Right to left: Shrrom, Blanc Type, All That Glitters, Patina, Amber Lights
Sable, Satin Taupe, Quarry, Blackberry, Cranberry
Omega, Charcoal Brown, Sumptuous Olive, Club, Carbon.

Back in the day of 2012, when Tanya Burr and Zoella were my 14 year old self's major icons, there was not a more coveted beauty item than a custom MAC palette. Costing hundreds of pounds to create (and some vloggers had two or even three!) they were the ultimate mark of a make-up lover and the item at the top of my wishlist for years. Having no form of income I desperately asked for one at every birthday and Christmas opportunity, and when I was 15 for Christmas my parents gifted me a £20 voucher to start my palette. In honesty, the £20 didn't even go towards a single eye shadow but rather the physical palette. From then onwards I saved my money, treating myself to a £9 pan (which have tragically now increased to £11!) until a few weeks ago when I finally finished my palette.

It took me a few tries to get the layout right, but I am pretty happy with how it looks now. I have arranged it horizontally, with the shades reading from left to right. For a start I'll give you a quick tour, and let you know how each shade performs. On the top row I have my lightest shades and my warmer undertoned shades as there are not very many. To start with is Shroom, which is a satin finish. It is a neutral cream colour with a slight shimmer and I bought it as a brow bone/inner corner highlight, but due to its 'satin' finish I don't find it very pigmented. In all honesty I was intent on purchasing Nylon, but when it was out of stock I settled for this instead, and while it is pretty it is not as intense as I was hoping. Next is Blanc Type, a matte cream that is a matte sq. finish and could easily be my favourite in the entire palette. It is the only matte sq. finish I own and is so incredibly creamy and buttery and pigmented I am slightly disappointed I don't have more. I use it everyday as a brow bone highlight, a base for eyeliner on non-eye shadow days, and a neutraliser for my veiny eyelids. I love! Next is All That Glitters which was my first purchase and I bought entirely for the hype as everyone spoke about it. It is a champagne pink with golden shimmer and a veluxe pearl finish, and while I barely use it now as I find it too warm for my eyes, it is a nice alternative for spring/summery make-up, and has a lovely highlighting effect on the lid. After that is Patina, a frost finish neutral brown with gold shimmer. It is the perfect everyday shade and I wear frequently. Finally, on this row is Amber Lights. This is an extremely uncommon shade for me as it is an orange-based gold with extreme shimmer and is very warm-toned. As my undertone is quite cool I do slightly struggle with this and need a cooler transition colour to make it work, the quality of this eye shadow is the best out of the entire palette (it is also a frost) as it has a foiled effect even when used dry, and so it is a staple for my palette.

The second row is my ode to the Naked Three palette and features some of my fave shades. First is Sable which is one of my newest but one of my favourite shades in the palette. It is a frost finish described as a bronze/plum, but I struggle to describe this shade due to its unique-ness. It is definitely pink toned, but not so much that one looks unwell, and I think it looks amazing all over the lid with black eyeliner and Velvet Teddy on the lips. Next is Satin Taupe which is one of the most famous MAC shades. It is a cool-toned muted purple shade, perfect for people who are too scared of a harsh silver but want a cool-toned look, and while I use Sable now much more than this shade, I do love the look it gives. The next two, Quarry and Blackberry, are the first in my palette I may regret purchasing. They are matte finishes, and the mattes from MAC are no where near as nice as the matte sqs, and I mainly bought them to go with Satin Taupe and so don't use them unless doing a purple smokey eye. That being said, the lack of pigmentation makes them easy to blend and build upon, so they are good if you like cool-toned eye looks, but I wouldn't repurchase them just because I don't use them enough. The final colour on this row is Cranberry, which to my slight embarrassment have never worn, but is a stunning frost finish shimmery red/plum shade that I have seen look amazing on so many people that I am adamant to give a go at some point.

The final row has some of my most used darker shades. This row starts with Omega and Charcoal Brown which are matte shadows that I use to fill in my eyebrows. Depending on the foundation underneath sometimes they can appear too warm for my skin, but for the most part they are perfect. I love the matte shadows as eyebrow shades as the harder formula makes it more difficult to go overboard with product. Next up is Sumptuous Olive, my biggest surprise of the palette. This is a veluxe pearl khaki colour with more of a sheen than an actual shimmer, and has completely converted me from bronze coloured eye shadows to khaki. I have green eyes and this makes them look amazing, and it suits every lip colour - nude, brown, red, berry - you name it! Next is Club, another favourite and also a satin, however it is much more pigmented than Shroom. It is a dark red/brown shade with green/blue shimmer and is my go-to colour if I want a super dark and smokey eye look. I bought this on a whim one day shopping with my sister and now use it almost every time I go out, and am potentially going to use it for prom (more to come on that topic soon!) Finally, the 15th shadow is Carbon, a matte black, and the most pigmented of the mattes I own by far. This is an absolute staple in my collection as it is perfect for any smokey look or is a great replacement for liquid or gel liner, and can also be used to mattify glossy liners.

