God I love eyeshadow. Cream, powder, sparkly, matte, it doesn’t matter, I love em all! It was hard to narrow this list down to 15, initially I wanted to make a top 10 list but I just couldn’t decide! Plus, 15 fits into the larger palettes so hopefully this might inspire you if you are considering making one up for yourself.
Neutral colours are not the most exciting ones to look at, especially when you go to the likes of MAC or Inglot; I know my eye is instantly drawn to the bright colours, but lets face it, for most of us, neutrals get the most love everyday.
As you might guess from my videos, MAC is the brand I favour when it comes to eyeshadow, I really think they are fantastic in terms of colour selection, texture and payoff. Of course they have some dodgy ones in there, not every brand does everything perfectly, but overall the quality is fantastic.
So lets get into the list! There are swatches of all of these colours at the end of the post.
A rose gold frost texture with a metallic finish. I love this as an all over lid colour, and sometimes as a highlighter on my cheekbones (only if I have fake tan on though). Its a very soft texture that goes on really pigmented and it’s very easy to blend.
Apologies for the state of this one, as you can see colour gets a lot of love from me! It’s one of the more pigmented matte highlight colours from MAC. Its a really creamy bone shade, with a slight pink undertone (the picture looks a little more yellow than in real life). I love this as a brow highlight, sometimes as a highlight elsewhere on the face, and as a base colour.
It’s not that this one is one of my favourite colours, it’s just that it is such a useful colour to have. I know a lot of people are terrified of black eyeshadow but there is so much you can do with it! Carbon is not the softest most pigmented black out there, but that’s kind of the reason I love it. I find I have a lot more control over how heavy it applies and I’m better able to blend it out because it’s not too pigmented.
Gah! I love this colour so much! It’s a matte texture, super soft and really pigmented, and it’s oh so easy to blend. It’s a gorgeous warm grey with a kind of mauve undertone that works well with silvers, black, purple and cool browns. Luuurrrvve.
This another colour that gets a lot of love from me! Its a beautiful mid toned warm brown with a matte texture, that works well as a crease colour, blending colour, brow colour, or even blended all over the eye for a gorgeous soft smokey effect. The warmth in this eyeshadow really makes blue or green eyes pop.
This is a great colour for those that prefer cooler tones on the eyes. It’s a frost texture, which means it has a metallic finish, but it’s not super shiny which makes it very wearable on just about any eye (mature included!). Very soft and pigmented, it’s my favourite colour to use in a grey/silver smokey eye.
Another essential in my kit, this bad boy works amazingly as a crease colour in brown smokey eyes. It’s a cool almost grey toned brown that is amazing as a brow colour, eyeliner and just for getting that really dramatic dark eye look. It’s very soft which makes it really easy and smooth to blend.
Nylon is a great highlighter to have in your collection. Don’t let the colour in the pan deceive you, it actually comes out almost white on the skin. It’s very very shiny and metallic, added to that the fact that it’s really soft and it’s very easy to go overboard with this colour. However, if you apply it with a fluffy brush, like a 217, it gives a beautiful pearly shine that really brightens the eye area.
I use Omega in just about all of my tutorials, and if it’s not Omega, it’s a dupe for it. This colour is one of the most boring ones to look at in the pan, but probably the most versatile one to have in your collection. It’s a mid to light toned cool brown, with a very ashy almost grey undertone. I use it through my brows, as a crease colour in natural eye looks, as a contour under my cheekbones, to blend out eyeshadow under the eye for a really smokey look, I could go on and on.
This is one of my go-to everyday eyeshadow colours. Its a burnished golden brown with a very subtle shine that goes with everything. It’s warm enough to bring out the blue in my eyes, but not at all orangey or brassy on. It’s very pigmented and just a pleasure to apply. I usually wear it all over the eye, blended slightly past the crease and finish with lots of mascara, easy peasy.
Satin Taupe, why are you so fricken beautiful? I have yet to find a dupe that comes close to the loveliness of this eyeshadow. It’s a minky taupey colour that crosses the lines of purple, grey and brown. It literally goes with everything. Everytime I wear it I get compliments. Beautiful.
This is a colour that deserves a lot more love than it gets. I used this all the time when I worked at MAC. It’s a great neutral alternative to brown and can be worn in a smokey eye as the base colour, or a more natural eye in the crease. It’s a very subtle cool silvery purple and looks amazing on everyone, especially ladies with mature skin.
Just look at it! So pretty…Tempting is a lustre which means its metallic but with bits of sparkle through it, I think you can see that from the picture. Usually lustres are a bit of a nightmare to work with because they don’t stick to the skin that well and can look patchy, but not Tempting. It’s a dream to apply and really pigmented. The colour is a bronzed brown, but it’s not too orange.
This is another colour that doesn’t get as much love as it deserves. Vex is an unusual colour, it has light silvery grey, pink and very subtle green tones through it. I love to use it as a light colour with cool purple toned eyeshadow, like shale or satin taupe. It also makes a beautiful all over base colour on pale cool toned skin, the pink undertone works really well. Also, don’t you think it looks like the moon in this picture?
I saved the best for last (well the alphabetic order did, but it’s still my favourite!). When I worked at MAC, Woodwinked was the best selling shade in the entire world. That’s pretty amazing! I can totally see why though, it’s the softest most pigmented gorgeous gold colour I have ever used. It almost feels creamy it’s so soft. It’s the perfect golden shade too, not to yellow and extremely metallic. I heart Woodwinked.
What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!
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