A few weeks ago I picked up another mineralize eyeshadow from MAC. I loved Fresh & Mint so much, I was aching to get another duo. I ended up falling in love with Sweet & Sour, described by MAC as a Dirty Gold paired with a green and deep blue veining/warm gold.
Keep in mind, these are all hand made, so every one is a little different than the one next to it. So for me, I wanted one that was more green than blue, so I actually went to a couple of stores to find the one I was in love with. But if you aren’t as picky as I am, you don’t have to worry. You won’t hear any regrets from me on this product, I love the colours together and this product lives up to what I’ve come to expect from MAC Cosmetics.
These gorgeous duos retail for $24 CAD or $20 US and give you 2.5g of baked colour goodness. For comparisons sake, in a regular MAC eyeshadow, you receive 1.5g and pay $18 CAD or $15US.
Dry swatch of MAC’s Sweet & Sour:
I think what I love most about their mineralize baked eyeshadows are that they are super easy to apply, work with and blend together. They always seem to just seamlessly form a gorgeous eye with no work at all.
If you want a softer look, use a dry brush. If you want your colours a bit more vibrant, use a wet brush to apply these mineralize eyeshadows. For my look, I used a wet brush.
How to create this look for your eyes:
- Fill in your brows and shape them how you like. I used MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow for this.
- Apply your primer all over your lid. I used Urban Decay’s Potion Primer.
- Wet your eyeshadow brush and apply the greenish/blueish side all over your lid. (You don’t need to use this MAC duo, any green or blue shimmery shadow will work for this.)
- Wipe your brush off on a kleenex, re-wet your brush and apply the dirty gold throughout your crease and the outer edge of your eye.
- Using an eyeliner brush, apply the dirty gold under your lower lashes as well to bring the look together. (Again, if you don’t have this duo, feel free to use a shimmery gold that you may have from another brand.)
- Line your upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner of your choice. I used Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
- For my lashes I used Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes.
- Viola! Super easy, no blending required with this MAC duo. You simply slap it on and just by having the two colours touch each other, they blend themselves. Fool proof!
For the rest of this look I used the following:
Skin – Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118
Lips – Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame
Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette
This picture is indoors with flash:
This picture was taken in natural light, no flash:
Do you own any MAC Mineralize shadows? How do you like them?
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Makeup Geek and they wanted me to post some looks to the Idea Gallery on their site and give them feedback on the process and the way that part of their website functions. In exchange I would get some free eyeshadows to add to my collection.
I was super stoked! I’d wanted to start posting in the Idea Gallery anyway, I might as well take some notes and select a few colours to help round out my Makeup Geek collection. I was really looking forward to being able to actually try creating a look with only Makeup Geek eyeshadows, rather than always having to use them as an addition to an existing look. I thought this would help me get a better idea of their quality as well, because I really hadn’t used them much at all. And it is important to me that you all know that even though I received these eyeshadows for free, my opinions and reviews in this blog are always based on my honest opinions and experiences and are not influenced in any way.
With that being said, let’s take a look at my new Makeup Geek shadows:
I’ve also swatched them all too, because I find that swatches always offers up a more accurate look at the shadows.
For swatches of the other eyeshadows in my Makeup Geek collection, please visit my previous post here.
I decided now that I had some basic eyeshadow shades in addition to some brights that I was finally able to do a complete look.
Here is what I came up with:
This is the first look in a long time that actually terrified me as it was coming together. Very often as I do my makeup, I know I will like the end result as I’m doing it…but for this look I almost took it off so many times as I was applying it. I think the main reason is because Poolside is such a vibrant blue I was worried about either looking like a hooch from the 80’s or some sort of clown. Instead of scrapping the whole look, I made a few changes about half way through. I actually took some makeup remover and pushed Poolside back from the inner corner and lightened that area with White Lies. I was also originally using Wisteria as my purple, but it was just too light paired with Poolside. So I switched out Wisteria for Purple Rain and it made all the difference. These two changes really softened the look and helped it flow together.
I’ve created a tutorial diagram so you can see what shadows are where.
I hope this is helpful! By the time my look was done, I absolutely loved this makeup look! I think it is possibly my favourite creation colour wise.
For the rest of my look:
Skin – MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus
Brows – MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow to fill them in
Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion
Lashes – Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes
Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline
Lips – Pretty Amazing Gloss by bareMinerals in Panache
Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette
Now to the actual shadows. First, you must know I use a primer every single time I wear eye makeup, so all of my observations and opinions are all based on use with a primer. I cannot speak for what this product is like without the use of a primer.
The big difference I noticed between Makeup Geek eyeshadows and MAC eyeshadows (other than the price) would be the texture. I wouldn’t say that MUG is worse, but it is certainly different. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be that it is slightly drier. But it is still easy enough to work with, just a bit of a different feeling than what I am used to. The colours are easy to blend, they are super pigmented and you get great colour pay off in your looks. You barely have to touch your brush to the eyeshadow pan to pick up the product. I actually found myself blowing off the brush constantly with the MUG shadows so I wouldn’t apply the shadows too heavily. Which is something I never do with MAC eyeshadows. That isn’t a complaint, just an observation.
