If your house burnt down to the ground and Mac offered you a gift card to purchase any 15 of their eyeshadows, which ones would you run out and get right away?
Of course, eyeshadows are the things I would think about it a situation like that... hahaha, but go with this ;)
Somehow that made me realize what colors I cannot do without on a regular basis. Being a neutral lover, these are not "fun" colorful choices, but ones I can make sooo many combinations with for daytime and nighttime looks. These are also colors that will suit any eye color.
(I hope this answers your question, Steph!)
I have included the descriptions Mac gives these colors too.
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Brule: "Soft creamy-beige. Satin".
I've been through several of these and I use it everyday no matter what look I'm doing. A thin wash of this all over the lid sets the eyeshadow base and creates an even color to start building other colors on.
Shroom: "Soft beige with shimmer. Satin".
This is basically Brule with shimmer. It's great as a brow highlight and for inner corners.
Naked Lunch: "Minimal pink with shimmer. Frost".
I love this on anyone! Either to use as a wash all on it's own, or on the lid with a darker brown or Coppering in the crease.
Rhondelle: Ops! Just discovered this was a limited edition! Sorry! I would then buy Electra: "Silver with icy shimmer. Frost". It's a little bit darker, but a color I've used a lot and that can be easily swapped with Rhondelle.
Sable: "Gold-plum with bronze pearl. Velvet".
I love that description of it! It's basically just that. I love to use this all on it's own on the lid if I'm in a hurry - and underneath the lash line. I also love pairing it with darker colors in the outer v/outer half. Such a gorgeous color!
This row looks so similar in the pan, I know - but they are quite unique and different from each other. I'm sure those of you who have these will agree. I can't do without any of them!
Patina: "Taupe brown with golden pearl. Frost".
One of my all time favorite colors! This is my Olivia Palermo eyeshadow color. I use this on the lid and underneath the lash line with black eyeliner on the waterline. I'm convinced this is the colors she uses!
Cork: "Muted golden brown. Satin".
I don't know if I agree on the golden part, but it's a midtone brown matte color - in my own words. Why this is among my favorite is because I use this every day to fill in my brows. If you want a brown matte color to use in your crease or along the lash lines, I would choose Brun or Charcoal Brown in stead.
Tempting: "Sinfully rich coco. Lustre".
What!? I don't think Mac had any clue how to describe this color so they went for "sinfully rich" what ever that is.. In my words this is a goldy brown color with lots of shimmer. I love this color sooo much!! I'll do an EOTD using mainly this soon (I have one in mind).
Mulch: "Red-brown with bronze pearl. Velvet".
This is such a nice brown color that will look great with any other colors. I'll use this as a day-time smoky eye or pair it with Tempting, Patina or Naked Lunch to name a few.
Satin Taupe: "Taupe with silver shimmer. Frost".
One of my first Mac color and definitely a HG eyeshadow. I use it just like I use Mulch, except this is more cool brown color.
Shale: "Mauve-plum with subtle shimmer. Satin".
This is a purple-y brown grey color. It's difficult to describe and it's depends a lot on what you pair it with and if you wear a colored base underneath - like a NYX Jumbo pencil. It's a great color to use both on the lid and in the crease with other colors. - I didn't choose all browns!! ;)
Haux: "Soft muted rosy brown. Satin".
I think that's a great description. I love to use this as a transition color (on the Orbital bone) when I do smoky eyes or just use a darker brown in the crease. It makes such a huge difference and your makeup looks flawlessly blended! A favorite to use on brides!
Copperplate: "Muted mid-tone grey. Matte 2".
I never know where to place this color in my palettes: with the greys, browns or purples. It has all of those colors in it. It looks super plain in the palette and I didn't discover the beauty with this color until I saw Kandee use is in several of her videos and I love this! Great in the crease with Naked Lunch or to pair it with other greys or carbon.
Knight Divine: "Black with silver pearl. Velux pearl".
Lovely dark grey color. I wouldn't describe it as black though.. Amazing smoky eye is Knight Divine, Rhondelle/Electra and Haux in the crease.
I don't use this as often as I use the others, but it's great when you want to darken an eyeshadow color or set your eyeliner pencil. I couldn't do without it!
What are your Holy Grail Mac eyeshadow colors you would buy?