While I have recently stopped buying a ton of MAC products, having moved on to other brands (hello NARS, Too Faced and Urban Decay), I can definitely say that, in my opinion, MAC makes the best eyeshadows. Not only are they super creamy and, for the most part, extremely pigmented, they come in a HUGE range of colours and, when compared to other high end brands, are relatively inexpensive.
While putting together this post on my top five MAC shadows, I was surprised to learn that none of MAC's bright colourful shadows made it on my favourites list. Gone are the days of wearing bright purple, turquoise blue and shiny green shadows. I am now (and may forever be) a neutral girl. The shadows I chose as my favourites are all extremely versatile and, in my opinion, would make a great little collection for anyone newer to the MAC Cosmetics line. Here are my top five MAC eyeshadows:
1) MAC Eyeshadow in 'Orb': While MAC's 'Orb', a matte beige shadow looks boring, it is probably the most versatile shadow I own. This super creamy shadow is perfect for applying all over the lid to create a smooth base for other shadows to be applied. It is also great for blending out more colourful eyeshadows applied to the eye crease and/or applied to the brow bone as a soft highlight. I use this shadow almost every day (as evidenced by the picture above) and will definitely be repurchasing it in the future.
2) MAC Eyeshadow in 'Soft Brown': 'Soft Brown' was the newest MAC shadow added to my collection, but it has become an instant favourite. This light brown shadow with a somewhat peachy undertone looks amazing in the crease with almost any eyeshadow look (my current favourite is a grey-blue lid, with 'Soft Brown' in the crease). I highly recommend this super creamy shade to anyone looking for a nice, light brown shadow.
3) MAC Eyeshadow in 'Haux': I remember when my mom first bought 'Haux', on recommendation from our local MAC girl, I didn't really like the colour. Years later, after stealing it from my mom's collection (sorry mom!), I love it. Because of its reddish-brown shade, this creamy matte shadow looks great in the crease with peach, orange, pink, or red shadows. My personal favourite way to use this shadow is to put it in the crease above MAC's 'Club' eyeshadow (which has a red-brown duo chrome effect).
4) MAC Eyeshadow in 'Copperplate': I bought MAC's 'Copperplate' eyeshadow on a last minute whim at one of the MAC Warehouse sales I attended last year. Because of its grey and brown undertones, 'Copperplate' is nicely paired with a variety of shadow colours (including purples, browns, greys, and blues). Like all of the shadows mentioned above, 'Copperplate' is super creamy and applies to the lids like 'buttah' (butter).
5) MAC Eyeshadow in 'Club': While I probably use all of the shadows mentioned above more often, 'Club' eyeshadow remains my favourite (and most recommended) MAC Shadow. 'Club' eyeshadow is one of MAC's infamous duo-chrome shades, meaning it looks different in different lights and when applied over different coloured bases (see pictures below). Because of its duo-chrome effect, this single shadow makes a complete eye look (green on the lid, red in the crease and brown in the outer corner). If you are a MAC newbie (or an oldie) and are looking for that super unique shade, definitely get your hands on MAC's 'Club'.
Club, Orb, Soft Brown, Haux, Copperplate
Club over dark base, Club on its own
Do you own any of the shades mentioned above? What are your top 5 MAC eyeshadows. Any recommendations? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.