MAC Unsung Heroes: Sable Eyeshadow

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American SableMAC Sable Eyeshadow ($15) and I go way back. I think it was maybe the fourth or fifth eyeshadow I brought home from the line, and I remember the day we met because of the hot guy in drag who helped me pick it out.


He looked fierce working behind the MAC counter, like straight off a runway, and I asked him what he was wearing on his eyes.

He said it was Sable, a bronzy golden plum with a frosty finish, and he considered it one of the most flexible MAC shadows, saying it went with just about everything. I’d already decided to get it when he said he thought it would really pop on my skin.

Since then Sable and I have been plummy partners in crime.

Talk about flexible! I LOVE pairing it with gold, bronze and plum eyeshadows like MAC Woodwinked, Mulch and Trax, but that’s not all. I think it also knows how to nudge the best out of MAC’s many fabulous neutrals, shades like Ricepaper, Soba, Soft Brown, Brule, Club and Saddle, among others.

It’s the ultimate enabler when it comes to lazy looks. Sometimes I’ll reach for Sable when I want sultry, smoldering eyes but don’t want to have to blend (and blend and blend) a black eyeshadow like Carbon; other times, I’ll just line my eyes quickly with MAC Teddy Eye Kohl, smudge, and then pat Sable on top for a quick and easy, put-together look.

Sable isn’t just flexible, either. It’s also super pigmented and a breeze to blend. I get a ton of mileage out of it, and I think it’s truly one of MAC’s greatest hits.


So long, Monday. Don’t let the door hit you in the…

You can cross Monday off of your to-do list, young lady. Looks like we made it. 🙂

I hope your week got off to a good start. I’m looking forward to catching up on the latest True Blood and Drop Dead Diva episodes tonight (I missed TB last night). Oh, and if you have any favorite healthy cooking/recipe websites, please send ’em my way. I need to expand my healthy repertoire.

Whatcha doin’ tonight?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Audrey says:

    This looks really similar to Benefit’s Velvet Shadow in Buckle Bunny- my favorite eyeshadow ever! the only difference is Buckle Bunny has a fine rainbow shimmer that I think really adds something! 🙂 Your hair is cute Karen! And I think it makes you look a little bit younger 😉

  2. Jessi says:

    I guess MAC takes their all genders and races thing seriously because there is a trans-gender woman who works at my local MAC counter. She is mind-blowingly gorgeous and I know most people wouldn’t even be able to tell she is trans. I’m just very observant!

    Anywaaaaay, this is a really pretty color. You’re tempting me with all these MAC shadows. And I claim not to like MAC shadows!
    Jessi recently posted … Spellbound Cosmetics Swatches and Review

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessi,

      I think this one just might change your tune. It’s really buttery, soft and so easy to work with. Plus it goes with almost EVERYTHING!

  3. Heidi says:

    I adore this shadow, it’s such a flattering shade.

    I had a bunch of basil that someone gave me yesterday so I made the basil hummus recipe from this site:

    Seriously yummy!

  4. Anna says:

    I love Unsung Heroes – when you’re not clueing me in to a shade/product I haven’t tried yet, you’re reaffirming my love for what I do have in my collection! Sable and Woodwinked are two of my fave MAC neutrals (although I’ve been ignoring them as of late in favor of the Naked palette…)

  5. laksh says:

    This is such a gorgeous shade!, love the eye look 🙂
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  6. Crystal says:

    This is one of my favorites!
    Crystal recently posted … Congrats Lauren Luke My Smokey Classics Winner!

  7. Sam says:

    That is my absolute favorite color! I’ve been using it for years non-stop! I use it as a base, blend, whenever I want to tone down a color…the possibilites have been endless.

  8. Claire says:

    what are you wearing on your lips? I love it!

  9. Mrs.Sark says:

    I love sable. I think it is great when paired with cranberry.
    Here’s a website that I really like for healthy recipes:

  10. Chris25 says:

    Talk about an enabler! Now that I’ve read this post I want to visit the MAC store in my area! 😛

  11. Erin says:

    I wanted Sable SO BAD last time I went to MAC. They were sold out :(. Now I want it even more!

  12. Erin says:

    By the way, I love the unsung heroes :).
    Erin recently posted … I’m broke, but I’m happy.

