Based on the reviews and comments I've read, this product seems to be a hit-or-miss, and I completely understand why. For that reason, I'm going to disregard my avoidance of writing biased reviews and write an opinionated review for this product. Pressed Pigments are permanent. They were recently released for the MAC Spring 2013 collection. I own these in Amethyst, Blue Willow, Light Touch, Warming Heart, Smoky, and Deeply Dashing, and Jet Couture (I have separate reviews for each). All the shades are gorgeous and very pigmented. However, if you aren't a fan of glitter, then these aren't for you, because they have loads of glitter! I love using these when I want a super fun, deliciously sparkly look--they're my go-to for a night out or special occasion. I think it's the excessive amount of glitter that makes some people abhor this product. But, honestly, most of the controversy of this product comes in its application. Now, this is where it gets tricky. You'd think Pressed Pigments would be easier to apply than Pigments, but they're not. I've tried using this with multiple application methods: -Dry, MAC 239 brush, w/ UDPP: Tons of glitter fall-out off the brush! There's also some fall-out under my eye. -Dry, MAC 239 brush, w/o UDPP: TONS of fall-out! Too messy! -Dry, fingers, w/ UDPP: Your fingers pick up more of the actual pigment than glitter, so fall-out is minimal. But this also means that more of the product stays onto your fingers than on your eyelid when applying. -Dry, fingers, w/o UDPP: Your fingers pick up more of the actual pigment than glitter, so you have less fall-out than if you used a brush. There's still some fall-out though. But this also means that more of the product stays onto your fingers than on your eyelid when applying. -Wet, MAC 239 brush, w/ UDPP: Pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but generally it's the same as dry, only a bit more metalllic-looking. Some fall-out occurs. -Wet, MAC 239 brush, w/o UDPP: Pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but generally it's the same as dry, only a bit more metalllic-looking. Some fall-out occurs. -Wet, fingers, w/ UDPP: Your fingers pick up more of the actual pigment than glitter, so fall-out is minimal. But this also means that more of the product stays onto your fingers than on your eyelid when applying. Looks a bit more metallic. Minimal fall-out. -Wet, fingers, w/out UDPP: Your fingers pick up more of the actual pigment than glitter, so fall-out is minimal. But this also means that more of the product stays onto your fingers than on your eyelid when applying. Looks a bit more metallic. Minimal fall-out. I find that using fingers (wet or dry, w/ UDPP or some other tacky base or primer) is the best method. Brushes work too, as evident above, but if you want less fall-out, then fingers are the way to go. But I should note that I honestly don't think that UDPP is tacky enough to "stick" on the glitter of the Pressed Pigment. You're going to need to use a stickier base, like MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium (I use this with loose Pigments all the time, but I haven't tried it with these yet) or maybe even MAC Paint Pots. I also think that the MAC 215 is a better brush option than 239 (MAC recommends you use this brush too), because it's more dense, hence picking up more product. I don't have the 215, though. I'm not quite too sure about its wear time, but I would guess that it's about the same as MAC eyeshadows. The only difference would most likely be the fall-out. You're no doubt going to experience some fall-out without some kind of base or primer, so I highly recommend you use one. The reason why I rated this product a 4 is because this product has tons of potential, but not very many people are patient enough to stick around long enough to discover it--either that, or they dislike the glitter, or they just can't handle the fall-out. I strongly recommend you not give up on this product! Just play around with it, like I did, and see how it works best for you. THEN you can use your judgement to decide if you like it or not. It costs $21 for 0.1 oz. (3 g) of product. Would I repurchase? Yes.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion
AntiqueGlitter 1/9/2013 8:41:00 PM
I received this in the Urban Decay Ocho Loco set. Perversion is just about the best black pencil eyeliner out there. No, it's not the deep, rich black color that dubs it so--although the color is undoubtedly the blackest black, it's not impressive. There are other options that are just as black, including drugstore eyeliners (namely, L'Oreal Extra Intense in Carbon Black and Prestige Total Intensity in Deepest Black, to name a few). What makes Perversion superior to the others are its formulation. The formulation of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-Ons are incredibly heavenly amazing. They are not only creamy (but not overly so) and smooth, but they really do stay put all day long! Perversion stayed put on my upper AND lower lash line without smudging or fading for 10 hours. It does, however, smudge a little bit on hot days (90 degrees and up) and during my dance classes (I'm an avid dancer), but that's to be expected, especially since my eyelids tend to be oily. On the waterline, though, it only lasts for a few hours, but that in itself is already pretty good wear time. I haven't tried an eyeliner that lasts more than an hour on the waterline. It's also great for black smokey eyes! Although this is my favorite black eyeliner, nothing can justify its price. Not get me wrong--I'm a frequent high-end makeup customer--but $19 for an eyeliner is ridiculous. The only time I ever get UD 24/7 liners is if I purchase them in sets, where you get more bang for your buck. Otherwise, I'd never buy them individually. Would I repurchase? Yes, in sets.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
