Oh! These cuties — oldies but goodies — came home with me last Sunday after a trip to the mall with El Hub.
It was part of Operation Get My Sh*t Together, otherwise known as The Great Office Purge of 2015. My mission: to stop by the MAC counter and make some long-overdue replacements.
The night before the mission, I found an old stash of MAC Paint Pots at home that desperately needed to be tossed and replaced. Two of my ride or dies, Soft Ochre and Groundwork, were effectively deceased, and since I can’t function without them, I had to restock. ASAP.
LOL! I made myself laugh. 🙂
Anyway, Soft Ochre and Groundwork are both cream shadows, but they have a matte finish. I like using them as eyeshadow bases, or sometimes just on their own.
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot ($21)
I think matte warm beige Soft Ochre looks really pretty under warm neutrals like Soft Brown, Saddle, Ricepaper and Swiss Chocolate. I use it sometimes to sort of blank out the natural color of my lids (similar to how you might use concealer on your lips to blank them out).
Like, if I have a palette with shades that are slightly lighter than my skin tone — like pale taupes, tans or beiges, which wouldn’t normally show up well on my NC42 skin — I’ll start by buffing a thin layer of Soft Ochre on my lids with a MAC 217, then apply the shadows on top. Soft Ochre acts kind of like a buffer between my skin color and the shadows, and makes the shadows more closely resemble the way they look in their pans. It also intensifies whatever I layer on top.
LOVE this color. It’s a must-have MAC staple of mine.
MAC Groundwork Paint Pot ($21)
Oh, MAC Groundwork… How I heart thee.
Groundwork is a neutral mid-toned taupe-ish brown with a matte finish, and I love it for everyday looks. I use it as a base for neutral brown and taupe eyeshadows, and I also think it’s just really pretty on its own.
When I’m in a rush — you know, like every day of my life — I like to do a layer all over my lids, and then apply some quick cat eye liner.
Select Cover-Up, the last thing I grabbed at the counter, is something I used a lot waaaaay back in the day when I first started wearing MAC face products.
Let’s see… When was that? 2001? 2002?
It might’ve been 2000.
Needless to say, it’s been around a while.
Select Cover-Up comes in 13 shades, so that’s a nice, wide range of colors. It’s a medium- to full-coverage liquid concealer you can use under your eyes and anywhere on the face. For a full-coverage concealer, it looks virtually undetectable on the skin. It may be a seasoned veteran, but it still works great, especially around trouble spots, like flaky patches and pimples.
And it doesn’t oxidize as much as MAC Pro Longwear Concealer does on my combo dry/oily skin.
I got a hankering to grab a new tube when I came across an old one while cleaning out my office, and I remembered how much I loved it.
Oh! — I just remembered that you can also mix it with a little of your face moisturizer to create an improv tinted moisturizer.
Must put that on my list of things to do this week… 🙂
I wore it today around my nose, my chin and on my cheeks. It covers everything but still looks natural and effortless, and holla! — it doesn’t settle into fine lines and pores. I think it looks extra lovely set with a light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.
How about you? Have you restocked any of your MAC ride-or-die faves lately?