  13. Ruchita says:

    Thanks for the posts on the MAC Unsung Heroes. I’m kind of a MAC newbie, but I’m getting a list together of items I want to buy (treating myself for my birthday) so these posts are helpful in deciding what I want.

    Hope you enjoyed True Blood!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      Glad to hear you’re liking the series. What items are on your birthday list so far?

      Sooo I’m finally caught up on True Blood and all I have to say is WOW! The latest episode was so good!

      • Ruchita says:

        So far I’ve got Technakohl Liner in black, Blot Powder, Teddy Eye Kohl and EvRev lip gloss. 🙂 Still deciding on the eyeshadows.

        I liked the latest episode of TB as well! Jason cracks me up and I still <3 Eric. 🙂

  14. Gina says:

    Karen those bangs look adorable one you!

  15. Michelle says:

    Love your hair! I love Sable — it was one of my first MAC e/s also. Still have one in my stash today 🙂

  16. megan says:

    Sable is on of my favorite colors too Karen. I actually wore it yesterday with MAC Handwritten in the crease! It looks very pretty with MAC Shadowy Lady or Vibrant Grape in the crease:) Love this series by the way

  17. Nina says:

    i read and crashed last night!

    i love me some sable — and for a smokey eye, i like using a dark purple base (eg macroviolet fluidline) and patting sable on top of it. paired w/ a purple liner, its lovely and vampy!

  18. shiny says:

    Nothing but love for Sable! The new hair looks cute!

  19. shiny says:

    Oh, for a good site or three:
    reliable food!
    yummy and fun!
    The pix are soo pretty!! Very interesting – I go there when I’m in a food rut – Indian food with a ‘twist’

  20. Eesha says:

    Love Sable and it looks awesome when paired with Paradisco & some pinks as well!
    Eesha recently posted … Purple eyes – Tutorial!

  21. Franny says:

    Sable and I have a very special relationship. A couple years ago I was having a particularly craptacular day and went to a MAC counter for a pick-me-up. I told the mua I was looking for a shadow and she picked out Sable, put it on my lids for me and I fell in love. It’s been my favorite shadow ever since. I feel great every time I see that beautiful little pan in my palette.

    It looks great on the outer half of the lid with Jest on the inner half and Shale blended into the crease.

    Karen, your unsung heroes series is my favorite! I am really into the permanent collection lately and I have picked up a couple of things you have mentioned that I would never have even given a second look before 🙂

    ps. got my hands on Evolution Revolution finally and it is perfect 🙂 You are wonderful and your blog always brightens my day!

  22. Millie says:

    I love Drop Dead Diva too! If only I could find out what makeup Jane wears, especially her lipsticks.

  23. Mary says:

    This looks like a really gorgeous shade that’s very versatile. Thanks for swatching it!
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  24. Mel says:

    I LOVE YOUR HAIR – so cute!

  25. Sheena says:

    Such a great neutral color! I absolutely love your hair too cute!

  26. Kali says:

    I love your unsung heroes! I will definitely have to check this out the next time I’m at the Mac counter! I’m going to pick up the Russian red lipglass as well! 🙂

  27. Abby says:

    I have to ask, is this the hot guy in drag who works at the MAC counter in the Union Square Macys in SF? If so, he’s awesome.

    Also, thanks for the MAC Unsung Heroes series– it’s been great for a MAC newbie like myself, who’s used to only seeing new lines reviewed.

  28. Laura says:

    I know I’ve already said this, but I seriously LOVE your hair. I really feel like stealing it every time I see your pictures now.

  29. Courtney says:

    I love that color, and it seems that I do not own it yet. YET. 😉 I love MAC “Beaded,” “Haux,” and “Wild By Nature,” as neutral-ish shadows for everyday wear.
    I also agree that your hair looks super cute!

  30. Phyrra says:

    Sable looks like one I need to try, since it’s work friendly 🙂 Your hair looks great btw!

  31. Sarah says:

    Love sable! My go-to work look is naked lunch on the lid and sable in the corner/crease.

  32. Staci says:

    Have you done a post on Jane’s makeup in Drop Dead Diva? I particularly love her lipsticks!

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