Having worked my butt off the past few weeks, I thought I would treat myself to a couple of new make-up bits.
You cant really move or look anywhere in the blogosphere without getting some kind of MAC recommendation. I've used this brand since I got my first foundation & brush of theirs for Christmas when I was 15... So that's a fairly long love affair. My particular favourites are their lipsticks & eye-shadows as there are just so many shades to choose from!
After watching a few Youtube videos (Tanya Burr & Essie Button mainly!) I decided to opt for eye-shadows; soba & naked lunch and lipstick; creme in your coffee, plus the infamous 217 eye-shadow brush. I'd heard so many good things about all of the above that it just seemed natural that I would love them.
And I do.
Naked Lunch £12 - described as a 'minimal pink with shimmer'.
It is pretty much just that. I would say its a beautiful pale natural pink with gold specks and a nice amount of shimmer. It isn't too over the top, I'm not particularly a 'pink' kinda girl, especially when it comes to make-up, so this is just perfect for me.
It brightens my whole eye up and looks particularly pretty on the inner corners or generally all over the lid. I'm really pleased I chose this as I don't have anything else like it!
Soba £12 - described as a 'gold brown with gold shimmer'.
Again, I would say the description is pretty much spot on. I like my eye-shadows to have a shimmer to them, personally, I think they look nicer on me than matte shades (although I do have a few of those too!). On my lids I find Soba to almost have a khaki element to it, but overall still light brown. Despite the colour in the pan, it is very subtle and you can easily create a simple smoky eye with it too! I think this is a really nice shade for Autumn/Winter & again, I'm pleased I picked it!
Créme in Your Coffee £14 - described as a 'creamy mid-tone pink brown'.
Firstly, I don't think the swatch on the site does it justice and I would definitely, on my lips anyway, say it has a more red brown tint to it. I absolutely love it though, it is the perfect Autumnal shade; incorporating the whole berry lip trend, while being sheer but build-able and moisturising all in one!
It is fairly long lasting, maybe around the two hour mark, which is fine by me. This has definitely become a favourite and goes really well with a little Soba on the eyes too.
217 Blending Brush £17 - an oval shaped blending and shading brush.
I mean, who hasn't heard of this brush? I'm pretty sure you will never see a make-up tutorial that doesn't include this brush. Everybody raves about it, a make-up bag isn't complete without one... It really does the job, and does it well. As much as I am a fan of my Real Techniques Brushes, this one is a very nice addition. It blends eye-shadows together like a dream - no more block colours or un-smudged outlines - this does it all.
I'd always managed doing my make-up with a total of three brushes in the past (foundation, eye-shadow and blush brush) - now I seem to have an ever growing collection. This is a great little brush & is definitely worth all the hype.
And there you have it! My new additions.
What MAC products have you been liking recently? I already have Russian Red, Ricepaper & Powersurge on my wishlist for the future!