So You Want to Buy Your First Mac Eyeshadow . . .


Or two. Mac eyeshadows are seriously great – the formulas are really smooth, and extremely easy to work with [re: blend like a dream]. The shades above, aka, my favorites, are all really versatile, and work beautifully on their own as a one-color-wash-and-go type deal, or blended with other shadows.  Whether you’re new to eyeshadow, or have perfected the art of the smokey eye, I think that all of these shades are absolute must-haves.

  • Mulch is a shimmering [subtle – not obvious shimmer] bronzey-brown that is one of my go-to shades for when I want to achieve a brown smokey eye. I’ll apply a lighter brown or gold to the lid, add Mulch to the crease, and I’m good to go.
  • Woodwinked is really special – is it brown? Is it gold? Is it orange? Is it all of the above and really awesome? YES. This is, perhaps, the ultimate one color wash shade, as it appears to look slightly deeper when blended up and out in the crease. So much depth, so much dimension – I am in love. Another really beautiful way to wear this shade is to apply it on the lid, and use Mulch for a crease/outer-v shade.
  • Satin Taupe is a taupey, silvery purple [these gorgeous colors are so hard to describe!], and is a go-to for the cooler months. I’ll wear this on its own with a bit of black liquid liner on the upper lids.
  • Charcoal Brown is an awesome crease and brow shade. If I am wearing a lighter shade on the lids and want to add a little more depth, nine times out of ten this is the shade that I will use.
  • All That Glitters is such a beautiful pinky-golden champagne that is one of my summertime staples. I can’t tell you how many times I have worn this on its own, with a winged black liner. It is so, so pretty, and never looks like too much.
  • Soba is, like all of these colors, hard to pin-point. It appears to contain brown, olive, and gold tones. Like All That Glitters, I love wearing Soba with a winged black liner.


  1. seiglerk
    August 6, 2014 / 4:11 am

    This is awesome. I’ve been dying to try out MAC shadows but I’m also so intimidated to go into the MAC store. I’m afraid of looking like an idiot. I guess that’s why God invented online shopping

  2. August 6, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    My first MAC shadow was Naked Lunch, because I have blue eyes.

  3. August 6, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Can’t go wrong with Satin Taupe. 😉 This shadow looks great on every skin tone.

  4. August 6, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    I love these posts! Very helpful for beginners and people that need a quick summary about a color or 2! Please continue doing them!

    – Caroline

  5. August 7, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    Such a great post love getting ideas as it’s so overwhelming going into a mac store sometimes with so many beautiful colours to choose from! Thanks heaps gorgeous xx

  6. August 7, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    I loove these posts and I’m totally with you on All That Glitters, Sarah!

    Maggie, x.

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      August 14, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      Right?! It’s the best summer shadow!

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