MAC Star Violet Eye Shadow Review

This is a reader review of MAC Star Violet Eye Shadow. Thanks Lanh Ma for the review!

When I think about my favorite eyeshadow, I immediately start thinking about MAC’s Star Violet. MAC has a long history of eyeshadows that are super-pigmented and which go on like a dream, but I think they’ve outdone themselves with Star Violet. This eyeshadow is described as being a pinkish brown with a rich plum undertone. The pearl glimmer makes it a natural for nighttime wear, and after you get over how strong the color really is, you’ll find that it can go with an amazing number of outfits and looks.

MAC Star Violet Review

In the first place, it is important to remember that while Star Violet is lovely, it is definitely one that needs some accompaniment. For all of its rich pigmentation, Star Violet is not a bold standout. Its strength relies on the fact that it is very deep and very saturated. If you want to get the full use out of this gorgeous eyeshadow, pair it with something that matches the brown or plum tones. If you are feeling really daring, using a white or cream eyeshadow to give it some highlights.

One of the big pleasures of Star Violet is how easily it goes on. The texture is very creamy and very soft, and it is wonderfully simple to work with. It goes exactly where you want to put it, and if you are a makeup novice, it is worth getting better materials at the beginning. Eyeshadows that are rough or which go on poorly will not give you much to work with. Star Violet’s creamy texture allows you to put it on easily and with no mess at all.

Another great thing about my favorite eyeshadow is that it has some serious staying power. Once it goes on, you’ll find that it will stay on for a good long time. When you go to wipe it off, it is recommended that you use makeup wipes rather than water. The thick pigmentation of this eyeshadow means that it will probably stick to your skin even after a bit of water has been applied.

The next question that you might have when you are looking at this eyeshadow is when you should use it. The truth is that Star Violet is so deep and so rich that you should likely save it for a smoky nighttime look. However, I have also found that if I apply just a small smudge of it and then combine it with something a lot lighter, I can give myself a very acceptable look for the office.

However well it does during the day, its when you wear Star Violet at night that it really shines. The velvety sparkle of this eyeshadow gives you the perfect look when you want to head out for a fancy dress ball or even out for a night of dancing. Because it is very much a background color, you can use it to keep your favorite brighter shades from looking gaudy or clownish. The browns in this eyeshadow do a very good job at keeping the whole look grounded.

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MAC Eye Shadow Carbon Review

This is a reader review of MAC Eye Shadow in the shade Carbon.

Let me start off by saying that I love all products MAC cosmetics makes! I first found MAC when I was unable to find the exact color I wanted at the drugstore. This company has so many colors and shades to choose from. I usually like to use a darker pallet so it is important for the eye shadow that I choose to not easily flake off on my cheeks during application. Its important to remember that you must apply a base before applying this shadow. It will help it stay better and longer. I don’t have to reapply all day while I am at work.


M.A.C. eyeshadow in Carbon

Carbon is the darkest black MAC produces. It can be blended with other colors such as Gesso to create a sexy smoky eye. This is my go-to look for most occasions since it goes with almost any outfit. I also like to use it similarly to a pencil on the top lid just to give an outline. With most of MAC’s eye shadow colors, Carbon is has a very rich pigment. It is also very easy to blend and there is minimal creasing even though it is a dark color. Carbon is a matte color so keep that in mind when applying. It will look different than shimmer. This needs practice to master but the payoff is really worth it to get the best look.

For those who have green eyes, blending Carbon with the beautiful Purple Haze or Vibrant Grape is a great selection to make them pop. When you apply eye shadow, it is better to use more than one color to give your eyelid more dimension. If you’re a novice, I would keep it to only two colors in similar color families. Carbon from MAC is very wearable and should be a staple in each woman’s makeup arsenal.

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Fall Eye Shadow Looks

The bright sunny days of summer saw glistening, shimmering shadows and light pastels and mauve eye shadows. When autumn begins, women naturally want a more subdued eye shadow style. This autumn season appears to point to a trend to using eye shadow to create smoky eyes. This is a style that is effective for day or evening wear and it’s relatively simple to create.

Smoky eye fashion

Fall Eye Shadow Accents Smoky Eyes

To create your personal autumn smoky eyes , consider your eye and hair color as well as skin tone. A smoky-eyed look needn’t appear garish. There are lucky ladies with contrasting eye, hair and skin colors like blonde hair, fair skin and green or blue eyes or brown hair, blue eyes and peach skin tone or red hair, hazel eyes and a complimentary skin tone. These women can create smoky eyes with three eye shadow colors. For ladies with coordinating eye and hair color and skin tones, like brown hair, brown eyes and olive or sallow skin, or brown or black hair, deep dark eyes and ebony skin tones, creating smoky eyes can be done with two eye shadows.

Choose Your Eye Shadow Shades

Create a basic autumn smoky-eyed look using three shadows for contrast or two shadows for coordinating. For three shadows choose a light creamy shade to accent below the eyebrows. Select a slighter darker shade for the eyelid nearest the lashes and then add a deep accent just above the eyelid and below the shadow applied to the area beneath the brows. The shades can vary by personal color preferences like a pale peach for under the browline, mauve for the eyelids and deep amethyst or violet for the area beyond the eyelid. Try other shades like muted blues or greens that graduate for the three areas of the eyes. Variable shades of matte gold and browns also work well to achieve the autumn smoky eye look.

For coordinating color tones, choose eye shadows shades that enhance eye, hair and skin colors. Apply a creamy beige under the browline, a chestnut brown on the lids and accent with a rich chocolate hue beyond the eyelids. For darker skin tones, apply a creamy ivory under the browline, a deep olive to the eyelids and accent with a deeper shade of olive green.


Tips For Smoky Autumn Eyes

Remember the three areas to cover with eye shadow to create your personal look:
. The area under the browline
. The eyelids
. The area beyond the eyelids that’s under the brow bone

Other Autumn Eye Shadow Shades

In addition to peach, mauve, amethyst, violet, muted blue, olive green, chocolate brown and matte gold, look for other popular autumn shades in a variety of copper, paprika, sienna and burnished brown hues. Autumn eye shadows for this season are resoundingly earth tones, given a dose of energy with pale beige, creamy peach and ivory. Eye shadow brings out color of the eyes as well as hair and skin tone and accents autumn wardrobes.

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