Eye of the Day: A New Way to Wear MAC Greensmoke

antiquediamondOn a recent excursion to the eye candy . . . er . . . makeup store (they’re the same, right?), I came across MAC’s new colored paint pots and became fixated on finding a green one! The sales lady showed me two different green ones and I asked her to layer Greensmoke over both of them. The second I saw Greensmoke layered over Antique Diamond, I had instant tunnel vision. Must have Antique Diamond! I couldn’t wait to show you how beautifully it brings out the green tones of Greensmoke.

MAC Antique Diamond swatched alone.

If you’ve worked with Greensmoke in the past, you probably felt duped by the name at one point or another as I did. This is a GREEN eyeshadow?! How so? Haha! If you’ve wanted to bring out the green hues of Greensmoke, I am very happy to tell you that Antique Diamond is a star paint pot for doing just that.

I am also very pleased to tell you that this particular paint pot is one you can apply directly to the lid, and not worry about having to blend out the edges. (Usually with paint pots, especially the darker ones, you usually have to work to blend out the edges so the color doesn’t show through eyeshadows layered on top.)

And now I can hardly wait to begin layering under other greens I’ve struggled with before in the past (ahem, Club; yeah, you’re next!). Did you get any of the new colored paint pots? What eyeshadows have you rediscovered with the simple addition of a colored paint pot?

Products Used to Create this Look:

  • NARS Eyeshadow Primer
  • MAC Antique Diamond paint pot (as a base, on the lid only)
  • MAC Greensmoke (layered on the lid over Antique Diamond)
  • MAC Bottle Green (outer third of lid and lower lashline)
  • Stila Wonder (crease) – could also use MAC Malt here
  • MAC Blanc Type (blend)
  • CoverGirl Brow and Eye Makers in ‘Soft Blonde’
  • Prestige Clear Brow Gel
  • Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara in Black
  • False eyelashes are ‘Key to His Heart’ from InkyMinkyLashes.com

33 thoughts on “Eye of the Day: A New Way to Wear MAC Greensmoke

  1. Okay, this is good…good in that I went to MAC this morning BEFORE seeing this post, so I didn’t end up buying even MORE stuff (um….there was also a quick trip to Sephora…I am so weak!). Since finding UD Snare, I’ve not bothered with Greensmoke but this is a fabulous idea! I think I may just end up trying this with some other “base” type eye shadows I have. You’ve made Greensmoke look sooooo “smokey”. It still doesn’t look green like Bitter or a lot of full on green shadows but that’s why I have always liked it – the smokier, grey side of it, which you’ve manage to highlight along with the green.

    1. Haha!! I know what you mean! I’m trying to stay away from Sephora right now, too. Arrgghhh. I want to look at the Kat Von D palettes. Yes, yes! I love that smokey side of Greensmoke too, so beautiful! Hmm! I need to check out UD Snare!

      1. Yes! Do check Snare out. It’s different than anything else I have. Very interesting color. I used it with Roach in the crease and got complimented on it.

  2. Beautiful Z! Great work. Greensmoke is such a pain to work with. I’ve never had the beautiful green look with it. Just a dirty smokey look. That’s not pretty. So, I also purchased UD’s Snare. I would love you to do a Spotlight on that one. 🙂 I will definitely get a sample of Antique Diamond though. Thanks Z !

      1. I forgot to tell you Benefit Cosmetics has a Creaseless Cream shadow in multiple shades that you also could use. They’re rated quite well. Actually, better than MAC.

      2. Yup – I think I told you a while back that Snare is definitely one to check out. The texture and pigmentation are so much better than Greensmoke. MAC has a few (very few) Lustres that I love enough to struggle with (Tempting is another) but generally they are such heart-breakers because they look so amazing in the pan but it’s difficult as anything to get that look on your actual eyes.

  3. Woot! I just bought Antique Diamond the other day so this post is perfect timing! Am going to ‘play makeup’ this weekend and see what color combos I can come up with.

    Zabrena, did you get any sparkle fall out on your cheeks? I have this and Frozen Violet and both seem to shed little sparklies throughout the day. It looks like I’ve been playing in glitter with the kids. Still love the color, though. Any suggestions to control the sparkle shedding?

    1. Whooo hooo!! Yay! 🙂

      Yes! Try scraping a little bit off the top of the eyeshadow and mix it in with an eyeshadow transformer (I use the one at the link below). Be sure not to mix it directly with the pan of eyeshadow, as it can ruin it. But scraping a little off and mixing it on the back of your hand or a paper plate works well. It binds all the glitter together and solidifies it onto your eyes – ALL DAY! No movement at all! That’s the only way I can wear these Lustre eyeshadows from MAC if I’m wearing them all day, because I get the little sparklies you mentioned too!


