For reference, I have olive NC37-40 skintone and green eyes. The MA recommended sketch to me after I walked around aimlessly for hours trying to find the perfect purple shadow to make my eyes pop. When the MA applied this on me, I must admit, it looked pretty good. She'd blended it with a 224 brush into a black kohl pencil and my eyes looked gorgeous.
However, when I use sketch by myself, I just cannot recreate the look. It makes my eyes look so dull when I use it funnily enough, it doesn't make the green pop. As an all over lid colour, I think sketch looks very drab. As a colour to create intensity in the crease or the outer v, it's ok. But it usually looks like a dark bruise on my skin. The colour is a medium-dark purple (depending on how much you apply) which some subtle flecks of red in it. It's a unique colour. The formula allows sketch do be used as a light wash, or layered for a darker colour. I just don't like shadows which require a lot of work to look good on me, and that's how I feel about sketch. I have since used Shale eyeshadow and it is soooo much more flattering on me, and easier to use.
Overall, this is a good quality shadow, but just doesn't work with my colouring.
I asked a makeup artist at the MAC store to show me a "Must-Have Eyeshadow" and this is the one he took me to. I was a little skeptical as I usually stick to neutrals, but bought it once applied. This shadow is, like everyone says, a sort of dark burgundy color. I think it shifts tones a bit when applied in different ways, like if applied in a light wash the purple takes on a slightly red tint, and applied stronger in a concentrated area it looks browner. I turn this shade when I get a bad bruise. The texture is Velvet, so it's closer to Matte than Satin but contains enough shimmer to keep it from looking totally flat, though you can't see the particles at all. It's like magic.
I've been using it every day for the past few weeks, so the makeup artist was right. I apply it to the outer corners of my eyes in a v-shape, bring it into the crease, and line my bottom lash line with it a little bit. It just seems to bring the look "together" without overpowering my face. I apply this just over the edges of my liquid liner as well, as Kevyn Aucoin suggested to soften the sometimes harshness of liquid liners. I used Print shadow to do this before (a gray-black from MAC), but I like Sketch more - I swear, it makes my eyes look somehow softer and better... it's like the purple has left an aura around my eyes that's imperceptible and hard to put a finger to, even though it makes its presence felt. I hope that makes sense to everyone.
Generally, I am just really impressed with this shadow. I have dark brown eyes with slightly olive fair-to-medium skin, and this shadow really seems to work for me. Jest pairs nicely with it in the inner corners. I can see this working for a really wide range of eye colors and skin tones, so I suggest everyone at least try it. Sketch would make a wonderful smokey-eye look, though I haven't had the occasion to do that on myself yet. The formula is wonderfully pigmented, non-chalky, blendable, and stays put (like we would expect anything less from a MAC shadow!). It's $14.50, not limited edition, fits a palette, and a Must-Have. continued >>
This is a very pretty deep plummish color with tiny copper flecks on my naturally tanned skin. I like to wear it as an eyeliner all around the eyes. It's also nice on the lid for smokey eye looks. I like the color on me but I absolutely hate the texture. It's difficult to blend. I am big on blendability especially with dark colors where harsh lines are more visible. I would not repurchase it for this reason.
This is everything and more. Great color, amazing texture. IMO it's a neutral plum--I get brown undertones as opposed to red ones. It works great for me and can easily go from day to night. Recommended!!
I wanted to love this, I really did. Such a pretty burgundy plum color, something different for the everyday brown. Looks like it has reddish undertones but doesn't apply like it at all! But I just couldn't get the color to stay, and it creased a lot.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this e/s!!!!!!!!!! I would recommend this product to anyone its a great color that would match any skin tone. Its worth the money!!!!
I adore Sketch. I've been using it almost EVERY day! It's been my go to shade on myself and women who come by our counter for makeovers when they want a change and want something new and fresh for the Fall. It's a great substitute to your boring brown crease or outer V color. I've also been using this a LOT on Brides that come in for their Fall weddings makeovers for the very same reasons named above. Every single person, I kid you not, that I've put this on, has walked away with it. I am an NC45 and it shows up great on my golden skintone, not too dark, not too light...just right. Same with deeper skintones who want a soft smokey eye, and my coworker, who's an NW20, wear this almost every day for work and looks AMAZING with it (I dont think I'd recognize her if she didn't have this one on actually).
Great shade and I think everyone who loves MAC should own this one!
I really, badly wanted to love this e/s! Itís a lovely colour and despite its reddish appearance in the pot, it comes out perfectly violet on the lid. Itís a lovely smokey eye colour and works well with my blue-green eyes. BUT: the colour creases and that has never before happened with any of my other MAC e/s. Major disappointment. Iím using the Painterly Paintpot as base and usually all my e/s, no matter the brand, stick for a whole day. This is really the first time this is happening to me and I just donít want to use another, lighter e/s underneath this one, just to make it stick. I have to take off two lippies for that.
Everything else works fine, though itís a little hard to blend. That usually happens with darker colours, so I donít really mind. Fallout is not that bad, either. And I really, really(!) love the colour and the way it makes my eyes pop.
Iím not sure if I will buy this again, though.
I am asian, NC30-35, and have never been able to find a plum eyeshadow that doesn't make me look like I have a bruised eye, until I found Sketch!! The MA recommended Sketch to go with Star Violet, but the color looked quite dark, and it didn't seem to spread easily, so I was hesitant to buy it. The MA put some on me, and I was surprised at how good it looked! It was quite dramatic with Star Violet, but exactly what I would be looking for if I had evening plans or something! In the daytime, I put Sketch in the crease with All That Glitters all over the lid. I have yet to try this with any other shadows, but I think it's very versatile! I love how it's color stays true on yellow-tone skin - rich plum (more on the purple side than red).
very nice maroon color with a bit of shimmer. everyone should have this color