I bought this after I had tried Kid e/s in an eyeshadow palette. I tend to favor browns on my eyes (dark brown), but they're too neutral and look almost 'dirty'. This didn't! It's a warm, medium peachy-brown color that goes perfectly with everything. Matte finish, doesn't crease or fade. I tend to favor more natural shades for a daytime look, so I wear Soft Brown at night and Bamboo (reviewed) during the day. I took off a lippie for the packaging; pot shadows aren't very portable (the shadow itself always seems to crack in my makeup bag).
I bought this shadow today - my first e/s from MAC, all based on the reviews. Of course I tried it first at the counter (would've have picked it up if I hadn't read the reviews, so I thank you all!). I'm Asian, ligh-med complexion w/ slightly yellow undertones, dark brown eyes - and have found most "browns" just look blah on me. Well, I found a look today that would be beautiful yet elegant enough for work - soft brown shaded over lid, line top lid with Blitz & Glitz, then a light wash of melon pigment over the lid and crease. This made my eyes look fresh and sexy. I can see this e/s being quite versatile. Great buy!
Love this shadow. totally underestimated it until an MA showed me how multifunctional it was. She used it as a base over paint, then mixed it w/ espresso for the crease THEN turned around and used it as my new favorite blush. This little eyeshadow has a permanent spot in my purse.
This is probably my favorite eye shadow - it's a peachy mid-tone warm brown that I use on the lid with swiss chocolate in the crease, vanilla on the brow bone and embark as a liner. Really makes blue-green eyes POP! It's also beautiful on it's own, as a wash on the lid. No creasing or fading, and I never use a base. Looks "eh" in the pan but turns out to be a must-have!
First of all, the name Soft Brown is misleading. It's orangey peach with a touch of brown. It looks orange in the pan and it looks orange peach on me. Second, every single MAC MA from different counters to different parts of the US keep recommending Soft Brown to me for pairing with greens, blues, and teals. I've been ignoring there recs for years and finally caved in last year. Well they were right. Soft Brown is the perfect accompaniment to greens, blues, and teals. It's especially beautiful as a crease color. The finish is matte but with proper blending it adds the perfect definition to my eyes without looking like "hey, I have orange e/s in my crease with blue e/s on the lid". Soft Brown is a boring color but sometimes the simplest colors have the most dramatic and effective impact. I will repurchase.
For reference I'm Stila 30 watts, Chanel Beige, and Armani LSF 5.5.
i am putting in my 2 cents on this because after reading the below reviews, i see no one mentioned using this as a BLUSH! this is my very first MAC e/s. i think i bought it in 1998 (when they were still selling large-sized e/s pans). i asked the ma for a neutral, natural-looking blush and she gave me this! i still have it. many MAC blushes (and e/s (-: ) under the bridge since then and i hardly ever use it but after reading the below reviews, maybe i'll start including it again.
This color is a must-have neutral. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it does have peach/orange undertones. Soft Brown isn't overbearingly peach/orange... It's just slightly more complex than it's name. :)The texture of this shadow is terrific like all of MAC's shadows, particularly their mattes. Soft Brown is terrific paired with darker neutrals and is especially beautiful when used in the "inner v" accompanying a more dramatic color on the outer part of your lids. You need this in your traincase if you're a neutrals girl AND if you like a dramatic look without looking like Mimi from Drew Carey. :D continued >>
What an excellent shade for everyday! The name is pretty explanitory. This soft brown is just perfect with my NC15 skin. It's enough brown to give me a gorgeous warm look on my eyelids, but it's not too dark that I look garish. It also has nice peachy orangey undertones for a little extra added interest. I wear it in the crease, I wear it over the whole lid, it's a very versatile shadow!! No shimmer, shine here either. It's a true matte shadow. This is an HG shadow for me.
I love this eye shadow. The color contrasts so beautifully with blue and green eyes... I think the color looks more orangy and than brown but that is just me. Also the shadow doesn't get stuck in the creases which is great.
I wonder why I'm only reviewing this now when I've been using it for two years!
This is the best nude/skin shade out there. One sweep and it opens up the eyes without the shimmer. It makes my lids looked neat and gives depth to my eyes. This is a great find. This looked unpalatable on the pan but it works wonders!!! GREAT GREAT product!!!