THE MATTES

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.

What are your favourite MAC eyeshadows?
137 comments so far.

137 responses to “Must Have Mac Eyeshadows”

  1. Great post Hun, I love all the colours you have here. My all time fave has to be Quarry it is a go to if I don't know what to wear or just want something on my lids.

    Nicole xx |

  2. Daniela says:

    Gorgeous shades! I don't own any individual MAC shadows, but I love the look of Quarry, so pretty! x

    Daniela |

  3. OMG, I am sooo addicted to MAC shadows! Amber Lights is my fave but I'm looking for something lighter. Nylon and Brule look gorg!

    Mel |

  4. Patina and Nylon are my absolute favourites! I used to buy a lot of individual eyeshadows but I'm leaning more towards palettes now a days because they are so easy to use and pre-combined for you. Lazy, but convenient x

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

    • Very true! I have quite a few individual shades and I actually don't mind it, purely because when I travel sometimes I literally just want to bring one small shadow with me.

  5. Emma Spencer says:

    Oh I love Mac eyeshadows! Satin Taupe is my fave but I've been meaning to try more of the matte ones! Great post lovely and thanks for the tips! Xx

  6. Lucija says:

    I haven't tried any MAC eyeshadows yet, but I must say that this post will definitely help me decide which one to buy first… the comments have some good recs as well! 🙂


  7. Beautylymin says:

    I absolutely adore Patina & Satin Taupe. Soba & Mulch are favourites of mine xx


  8. Is it bad I still haven't tried a MAC eyeshadow yet?! 🙂

  9. I have to admit, I've never used Mac eyeshadows! I guess I just struggle to justify the price. These are all so beautiful though, especially Quarry! I may have to make my first Mac shadow investment soon…


  10. Fa nny says:

    I don't own any of these shadows so this is very interesting to me! I've never thought I would need Satin Taupe yet, from what you described, it sounds like something I could use in my collection.

  11. Gabrielle says:

    Satin Taupe looks like a really gorgeous, sophisticated shade perfect to take from day to night. Seriously, you've got a beautiful collection of shades here!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  12. Katie Mills says:

    I think All That Glitters is my favorite as you can wear it with just about any eye look, but I just ordered Patina and Woodwinked so I'm excited to try those! Satin Taupe and Nylon also look amazing x

  13. ►Nadush says:

    Amazing eyeshaddow

  14. Sarah Wagner says:

    Nylon is on my list to buy – ever since I saw Jaclyn use it all the time. Patina also looks so gorgeous!

  15. Fionna says:

    these are such pretty colors. i wish i knew how to actually use them because i would love to experiment with different makeup looks but nope. too hard for me and i always come out looking weird haaha

  16. I love MAC eyeshadows, they're definitely amongst my favorite! I love Quarry and Brule too! I also reach for Soft Brown, Mulch and Haux quite often.

    Thirteen Thoughts

  17. Jenny says:

    Absolutely loved this post and more about the MAC shadows! I'm new to MAC shadows so find this really interesting as I'm thinking about collecting some to use everyday! Brun sounds and looks amazing 🙂 x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

  18. I want to try all of these! Gorgeous colours. Hugs, Kait

  19. Sora Hwang says:

    I don't have any MAC eyeshadows because I always get overwhelmed looking at all the options. This is definitely a good starting point, so thank you. 🙂

    Via Sora

  20. Ana Picazzo says:

    You have a very nice collection! I really like Satin Taupe, it was the first MAC product I ever bought, I heard about it a few years ago in a youtube video and I just had to try it! It works perfectly with most eyeshadows, I really like to pair it with the shades from my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! It's my go to eyeshadow! Love the post and the pictures Julia!
    Indie Suns | Bloglovin' | Instagram

  21. I love seeings peoples collection of MAC eyeshadows! My favourite are the shimmers! 🙂

    Loren |

  22. Brule is ace! I've tried to put off buying MAC purely because of principle of price but seriously these shades are really nice. I might treat myself 😉 Also awesome blog!

  23. Lili Vu says:

    I haven't tried any Mac eyeshadows yet, but that satin taupe shade looks gorgeous!

  24. I really want to get my hands on some new MAC eyeshadows. Nylon looks so gorgeous!
    Alicia 🙂

  25. Tiffany Legg says:

    Love these colours. You can't beat a neutral eye shadow palette x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  26. Adele Miner says:

    Oh my god amazing, I love them all! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

  27. Love this, so fab! colours are gorgeous X

  28. Velvet Blush says:

    I haven't tried MAC eyeshadows so far, I do sometimes avoid going to counters because they're so busy but Quarry seems like a shade I would really like to try too 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  29. veebz boo says:

    I loved reading about all of these! I have only had 2 eyeshadows from M.A.C, I don't know why though. They're 2 of my most pigmented eyeshadows, I just find the M.A.C stores so busy all the time. So it puts me off of spending ages in there, having a good swatching session. But I definitely want to get Nylon and Brule now, they both look like such amazing highlight shades. – My Natural Brow Routine

  30. Richel V. says:

    Patina looks good. Everything looks good, tbh. MAC is prbably my favorite brand to date.

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

  31. Becky Hines says:

    I don't own a lot of MAC shadows, but seeing this post makes me want to go on a serious MAC shopping spree. They all look so gorgeous!

    Becky, xx //

  32. Charlotte says:

    I've heard so many people talk about nylon how they use it to set bases of their eyeshadow. It sounds like a holy grail and a must have!
    Charlotte //

  33. Gemma Magpie says:

    Such gorgeous photos! I love Satin Taupe, it's just so beautiful and multi-dimensional xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  34. I have been looking at MAC eyeshadows for the longest time and I think you have finally persuaded me! Can I ask, how do you get your images and text to work alongside each other like that? I can never seem to get it to work properly!x

    • Don't worry, even though it looks like a simple thing to do it's actually a really fickle (and sometimes really frustrating) process!

