Showing posts with label eyeshadow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eyeshadow. Show all posts

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Guide to MAC's Eyeshadow Finishes

I received an email from a reader asking about the different finishes of MAC eyeshadows, so I thought I should write a post! Please keep in mind, like all things written in my blog, these are my opinions... Something I don't like might be something you'd love and vice versa.

Let's get started!

 


FROST

Frost finish eyeshadows have small shimmer particles that create a shining iridescent appearance. They can range from very metallic to minimally shiny. While frost finish eyeshadows are extremely popular, they can highlight flaws such as creases or wrinkles. They are shimmery, but not glittery. Overall I am a big fan of MAC's Frosts!
(Pictured: Satin Taupe)
LUSTRE

Lustre finish eyeshadows are the outcasts... ask any MAC die hard what to avoid and they will probably tell you Lustre eyeshadows. Typically speaking they have a very dry but shimmery texture with chunky glitter and lots of fall out.
(Pictured: Greensmoke)




MATTE

Matte eyeshadows are those without any shimmer/sheen/glitter. They have flat color with varying degrees of opacity. MAC's Mattes are known for their finicky nature. Most of the permanent Matte eyeshadows are good qualilty while a majority of the limited edition ones released are dry and not worth purchasing.
(Pictured: Omega)

MATTE²

Pronounced Matte squared -- most people either love em or hate em. They are like regular Matte eyeshadows in that they have zero shimmer/sheen/glitter but they have a buttery texture with amazing payoff. The one downside is that I find them more difficult to blend.
(Pictured: Handwritten)


SATIN

MAC's Satin eyeshadows vary in their finish. Some appear completely matte (Brun) while a few are super frosty (Shroom). The majority have a very subtle sheen or demi-matte appearance. Overall I like Satin finish eyeshadows a lot because they are in that happy middle ground -- not too matte, not too frosty.
(Pictured: Era)



VELUXE

Veluxe is a finish unique to MAC. It applies matte but with a smoother less powdery appearance. They aren't as pigmented as Matte eyeshadows... They were being discontinued earlier this year, but MAC brought them back. I'm not too sure how long they will be around.
(Pictured: Kid)



VELUXE PEARL

My favorite finish! Veluxe Pearls are like a Frost but with a more metallic, pearly shimmer. They are soooooo buttery and pigmented. As with any finish there are just a few that aren't completely up to par, but overall I think they are beautiful and worth getting your hands on!
(Pictured: Woodwinked)



VELVET

Most Velvets appear matte or demi-matte -- some with a hint of sparkle (Vanilla, Texture) and others with glitter that doesn't translate to the eye (Beauty Marked, Mulch). I didn't realize how many I own and love until I wrote this post! A few have a reputation of being patchy when applied, but I would repurchase all listed below, aside from Beauty Marked.
(Pictured: Smut)






 


Below are all of MAC's permanent eyeshadows categorized below by finish... please let me know if I've left any out!

(*) denotes eyeshadows that I either currently own or have owned in the past and would be able to go into detail regarding their performance. Leave a comment below with any questions.


FROST
Amber Lights*
Bronze*
Cranberry*
Crystal
Electra
Goldmine
Jest*
Motif
Nylon*
Ricepaper*
Sable*
Satin Taupe*
Swish
Tilt*
Vex*
White Frost
Pink Freeze
Patina*
Humid*
Creme de Violet
Parfait Amour*
Steamy*
Paradisco
Seedy Pearl
Nocturnelle*
Phloof
Naked Lunch*
Deep Truth
Lucky Green*


LUSTRE
Greensmoke*
Retrospeck*
Honesty*
Mythology
Forgery
Sweet Lust
Swimming
Aquadisiac
Pink Venus
Idol Eyes
Filament
Gleam
Honey Lust
Tempting*


MATTE
Blackberry
Chrome Yellow
Corduroy
Espresso*
Malt*
Nehru
Omega*
Quarry
Rule
Saddle*
Swiss Chocolate*
Wedge*
Yogurt
Carbon*
Embark*
Bamboo
Charcoal Brown
Orange
Soft Brown*
Shadowy Lady
Plumage*
Gesso*
Free To Be
Passionate


MATTE2
Blanc Type*
Brown Script
Typographic
Handwritten*
Fig 1*
Copperplate*


SATIN
Arena
Brule*
Brun*
Concrete
Coquette
Cork*
Era*
Folie
Girlie
Haux
Mylar*
Mystery
Orb
Print*
Scene
Shale*
Club*
Shroom*
Soba*
Sushi Flower
Electric Eel*
Grain


VELUXE
Kid*
Brown Down*
Samoa Silk*


VELUXE PEARL
Crystal Avalanche*
Da Bling
Expensive Pink*
Plum Dressing*
Star Violet*
All That Glitters*
Dazzlelight*
Gorgeous Gold*
Sumptuous Olive*
Freshwater*
Moon's Reflection
Blue Calm
Stars 'N' Rockets*
Satellite Dreams*
Beautiful Iris*
Woodwinked*
Coppering*
Antiqued*
Twinks*
Silver Ring
Knight Divine*


VELVET
Bitter
Contrast*
Sketch*
Vanilla*
Vapour
Trax*
Mulch*
Black Tied
Beauty Marked*
Smut*
Texture*


Whew, that was a long post! Hope it was helpful!



What is your favorite finish?








Thursday, June 6, 2013

My MAC Eyeshadow Collection -- Updated

This was requested by a reader last week, so here ya go! I have been waiting for the weather to perk up, but it looks like the clouds are here to stay for a while. If you are familiar with my blog you have probably read my complaints on how incredibly dark my new apartment is and without any natural light from the sun these pictures definitely leave something to be desired...

If you have any questions about any of the eyeshadows please leave a comment below!

I purchased one of the double sided duo palettes a couple months ago and I have the majority of my eyeshadows in there. I love that it holds 48 eyeshadows -- that's more than three palettes of eyeshadows in one! You have to be careful, as the eyeshadows aren't as secure as they would be with a divider. Click HERE for that review.

A while back I realized I wasn't using a lot of my favorite eyeshadows because of the way I had them organized. Rather than trying to make my palettes look pretty, now I try to make them as functional as possible.


Please click to enlarge!


(l-r) Embark, Swiss Chocolate, Brown Down, Espresso, Cork, Soba
Soft Brown, Kid, Malt, Wedge, Omega, Era
Vex, Jest, Naked Lunch, Ricepaper, Nylon, Dazzlelight
Shroom, Brule, Mylar, Vanilla, Blanc Type, Gesso


Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Bronze, Brun, Handwritten
All That Glitters, Sable, Shale, Satin Taupe, Twinks, Sketch
Jaunty (LE), Patina, Sumptuous Olive, Greensmoke, Club, Humid
Copperplate, Knight Divine, Print, Smut, Contrast, Carbon


PLEASE CLICK TO ENLARGE!










Beautiful Iris, Plum Dressing, Gorgeous Gold, Lucky Green 
Satellite Dreams, Star Violet, Expensive Pink, Shimmermoss
Nocturnelle, Cranberry, Coppering, Plumage





Samoa Silk, Texture
Amber Lights, Saddle





Bare My Soul Quad (LE)
Romatico, Bare My Soul
Friendly, When In Rio
 
 
 
 
So that's it for my collection... I don't think it will be growing much more. I have all the eyeshadows I want from the permanent collection and I don't purchase LE shades unless they are spectacular in quality and unique -- like the Bare My Soul Quad!
 
 
Hope that was helpful!