My Custom MAC Palette | April (Quarry)

Thursday 21 April 2016


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I really look forward to this post every month.  I've been having a great time designing my own palette.  I always get curious as to what other people put in theirs, so I hope you have enjoyed watching how I put mine together.

Recently MAC has dropped the prices per pan from $12 to $8, with single shadows remaining at $19. If you are still buying shadows with their own case its time to change that!  There's no way that plastic case is worth $11.  As in, more than the shadow.  Ridiculous.

This month is my birthday month, but I totally wasn't thinking about that when I picked my shadow. I'm glad that I picked a shade that is totally "me" but I kind of wish I had picked something a little bit crazy.  Oh well!

mac blackberry star violet woodwinked quarry swatch

Quarry is the perfect crease shade in general, but also the perfect crease shade for the palette I am building.  While Blackberry can add that extra dimension, Quarry can transition all of the shades together for the perfect look.

Quarry is a matte, muted taupe-mauve.  Based on the palette I am building it is definitely a medium shade, it blends well and is easy to build from soft and muted to more defined.  This is my favourite sort of eyeshadow and I am glad to have it in this palette, even if I do own similar shades by other brands!

mac blackberry star violet woodwinked quarry swatch

Now that my palette has a good mix of shadows to it I thought it would be fun to put together a look focusing on the shadows in the palette.

I started by applying MAC Paint Pot in "Painterly" all over my lid all the way up to my brows to use as a base/primer.  Then I applied Yogurt all over my lid all the way up to my brows.  Next I used Quarry in my crease.  After applying 2-3 layers and really building it up, I added a touch of Blackberry in my outer crease to add some drama.  I then applied Satin Taupe all over my lid to my crease.  I then blended the shadows slightly, and finished off with Jest under my brows.

From the front this contour looked pretty great, but from the side I think it was a bit much.  Live and learn :)

mac blackberry star violet woodwinked quarry swatch

To complete the look I added a black cat's eye with my favourite black eyeliner, and two coats of my favourite mascara.

mac blackberry star violet woodwinked quarry swatch

I love the way these purple-plum shadows bring out the green in my eyes, and really make them pop!

tarte creamy matte lip paint namaste

I finished off with a matte nude liquid lipstick: Tarte's Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Namaste.

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My palette so far.

1. Jest
2. Woodwinked
3. Yogurt
4. Quarry 
5. Satin Taupe
6. Star Violet
7. Blackberry

Eight more shadows to go!

I'm really excited that this month I filled in a whole row.  Still nothing in the bottom, but it will come! I really want to add some navy and blue shadows down there.

What are your favourite MAC eyeshadows?  I'm thinking this summer I want to add some brighter shadows to the mix!

Other posts in this series:

January (Yogurt, Jest, Blackberry, Star Violet)
February (Woodwinked)
March (Satin Taupe)

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