Wearing MAC Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner in “Drag, Strip”
Dual-ended eye makeup brushes, cream shadows that double as primers, twist-up eyeliners that never, ever need sharpening — what’s the key word here?
That would be convenience.
If it makes my life easier, I’m generally a fan. Like, if it’s something I can apply in the back of a cab on the way to meet the cast of Magic Mike for drinks at the Tonga Room, I’ll probably say, “Yes, please!”
Speaking of that, “Siri, remind me to Fandango tickets to see Magic Mike…”
Oops! — back to convenience. If we also happen to be talking about convenient eye makeup, my resistance is futile. Anything that saves space in my makeup bag and shaves a few steps off my eye makeup routine, like the new dual-ended Beth Ditto Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners ($22 each), can be characterized as one of my weak spots.
On one end, a slanted eyeliner; on the other, a creamy, intensely pigmented coordinating eyeshadow with a rounded tip. And both ends laugh in the face of sharpeners! With their twist-up tips, they just don’t need ‘em.
When you get the urge to go bigger with your eye look or just feel like skipping your brushes, just twist up the eyeshadow tip, apply the product directly to your lids, and smooth out the edges with a finger. Then, follow up with the liner, but only if you feel like it (I usually do).
The four limited edition pencils include Little Miss Moffett, which pairs a true black shadow with a true white liner; “Drag, Strip,” which pairs a smokey navy shadow with a pale blue liner; Beth Mask, which pairs a reddish brown bronze shadow with a golden peachy pink liner; and Beth or Glory, which puts a deep brown shadow together with a bright blue liner.
Application tips from MAC Senior Artist Keri Blair
“The tapered end is the ‘liner,’ so it’s better for more detailing and defining (I don’t recommend it for the water line). The slanted tip makes it easy to apply to eyelids or the inner corners of the eyes. Use it to pop the lid, and with a flick of your wrist, you can use the rounded side to smoke out the outer and inner corners of the eyes.
The rounded side is great for smudging and ‘smoking’ out the eye. You can blend with your finger or a brush, but work quickly because the long-wearing, water-resistant formula dries fast! My best advice is to work one eye at a time to achieve a perfectly smokey, smudgy look.”
Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner
From bottom to top: Little Miss Moffet, Beth or Glory, Beth Mask and Drag, Strip
Swatches from the left, Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners in #1 Beth Mask, #2 Beth or Glory, #3 “Drag, Strip” and #4 Little Miss Moffett; Zoom Lash Mascara in #5 Plum Reserve, #6 Blue Charge and #7 New Hue; Pro Longwear Lipcremes in #8 BOOYAH!!, Dear Diary and Heart Hangover
Wearing Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner in “Drag, Strip”
When used together, the eyeshadows with their partner liners, and worn atop eye primer on my combination dry/oily lids, I get between 8-10 hours of wear time. That said, I think MAC left themselves a little room to improve the liners, which seem somewhat dry to me. And not only do they tug at my skin, but they also apply unevenly.
As for as convenience, these have it in spades, and I dig the selection of colors. I can see myself wearing them well into fall.
But I think I’d love them even more if MAC tweaked the liners a little to make them a touch smoother and easier to apply.
PRICE: $22 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at maccosmetics.com and coming to North American MAC counters and stores June 7; internationally later this month
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
So, I’d hoped to be sipping iced tea poolside by this time of year, but nooo. We hit a cool spell this week, and it even rained yesterday.
Luckily, a tea I recently found at Trader Joe’s has been keeping me warm. It’s called Spiced Rooibos Ruby Red Chai.
Have you tried it before? Omigosh! SO GOOD. It’s also organic and caffeine-free.
I wish I’d found it back in winter when I really needed warming up. The mix of red rooibos and spices (cloves, ginger, allspice, cardamon, nutmeg and cinnamon) are like wearing a comfortable sweater.
Sometimes I have it with a little bit of almond milk and sugar, but I think it’s also great plain.
Here, I’ll pour you a cup, and then you can tell me about your day.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,