Showing posts with label eyeshadows. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette -- Mini Review and Swatches

Rockstar, Gunmetal, Skimp, Infamous, Wreckage, Haight, Money, Mushroom, Spotlight, Limelight

I've had this palette for at least a year and never reviewed it... but while looking at the Urban Decay website I saw that this baby was still available and decided to do a mini review. It's is VERY discounted on their website for only $12!!!

When I purchased it, I must admit, I was sucked in by two colors... Rockstar and Mushroom. And they did not disappoint! Here's a little breakdown of all the shades.

ROCKSTAR -- is a beautiful aubergine purple. The texture is beautiful -- very smooth and pigmented.

GUNMETAL --  a dark gray with silver glitter. Nice texture but when applied to the eye, it is a bit lighter than in the pan. The color sheers out more than I expected. This shade is also in the Naked Palette.

SKIMP -- pinky beige with a slight sheen. Skimp is a little powdery and a bit sheer. Not one I reach for.

INFAMOUS -- bright fuchsia with a satin finish. This shadow is VERY dry and I found it difficult to get a good swatch.  Aside from that, the color is just not my taste whatsoever.

WRECKAGE -- medium golden brown with golden shimmer. This one is beautiful! Very buttery and looks absolutely gorgeous when worn by itself on the lid. This one does have a lot of glitter and a fair amount of fallout, so beware!

HAIGHT -- a frosty medium dark turquoise blue. I find this one to be a tiny bit dry... although the color is not something I would typically wear, I think it is a nice eyeshadow overall.

MONEY -- a blue/green silver with a frost finish. Definitly a unique color, but I find this one to be overly frosty.

MUSHROOM -- a dark frosty taupe. Definitely my favorite color of the palette and the main reason I purchased it to begin with. This eyeshadow is beautiful!!

SPOTLIGHT -- a champagne bronze that has insane amounts of chunky glitter. The payoff is horrible and the fallout is unbearable.

LIMELIGHT -- a coppery gold with gold shimmer and glitter. Dry texture and fallout from the depths of hell. This one reminded me of some of the really bad Lustre finish eyeshadows by MAC.

So is this palette worth it? Well for $12 I would say, oh yeah! One Urban Decay eyeshadow costs $18USD and this palette of 10 is quite a bit less.

HITS: Rockstar, Wreckage, Mushroom, Gunmetal

SO-SO's: Haight, Money, Skimp

OH GOD NO's: Limelight, Spotlight, Infamous

Do you have the Mariposa Palette? What is your favorite Urban Decay palette?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette -- Mini Review and MAC Dupes.

(l-r) Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

My opinion on the Naked 2 palette may be a bit controversial. I know there are so many ladies out there that swear by the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes, but I'm just not one of them. I find that Urban Decay eyeshadows have shimmer and glitter OVERLOAD. I just don't think it's a good look... but hey, that's just my opinion. Perhaps if I were 10 years younger I would think differently.

I don't feel that you are able to put together a complete look with this palette because it lacks a nice highlight shade and there isn't a warm matte brown for blending/transition. There are a couple eyeshadows that I like, but not enough to repurchase this palette. Here are my two cents on the eyeshadows individually:

FOXY --  very yellow pale matte beige. This one is way too yellow toned to function as a decent highlight for my complexion. MAC Brule is less yellow.

HALF BAKED --  very metallic gold. Nice color, lots of fall out... and it's also in the Naked palette. Not sure why they felt the need to include it in both. MAC Woodwinked is more orange.

BOOTYCALL --  frosty off white with a slight peachy pink undertone. One of the better shades in the palette. I do not like shimmer in my brow highlight so although the eyeshadow is nice, I rarely use it. MAC Mylar is less frosty.

CHOPPER -- frosty copper color with a hint of pink and obscene amounts of glitter and fallout. The color is nice but can't see myself ever wearing this one because of the glitter.

TEASE -- matte mauve brown. The texture is dry and it applies VERY patchy. MAC Quarry is very similar with better pigmentation.

SNAKEBITE -- frosty dark bronzy brown. One of the best shades of the palette - great pigmentation and minimal fallout. MAC Bronze is lighter and warmer. MAC Friendly is very similar.

