I cannot not wear smokey eyes in summer.
Wait — what did I just type? Cannot not?
Good grief. I meant to say that I really like wearing smokey eyes in summer (and spring, winter and fall, but I digress).
Even if it’s a billion degrees outside — or if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning and I’m getting ready for a 5 a.m. flight to the Maldives with Ry-Gos (I wish!) — won’t stop me. I will still get my smokey on, believe you me.
Why? Because life’s too short for second guesses when it comes to smokey eyes, even in the summer, and I’m going for it all this year — while still staying seasonally appropriate (you’ll see what I mean in a minute) — with the new $44 Temperature Rising Eye Shadow X 4 quad from MAC.
Smokey eyes play starring roles in the Temperature Rising collection, to which this quad belongs, and this baby’s built for gals/guys who’d wear purple smokey lids to a July 4 picnic without batting an eye.
It’s a rebel with a cause! — and with its mauve, gray, charcoal and violet shades, appears to stand out among more typical, traditional summertime palettes. Spend some time with it, though, and it’s summery references become more apparent. MAC sneaked hints of frosted gold into mauve Performance Art and the light, tanned peach Temperature Rising.
Very, very clever!
The quad is also smartly flexible. With these shades, it’s easy to dial up or down the smokey effect.
It comes with three medium shades and one dark, which you can combine in a purple smokey look, like I’m wearing here, or you could just as easily go for a mellower daytime eye look by sweeping one of the lighter shades on your lids, and lining your lash lines with the darker color.
Whatever manner of makeup magic you craft with this quad, just be sure to tap any excess product from your brush before putting Beauty Marked, the darkest shade, to work. It packs a pigmented wallop, and things can go wrong with it very quickly.
We’re talkin’ fields of fallout if you’re not careful.
It’s just good like that. No matter what I pair it with on my cheeks and lips, whether warm or cool tones, I think it works well either way.
Best for: Everyone! For many, summer makeup’s all about minimalism, especially when it comes to eyes, but don’t let that deter you from trying this quad. It surprised me by working with pretty much anything I threw at it and should also handle the transition from summer to fall and winter with ease.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, coming May 16 to maccosmetics.com and May 23 to MAC counters and stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,