It’s been very educational 24 hours.
First, I learned that seasons two and three of The Great British Baking Show ??? are on Netflix (you’re welcome). Second, OMG! I learned that gray is a legit transition color for green and blue eye looks.
Seriously, girl, I had no idea. Here I was, all this time thinking that I was limited to browns in the crease whenever I wore greens or blues on my lids, but no! Turns out gray works too. And yellow. This knowledge comes courtesy of the new MAC Tropic Cool Times Nine palette from the MAC Eyes on MAC collection.
The release features six limited edition Eye Shadow X9 palettes available on counters and online March 2nd through April 13, and Tropic Cool is one of them. And it’s a pretty distinct one, too, because it’s the one with lots of blue and green. You can’t miss it.
What interesting transition colors!
I had no idea how well gray would work in the crease with blue and green looks, or that yellow eyeshadow and gray would even go together.
I mean, I know it works as a combo with clothes and home decor, so I don’t know why I never thought to pair them together on my lids.
That’s the thing about this palette… It’s interesting. It has all these fun, boisterous blues and greens, which are getting me even more in the mood for spring, but it also has these unusual transition colors that make the whole thing interesting and kind of unique.
The new-school X9s rock
You know I had beef with the quality of the old-school X9 shadows. Well, I think this one’s just as good as Semi Sweet and Red Hot. The powders are both easy to blend and pigmented. There is, however, a little fallout, and I find myself doing more cleanup than I do with Semi Sweet or Red Hot, but that could very easily be due, at least in part, to my playing and getting carried away with my swirling and swiping.
So the palette made me do it. 🙂
Awesome wear time
It’s just incredible. I spent a couple hours cleaning the house yesterday after work and getting it ready for Connor’s B-Day weekend, so I was on the go from 8 in the morning till 8 at night, but Tropic Cool looked solid the whole time. All I did was wear it on top of NARS Pro-Prime.
It’s also kind to fine lines
Of the three Eyes on MAC palettes I’ve tested so far, Tropic Cool is the kindest to my fine lines. The powders look the most “natural” (air quotes) to me.
Well…as natural as blue, green, gray and yellow eyeshadow can look on your lids, haha.
The final verdict
It’s a go! Tropic Cool has so many wonderful transitioning yellows and grays, which aren’t typical transition colors, and they distinguish this palette from so many other colorful blue and green palettes out there. For $32, it’s also reasonably priced for MAC.
I’m so confused a lot of the time by bold eyeshadow palettes, because they’ll have beautiful brights that are ridiculously pretty, but I can never figure out how to make them look good. Tropic Cool makes that easy.
Speaking of The Great British Baking Show…
Last night I learned that because angel food cake doesn’t contain fat from butter or shortening, you need to bake it in an un-greased baking pan to get some height. That way the batter can grab and climb up the sides of the pan.
Consider that your fun fact of the day. 🙂
Hope your Wednesday was wonderful. Now I’m gonna go work it out in my HIIT class!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Angel food cake… Mmm…