AntiqueGlitter 1/9/2013 8:12:00 PM
An internationally well-known, best-selling cult favorite in the makeup community, UDPP is the best eyeshadow primer available on the market. Ever since I first heard of it a few years ago, I simply had to have it. I've gone through one tube since (I'm not an avid eyeshadow wearer), but it definitely won't be my last. I never wear eyeshadow without UDPP! To apply, simply apply it all over the lid and whereever else you're going to apply eyeshadow (for example, if you're doing a smokey eye, you'd apply it on the lower lid as well), and that's it! UDPP extends the wear of eyeshadow to last all day long and makes any eyeshadow apply vibrantly. It also prevents glitter fall-out (that is, if you tap off the excess eyeshadow off your eyeshadow brush before applying the eyeshadow) and creasing. This shade, Original, is a sheer nude that applies pretty much translucent on my NC35 skintone. Don't worry about the color; it'll apply translucent. If you want a little color, then try one of the other Primer Potions (in addition to Original, they also come in Sin, a shimmery pink-champagne; Greed, a shimmery gold; and Eden, a matte beige). The packaging is basic, but very recognizable. It has a standard purple squeeze tube with a silver Urban Decay-esque screw-on lid. It used to have a doe-foot applicator, but now it's a squeeze tube. At $20 for a 0.37 oz. tube, it's rather pricey, but definitely worth it, in my opinion. One tube will last you for quite a long time. I highly recommend it! Would I repurchase? Yes!
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter
AntiqueGlitter 1/9/2013 7:57:00 PM
For a basic, everyday lip balm, this lip balm doesn't disappoint. One thing I love about Burt's Bees is that they're an organic brand, so there are never any artificial ingredients. You're probably thinking that its heavenly mango scent is added fragrance or some other fake ingredient, but it's not--it's from the mango butter, of course! One word: LOVE. Okay, well, actually, I have to admit that sometimes the scent makes me sick and somewhat nauseous, but at other times I just want to inhale the mango-y goodness forever! The number of other butters in the ingredients are contributors to the nice sheen this lip balm gives. So when I want a hint of moisturizing natural-looking shine, I just apply this. The wear time isn't great--just a mere 2-3 hours--but that's the average wear time for lip balm, anyway. The reason why I lowered the rating to a 4 is because its moisturizing aspects aren't exactly the best out there (Vaseline still wins this category), so if you have truly chapped, sucked-the-moisture-out-of-my-lips lips, then this lip balm isn't for you. But if you're like me and you just need a little moisture, then this is great! Would I repurchase? Yes.
Like its sisters, Naked and Naked 2, Naked Basics is a promising palette. It includes 6 eyeshadows, 5 of which are matte. The texture is very smooth and finely-milled. It applies evenly and smoothly with good pigmentation, and it lasts pretty long by itself, but the wear time isn't the best. To achieve that, you need to wear UDPP underneath. Below, I listed all the shades with their color description and pigmentation level in addition to comparisons to the other Naked palettes and personal notes, when applicable. From left to right: -Venus: Satin cream (excellent pigmentation) (similar but more yellow than Naked's Virgin and Naked 2's Bootycall) -Foxy: Matte warm ivory (excellent pigmentation) (included in Naked 2) -W.O.S (Walk of Shame): Matte neutral ivory (excellent pigmentation) (included in UD empty eyeshadow palettes) -Naked 2: Matte light taupe (excellent pigmentation) (similar but more cool than Naked's Naked) (I can use this to contour my face) -Faint: Matte cool-toned medium brown (excellent pigmentation) (similar to Naked's Buck) -Crave: Black with brown undertones (excellent pigmentation) (incredibly similar to Naked 2's Blackout--the two are pretty much indistinguishable--except Blackout is a true black, with gray undertones) Although there's nothing wrong with the formulation and quality of these shades, it's the COLORS that made me lower the rating. The shade selection is very disappointing. Although they look totally different in the pan, Foxy and W.O.S look far too similar on my NC35 skintone--they're indistinguishable! Also, since my skintone isn't that fair to begin with, this palette basically comes with 3 highlight shades, all of which I already have similar shades in my MAC eyeshadow collection and Naked palettes, and 3 other very UN-unique shades (all of which I already own similar shades, again). Also, I also lowered the rating because of its size. This palette is tiny! It fits in the palm of my hand, and it's barely larger than an iPhone (half the size of a Naked palette)! C'mon, Urban Decay--I know you're expensive, but for this size, $27 is kind of overpriced! I only recommend this palette if you frequently wear matte eyeshadows and if you don't own the Naked or Naked 2 palette (or other matte eyeshadows). Otherwise, it's not worth it, in my opinion. Would I repurchase? No.
