MAC Unsung Heroes: Mulch Eyeshadow

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Unsung Heroes

You know how in boy bands there’s always that one dude whose name you can never remember? He was usually stuck in one of the back corners, probably put there by a choreographer because perhaps his high kicks weren’t quite up to par?


Well, MAC Mulch would not be that guy.

If it were, say, one of the members of New Kids on the Block, Mulch would be Jonathan. Doesn’t hog the limelight, but you’d still tape his picture up in your locker. He’s not quite Jordan (MAC Freshwater) or Joey (MAC Chrome Yellow), yet he’s still an important member of the band.

Shimmery brown Mulch has been one of my go-to neutrals since 2007 (I remember because I wrote about it on the blog). MAC describes it as reddish brown with bronzy pearl, but it reminds me more of a bronzy milk chocolate brown.

I think it really complements warm-toned skin — oh, and this is unrelated, but I’ve seen it look incredible on gals with hazel eyes.

Like MAC Sable Eyeshadow, it gets along well with others, especially in the workplace, and I think it looks great paired with bronze, gold, beige and other browns.

When I was working for a literary agency a few years back, I rocked Mulch all the time, usually with a MAC Paint Pot like Bare Study (a soft beige with golden pearl) or Indianwood (a metallic bronze). After applying one of the Paint Pots from lash line to brow bone, I’d apply Mulch to the outer third of my lid for depth. With a bit of black or brown eyeliner and mascara, I’d have a finished eye look in less than five minutes.

Aside from the shade itself, I also love Mulch’s soft, velvety texture. This one’s a keeper, and it’s a cinch to blend and apply.

Have you met MAC Mulch? I think you two would hit it off. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




Welcome to San Diego!

I just arrived here in San Diego, and I’m getting settled in my hotel. The conference starts at the crack o’ dawn tomorrow, so tonight I think I’ll grab a quick bite to eat someplace close (so I can be back to my room in time to watch Project Runway).

Look out, world! Here comes Ms. Excitement!

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


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  1. Christina says:

    Pretty! I think I might hit up MAC at a mall that’s a bit further from my place (I also want to say goodbye to the Borders bookstore there before its gone!). Getting a nice, new eyeshadow would be a great way to start off the new summer session (hoping metabolic biochemistry and I will become bffs the next couple of weeks XP)

    And woooo! I spy the Coronado bridge in your photo! :3 Have a great time, Karen! Take care!

  2. vanessa says:

    I love Mulch and San Diego so much :).

  3. Samantha says:

    This is one of my favorite shades, too! I also posted about it on my blog. One simple look I use mulch for is working that into my crease and woodwinked on the lid… It really compliments blue eyes and makes them pop! For a quick smokey eye I put mulch on my lid and a mixture of mystery and concrete in my crease. It is such a wonderful multi-tasking eyeshadow!

  4. Chris25 says:

    I love Mulch because it’s great for creating defined natural looks on darker skin tones. A lot of the models comment on how pretty the eye makeup looks after I use it on them.

    How’s San Diego?

  5. Lucy says:

    How have I not noticed this color? Def gonna go swatch that in stores soon! Such a pretty crease color. I also think soba is an unsung hero as well.

  6. Gen says:

    mmmm. danny wood. i was in LOVE with him when i was in 8th grade. then i switched over to jordan and joey. 😉

    still love me some NKOTB occasionally, too! <3

  7. Lacey says:

    Oh Mulch! How I want thee! In a few weeks, this will be mine 🙂

    Have fun in San Diego, Karen!
    Lacey recently posted … Rimmel London Glam’ Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

  8. How is San Diego so far?! Weather must be at a beautiful 75! 🙂 Mulch is such a gorgeous color…=)

  9. Tiffany H says:

    Mulch is one of my all time FAVORITES! So glad that you featured it!
    Tiffany H recently posted … The Hunt For Nude Pumps

  10. Elle says:

    I have loved Mulch for years. Love it with Rubenesque and Honey Lust. And I hope you have a great time in SD!

  11. Nina says:

    Mulch is a versatile eyeshadow — can be great as an overall lid color or on the crease w/ say — soft brown or naked lunch all over the lids. love it!

