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The mac shadestick for me is a godsend and a product that I cannot fault in any shape or form as its the best make up product that Ive ever used.
It comes in only a few shades and the darkest one is currently 'sharkskin' which is black, it is highly compacted dewy silky texture and is not powder based but almost like a thick crayon for eyes. Kept within a black pen like form, its light, easy to use and you can take it everywehre for top ups however this is rarely needed as it lasts all day and more so.
Its perfect to use on its own for a dark and sultry look or a lighter look with the lighter shades for easy application and incredibly quick application of an eyeshadow, perfect for those who are short of time in the mornings but want their make up perfectly done.
I use it alone and also with a mac powder on top of it as powders stick to it remarkable there brighter eyeshadow shades and loose pigments stay and look incredible.
As a huuuge fan, it's rare that a MAC product will truly dissapoint me. They're usually of a very high standard that tends to run throughout the entire range of products, yet I wasn't really pleased with the results many of the Shadesticks gave me.
MAC market them as a 'rich and creamy eyeshadow delivered in a sophisticated stick-style format.' Okay, they are rich, I will give them that. Creamy, however? Not so much. Unless I warm them up for a while before using, they tug on the skin and drag across the eyelid resulting in anything but a smooth finish :-/
And the 'sophisticated' packaging has cause many of my own and others, to break halfway down the tube.
That said, as you only need a thin layer of the darker, more brighter shades (which have mostly been discontinued by MAC recently, and the rest are slowly going too) these can work quite well as eyeshadows. But the lighter colours need to be layered a few more times to get a nice, even result and for me this results in creasing. I gave away most of my Shadesticks after a few uses and the three I did keep I only use extremely finely as a 'tacky' base for other shadows to grab onto. (And even this doesn't work too well on hotter days.)
To apply, I warm up between my hands for a minute or so, or let it sit on a radiator for a few seconds. I then heavily swatch it on the back of my hand and use a flat eyeshadow brush (MAC #242) to pick up some of the product from there. Pat it gently onto my lid and blend the edges well.
I don't think they hold up too well on oily skin/lids and can slightly dehydrate/cause irritation to very dry types so unless you can get to a MAC counter and have them apply them for you to try, then I would honestly give them a miss. There are much better shadows/bases available in my honest opinion. Not everyone shares my thoughts on these though, so take it with a pinch of salt - Shadesticks are just not for me.
Mac is a brand that I have come to rely on and it is a great quality range which has something to suit everyone. It is not the cheapest brand but the quality is really worth it and you need minimal amounts of the product so it lasts a lot longer than other products.
Mac Shadestick is a pencil type product that is used as a creamy eyeshadow, which leaves your eyelid smooth and silky, but at the same time can also be used as a liner so you have two products for the price of one. It glides on easily and as it is blended leaves a great shine to the shadow. You do not need to apply a lot of this product unlike similar products they need to have a lot applied to make it visible. Also look great if you are going for an eyeliner as it glides on easily and comes in some great colours.
I find this product easier to apply the a eyeshadow powder as you can run the pencil over the part of the eye lid that you want it on, so you have more control and then just have to blend it in. It also is long lasting and it lasts all day which is what I need out of an eyeshadow as I do not have to keep reapplying.
It comes in a range of colours Sea me, Shark skin, Fresh Cement, Shimmer Sand, Pink Couture and Gentle Lentil are a few of the choices that are in the range.
It retails at £12.00 if purchased from MAC, you may be lucky enough to find it on another website, but there are not many Mac distributors. I love this product, although I also love the pigment as an eyeshadow so I am spoilt for choice on eye colour products when it comes to Mac.
The only disadvantage is that the Shadestick does not come in the widest range of colours online so you are limited to the colours available and a few of them are quite similar in shade, better off visiting the shop.
I've only got one shadestick that I bought along with the colours to complete the Viva Glam V look for the Pamela Anderson eyes. I must say, unlike my experience with the other MAC products, which I LOVE, I'm not too fond of this one...
I bought the colour mangomix, a coppery orange shade. It was recommended to me by one of the MAC make up artists. They said that it would bring out the colour of the shadows and complete the look. When they applied it on my lids, I couldn't really see what they were doing as I had to close my eyes, so I assumed that it really did make a difference to the look. Unfortunately, when I tried it the next day, I didn't get the desired effect and found the shadestick didn't go on very smoothly and it was pulling my skin too much to the point where it just got uncomfortable. I don't feel that I need this stick anyway to get a nice vibrant look like the one on the Viva Glam V picture. I couldn't even use it as a liner as it didn't go on nicely like my Urban Decay 24/7 liners or even the other MAC liners.
Sadly, I'm very disappointed and haven't felt the need to try any other shadestick colours either as the feel of it isn't nice on my eyes at all. It could be down to the skin on my eye area being a bit sensitive, so perhaps it's worth a try, however, it's quite pricey so that might put you off.
I'd say stick to Urban Decay Primer Potion or a MAC paint pot to get the desired effect as an eyeshadow base!
The Mac Shade Stick last time I bought it was £13, this was over a year ago, my shade stick has lasted me a long long time. I know I should bin it and replace it as its older then the 12 months blanket rule for make-up, but the fact is, Mac do discontinue make-up colours as they have so many, they replace it with other shades and this can mean its hard to replace the colours to the exact same colour.
The colour I bought was a pinky bronze, called Penny, but there are many different shades. It comes in a black tube with a coloured end, 'Mac Shade Stick'. You need to take of the lid and can see the crayon like make-up stick which you can wind up or down the tube. Its possible to use all of the stick. Its quite thick, and is excellent for giving a thick line along your eye line, in one slick move, and can add just a touch of glamour to your eyes.
It glides on very easily, unlike many thick coloured eye-shadow pencils I have tried which seem to pierce your eyes as they go on (e.g. Body Shop, Barry M, Rimmel used to do one and Revlon also used to do one.) The mac is very easy to apply and also, it stays on the entire day! (though I have not tested this it a heavy workout at the Gym. As its only applied at the eye lash end of the eyelid, (it can be about 0.5cm thick before it just looks wrong) it does not crease, it also blends very well with eye shadows. The colour is dense so only needs to be drawn on once, not over and over again... like many other brands, the packaging is chic and so its nice to carry around in your make-up bag, it also lasts a very very long time, as I said, mine is over a year old and still going strong......I really cant fault this!
Mac make-up is known for their quality, and staying power, this is no exception, I really recommend this as there is none who does anything anywhere near as good.
Glides on smooth for a rich finish /