Spotlight On: MAC Motif

Finish: Frost / Gold peach with pink pearl

Whew! Golly, did this color throw me the first time I used it! Motif is another one of those unique shades from MAC because it appears to be a peachy-tan color in the pan. Upon application, you catch a glimpse of the pink duochrome that MAC snuck in there. It’s actually quite a beautiful shade, just surprising if you’re not expecting it! I found this to be very easy to apply, highly pigmented and easy to blend away when you want less color. Problem is, do I put it into my pink pans or my neutral pans?! Ha!


23 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Motif

  1. WOW, I am seeing alot of Mulch used in multiple looks. Gonna pick this up next time, it looks great with alot! GREAT job on the Motif combos, Zabrena does it again!

  2. Just found your site and I LOVE IT. I just started using MAC shadows and i was looking for more colors to to try when i found your site, thanks for all the new ideas!!!1

    1. You’re most welcome (and welcome to the site)! I’m so happy you’re finding it helpful! 🙂
      If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  3. Is there is spot on your site that defines exactly what you mean when you post where to put colors? For exapmple:
    •Motif (on lid, below crease)
    •Soba (crease and lower lashline)
    •Vanilla (blend)
    •Nylon (highlight brow bone)

    What is crease and lower lash line? On lid, the entire lid??

    •Motif (as a wash, lashline to brow bone)
    •Swish (layer lightly on lid up to crease)
    •Sushi Flower (crease)
    •Vanilla (blend between colors)

    As a wash, what does that mean? I don’t know what a lot of this means, but I surely want to learn!!!!

    1. Hi Donna!
      No problem! We all have to start somewhere! There was a time when I had no clue what it meant either 🙂

      I’ll try to explain the basic ones below, but it might help too for you to see some of the tutorials I’ve done so you can see some of these descriptions in action, as well as the brushes used.

      “As a wash” – apply the eyeshadow lightly from the upper lashline to the brow bone. This really just helps with blending later on when all eyeshadows have been applied.

      “On the lid, below the crease” – the crease is where your eye naturally folds when your eyes are open. Depending on your eye shape, it’s placement will vary. For this instruction, you want to place the eyeshadow on the lid itself and keep it below that fold.

      “Lower lashline” – applying eyeshadow under the bottom lashes is something I do frequently; it really helps the eyes to stand out and create a soft look as opposed to using harsh eyeliners on the waterline (which can make your eyes look smaller).

      “Blend” – using a fluffy brush, this is wear you want to make any edges of the eyeshadow disappear and look as if they fade right into your skin. It takes an eyeshadow that matches your complexion and an awesome brush like MAC’s #217 or Sigma’s E35 (links below).

      “Highlight brow bone” – this is taking a light eyeshadow that’s either one shade lighter than your natural skintone, or perhaps has more shimmer and applying it directly under the eyebrow. It helps to open the eyes up and appear wider.

      You may find these links very helpful 🙂

      My Top 4 Eyeshadow Brushes (and cheap comparables):

      Eyeshadow Tutorials:

      Blending Tutorial:

      Hope this helps you a little bit more!

  4. Hi Z-Just did look 3 and instead of Beauty Marked I used a dupe and it came out perfect-saved myself 10 bucks! thanks for the looks, great as usual.

  5. Hi I don’t think you can help me but I can’t find motif on the uk site anywhere, I see it on the american mac but on the englush mac site there is no motif eyeshadow 🙁

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that.
      You’re right, I can’t really help there as I’m not sure why it’s offered here and not in the UK. 🙁

  6. I tried Look #7 yesterday and it was surprisingly beautiful. I kept looking at it in the mirror and not believing how pretty it was.

    I tried look #8 today, but I had to use some dupes. I don’t have Fig 1 or Sushi Flower, so I made do with one of Stila’s old purple eyeshadows on the outer 1/2 of eyelid, and I put Lorac’s Nectar in the crease with some of MAC’s Passionate to get a deeper pink. It was really pretty, but I may need a better dupe for Fig 1. Do you have any dupe ideas?

    Oh, and I freaking love Motif. Such a great duochrome shade!

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