SUSPECT -- bronzy-tan champagne color with a frost finish. Another good but not great eyeshadow - lacking slightly in pigmentation. MAC Patina is lighter. MAC Romantico is more pink. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is very similar.
PISTOL -- a very unique shade that is somewhere between a taupe, dirty silver, and a brown. I find it hard to describe and I own nothing else like it - which is probably why it is my favorite shade of the palette.
VERVE --  very pale warm silver with a frost finish. I quite like this one when used with a fluffy brush in the inner corner. MAC Vex is pinker and less frosty.
YDK -- extremely metallic reddish taupe-brown with a warm undertone and copper glitter. Like Chopper, YDK has an overwhelming amount of shimmer/glitter. MAC Sable is more brown and a lot less frosty/glittery.
BUSTED -- deep charcoal burgundy brown with a slight purple undertone and a soft frost finish. Good pigmentation and blendability. MAC Smut is darker and more charcoal in color.
BLACKOUT -- deep matte black. Great pigmentation but a little powdery. MAC Carbon is similar.

I like some of the eyeshadows individually, but as a cohesive unit I don't think the palette works. There is just too much shimmer for my taste. I do not own the original Naked palette because I wasn't too impressed with this one -- so I can't do a thorough comparison.

It is a great value at $50 for 12 full size eyeshadows.  Urban Decay eyeshadows sell for $18 individually, which makes the palette technically worth over $216 in eyeshadows alone. It also comes with a mini Naked lipgloss and a duo sided brush that I ended up giving away. You can purchase the Naked 2 palette at Ulta or Sephora.

I think the packaging is nice, but who really gives a damn if I'm not in love with the product?

Do you know own the Naked or Naked 2 palette? How do you like it?

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Let's pretend hell just froze over and I had to pick 15 neutral eyeshadows to use until the end of time... dramatic, but go with it... Or we could be a little more realistic and say that these are my most used MAC eyeshadows and ones that I would recommend to someone just starting out with MAC!

In previous posts I have gone into detail about each one of these eyeshadows, so I'm keeping the description quite minimal in this one. Have a look around my blog to see more indepth info, or just leave a comment below and I'd be happy to answer any questions!

(L-R) Vanilla, Dazzlelight, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Woodwinked
Omega, Wedge, Soft Brown, Texture, Swiss Chocolate
Patina, Satin Taupe, Sable, Bronze, Smut

VANILLA (Velvet) -- my holy grail highlight... Vanilla is an ivory with suble pink undertones that applies nearly matte.

DAZZLELIGHT (Veluxe Pearl) -- pearly highlight that can be used on the inner corner, brow or cheek.

NAKED LUNCH (Frost) -- beautiful "minimal pink with shimmer" shade that I usually wear on the lid.

ALL THAT GLITTERS (Veluxe Pearl) -- champagne shade with the most gorgeous texture and pigmentation.

WOODWINKED (Veluxe Pearl) -- metallic orangey gold that looks beautiful paired with warm browns.

OMEGA (Matte) -- ashy taupe color that I use for my brows.

WEDGE (Matte) -- versatile midtone taupey brown that looks gorgeous in the crease or as a transition. If your skin is darker than NC25 I would suggest Cork.

SOFT BROWN (Matte) -- warm midtone brown that is perfect as a transition color.

TEXTURE (Velvet) -- very warm orangey brown that I typically use under my lower lashline or to warm up the crease.

SWISS CHOCOLATE (Matte) -- gorgeous reddish brown perfect for the crease and outer v

PATINA (Frost) -- antiqued gold with a beautiful green and pink duochrome that is a great natural lid shade.

SATIN TAUPE (Frost) -- purpley taupe... and absolutely stunning!

SABLE (Frost) -- bronzy purpley brown. The frost is quite minimal and this shade can be used on the lid or in the crease.

BRONZE (Frost) -- true bronze color that looks great on everyone!

SMUT (Velvet) -- beautiful charcoal gray with purple and brown tones. I frequently use this in place of a matte brown or matte black. Great as liner or for the outer v.