If I was recommending MAC eye shadows to anyone then I would say to go for it, but the quality definitely differs even within the same finish. I am someone who suffers from extremely oily eyelids but I find these to stay incredibly well, and will last all day if using a primer and a cream pigment for a base. These blend easily and are super buildable, allowing for a sheer wash or colour or a bright and intense pigment. I find the only one that I experience fall-down with is Club, but that may be as I choose to pack it on very intensely when I wear it. My favourite finish has to be the matte sq and I really want to try more from that range, especially Brown Script and Copperplate, but I also love the frost finishes. I think that the satins, veluxe pearl and mattes are nice, but there are definitely good dupes for these that are more affordable. Talking about price, this palette is pricey. If I were to buy it now with the increased price of shadow we are talking £177.50 for it all, and so if you would just like to give MAC shadows a go then I would strongly recommend the duo or quad cases and making up a smaller palette, or even better buying the 15 x Warm Neutrals or Cool Neutrals palettes which are £65 for the same amount of product so are definitely much cheaper. However if you really want to pick and choose from a wide variety of shades and finishes, nowhere does it like MAC.

On reflection, this palette may not have been one of my best ideas, if I have to admit it. At the time I felt like everyone spoke about the Naked Palettes, and I personally didn't get the hype as I didn't feel like I would use enough colours from one palette, but buying all of them would be a waste. I think in the last few years so many amazing eye shadow palettes have been released such as the Viseart, Narcissict, Lorac Pro and Too Faced Chocolate Bar (not to mention the pre-made MAC palettes) that I may have been better off spending the £30 odd pounds on a few different ones, but my original justification to making the palette was that I would select only my absolute essentials and have one perfect palette that would be easy to store and travel with. In all honesty I think there are more than 15 eye shadow shades that I deem as essential for my make-up as I love experimenting with colours and finishes. That being said, I do still see this palette as great for me right now as it lets me do a number of looks. Will I still buy eye shadows? Probably. If I could do it again, I may only have invested in the absolute basics (so not shades such as Cranberry, Amber Lights, Blackberry etc) and left my colourful purchases for more novelty or limited edition palettes from other brands.

That being said, this palette holds a very very dear place in my heart, and I felt oddly proud having finally achieved my pre-teen dreams of finishing it. Realistically, I see myself probably buying a second palette in the future and re-organising them into everyday shades, with loads more matte sq. shades and neutrals as I've become a huge fan, and then a second palette with my shimmery and vibrant shades, and maybe even some of the extra dimension shadows.

What are your thoughts on MAC eye shadows?

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Right to left: Shrrom, Blanc Type, All That Glitters, Patina, Amber Lights
Sable, Satin Taupe, Quarry, Blackberry, Cranberry
Omega, Charcoal Brown, Sumptuous Olive, Club, Carbon.

Back in the day of 2012, when Tanya Burr and Zoella were my 14 year old self's major icons, there was not a more coveted beauty item than a custom MAC palette. Costing hundreds of pounds to create (and some vloggers had two or even three!) they were the ultimate mark of a make-up lover and the item at the top of my wishlist for years. Having no form of income I desperately asked for one at every birthday and Christmas opportunity, and when I was 15 for Christmas my parents gifted me a £20 voucher to start my palette. In honesty, the £20 didn't even go towards a single eye shadow but rather the physical palette. From then onwards I saved my money, treating myself to a £9 pan (which have tragically now increased to £11!) until a few weeks ago when I finally finished my palette.

It took me a few tries to get the layout right, but I am pretty happy with how it looks now. I have arranged it horizontally, with the shades reading from left to right. For a start I'll give you a quick tour, and let you know how each shade performs. On the top row I have my lightest shades and my warmer undertoned shades as there are not very many. To start with is Shroom, which is a satin finish. It is a neutral cream colour with a slight shimmer and I bought it as a brow bone/inner corner highlight, but due to its 'satin' finish I don't find it very pigmented. In all honesty I was intent on purchasing Nylon, but when it was out of stock I settled for this instead, and while it is pretty it is not as intense as I was hoping. Next is Blanc Type, a matte cream that is a matte sq. finish and could easily be my favourite in the entire palette. It is the only matte sq. finish I own and is so incredibly creamy and buttery and pigmented I am slightly disappointed I don't have more. I use it everyday as a brow bone highlight, a base for eyeliner on non-eye shadow days, and a neutraliser for my veiny eyelids. I love! Next is All That Glitters which was my first purchase and I bought entirely for the hype as everyone spoke about it. It is a champagne pink with golden shimmer and a veluxe pearl finish, and while I barely use it now as I find it too warm for my eyes, it is a nice alternative for spring/summery make-up, and has a lovely highlighting effect on the lid. After that is Patina, a frost finish neutral brown with gold shimmer. It is the perfect everyday shade and I wear frequently. Finally, on this row is Amber Lights. This is an extremely uncommon shade for me as it is an orange-based gold with extreme shimmer and is very warm-toned. As my undertone is quite cool I do slightly struggle with this and need a cooler transition colour to make it work, the quality of this eye shadow is the best out of the entire palette (it is also a frost) as it has a foiled effect even when used dry, and so it is a staple for my palette.

