Sometimes, it is my most-used products that I overlook in blogging terms, and this palette is a case in point.
I've slowly built up my collection of MAC eyeshadows and blushers over the years. It took me a long time to buy into the hype of their eyeshadows in particular as for ages, I hardly even wore eyeshadow, just flicked-out liquid eyeliner. The first Naked palette came out around the time that I started to get serious about eyeshadow, blending and crease colours etc, so that placated me for a while. I've built up this collection gradually and the more of them I have, the more I understand the hype around MAC eyeshadows. I love Inglot too, but these really are top quality, particularly the Veluxe Pearl ones. Everyone needs a few in their collection!
There are a million and one blog posts and YouTube videos about products from MAC's permanent line, but I always find it interesting to see what products people reach for the most. I haven't swatched them but if you are interested in a particular shade, Google has hundreds of swatches! This palette is definitely a daily staple for me, I reach for it about 95% of the time since I finally got around to depotting, so if you have a lot of MAC products hanging in their individual pots, I would definitely recommend divvying them up into this or a Z Palette. I've a good few shades here so am just doing a short description of each one - if you've any questions, just ask! One thing to note is that this palette was obviously built up with my own colouring in mind - I am very pale with blue eyes and dark hair, and tend to favour warm eyeshadows, especially golds, bronze and russet tones. Oh, and you can buy blush/shadow inserts for the MAC palettes but for now, I like how everything is in the one place!
L-R from top: Cranberry, Antiqued, Sketch, Mythology, Expensive Pink, Patina, Bronze
Cranberry: This may look very red/pink, but it works great to bring out blue eyes either as a crease colour or on the lower lash line.
Antiqued: A reddish-brown that I use in the same way as Cranberry, and also all over the lid for a deeper look.
Sketch: A plummy colour that doesn't come across as purple on skin - I use this in the crease a lot to build a smokey look.
Mythology: A rose-gold sparkly shadow that works well alone as long as you blend properly. Bought because Laura of Buy Now, Blog Later loves it!
Expensive Pink: Quite an orangey-gold colour - looks great all over the lid on blue eyes, but needs a matte crease colour to work. Great texture.
Patina: A beautiful old gold colour that works great alone for a minimal look.
Bronze: A beautiful golden, er, bronze. So versatile - I use this all over the lid or in the crease / on the lower lash line.
L-R from top: Twinks, Sable, All that Glitters, Soft Brown, Tempting, Woodwinked
Twinks: Quite similar to Sketch, but not as deep. I like it paired in the crease with Sable, but need to experiment more with this.
Sable: A bronzey, reddish brown - and I think, my first MAC eyeshadow. One of my favourites for both everyday and evening wear.
All That Glitters: My most used eyeshadow - I use this as an inner corner highlight almost every day. Will be repurchasing!
Soft Brown: A US-only product that Sinéad picked up for me in NYC last year. Brilliant in the crease with pretty much any eyeshadow - a great blending colour.
Tempting: Probably one of my least favourite shades - this is quite a dull metallic brown that I can use but tend to neglect in favour of more exciting shades.
Woodwinked: An infamous shade and I love it just as much as everyone else does. If you have blue eyes, you need this. It can look a little too yellow on its own, so I pop a matte shade in the crease most of the time.
L-R from top: Fleur Power, Harmony, Pinch 'o' Peach
Fleur Power: A great pink blush with a hint of coral - never inappropriate or offensive.
Harmony: The best contour powder, period. I will always have this in my collection and reach for it far more often than any bronzer. Also works great as a crease colour on the eyes!
Pinch 'o' Peach: Works with everything - a fantastic basic pink blusher. I've had mine for years and wouldn't be without it.