Which would make the cut for your Top 15?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Guide to MAC's Matte Brown Eyeshadows

I don't know about you gals, but I do A LOT of my shopping online. There isn't a MAC store near me and the counter is about 45 minutes away -- not to mention it is the busiest counter I've ever seen, and it drives me INSANE. I like to buy the pan form of eyeshadows so it makes much more sense for me to buy them online. Before purchasing, I frequently tried to find reviews/blogs describing and comparing MAC eyeshadows to one another in the permanent line, i.e. Saddle vs Texture, Cork vs Wedge, etc. I'm not looking to buy a bunch of dupes! I never really found anything that was detailed enough, so after collecting nearly every matte brown MAC has, I'm writing what I was looking for -- an ultimate guide to MAC's matte brown eyeshadows.

I will also discuss some of the Satin finish shadows that are commonly compared to the Matte shades. These are not ALL of MAC's Matte browns -- but nearly all of them. Whew! Now that I've got all that out there, lets begin!!!

I am NC15 -- for swatching reference!

Left to Right: Wedge, Cork, Soba, Texture, Saddle, Soft Brown

Left to Right: Soft Brown, Era, Omega, Kid, Malt, Wedge, Cork

Left to Right: Brun, Espresso, Brown Down, Embark, Handwritten, Swiss Chocolate

WEDGE: Wedge is a beautiful slightly warm mid tone taupe brown that can be used for transition or in the crease. One of my most used eyeshadows! Wedge vs Kid --Wedge is very close in color to Kid but slightly cooler and darker. I do not think owning both is necessary. Of the two I would choose Wedge because it is more versatile and has a better texture -- but I go back and forth between the two.

CORK: Cork is a "muted golden brown" and technically a Satin, but it appears Matte on the eye. It works beautifully in the crease on lighter skin, and as a transition color for tan skin. Wedge vs Cork --  Cork is darker and cooler. They are similar, but not dupes. I think it is justifiable to own both... but that's just me.

SOBA: Soba is a "golden brown with gold shimmer". It is super pigmented and buttery. This eyeshadow has a lot more shimmer and luminosity than most other Satins. It is almost a muted mustard/camal color, if they makes any sense... not the most flattering color on some skintones. I would try this one before purchasing. Soba looks beautiful when paired with Era, very pretty work appropriate look. Soba vs Cork -- often compared as dupes but I could not disagree more. They give a completely different look on the eye. Soba vs Patina -- I think they are similar, Soba is more pigmented and a darker gold.
SOFT BROWN: Soft Brown is a warm mid tone brown that is best used as a transition color. Some will find this to appear a bit orangey... but I happen to like it, even on my extremely fair skin.

SADDLE: Saddle is a warm orange brown. It has excellent pigmentation and is easy to blend. This is a beautiful transition shade for women of color. Saddle vs Soft Brown -- they are definitely in the same family, but NOT dupes. They are gorgeous when used together -- Soft Brown as a transition, Saddle to Deepen the crease.

TEXTURE: Texture is a Velvet, a "peachy-brown with shimmer" according to MAC. I would call this a straight up orange brown. It applies to the eye nearly Matte. There is a tiny bit of sparkle that helps it blend like a dream. This is also another great transition color for woc. Saddle vs Texture -- close in color but differ in texture and use. I don't think it is necessary to own both if you are beginning your MAC collection.

SWISS CHOCOLATE: Swiss Chocolate is a girl's best friend... it is absolutely beautiful in both color and texture. A warm muted medium red brown, I don't think there is a dupe in the permanent collection.  I have seen this used as a transition for tan skin but I've never used it for such.

HANDWRITTEN: Handwritten is a Matte2 (matte squared) finish and extremely pigmented. It is a dark warm brown. I think while the Matte2 shadows are super pigmented, they are a pain to blend and Handwritten is no exception. I typically use Handwritten for liner.

BROWN DOWN: Brown Down is a warm medium-dark brown that is VERY close in color to Handwritten -- a much drier, less pigmented version. Brown Down has recently been discontinued, so if you were looking to purchase it, look no further than Handwritten.

ESPRESSO: Espresso is a cool toned medium brown that is very popular, but has rather lackluster quality. It has so-so pay off and it's somewhat of a pain in the ass to blend. I don't use Espresso as eyeshadow, but I do use it to add depth to my brows -- Love it for this!

