MAC Unsung Heroes: Club Eyeshadow

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Hmm… Clubbing used to be a lot less complicated.


The last time I went clubbing, let alone wore MAC Club Eyeshadow ($15) out to a club, was at least a year ago. And it’s funny — I used to be able to just roll out of the house around 10, get to the club by 11, and then dance until the wee hours in 4-inch heels, no problem. Sometimes, we’d even go out for fries afterward.

Now, though? Whole different story.

mac club eyeshadow (3)It seems like right around the time I hit 30, the prep work involved in staying out past 10 doubled.

Now, on those rare occasions when I do go out dancing, I try to carbo load the night before, take a power nap in the afternoon, slip some inserts into my heels (so my arches won’t hurt), and throw a Lara bar into my purse to eat on the way home (since my tum can’t handle late-night greasy food like it used to).

See what I mean? Complicated. πŸ™‚

But one thing that hasn’t changed is my mad love for MAC Club…although nowadays I’m wearing it to the movies and grocery stores, and not out to clubs to go dancing (at least not often).

Club was one of the first colors I fell in love with at MAC, and I’m so glad we met. If I’d judged this nondescript reddish gray-brown book by its cover — by the way it looks in its pan — I might have never given it a chance.

And that would have been a shame.

On skin, I think MAC Club looks downright multidimensional, as if someone had pressed all of the colors of a peacock’s feather into a single eyeshadow. One minute, it’s a gunmetal gray with teal highlights; the next, a bluish chocolate brown with an iridescent green glow.

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And beyond Club’s dynamic personality, it also loves layers. I like that I can coax different things out of it, like green, by wearing it atop green pencils or cream shadows, and teal, by wearing it with — you guessed it! — teal.

Easy to dress up or down, sometimes I’ll layer it on top of black liner for a quick smokey eye, or, for a twist on a traditional cat eye, I’ll wet an angled brush like the MAC 266 with some Fix+, sweep it across the pan, and apply Club wet along my upper lash lines.

But my favorite way to work it? By applying Club either wet or dry to my lids and following it up with a matte brown or shimmery golden bronze, like Soba, Soft Brown or Woodwinked, swept in the crease.

It’s just a basic daytime eye look, but with a little green and teal peeking through. πŸ™‚

Going beyond the grandpa sweater with a few outfit ideas

This feature by Bloomingdales has some great fashion food for thought.


I’m liking that skinny jeans, tees and tan sandals combo… It says, “Yes, I’m casual, but I’m not sloppy.”

I think I’ll try to see if I can find something similar for less at Marshall’s or Old Navy (hopefully, with clothes I can machine wash).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection


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  1. Club is so pretty! Why don’t I own this yet? *adds to wishlist*
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  2. Chris25 says:

    I lagged on getting this, but I wound up getting MAC Blue Brown pigment and Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette (which has a Club dupe), so I got to enjoy this cool shade in another form!

    My sweaters are all so blah and ordinary. I should really update my sweater arsenal. πŸ™‚

  3. Club is an oldy but goody. I should use it more often…maybe I will put it in rotation by adding to my daily use palette tomorrow.

  4. Tracy says:

    This was my FIRST MAC eyeshadow! And I still love it.
    Tracy recently posted … Monthly Misses-January 2012

  5. Gina says:

    You did such a great job at catching Club’s duochrome in these photos! Pictures don’t usually do shades like this justice. I’ve peeked at Club several times at MAC, and I think I finally need to take the plunge and buy it.

  6. Elle says:

    I don’t use my Club enough. I do love it though. Hope all is awesome with you today Karen πŸ™‚

  7. Gaily says:

    One of faves because it can be such a daring shade. I totally agree Karen, multi-dimensional. Chamelon of MAC.

  8. Club is one of those universally-great colors! I remember back in the day makeup artists used to use it on all of the models, it suited everyone and every skin and eye color – a classic!

    x Renee
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  9. FadBurger says:

    I used to have this, it was my first MAC product and one of my first tastes of higher end makeup…wish I could find the darned thing, it’s been through at least 3 moves…

  10. Fieran says:

    The texture of my Club has changed over the years. *cough* I’ve had it for two years now I think.. it doesn’t feel as soft anymore. Maybe I should replace it πŸ™‚

  11. Club looks absolutely stunning on you. Very sadly on me it’s NOT the same thing (it’s just red and muddy)! I swatched it a couple of times in the MAC store because I really wanted it to work for me, but something about it doesn’t like my skin tone too much. Oh well…

  12. Ditte K. says:

    It’s beautiful – it’s a total dupe to my Too Faced label whore – so thanks for the ideas about what to pair it with πŸ™‚

  13. Nina says:

    i LOVE club … whenever i wear it, i catch myself staring at my eye makeup in the mirror. the duochrome effect gets me mesmerized! πŸ˜€

    my fave thing to do with club is apply it over a pearlescent base. think pearl or hush cream color base … it makes the duochrome sparkle even more! πŸ™‚

    i love that striped tee in the picture. that look is very me … usually with a pair of toms or mocs instead of heels. πŸ™‚

  14. Cassi Teague says:

    Wow! I am going to buy this right now! I had no idea I was missing out on something so beautiful!! Thanks Karen!!!

  15. Susan Jordan says:

    This is really stunning aaand it’s pay day tomorrow – it’s like kismet! xx

  16. auroragyps says:

    This is really pretty. I’d love to see it in person. I’m a HUGE fan of UD’s shadow in Lounge (love to wear it in the crease, with X on the lid), which is a reddish brown with green duo-chrome, but I think club would be easier for more people to pull off, since it’s not as red.

  17. Lily says:

    I LOVE Club. I would’ve never bought it myself whether I saw it in the store or not but when I took a makeup course, this was included in the palette we ordered. The first I used it, I fell head over heels. Now it’s one of my favorite go-to shades.

  18. Lorraine ER says:

    Club was my first Mac shadow! I loved it so much I also grabbed the green-brown pigment. I don’t use them enough though, but I actually put it out on my makeup table last night so that I’d remember to use it soon. It’s awesome that you posted this!

  19. Mariam says:

    I have it but havent used it much -and after reading your post I cant understand why I havent used it! I will tomorrow! I promise! πŸ˜‰ Great great great post πŸ™‚

  20. Has says:

    I love duochromes! Club looks very versatile too, cant wait to get it

  21. Savannah says:

    I had bought a pot, and when I depotted it, it was fine. But when I moved it from said spot it broke πŸ™ i’m thinking about getting a replacement for it but idk. I like it but I don’t love love love it.

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