Beautiful colour on my NC50 skin. It glides on perfectly, I normally add some carbon to the outer corners, just to smoke it out, and sometimes some woodwink in the tear duck and massive false eyelashes (if I'm going out)
LOVE it!! Gorgeous color for anytime wear and looks great with blue eyes for a pop of color besides a smoky brown or bronze! Always in my makeup bag.
I absolutely LOVE this shadow. The best way I've found to wear it is over black. Use a soft kohl blended over the lid or a black paintpot as a base then pat this over it. It looks absolutely stunning on green or blue eyes.
Cranberry is a very pretty Red plum with a pinkish undertone. Its a Frost finish, and the texture is smooth and easy to blend. It's a shade like MAC's Star Violet, you either love it and it works for you or you hate it and think it makes you look sickly. Star Violet is more of a brownish plum instead of a red, but they're both around the same tone-wise. Anyways, I feel like this color looks good on cooler skintones as the pinkly plum can compete with the natural pink in ones skin and add to ruddiness. The color also looks great on darker skin women and pretty much any eye color, so that is a bonus. The easiest way to use this color is as an accent. I like to do a color like Jest all over the lid, Cranberry through the crease and maybe Sketch on the outer corner for a pretty purple smokey eye. You can also use it with cooler plums like Fig 1 to tone the pink down a lil. If you like pinks and purples this looks pretty with Stars and Rockets on the lid, Cranberry in the crease and Carbon on the outer corner. This is a nice bright, but still smokey eye. For what I like to call a "Sunset eye" I like Cranberry in the crease with Coppering on the lid and Handwritten on the outer corner. Overall if this works for your skintone this is a really versatile shade to have in your collection. Once you start using it in different ways you realize how much use you can get out of a shade that can look scary in the pot. I hope some of my pairings help some of you find new ways to use this beautiful color.
For me, the two best MAC eyeshadows are Cranberry & Club. That said, Cranberry looks the best on my brown eyes. Whether I combine it with other shadows or use it alone, it never fails to make my eyes look larger and prettier. I often combine it with a warm light brown, putting it in the center of my eyelid to bring out the color of my eyes. Cannot emphasize enough how great this color is. Although it looks a little scary - it is just a superb color! continued >>
I have had this for ages and never used it a whole lot, because I felt like in the crease it looked like a bruise. But when my coppery-red Falling Star started to show more pan than shadow, I rummaged through my collection for a slightly similar color. When I came across Cranberry I decided to try it as an all-over lid color, and I loved it! Looks rich and sumptuous, without being too bruised looking. I love it, and I am so glad I found a use for it!
I absolutely love this eyeshadow..It is a very flattering color for green eyes like mine..I often combine it with sable all over lid and cranberry on the crease,,or with woodwinked on lid and cranb on crease..And i love doing smokey eyes with this and a little black.So many combinations and so beautiful color..I will buy it again and again!
Beware... this eyeshadow can make you look sick or emo... the only way I can make this shadow work and not look scary is to wear it over another neutral shadow like UD Stray Dog. I apply the neutral on the lid and above the crease and then layer cranberry over it in the crease... it helps to tone down the red. Check out my blog for pics:
I'm not very skilled with eye shadow application yet, so I can't offer much feedback except for this:
--- deeply pigmented
--- very flattering for green or hazel eyes (like me)
--- a little bit goes a long way if you use it over eyelid primer
--- seems to be a versatile color
This is my only MAC eye shadow that I have loved and used so much that I've ordered a new pot of it. My first pot lasted me 4 years. I didn't use it daily because I was busy with college, but I've used it a lot these past 2 years. I just opened my new one a few days ago.
i'm actually re-reviewing this after having owned it for another year. this is a shimmering pinky, purple burgundy with a warm base. it's a gorgeous, unusual colour with great pigmentation, but can take many tries to make it your perfect colour. i want to share some of the ways in which i've used this over the months to give anyone some ideas.
1. 'Naked Lunch' from lid to brow, 'Carbon' in the outer corner, 'Coquette' in the crease and this blended over the crease, outer corner and outer lid with a flat shader brush, as well as on the lower lash line.
2. this on the lid alone with 'Carbon' in the outer corner and 'Handwritten' in the crease.
3. this on the lid mixed with 'Moon's Reflection' and any whitish highlight to make a lavender and then something else in the crease/outer corner if you want.
4. this mixed in the crease with 'Coppering'
i also advise that you load a brush with this and take it with you in your make-up bag because this colour tends to fade.
i also wanted to add that my eyes are a warm brown colour, and someone said they thought i had hazel green eyes from a faraway glance (which i don't), i was just wearing this! green-eyed ladies definitely need this colour!
i think this is definitely one to try.