Urban Decay eyeshadows never fail me, and this palette isn't an exception. As usual, the formulation is exceptional--smooth and crazy buttery! The pigmentation doesn't disappoint either, but not all the shades have maximum color pay-off. It shouldn't be a problem if you wear it on top of UDPP, though. I'm pretty happy with the shade selection--unlike the original Naked palette, this time, they got the shades right in Naked 2. Loving the addition of black! Below, I listed the shades with their color description and pigmentation level in addition to comparisons to the Naked palette and personal notes, when applicable. I marked my favorites with an asterisk (*). From left to right: -Foxy: Matte peachy cream (sheer pigmentation) (This only shows up when I pack it on and don't blend. Once I blend, it turns completely invisible on my NC35 skin! While deciding how to make use of this shade, I figured out that it makes for a great translucent matte, but VERY natural-looking, face powder. I hate the matte look, but this is an exception--it looks natural, but still matte!) -Half Baked*: Shimmery light gold (excellent pigmentation) (repeat from Naked) (My all-time fave eyeshadow! It brightens my dark brown eyes in the most beautiful way!) -Bootycall*: Ivory with frosty sheen (good pigmentation) (dupe for Naked's Virgin) -Chopper: Glittery peach-champange (good pigmentation) (not as champagne as Naked's Sidecar) -Tease*: Matte cool beige (excellent pigmentation) (Good for contouring) -Snakebite: Shimmery warm chocolate (excellent pigmentation) (not as warm as Naked's Smog) -Suspect: Shimmery beige (good pigmentation) (not as pink as Naked's Sidecar) -Pistol: Shimmery medium gray (good pigmentation) -Verve: Shimmery oyster pearl (great pigmentation) -YDK: Shimmery pink-champagne with glitter (excellent pigmentation) (dupe for Naked's Sidecar; similar to Toasted) -Busted*: Shimmery cool dark brown (good pigmentation) (dupe for Naked's Hustle) -Blackout*: Matte black (excellent pigmentation) In addition to these twelve shades, this palette also comes with a Good Karma eyeshadow brush, which is double-ended with a blending brush on one end and an eyeshadow brush on the other. The eyeshadow brush side doesn't pick up product that well. This brush is exclusive to this palette. I prefer my MAC 239 and 217 brushes over this, but this brush isn't bad. Definitely worth keeping! It also comes with a mini Lip Junkie in Naked, which is a non-sticky lipgloss in a shimmery rose shade. Its pigmentation is generally considered good, for a lipgloss. I really like the packaging of Naked 2. It's a step up from Naked's packaging, in my opinion. It comes in a metal case with a full mirror (versus Naked's mini mirror). It's sturdy--I did a drop test and all eyeshadows were perfectly intact. Apparently it looks like a pencil case, according to my sister, who thought it was one when she first saw it. Although this is purely an opinionated observation, the price point of this palette is just right, especially for Urban Decay. For $50, you get 12 highly pigmented eyeshadows with incredible quality and a heavenly formulation as well as a good quality double-ended brush and a mini lipgloss. I think that's well worth the price. Would I repurchase? Yes, but I doubt I need to!
UPDATE 11/24/12: I disagree with the previous reviewer below me--I'm NC35 and this looks great on me! I believe it'll look great on anyone, including medium and dark skin tones, as long as you apply it minimally and you know how to apply it. As with most makeup products, you can make almost anything work for you--it's all in the application and technique. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Copacabana is an invisible pink with a silvery frosty sheen--exactly the same as Benefit High Beam, except it seems to me that High Beam is more frosty and has more reflects (which I prefer). But that doesn't mean that Copacabana isn't good. In fact, this is a great highlighter. You can add some to your cheekbones (or on cheekbones on top of blush), nose bridge, middle of chin, Cupid's bow, inner eye corners, or brow bone--or wherever you want--to achieve a nice glow. Be careful not to overapply, though--as with all highlighters, less is a LOT more! I'm not too keen on the formula, though--it's not runny, nor is it too thick, but it's not totally long-lasting. Within a few hours of wear time, I notice that it's already gone. Of course, the packaging is convenient enough to carry in my bag for touch-ups, but I'd rather not have to touch up at all. It's also quite pricey, retailing at $30 for a 1.1 oz. tube. Would I repurchase? No.
