Hi, guys! Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog, and my molar back here is feeling a little achy because I’ve got a sweet tooth! (badum-tish!)
Yes, I’m sure you know how much I like puns by now. 🙂
I’m sweet on the Eyeshadow X 9: Semi-Sweet Times Nine Palette from the new MAC Eyes on MAC collection, which is a little awkward to say out loud, yeah?
OK, so this one’s coming out on March 2nd, which is in just a few days, and will be online and in stores until April 13th.
It’s all about the six X 9 Eye Shadow Palettes, four of which are new, and two are re-promotes from the permanent line. They’re $32 each.
I wouldn’t normally get too excited about these palette because…I dunno…in the past, I just haven’t been too crazy about them. They aren’t… The shadows in them just aren’t of the same quality as the full-size MAC pans. I have to push a little harder to get them on my brush or layer a little more than I’m used to with the regular MAC shadows… Oh, and clean up more fallout, too!
But this one, Semi-Sweet, is really friggin’ good! I’m kind of shocked. First of all, let’s just call this Karen makeup crack, alright? Nine shadows. All neutral. All matte. HALLELUJAH! ‘Tis glorious and totally my thing.
And these are super soft, with the exception of two of the shades — Bamboo and Carbon, which are a little stiff and need some elbow grease to pick up. The other shadows are very soft. I’m able to easily pick them up with my brush, and they blend beautifully. No issues with them at all! And very little fallout.
Here’s the thing, though:
Yes, there’s a caveat to this palette.
I notice that when I layer the shadows on top of thicker bases — Paint Pots, cream shadow sticks, even pencil liner — the powders look heavy, meaning that they look like they’re sitting on top of my skin, so if you’ve got any fine line action happening, your fine lines will look more obvious than they will with some other matte shadows like the ones in the Dolce & Gabbana’s Desert Quad.
Bottom line is that as long as you don’t plan to do a lot of layering on top of thicker bases, you’re golden.
I really dig this palette. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a good little palette for $32. The colors are truly neutral, too, not too warm nor cool, so if you plan to get other shadows up in the mix, these shades should work with lot of colors.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Looks like we made it! How was your Monday, babe? I hope it was wonderful. 🙂