BRUN: Brun is a very cool toned dark black brown that leans on the ashy side of things -- which makes it great for filling in dark brows. I love Brun as a liner as well. Brun vs Mystery -- I personally do not own Mystery so I cannot say either way. I have heard they are dupes so many times that I have avoided Mystery all together. You tell me... are they dupes?

EMBARK: As you can see in the swatch, Embark is somewhat of a tragedy. It is a dark red brown that has a dry texture and sub par payoff. I used to love Embark, and this is my second pan... maybe this one is a dud. Handwritten and Brown Down are close in color to Embark.

Guide to MAC Transition Colors (click HERE) for a more in depth description of Malt, Kid, Era, and Omega along with Wedge, Cork, Soft Brown.

Guide to MAC's Eyeshadow Finishes (click HERE)

Hope that as helpful! If I acquire anymore browns from MAC I will be sure to update the post.

What is/are your favorite brown eyeshadow/s?  Mine are Wedge, Saddle and Swiss Chocolate!

Cork vs Wedge, Soba vs Cork, Cork vs Soft Brown, Soft Brown vs Saddle, Soft Brown vs Texture, Texture vs Saddle, Handwritten vs Brown Down, Swiss Chocolate vs Handwritten, Embark vs Handwritten, Brun vs Mystery

Monday, March 4, 2013


Since St. Patrick's day is around the corner I thought I would do a post devoted to my favorite eyeshadow color... GREEN! I typically wear neutrals, but if I am looking to mix things up I almost always reach for one of these. If you are familiar with my blog, many of these will not be a surprise to you, as they are on a lot of my "Top 10" lists. Please click to enlarge!

From left to right: Lucky Green, Sumptuous Olive, Humid, Club, Greensmoke


Humid is a cross between a hunter green and a forest green with shimmer. The great thing about this shadow is it looks amazing on the lid AND in the crease, which is rare for a frost, imo. My favorite, hands down!


 A bronzy olive color with shimmer. I prefer this one on the lid, which warm matte browns in the crease. It has amazing texture and looks gorgeous on everyone!

Club is described as a red-brown with green pearl. It was my first MAC eyeshadow -- so it's near and dear to heart. Although this shadow is one of my favorites, it can be a little difficult to make it fully opaque on the lid... I recommend using it wet and/or a really good primer underneath. You just have to take your time and pack the color on... but it's worth it!


Lucky Green a true chartruese with shimmer. Although I don't use this as much as the others, it still has a special place in my heart. I typically wear it one of two ways: the inner 1/2 of the lid when doing a green eye, or a light sweep in the crease over a neutral, which helps to bring out my eyes.

Greensmoke is a, well... smokey green with glitter. Anyone who has used a Luster finish eyeshadow from MAC knows that they are kind of a pain in the ass... but Greensmoke is gorgeous when you put in a little extra work. I like to use a black base when using this eyeshadow. You really have to pack it on with a flat shader, and expect a little glitter fallout when applying. Click HERE for a look using Greensmoke.

I still need to pick up their two PRO colors: Kelly and Bottle Green. I wish MAC would make more permanent greens... the only ones I don't have are Swimming, Juxt, and Bitter -- which are all hideous in my opinion.
I will be doing a look later this week using a combination of these, just in time for St. Patty's Day! I hope you all are enjoying your week so far!
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Club was my first eyeshadow from MAC. What was yours?!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


I ADORE taupes... every time I see one I try to justify why I need another. While doing this post I have decided that I am on an official "NO BUY" for taupes until I use up two of these completely! There are a couple close dupes... I hope you enjoy!


From Left to Right: Tarte Bamboo, MAC Satin Taupe, UD Stray Dog, Wet N' Wild Nutty, Loreal Infallible Bronzed Taupe, UD YDK

Here's the verdict: Tarte's cream eyeshadow in Bamboo is an exact dupe to Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe. Wet N' Wild's Nutty was a very close dupe to UD YDK but YDK has a lot more glitter -- they are both the warmest taupes. MAC's Satin Taupe has a purple undertone, and UD Stray Dog is the brownest of the bunch.

