Sunday, August 7, 2011

Favorites: Top 10 MAC eyeshadows!

Hey everyone!

Today I'm sharing my 10 favorite MAC eyeshadows with you. These are my go-to colours that I reach for the most.

With each colour I'll put the finish, the colour description that's on the MAC website and why I love the eyeshadow as much as I do.

Here they are all together:

Swatches in daylight

Swatches with flash

1. Vanilla (Velvet): "Peachy-ivory with reflects"
I use this colour as a brow highlight with pretty much every eyelook. I like my hightlight to be matte and even though this eyeshadow has some reflects in it, they are barely noticeable. You can only really see them when bright light hits them. You can tell by the amount of pan showing how much I use this colour. 
I also use this as a inner corner highlight when I don't want it to be shimmery.

Vanilla (Flash, daylight)

2. Naked Lunch (Frost): "Minimal pink with shimmer"
This was one of the first eyeshadows I bought from MAC, and you can see I've gotten some good use out of it! I love this one as a inner corner highlight or all over the lid when I'm using lighter colours. I think this would be suitable for many different skin colours. Beautiful!

Naked Lunch

3. Wedge (Matte): "Soft muted beige taupe"
It's a nice warm brown that I always use as a transition colour in between the colour in my crease and my browbone highlight. It makes the transition much smoother and makes it a lot easier to blend. I only got this colour recently but I fell in love with it the first time I used it. 


4. Quarry (Matte): "Soft muted plum brown"
I love this matte colour. It's very pigmented and easy to blend. I use it a lot in the crease or on the lid for a darker look. It shows up darker and more purple on my skin than it does in the pan which I like. Love this for a matte smokey eye!


5. Shale (Satin): "Mauve plum with subtle shimmer"
This was the second colour I ever bought from MAC (after Beauty Marked). I love the shimmer in this. When applied sheer it's super wearable for any day time look, but you can really build it up to make the colour a lot darker for an evening look. Goes with neutrals and colours, especially with purples!


6. Satin Taupe (Frost): "Taupe with silver shimmer"
I know this is a favorite of many and I decided to get it cause it was mentioned so often. I love taupes in general and I love this one too! I like how it looks with my green eyes. I often use it in the crease with Naked Lunch on the lid. Also love wearing it on its own with some black along the lashes for a smokey look. (Click for a look I did with Satin Taupe)

Satin Taupe

7. Twinks (Veluxe Pearl): "Deep plum with pearl" (can you tell I love plums? :) )
Another one I only got a couple months ago. Great crease colour or smudged along the lashline. Compliments my green eyes because of the red undertones. Veluxe pearl is also my favorite finish by MAC. I love how they apply, blend and how pigmented they are.


8. Brun (Satin) : "Muted blackish-brown"
Not necessarily a pretty colour, but I always use this one to fill in my eyebrows. It's a satin but looks matte, which is great for eyebrows. 


9. Club (Satin): "Red brown with green pearl"
This is the main colour I used in my previous post. I love how duochromes look like you applied more than one colour. When blended out you can see more of the red brown base colour. When it's packed on or applied over a dark base, the gorgeous green shimmer really makes it pop. It's like a toned down version of Blue Brown pigment.


10. Sumptuous Olive (Veluxe Pearl): "Khaki with pearl"
I don't use it as often as I should but everytime I use it I remember why I love it so much. It's not really a duochrome but it's kind of in between a gold and a green with some brown in it. Also like using it on its own, like Satin Taupe. Great if you want to use some colour but in a subtle way. (Click for a look I did with Sumptuous Olive)

Sumptuous Olive

And that's all ten of them!

Before I go, here's an overview of the different finishes MAC eyeshadows come in and how MAC describes them (Source)

An iridescent shine that adds a highlight to any colour.

Smoothly pearlized; intensely frosted with deluxe ultra-fine "conditioned" finish.

Hi-colour pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.

Pure colour in a satin-style finish. Provides a soft subtle non-frost, light-refractive sheen.

Superfine pigment rich and very luxe. Supple to apply. Provides silky smooth matte finish.

Vibrantly-toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eye shadow, now overlaid with high-shine pearl.

Soft look finish with high-colour intensity. Has a plush velvety look and feel.

That's all folks!

Up next: Makeover on my friend Michelle + EOTD (did one previously here)



  1. This is a very helpful post...for ppl building their kits etc.
    Many thanks. Emma

  2. You're welcome. Glad you found it helpful and thank you for following!

  3. These are gorgeous, I would pick very similar shades :) xxx

  4. Though I like many MAC eyeshadow colors, it seems like I just don't get along with them :( We have the same taste in favorite eyeshadow colors, and I did have Sumptuous Olive and Club but sold them some time ago. Sumptuous Olive is actually great but I have too many similar colors and Club is nice but I prefered Label Whore from too Faced which is more duochrome.

    I don't know, for some reason they didn't really work for me in the end. Humd was a big dissapointment for me - poor color pay off on my eye lids though in the pan it looked great. :/

    BUT, I'm very interested in Quarry. I love such colors and I think I might give it a go!

    Sorry for this long comment :D

  5. I've never tried or even seen Label Whore from Too Faced, but I have Blue Brown pigment which is also more duochrome and more pigmented than Club.
    I don't own Humid, but it does look great in the pan. I'll definitely swatch it first in case I ever wanted to get it.
    Definitely try Quarry, it's gorgeous and I find it to be very pigmented. Shale is a great colour too!
    Don't apologize for the long comment, I like long comments lol!

  6. Thanks for the beautiful swatches~!