MAC Unsung Heroes: Sumptuous Olive Eyeshadow

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Adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are bills to be paid, work to be done and calories to count (lame). On top of everything else, it becomes harder to meet up with your friends. Getting together with my gal pals used to take a quick phone call (on a LAND line) or a five-minute walk. Now, lunch with the girls requires weeks and sometimes months of planning, eight e-mails, a few Twitter DMs, GPS (or Google Maps), babysitters and bridge tolls.



But there are, of course, perks to getting older, like learning when and how to improvise. After stumbling and bumbling enough, you start getting better at rolling with the punches, and figuring out how to “make things work.”

I like to think of today’s Unsung Hero as a master of improvisation. Shimmery golden khaki MAC Sumptuous Olive ($15 for a regular eyeshadow; $11.50 for the Pro Refill Pan shown here) is one of my favorite “improv” shades.

mac sumptuous olive

Like, if I were to withdraw a handful of random colors from my eyeshadow drawer, Sumptuous Olive would probably go well with any of them. I love the way it looks with gold, brown, bronze, beige and black, but I also think it works with many brighter colors, too, like purples, pinks and blues. I feel it’s one of the most versatile shades in the MAC eyeshadow line.

mac sumptuous olive swatch

mac sumptuous olive

Sometimes, when you just want to stick your hand in the drawer, randomly pull out a few shades, and “make it work,” Sumptuous Olive Eyeshadow is a great companion to do it with.

Speaking of improv…

Okay, stay with me here. πŸ™‚

Have you had the Tofu Edamame Nuggets from Trader JoeÒ€ℒs?



They’re my new favorite snack (this week). Great for a quick bite, or, served with soup, salad and/or rice, a full meal.

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. Jessi says:

    I love your MAC unsung heroes posts! But then again I love all your posts! And surprisingly those little nuggets look really good. Still lamenting my lack of a Trader Joe’s.
    Jessi recently posted … Giveaway! Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette

  2. Appu says:

    You’re glowing in the first pic, Karen! I love Sumptuous Olive but I like Woodwinked just a little more πŸ˜€

  3. Cassy says:

    Sumptuous Olive is one of those ones that’s always on my list, but I never get. I just don’t know why.

    And yum! I could have used those nugget things tonight as I needed something to go with my soup.

  4. Holman says:

    I just bought this the other day. I love it for spicing up a neutral look will still being daytime appropriate.

  5. I can’t believe I still don’t have this eyeshadow! >.<
    dani@callitbeauty recently posted … Giving My Lips A Little TLC With Sleek MakeUP’s Pout Polish

  6. Joyce says:

    I LOVE Sumptuous Olive. It’s one of my favorite eyeshadows from MAC. =)
    Joyce recently posted … Swatches and Review: Dior Mitzah Panther Eyeshadow Jungle Print

  7. Heidi says:

    Mmm…. I haven’t seen those Tofu Edamame nuggets before. I’m going to Trader Joe’s tomorrow, I’ll be on the lookout for them.

    I’ve never tried Sumptuous Olive. It looks gorgeous but I never know if these types of shades will be too “matchy-matchy” with my eye color. They’re green with a lot of gold in them.

  8. Jen says:

    I have them, but I haven’t made them yet. What preparation do you recommend?

  9. Tiffany says:

    I love your Mac Unsung Heroes series.

  10. Nina says:

    oh totally unsung … it can be a bit intimidating in the pan, but on the lids, its nothing but gorgeous!

  11. AS says:

    I just made those edamame nuggets for dinner last night! So delish! All your TJ favs are mine too, I love it. I can’t wait to try your corn soup recipe!

  12. Glosslizard says:

    Tofu edamame nuggets? Awwwww yeah! My current TJ’s vice is the chocolate flavored coconut water, that stuff is so good I have to ration myself! At least coconut water is supposed to be incredibly good for you… πŸ˜€

  13. Jaymie says:

    Love your MAC unsung heroes postings! And I do love Sumptuous Olive! Also, those tofu edamame nuggets sounds delish but too bad for me…no Trader Joes in Hawaii πŸ™ I’ll just have to drool over your pics.

  14. Emma says:

    I got this back in July and still haven’t worn it (I know, shame on me!) for some reason everytime I looked at it I got scared it’d look horrible. Tomorrow’s the day!
    Love your unsung heroes posts, if I don’t already have them 9/10 they go on my wish list : )

  15. Erin says:

    Love this one! Gorg :).
    Erin recently posted … Selling my soul to the corporate world.

  16. Ariel says:

    For my senior prom I got a MAC pallet made to match/compliment my dress and this was in there πŸ™‚ Its the exact same color as my prom dress! Totally one of my favorite eyeshadows.

  17. Karo says:

    I love sumptuous olive
    And I love your MAC using heroes posting πŸ™‚
    Have a nice day πŸ™‚
    Karo recently posted … Lips of the (Herbst)day

  18. Vanessa says:

    Oh my goodness, you rock my socks off!! Thanks for posting this, I was just staring blankly at my own palette with Sumptuous Olive in it, noticing I’ve given it a bit of the shaft lately. The Unsung Heroes posts are by far my favourite part of your blog (and the cat posts! And the Ryan Gosling graphics lol).

    I love your humour and honesty. You are by far my favourite beauty blogger!


  19. Sara says:

    Ive had this for awhile now and i don’t really know what to do with tbh :\

  20. Stephanie says:

    I really like you doing the unsung heroes.. Olive looks like a beautiful color. (I’m a vegetarian, but those tofunuggets look disgusting.)
    Stephanie recently posted … Essence Colour & Go New Polishes

  21. Sarah S. says:

    I want that eyeshadow… and your nuggets!

  22. heidi says:

    I love this shade. I have it and totally never remember to use it! I should!

  23. Kim says:

    I’m going to take your word for it on the nuggets since we don’t have a TJ’s (sadly). The boys had a soccer tournament all day today so I skipped lunch. That’s not like me, but if I skipped a few more meals, I wouldn’t have to count so many calories! πŸ™‚

  24. Mariana says:

    Gorgeous color, looks great on your skin tone! Those nuggets look pretty yummy..and anything with the word nugget in it is just awesome.

  25. ces vitan says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog today. I’m definitely gonna come back for more!
    Definitely right on about growing up and the difficulty of getting your friends all in one place at the same time. Hehe. πŸ™‚ Anyway, your skin looks radiant πŸ™‚

  26. Courtney says:

    Your blog posts are pretty great. I like to try different eye shadow colors and use the makeover on to see what might look good on me.

  27. Oh my WORD, those TJ’s Edamame Nuggets are to DIE for….so yummy! And a great source of protein and veggies! Yum!!

  28. Aimey says:

    Hey, Karen! I was wondering–would you recommend buying a regular eye shadow or a refill pan? Not just for this shade but for in general? Thanks!

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