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Hi Ladies! I hope you're all well and having a fabulous Saturday so far. Its the weekend, yay! I'm currently snuggled up on the sofa about to stuff my face with Malteser bunnies - bliss! One of the most frequent 'requests' I get via email, twitter or comments on other posts is 'please do a blog post about your MAC eye shadow palette' - so here I am showing it off in all its glory.

I've been collecting MAC shadows for quite some time now but have only recently finished filling my 15 pan pro palette. I don't have the money to splurge on random eye shadows very often so its taken me quite some time but after receiving some shadows for Christmas, I've finally got there, yay! If any of you own a MAC palette you'll know how satisfying it feels to finally have a full one. This also means I can now share it with you lovely lot and you might just spot some shades you like the look of or haven't seen before. The majority of my palette is neutral shades as I'm very much a neutral girl when it comes to eye shadow, however there is the odd bold shade thrown in there for good measure. 

When I first started dipping my toes into MAC eye shadows a couple of years ago, I was completely clueless to the range of shades and finishes they offer. Much like the MAC lipsticks, their range of shades is humongous and the various names and finishes can be quite confusing. All of the shadows have fun and quirky names (one of the things I love about MAC as a brand) and the 'finish' of each eyeshadow is essentially the texture and effect it will have on the eye. The finishes MAC currently offers are – Frost, Lustre, Matte, Matte2, Satin, Veluxe, Veluxe Pearl and Velvet. Wow, that’s a lot of finishes. Each of them are summed up perfectly on the MAC website so if you want to know what each of these finishes means, I’d head on over there for a look. I was considering summing each of them up myself but I’d be here all day if I did and theres already lots of fabulous blog posts out there that do this better than I could.

So if you don't know how MAC eyeshadow palettes work, they are available for anyone to buy on the MAC website and come in three different sizes - 2, 4 and 15 pan. When I say 'pan', this just means the amount of spaces each palette has and how many eyeshadows it can hold. I recently bought the newly released palettes with the clear lid and I have to say, I adore them. However, let me point out that with the new look palettes you have to buy the actual palette and the inset to hold the eyeshadows separately (this confused me at first). I currently own this 15 pan one and a quad I use to keep 'every day' shadows in and its a more travel appropriate size too. They are so handy for keeping all of my eyeshadows together as once you've bought the palette, you buy the 'pan' eyeshadows individually and pop them inside. They come with a little magnet on the bottom and once you've popped them in, they stay nice and secure. You can remove them as well though so don't worry about not being able to move them around and re-organise. To buy a standard MAC eye shadow it costs £12.00 or to buy it in pan form for the palettes it costs £10.00 so for me personally, it makes more sense to do it this way. I realise you have to buy the actual palette first which is an expense (£20.50 for the two parts) but saving £2 on each shadow means you save £30 in total so it still works out a little bit cheaper this way. Yay for savvy eyeshadow buying ;)! They also do a blush palette too, if you're more of a blush gal.

So, moving on to my collection, I thought I’d go through each of the shadows I own and give a brief description of each. I do apologise for the huge amount of photos but I wanted to get decent swatches of each and this was the best way for me to do that.

Vanilla, Wedge & Espresso
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Vanilla (Velvet) - Vanilla is an Ivory shade and completely matte. I'm not sure why the finish is Velvet as I'd definitely class this as a matte eyeshadow. To be honest, I don't get much wear out of this one as it doesn't seem to show up on my skin tone, boo!

Wedge (Matte) - Wedge is a neutral light brown. This shade is great for contouring the eye socket to add some extra dimension.

Espresso (Matte) - This is a deep chocolate brown shade and again, the finish is matte. Its the perfect shade for my eyebrows and I sometimes use it as a crease colour when I want a subtle brown smokey eye.

Nylon, Shroom & Satin Taupe
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Nylon (Frost) - Nylon is one of my most used MAC eyeshadows as its the perfect highlight shade. Its a muted yellow gold and highly metallic thanks to the Frost finish. I mainly use this in the inner corners of my eye and my brow bone but it also looks lovely all over the lid.