Mascara -Christian Dior - DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
AntiqueGlitter 11/16/2012 9:14:00 PM
This sh*t is the BOMB. I have to admit, when I purchased this, I didn't expect much, considering its brush looks like the type that does nothing but separate (ahem, Maybelline One by One), and my previous experience with mascara primers were not so good, but this? Oh, man, this stuff really is awesome. Like most lash products, the first coat really doesn't do anything. You have to layer on multiple coats to achieve the full effect. The second coat, for me, gave a substantial amount of length, but the third and fourth coats really give me super incredibly long lashes, and it actually curls my lashes! Can you believe it? Something other than an eyelash curler actually curling my lashes! And my lashes actually stay curled the entire day! Unlike face and eye primers, however, this doesn't prolong the wear of mascaras, nor does it prevent smudging and clumping. In fact, that's not the purpose of mascara primers at all--the purpose of them is to add additional length and volume to your lashes, so that your mascara can add even more legnth and volume. It basically acts as a "booster", in a sense. I find that this product is the key to achieving the dramatic, huge lash effect--I can virtually pair this with pretty much any other mascara and have good-looking lashes, but I personally think it works best paired with the Dior Diorshow Mascara (say hellooo to ginormous lashes!). Of course, it's not very cheap retailing at $28, but for a mascara junkie like me, I think the price is rather worth it. Would I repurchase? Definitely.
The hype revolved around this mascara is somewhat false. I will agree that Diorshow a great mascara, but only to an extent. There's only so much that $25 can buy you, so based on all the hype and its pricing factors, I didn't expect much, based on my previous bad experience with hyped, expensive products. I can say that Diorshow was a--what do old-fashioned people call it?--"pleasant surprise". It gave adequate volume and substantial length. The first coat was mainly volume, second coat added more volume and length, third coat added more length, fourth coat clumped, fifth coat really clumped. So, after using an eyelash comb to comb out those nasty clumps from the excess coats, my lashes were long, full, and--wait for it--curled. Whaaa...? NEVER have I used a mascara that curled my lashes, so this is a first. That said, it doesn't curl my lashes to the capabilities of an eyelash curler, but it does give my lashes some lift. Its wear time is the same as any other washable mascara, and it doesn't smudge or flake. I should also note that it does have noticable fragrance in it, so if your eyes are sensitive to such things, you may want to stray away. The scent is only noticeable during application, though. I prefer to pair this with the Diorshow Maximizer, a mascara primer that delivers UNBELIEVABLE length and curl. (I have a separate review for the Diorshow Maximizer.) Diorshow with the Maximizer gives me huge, gorgeous lashes that's impossible for me to achieve with other mascaras, without an eyelash curler. It's somewhat pricey at $25, but I think if you're a big mascara junkie like I am, the price isn't too bad. Would I repurchase? Not sure, but I probably would, should I have the spare money. I'm DEFINITELY going to purchase it in Azure Blue, though.
