MAC. Eyeshadow. Palette. Three words that can cue boyband-esque hysteria in the hearts of beauty lovers. I flit in and out of love with MAC but you just can’t argue against the fact that their eyeshadow (and lipstick) offerings rule. Available in more colours than you can shake a stick at, in more finishes than you can shake a stick at and able to be purchased single pan-stylée and built into a personalised palette – yup, I can see the appeal. Now I showcased my MAC shadow stash back in the day, but it’s since been narrowed down into one handy quad and I love every damn shade. Now that doesn’t mean I’ve been tempted to reinvest – Lily tries to bully me into buying Club every time we enter a MAC – but I’ve resisted so far and stuck to my trusty fab four:

All That Glitters – the obvious favourite, would you just look at that dent? The best eyeshadow in the history of eyeshadows *cue dramatic music*. Peachy, golden and with just the right amount of shimmer, it never fails to amaze in one quick sweep. I wear it with a shedload of mascara. DONE.

Espresso – a mid-toned brown that works as one of those ‘do-it-all’ shades. Filling in brows? Check. Deepening the crease? Check. Can be striped on as a liner? Check. Taken all over the lid? Check. I find the combo of this in the crease, with A.T.G over the lid a particularly aesthetically pleasing duo.

Soba – why is there not more love for this shadow? I’d say this comes just behind A.T.G in the running for favourite eyeshadow ever. It doesn’t look much in the pan, but on the lids it blends out to a golden tan shade that works subtly washed all over or packed on with a brush for a smokier look. It has a bit of a coppery kick to it too, so green eyed gals take note.

Smut – for eyeshadow noobs who are terrified of black shadows, this one’s for you. A purple-toned, mucky shade - I guess it’s a darkened grey – that works nicely to add a bit of definition in the crease or on the lash line. Another one that deserves a bit more recognition in the beauty world.

Small, but perfectly formed. Though of course if would rude not to ask if there’s any additions you think I need? And Lily, don’t you be piping up with Club, again…

  • Victoria

    Must check out Soba. ATG is my all time favourite, I also like Sable and Patina.

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Soba looks fantastic – just the kind of shade I’d go for. Xx

  • Ivy Vijay

    read the post title, saw the bottoms up and there we had her verdict :)
    well read between the lines

  • Charlie

    I recently bought mythology. it’s soooo pretty!

  • Vania

    I especially love Club and Amber Lights! But seriously, Lily is right, you REALLY should get club! :)

  • sof

    Great post! And I couldnt agree more, MAC eyeshadows are definitely the best!! I’m glad you have started wearing eyeshadow again, it looks great on you! XX

  • Lauren B

    I really need to get my hands on some MAC eyeshadows!


  • Claire F

    Aw I just wish All that Glitters work on my skintone! It looks gorgeous on so many people :( But I think Bronze is def my favourite colour!

    Claire | Shining Like Silver xx

  • Chloe

    Ah, that is a great palette ! I’ve recently stopped wearing eye shadow (pure laziness + only 10 minutes to do my makeup in the morning), but autumn/winter is coming, so a bit of shimmer won’t go amiss!

  • Anna Blush

    All That Glitters looks and sounds amazing. I wish Mac wasn’t so expensive here in Australia x

  • Molly Entwistle

    This post has made my lust affair with MAC even worse! x

  • Sandy

    I keep meaning to pick up Soba, I love the warm coppery tone to it. Club is a gorgeous shade, definitely one for a night out smokey eye!


  • Annie

    May have to do some purchasing!! Love your blog and YouTube channel!

    Annie xxx

  • Liz

    I have Mac eye shadows everywhere, I really need to sort out some palettes! These are all great shades. Would love a matte palette.

    Liz xx

  • Mishal

    I really need to build up my collection of mac eyeshadows and experiment a little! All I ever use is mac wedge and cork!

  • Michelle

    I love All That Glitters & Lily is right about Club, I’m not much of an eye shadow wearer but it’s beautiful!

