MAC Unsung Heroes: Bamboo Eyeshadow

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What do we want? BAM-BOO!


When do we want it? NOW!

What do we want? BAM-BOO!

When do we want it? NOW!

Weirdo that I am, I’ve been chanting this to the windows and walls all morning long. FYI: This is what happens when you’re a stay-at-home professional pet assistant starved for human contact (no offense, Tabs).

I’ve also been marching up and down the halls, one fist raised in defiance, the other clutching a pan of MAC Eye Shadow in Bamboo ($14.50), to protest against the lack of love this often overlooked warm brown matte receives. RAGE AGAINST THE MAKEUP MACHINE, YOU UNSUNG MAKEUP HERO!

LOL! Seriously, though, MAC rock star browns like Soft Brown and Soba always get a lot of love, while Bamboo scoots under the radar.

I know it might sound strange to refer to matte browns as flashy, but for me, as far as staple shadows go, Soft Brown is a rock star. A lot of people, and I’m one of ’em, love it for contouring and as an anchor shade for more complicated eye looks.

Basically, Bamboo is like the light rock version of Soft Brown. Instead of those intense orange tones, I get more of a subdued apricot on my NC42 skin, which I think is just as pretty in its own quiet way.

And Bamboo fits a niche that Soft Brown sometimes fails to fill. On some skin tones, Soft Brown can look really…orange. If you feel too much like an Oompa Loompa in Soft Brown, take a swipe at Bamboo on your next trip to a MAC counter.

I love it in the crease for subtle contouring, and all over the lid when I want a really simple neutral eye; I think it looks great patted on the brow bone, too.

mac bamboo swatch

mac bamboo eyeshadow

When I’m in the mood to wear warm brown but not in the mood for orange undertones, Bamboo is what I grab. ๐Ÿ™‚

A quiet Monday, literally

It’s quiet outside today… Like freaky quiet. And that’s unusual, because I live on top of a hill, and the geography forms something of a wind tunnel. Sometimes, when the wind really kicks up like it did last weekend, the trees creaking and swaying, the wind howling and the leaves rustling can be deafening and downright scary, especially when I’m the only one home.

But you know what really freaks me out? — and I get scared just thinking about it! — the sound of the branches brushing up against the windows, gah! It’s like someone tapping at the window to be let inside…


Okay! No more of that! I’m freaking myself out!

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts… Like bread. I think I’ll visit the French bakery down the street to get a couple of rolls. Reading about Peeta and his bread making in The Hunger Games kicked up my carb cravings big time.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Tracy says:

    Hahaha I agree-everytime the booked mentioned bread I wanted some!
    Bamboo looks great on you!
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  2. Joyce says:

    Your skin keeps looking better and better! Are you using a new skincare product? By the way, Bamboo looks plain and boring in the pot, but you wear it very well and it looks gorgeous on you. =)
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  3. Oh wow, Karen you’re amazing! I have really never heard anyone talk about this eyeshadow before, but it sure looks like a friendly and versatile one!

    And hmm I could always always eat some bread. As a matter of fact, I’m feeling pretty hungry now :p
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  4. Chris25 says:

    I like the way this looks on you, but I try not to rely on MAC too much for neutrals. My fave matte (ish) neutral e/s is Smashbox Nude.

  5. gabby says:

    You look great. Your skin is amazing! What are you wearing on your cheeks?

  6. Anita says:

    Hi, long time lurker but never commented before! Just wondering what lip gloss or lipstick you’re wearing, looks just the thing for the tentative British spring we’re having here ๐Ÿ™‚ (might not be available here come to think of it, but never hurts to ask anyway!)

  7. Paris B says:

    Wow Karen, you know what? You look like a Korean spokesperson for a skincare brand in this pics – gorgeous! ๐Ÿ˜€ (p/s I don’t know why I said Korean – it was the vibe that popped up at me ๐Ÿ˜€ )
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  8. I like bamboo as a blending color. I must say though, I used to rely solely on Texture but you got me hooked on Soft Brown…the warm tones just work so well for me.

  9. Gauri says:

    Hey Karen..I think for the price its a beautiful color. I’ve just 1 eyeshadow from MAC. Beautiful Iris & I’m happy with the texture coz it’s not a shimmery or glittery eyeshadow & gives good wear time!!
    Thanks for sharing…
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  10. Becca says:

    Ooh Karen, I’m surprised no ones mentioned this yet-but where did you get the sweater? Love the knit detailing in the back and the color! So cute!!

  11. Nina says:

    its raining buckets here today and whenever i look out my window here at work, i get the shivers — its dark and windy!

    i <3 bamboo and often use it as a transition color, esp when the eyeshadow im rocking is really bright. it mutes it down the tiniest bit and blends out any harsh edges … love it!

  12. Michelle says:

    Hi Karen

    You look gorgeous in these pics! I would love a full breakdown of all products and how you applied them!
    I just love easy neutral looks ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. corallista says:

    You look so chic here! Love kohl rimmed eyes on you. I do find Soft Brown too orange for me, will check this out!
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  14. Neli says:

    I agree with you about Mac Bamboo as an alternative to Mac Soft Brown as a transition color. In fact, I prefer Bamboo. I use it more than I use Soft Brown. Looks so unassuming in the pan, but it’s really the shadow you might need if you are medium to tan, NC40 or so, as I am. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

  15. Sarah says:

    I have been using Mac Bamboo for years. I just went on their website to re-order and it appears that they have discontinued the color! ๐Ÿ™ Do you have an alternative MAC color that you have been using that is similar to the bamboo? I feel lost without my Mac Bamboo!!

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