The New Palette

As promised a review of my new MAC quad is here…

Wedge – a beautiful slightly warm mid tone taupe brown that is a perfect transition or crease shade. This is one for pale skinned people in my opinion, as it can come out a bit light and ashy when used in the crease on my skin tone. But still a good definition shadow.

Espresso – a cool toned medium brown that is my only disappointing shadow in this palette. It’s has limited colour pay off and doesn’t blend very easily, but looks lovely built up along the lash line as a softer alternative to eyeliner.

Patina – a duo chrome green bronze gold hybrid colour that is the perfect all over lid colour. It has a frost finish and is a probably best described as a light taupe with gold shimmer. It works perfectly with a bit of Espresso blended in the outer corner.

Tempting – a warm toned chocolate brown with a golden shimmer and lustre. It is probably the best lustre finish I’ve tried from MAC as it is smooth, richly pigmented and has minimal fallout.

Next on my wish list… Sable and Twinks


MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadows

A new generation of texture, this buoyant, spongy formula provides coverage, colour and wear with a unique, flawless finish. The formula builds seamless coverage without heaviness or caking. Creamy to the touch and easy to apply and blend. Provides medium to buildable coverage for a soft wash of pearl or a vibrant pop of colour.

MAC dubs these as a lightweight formula with “electrifying pigment”. Most will find that these are a little too sheer and too shimmery for their liking. I always thought the Electric Cool formula was more about a color wash with a ton of sparkle versus the incredible pigment that MAC says they have. They have a sponge clay-like texture with a nice bouncy formula that feels creamy.

It’s like a really spongey cream that bounces back at you – weird, but wonderful and a true cream to powder finish. Enjoyable texture aside, the formula is a nice addition to the MAC range. It’s quite heavy on the shimmer but blends out nicely and lasts well (with a primer underneath). I have the shade Superwatt which sits in the taupe family, but I think Coil – a reddy copper – may be next on my shopping list. Unfortunately they’re making a limited edition fleeting appearance as part of the ‘A Novel Romance’ collection, so if you want to go and check them out, I suggest going ASAP.

I can see that these are really going to fly off the shelves!

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Golden Eye Edit

From Day-to-Day

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No. 22 Pale Barley – This is a complex, hard to describe shade that seems to look different on everyone. On me, it’s a light to medium, warm brown that pulls slightly golden, with a lovely sheen and very, very fine iridescent shimmer which is almost imperceptible.

The formula is something to shout about – smooth, creamy, buttery, silky. Everything you’ve come to expect from a Burberry eyeshadow. It has incredible colour payoff and is fully opaque in just one sweep. The perfect subtle shadow for daily golden sheen. This was a tricky one to find, but it’s well worth the search.

From Day-to-Night
MAC Mulch – My go to shade, a one wash wonder if you will. It’s a medium-dark, red toned brown with a golden warm undertone. The pearly finish can be blended out to a subtle sheen and it’s a beauty. A similar colour can be found with the MAC Paint Pot in Eclair and MAC Lie Low.

This is one of my favourite eyeshadows as it intensifies my green peepers and adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to any outfit.

All Night Long…
NARS Kalahari Duo – marked as a Gold confection and a Sugared cocoa, these two are beautiful. Kalahari appears in one of my favourite palettes ‘And God Created the Woman’ and here is where my love affair began. Swept all over the lid this shadow imparts a subtle shimmer and a warm hue, but packed on with a flat brush and buffed out – this can create a show stopping bronzed smokey eye like no other. Top marks.

The tiny palette is composed of one bright yet old bronze shade that is not all that dissimilar from MAC Woodwinked and the other segment is a cool toned taupe that it equally as beautiful.This will take you all through the night with a show-stopping gold wash that won’t disappoint.


Have you got any more golden shadow suggestions? I love a good enabler!


After seeing this post from Alix from I Covet Thee I was inspired to scribble down exactly what I reach for when I’m in preparation for a night out. Now.. let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, I’m not a wild party gal and a complete night owl. I couldn’t be more opposite. In fact I’ve often been known to say “I actually enjoy getting ready for night’s out, more than the night out itself”. Not a true student I know! But.. on the odd occasion I slip on my heels and sip on a few ‘Gin Jams’ with the girls, this is what I reach for…