  • Martyna

    this looks great, I can’t wait to buy my first mac palette xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  • Daniela

    My favourite MAC eyeshadows are Shale and Twinks. Especially Shale, it’s a very interesting colour!

  • llewsoba

    I just got my first MAC eyeshadow the other day. I went with Naked Lunch! LOVE!

  • Emily

    I don’t own any MAC eyeshadows but I really want to try All That Glitters and Soba now! It’s nice to see you have a few but very loved shadows rather than 30 un-used ones!! xx

  • jasminecara

    I really need to get my hands on all that glitters! It looks so gorgeous xx

  • Claire

    I’ve got big love for Soba, but it’s not for everyone. It turns up a bit orange on some people. See my review here I need ATG next! x

  • Suzanne Martin

    I only have two MAC shadows, woodwinked and sable and wasn’t that impressed. I personally think that Urban Decay are better quality

  • Icaria

    Espresso & Smut! I do believe I need these! :)

  • Anya Cross

    I’ve recently invested in all that glitters, such a gorgeous shade!

  • Nicky

    I was fortunate enough to meet you at IMATS and you asked what was on my eyes (I nearly died of shock!) I was wearing Sable and Mythology, definitely ones to check out! :) XO

    • Anna

      Oh I remember! Definitely adding those two to my list ;)

  • AgentSmyth

    Perfect, looks like the exact shades I’d have picked for myself too!

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Anna

    Can you post a pic of you wearing these colors? It’s hard to imagine how these colors look on someone all together and what skin tone it goes best with.

  • kate

    I have literally JUST come back from shopping and I bought ATG!! I’m so excited to see how much you love it!!! x

  • Jenny

    Bought my first mac eyeshadow and I’m in love! You definitely need woodwinked in your life Anna! Xx

  • Kelly C.

    I’ve never tried soba before! I’ll definitely have to try it the next time I go shopping!

  • roshkud

    Need all that glitters! Its gorgeous

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Debbie

    My Mac Quad consists of ATG, Naked Lunch, Patina and Shroom for inner corner. Got another Mac Quad with Print (a dark grey instead of a blk) and Concrete for a grey Smokey eye, then Woodwinked which I can’t get to work for me! And one space still to be filled…

  • Anaïs

    I loooove Smut, I use it everyday :)

  • Holly Gardiner

    I currently have 4 MAC eyeshadows, (2 weeks ago that figure was 0 haha! Oh dear…) Woodwinked, Soba, All That Glitters, and Tempting – all of which I adoreee!! Totally with you on Soba, the underhyping is beyond me, it’s so nice!!

    Holly Mixtures


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  • Missmacbeauty

    I really want All That Glitters!


  • Nicola Young (curlandpearls)

    I have the 15 pan palette and it’s almost full – I get so much wear out of all of my shadows. They’re the best quality.


    CurlandPearls | Bloglovin’


  • Stephanie Bowell

    I love MAC products and this certainly looks worth the investment! Thanks for a great review x

  • Rafaela Gerson

    So many shades on my wish list! Next I will be getting Kid, Wedge, Swiss Chocolate and Shroom, to make a neutral palette :)
    I do love ATG, Sable, Haux, Mythology, Soba and Cranberry!

  • abigail

    ‘All That Glitters’ is a gorgeous shade! I love your ensemble here and I agree you really cannot dispute the range of options available with MAC! They have shades and finishes for everyone!

    I’m giving away a MAC Lipstick of the competition winner’s choice on my blog if you would like to enter!

  • Natalie Nicole

    No suggestions here! That quad is perfect for you and the eye looks you seem to like to wear :) Love your channel and your blog. Keep on being awesome!


  • Christy

    Woodwinked and Sumptuous Olive…omg I could not live without those two shades!

  • ashley

    coppering — especially if you love soba. oh my god, i don’t know how i lived without it for so long.

  • Catherine

    I love Woodwinked and Satin Taupe but I’m desperate to try All That Glitters! It looks so beautiful and looks like it would suit everyone xx

  • YoungMild&Free

    Love All That Glitter! Definitely a personal favorite. It’s so versatile! Thank you for sharing!


