My top 10 Mac eyeshadows


A few months back I did a post about Mac eyeshadows. I have found myself becoming more daring with my eye makeup since I started blogging, so decided to do an updated top 10 Mac eyeshadows.

I have been collecting my Mac eyeshadows for about 2 years now, and I used to buy around 2 a month, sometimes more. I haven’t bought a new Mac eyeshadow in ages, as my 3 palettes are full now and I want to use up what I have. If you know you are going to buy more than 2 or 3 Mac eyeshadows I seriously recommend investing in a palette. An empty palette will cost you €18, or you can buy this palette from Make Up For Ever for €14.50. It has a metal bottom and will hold much more eyeshadows than the Mac palette. It will also hold other brands of eyeshadows, making it perfect for travelling.

The colours I have chosen below, will suit most eye colours and can be used to create day and night looks. I would love to know what your favourite eyeshadows are.

Blanc Type

Blanc Type As you can tell from the picture, this is a much loved eyeshadow. When looking for a neutral base colour, I find myself reaching for Blanc Type above all others. This eyeshadow has a matte finish. It is a creamy beige colour, that is seriously pigmented. A little goes a long way with this one. This is best used as a base colour.


woodwinkedWoodwinked it by far my most used eyeshadow. It is definitely in my top 3 Mac eyeshadows. It is a warm red toned brown colour, with a  bit of a metallic shine. It is has a veluxe pearl finish . Woodwinked can be worn in so many ways. I love to wear it on its own all over the lid and blend it up into the crease. Woodwinked is such a special colour, because when it is blended out it looks like you have a few different colours on, that were blended in beautifully. This eyeshadow is a must and works on all eye colours. It is also perfect for people that are not overly confident with applying lists of different eyeshadows.

Sushi Flower

sushi flowerEvery single time I use Sushi Flower, I aways say to myself, ” oooooh I LOVE this”. Sushi Flower looks like a very scary colour, but my god it is gorgeous. Sushi Flower is a medium dark pink colour, with a satin finish. I like to wear this in the crease as a transition colour, but over the summer I will wear it on the lid the odd time. Again this colour suits most eye colours, but would look really great on brown or blue eyes.

Amber Lights

amber lightsAmber Lights is another very special colour. When this is applied onto blue eyes, holy moly, they seriously pop. It is a really rich warm toned, coppery  bronze and has a frost finish. This is suited to most eye colours, but if you have blue eyes you need this. I wear this in so many ways. In the crease with blanc type on the lid and embark on the outer corners. Or on the lid with orange in the crease and embark on the outer corners. This is another Mac colour in my top 3

Beauty Marked

beauty markedThe pictures do not do this eyeshadow any justice. This is the most gorgeous blacked burgundy colour, with a hint of shimmer running through it. It has a velvet colour and is best used as an outer corner  colour, or I sometimes wear it all over the lid, blended out for a smoky eye look.


CRANBERRYOh Cranberry, you gorgeous thing you. Cranberry is fabulous berried red colour with a frost finish. This is another colour that really makes blue eyes pop. I like to wear it on the lid, with a light brown like kid in the crease. This is another must have for blue eyed ladies.


embarkEmbark is a very unusual colour. It is a very rich brown with some red undertones. It has a matte finish. I use this more as an outer corner colour, but it blends so well that it can be used in many different ways.


sketchSketch is dark burgundy brown with a velvet finish. Sketch was one of the first colours I ever bought and I wear it in lots of different ways. My favourite is to wear it in the crease with any light neutral colour on the lid. This suits all eye colours.


patinaPatina is such an undervalued eyeshadow.This is another great colour like Woodwinked, for those who aren’t too confident at applying lots of different colours. It is a golden brown colour, with a little bit of a shine to it. It is great for any colour eyes, but because it has a lovely golden warmth to it, it is brilliant for blue eyes. It can be applied all over the lid, or as I like to do, in the crease with woodwinked on the lid.



Right now, Coppering is my absolute favourite Mac eyeshadow. I recently did a tutorial with this shadow. It is a rich copper colour, with a veluxe pearl finish. This eyeshadow is so easy to work with. It can be worn in so many different ways, but I love to just wear it on it’s own blended up into the crease. It suits most eye colours, but for blue eyes this is a must.





  1. Amy says

    Have a couple of these and would agree that they are amazing! Literally went out the next day and bought Amber Lights after you said how great it looks on blue eyes. You were so right! I’m absolutely delighted with it as it really makes my blue eyes pop! Thanks a million.

  2. Sharon says

    Im clueless when it comes to eyeshadows – im a redhead with blue/grey eyes – any of the above that you would recommend for someone only starting out!?
    Absolutely love your blog, you’re so down to earth & honesy! Krrp up the great work x

  3. Connie says

    Hi Sinead I love all of your picks! trying to have a set of shadows for everyday use, I bought an empty quad with only one MAC eyeshadow, brown script. I have light brown eyes and now I need help choosing the other three shadows! I need something darker like embark I guess, maybe something with a little shimmer like woodwinked and perhaps a base or a highlight? I was thinking in All that glitters but I am not sure. What do you think? I think warm brown colours suits me. A question: if you use a base or a primer like painterly, do you need a shadow base colour anyway? Thanks a lot for your comments!!

  4. Rachel says

    Hi Sinead I have eyes that are mainly green but have a bit of brown n blue in them what shadows would you recommend ??

  5. nehha says

    i was looking fwd to buy some mac eyeshadows.i hve a quad n wanted one more colour to add in it as expressive pink was over…after reading i think i will buy all that glitters.i have woodwink ..its d most wonderful shadow for d begginers like me …very comfortable.i use ricepaper as a base n it is equally wonderful.loved ur blog .keep up.

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