Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Getting Cheeky's Top Five: MAC Eye Shadows

It's very easy to overlook the beginnings of something big in your life when you're busy enjoying and appreciating the "now". Efforts or discoveries that seemed insignificant but contributed to an achievement are forgotten as the rose colored glasses of hindsight begin to change our perception of the past. This is all very flowery, but where my love of makeup is concerned it couldn't be more applicable. Before I started writing a beauty blog, before I fell in love with high end makeup at local boutique Blush, and before I started experimenting with different brands, items and looks there was MAC. In recognition of a brand that has always played a leading roll in my makeup collection, I thought I'd share my favorite MAC shadows of all time. If you'd like to take a look at my favorites from the beginning and learn a bit more about what products I can't be without, feel free to take a peek at all my favorites here

Tellingly, none of the shades I've selected as "all time favorites" have been featured in limited edition collections (well ... sort of). Before all the buzz swirled almost violently around the collections, there was (and still is) an incredibly solid permanent offering of products all of which are well executed and comparatively reasonably priced. As I've grown gradually more underwhelmed with the limited edition collections, I've turned my attentions to the permanent items that captured my heart in the first place. 

MAC Hey (Veluxe Pearl) or All That Glitters (Veluxe Pearl)
My poor over loved pan of All That Glitters was not fit to be featured in this post, but as Hey is uncannily similar I've chosen to photo and swatch this hue instead. Both shadows are the perfect creamy, illuminating shades of champagne that stand in when nothing else will do. All That Glitters has been in my collection years longer than Getting Cheeky has been around, and I can't foresee a time that I won't rely on this standout from MAC's permanent offering. For me this must have champagne is a collection staple.

MAC Honey Lust (Luster)
In the early days of Getting Cheeky I wrote about Honey Lust at great length. It's one of my all time favorite MAC shadows that seems to be much maligned and misunderstood. Is fall out a problem? Yes it can be, but that doesn't mean the shadow should be written off. Is the pigmentation slightly uneven? Yes, but this is a luster shadow meant to add shimmer and as such it cannot be expected to have the same consistency as a Veluxe Pearl shade. To be honest, Honey Lust reminds me a bit of Giorgio Armani's Eyes to Kill Intense shadows and has the power to make my green eyes pop like no other shade. I wore this shadow to high school, I wore it to college and now I wear it to work. 

MAC Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl)
Although my favorite shadow is unquestionably Le Métier de Beauté's Corinthian, MAC's Woodwinked comes in at a close second. This shade is a rich illuminated bronze that is essentially a powder shadow version of MAC's Indianwood Paint Pot. Although Woodwinked is a rich, deep shade it manages to be illuminating (a quality that I long felt was impossible). I find myself turning to this shade regularly throughout the autumn and winter. 

MAC Soba (Satin)
Soba is an unexpected favorite as it doesn't look like much in the pan. Somehow this camel colored matte transforms itself when applied and adds complexity and depth to the eye that rivals what shimmering Veluxe Pearl shadows bring to the table. Although I still haven't figured out its sorcery, this shade is a must have. I love creating a multi-dimensional smoky look by applying Soba, a bit of smudged liner and mascara. 

MAC Satin Taupe (Frost)
If MAC was the brand that started it all, then Satin Taupe was the taupe that started it all. Although this shade is a bit less complex than many of the taupes I've come to adore, it never fails to create the perfect look. Satin Taupe is a "beginner's taupe" for those who are uncertain about the shade. 

(Left to right): MAC Hey/All That Glitters, Honey Lust, Woodwinked, Soba, Satin Taupe

What are your top five MAC eye shadows?