Who's the winner? My favorite is MAC's Satin Taupe because the purple undertone really brings out my green eyes. The runner up is Bronzed Taupe by Loreal -- I just LOVE the texture of the Infallible Eyeshadows and the color of this one is just gorgeous!


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEW MAC Pro Palette: Large Duo (Double Sided) Review

Without Dividers (48 eyeshadows)
(L-R) Gesso, Blanc Type, Vanilla, Mylar, Brule, Shroom
Dazzlelight, Nylon, Ricepaper, Naked Lunch, Jest, Vex
Malt, Kid, Wedge, Omega, Era, Soft Brown
Cork, Espresso, Brun, Brown Down, Handwritten, Embark

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

With one divider (39 Eyeshadows)

The long awaited MAC LARGE DUO (Double Sided) PRO PALETTE has finally arrived at my home and I can hardly control my excitement long enough to write this review! I know this may look like a short novel, but what can I say? I'm thorough!

Oh dear Lord, where do I begin? Let me just say that I am in love! I think that it looks sleek, sophisticated and a definite upgrade from the old palettes. And while I do think the palette is a success overall, I also have a couple complaints...

The Palette is about 3.5 times thicker than the old MAC palettes and about a half inch smaller in height and width. It is made of high quality plastic and does not have a see through lid like the new Pro Palette Single. The plastic seems to be a lot sturdier than the old ones, in addition to a more professional appearance.

The palette does not have a snap closure, rather it is held together magnetically. This is one of my favorite features because the closures of old the palettes would wear out. The magnet holds it together snugly, but I do not find it overly difficult to open. The magnetic pull isn't so strong that you pinch your fingers... Inglot palettes I'm looking at you! There is a clear plastic shield that can be moved to either side. I understand that it is a necessary component to protect the eyeshadows, but it isn't easy to move back and forth -- which is super annoying when you are trying to do a look!

You can choose to purchase dividers which will hold either 15 eyeshadows, 6 blushes, 12 lipsticks, or 24 cream products... Or you can leave the dividers out! Without the divider each side holds 24 eyeshadows for a total of 48 in the entire palette -- or you can put one divider in like I did in the last two pictures for a total of 39 eyeshadows.  Also note that when you use the dividers it is difficult to get the eyeshadows out. They do not have the grooves that the old palettes have.

When I purchased the palette online I thought that at least one side would need a divider (the side being stored upside down), but to my surprise the metal plate inside the palette is quite strong -- much stronger than the old palettes! I feel comfortable leaving the divider out of both sides because I don't travel with my palettes. If you travel or you are a bit clumsy, you may want to invest in some dividers.

On with the pics! Please click to enlarge.

WITH NO DIVIDERS (48 Eyeshadows)

WITH ONE DIVIDER (39 Eyeshadows)

The price of the palette is $25 and each divider is $9... so to buy the palette and two dividers you're looking at $43!! That's a lot of money for a palette! That is why I am advocating divider free palettes. They are available online (click HERE) and at PRO stores. I'm not sure if they are going to be sold at regular free standing stores, but as soon as I know I will update the post.

Originally I was pretty pissed off that MAC switched the palettes because I am somewhat of an organization freak and like everything to match. I was also upset that they were more expensive! But after receiving the product and realizing you don't need the dividers, I couldn't be more thrilled! If you are like me and have A LOT of eyeshadows, this ends up being cheaper. Rather than having 15/26 eyeshadows in the old MAC palettes, I can have 48! I think it looks more professional, and I LOVE having all my neutrals in one palette!

After having the palette for three days, I have had two eyeshadows fall down onto the clear shield -- nothing broke, but I am lowering my rating! The ones that fell were on the side with no dividers. Pretty big disappointment, but I am still going to leave the dividers out and just be more careful.

If you are new to MAC please note:
Neither the palette nor the dividers are magnetized, so the eyeshadows need to be... Inside the palette is a peice of metal and if you choose to depot your eyeshadows, you will need to glue a small magnet to the back of them. I like to purchase the eyeshadows in pro pan form from their website, because they come with the magnet already attached -- much easier, and cheaper!

