So I'm kinda a palette junkie. (In addition to being a taupe hoor) I like to have my eye shadows in trios, quads or quints to grab & go. It saves me time at 5:30 am when I am trying to decide on an eye look for the day. I can grab one of my palettes and just go with the application, rather than having to fumble around for shades that compliment each other and go through 20-30 some pots of eyeshadow.
The quad palette above is one of my favorites.
First of all it has MAC Satin Taupe. An infamous fave among MAC addicts and taupe fans alike. It's no Chanel Safari or BECCA Lamé but MAC Satin Taupe is a great taupe. It's on the plummy side, and while that's nice and all, I want something more neutral, so to counteract that in this quad I added in MAC Jest, a lovely frosty peach, a staple highlighter known as MAC Shroom, and finally a new love, MAC Smut. Smut is a very dark brown with black and red undertones. The Palette's overall look isn't too warm and isn't too cool. I love making my own palettes almost as I love buying pre-made ones.
MAC sells most eye shadows in pots but one can also buy many of them in pan form for about $3-$4 less. They fit nicely into the MAC quad palette, 15 pan palette and E.L.F. cosmetics quad palette ( which by the way is only $1 and comes with a mirror.) I store random pan shadows in my 2 E.L.F. Palettes until I have a quad to put together. Then I transfer it to a MAC Quad.
Because I'm anal retentive. I can't get any more clear than that.
Oh and the MAC quads have a clear cover so I can see what the quad is at a glance rather than opening up each palette. But I digress.
So when I have hit the snooze button 3 times, I'm running late and Darthypie is starting to wake up I grab this palette and I don't even have to think. The MAC shadows blend so nicely. They are pretty pigmented and I really can't mess up the application. The end result. A nice neutral eye of the day that will last well past the time I leave the office.
MAC is great for having a large variety of shades that I can put together into quad palettes for grab & go. As much as I love BECCA cosmetics MAC offers more variety in the color, and the shadows are easier to depot, (limited edition shades won't come in pan form so I have to preform some surgery on them).
I think I have about 8 MAC quads right now and I really only need 4, but each one of them has a taupe eyeshadow so I must be doing something right. I did debate putting all taupes in a quad or separating out all taupes and building a quad around each. I think the latter is working for me now, but when the day comes that I have 15 MAC taupes I'll be putting all of them into a 15 pan palette.
So here is the look:
Please note that this pic was taken at 6:30 am and my eyebrows have not been threaded in over 2 months. So while I may look like Groucho Marx, at least I have a pretty taupe eyeshadow on my lids!
I used Jest all over lid, Satin Taupe in crease and outer V, Shroom on brow bone and inner eye and Smut on lids to line, Smut was used wet to line upper lids and dry for lower lids. Guerlain Oriental Metal Kohl was used on the waterline and Dior Show mascara was layered over CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara.
So which do you prefer? palettes or singles
How do you store your singles is you do prefer them? Buy color, by brand, other?