It’s fair to say that my MAC eyeshadow collection has fluctuated wildly over the years. I began back in the day with a 15-pan bad-boy (you can see an extremely shakey shot tour of it from three years ago here), I then downsized to two quads housing eight before cutting right back to four (as oded to hereÂ more recently), disposing them to friends and family along the way. But I’ve caught the bug again. Maybe it’s the fact they now come in sleek transparent topped palettes that would look so swanky on my bookshelf, or because I’m getting more use out of my trusty little quad than ever, but the obvious reason would be Tanya flashing her neutral MAC affair around that’s the true root of my lustings. You got me. So I’m in the process of rebuilding my current quad back into a bevy of 15 shades and here are the latest shadow recruits:
SABLE: now this is actually a repurchase as it’s a shade I culled when I downsized my original palette, but I just couldn’t resist picking it back up again. A cool-based brown with almost a purple shimmer I think this colour was made for pale eyed gals. I’m not a Satin Taupe lover so this is my taupe of choice and it works perfectly as a one-wash wonder without the need to be paired with anything else. It’s bloomin’ beautiful – why did I ever wave goodbye to it?Â
CRANBERRY:Â if you haven’t heard of this one, then where have you been hiding? In the beauty world I’d say that this colour is one of only a few non-neutral shades that diehard bronzed lid wearers can be swayed to. Yes it’s red, but there’s a rusty, burgundy undertone to it that halts it from being too pinky. I like this with a touch of a matte brown in the crease to stop things looking too festive (Espresso works v.well at this) and a fleshy eyeliner on the waterline. Me in red eyeshadow? I know.
ERA: now this one is a toughie to describe. I’ve enlisted the help of MAC’s official description which depicts it as a ‘soft golden beige with shimmer’ and I think that’sÂ pretty spot on. It reminds me of a more grown-up, less sparkly version of All That Glitters;Â there’s a slight pink-tone to it but it’s got more of a sheen than a glitter which makes it everyday appropriate. A good one to wash all over with a good coat or two of mascara and be done with.
So far my MAC eyeshadow roster reads something like this: (top row) All That Glitters, Era, Sable, Cranberry, Smut, (middle row) Soba, Espresso. So come on – enable me – what’s next?