  • Laurecca Jones

    all that glitters looks gorgeous! I’d love to try mac eyeshadows!


  • Jo Cannon

    Love your choices. I’d also add Mythology, Coppering, Woodwinked and … err … Club (sorry!) And their pigment in Tan is just amazing x

  • Rosalie Carvin

    I love all that glitters, mine looks exactly like that whereas I’m nowhere near pan on my other shades, I use concrete as a brow shade as it’s great for my blonde hair, I’ve just bought sumptuous olive too and I can’t get enough of it!


  • Sarah

    Soba is my fave and patina is such an amazing shade but all that glitters doesn’t look good on me at all don’t know why. I got soft brown from the US u can only get it there but it’s such a beautiful matt crease shade!!!

  • Amy

    All That Glitters is AMAZING! I am soo glad I got it, thanks to you, Anna! Naked Lunch is on my list now! :)

    Amy |

  • Deedee

    I think you would like arena, a satiny peach and I like patina as that quick one shadow that always looks good

  • Katie Allen

    These look so pretty!

  • Tarte Tanya

    I feel like I need a little pallet because for some reason I don’t reach for my big MAC pallet as often as I should.
    Great colors!

  • Carina

    I have all but one—Espresso. I agree, they are all amazing. Any tutorial using Soba? I’d recommend Sketch, Sable, and Mystery!

  • Susan

    This an absolutely lovely neutral combination. Definitely going to get a palette like your for myself! I already own All That Glitters, so I’ll probably switch that one up a bit with another colour.

    -Susan | Susan Loves…

  • rezzie3000

    MAC are so expensive, lovely colours though

  • Petra

    Do you have any Inglot shadows? I think they are just as good as MAC, half the price, bigger pans and they have huge selection of empty pallets you can fill :-)

    • Bonnie

      is inglot available in the UK?

  • Kyvonne

    Wow you really love this palette! it’s gorgeous

  • sandyloo117

    Beautiful palette! Woodwinked is definitely one of my favorites. Just pat it on the lid then use a blending blush in the crease and it looks like you used 2 different colors!

  • Inès

    Wow, really nice MAC palette. I have mine too with :
    All that glitters
    Rice paper
    Charcoal brown

    favourite mac eyeshadows ? all that glitters and, most of all, WOODWINKED ! :)

    pricey but soooooooo good.

  • Lucy Jones

    You should really try woodwinked! It’s a gorgeous dark hole den bronze that blends out to a slightly different shade so you don’t need to put another colour in the crease xxx

  • Danielle

    I love All That Glitters. But I agree, you should try Club! Also Woodwinked if you haven’t yet.

  • Erin Jaine

    This looks perfect. At the minute I still find use for Naked palette so doubt I’ll forage into this yet but no doubt when my palette runs low I’ll be getting this! (And yes I mean copying this colour combo perfectly) xxx

  • Lucy Dim

    I have all the colours except smut…may be I should give it a go!

  • Shevasherapy

    I only have two eyeshadows from MAC but I want to create my own quad too! The next eyeshadow I’m going to purchase will for sure be All That Glitters!

  • sydney fuston

    woodwinked is amazing, bronzey gold goodness

  • Ellen Findley

    I only have Satin Taupe, but I’ve been tempted by Naked Lunch and All That Glitters. Omega also looks good for my brows, but I don’t use anything in them at the moment.

  • Shruti

    I would have chosen all of these too!! :)


  • Bonnie

    You should try “Woodwinked” such a beautiful colour and loved by lots of make-up gurus on da youtub x

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  • Ella

    Satin taupe and woodwinked! They’re in my go to quad

  • Ella

    All that glitters was my first mac shadow… I bought it yesterday! So far I love it with a peachy nude lip, skinny cat flicks and loreal telescopic mascara :)

  • Ragnhild

    Wedge, Kid and Blanc Type are my holy grails! :)