I am utterly utterly obsessed with depotting eyeshadows and getting them altogether in one place (an example - however I have changed my view on Unii palettes, read on!) so when I saw the new style MAC empty palettes with the clear lids I knew i had to have them.
I didn’t actually realise how many MAC eyeshadows I had collected over the years – I thought I had about 10 because I don’t buy MAC that often! In fact I had enough to fill up nearly 2 palettes (I bought a few more to finish the sets because I am also that kind of person who doesn’t like gaps in my palettes)…anyway…
These palettes were out of stock for a good 2 months!
These cost £14 each and I eventually found them online (I couldn’t get them on counter either). They are thicker than the old style palettes, have a clear lid and are smaller but chunkier than the originals. I prefer them though, I like the feel of these sturdy palettes….so what did I put in them?
Before that here are the palettes – they come with a protective cover you can peel off (good) but finger marks to leave a greasy stain whereas the old ones in smooth plastic were good for avoiding that.
These palettes can be purchased with inserts that hold 15 colours – this makes them more secure and neater too, however I wanted these without the insert so I could fit more in. The base is magnetic so you don’t NEED to have the insert to hold the eyeshadow pans in.
This is where the eyeshadows were living – in my new UNII palettes – these new style ones are disappointing compared to the original I got. The base is a very very weak magnet, so even the slightest tap made the eyeshadows dislodge. Extremely annoying which is why I started looking for an alternative.
Here is the first palette; my neutrals! Without an insert these palettes can hold 24 eyeshadows exactly.
And again with the names:
Here are the swatches, top 2 rows:
MAC eyeshadows have been written about time and time again and I am not sure there is much I can add, although as a non MAC expert here is my take on the colours!
Shroom – A light beige with a bit of shimmer, mine is a bit gritty
Brule – Nice base matte beige colour
Retrospeck – Very shimmery pale shade, doesn’t show up that well on my skintone
Ricepaper – New purchase, a warm neutral beige peach
Bamboo – A warm neutral nutty soft brown, like this for the crease
Soba – Another neutral crease shade for me but on the browner side than bamboo and not as warm
Woodwinked – Really lovely soft metallic medium mushroom browny shade
Honeylust – Got this after my wedding trial, quite a lot of fall out but it’s ok a glittery gold
Amberlights – Really rich golden bronze, love
Bronze – Bronze! Decent texture not amazing though, I think there are better bronzes
Mythology – Pinked bronze, quite glittery but the texture is ok
Romp – Similar to bronze I think a bit more gold to it?
I have an issue with bronzes and golds I think! I do love them!
Row 3 and 4 (I know orange isn’t very neutral!):
Orange – Really rich pigmented bold matte orange, LOVE
Copperplate – New purchase, love this shade, a neutral grey slate colour right up my street
Satin Taupe – Everyone knows this, it’s a really lovely shimmery taupe
Embark – Warm brown, very very rich and pigmented, almost a bit of burgundy in there
Brown Down – Matte brown, warm so perhaps not for everyone but very pigmented again
Twinks – Almost a purply-brown with shimmer
Club – Another famous one, brown blue, love. It’s a bit ugly on me but I don’t care, I love the duality of it
Brun – New purchase, a matte neutral cool deep brown, good brow shade, and liner shade
Smut – A sooty colour with some shimmer
Nehru – Soft grey black, bit of blue in there?
Black Tied – Black with silver glitter
Carbon – Black, matte, deceptively unpigmented!
Here is my ‘brights’ palette:
Again with the names:
My brights palette is a mixture of blue, green and purple – I love all of these types of colours.
Gesso – Matte white – I must’ve bought this with a look in mind but it’s not one I use much now!
Vex – Lovely greyish highlight shade with bits of pink, green etc etc – a really interesting colour
Eletra – Shimmery silver
Tilt – A medium denim blue, don’t even remember buying this
Steamy – A lighter denim blue
Aquadisiac – A rich bright sea blue, like!
Blue Calm – I think this is LE, a really rich peacock blue – love
Deep Truth – A deep rich navy metallic blue
Plumage – Dark dark blue
Sunny – Disappointing lime, matte, not very pigmented
Sour Lemon – Also a lime, better than sunny but not amazing
Bio Green – A greeny lime which is quite funky but not mad pigmented
Lucky Green – A shimmery pretty leafy green
Swimming – Another bright gold green
Humid -A rich metallic darkened emerald green, nice texture
Greensmoke – Probably my favourite of all of them, a really lovely olive grey green
Sumptuous Olive – A new purchase, a brown old gold green, love this
Pink Venus – I have a thing for pink eyeshadows, this is medium pigmented with glitter
Creme De Violet – Medium violet purple, not that soft
Stars ‘n’ Rockets – Purple with a bluish duo chrome finish, not as keen on this one
Trax – A medium purple with gold glitter, a favourite of mine
Indian Ink – A pro shade, a matte true eggplant colour, very pigmented
Beauty Marked – A rich dark black with purple shimmer, this photo doesn’t do it justice.
Shadowy Lady – A deep matte aubergine purple good for lining or smoky looks.
Of all the colour groups, the greens are the nicest (from Lucky green to Sumptuous Olive), and the weakest…perhaps the neutrals although, they do have a job to do!
So now that I have filled my palettes…I have to make sure I don’t get any more!
Do you have any MAC favourites to tell me about?