6 October 2013

MAC Eyeshadows: Vanilla + Satin Taupe

I finally took the plunge and bought my first ever MAC eyeshadows. I've wanted to try some out for so so long! Due to the rather ridiculous price tag I opted for a quad. I bought two eyeshadows to begin with; partly to start me off and partly because I couldn't choose (there are soo many gorgeous shades to choose from!). 
 
I decided to go for 'Vanilla' a soft ivory shade that offers a velvet finish; because what palette doesn't need a good ol' neutral base shade? It has a tiny bit of shimmer in the pan but it doesn't really translate to the eye. 
 
Next, I opted for their infamous shade 'Satin Taupe'. I'd heard so much about this shade from bloggers and YouTubers alike, and after a lot of google searches I decided this was a definite Gemma shade! As the name suggests, it's a taupe shade (duh!) that has purple undertones. I've mainly been wearing this in my crease but it's also gorgeous applied all over the lid. A great all rounder!  

Apparently it's impossible for me to take a decent photo of swatches on my camera so I decided to get a shot of them in action! Just be warned - I'm super cack handed at applying eyeshadow so don't expect anything spectacular.
 




This eyeshadow is absolutely beautiful! It is a taupe with strong purple undertones. Also, the finish is quite metallic, so keep that in mind. I prefer wearing it on the lid because it brings out my eye color so well, but you could also use it through the crease. It may suit cooler skin tones a bit better but I think it looks gorgeous on just about anyone. - See more at: http://www.eyeshadowaddictsanonymous.com/2012/12/top-10-mac-eyeshadows-for-fairpale-skin.html#sthash.FRVIEnmf.dpuf
This eyeshadow is absolutely beautiful! It is a taupe with strong purple undertones. Also, the finish is quite metallic, so keep that in mind. I prefer wearing it on the lid because it brings out my eye color so well, but you could also use it through the crease. It may suit cooler skin tones a bit better but I think it looks gorgeous on just about anyone. - See more at: http://www.eyeshadowaddictsanonymous.com/2012/12/top-10-mac-eyeshadows-for-fairpale-skin.html#sthash.FRVIEnmf.dpuf
I don't have a MAC store anywhere near me (in fact the closest store is over 100 miles away) so I've had to heavily rely on reviews and swatches online. Luckily, it's worked out quite well for me so far. I am in love with satin taupe, its such a gorgeous and wearable shade. I find that vanilla works best as a brow bone highlight; I've been wearing it across the lid but the colour pay off isn't great and it takes a ton of building up. I read somewhere that someone else had trouble with pigmentation for a little while until they had 'worn' it in. I'm hoping this will be the case for me.
I've been wearing these shades together almost every day since they arrived. I sweep vanilla all over the lid and blend satin taupe into the crease. & I must say they work wonderfully together!
What shades would you suggest I buy to fill my quad? I'm not a huge fan of warm golden tones on my eyes, I just don't think they suit me. So shades like 'Woodwinked' for example, I'm not interested in. I'd love to hear some suggestions to help me choose gals so please let me know if you have any!

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    1. I'd highly recommend satin taupe :) x

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  2. Ooh love both of these shades. I would recommend Woodwinked, Amber Lights, Naked Lunch, Honey Lust and Mulch! They're my favourites x
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    1. Ooh thanks Gemma - you've mentioned a few there that I've never had a look at before! I'll definitely be checking them out :)! x

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  3. Great post! I've just invest in two new mac eyeshadows too. I defiantly recommend 'star violet' and 'paradise' for a bit of colour
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    1. I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to colourful eye shadow but I will definitely check them out. Thanks! I will check out your blog now :) x

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  4. These shades look beautiful dying to try out some mac eyeshadows:)

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    1. I'd been wanting some to try for ages! I'm not hugely fond of vanilla but I'd definitely recommend satin taupe :) x

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  5. Id love to get both these shades eventually I really do think they are worth the money for the quality:) new follower!

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    1. Oh yeah, I do think they're worth it! Thanks for the follow :) x

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  6. I love the look of Satin Taupe, it looks lovely on you!

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    1. Thanks Hannah! It's such a gorgeous colour x

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  7. Oh my gosh I'm in love with your MAC eyeshadows! I've always been wanting to invest in some, but I don't know whether it's worth it? And plus, I wouldn't know which shades to pick they are all so lovely!

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    1. I know what you mean. It took me ages to finally take the plunge and buy some to try! If you do decide to try some take your time picking the shades is all I can say :) x

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  8. Good pick on the Satin Taupe! The MAC shades honestly look so different on the site to in life!
    I've just got All That Glitters and Sable – ATG probably a bit warm for your liking but Sable is lovely! And I'd second Naked Lunch, I've tried it and it's next to go in my quad along with Sketch to add in for night time :) H x

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I love the look of ATG but like you say I think it might be a little bit warm for me! I'll definitely check out the other shades you mentioned though. Thanks :) xx

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