Spotlight On: MAC Patina

Finish: Frost / Taupe-brown with golden pearl

Known Dupes: UD Suspect

Patina is one of those eyeshadows that can appear so very boring in the pan and is an easy one to skip over as it’s not an exciting-looking shade. Looks are very deceiving, thankfully! What you’ll find in Patina is a light tan-gold eyeshadow with hints of green mixed in. Depending on which eyeshadows you pair it with, you can end up with completely different looks, which is what makes Patina so unique from other eyeshadows. Layering this shade over eyeshadows, especially gray shades like Print (as seen in look # 5) creates stunning smokey looks with traces of gold. Whether you have a warm or cool complexion, Patina compliments them both due to its chameleon effect. I don’t say this about many shades, but this truly is a must own for everyone!

Look #1

MAC eyeshadows used:

  • Greensmoke (on lid, below crease)
  • Patina (crease)
  • Vanilla (blend and highlight)


25 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Patina

  1. This looks almost a greenish gold, I can see it going well with that pigment that is sort of a duochrome between gold and green

  2. Patina is such an interesting colour. On you it appears pale greenish gold, like Heather said, but I’ve also seen it swatched brownish. I think I’ll have to go into the store to swatch this on myself. I had always thought it was a lighter less shimmery version of Satin Taupe. Not so!

  3. Patina is one of my favorite neutral colors; and I am wondering are there shades of purple (like Blackberry or Sketch) that would blend well w/ Patina?? Let me know…thanks!

    1. Hi Nicole!
      That’s a difficult one to pair with purples only because it’s a little bit of brown, yellow and green in one.
      You could try pairing it with Quarry or Blackberry as they are more neutral purples. I don’t know that it’d be so great with Sketch.
      Just my opinion! Never know until you try it!

    2. Hi Nicole, I’ve used patina with satellite dreams and got lots of compliments, I believe I used vex in there as well. I am an NC44/45 with olive undertones, hazel eyes so I gravitate to purples and it also happens to be my favorite color as well. I just got Indian ink and plush so ill be experimenting soon.

      1. Actually I use Digit, which is a light frosty prism type purple to blend Satellite and Patina at the crease and use Seedy Pearl to highlight. You could probably also use Vex in Seedy Pearl’s place, even Vanilla just to highlight. I think Satellite looks best just on the outer lid and crease, but don’t bring it beyond the middle of your pupil. I personally don’t, it tends to make my eyes looks heavy in general when I bring dark colors too far past my pupil.

        Seeing this post made me do this look today! Other purples I think would work too are Plush and Nocturnal as well as Indian Ink, but I prefer Satellite.

        Also Patina is no where near brown on me, it is a frosty off-white kinda with the gold tones, it’s a very unique color.

        1. Slight correction I was using Parfait Amour, not Satellite Dreams, so just swap that out everytime I mentioned it for Parfait Amour.

  4. Zabrena,
    I have Vellum and I don’t know how to use it. Also, what shadows to wear with it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      That’s one I’m going to have to add to the Directory now as MAC decided they were going to make it part of the perm collection. 🙂
      I really love it layered over Shadowy Lady on the lid (creates a blue eye – pics of it in the S.L. post).
      Of course it’s amazing with blues and purples alike – another combo to try with it is apply Vellum to the inner half of the eye, Blue Brown pigment (or Deep Truth) to the outer half of the lid) and then something like Wedge or even a small amount of Contrast to the crease for more depth.
      I’ll work on some combos for ya, thanks for asking! 🙂

      1. Thanks Zabrena!
        I’m so happy your doing a Spotlight for Vellum! I have it setting with the rest of my makeup and I see it once in awhile, and say I wish I knew how to use it! Z to the rescue! Lol 🙂
        I didn’t know it leaned blue. It looks white. It must be like a duo chrome shade? It obviously changes the shadows in a great way. I like the look you did with Patina. I bet that is very pretty in person. Even more so than the pics. So, it can be used to lighten up shades too? Well, I need to stop pestering you with all my questions.
        One more thing, I did some swatches with Greenstroke Paint Pot. Patina was a great surprise! It really brings out all the colors in Patina. Also, Club with Greenstroke is beautiful! It actually looks like it does in the pan! I can’t wait for you to get your samples. I know you will come up with some great ideas! 🙂

          1. My Eyeshadow Consultant

            I know, I completely agree 🙁
            Plus, it’s not like they have any colored paint pots in their permanent collection . . . ?!
            They’re all neutral shades!

        1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


          Haha! I try, I try! 🙂
          Oh yes, it’s a VERY interesting shade. It’s a duochrome and is blueish-pink when you apply it.
          Depending on what you pair it with, that’s the way it will lean.
          And it can definitely help to lighten shades!

          Ah ha! I can’t wait for the samples! YAY!
          I’m sure Patina is just gorgeous over it! It has those hidden green tones.
          I’m so happy you’re finding some great looks with it – can’t wait to play with it too!
          I can’t thank you enough once again! 🙂

  5. Hi zabrena I tried look number 3 today but patina don’t show up tht well on my nc42 skin:( bummed out could you advice what type of base would bring out the color more ?thanks

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Hi Monalisa!
      Sure! You could try it over a paint pot to really increase the vibrancy.
      Ones like Blackground and Groundwork would be great to try. Also, if you have a green paint pot or a green NYX pencil you can apply to the lid before applying Patina, that would really help for it to show. Since Patina leans green, you’d also be bringing out its green tones that way. Let me know how it works out!

  6. Hi zabrena….happy to read ur blog, i love patina!

    I have woodwinked,mulch,twinks,naked lunch,expensive pink,satin taupe….
    My skin is NC 40…is it that colour match to my skin?

    I need ur suggestion please………

    I am going to have handwritten,patina….n of course rice paper or brule for highlight…

  7. Hello,

    I just joined up today because at the ripe old age of 43 I’m finally learning to love make up. I bought a cubic ton of MAC shadows and feel that in conjunction with your wonderful website, I can great myriad looks.

    I have two questions though: I LOVE Look #5, but do not have have Print (yet). I do have Copperplate, Smut, and Typographic. Can either of those be (loosely) substituted for Print?

    Second: when you say Blanc Type (blend), what exactly does it mean when you say to use a color to blend? I’m very new to wearing make up so forgive me.

    1. Hi Tanja!
      Welcome to the site and thank you for becoming a member! 🙂 (And in no way are you old! ;))
      You could try substituting Print with Copperplate in Look #5, using it lightly and applying it with a fluffy brush would give you a similar look.

      No worries! We all have to start somewhere. 🙂 In the Video Gallery there is a video called “Eyeshadow 101” I recommend that talks about common eyeshadow placement, brushes and goes more in depth about blending. That will help to answer your question better in a more visual format 😉 If I may assist further, please feel free to ask!

      1. Thank you so much! I have the (4) brushes you recommend (217, 229, 239, & 286 so I will head straight to your video to figure this out. That is exactly what I was looking for.

        Thank you again 🙂

  8. Bought Patina the other day and it has really become one of my favorites. Also bought Bronze to pair it with. My plan was to buy Mulch since it was in one of the combos, but I decided to go for Bronze instead. Mostly because of the better texture.

    Todays look was: Nylon inner corner. Patina on lid. Bronze in crease and outer lid. Concrete in outer V.

    I also put on my newly bought lipstick Shy Girl. I fell in love with this when I saw the Face of the Day: Black & Gold Dramatic Eyes.

    Thank so much for all the inspiration you give me Zabrena!

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