Product Type: MAC makeup
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MAC Eyeshadow - Create any and every look!
Member Name: debbie41176
Advantages: A great selection of colours and finishes available. Love that you can depot these into a palette!
Disadvantages: £11.50 is admitedly a lot of money for a single eyeshadow!
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
I love MAC products in general, and though I've never been overly fussed about eyeshadows, it was inevitable that I'd end up with at least one or two of these. As it happens I now have at least 20 MAC eyeshadows. There are way too many to chose from and the way they are beautifully displayed in the store will draw you in!
WHAT MAC SAY
"Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well."
£11.50 for a standard 1.5g pot. You can buy MAC products from Debenhams, Selfridges, MAC online or a MAC store.
Don't buy MAC from anywhere else as you run the risk of being sold a fake. There are a lot of fake MAC products around, especially the eyeshadows!
MAC products are seldom in the sale, but if you're purchasing from Debenhams, keep an eye out for a voucher code. Sometimes you can use these voucher codes across the whole of Debenhams, including the beauty products :)
MAC eyeshadows come in classic little round pots. The black plastic is somewhat matte, and has a hint of a shine / sparkle to it. The metal pan sits neatly in the case which opens with a clickly clasp type thing at the front. There is a see through area on the lid so you can see what colour you're getting. This will have the MAC logo embossed on it.
Details of the eyeshadow you're getting will be printed on a sticker on the back. You'll be able to see the colour name, the type of finish (ie, matte, pearl, etc), MAC details and the batch code. The batch code is made up of a letter and then two digits. These stand for the batch number and the month and year the eyeshadow was manufactored. A little bit of useful information to know since fakes won't have this displayed!
MY THOUGHTS ON THE FINISHES AVAILABLE
Frost - "irridescant frosy shine" - the colour payoff isn't brilliant with these finishes. Whether it's an issue of lower pigmentation or that a brush won't pick up a lot of colour I'm not sure! These are good for a subtle 'hint of colour / hint of sparkle' look. The glitter particles aren't big like with a cheaper eyeshadow, so you won't look like you have a face full of glitter!
Lustre - "smoothly pearlized; intensely frosted" - these eyeshadows are easier to transfer from pot, to brush, to skin than the frost finishes. They have some shimmer / sheen to them and maybe a hint of very fine glitter in some colours. They're easy to blend and great with any other colours and finishes. The pigmentation is reasonable but they're not the highest pigmented eyeshadows that MAC have to offer.
Matte - "high color payoff in a no-shine matte finish" - these are a little bit difficult to pick up with a brush, despite them being the most highly pigmented eyeshadows available. I wet the brush and then mix it into the eyeshadow a little bit. This picks up colour well and you can create a whole range of looks depending on the brush you use and the technique of application you use. I sometimes use a thin brush and apply these wet like an eyeliner. As the description states, these are indeed matte with no hint on a sparkle or a shine.
Matte2 - "intense, opaque silky matte finish" - these are similar to the regular Matte eyeshadows but I find they are easier to pick up with a brush and I don't really ever need to wet my brush before application. These are versatile and since there isn't a shine or sparkle I actually use one of these as an eyebrow filler (Copperplate which is a dark ashy brown). These are probably one of my favourite finishes although there are only 5 colours in the permanent range available. *sad face*
Satin - "satiny, demi-matte with a subtle sheen" - these have a good colour payoff, are easy to pick up with a makeup brush, and come in a range of colours from light to dark. I think these eyeshadows are ideal for creating a classic smokey eyed look. They have a bit of a sheen, but no glitter or anything OTT.
Veluxe - "superfine pigment rich, silky smooth matte finish" - these are easy to pick up with a brush and blend really well. As the description suggests they're silky and smooth. I love these although only 3 are available in the permanent MAC range.
Veluxe Pearl - "velvety soft metallic, overlaid with high-shine pearl" - I'm not a fan of sparkle or sheen, but I love these. They're highly pigmented and more metallic than shimmery. The colour payoff is brilliant and these seem to be highly pigmented. They're not so easy to blend if you're not a real expert (like me!). For this reason I prefer the paler colours, or the real dark colours (like Divine Knight - black - that I can use almost like an eyeliner).
Velvet - "soft velvety finish with high color payoff" - these are highly pigmented and easy to blend. There are over 10 very different colours available so they're great for creating statement looks.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE COLOURS AVAILABLE
You can get these eyeshadows in bright, almost neon colours, in natural greys, browns, in every shade of every colour you can think of.
If there's a 'bang on trend' colour for any given season, you'll be able to get it from one of MAC seasonal limited edition collections too!
There's no colour I can think of that I can't get a MAC eyeshadow for. I actually tested this with a colleague and she said she'd never been able to get a black eyeshadow with a gold sheen. MAC of course have got this covered!
MY THOUGHTS OVER ALL
I love that I can walk into a MAC store and be able to find whatever colour and finish I'm looking for. I'm a lover of really matte, non shimmery colours, and find that I can't get anything like it on the highstreet (if you look at any eyeshadow from any High Street brand chances are there will be a tiny hint of sparkle at the very least!).
For space saving, you can buy an empty palette and 'decant' you eyeshadows from individual palettes into a big one for 15 colours or a smaller 4 colour palette. I don't know of another brand where you can do it but I think it's a brilliant idea! A great space saver!
I find these eyeshadows versatile and can apply them wet or dry with a range of different sized brushes for different looks. Like with any eyeshadow, if you use a good eye primer they'll last you all day. Without a primer, they're still long lasting compared to other eyeshadows available. I get a couple of (non primer) hours of wear before they start to crease.
These individual eyeshadows are indeed pricey, so I wouldn't recommend them to someone looking for a few basic items. If you're unlikely to wear makeup very often I would suggest waiting until Christmas time when you are able to get little sets of 4 (or sometimes more / less) colours. This will work out a bit cheaper. If you love your makeup though, you'd be mad to miss out on MAC eyeshadows. Next time you're passing a MAC store or MAC counter in a department store, have a little look at them and see what you think!
Summary: Brilliant! I love these eyeshadows, they're ideal for creating any look you can think up!