I think if you are just starting out with building your makeup collection than the Makeup Geek eyeshadow line is a great place to pick up colours. They are affordable and good quality. Remember though, unlike with MAC or Sephora, you can’t try the colours out in your local store and you can’t return them if you aren’t happy with a product (or at least not as hassle free). And even though they have 56 shades of shadow, there are colours and textures missing from their line up. But they are always adding new colours, so keep an eye on the Makeup Geek store, or sign up for their newsletter which always announces new shades. For me, because I already have so many shadows, I have a hard time finding any colours that I don’t already have a look alike for…which is exactly why my collection of MUG shadows is a little odd looking and missing all of their lovely neutral shadows.
Verdict: MAC will always be a “go to” for me because of convenience and extreme versatility in their lineup. I like being able to go into a store and feel and touch everything first before buying it…and if I use it and hate it, I have the ability to walk in and get my money back. But Makeup Geek is a fantastic alternative that everyone should consider, after all, it is HALF the price per shadow. You won’t have problems with the Makeup Geek shadows in terms of quality and if you need multiple colours to build your collection they make the most sense. I have no doubt that I will place more orders with Makeup Geek (especially as their store grows) and grab the odd shadow as their colour range expands.
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!
In between our trip to Toronto and heading out for Quebec City, we had one night back in Ottawa and had a small gathering to get some friends together and enjoy the long Easter weekend. So it seemed like a good occasion to experiment with a new makeup look.
This silver and blue smoky eye was easy to create and a good option for an evening or a holiday look. I find using blue instead of black (like you would typically see with silver) also makes it a little more fun by adding a pop of colour, black would be much sexier and more dramatic. So it just depends on what sort of look you are trying to create.
To create this look:
- Start by applying an eye primer all over your lid and up to your brow. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion for this step. Give it a minute and let it set.
- Gently press Platinum Pigment by MAC (or you can use any silver eyeshadow) all over your lid. Depending on the texture of the shadow you are using, sometimes I find that pressing the shadow on results in better coverage and a nicer colour payoff than what you would get by brushing it on.
- Then select your darker colour of choice, I went for Deep Truth by MAC which is a shimmery navy blue. Spread this colour throughout your crease and at the outer edge of your eye.
- I then took a little bit of Black Tied eyeshadow by MAC (a black with small specks of silver) and really intensified the outer edge by making it just a tad darker, adding more depth.
- Using a lighter colour as a highlighter, softly brighten the inner corner of your eye and your brown bone. For this I used Forgery eyeshadow by MAC, a very light silver shade.
- Then, using an angled shadow brush, I dusted both the navy blue eyeshadow (Deep Truth) and the platinum pigment under my lash line to bring the top and bottom together.
- For eyeliner, I would recommend either a gel eyeliner or a liquid liner. For both my waterline and my upper lashes, I used MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack.
- I finished the look off with 2 coats of Too Faced lashGASM mascara. (If you want to see this mascara face off with it’s competitor, please visit my Ultimate Mascara Review)
Please let me know if you like this format of breaking down the shadows, if you find it useful or interesting, please let me know and I can keep doing it!
Now, onto the rest of the evening! Samira brought with her from Brazil, not only some recipes, but also some actual ingredients so we could make authentic Caipirinha (a Brazillian drink) and Brigadeiro (a Brazilian sweet). It was a perfect night to try everything out seeing as we had a room full of people eager to sample.
What you need:
- A Bottle of Cachaca
- Lemons or Limes
- Ice (Crushed ice would’ve been better I think)
Start off by cutting up your lime or lemon into four pieces
Remove the peel and place the pieces of lemon/lime in the bottom of your glass. Add 4 spoonfuls of sugar on top.
Use anything you have to mash up the fruit and sugar until it looks like this: (As you can see, we had to use the handle of our whisk)
Now this is where this gets insane. Add Cachaca and a few ice cubes.
This drink was insanely strong. It smelled and tasted like pure alcohol. No one was able to finish theirs, except for Samira. I think this was some sort of sick joke…although she was able to finish more than one. +1 Samira, you win!
I think if I was ever going to make this again, I would used crushed ice and pack my glass full, before adding the Cachaca…that way you only end up with about 2 ounces of alcohol in your drink, instead of 10.
After the drinks, I think everyone was a little weary of the Brigadeiro…haha, but everyone ended up loving this typical Brazilian sweet.
What you need:
- 2 cans of condensed milk
- 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- chocolate sprinkles
***If you want to make your Brigadeiro into balls: remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Form into small balls and eat at once or chill until serving.***
How many of you are rushing off right now to go make some homemade chocolate?!?!? Be honest!!
But seriously, I would love to hear from you if you’ve ever made either of these before and what you thought! (Or, if you think you’ll try them in the future.)
Thanks for reading!
❤ Shannon ❤
Here is another old one that is a lot of fun…as long as you aren’t afraid of bright colors!
For this look I used:
Primer > Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Shadow > Make Up Forever’s Pure Pigment #2 (Yellow) and #4 (Orange) and Mac’s Fresh Water (Blue)
Eyeliner > Blacktrack Fluidline by Mac