      What I do is I make sure I've got an image that is roughly half the width of my usual blog photos, then I upload it and click 'original size.' You can align it either left or right using the alignment button in your edit bar and then the text you just sort of fiddle around with until it goes beside your photo. Sorry if that was confusing, it's mainly about making sure your photo is the right size. Feel free to email me about it if you want me to explain more in depth! 🙂

  35. Beckie says:

    I love the look of Satin Taupe!

  36. Nice post! So descriptive and informative, love that you have given other shadows that all of these go perfectly with. I love Satin Taupe – I am actually wearing it right now as I post this comment! Thanks for sharing! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

  37. I don't have any MAC eyeshadows, price kinda puts me off but there are a few that I really want. So I am still debating and don't know what to do 🙂 Patina and Satin Taupe are beautiful.

    Ela BellaWorld

  38. Great photos, and you've picked a lot of the best ones! I like Cranberry for something a little different and All that glitters is obv an old favourite

    http://www.Barely There | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  39. bryony grace says:

    I'm currently looking for a new eye shadow pallet as I'm starting to run out of mine. I'll have to keep an eye out for these because the shades are beautiful! x

  40. Alk says:

    Thanks for your sharing. 🙂 Really great post with lots of information. Keep it up 🙂

  41. Ambi says:

    They all look very pretty and wearable for every day look. I am huge MAC eyeshadow fan. I am your new follower on Bloglovin. Would you like to follow me as well 🙂

  42. These products looks great and sounds amazing! I would love to try these:) Thanks for sharing 🙂
    xx Jamie | With Love, Jamie

  43. Incredibly jealous of your MAC collection! Would love to see a tutorial or something soon? 🙂


  44. Oh my goodness – I need to have them all. Such gorgeous shades.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  45. I have to admit that I don't own one single Mac eyeshadow – what a shame though! Heard only good things about them. Gotta try them soon!!

    xo Stefanie

  46. I've never tried MAC shadows before, mainly only their lipsticks if I am honest. I have friends who swear by these though. I've been meaning to give them a shot, but like you point out these counters can be intimidating sometimes, especially since every time I am near the vicinity of one they're always run off their feet!


  47. Looks great!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  48. Rochelle Fox says:

    Love this. Thanks for sharing.
    Good vibes, Fox
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  49. Chantalle says:

    I think I am late to the MAC eyeshadow bandwagon as I don't actually own any of their single eye shadows! I have a few paint pots and some quads but no singles! These shades look gorgeous though, definitely some here I would purchase xx

    Chantalle |

  50. I've only got two MAC shadows but I've got SO many shadows that I've tried to keep my spending down a little! hahah Nylon and Satin Taupe have been hanging around on my wishlist for a while though now…

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  52. Anika H says:

    Quarry looks like an amazing shade, lovely post!

    Anika |

  53. beautiful colours 🙂

  54. Pingkan M says:

    Patina looks like my type of shadow <3 love the colours you picked 🙂

    Pingkan x |

  55. Jayd Alice says:

    You're totally right, it's a struggle finding products on a counter when there's so much choice! Thanks for the round-up, I'll be giving your recommendations a try x

    Always, Alice

    • Glad I'm not the only one that struggles to make decisions when they're at a counter, I always feel like I want to write some shades down, research them and then come back the next day.

  56. DiagonSally says:

    I'm so ashamed to say I only own two Mac eyeshadows but I love them both so much, one is vanilla and the other is a matte taupe but I can't remember the name. They're both so beautiful though, Quarry and Satin Taupe both look like lovely shades. x

    Sally – DiagonSally

  57. I don't have a good selection of eyeshadows. I seriously have just one Clarins palette that is pretty neutral that I always wear. I may have to take some of your advice and invest in some new shades 🙂

  58. I don't own anything by Ma *hides in shame*
    I just never make my way to a MAC counter since I don't go to the mall that much. Hopefulle I get something soon!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  59. I love MAC and used to purchase a lot of their products but since they entered the Chinese market they now do animal testing so I avoid them where I can – it's such a shame that they had to go down that route as I do love their products and still have a few items from them including a personalised palette.

    Gorgeous colours though – loving this!!!

    Hope you're well hun and have a great week! 🙂

    Layla xx

  60. Ooo, these colors are so pretty! I kind of agree that Nylon sounds a bit sketchy, haha. But your description sounds really nice! I'll just might run over to the M.A.C counter and make my wallet cry, haha.

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  61. I think quarry is my personal favorite. It's such a great color that can be worn all year around and as an undertone color, in my opinion.

    Heba xx || The Heba

  62. Aysia Ferrer says:

    My favorite MAC & most essential is Espresso! I use it for a transition color, outer corner color, & my brows. It's great for everything! 🙂 <3

  63. I am such a sucker for a MAC eyeshadow! Satin Taupe and Quarry are two of my faves too, and I also love Texture, it's a very warm-toned brown and looks amazing blended into the crease with a brown smokey eye 🙂
    Brigitte x |

  64. Serein Wu says:

    I always get so overwhelmed with MAC eyeshadows. Thank you for the post! Adding some essential shades for my 1/2 empty mac palette.

  65. Hey Julia, thanks for the comment on my blog 🙂 I'm excited that you might read A Darker Shade of Magic! Also can I just say this Mac Palette is to die for! <3

    lots of love, Jane

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