Sunday, 18 May 2014

MAC Warm Neutral Palette

Step aside UD Naked palettes, there's a new makeup marvel in town! As soon as I heard that the MAC Warm Neutral Palette was back in stock I knew I had to get in there quick. This amazing palette contains 15 preset eyeshadows for only £65! That's incredible value considering that a regular 15 pro palette and an insert costs £20.50, and each eyeshadow is a tenner a pop. I make that a saving of over £105 on this little beauty. Worth every penny! There's a little something to suit everyone here, with shades that will compliment all colours of eyes and blend with a variety of finishes.

So let's take a closer look, shall we?

HEY (VELUXE PEARL) - A soft peach with a subtle shimmer, Hey can be a lovely addition to your base eyeshadows or, indeed, can create a gorgeous brow bone and inner corner highlight. Understated yet probably will be one shadow I get a lot of use out of. As you can see, the colour pay-off is quite good and leaves a smooth buttery finish to your lids.

WARM BREEZE (SATIN) - I would describe Warm Breeze as a pale coral with slight shimmer. The finish is satin, and with the exception of that hint of shimmer, almost matte. The texture is smooth, and applies very well to the lids. Like Hey, the colour pay-off is good for the shade but is medium coverage at best.

GINGERSNAP (FROST) - Gingersnap is one of those shades that I really like. I think it looks so inviting in the pan and even better when swatched. I'm stuck between describing it as a fleshy-pink and a medium-toned coral, but both are quite apt. The shimmer in it is lovely, and with a damp brush applies with a real deep pigmentation. This shade would be great swiped over the lid on its own or built up into a more dramatic look. It's also really good for underneath the eye, for a bit of subtle definition without being too overpowering.

DARK BREW (VELVET) - A deep burgundy brown, Dark Brew is very fitting to its namesake. It has some shimmer but doesn't translate onto the lid as much as others in the palette. The colour pay-off is sheer but buildable - it took me a few goes to get the swatch looking like that! I think blending would be a bit of a problem with this one too, but if you're willing to work for it the colour is quite stunning.

DANCE IN THE DARK (MATTE) - This eyeshadow is pretty much dark brown, almost black. I always find matte eyeshadows of any brand quite tricky to blend and swatch with a decent amount of colour. Unfortunately this one is no different, however with a damp brush the shade does eventually start to look more sturdy and less powdery on the lid. I would use Dance in the Dark as a liner more than anything else.

BRULE (SATIN) - Sheer light beige with a soft finish. Like Hey, I would use this as either a base colour for the lid or a barely-there highlighter, just to blend the other shadows used together. Not much more to say on this one, I know it's a firm favourite in most people's MAC collections but until I purchased this palette I had never had the urge to reach for it.

VANILLA EXTRACT (FROST) - Vanilla Extract seems to be the frost version of the matte Vanilla, which is a shade that I use all the time in my Pro Quad. Again it's a very light beige but has more pink tones, and a little more colour pay-off than Brule. I think this one is pretty good for emulating bare skin, for when you want that no-makeup-makeup look. A look, I have to say, that I'm not very familiar with.

HONEY LUST (LUSTRE) - A warm coppery bronze with shimmer, I've been using Honey Lust on top of my base shadow and it tends to make it pop so much more. It has great pigmentation alone, and would be a great shadow to just apply and run on those really busy days when you don't have a lot of time to do your makeup. Be aware of fallout on this one though - damp dense brushes at the ready!

AMBER LIGHTS (FROST) - An old acquaintance for me, Amber Lights is described by MAC as "peachy-brown with shimmer". However, I still think it has more of an orange or coppery tinge to it. It seriously contrasts with my pale skin so I tend to use it sparingly. The frost formula is great because you can pack on huge amounts of colour without any fall down and the shimmer really lends itself to the overall look you're trying to achieve. 

