Saturday, 20 July 2013

MAC Espresso Eyeshadow For Eyebrows

Wow Mac eyeshadows are expensive! I wanted to create a quad palette but then realised that at £10 a pop and £6.50 for just the empty palette it would cost me almost £50 to do so. That is pretty ridiculous when you think that the Urban Decay Naked Palette costs £36 for 12 different shades!

But, unfortunately the beauty blogger in me just had to try a MAC eyeshadow. I thought if I bought one every couple of months I would eventually have my quad and hopefully wouldn't feel the pain in my purse quite so much. The only problem is that I don't have a MAC counter anywhere near me and I very rarely venture in to London.

I thought a good shade to start with would be a multi-tasking one which would also help to justify the price. One that I could use both as an eyeshadow and as an eyebrow product. I was looking for a dark brown shade that was quite ashy and not at all red-toned. The two shades that came up in my research were Charcoal Brown and Espresso. I read some posts from some of my favourite beauty bloggers and the ones with eyebrows that seemed to be a similar shade to mine used Espresso, so that's the one I decided on.

(I was going to buy it on the MAC website but realised that Debenhams sell Mac on their website and with a Debenhams Beauty Card and discount code SHBC you get free delivery!)

I must admit, the eyeshadow is very good quality with a soft and smooth texture and high-pigmentation. I applied it to my eyebrows using the Real Techniques Brow Brush which is quite thick and hard control so I would eventually like to buy a more precise brow brush.

Application was actually easier than I expected. I have tried powders in the past but found it tricky and a bit messy (see this post). Instead of powdery bushy-looking eyebrows, they actually looked neat and tidy but also full and structured. Maybe my brush control is getting better?! ...Or maybe it is just a better quality product...

I applied it at 8:30am and used a little clear mascara to keep it in place. When I got home at 6pm and checked again they were still looking pretty good. The majority of the product was still there and looking quite neat with just a small amount of tidying up needed (and that's during a 'heatwave'!)

Overall, I am really quite pleased with the formulation. The only problem is, although it doesn't look it in the pan or even in the swatch, when applied to my eyebrows it did look a bit red toned. I'm not sure if I can quite get away with it. Maybe I should just dye my hair auburn again and put an end to the 'quest for the perfect eyebrow product'.

On the bright side, if I decide I can't use it for my eyebrows at least I can keep using it as an eyeshadow. Being a matte brown colour makes it a perfect crease colour when teamed with a lighter neutral for an everyday eyeshadow look.

Does anyone know if MAC do an ashier brown colour than Espresso? Any recommendations for other shades to add to my MAC quad (when I finally get it)? Let me know by commenting below....

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  1. I haven’t heard of this one before, but I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing. Sounds perfect for me. Will have to check it out. Thanks

  2. I had the same problem with espresso on my eyebrows! Way too red :)

    At the moment I am using Brun, a satin finish, which does not look red or orange at all on me. It is a bit darker than espresso if I remember correctly, though.

    The other one I am currently eyeing is Coquette, also a satin. It it lighter than Brun, but also very ashy/muddy.

    Hope that helps!

    1. Thanks for the recommendations! I think I will be at a Mac counter tomorrow so will definitely give Brun and Coquette a swatch =)

      Nicki x


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