Hello everyone, welcome to my first post! I thought it would be a good idea to go through my Mac eyeshadow palette to give you an idea of what shades I like, and what works for me.
I have a Mac Pro Palette, which comes with a glass top so that you can see your shadows, and a plastic insert which can fit 15 eyeshadows.
Price-wise, here is the breakdown:
Single empty palette (without the insert) – £10
Plastic insert – £2.50
Each refill pan – £10 (as opposed to 15 for an eyeshadow in a case)
Total cost – £162.50
As you can see, it is quite pricey. I have been purchasing my shadows piecemeal although I have a good idea of which ones I want. The palette is a bit thicker than the Urban Decay Naked palette, and feels quite sturdy.
I currently have 6 refill pans, and I have (foolishly) bought lots of lid colours first and I need to get a black/some matte browns:
Here are some swatches!:
Ricepaper (Frost) – This is a really natural looking highlight on me. It is a pale yellowy-gold. As you can see from the photos, on my skin-tone it isn’t very stark which makes it perfect for everyday wear. I think this shade would suit most skin tones.
Mythology (Lustre) – A lovely coral-pink which has lots and lots of glitter. There is a fair bit of fall-out, but with a bit of work it is manageable. I actually really enjoy it – I recommend using lots of primer with this one, with a setting spray, or just using some concealer as a base and patting it on. I also like layering it on top of other colours like Antiqued for a bit of extra sparkle. An alternative for this is Expensive Pink, as they look incredibly similar on.
Star Violet (Veluxe Pearl) – This shade doesn’t get enough love. On me it swatches very differently than what it looks like in the pan, as I feel that it looks markedly cooler in the pan. It’s a warm-toned burgundy, which leans towards the pink side. I picked this as an alternative to Cranberry just because I felt it would be easier for me to work with. One of the MUA’s at Mac recommended layering this over a black eyeliner to make it really pop – for something less harsh you could always use colours like Embark or Sketch.
Satin Taupe (Frost) – I usually like warm shades, and when I first saw Satin Taupe I was worried as it just looked like a cool grey, but it really isn’t. It is a really gorgeous purply, taupe colour. On my skin, it really pulls to the purple side. It really reminds me of Sidecar in the Naked 1 palette but without the glitter, and it’s a tad darker and more purple; I recommend packing on Sidecar if you have it on to this shade for a transition from a work look to a going out look.
Antiqued (Veluxe Pearl) – This is a nice warm rusty brown with a bit of glitter in it. I love using this all over the lid or just in the crease with colours like Mythology and Half Baked.
Sketch (Velvet) – I expected something similar to Deep Damson with some red flecks but these flecks really don’t come through. Although it’s listed as a Velvet, it’s more of purply-brown with a matte finish. It’s really great when paired with colours like Satin Taupe and Star Violet, and I have used this all over the lid (although it can sometimes be a bit patchy when using it this way, so it needs a bit of care.)
Before going for a Mac palette I would recommend doing a bit of research and also bear in mind that there are other options; Inglot, Urban Decay, and Kiko to name a few all do similar custom palettes!
If you have any questions please do comment below, and if you have any recommendations for my palette please let me know, I’m all ears! (I apologise for my veiny arms…)