Finally, a brown that truly works for filling out my eyebrows in a natural, yet impactful way. As other reviewers have said, it is an absolute pain trying to find a truly neutral brown- no red, no gold, no nothing. Now that I have, I am really tempted to stock up, because this is definitely my HG brow color. Good color payoff, too. This pan should last a while- but I'm still ordering a backup!
Concrete is my favourite MAC eyeshadow,cool toned,I have grey eyes with little bit green in it,and this enhance the eye coor and doesnt look too much overdone even in the daytime,..it is lighter then basic brown color,very subtle very nice..I cannot imagine what I would use instead of this eyeshadow.It is just perfect.I like it very much.Please Mac never discontinue it.I took picture,pls have a look.
Concrete is an awesome cool toned medium - dark brown. It's a satin finish that appears more on the matte side, very pigmented, blends like a dream, and is extremely versatile colour.
I like using this for my eyebrows. Although, it had a greysih tone it goes perfect with my dark hair. It doesn't look too grey, it really looks natural. Expresso is too brown for me and too noticiably brown. My hair is dark brown, but not that kind of brown tone. I use this with Macs spike eyebrow penicl, it goes on really well I think.
How have I overlooked writing a review for this eyeshadow? I think it's the 3rd MAC shadow I ever purchased and my first fairly dark shade and I just love it. Concrete is the perfect neutral. Mac describes it as "muted taupe brown" but to me, it looks to lean more on the grey side of "taupe", though it certainly also has cool brown undertones. It is a Satin finish and so applies very nicely with no fallout and it blends out beautifully. It's one of those absolutely perfect crease colours that really is the backbone of any eyeshadow collection (along with Copperplate and Coquette, Concrete makes up my "3 C's of must haves"). Smudged under your lower lashes, it eliminates the need for an under eye pencil entirely. And it makes a very wearable daytime smokey eye for work/school - smokey but not over the top and you don't look like you forgot to remove last night's clubbing look!
Concrete is a great basic shadow with lots of uses.
A most unusual eyeshadow that is not to be w/out once you've worked w/it or own it. First off if you own Carbon and Brun then you must have this as it's a color right inbetween. It's hard to find an ashen/cool greyed/brown with this shadows impact.Concentrated and pigmented it is as are most MAC matte shadow within these tones of color. Try to find this color elsewhere. Don't bother as it's no where except at the MAC counter. These are "go to ' neautrals.
Adore this shadow. FINALLY a brown that looks good on me!! I use this in my crease to give definition. Its a greyish brown color. Cool toned, which is why it works for me. Good pigmentation and texture. Overall, I just love it.
A fabulous colour for my dark eyebrows.
What I love about this shadow is that I can apply a very small amount to fill in the gaps in my brows to achieve a natural look.
I also use this to go over my black pencil eye liner to soften the line and sometimes I use it in my creases as well to frame other colours.
I have to say this may not look like the most exciting shade (a basic dark brown, pretty much matte shade) but for me this is the most used and re-purchased "must have" eyeshadow from MAC ..
I use this everyday for my eyebrow color (i have dark brunette hair and brown/black eyebrows) this shade could not be more perfect for my brows (i have seen that many other people use Concrete for this purpose also)
BUT THEN it is also a great crease color when i do a brown/gold smokey eye look and sometimes i like to wear this all over my lid and blend it out as a 'one color look' i have bright green almost yellow/green eyes and this looks great!..
I can not ever be without concrete and if MAC was to discontinue this i would be lost!! will continue to re-purchase ....forever! love it!
Hmmm. Sometimes it's hard to be 'fired up' about neutral-type colors, but for what it is, this does the job.
Let me detour to say I'm not 'understanding' all this 'brow filler' talk from my brunette-peers here, this shade well... there are definite GRAY tones in it... now i'm not sure if gray is a go-to color for brunettes, but I'd imagine this would be a bit... ashy? It's definitely has more gray than the pictures online show it as.
That being said, I'm finding it's NOT the most pigmented of MAC colors - either used dry or wet. I mean it shows, it doesn't disappear, but it's not very 'rich'. I suppose in a neutral you'd want it to be a little more muted... which I guess it serves its purpose there. I've tried it both dry and wet as a liner and as a crease. I would imagine you can call it office friendly yet dark 'enough' to carry to happy-hour cocktails after-work.
Yet it's hard to give any resounding thumbs-ups because It's just.... there. I guess that's the nature of the beast for a good neutral-yet-borderline-dark crease. I do get the impression I'll grab it more often than not because of its versatility (I can see it working with both cool tones and warmer tones) and forgivability (it's dark enough but not jersey-shore tranny-glam).
I guess if you're looking for a muted and versatile medium-dark grayish-brown, this would be right up your alley. :)