Now much like Alix, my black uniform is adhered to on nights out, unless I’m feeling brave and crack out a coloured cami and blazer combo *how brave*, And I slip on my Whistles French 65 black pointed courts and grab my Statement Clutch Bag from Zara which is years old, and I love it. Job done.
Makeup wise, my foundation of choice is a toss up between Bobbi Brown Longwear Even Finish and NARS Sheer Glow (reviews of both can be found here) both imitate perfect skin and the NARS one is particularly good for photo situations as there’s no pesky SPF that might cause flash back and make me look like I have a ghost face. Teamed with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  and Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light the base is good to go.
For special occasions I am partial to sculpting myself out some cheekbones – and the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is the one for the job, along with its sister the Celestial Powder for highlighting. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is dusted lightly on my cheeks to pep things up a bit before I move on to eyes.
Depending on what look I’m going for the eyes are either played up or down. If my black outfit is in play then I usually opt for a killer red lip, and will reach for something like the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Red Square, or my old favourite Cruella – with this look I’ll dust some of the KA Celestial Powder all over my eyelids and the Sculpting powder in the crease, curl my lashes and then add a copious amount of the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes mascara to seal the deal.
If I’m not feeling the red lip, I’ll opt for something bronzed and beautiful all over the lid like MAC Mulch with Espresso through the crease. Teamed also with lots of the aforementioned mascara and a wash of MAC Patisserie on the lips.All that’s left is a quick spritz of Diptyque Vetyverio, a deep musky scent with a hint of freshness which I will always be seen sporting in the evening and I’m ready to go!

What are your night out make up staples?

My MAC Problem

I’ve spoken about my MAC eyeshadow obsession, now who’d have thought it stretched all the way through to their lipsticks too? Not I! *hangs head in shame*

Left to Right
The Bold Lip: Diva (matte) – An ‘intense reddish-burgundy’ shade that brings the wow factor. I love a matte bold lip – and I like to bring this one out on nights out with the girls, it suits my olive complexion and enhances the green in my eyes (makes my teeth look whiter too) – it’s all good. It’s super long wearing, and looks equally good patted lightly on to the lips as it does applied straight from the bullet. But beware of the drying formula, this one seriously sucks the moisture out of your lips, so the best thing is to apply a bit of balm pre application to keep things a bit more moisturised. I’d advise getting the lip scrub out before you apply this one too, clings to dry patches like hell.

The Nostalgic Lip: Viva Glam 3 (matte) – Back in the day I had my first ever MAC purchase, and it was a blush. And I’m so mad that I can’t remember the shade of it! I can’t wait to get home for easter so I can have a rummage around to find it (I’ll keep you posted). Anyway… I do a strange thing with all of my blushes, I like to apply them to my lips (mixed with a bit of balm) and I know I shouldn’t, because as soon as I do, I fall madly in love with them as a lip shade, and can never ever find an exact match(!) – can you sense my frustration?! So you get the picture, this MAC blush because my favourite lip colour ever, a dark, pinky brown red, it was sophisticated and grown up and I loved it. So armed with my blush and the little tin that I mixed the balm into I went to the MAC counter and got the lady to find me a similar shade. She seemed both amazed and horrified at my beauty experiment, but found me a dupe, and I left, Viva Glam 3 in hand and a big grin on my face. A muted brownish-plum. Shame I don’t wear it much anymore!! ;)

The one I don’t know if I like: Craving (amplified) – An amplified creme finish which is really pigmented and has the long lasting power without the drying effect, tick, tick, tick. But the colour? Meh . It is described as a ‘burst of plum’ with warm pink undertones which is actually quite dark on first application. I like it, but I don’t love it. There’s just something about it, I feel like if I had brown eyes, then it would probably work, but with pale green, not so much.

The First Repurchase: Creme in Your Coffee (cremesheen) – Now if you’d have have asked me 6 months ago what my favourite lipstick in the world was, this would’ve been it. A creamy mid-toned pink brown that I wore every single day, and sometimes still do. It’s gorgeous, it has the staying power of a god, and imparts the nicest ‘my lips but better’ wash of colour ever. It was, and still is my first ever lipstick repurchase, so it will always hold a place in my heart, but now, enter Bobbi Brown ‘Brownie’ – it’s a straight up dupe, but matte. And you know how I feel about matte. Sold.

The Pink Lip: Brave (satin) – A pink-beige with white pearl satin lipstick that really doesn’t get as much love as it should in my collection. It’s basically matte, which I love, and even though it’s a bit drying, you still get the moisture of a satin finish. Now don’t be put off by the ‘white pearl’ description, it’s not a hideous 80’s frost by any stretch, more an added dimension to the shade that prevents it from looking flat. It does lean fairly cool in tone and is tinged with brown making it great for medium complexions, and one I would mark to be a fab everyday muted shade. See above regarding the lip scrub – flakey and crumbly is not chic.

