I’ve been belting tunes and chair dancing to a lot of old-school Whitney lately (RIP, Whit), and I’ve also been thinking back to when I Wanna Dance With Somebody took the pop music world by storm. Do you remember that? Whenever my friends and I would hear those first few notes start playing on MTV, we’d all drop whatever we were doing and tear into the living room, turn up the volume and start dancing.
Those were good times…
This was back before I was allowed to wear makeup, but it didn’t stop me from admiring Whitney’s bold ’80s eye looks.
I bet the new MAC Eye Shadow X 4 quad in Shop & Drop ($38), one of three quads in the new Shop MAC collection, would have been a big hit back then with its smokey purples, pinks and grays.
The first time I saw these four eyeshadows in Sugar Snack (a light pink matte), Hypnotizing (a frosty grayish mauve), Power Boosted (a pearly violet) and Shop & Drop (a deep blue satin), I thought, “Better for cool-toned babes,” but after getting to know ’em better, I think they’re also neutral enough for gals with warmer skin tones like mine.
Swatches from the left: Sugar Snack, Hypnotizing, Power Boosted and Shop & Drop
With shades like these, bold eyes don’t have to be hard or complicated. In fact, they can be downright easy. By layering Hypnotizing, the frosty grayish mauve, with any of the other colors from the quad, you get a simple high shine look that’ll catch anyone’s attention. Or, try layering Hypnotizing on top of a rich, creamy black pencil liner like MAC Smolder or Feline for a quick, smokier look.
Lately, I’ve been using the darkest shade in the quad, deep blue satin Shop & Drop, in a lot of smokey eyes. Because it’s less stark than black and gray, I think it’s just a breeze to work with and makes creating smokey transitions from dark to light on my lids a whole lot easier. If your attempts at smokey eyes often leave you looking worse for wear, as opposed to sultry, this shade could be a great reason to splurge on the quad.
Of the three Shop MAC quads, I feel like this one’s the most dramatic, and it gets my vote for colors to wear for a night on the town. Add a fitted black dress, a pair of pumps, and you’re sure to turn some heads.
And speaking of pumps…how about these?
When it comes to how these colors perform, how about very good. I do detect some minor fallout from Hypnotizing, but I think the quad’s strengths more than make up for it. All four of these shades also resist creasing and fading on me and last from breakfast till dinner.
Shop & Drop makes quick work of bold eye makeup, especially evening looks, and the next time I head to Vegas, it’s totally coming with me.
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So…you know you’ve been watching a little too much Downton Abbey when you live on this side of the pond and your inner voice develops an accent.
Yeah, because lately, whenever I read to myself, the voice in my head sounds like Mrs. Patmore, the head cook at Downton (am I the only one out there this is happening to…?).
Don’t get me wrong. She’s got a great voice. It’s just not mine.
But enough about that. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it to September without new episodes of Downton in my life.
Oh, cruel world!
I’m counting down the days till the season premiere…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,