Spotlight On: MAC Indian Ink

Finish: Matte / Deep eggplant

Indian Ink is a dark purple, matte shade that is semi-easy to work with, in my opinion. If you have more mature eyelids, this one is a great one for you to have within your collection as its matte formula will hide fine lines, but still give you great color. As you’ll note by the below combos, I really love wearing Indian Ink on the outer part of the eye for added definition. I didn’t particularly like it in the crease as I found it VERY difficult to blend away, even when applied sparingly with a fluffy brush! It goes beautifully with a variety of colors, including like purples, blues, grays, and pinks. If you don’t own Indian Ink but still want to recreate some of the combos below, mixing Fig. 1 with something like Shadowy Lady would provide the same type of definition in its place.

Look #1

MAC eyeshadows used:

  • Mancatcher LE (inner half of lid) – could also use ‘Seedy Pearl’ here
  • Indian Ink (outer half of lid and lower lashline)
  • Fashion Groupie LE (crease) – could also use ‘Satellite Dreams’ here
  • Yogurt (blend)

15 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Indian Ink

  1. Beautiful Zabrena! :) I really liked how you used it in the outer corner of the eye. It really makes your eyes pop. I really like all the looks, but I really love 1-3. If you had to choose between B&B LE and Tilt for look 2 what would you use? I know you used Tilt, but I was curious if B&B wasn’t a LE shade would you have used it for this look or not. Thanks for doing a Spotlight on Indian Ink! :)

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant

      Reply

      Thank you! :)
      Hmm, good question! I actually wanted to pull out B&B to pair up with Indian Ink (they are GORGEOUS side by side), but I opted for Tilt to get a little more contrast from the look. Tilt is just a smidge lighter than B&B, it makes that combo really pop!
      Glad you enjoyed the post! 😀

  2. It’s amazing how versatile Indian Ink seems to be…with pink shades, with purples, blues and greys, it seems to work with all and sort of “shade shift”. The one area of my collection that is lacking is the purples/plums, which is funny because in my 20’s, those were my favourite colours to wear and now, the only ones I have are in the Romantic Eye palette and the odd one here and there in other purchased palettes. I think I’ll soon start to focus on building that part of my collection but even before, I’ll probably get Indian Ink.

    1. Well, just like Soot, Indian Ink is sold out online too! (teeth gnashing!) Zabrena, there is a deep purple shade in the TF Romantic Eye palette (there’s another in the Smokey Eye palette) and I’m wondering how close it is to Indian Ink and if it could work as a reasonable dupe til Mac restocks these 2 shades (I’m getting really impatient!)

      1. My Eyeshadow Consultant

        Reply

        UGH! Stinks! Sorry, M!
        I compared I.I. to Ever After in that palette and Ever After is much more black than I.I.
        It doesn’t even look purple next to I.I., so you wouldn’t be buying a dupe at least.
        I just ordered Bottle Green, even though they said it was out of stock online, and they put me on a backorder list, which only lasted about 2 days.
        I just got notification the other day it shipped and should be here Tuesday.
        Will the Canada site allow you to order it at all (even if you’re on a backorder list)?

        1. Good question! I didn’t even try since I was trying to get the free shipping which is always “limited time” though I guess I could have emailed customer service and asked if they would still honour it for me. I’ll wait til the next free shipping offer and try it then because, you know, I really do need more eye shadows (honestly, I have bought so many in the last few weeks that I’m starting to feel a bit “overwhelmed”)

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant

      Reply

      I will definitely need to do that – thanks for asking, Karah!
      When I mentioned this combo in my November favorites numerous ladies asked to see a tutorial on it, so it’s been a popular request!

  3. My favorite is look #3. I appreciate the tips you give such as if a particular color will be difficult to blend away–because I had previously tried this in the crease and had a tough time with it and hadn’t tried it since.

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant

      Reply

      That’s a beauty! :) Oh, absolutely; I’m so happy to hear you find that helpful. That’s one of the most important things to me when I’m looking for an eyeshadow – what others have experienced! :) So happy you’re enjoying the site!

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