My MAC custom eye shadow palette

I started this palette about 4 years ago, with the intention of creating a palette with all my favourite shades (Mainly a mix of golds, coppers and browns) that I could use for every possible occasion; work, everyday, going out, formal etc. with the idea of eliminating the need for any other palette.

The idea was to have just one palette that I could use both at home and away, so I didn’t need to have lots of other eye shadow palettes on hand. At the time I was living in a 1 bedroom flat with my now-husband, and we didn’t have a whole lot of space. We wanted to live together and save for a house, but this was the best we could afford at the time and still manage to save for that mortgage. As a result, I had to downsize a lot of my things in order to fit into this flat, with all Rob’s things too! (FYI: Once we brought a house, I quickly made up for my minimalism at the flat).

Recently, I just finished this palette, and I thought I’d share it with you! It took me so long as A) MAC eye shadows are a little pricey to buy loads in one go and B) I kept swapping and changing them until I had the right mix.

The palette I have is one of MACs large palettes, which can be used to hold 15 eye shadows, or 6 blush/contour pans. It is the MAC Pro Palette Large, which cost me £8.00, with the magnetic insert costing £2.00. It is made of a very sturdy plastic with a matte black finish, and a really strong hinge (very unlikely to damage when travelling!). I really like the quality of MAC palettes; I also have a Z Palette for Makeup Geek eye shadows, but I have to say I prefer the styling of my MAC one more.

Now: onto the shadows. There are 8 finishes that you can choose from:

Frost – A slight shimmery appearance, to create an iridescent look.
Lustre – Slightly more shimmery than the frost finish, but I find the formula is a little drier so they have a lot of fallout.
Matte – Like it says on the tin! Flat coloured eye shadows that are great for the crease area.
Matte² – I find this to be more or less the same as the matte finish, except these are more pigmented and easier to work with.
Satin – These appear matte in the pan, but when swatched have a very subtle sheen to them that looks very pretty without being too shimmery.
Veluxe – This is a very creamy formula, but I don’t find them the easiest to work with as they aren’t as pigmented as a standard matte.
Veluxe Pearl – Very similar to a frost finish, but a lot more shimmery!
Velvet – Somewhere between the frost and Veluxe pearl. All the benefits of a shimmer shadow, but with the creaminess of  a matte.

I’ve got quite a few of their matte shadows, as I love the formulation; they are very buttery and easy to blend, are very pigmented and I don’t get that much fallout from them – definitely not as much as Morphe! Here are the shadows in my palette, from left to right:

Apologies for the swatches; they didn’t photograph as good as I would have liked!

Top Row (From left to right):
Vex (frost) – this is a neutral greyish gold shadow that has an almost pinkish duo chrome shimmer to it. Looks great on the inner corner.
Soba (satin) – a warm brown shadow that has a very beautiful subtle gold sheen to it. Very finely milled and pigmented.
Vanilla (velvet) – A gorgeous ivory shade with a very slight peachy undertone, with a very subtle shimmer to it. This looks gorgeous all over the lid or in the inner corner.
Brule (satin) – This is an off white shadow with a slight peach undertone, a little more peachy than vanilla. This is what I tend to use as my base colour or to set my eye shadow primer.
Wedge (matte) – a soft beige brown that is slightly cool toned (ever so slight). This is my perfect transition shade.

Middle row:
Mulch (pearl) – This is a warm toned brown with a copper shimmer through it. It is slightly redder in the pan, but swatches more like a milk chocolate-brown with a copper shimmer.
Wood-winked (veluxe pearl) – This is slightly lighter than Mulch, and is more golden too. Has a very antique gold feel to it when swatched.
Swiss chocolate (matte) – A deep chocolate-brown colour with a red undertone. A fab colour for the outer corner or deepening the crease.
Charcoal brown (matte) – A more cool toned mid brown. Another good crease colour.
Brun (satin) – Originally used as a brow filler, I now use it for the crease. A dark neutral brown, cooler than charcoal brown. Slightly more difficult to blend, so I usually use a tiny bit and build it up.

Bottom row:
Twinks (veluxe pearl) – A plum shade with a golden sheen that I use in the outer corner and underneath the lower lash line. Really makes my green eyes pop.
Brown script (matte²) – A brick-red shade perfect for warming up the crease. The red undertones look great on my skin when I’m more tanned.
Deep damson (matte) – A gorgeous plummy burgundy shade that looks great on my green eyes. I use this as an all over lid colour or on the lower lash line.
Espresso (matte) – A warm brown shade that is so similar to charcoal brown. This is slightly warmer and deeper, and looks gorgeous on the lid or in the outer corner. Probably my most used, as I also use it for eyeliner.
Ground brown (matte) – Another shade that is similar to espresso, except this has more red undertones and is slightly warmer still.

I’m really pleased with this custom palette and the shade selection, as I think I have a great selection to create the looks I like to wear. The beauty of a custom palette is the ease at which I can change it; if I get a little sick of one colour, or find another one I want to add I can easily just switch them around. I also can replace the colours easily for when I hit pan on my most worn shade; I love my Kat Von D shade light eye shadow palette, but I’ve almost hit pan on several of my favourite shades, but the palette is too expensive to replace for one or two colours.

I also love the formulations for MAC eye shadow; they are so creamy and easy to blend, so highly pigmented and look so beautiful, yet they have very little fallout (at least, the ones I’ve tried haven’t). They are more expensive than your average single shadows, but they last a long time as you only need to use a little each time, and they blend beautifully into the skin.

There are also so many colours and shades available, you’re completely spoiled for choice. I’m not one for very bright shadows, but some of the colour selections are beautiful, and make me want to be more adventurous with what I put on my eyes.

MAC palettes are an investment, and take a while to build up to a point where you’re completely happy with the shadow selection, but I would highly recommend starting one. You don’t necessarily have to start with a large palette either; get a medium 9 pan palette or small 4 pan instead, and have a look at the shadows you prefer. I guarantee you’ll be impressed.


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