Category Archives: MAC Eyeshadow Combinations

Spotlight On: MAC Retrospeck


Finish: Lustre / Beached blonde Retrospeck is best described a light yellow-gold neutral shade, ideal for everyday looks. This color does have some subtle sparkle to it, which does tend to fall under the eye (argh). For that reason, I like to apply it wet first and then layer it dry; not only does this help to eliminate some of the fallout, but it also makes the color stronger on the eye. If you would like to apply it like […]

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Spotlight On: MAC BioGreen


Finish: Frost / Yellow green with gold pearl BioGreen is another one of the more shocking green colors offered by MAC. This reminds me a little bit of MakeupGeek’s Fuji but is a little darker by comparison. I love the Frost finish, very buttery, pigmented and easy to work with. If you have brown or hazel eyes, and LOVE color, this is one worth considering. It pairs beautifully with so many other greens, neutrals and can be worn boldly or […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Vapour


Finish: Velvet / Peach-pink with violet pearl What appears to be a simple beige shade in the pan is actually a subtle light pink with a hint of purple mixed in. I personally couldn’t see the purple in the shade until I studied the swatch in direct sunlight, but this is one that could show differently depending on the color of your skin, too. It reminds me a lot of Phloof! both in color and texture, even though the finish […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Carbon


Finish: Matte / Intense black Carbon is, simply put, a smokey black shade in an easy-to-work-with matte formula. While MAC describes this as an intense black though, I have to disagree. It can be intense depending on how much you use, but it also offers a smokey, light black if a little bit is used. I also don’t feel it’s as pigmented a black as others I have used from other brands, like Urban Decay’s Blackout (which is Baaah-lack!). I […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Charcoal Brown


Finish: Matte / Muted taupe brown Charcoal Brown! Where have you been all my life?! Ha! I have to admit I was not thrilled to use this shade when I first purchased it because I assumed (never do that, Z!) it would be like some of the matte finishes from other MAC eyeshadows. Sometimes they are not all they’re cracked up to be. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Charcoal Brown! It was easy to pick up on the brush […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Yogurt


Finish: Matte / Soft pale pink Yogurt is one of the best soft pink shades I have ever come across not only for its coloring, but the soft matte finish also makes it exquisitely easy to work with. If you’re a neutral lover but looking to branch out into color slowly, I’d highly recommend trying Yogurt. Its soft enough to make the eyes pop without screaming too loudly that there is color on your eyes. Even though this is a […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Coral


Finish: Matte / Subdued coral Known Dupes: Ablaze (LE) When you first hear of coral, you may be expecting a pinky-orange type shade much like I did, right? Unfortunately, that’s not what you’ll find in MAC’s Coral eyeshadow; this is more of a siren orange and I didn’t see a trace of pink in it, even when paired up with pink eyeshadows. Certainly this is a shocking color to wear and can be especially difficult to tie into looks. In […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Naval


Finish: Matte / Deep navy blue Naval is a beautiful, deep, dark blue and best of all – it’s matte! In my experience with many of MAC’s matte shades, I find them to apply splotchy and are somewhat hard to get an evenly applied look without some negotiating. Fortunately, you won’t find that in Naval. I don’t know what they’ve done differently, but the formula is smooth and very easy to work with. It applies easily and blends with just […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Grain


Finish: Satin / Golden beige with icy shimmer Grain is, in my mind’s eye, is the sister of Naked Lunch, Jest and All That Glitters. Not in color, mind you, but in the finish and the type of results you can expect to achieve with it. It is more the brown version of these types of shades and brightens a look effortlessly. The closest color you could compare this to in terms of finish and color in MAC’s permanent range […]

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Spotlight On: MAC Ricepaper


Finish: Frost / Peachy gold with shimmer Ricepaper is a light, shimmery yellow shade. The most common way you’ll see this one used generally is as a blending shade or highlighter for the brow bone. While that is a great way to use it and can provide the final sparkle to a look, I actually prefer to use it as a regular eyeshadow on the lid, usually the inner half. I find Ricepaper to have a lightening effect and the […]

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