      1. Thanks for the link! Just watched a video of yours on Youtube and found out what a CCO is and HOLYCOWTHEREISONECLOSETOMYHOME!!!! I’m so excited – my girlfriends and I are going to run over there this weekend. Thanks again for doing the awesome tutorials! 🙂

        1. Oooh! What did you get? I recently discovered a CCO about 1-1/2 hours away or so, the only one in the state. After pestering my hubby long enough he finally took me. I found Pure Creation and Imaginary paint pots for $11.75 each, Circa Plum and Aurora pigments for $14.75 each. And I almost did a happy dance when I found Odalisque, and for cheap! They had some stuff that you could still get at a Mac counter for less and that bummed me, but I got so much nice stuff for cheap that I couldn’t complain too much. 🙂 So I got back to the car where he was (im)patiently waiting for me and told him I got this paint pot for $10 less than in the store, he was like OK, that’s nice… Couldn’t really understand why I was excited to find what I did when I already have too much at home. Oh, well. 😀

          1. AWWWW! If anyone understands that, we do here, that’s for sure! My husband has gotten into the makeup thing with me thankfully and he gets excited about new looks, just like I do, but he still hasn’t fully grasped what a CCO is, I think. LOL! He just knows he hates malls and the traffic that comes with them so I usually have to frequent them without him.

            But that’s awesome! YAY!!! Good for you! I like “hunting” for hidden treasures in those places; sometimes you run across discontinued eyeshadows you thought were LONG gone! I about jumped out of my pants when I found Hepcat recently. They do overcharge on some things I’ve seen too; bums me out as well. 🙁 Anyway, I’m thrilled for you! YAY!!

          2. Me, too! I hope he lets me go back… He’s cut me off from makeup for a while but… well, you know. 😀 A girl can try, can’t she?

            I’ll bet your CCO has got to be much bigger than mine. The one I went to was a quite small store. That’s probably a good thing, actually. *sigh*

  4. Oh wow! Great idea Zabrena! I have Dangerous Cuvee, and it works well with grey and purple shades. I love how the sparkles in the paint pot shine through the eyeshadows, so pretty! My next venture is working with glitter… Hope you will be venturing out for a few party looks and concider glitter. My mission is to get them to stick!!!

    1. Dangerous Cuvee is the only makeup product I’ve EVER returned (though I do have one or 2 others that should have gone back). I got it when it first came out years ago with Champale. It looked gorgeous in all the photos I’d seen and in the pan – beautiful. But I found it both too sheer and too glittery and realized I wouldn’t get much use from it.

  5. Ugh, this page ate my comment about how I used Antique Diamond! Ha, it’ll probably show up later. Anyway, I used AD on the lid and Sumptuous Olive patted on top and into the crease, then Rich Ground fluidline. Loved it!

      1. It was great because when I took Sumptuous Olive into the crease, it basically created a ready-made complementary crease color because the Antique Diamond made my lid look much more green than it otherwise would have. The Rich Ground and crease kind of “sandwiched” the green of my lid, if you will, making it pop more. I really liked the way it came out.

        BTW, I can’t remember if I asked you this elsewhere or if it was part of my comment that got eaten, but how would you use fluidline at the same time as false eyelashes? Would the falsies get gunked up since they’re so close to your lash line but that’s also where you want the fluidline to go? I know you said to never get falsies wet so how would you clean any gunk off? Is it doable or should it be one or the other? Your thoughts on the matter, please!

  6. I bought Antique Diamomd today, along with four others! I also got a new Benefit one and they are all so pretty. I swatched Vex, Club, and Some LE shades with poor color payoff on top and they are now transformed. So thankful for the tip, Z! I’m hooked.

    1. I’ll have to pull this paint pot out again soon and start playing with it some more. I could see it being beautiful under Pastorale pigment, Vex, Juxt and Golden Olive pigment, too! 😉

    1. You know, that’s one I haven’t tried yet (I know, can you believe it?!) – I need to pick up the ol’ Paint Pot series again here on the site! Hopefully I will have some recommendations soon! 🙂

      1. Hi Zabrena, I have just tried Amber Lights over Indianwood Paint Pot and it is BEAUTIFUL! Tones down AL and pairs beautifully with Cranberry. Which might also go nicely over Heritage Rouge in this look, though I haven’t tried it. Never thought of applying two different paint pots in one look!?

  7. Another experiment is applying Strong Willed pencil on the lid (a thick line), smudging it and applying Woodwinked over it. Gorgeous! Thank you SO much for the inspiration.

  8. Just did this look only used Fiction instead of Greensmoke to cut some of the glitter and used LM Truffle in the crease. Came out really nice, very happy with this combo-living on the edge with the sparkle in Antique Diamond LOL.

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