MAC Purple Eyeshadows | Review
Just look at them – aren’t they beautiful. I’ve been reaching for purple shadows more and more recently, and these from MAC are my favourite. I feel like most people can be a little scared when it comes to not only wearing purple eyeshadows, but wearing them well. But, with these shadows it’s super easy. My ‘Wearable Purple Smokey Eye Makeup‘ tutorial has proved very popular and I used all MAC shadows for that look.
My collection of purple shadows from MAC includes the Purple Times Nine palette, Force By Nature duo and two refill pans. The Purple Times Nine palette (just FYI), is so worth the £30 price tag. Although the shadows are considerably smaller than the standard ones, they all compliment each other and are so easy to work with for that reason. I love how compact the duo is and the pans are just a way of getting more shadow for your buck. MAC charge £10 each for the eyeshadow refill pans and an extra £3 for the single shadows purely because of the extra packaging, quite outrageous; I store mine in an über cheap Z-Palette from Makeup Geek.
MAC sell every formula of shadow possible including mineralized, pigment, pressed, paints and pro longwear. Quite frankly, it can all become a bit confusing. Their standard eyeshadows are my favourite of the bunch. They’re always true to colour, have good lasting power and not forgetting have amazing pigmentation. So, if you’re a bit unsure I would advise sticking to the basics. I’ve had a few issues with certain shades drying out before the standard two years expiration date of shadows, but it’s not so much of a problem to stop me purchasing them. Has anybody else experienced this?
I love MACS range of shades; there’s something for everyone. If you can afford to buy a whole palette and be done with it, I’d highly recommend that because you truly get your moneys worth. MACs Warm Neutral Palette (£65) is right bang at the top of my wishlist.
Below are all of my MAC purple shadows as well as swatches of all the shades to give you a real impression of what they’re like.
The Force of Nature duo are one of my most worn shadows ever. My boyfriend picked this up for me a while ago, isn’t he good? Both of the shades are mineralize shadows. The quality is so high and after numerous uses there’s barely an indentation in the pan. They look brown in the photograph but they’re definitely more of a taupe purple in person. Shade A is a matte cool tone taupe shade and B has pink undertones with plenty of shimmer. If I apply too much it can look a little glittery.
Cranberry and Sketch are up there with my favourite shades from MAC, of all time. Aren’t the beautiful? Cranberry is a, well, cranberry shade and Sketch is a gorgeous red wine colour. I love to use Cranberry all over the lid and then Sketch can be used to darken up the outer corner or for a whole new look. If you have green or blue eyes, Cranberry will really make them stand out.
I reach for the Purple Times Nine palette constantly, but more so if I’m going somewhere a little more special. All of the shades in the palette are available in single pan form. You may be able to tell I had some issues with Shadowy Lady. It has seemed to have completely dry up. It took endless rubbing to even get a little pigment from it. It’s such a shame but it’s not too dissimilar to Sketch anyway. The others applied like butter and were all true to colour. Satellite Dreams and After Dusk are my favourites.
+ High end price tag
+ True to colour
+ High pigmentation
+ Good quality
+ Some shades are prone to dryness
+ Most are creamy, blendable and buttery
+ All shades in palettes are available separately
+ Wide range of choice
+ Selection of numerous formulas
9/10. Some of the shadows have dried out on me, what a shame!
Single Eyeshadows – £13 each
Eyeshadow Refill Pan – £10 each
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