The Mac Update

You all know by now that Mac is popular around these parts, especially their eyeshadows and lipsticks. Today I thought I'd shed some light on some more eyeshadows and a few of their other fan favourites including the eyeshadow brush you all need, an eyeshadow for lazy days and more. Read on..

 #217 Blending Brush-This would have to be one of Mac's bestselling products, I'm sure many of you probably own one or two of them yourselves. The 217 takes all of the work out of applying eyeshadow. It deposits colour across the lid and its rounded edge means you can buff the product out to blend it in. As you can probably tell mine is well loved, it must be nearly time to pick up another one.

Sable Eyeshadow-I bought this colour last month when I purchased my Mac palette case and have been alternating between it and Naked Lunch (below) since. Sable is described as a gold-plum with bronze pearl. On my lids it's somewhere between a bronze and a taupe with subtle shimmer. I like to pair this with something warmer in the crease like this bronzer in Laguna. It's a stunner. If you've got brown or green eyes you'll love this shade.

Carbon Eyeshadow*-Carbon is one of those shades that looks dead scary in the pan, to me at least. It's not neutral, it's not shimmery. While I definitely won't be sporting this colour all over my eyelids any time soon it makes a great eyeliner shade when paired with an angled or flat eyeshadow brush. I never like my eyeliner to look neat so I like to smudge it out for a more lived-in look. If you're creating a smoky eye, Carbon works well as a crease colour for that.

Lip Pencils, pictured are Redd, Embrace Me (LE) and Currant-Lip pencils are to lipstick what quilted leather is to 2.55 bags, soulmates in other words. Mac's lip liners are pigmented and creamy. You could wear them on their own if you wanted to. They really help your lipsticks stick around for longer on the lips. They'll also leave a hint of colour behind on your lips too so if you can't top up your lipstick it shouldn't be an issue. Redd and Embrace Me are particularly versatile shades as they can be paired with a range of red or pink lipsticks.

Strobe Cream*-This is one of those products Mac artists always mention and with good reason. Think of this as the step pre-base in your routine when you want a bit of glow and radiance to your complexion. If your skin's looking dull or lacklustre this will soon solve that problem for you. One thing I've learnt though is less is certainly more if you want to keep things erring more towards the natural side of things. 

Handwritten Eyeshadow-A rich chocolate brown which works well as an eyebrow powder on darker brows. You can also use it as a crease colour or even a liner. In the crease it's perfect for adding definition and works well with most neutral shades. 

Naked Lunch Eyeshadow-Naked Lunch is a stunning shade. It looks quite plain in photos, but once you've swatched it you will understand why it is so popular. This eyeshadow adds a bit of pizzazz to the lids. It almost has more of a brightening effect, so it's perfect for days when you're not in the mood to faff around with eye makeup.

Haute and Naughty Mascara*-I've not opened this mascara yet as there's a few mascaras on rotation in my stash at the moment. If it's like any of Mac's other mascaras though this is bound to be a good one. It has a two-step formula so you can control the amount of definition and volume you get. Have you tried this mascara? Leave a comment telling me what you thought about it.

*Have you tried any of these Mac products? What are your Mac staples?

*PR Sample

LE=Limited Edition


  1. Ah a 2.55 bag - it's what dreams are made of! Okay, you've convinced me I need to get MAC Strobe Cream. #sophietheenabler #thatsyournewname

    1. It really is! When I was in Melbourne last year I went & looked at them in Chanel *sighs*. Haha I love my new name Hannah. Sophie Enabler x

  2. Love Naked Lunch! I use Carbon as a base for my favourite MAC pigment (Cornflower) when I'm feeling adventurous.

    Have you ever tried using the 217 for cream eyeshadows / paint pots? I wanna try it but not sure if that's good for the bristles...

    1. Just looked up Cornflower online, it's pretty! No I haven't & I don't think I would. The 217's quite fluffy, it seems like the kind of brush that would be wrecked by cream products unless you're super gentle. I use a flat eyeshadow brush with my paint pots. Something like the Mac #239 would be good or the Real Techniques shadow brushes if you have them. x

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