Spotlight On: MAC Vellum

vellumFinish: Frost / White with violet pearl

Vellum is one that will shock you, especially if you’re not expecting what color it truly is. When I first got it, it appeared to be just another highlighter shade as it’s white in the pan and doesn’t look any different than Gesso. So I tossed it aside and on a whim one day tried using it as a blending shade in a look. Needless to say I completely ruined the look! What you get in Vellum is a blue, pink and purple duochrome color, depending on what you pair it with. I love how easily it melts into combos using these colors and it’s such an easy, buttery finish to work with. The color itself reminds me A LOT of Crystal, not so much in a side by side comparison but moreso in the looks themselves; you’ll get the same effect. So if you don’t have Vellum but want to recreate some of these combos, try using Crystal in its place. And likewise, if you need more combination ideas, check the Crystal post for more inspiration. This duochrome quality can make it hard to pair with other colors, but if you think along the lines of its hidden colors, you’re sure to discover some great combos, so just think pink, purple and blue!

8 thoughts on “Spotlight On: MAC Vellum

  1. Beautiful Z! It’s amazing to see what Vellum does to Shadowy Lady, because S.L. is so dark ,and it changes it and lightens it. I wonder what other shades Vellum might do this to? With look 4, what brush do you use for the outer v? Love look 2. 🙂 Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for all your hard work Zabrena. I really appreciate it and you! 🙂

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      Aww! Thanks, Karah! 🙂
      Yeah! I really like layering it over S.L. – it happened accidentally in another look I was trying and I noticed it turned it blue; that made me go hmmm!

      In Look 4, I alternated between the MAC 217 and Sigma E30 – Sigma E30 to define the outer v and MAC 217 to make it less sharp. 🙂

  2. Beautiful looks, Zabrena! I love no.1 soooo much – I will definitely have to try that one out! I’ve tried Vellum over coloured paintpots before and it looks AMAZING with them. I’ve used it with MAC Girl Friendly paintpot (limited edition dusky pink) and it really brings out the purple-y tones in Vellum. I’ve also tried it over MAC Rollikin’ paintpot (limited edition bluish-turquoise) and it really brings out the blue tones.

  3. Wow that’s a really unique shade! It looks different in every picture! I know what you mean by duo chromes being difficult to pair sometimes. But your tips make sense, thank you! 🙂

    1. I am super excited I was able to pick this color up from your sale and can hardly wait to start using it!

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