Top Row-Texture, Brown Down; Bottom Row- Go, Grain
If you’re a mac fiend like me or even if you’re just familiar with the brand you might know that you can make your own eyeshadow palettes with any color your heart desires. You can choose between a 4 color palette or a 15 color palette. The cost for the 4 color palette alone is $7 and the 15 palette is $16 alone. Each pro pan eyeshadow costs $11.50 each. So completely filled, the 15 palette costs $188.50 and $53.00 for the 4 palette. Of course you don’t have to get the palettes filled right away, you can gradually fill them. A regular Mac eyeshadow costs $15. The pro pans are 1.5g/0.05oz and the regular eyeshadow are the same weight. The difference is that you don’t have the black encasing/pots, which means you can’t recycle them. The money you’re saving is the value of the pots so it all evens out. The palettes are excellent for those who are makeup artists or if you just love eye shadows. The palettes are easier to travel with and they store easily because you don’t have 20 black pots everywhere.
My go to colors for a natural eye look are Grain, Brown Down, Texture, Go eyeshadow. These colors can be used for a nice natural, everyday look or amp it up for a more dramatic look. Despite their warmth, these shades are universal and I believe can be used on every skin tone with the right touch.
L-R Texture, Brown Down, Go, Grain (in natural light)
Grain (satin finish) is described as a golden beige with icy shimmer. It’s like a light camel color. This is a good highlight color for medium to darker skin tones. When applied lightly it’s not too bright or icy on the skin. This shade can be used to highlight the browbone and/or the inner tear duct area of the eyes. Also a really good lid color if one is looking to brighten the eyes or just to a touch night-time shimmer.
Brown Down(Veluxe finish) is described as a teddy bear brown It’s a brown color that works great as a crease color for everyone I think. It’s not a muddy brown and it’s not super dark. This shade can be applied lightly for a subtle contour of the eye or built up to create a brown smokey eye. A great substitute to line the upper and lower lids if you’re not looking for a heavy, dark line. The texture is very smooth and not chalky.
Texture (Velvet finish) is described as a peachy brown with shimmer. The shimmer is really subtle. I think this would be a good color to contour the eye or add some depth on lighter skin tones. For medium to darker skin tones this is a good lid color for a very natural look or as a good blending, or transition shade to blend out the darker crease color.
Go is described as a frosted bronze. It’s more of an antique brown color with a golden sheen. It’s not glittery at all. The golden sheen is beautiful and it works on just about every skin tone. Good lid color to add some shimmer to the eyes for a night out, perfect for a bronzed smokey eye but also subtle enough for everyday wear. Unfortunately this was a limited shade, released with the starflash collection a couple of years back and is no longer available. Urban Decay smog is a very similar color, though I think smog is a tad more gold depending on the light. Mac Woodwinked is also similar but less gold.
L-R Mac Go, UD Smog