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The picture on maccosmetics.com does not do this product justice at all. It is described as “frosted tarnished gold”, the picture online looks like an antiqued gold, something on an heirloom locket. It looks tame and like it would wear nicely on anyone. It looks like a perfect super shimmery neutral and like the perfect “with a tan” shade. Above the pigment is smeared on my hand dry. It is a really vivid metallic. I wouldn’t describe it as a gold at all. It is more of a melange of rust, gold, blue, green, teal pigment particles. It only looks “gold” under bright light and then it isn’t an antique or tarnished gold but a 24K flake spray paint gold. I like this color. It wears nicely with blues, greens, and orange. It is very metallic and looks good even alone worn as a wash (applied like this, it looks very green on my skin). It is just that this color doesn’t fit the description, so buyer beware if you are purchasing online or sight unseen.

I love MAC pigments, they can be worn anywhere mixed into a gel or cream base, applied wet or dry. I do find that if I apply this like a traditional shade like with an eyeshadow brush worn with other powder shadows, it does crease. This often happens with super shimmery products. After a day’s wear it is creasing big time even with an industrial strength base 🙂 I haven’t mixed this one into a gloss/gel base because I think it has too much green and blue to look OK on the lips or cheeks. I have been using this on the eyes only.

It retails for $19.50 and comes in a generous sized container. I am sure I will be throwing this out before I can use it all up.

I don’t usually do light blue shadows. They are too Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets horrible big hair 80s makeup. Plus, I feel it washes out my complexion. I realized that I needed a warm light blue. I’ve found the perfect shade with Scott Barnes Eye Ice in Blue Angel. The color is a lovely light sea blue with tons and tons of gold shimmer. It really warms it up and creates a gilded blue. I have never seen a color like it and this is coming from somebody that has steamer chests full of shadows. This colors really works with my complexion and makes my blue eyes pop. The pigment is very rich and one wash of color does the trick. It is a loose shadow formula in a glass cube container. It is a bit hard to get out without wasting a ton of product. The opening is not large enough to get a brush into. I am not wild about the packaging even if it is pretty. I’m trying to find something else to put it in so I won’t waste so much of this precious pigment. I’ve tried a few of the other colors and I love them too. They are kind of pricey at $25 but I think I am going to buy the purple, Glenda, because it is a dusty lilac that is packed with gold shimmer too.

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I am a huge fan of Milani shadows. They are long wearing and highly pigmented. The price can not be beat. I usually purchase the singles but the quads are very nice. One of my favorites, especially for redheads, is the quad in Autumn Earth. All the shadows are very pearly and a packed with pigment. There is a light beige shimmer. It is much lighter than the picture leads you to believe. Imagine a warm pearl. This looks amazing when worn under the arch of the brow. It creates an instant lifting effect. I use this shade sparingly under the arch with lots of looks. There is a rich forest green. This creates an amazing smoky eye that isn’t as harsh as black. The two “metal” shades are worth the $5.99 price tag alone. There is a pure gold shimmer and a pure bronze shimmer. These shades really make blue eyes pop. Dust a bit of the gold under the bottom lashline and your blue eyes will be complimented. I promise. This compact comes with an applicator. I never use it even though it isn’t horrible. One end is a sponge, the other a brush. I recommend this compact for any lover of shimmer and gilded shades, redheads, warm skintones, any eye color but especially blue, and gals with a tan.

Ohh I love these babies! They’re WHAM in your face chock full of pigment, you have to love it eye shadows. I know I am a little late reviewing these but I finally got out to see them in person. They provide a shimmery full-coverage look that is so easy to blend. First, they’re bigger than the normal MAC eye shadow. The compact is larger and the shadows are domed. There are two shades. One is solid and the other is a mixture of three shades. The three shades just mix up and make one shade. Personally, I wish there wasn’t a marbled side and two solids. Sometimes marbled can look mucky or chalky. Plus it just makes the compact look messy. But, it isn’t too big of a deal with these high quality duos. The texture of these bad boys will rock your world. I can’t explain why I love it so much, I just do. They’re soft and blendable but stay true to color. The cobalt blue in Sea and Sky is a true royal blue that will not turn green on my olive skin. I love the luxe color combination of Odd Couple which is a shimmery champagne marble and a Prince perfect purple. Fresh Green Mix is lovely and is a shimmery lime green duo that looks molten. Hot Contrast provides the richest, deepest black that is the ultimate in void. Polar Opposite has a silvery white that makes the best brow highlighter. The popular colors, the better sellers (or at least at this neck of the woods) are Love Connection, a lovely duo of shimmery gold and pink that is heavenly, Two to Glow a rich bronze and gold shimmer, Pink Split which is a shimmery pink and pinky plum, and finally Play on Plums which is a shimmery pink and rusty plum bronze. I understand why these shades are such great sellers; they’re something you’ll reach for everyday because they are so wearable. I like to compare the finish of these to loose pigment. Except there is no flaking and it is so much easier to use. Unfortunately these are limited edition for some reason. I would of bought like five yesterday but the bitches at these tiny town Macy’s ignored me and pissed me off. The bitch just sat in those director chairs and stared at me by the reflection of the mirror. Thy have no idea what commission they lost is all I have to say. Hell, I had on a full face of makeup and killer clothes. Never ignore a chick in red lipstick or you’ll have hell to pay. Yep, just sat there and didn’t say anything. Mimes say more than this bitch. Don’t you hate when people are that way? I worked their job before and never provided service with as much bitchitude as theirs. Yep, still bitter about that horrible customer service. So I’m ordering from the web. Or from the store in Nashville. I miss ya’ll.

Oh yeah, these retail for $17.50.