The second row is my ode to the Naked Three palette and features some of my fave shades. First is Sable which is one of my newest but one of my favourite shades in the palette. It is a frost finish described as a bronze/plum, but I struggle to describe this shade due to its unique-ness. It is definitely pink toned, but not so much that one looks unwell, and I think it looks amazing all over the lid with black eyeliner and Velvet Teddy on the lips. Next is Satin Taupe which is one of the most famous MAC shades. It is a cool-toned muted purple shade, perfect for people who are too scared of a harsh silver but want a cool-toned look, and while I use Sable now much more than this shade, I do love the look it gives. The next two, Quarry and Blackberry, are the first in my palette I may regret purchasing. They are matte finishes, and the mattes from MAC are no where near as nice as the matte sqs, and I mainly bought them to go with Satin Taupe and so don't use them unless doing a purple smokey eye. That being said, the lack of pigmentation makes them easy to blend and build upon, so they are good if you like cool-toned eye looks, but I wouldn't repurchase them just because I don't use them enough. The final colour on this row is Cranberry, which to my slight embarrassment have never worn, but is a stunning frost finish shimmery red/plum shade that I have seen look amazing on so many people that I am adamant to give a go at some point.

The final row has some of my most used darker shades. This row starts with Omega and Charcoal Brown which are matte shadows that I use to fill in my eyebrows. Depending on the foundation underneath sometimes they can appear too warm for my skin, but for the most part they are perfect. I love the matte shadows as eyebrow shades as the harder formula makes it more difficult to go overboard with product. Next up is Sumptuous Olive, my biggest surprise of the palette. This is a veluxe pearl khaki colour with more of a sheen than an actual shimmer, and has completely converted me from bronze coloured eye shadows to khaki. I have green eyes and this makes them look amazing, and it suits every lip colour - nude, brown, red, berry - you name it! Next is Club, another favourite and also a satin, however it is much more pigmented than Shroom. It is a dark red/brown shade with green/blue shimmer and is my go-to colour if I want a super dark and smokey eye look. I bought this on a whim one day shopping with my sister and now use it almost every time I go out, and am potentially going to use it for prom (more to come on that topic soon!) Finally, the 15th shadow is Carbon, a matte black, and the most pigmented of the mattes I own by far. This is an absolute staple in my collection as it is perfect for any smokey look or is a great replacement for liquid or gel liner, and can also be used to mattify glossy liners.

If I was recommending MAC eye shadows to anyone then I would say to go for it, but the quality definitely differs even within the same finish. I am someone who suffers from extremely oily eyelids but I find these to stay incredibly well, and will last all day if using a primer and a cream pigment for a base. These blend easily and are super buildable, allowing for a sheer wash or colour or a bright and intense pigment. I find the only one that I experience fall-down with is Club, but that may be as I choose to pack it on very intensely when I wear it. My favourite finish has to be the matte sq and I really want to try more from that range, especially Brown Script and Copperplate, but I also love the frost finishes. I think that the satins, veluxe pearl and mattes are nice, but there are definitely good dupes for these that are more affordable. Talking about price, this palette is pricey. If I were to buy it now with the increased price of shadow we are talking £177.50 for it all, and so if you would just like to give MAC shadows a go then I would strongly recommend the duo or quad cases and making up a smaller palette, or even better buying the 15 x Warm Neutrals or Cool Neutrals palettes which are £65 for the same amount of product so are definitely much cheaper. However if you really want to pick and choose from a wide variety of shades and finishes, nowhere does it like MAC.

On reflection, this palette may not have been one of my best ideas, if I have to admit it. At the time I felt like everyone spoke about the Naked Palettes, and I personally didn't get the hype as I didn't feel like I would use enough colours from one palette, but buying all of them would be a waste. I think in the last few years so many amazing eye shadow palettes have been released such as the Viseart, Narcissict, Lorac Pro and Too Faced Chocolate Bar (not to mention the pre-made MAC palettes) that I may have been better off spending the £30 odd pounds on a few different ones, but my original justification to making the palette was that I would select only my absolute essentials and have one perfect palette that would be easy to store and travel with. In all honesty I think there are more than 15 eye shadow shades that I deem as essential for my make-up as I love experimenting with colours and finishes. That being said, I do still see this palette as great for me right now as it lets me do a number of looks. Will I still buy eye shadows? Probably. If I could do it again, I may only have invested in the absolute basics (so not shades such as Cranberry, Amber Lights, Blackberry etc) and left my colourful purchases for more novelty or limited edition palettes from other brands.

That being said, this palette holds a very very dear place in my heart, and I felt oddly proud having finally achieved my pre-teen dreams of finishing it. Realistically, I see myself probably buying a second palette in the future and re-organising them into everyday shades, with loads more matte sq. shades and neutrals as I've become a huge fan, and then a second palette with my shimmery and vibrant shades, and maybe even some of the extra dimension shadows.

What are your thoughts on MAC eye shadows?

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