When I recently uploaded my MAC Eyeshadow Collection video (here if you haven't seen it) I got asked by several viewers if I could do another video showing my favourite colours out of my collection.
I did cheat a little and create a 15-pan palette of eyeshadows that I think work well together and are great colours to help build a collection.
Let's get on with the swatches shall we :)
Brule is a Satin finish soft creamy-beige. It's the perfect matte highlight for my skintone and works well on the browbone when I'm wearing a lot of shimmer on the lid.
Nylon is a Frost finish soft gold with icy shimmer. I really like to use this as an accent highlight so basically around the tail of my brow, the inner corner of my eye, cupid's bow etc. I apply it with a 212 brush and then just pat it in with my finger. It gives a great "pop" in photos :)
Naked Lunch is a Frost finish minimal pink with shimmer. Naked Lunch was one of the first MAC shadows that I bought and it remains a firm favourite. It works well on my skintone as a lid colour but looks beautiful on darker skin as a highlight. Although it is pink, it isn't so pink it makes you look like you have an eye infection ;)
Jest is a Frost finish soft peach with icy shimmer. This shadow is smooth as silk, it's wonderful! I rarely hear about it on Youtube or on blogs, until the other day when MissChievous uploaded this wonderful tutorial using it here.
Wedge is a Matte finish soft muted beige taupe. I really like to use this shadow almost as a bronzer for my eyes; to add definition and shade underneath my shadow to help sculpt my eye shape.
Patina is a Frost finish taupe brown with golden pearl. The shadow has a different texture in comparison with the Frost eyeshadows I mentioned previously. It is not overly frosty; it adds more of a suitable sheen to the lids making it the perfect lid colour for daytime or great for blending out darker taupes for more smokey looks.
Sable is a Velvet finish gold-plum with bronze pearl. Much like Patina is not like other Frosts, Sable is not like other Velvets. It is very smooth and has an almost metallic sheen. This shadow is a favourite of Lollipop26, now of Buy Now, Blog Later fame. I love using this with my Revlon crease brush to create a quick and messy smokey eye.
Satin Taupe is a Frost finish taupe with silver shimmer. No favourites would be complete without Satin Taupe right? I love this shadow. This was another one of my first shadows and most definitely a firm favourite.
Twinks is a Veluxe Pearl finish deep plum with pearl. Another reddy toned eyeshadow similar to Sable but more brown and darker. This works in the crease or on the lid or even as a liner, I just love how versatile it is.
Smut is a Velvet finish muted black with red shimmer. The MAC description is really off with this one! I don't see muted black; I see a deep dark grey-brown with a red sheen. Regardless of this I really like this shade as a crease colour as it pairs well with warm and cool tone colours.
Sketch is a Velvet finish burgandy with red shimmer. I initially bought this shade because AllThatGlitters21 said it was one of her favourites and then I found I struggled to find a use for it. Don't you just hate that?! However, I perserved and now I love to pair it with golds, pinks, taupes and beiges as well as using it to warm up cooler toned crease colours.
Shadowy Lady is a Matte finish blackened plum. The photo above doesn't really do this justice, it is actually purple. I love using this in the crease, outer v or as a liner. It's a great way to add subtle colour.
Contrast is a Velvet finish purplish blue with blue pearl. This shadow is a very dark shimmery navy and like Shadowy Lady and Sketch, it works well in the crease, outer v or as a liner :)
Print is a Satin finish muted grey with shimmer. I really like to wear grey eyeshadow but struggle as most turn blue on my skin. Print fortunately is the exception to the rule so holds a special place in my heart :)
Carbon is a Matte finish black. It may not be the most pigmented matte black, or the cheapest on the market, but it's the only matte black I own! It's a great colour for deepening crease colours, adding definition to the outer v, using wet or dry as a liner or to "set" gel liners. It's a great little multi-tasker and definitely a colour I reach for a lot!
And that's it!
If you could create your own 15-pan MAC eyeshadow palette, which colours would you include?