I give this palette an   B+!!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013


After making my guide to MAC Transition Colors (click here) I decided to make another for their highlight shades. MAC has an astronomical amount of highlighters and I am only reviewing the ones I personally own -- which is all but four depending on your skin tone. When purchasing highlighters you in no way need this many! I would recommend having at least one matte and one shimmery highlighter to begin with. It's nice to have one neutral, one yellow based, and one pink based highlight -- but not entirely necessary!

Personally I prefer a matte highlight, so in regards to the shimmery shadows I will try to remain unbiased!

I hope that you find this helpful in your search for the perfect highlight! The pictures may seem a bit dark, but it is the best way to capture their true color without washing them out. Please click to enlarge!

Guide to MAC Matte Brown Eyeshadows (click HERE).

Guide to MAC's Eyeshadow Finishes (click HERE)

Top Left to Right: Gesso, Blanc Type, Vanilla, Mylar, Brule
Bottom Left to Right: Shroom, Dazzlelight, Naked Lunch, Nylon

GESSO (Matte)

Gesso is a matte stark white and definitely has its place my kit. I like to use this when I want a very strong highlight, or if I'm wearing purples or greens. I think they changed the formula because it is a bit dry and you really have to dig your brush into it to get a good amount of pay off. If you would like one similar to this with shimmer I would go with Crystal Avalanche or Vapour.


Blanc Type is a creamy beige with incredible payoff! I used to find this eyeshadow a bit too powdery, but I have been reaching for it a lot more lately because it does a great job of covering up any discoloration under the brow.

VANILLA (Velvet)

Vanilla is an ivory with slight pink undertones. I absolutely LOVE Vanilla for fair, light and even medium skintones. It is by far my favorite of all. Holy grail status! There is a tiny bit of sparkle in the pan, but it doesn't really translate to the eye. Orb is similar but more pinky/peachy.

MYLAR (Satin)

MAC describes it as a creamy white with shimmer but it is more like a subtle sheen. I really like Mylar and I think it is great to wear when you want to do a natural "no makeup, makeup".

BRULE (Satin)

Brule is a soft creamy beige, which is a close match to most light skintones. I love to use it as an all over wash or a very subtle highlight. Although MAC calls it a Satin, Brule appears nearly matte on the eye.

SHROOM (Satin)

Shroom is a beige with shimmer and although MAC considers it a Satin, I think it is much more like a frost. This color is extremely popular but I do not love wearing it myself. It is a very neutral highlight, meaning it does not lean pink or yellow. If you like shimmer in your highlights Shroom may be a great option for you!

DAZZLELIGHT (Veluxe Pearl)

MAC says Dazzlelight is a neutral with shimmer but I think it leans slightly yellow. With that said, it is my favorite shimmery highlight in their permanent line. I love to wear it in the inner corner! This and Vanilla are my top two recommendations!

NYLON (Frost)

Nylon is a pale gold with shimmer according to MAC. I would call it a whole lotta shimmer with some pale gold mixed in... My Lord, it's the frostiest eyeshadow I have EVER seen. I only use this on occasion when I want a very bright inner corner highlight. This is Dazzlelight's crazy aunt twice removed!

MAC calls Ricepaper a peachy gold with shimmer, and I agree with that description. This is too dark for me use as a highlight on my skintone, but is gorgeous for gals NC40 and above. I typically use it as a lid shade. Definitely has great texture and is smooth as buddah!


Described as a minimal pink with shimmer, Naked Lunch has quickly become on of my new favorites! I typically wear it as a lid shade, but it makes a great highlight, especially if you are doing a look with other pinks!

So that's it for my highlights... I hope that was helpful! Which is your favorite highlight? Please leave a comment below!


Vanilla vs Blanc Type, Vanilla vs Gesso, Vanilla vs Mylar, Gesso vs Blanc Type, Shroom vs Mylar, Blanc Type vs Brule, Vanilla vs Brule, Dazzlelight vs Nylon, Dazzlelight vs Ricepaper, Nylon vs Ricepaper

Thursday, January 31, 2013


I'm obsessed with transition shades... is that weird? Maybe. Nonetheless, I'm writing this post to help explain the small differences between the MAC transition colors. Although the eyeshadows may seem very similar in the pan, each one will give you a totally different look when applied.

