9 Apr 2014

MAC Eye Shadow Finishes and Collection

Surprise surprise, a MAC related post on Angels Secrets blog, that’s strange (obviously I’m joking). I’m guessing you know this by now (and if you don’t where have you been? ) but I am completely and utterly obsessed with MAC and everything they do, I love the brand and the products and recently asked on Twitter would you guys be interested in seeing an eye shadow collection post and I got a very good response so here it is.
MAC make some of the best eye shadows of any makeup brand (in my opinion). They have a huge variety of colours, shades and finishes so you can create a varied palette but if you are new to MAC the different finishes might confuse you so before I go into the collection of colours in my palettes I am going to go through the finishes.


An iridescent shine that adds a highlight to any colour. Frost finish eye shadows have small shimmer particles that create a shining iridescent appearance. They can range from very metallic to minimally shiny. They are shimmery, but not glittery.


Is a smooth pearlized; intensely frosted with deluxe ultra-fine finish, for eye shadows. I don’t really like lustre eye shadows they have a very dry but shimmery texture with chunky glitter and lots of fall out.


 Very high colour pay-off with a no-shine matte finish. Matte eye shadows are those without any shimmer/sheen/glitter. They have flat colour with varying degrees of opacity.


Pure colour in a satin finish has a soft subtle non-frost, light-sheen. Satin eye shadows vary in their finish. Some appear completely matte, while a few are super frosty. The majority have a very subtle sheen or demi-matte appearance.


 Is a superfine pigment rich and supple to apply. Provides silky smooth matte finish, for eye shadows. Veluxe is a finish unique to MAC. It applies matte but with a smoother less powdery appearance. They aren't as pigmented as Matte eye shadows.


Vibrantly-toned and velvety soft, shimmery metallic. Veluxe Pearls are like a Frost but with a more metallic, pearly shimmer.


Soft look finish with high-colour intensity. Has a plush velvety look and feel.

My Neutral Palette
Top Row (L-R): Vanilla, Dazzle Light, Naked Lunch, Soba, Swish Chocolate
Middle Row (L-R): Shroom, Omega, All That Glitters, Patina, Espresso
Bottom Row (L-R): Nylon, Wedge, Sable, Amber Lights, Embark

Swatches (L-R): Soba, Swiss Chocolate, All That Glitters, Patina, Expresso
(I was unable to swatch Vanilla, Dazzle Light, Naked Lunch, Shroom and Omega because the colours just didn't come up on the camera at all)
Swatches (L-R): Nylon, Wedge, Sable, Amber Lights, Embark.

My Coloured Palette
Top Row (L-R): Taupe, Trax, Sketch, Humid, Silver Ring
Middle Row (L-R): Bronze, Cranberry, Swish, Club, Aquadesiac
Bottom Row (L-R): Wood Winked, Beauty Marked, Carbon, Sumptuous Olive, Crystal Avalanche

Swatches (L-R): Taupe, Trax, Sketch, Humid, Silver Ring
Swatches (L-R): Bronze, Cranberry, Swish, Club, Aquadesiac.
Swatches (L-R): Wood Winked, Beauty Marked, Carbon, Sumptuous Olive, Crystal Avalanche

Single Pringle
Mulch, Naked Pigment.

I'm sorry this was such a long post beauties but I really hope you enjoyed it, if you've any recommendations on colours I should get please leave them in the comments below.


  1. I love this post. I've recently acquired some MAC eyeshadows and have fallen in love with them. Thank you for this detailed post & great swatches!
    Daniela xo

    1. Awh thank you sweetie that means so much. I think everyone falls in love with them they really are amazing. I am tempted to do a review on the Inglot eye shadows because these are my other eye shadow obsession. I feel they are almost in the same league as MAC and they are slightly cheaper too which is always good. :) Xxx

  2. I love the matte finishes. Wish I could pull off Cranberry though!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    1. Yea matte finishes are definitely one of my favourites, you can really use them for anything. :) Xxx

  3. I'm going to be honest, I never really look at the finish when I'm buying an eyeshadow! It doesn't matter to me as much as the lipstick finish..
    I have Tempting, Jest, Cranberry and Sable!
    Estelle x
    Let Me Go Xo

    1. A lot of people don't when it comes to the eye shadow but for me the eye shadow finish is more important than the lipstick, I think it's so funny how people opinions can be so different. Imagine there was just one kind of finish in everything. :) Xxx

  4. What a great post! Loved all the swatches and pretty much want all of these now :p

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty

    1. Thank you so much sweetie. :) It was surprisingly difficult to get pictures of the swatches some just would not work. You should definitely buy some. :) Xxx

  5. That pigment is gorgeous! :)

    1. It's gorgeous and not too obvious a colour either so you really could wear it every day if you wanted to. :) Xxx

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    1. Thank you sweetie, took me a while to decide on colours, starting into my 3rd palette now. :) Xxx

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    1. Awh thank you sweetie, I have been building my collection for a really long time now. :) Xxx