The Standard Lip: Patisserie (lustre) – A sheer creamy neutral pink, one of which I’ve already raved about here in my first ever post, I’ll spare you the repeat and just let you check it out for yourselves if you haven’t already!

The Naked Lip: Naked Bud (lustre) – Described as a ‘neutral sheer nude’ from the recent “A Fantasy of Flowers” launch. It’s a light peachy-beige with a golden sheen to it. Unfortunately this isn’t a total winner for me, I love the colour, it’s perfect for everyday wear, but I’d love it even more if it lasted longer than a half hour. It also sinks into the creases a lot, which isn’t pretty! But none the less, it’s a beautiful colour which would suit all skin tones, especially the warmer ones of the bunch.

I’m concerned that I have MAC 7 lipsticks, not only because it’s a fraction of my overall lipstick collection, but because it just doesn’t seem enough (!). I have a lot of love for MAC’s lipstick offerings, so much so that if i’m having a bad day, I magically find myself at the MAC counter swatching up my entire arm of colours that I have to have. My current wish list includes: Ruby Woo, Peach Blossom, Neon Orange, Cherry Lip Pencil and Dubonnet.

And… breath

My MAC Palette – Part 2

As promised, here is the second instalment to my MAC palettes series.

Row by row, left to right

Handwritten – An extremely pigmented matte, dark warm brown shadow. Used as a liner it works a treat. But its a bit difficult to blend and work into the crease, I occasionally look like I have a black eye if I try too much with this one. Looks lovely paired with Twinks as an outer corner crease shadow.

Quarry – A soft muted plum-brown matte shade, and Satin Taupes best friend. This is a subtle crease colour, but looks equally beautiful all over the lid. It does run very plummy so beware! I originally bought this thinking it would be the perfect natural crease shade, it isn’t. It runs a bit too purple for my liking, but it is a beautiful shade none the less.

Satin Taupe – A plum toned taupe with a silver shimmer running through it. A very wearable shade that looks equally as good on its own or with a complimentary colour such as Quarry. Its one I often forget about, despite the fact that it’s the one shade that everyone seems to have. A fantastic shade for a subtle look.

Twinks – My favourite of the palette! The brown based shadow has plum, red and gold tones running through it and it’s just gorgeous. I love to wear this on it’s own all over the lid, or paired with Handwritten, it the perfect toned down smokey eye combination.

This palette runs more cool and purple toned in comparison to the first palette which is much warmer and brown based. I spent around 20 minutes swatching the different shadows today at my local MAC counter and am very proud of myself for resisting temptation!! Although Antiqued and Patina were looking very tempting! *grabs coat*

My MAC Palette – Part 1

Here it is – are you sitting comfortably? This is the first instalment from a two part series breakdown of my MAC eyeshadow quads. But first we’ve got to establish one thing… My name is Honor, and I have an eyeshadow obsession. For now I’ve been able to hold back from branching out to a 15 pan palette – but Woodwinked, Soba, Antiqued, Patina and Wedge – I’m coming for you! *hides purse*

Row by row, left to right

Espresso – A mid-toned brown that can be used for everything. I use it through my brows, as a liner, and through the crease to add a bit of somethin’ somethin’ to more subtle shadow looks. Paired with All That Glitters it’s particularly lovely.

Mulch – My go to shade, a one wash wonder if you will. It’s a medium-dark, red toned brown with a golden warm undertone. The pearly finish can be blended out to a subtle sheen and it’s a beauty. A similar colour can be found with the MAC Paint Pot in Eclair and MAC Lie Low.

All That Glitters – Peachy, golden and with just the right amount of shimmer, this can be swept all over the lid with lashings of mascara or applied delicately as an inner corner highlight. It never fails to amaze. Pair with Mulch for a soft smokey daytime look. Perfection.

Embark – A rich, matte, intense brown with a red undertone. This is one I often forget about. But it blends to a warm brown which is perfect for us green eyed gals. In fact, this shade needs a bit more lovin’ from my part… I’m off to redo my makeup.

MAC’s eyeshadow (and lipstick) range rules, there are more colours and finishes available than you can shake a stick at, but for me the problem is where to stop. For now, I’m happy with my small but brilliantly formed quads. Maybe next time I’ll show you my other one…

What MAC shades are your favourite? Go on… tempt me!