So what is a transition color? In the most simple of terms, it is the shade that helps blend your crease shade into your brow bone highlight. Typically it will be a matte shade 1-3 shades darker than your skin tone. The first step when applying eyeshadow is your transition! With a big fluffy brush you want to blend it from crease to right below your brow bone. My favorite brush to use is the 224 from MAC but there are plenty of big fluffy brushes in most brush lines.

I am only reviewing the shades that I personally own -- which are all the transition colors for skin tones NC10-47/NW10-35. If you are unfamiliar with MAC foundation colors, that range is from very pale skin to medium/tan skin.

EDIT: If you are a woman of color or the eyeshadow you are looking for is not in this post, please see my Guide to MAC Matte Brown Eyeshadows. I wrote this post before aquiring the eyeshadows best used to transition darker skin.

Guide to MAC Matte Brown Eyeshadows (click HERE).

Guide to MAC Highlight Eyeshadows (click HERE)

Top Left to Right: Malt, Kid, Wedge, Soft Brown
Bottom Left to Right: Era, Omega, Cork

From left to right: Soft Brown, Era, Omega, Kid, Malt, Wedge, Cork
Please Note: Although they may look patchy in swatches, they do not appear that way when applied to the eye!

MALT (Matte)

Malt is a soft pinky beige and only works for VERY fair ladies. I have found the best way to apply this one is to use a more densely packed brush and really work it into the crease/above crease. This is by far the most subtle, but I have grown to like Malt quite a bit!

KID (Veluxe)

Kid is a warm peachy brown shade that is perfect for ladies NC5-NC25/NW10-NW20. Earlier this year MAC discontinued this one, and now it's available again... Kid is a Veluxe so it has a very unique texture. The best way I can describe it is silky pigment that seems powderless.

OMEGA (Matte)

Omega is a muted beige ashy taupe and a much cooler transition color than the others. I find that it can be a bit blah looking by itself, but I love to use it mixed with Kid or Wedge -- to make the perfect neutral transition! Omega also looks amazing when used on eyebrows!

WEDGE (Matte)

Wedge is a soft warm beige taupe. Another great option, and one I would recommend this for ladies that kind Kid a bit too light or warm. I think this color looks lovely on light and medium skin, but may be just a bit too dark for fair skin gals (when used as a transition). I love to use Wedge as a crease color.

ERA (Satin)

Era is a soft golden beige with shimmer and a great transition for beginners because it has a little sparkle to it -- which makes it a lot easier to blend. Don't worry, it isn't frosty!
CORK (Satin)

Cork is a muted golden brown and although it is considered a Satin, Cork applies matte. I think it is a perfect transition for tan ladies with skintones around NC40/NW35 or above.  On my light skin it looks great in the crease!


Soft Brown is a soft golden peachy brown that I think looks great on a lot of skin tones -- from very fair to tan! Some lighter skinned gals may find that it pulls a little orange on them, but I think it's a gorgeous color and has definitely become a favorite of mine.

The warmth in shades like Kid and Soft Brown can seem a bit scary, but that warmth is what will totally transform your look into something amazing!

I hope this was helpful!  Which transition colors do you use?




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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Oh beautiful tan ladies, how I envy thee... Medium skinned women have what many of us desire! Because most shades will look gorgeous on your skin tone, I have a easy job ahead of me!


Perfect beige matte highlight! If you like something a bit lighter, you can go with Vanilla

Beige with shimmer -- this is the most neutral highlighter that MAC has, and it goes with almost any look!


Muted golden brown -- this is a great transition color for medium skin. If you wanted something warmer, you can go for Soft Brown.


Beautiful multidimensional gold that almost appears wet when applied.


Perfect on all skin types! I love this on the lid or as a crease color. It looks beautfiul when paired with Patina.


Patina appears different depending on the skin tone that it's on. It looks like a complex pewter on medium skin. LOVE!


One of my favorite shadows for any skin tone or eye color!

Plummy brown that looks gorgeous on medium skin... you can use this on the lid or in the crease!

Perfect neutral brown with shimmer and glitter... one of the only Luster eyeshadows that I recommend!


One of the most difficult eyeshadows to describe. It is a warm grey, brown, muted black with red shimmer. It is amazing in the outer v!

Thanks for reading, LOVE YA!