  12. shiny says:

    I haven’t tried this one – Thanks for the rec!

    BTW, if you like Project Runway, DO check out Project Rungay:

    They are flippin hilarious in their ‘bitchery’, and I generally like their writing on TV and fashion.

    Check out their writing on Mad Men in particular: for me, it was eye-opening.

    Enjoy BlogHer!

  13. Glad you posted this one because I am a huge fan of this color and need to restock!


  14. terry says:

    MAC’s collection of awesome neutrals is really astoundingly large… Can you recommend a highlighter to create dewiness for fair skin?

  15. KSlone says:

    Isn’t that NKOTB boy Danny? I should be ashamed if I’m right.

  16. kimberly says:

    Beautifull color!
    kimberly recently posted … TREND: Leopard jeans

  17. Kali says:

    Ooh! That is so pretty! I’m dying to take a trip to my Mac counter ( the closest one is an hour away 🙁 ) and my list just keeps getting longer!!

  18. Christina says:

    Yay, I am wearing Mulch today! My look mainly features Patina (on my lid and a bit in my crease), but I have Mulch on the outer corners of my eyes…

  19. JenJ says:

    Very nice color! You’re killing me with your MAC Unsung Heros series lol!
    And that’s Danny lol!

  20. alyssa schwab says:

    uhm i now need this color!!!

  21. Karo says:

    OMG NKOTB! Danny! hihi! wonderful! And you look so good,so wonderful!
    Have fun in San Diego! 🙂
    Karo recently posted … meine MAC Fluidlines & BOBBI BROWN Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners / Fotos & Swatches

  22. JenJ says:

    Oh and I LLOOOOOOOVEEE San Diego! If you like sushi go the Harney Sushi on Harney Street 🙂

  23. Brittany says:

    Karen, I was laughing so hard when I saw this post because the first person who popped into my head was Danny! Then I scrolled down a bit more and BAM! there’s his picture. I’m loving your MAC Unsung Heroes posts! Mulch and Sable are two of my favorites to pair with my green eyes, makes them POP! San Diego looks gorgeous!!!!

  24. corinne says:

    lol NKOTB and MAC eyeshadow comparisons…CLASSIC!

  25. Rachel says:

    Mulch is my go-to brown. I have hazel eyes, and you’re right!, it’s such a compliment to my eye color.

  26. Maria Aguyé says:

    This one is beutiful!!

  27. My blush technique….okay, I’ll tell you

    One generous, fantabulous and simple swipe of Nars the Multiple in “Orgasm”. Just because it feels good and LOOKS GOOD! 😉
    Tales from the Lip Gloss Junket recently posted … Read Between the Lines-Anew Thermafirm is the New Black

  28. Kristina says:

    I can’t express how happy I am that you compared NKTOB to Mac eyeshadows. I’ve seen them twice this summer hahahah

  29. laksh says:

    I have milani’s java bean which is very close to this and a definite fav!
    laksh recently posted … Review: Milani LIQUIF EYE Eyeliner Pencil

  30. Christy says:

    Aww, Danny Wood! He didn’t sing all too well at the NKOTBSB concert last month, but he’s much hotter now than back then. Love love love Jordan & Joe, I just about cried when Joe sang Please Don’t Go Girl & Jordan sang Valentine Girl 😉

    Mulch is awesome. I got my first pot 2 years ago in one of those look in a box sets. Totally glam worthy!
    Christy recently posted … Shimmery Colorful Goodness: MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eye Shadows Review Pt 1

  31. Eesha says:

    This is my go to brown e/s. I just love it. 🙂
    Eesha recently posted … Peachy-gold and purple eyes!

  32. Staci says:

    Mulch and B-Rich are my go to work colors. LOVE them 🙂

  33. Jessie says:

    I LOVE that you do MAC unsung heroes! I go back and read old post. I’m addicted to make-up MAC specifically and some of the oldies but goodies get thrown in the back of my kit and I love going thru re-arranging and falling in love with a product all over again.
    Thanks for blogging unsung heroes and keep it up!

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