Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Top 10 Mac Eyeshadows

Hello Loves!  Today I'm sharing my Top 10 Mac Eyeshadows with you all.  I have to admit, I have a LOT more Mac shadows than I really need, but I've been collecting for over 10 years and I did get quite a few free as Back to Mac items. They're listed in no particular order...the just match the swatches :)

For reference, in Mac foundations I am generally in the range of NC30. 

Grand Entrance (Starflash)
This was a Limited Edition shade launched in 2009's Love that Look Collection.  It is a light, shimmery beige that has such an incredible sheen to it.  I wore this on my wedding day, and it still one of my top favorite shadows...this may even be my very favorite Mac shadow.  You can find it online (All Cosmetics Wholesale has it for $24 at the time of this post), but you can also get a pretty close dupe - Stila's Kitten eyeshadow.  The two are super similar...close enough that I won't be upset when I eventually use up Grand Entrance.

Mylar (Satin)
This is the perfect highlight color for my skintone.  It is a cream color, and has just the smallest amount of sheen to it, but not enough to make my browbone look shiny.

Vanilla (Velvet)
I use Vanilla for both highlighting and as a lid color.  It's the perfect creamy shade, and the shimmer that you see in the pan does not translate to the skin.  This is just a touch lighter than my natural lid color, so I like to use it to lighten and brighten up my eyes.  It is for me what Brule would be for someone in the NC35/NW25 range.

Naked Lunch (Frost)
I love to use this shade on my lids with a cool brown in the crease.  It's light pink, but translates as more beige-toned on the skin.  It looks so pretty, and it just shimmery enough to create a nice bright look without being over the top.

Stars N' Rockets (Veluxe Pearl)
This is a very pink-toned purple duochrome, and it's my favorite purple shadow by far!  It's actually a lot more useable and wearable than you may think, and when layered with different shadows or cream products, this takes on various different looks.  I love layering it over a navy blue eye pencil on my lid to create a darker, smoldering smoky eye, or over a white base on my lid with browns in my crease to have some fun with my eyes, or smudged under my lower lashline for a wearable pop of color.

Moleskin (Matte)
This was a Limited Edition shade launched in 2011's Mac Me Over Collection.  This is definitely in the running for my #1 Mac shadow.  I probably use this most frequently, as it is the best color for me to blend out my crease colors with.  It's very similar to Urban Decay's Naked, which is sold individually and also comes in the original Naked Palette.

Tempting (Lustre)
I think Tempting might be the most underrated Mac shadow!  I never hear anyone talking about it, but I am obsessed!  It's so sparkly, flattering and versatile.  It's a bronzey brown color and I use it both on my lid or in my crease for different looks.  Definitely one of my most-used!

Satin Taupe (Frost)
Who doesn't love this shade?  I'm not even sure anything I can say about it will add to what has already been said!  It's just the perfect shimmery grey-brown.  The end.  (If you love the shade but not the $15 price tag, Wet N Wild has come very close to duping this!  One of the shades in the Silent Treatment trio and their individual shadow in the shade Nutty are both super close.)

Sketch (Velvet)
I absolutely love this purpely brown.  I typically use Sketch in my crease with something light and shimmery on my lid (I wore this with Grand Entrance for my wedding).  It can come off more grey when paired with certain colors, but used with a light shimmer and blended out with a matte brown (like Moleskin) you really can't go wrong with it!

Handwritten (Matte)
I love to use this dark warm brown to add dimension in my crease or outer V area.  It flatters my skintone very nicely and blends like a dream.

So readers...what are you favorite Mac shadows?  What other dupes are there that I need to know about?!

As always, everything in this post is my honest personal opinion.  No affiliate links were used.  I have not accepted any consideration for sharing these items with you.  Unless indicated otherwise, all products were purchased by me with my own money.

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