I can say with the utmost sincerity that I have never been this excited to wear MAC Soft Brown.
And I love Soft Brown! It’s one of my all-time greatest hits, most loved staples, and I’ve been wearing it for years. I’m always happy to see Soft Brown staring back at me as I get ready in the morning.
Now, though? Next to so many other dope-@ss neutral eyeshadows in the $85 MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas palette? The impossible has happened: I like Soft Brown even more.
“But,” you might be thinking, “slow your roll, sweet thang.” We’re talking about an $85 palette. An $85 neutral palette. Another neutral palette.
I know, you’re right. More neutrals, and $85 is a lot, but it’s half what MAC usually charges for their 15-pan palettes (those are $160).
Here’s the thing, though: if Gravitas were a gymnast, it would have perfect poise and balance. It would easily win a gold medal.
And to attempt an even stranger metaphor, if there were such a thing as an eyeshadow palette soulmate, Brook Shields would be mine, because I love almost everything about Gravitas. I feel like, eyeshadow-wise, it has everything I need.
Well…almost everything, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Definitely, Gravitas contains great everyday basic shades, like Soft Brown, Shroom, Carbon and Satin Taupe, but that’s far from everything it has to offer. It also has an interesting combination of warm- and cool-toned khaki, plum, gold and pink shades, which together with the basics, open up a world of elegant eye look possibilities that don’t necessarily involve me looking like I’m wearing a sh*t-ton of makeup at lunch on a Tuesday.
And the addition of the darker gray, black and purple eyeshadows gives Gravitas even more flexibility. When I want to dress up like a sparkly disco roller diva and ride my glittery unicorn Giselle, I can apply one these colors in the crease, the outer corner and on my lower lash line. Then just add a pair of falsies and go. 🙂
My biggest quibble — and this is me being persnickety — is with the lack of lighter, matte brow bone colors.
But that’s hella persnickety. I mean, a pan of Brule would’ve taken Gravitas to Mount Olympus-caliber for me, but no big deal.
Other than that, I think Gravitas is frickin’ perfect. The textures, wear time and formula all seem on par with MAC’s permanent shades, and with a primer, they last all day long on my combination dry and oily lids.
Now for the big bad: availability. At this point, finding Gravitas online is a little like finding a leprechaun or pirate treasure. In other words, it’s hard.
It still shows “SOLD OUT” on the MAC website and, according to a MAC rep I chatted with online a couple days ago, will probably remain that way online. If you want it, you’ll probably have better luck calling and/or visiting a MAC store or counter as soon as possible. This one’s in big demand, deservedly.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and “allegedly” available now at MAC stores and counters with the rest of the MAC Brooke Shields collection
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Of course I chose the hot pink one…
Yay! My new CW-X running bra arrived. Gotta love that overnight shipping from Zappos.
Thanks for all the great sports bra recommendations for runners. 🙂 If this one doesn’t work out, and I hope it does ’cause — crap! — I just threw down $60 for an over-the-shoulder-bolder-holder, at least I know I have other options.
Hopefully the CW-X gets me on the path to that no-chafe life. I’ll know by Saturday, because I postponed my tomorrow run to give myself one more day to heal.
Honestly, I don’t know how marathoners and triathletes deal with all the aches and pains. A half marathon is enough drama for me.
I gotta say, my favorite part of the training is the carbo-loading, haha.
PASTA FOR EVERYONE! 😀
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,