14 December 2013

MAC eyeshadow haul + swatches

MAC eyeshadow haul + swatches

I can't help it. Lately I have really been into MAC eye shadows. It's really odd, actually, because it wasn't so long ago after I had my first dabble into MAC eye shadows, when I decided to make a quad, that I declared I wasn't a fan. Well everything changed around two months ago when I decided to give that very first quad and another I had recently put together (what can I say, impulse buyer), to good use. My quads were based around perfect, berry autumnal shades and brilliant highlights and rose gold hues. Around August/September, they were some of my absolute favourite, most-reached for shadows. That was it, I've been hooked ever since. The amount I've picked up since then, is a little bit over the top, I find myself gravitating to so many shades, and boy does MAC huge a huge shade range! I now have a full 15 pan eyeshadow palette, a full quad and duo, and an empty quad to fill, so keep an eye out for an upcoming MAC eyeshadow collection post. Today I'm going to talk you through six of my most recent eyeshadow buys, which I snapped up when Debenham's had a fab 'up to 15% off' offer on. Unfortunately MAC was only available for 10% off, but considering MAC themselves never do any offers like this, I always try to get the majority of my MAC buys on Debenham's who do 10% off very regularly. (Debenham's actually have an offer on right now, if you want to treat yourself or finish off your Christmas shopping. You can grab 10% off of all beauty, and they also have the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette.) I am actually really chuffed with all of the shades I picked. All were chosen and ordered online, without swatching any of them prior. I solely relied on some fab blog reviews and swatches (Temptalia, as always, was the most helpful) The swatches (and my ability to photograph well) do the shades little justice, but you can find swatches readily on Temptalia.

MAC eyeshadow haul + swatches

MAC Antiqued (Debenhams, £10): Antiqued is a shade I rarely hear talked about, but when I do it's praises are highly sung. A stunning shade, Antiqued is a combination of bronze, gold and copper that looks unlike any copper shades I own. I'm really happy with how well the shade translates to the skin and the pigmentation is really great, even better when applied after using a good eye primer like the Urban Decay Primer Potion. 
(Currently £9 with 10% off)

MAC All That Glitters (Debenhams, £10): All That Glitters is a popular shade among bloggers, yet it's one I've never picked up. I find it very similar to a few MAC shades I have, but I decided if it was hyped about so much, it was worth giving a go. So I caved to the hype and ordered All That Glitters. It is a really lovely shade, perfect for the inner corner as a highlight to brighten your eyes, but I don't think it's my absolute favourite MAC highlight shadow.
(Currently £9 with 10% off)

MAC Amber Lights (Debenhams, £10): Amber Lights was a shade picked on impulse, because the swatches I found over on Temptalia (see here) really caught my eye. Amber Lights is a vibrant, bright glittering amber with undertones of pure gold. It's beautifully when lightly swatches, but can easily be built up for a more intense shade.
(Currently £9 with 10% off)

MAC Twinks (Debenhams, £10): Twinks is a beautiful burnt copper shade with warm brown undertones. This is lovely for a wash of colour all over the lid, or blended through the crease for a day-time appropriate smokey eye. Built up more intensely, Twinks is stunning for a more dramatic look too. It's incredibly versatile with great colour pay-off.
(Currently £9 with 10% off)

MAC Humid (Debenhams, £10): Of each of my recent shade picks, Humid is very closely tied with Antique as my current favourite MAC shadow. A beautiful emerald green with flecks of moss, Humid is the green shade I have been hunting down for months. I've recently really gotten into green shadows and I've been lusting after one that's both deep yet vibrant at the same time, for ages! Humid has fulfilled my green-filled dreams.
(Currenly £9 with 10% off)

MAC Deep Truth (Debenhams, £10): I already own a blue shadow from MAC, the quite popular Contrast. But for me, the fine shimmer finish of Contrast prevents me from building up the shade as much as I would like. My swatch does Deep Truth no justice whatsoever, so for a lovely swatch head to Tempalia. I need to experiment more with this shadow, as I'm not always sure what shadows to team with blues, but so far I am really smitten with Deep Truth and it definitely has that something-something that Contrast lacks.
(Currently £9 with 10% off) 

I know for a lot of people, the idea of paying for MAC eye shadows is just a complete no. There was a time when I felt the same, about all high-end makeup in general. But as I have gotten older, I prefer to have products which are of high, exceptional quality where I can, because the longevity, pigmentation and overall product is always, in my experience, better. I see MAC eye shadows and creating my own palettes as an investment. If you like the idea of making your own palette, with the shades you gravitate towards, finishes you prefer, then a MAC eye shadow duo, quad or palette is a great investment to make. I adore each and every shadow I have and I know I can always rely on them for incredible longevity, making them perfect for a makeup look that lasts. If MAC isn't your thing, I also highly recommend Urban Decay eye shadows, who also allow you to create quads, as well as KIKO whose Clics System works in the same way as MAC, at a fraction of the price. 

MAC eyeshadow haul + swatches


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  1. Amber lights looks beautiful, great pigmentation x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think so too, a real surprise shade :) xo

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  2. Antiqued and Twinks are lovely shades! I have All That Glitters and next on my list is the popular Satin Taupe - I love my neutrals! xx

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    1. Me too, and MAC do seem to have some fantastic neutral shades! xo

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  3. Amber Lights and All That Glitters are two of my favourite Mac eyeshadows :) If you haven't got Club, Woodwinked, Patina and Satin Taupe I'd definitely recommend taking a look at those too. I just love them!

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. I have a couple of those but I will definitely check out the others next time I am at a MAC counter :) xo

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  4. Think I'm going to have to create a quad now! You have chosen so gorgeous shades there! :D

    freshdaisychains.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's worth the investment :) Which shades do you think you'll be popping in your quad? xo

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  5. Great review, I have All That Glitters and Antiqued is top of my wish list but will now add Amber Lights and Twinks, they look lovely. :) x

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    1. Glad to have added to your wishlist ;) xo

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  6. Amber Lights looks beautiful! :) xxx

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    1. It's gorgeous, I really love using it xo

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  7. Really like your colour choices! I have humid and really like it, especially for Autumn :) I'll hopefully be receiving some for Christmas too, cannot wait!

    Have you ever tried the Inglot Freedom System? It's sort of like the MAC system except cheaper (and great quality, I actually prefer them!) If you haven't before, definitely give it a look!

    Annettibus |Irish Personal Style and Beauty Blog.

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    1. Thank you Annette! Did you receive any new MAC shades for Christmas? I've never tried Inglot, no, there isn't a store near me I am afraid :( xo

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  8. Lovely colours there, very autumnal! Did you have to go in store to create a quad/duo? There are a couple of MAC eyeshadows I want (Shroom and Brown Down) and I'd quite like to get them as a duo but MAC counters always scare me a bit...

    Laura http://cherrysodablog.blogspot.com

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    1. No, you don't have to go in store :) You can buy everything direct from the MAC website or any retailer of MAC xo

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