As I was organizing and cleaning out my makeup drawers this past weekend, I pulled out all of my MAC Eyeshadows so that we could take a closer look. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared any part of my makeup collection with you (although you usually get the gist through my reviews and Top 5 posts), but I thought I’d take a little tour of a section that seems to be quite popular over the years of beauty blog posts and YouTube videos. So here is a little taste of my MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadows.
My most used and probably oldest of the shadows can be found put together in one of my MAC magnetic quads. These quads are super easy for travel purposes and it’s easy to pop out the magnetic shadows and switch them out for others as your favourites change. At the moment my quad consists of Honey Lust Lustre (top left), Sumptuous Olive (top right), Antiqued Velvet Pearl (bottom left), and Sketch Velvet (bottom right). These are my most reached for, especially Antiqued, and are also awesome together!
My other single magnetic shades are held in another quad and are my least reached for MAC eyeshadows. These are more “funky” colours that are for special occasions. The first is Swimming Lustre which is a kermit the frog kinda green. Then I have Knight Divine Veluxe Pearl which is actually great for navy smokey eyed looks. And then finally, the bright purple Nocturnelle Frost.
The single potted shadows are a mix of new and rarely used shadows. Let’s go clockwise from the bottom of the picture. First we have the ever popular Black Gold Velvet, which got a ton of use as my only black eyeshadow for the longest time. The next is a new love, the Mystery Satin eyeshadow; a lovely matte taupe. The next is Quarry Matte which I acquired through my Mom’s clear out of her drawers. I can see myself getting a ton of use outta this one! Next over we have Chill Satin shadow which is reminiscent of a 2001 snowball dance at the local roller rink. Those were the days where I swept this over the lid; only this. Now it gets some use as a highlighting shadow. Next is my all-time favourite, simply called Soft Brown Matte. Another good smokey eye can be achieved with Contrast Velvet and last but not least the almost empty Amber Lights Frost.
So help me out. Now that you’ve seen the number of eyeshadows I have, should I keep them in their current state, depot them into quads, or depot them all into one large 15 shadow palette? De-potting is actually quite easy, and you can check out my method here. In the past the single pot or quad was preferred due to my constant travelling, but thats not really a concern anymore. So which is your favourite storage method for your MAC eyeshadows? Talk to me friends!
A beautiful new eyeshadow palette fell into my lap not too long ago and at a steal too! Regularly priced at $39, I found the Kat Von D True Romance eyeshadow palette Poetica for only $14 at Marshalls! SCORE! At first glance I didn’t think I’d get much use out of these colours, but after a few weeks of testing and playing I’ve grown quite attached to this little palette of wonderous colours and their amazing formulas. Let’s take a closer look.
The cute little compact comes with 8 different eyeshadow shades with two neutrals, three purples, a white, black and copper orange. From left to right you have Forgiveness (pearly butter cream), Sand Timer (pearly sand), Chandelier (pearly copper), Tijuana (black and brown with gold sparkle), Wonderland (dark burgundy with pearly gold), Skiba (purple with pearly gold), Babe (lavender), and You Alone (matte vanilla). The palette also comes with a mini waterproof Puro Amor Black Autograph Pencil Liner!
You can probably tell from the swatches that the two neutral shades are actually quite translucent and aren’t as bold as Kat Von D shadows tend to be. But the remaining 6 shades are bright and bold and the buttery formula creates amazing colour and coverage after only one swipe! All 8 of the shadows have a lovely shimmer, but of course Tijuana and Wonderland do create a more sparkly eye. Don’t get discouraged from these swatches through. The sparkles are subtle and are perfect for accents and to add a little something. I love using Tijuana under the lower lashes for a little pop!
Ps. Just like all other Kat Von D shadows and products, these eyeshadows are created without the use of parabens, but ARE formulated with rose extracts, keeping your lids moisturized all day and lengthening the wear of your shadows!
Have you ever tried Kat Von D eyeshadows? Which are your favourite?
Want fabulous, every-day, simple eyeshadow at a low price? Of course you do! Everyone does. And that’s exactly what I found in the Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Oh So Special! I may rant and rave about the NYX naturals, my other favourite everyday simple eyeshadow palette, but when this sleek and sexy palette landed in my lap I was sold! I’ve changed my ways and I’m hooked on Sleek.
The Oh So Special palette has a great assortment of colours. I didn’t pick the palette out for myself, but after looking at the other I-Divine palettes online I truly believe that this one is the best. You’ve got your subtle pinks and neutral undertone colours, as well as some darker mattes, slight sparkles, and some really harsh purples and blues to make you’re eyes pop! It’s the perfect palette for travelling and taking your makeup from day to night as quickly as possible. So simple. And the colours are some of the most easily applied and most pigmented of any other budget palette out there!
Of course the first things I did upon opening the package was toss the silly little eyeshadow applicators. I don’t understand how two pathetic sponges on the end of a stick are supposed to be the best for eyeshadow application. I prefer my MAC 217 brush. I’ll post an updated every day makeup routine soon, and you can see my love of the Sleek I-Divine Palette in action.
Unfortunately, having my palette brought over from Ireland, I’m not sure where these can be found in North America. Try Amazon? Or keep these on your shopping list for your next trip across the pond! Have you ever tried any Sleek products?