UPDATE 11/23/12: Forgot to mention that the coverage of this foundation is actually medium coverage, but it's VERY buildable to full coverage. It's so buildable that I can even use it as a concealer--just pat pat pat and voila the blemish is gone. (: Doesn't work that well on dark circles, though, but foundation isn't supposed to anyway. UPDATE 11/4/12: I tried this in Natural Tan, and it's much darker than Warm Golden than it appears to be in the jar. Natural Tan is actually a better match for my NC35 skin tone than Warm Golden is, but Natural Tan is way too pink. It doesn't have any pink undertones, by any means, but its undertones are too pink compared to my skin tone. Warm Golden is actually a little too pink for me too, I found, but it's more wearable than Natural Tan is, undertone-wise. ORIGINAL REVIEW: This foundation deserves much more than 5 lipsticks. The coverage, for one, is outstanding. It has full coverage (not completely opaque)--it covers up redness, acne, and most of my dark marks. I even use it on my under eyes, because it lightens my under eyes (doesn't cover them, but that's a good thing bc I think completely covered under eyes look really unnatural on me). You would think with the coverage, it would look cakey, but it's not. It has a really nice flawless finish that begins semi-matte but settles into a satin finish. As the day progresses, my face's natural oils seep through, making my face a more luminous-to-dewy finish, which I really like. I don't get oily at all! I also love the consistency. I have a strong preference for cream foundations, so this product's creamy consistency is one of the main reasons why I love it so much. Now, it's not mousse-like at all like you would expect from its name "Whipped"--it's just...like any other cream foundation--a little goes a long way due to its creaminess. Due to my laziness, I tend to apply foundation with my fingers, and this foundation is no exception. I get full coverage with my fingers, but I haven't tried it with brushes or a sponge yet. The lasting power is outstanding, too. In a typical autumn day (approx. 60 degrees F), with a primer underneath, it lasts all day long, from 6 AM to 12 AM, no kidding. It lasts through rain too, but it's not like I was in the rain for more than a few minutes, anyway. I haven't tried it under warmer temperatures, and I haven't worn it any longer than that, but I have worn it to a few of my dance classes (they're extremely high intensity classes, so I sweat) and it does last through the classes, but I get somewhat shiny too (the shine might be sweat or oil--I can't tell). The shade selection is great. I chose Warm Golden, because in the original Colorstay, Warm Golden was my shade match--that was a year ago, but apparently I got darker, because now, in Colorstay Whipped, Warm Golden is a bit too light for me. Warm Golden has the PERFECT undertones for me though. I'm about an NC35 in MAC, 153 in MUFE HD (bit too yellow for me), and Maple in CG NatureLuxe. I have a medium skin tone with slight yellow undertones. The main complaint of reviewers here seems to be the packaging, but I actually like the packaging. It's a very chic, high-end-looking glass jar. It IS bulky and large and heavy, hence not being travel-friendly--I'll agree with that--but you aren't supposed to travel with glass anyway. If I ever need to bring some of this foundation with me, I just put some in a little container that I have. Problem solved! Anyway, for just $13 you really can't go wrong. This stuff beats almost all the high-end stuff out of the water, and for only a quarter of the price! I love this foundation so much! Would I repurchase? For sure!
I have NEVER been so psyched about a palette before! When I first laid eyes on it, I knew that I had to have it. Chaos (a must-have color I've been obsessed with since seeing it so much during Fashion Week) and Provocateur (makes me drool) were really calling my name. But I was looking forward to Jagged and Nevermind too. So I got it, and I was a little disappointed with the quality, but I'm still glad I got it. I ended up liking some shades that I never thought I'd like, and this palette is actually a lot more versatile than you may think it is. Below I marked my favorites with an asterisk (*): Desperation: Dark taupe with satin finish and a slight sheen; excellent pigmentation Muse: Dark chocolate brown with sparkle; good pigmentation Jagged*: Olive-bronze brown with gold and brown shimmer; good pigmentation Blitz: Yellow gold with high metallic finish; excellent pigmentation Penny Lane: Orange copper with metallic finish; excellent pigmentation Junkie: Teal with frost finish and gold shimmer: excellent pigmentation Chaos*: Bright electric blue with micro-shimmer; good pigmentation Occupy: Denim blue (gray-ish navy blue) with shimmer; excellent pigmentation Unhinged: Turquoise with metallic finish; excellent pigmentation Black Market: Blackened brown with satin finish; excellent pigmentation Provocateur*: Pink champagne with pink and silver shimmer (GORGEOUS); good pigmentation (some fall-out occurs) Rapture: Muted mauve with frost finish; good pigmentation Vice: Violet purple with frost finish; excellent pigmentation Noise: Bright hot pink with satin finish; excellent pigmentation Armor*: Soft taupe with soft frost finish; excellent pigmentation (most used) Nevermind*: Light graham cracker brown with frost finish; excellent pigmentation (most used) Anonymous: Creamy ivory with matte finish; excellent pigmentation Echo Beach: Pale golden sand with soft frost finish; good pigmentation (most used) Freebird*: Soft warm pink with gold shimmer and metallic finish; decent pigmentation Laced: Pinky beige with matte finish; excellent pigmentation Even though some of the shades are on the sheerer side of the spectrum, and not all of them are as "buttery" as I know UD eyeshadows to be, I don't find any of them to be particularly terrible. They're all very smooth and finely milled, and I can easily use all the shades. I can even use the bright shades to line my lower lash line, or use them as a pigment to make colored mascara, gel eyeliner, or liquid eyeliner. I do hope they make some of these into singles, though; I'd definitely buy them. The Vice palette retails for $59, which is pretty pricey, but that's the price I would expect from UD. Overall, this is a good addition to my palette collection that I don't regret. Would I repurchase? No; I doubt I'll use mine up since you barely need much product.
