The very first time I walked up to a MAC eyeshadow display case, my eyes rolled back in my head. Not because of eyeshadow ecstasy, mind you; this was years ago, and at the time I didn’t know Soft Brown from chocolate delight. No, looking down at those rows of sleek, little pots, as beads of perspiration formed on my brow, I was utterly and completely overwhelmed.
What I could have used back then was something like the new MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadows X 2 ($25 each US; $30 in Canada). Designed to take the guesswork out of choosing which eyeshadows to pair by teaming two coordinating colors together in a cute lil’ palette (and eliminating what was a major source of makeup stress for me way back when), these eight duos dance onto MAC counters with the new Colourizations Collection August 4 in North America, and internationally, some time next month.
MAC calls them, “daring pairings,” and from the six palettes I’ve seen so far, some of the couplings, like the orange and navy in Double Feature 8, appear more adventurous than others (even if it isn’t that risky, I still really like Double Feature 5′s pairing of that frosty peach and the duochrome brown with green pearl).
Double Feature 1
Double Feature 3
Double Feature 4
Double Feature 5
Double Feature 7
Double Feature 8
Double Feature 1 (two swatches on the left) and Double Feature 3 (two swatches on the right)
Double Feature 4 (two swatches on the left) and Double Feature 5 (two swatches on the right)
Double Feature 7 (two swatches on the left) and Double Feature 8 (two swatches on the right)
The pans are rumored to have been magnetized. Potentially very cool, right? Well, in the name of makeup science, I managed to pry one out this afternoon.
Let’s see… It did not go well.
With a safety pin and elbow grease, I wrestled out the orange shade from Double Feature 8, badly damaging it in the process. In hindsight, I probably could have thought of a more elegant means of extraction, but I didn’t see any magnets. These suckers are glued in their pans. To be sure, I placed a refrigerator magnet in the circle where the pans rest. I didn’t feel anything, except along the edges of the palette, because they do have a magnetized lock.
The shadows vary widely in terms of pigment, ranging from super sheer to opaque, and the textures appear to vary, too. Most of the shades here feel soft and smooth to me (OMG! Double Feature 4′s ochre shade feels like BUTTAH!), although a few of the matte pans and satins look a little chalky on my skin.
I dig these duos a lot. The colors combos look fun, and they take the guesswork out of doing my eye makeup in the morning. My favorite way to work ‘em? Applying each palette’s lighter shade on my lid, blending out the edges (with either a finger or brush), and lining my upper and lower lash lines with the darker shade. They’re easy like that.
PRICE: $25 each
AVAILABILITY: Available at MAC stores, counters and also online August 4 in North America; internationally, some time next month
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (some of the matte and satin colors look a little chalky on me)
Why is eating outside so darn fun?
It’s nice and warm here tonight, so El Hub and I decided to have our dinner al fresco on the deck. Tonight Chef Tabs prepared a nice grilled snapper with a tomato and caper sauce, and wild rice and steamed spinach with lemon.
When was the last time you had a meal outside? Was it a picnic, a barbeque, or maybe lunch at a restaurant with outdoor seating?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,