SADDLE (MATTE) - I'm in two minds about Saddle. On the one hand I really appreciate its colour - it's a lovely terracotta-orange but, on the other hand, I would not know what to do with it! I definitely think it's way too orange-toned for my skin but perhaps it would make a good eyeliner, or under eye colour? I'm not sure, do let me know if you have this one and what you use it for! I presume it would be brilliant for blue eyes to make them stand out.

LEMON TART (VELUXE PEARL) - Out of all the shades in this palette, Lemon Tart has really surprised me. In the pan it looks quite demure, but on the lids it's very striking. It's a beautiful pale lemon gold with just the right amount of shimmer. I don't own any yellow shadows in my vast collection, at least not one that I would ever reach for, but this baby is actually rather wearable. I've found that it's fantastic as an inner corner highlight.

CREATIVE COPPER (LUSTRE) - A metallic medium brown, Creative Copper provides high pigmentation. I really like this one. It's very buttery and soft, and blends very well without much fallout. 

BUTTERFUDGE (SATIN) - The name really entices you in, doesn't it? Butterfudge (drool) is a soft golden brown eyeshadow with great pigmentation and a smooth finish. Smooth like butter (fudge) - okay, stop now... Practicality-wise, I think this is the most versatile and wearable of all the shades in the palette. It would be a good starting point for a bronzy smokey eye. 

DIVINE DECADENCE (VELVET) - I would liken the colour of Divine Decadence to espresso coffee; think that with a spritz of shimmer. I really like this shade for blending into the crease as it's dark enough for drama but shimmery enough that it's not too in-your-face. The micro flecks of golden shimmer definitely gives the colour a lustrous appearance. It looks pretty in the pan too.

UNWIND (VELUXE PEARL) - The final eyeshadow is a bit of a wildcard for me. Unwind is a golden shade but with a khaki tinge to it. I'm not entirely sure how I really feel about it. The olive hues kind of make it seem more on the cool side if you ask me, so I wonder why it's in the warm palette. Either way, it looks pleasant in the pan, and swatches as quite a dirty gold. The pigmentation is good and there wasn't any fallout when applied.

Value for money aside, you would be proud to have all of these eyeshadows in your makeup collection. I've not had a proper chance to truly play around with them, but you can be sure this will be the palette I reach for when I go to do my makeup. There are shades in there that would work for daytime, and others which could transition into a more dramatic nighttime look. Beautiful shimmers, frosts and pearls; hell, even the matte finishes are gorgeous! I'm very impressed with this palette and am very tempted to pick up the Cool Neutral Palette on my next pay day!

What do you think?

MAC Warm Neutral Palette retails at £65 (a total steal), and is available from the MAC website.
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22 comments

  1. I'm so jealous of this palette, I love all the colours and the swatches look amazing x

    daisy-drops

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    1. Thanks lovely! It's such great value too; definitely one to save up for! Xx

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  2. That is gorgeous and what a bargain!!

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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    1. Isn't it just? Feels almost too good to be true, haha! Xx

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  3. This looks lovely, I bet you could achieve some really pretty looks with this! x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. I can't wait to have a proper play around with the colours! The possibilities seem pretty endless! Xx

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  4. ahhh, such a dream!

    x Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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    1. Such a beautiful palette, right! Xx

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  5. I'm working on some MAC quads right now so this is a great post for me to find more eyeshadows to check out. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. I hope you find something you like! Xx

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  6. I really need to buy some eye shadows, I'm just a bit rubbish using them! Need to watch some youtube videos! Great post.

    DarlingSophie

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    1. I would recommend Pixiwoos on YouTube - they taught me a lot about applying eyeshadows and blending using the right brushes etc! Xx

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  7. I'm definitely tempted to buy this palette. It seems to have a great mix of shades. It's such a great deal compared to buying MAC eyeshadows individually!

    xo Ashley

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    1. It's brilliant value! And every shade is workable in one way or another - very practical! Xx

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  8. Pretty! I love Amber Lights and Butterfudge :) And that's an amazing deal for that much eyeshadow!

    The Oxford Owl

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  9. Its so hard to pick a fav! Lovely colors and swatches.

    Regards,
    D, x

    www.dellilahsnotebook.blogspot.com

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