Beauty Marked is one of the most unique and beautiful eyeshadows that I have ever seen. When I saw it at MAC, I knew I had to have it. It's a blackened red-purple with sparkles. The pictures don't do justice--at all. You MUST see it and swatch it in person in order to get the full effect of its beauty. I mean, c'mon, its awesome name is enough to draw me in to buy it! (Whoever came up with this name and shade is a genius.) The texture, however, isn't the best. It's just not as smooth as other MAC eyeshadows are. But the color pay-off is good. You hardly need much product for maximum color. This is, however, a very dark shade, so you may or may not want to apply less for a lighter color. So far I've only came up with 2 looks with this eyeshadow: -Sunset-inspired: Amber Lights on inner 1/3 lid; Expensive Pink on middle lid; Cranberry on outer lid, Beauty Marked into crease, on farthest outer lid, and smoked on outer 1/3 of lower lash line for drama and intensity. -Satin Taupe all over lid and Beauty Marked on outer lid and smoked on outer 1/2 of lower lash line. I'm trying to experiment to see what other looks I can come up with with this. Would I repurchase? Yes.
Satin Taupe is one of my favorite MAC eyeshadows. It's a gorgeous cool-toned taupe with silver shimmer. Keep in mind that this eyeshadow has a Frost finish, so stray away if you don't like shimmer. It's no problemo for me, though, because I actually prefer Frosts. I prefer Frosts not only because it's frosty, but because typically the texture of Frost (not just MAC Frosts, but any frosty) eyeshadows tend to be very smooth, luxurious, and buttery, which is exactly how I want my eyeshadows to be. Satin Taupe is no exception. It has a very buttery texture with great color pay-off that allows you to have maximum pigmentation in just one sweep. That said, this is a shade that's unique and pretty enough to be worn on its own, but neutral enough to be paired with a multitude of other eyeshadows for a wide range of looks. I've worn this with a neutral look, a black smokey eye, a dark brown smokey eye, a neutral brown smokey eye, and some other. Two of my favorite looks using this eyeshadow is: -Worn alone with bright teal eyeliner on the lower lash line. -All over the lid with Nocturnelle on the outer lid and a little bit of Beauty Marked on the farthest outer end of lid to add drama and intensity to Nocturnelle. Would I repurchase? Definitely!
Brule is a nice neutral to have. It's a true soft beige that I often use as a blending shade. Its uses, I think, depends on your skin color-- I don't use it all over the lid, because it's too similar to my skin color hence it doesn't really show up. I've heard of some really pale people using it for contouring and as an all-over-lid shade, which could work. Tanned or dark-skinned people could use this as a highlight. It is finely milled but it's not as soft as I would prefer it to be. All Satin and Matte finish MAC eyeshadows seem to be this way, but the color pay-off is good, at least. So, all in all, I *might* repurchase--that is, if I ever even finish up this one refill pan--but I don't think I will, because it doesn't have enough uses for me, and its boring color unmotivates me.
Since I'm such a neutral fanatic, I figured that I needed some color in my eyeshadow collection, so during my colored eyeshadow haul I picked this up. Cranberry was a shade that I knew that I would like from the start--it's a frosty cranberry that you can wear with many, many other shades like you wouldn't imagine. It's much more versatile than any other non-neutral eyeshadow shade, in my opinion. The texture is also a lot softer and more "buttery", like UD eyeshadows are, than other MAC eyeshadows, which I really like. You could probably wear this all day without it fading or creasing, even without primer or a base, as the color pay-off is great and there isn't fall-out! Several combinations I came up with using Cranberry: -All over lid with Beauty Marked on outer lid and into the crease and Pink Freeze on inner corners and inner lid. -Woodwinked or UD Half Baked all over lid with Cranberry on outer half of lid; deepen the farthest outer part of lid with Brun; add Brun into crease; and Nylon on inner corners. -All over lid, blended out with Expensive Pink. -All That Glitters all over lid, Cranberry on outer lid (good for neutral, everyday look). -SUNSET-INSPIRED: Amber Lights or Goldmine on inner 1/2 lid; Expensive Pink on middle lid; Cranberry on outer lid; deepen farthest outer part of lid with Beauty Marked; Soft Brown into crease for blending. There are other looks, of course, but these were my favorites. (: Would I repurchase? Yes.