Shroom (Satin) - Again, this shade is perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners of the eye. This one is white with silver flecks compared to the yellow and gold tones in Nylon. Its also slightly less shimmery due to the Satin finish.

Satin Taupe (Frost) - Satin Taupe is one of MAC's most famous shades and I can absolutely see why. As the name states its a beautiful taupe shade and unlike any other shadow I own. Its a great crease colour and perfect for a sultry smokey eye.


All that Glitters, Woodwinked & Mulch
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All that Glitters (Veluxe Pearl) - Another of MAC's most famous eyeshadows is All that Glitters. Its a muted peach shade with gold shimmer running through it. Its the perfect shade to wear on an everyday basis and one that would suit any skin tone.

Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl) - This was the first MAC shadow I got and its my all time favourite (this is my second one). Woodwinked is a beautiful metallic antique bronze/gold shade and it looks truly stunning against blue eyes which is probably why I'm such a fan! I wear this all over the lid and the metallic finish is just beautiful. My most worn shade, ever.

Mulch (Velvet) - Mulch is like Woodwinked's slightly darker sister. Its a shimmery chocolate brown with gold running through it and paired with Woodwinked it looks bloomin lovely!


Sumptuous Olive, Cranberry & Sketch
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Sumptuous Olive (Veluxe Pearl) - Again, another new addition to my collection and one I have instantly fallen in love with. For me this is like another Woodwinked as it has the same intense antique gold finish except with more olive tones instead of bronze. This is a beautiful colour to pop all over the lid and a bit different from your standard golds and browns.

Cranberry (Frost) - If you've read my blog for a while, you might of seen the 'Autumn Eyes' look I did with Cranberry here a little while ago. That post is one of my most popular to date and so many of you told me you'd gone and bought this shade after reading my post. Its a truly beautiful and unusual shade with tones of red, pink and purple running through it. Great for the Autumn/Winter months.

Sketch (Velvet) - Sketch is a deep purple/plum shade and a great companion for Cranberry. I used this is my 'Autumn Eyes' post too if you want to see it in action.

Club, Knight Divine & Carbon
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Club (Satin) - Club is another recent addition to my collection and a colour I've really been enjoying using. Its a deep navy shade with tones of brown and green running through it. Its a very unique shade and it looks fabulous when worn in the crease to create a smokey green look. I paired this with Sumptuous Olive here in a recent post.

Knight Divine (Veluxe Pearl) - Knight Divine was one of my very first MAC eyeshadows along with Woodwinked and its a great shade for creating a dark and dramatic smokey eye. It can be worn all over the lid for a very dramatic look or in the crease for a more subtle effect.

Carbon (Matte) - This is another of MAC's most popular shades and a staple in my collection. If you like experimenting with eyeshadows, then a matte black like Carbon is a must-have. Its the most versatile shade of the bunch and can be paired with any other shadow. It can be used in the crease to create a subtle smokey eye, layered up to create an intense look and even used in the place of an eyeliner. I love it!

To summerise:

Favourite Shade: Woodwinked - The most beautifully versatile metallic shade and it makes my blue eyes really stand out.
Least Favourite Shade: Vanilla - it unfortunately doesn't show up on my skin.
Favourite Finish:  Frost & Veluxe Pearl - Its a tie between these two beautifully metallic finishes. I definitely love a bit of shimmer.
Least Favourite Finish: Matte - Like I said above, I'm a shimmer girl. However, I do think a couple of matte shades are essential as you don't want to look like a disco ball ladies!
Shades I would recommend for someone stating a collection: Shroom, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe and Carbon. (You can create so many different looks with this lot!)

So there we have it, my MAC eyeshadow collection! I hope you've enjoyed seeing my collection and have hopefully discovered some new shades or shades you like the look of. If you haven't already tried them, I can't recommend MAC eyeshadows enough. They're the nicest eye shadows I've ever used and the quality and pigmentation is worth every penny in my opinion. Even though I already have 15, I know I'll end up wanting more and starting another palette so if you have any suggestions, do let me know in the comments below. I currently have my eye on Expensive Pink, Antiqued and Amber Lights. Surprise surprise, more neutrals!

You can find the pro eyeshadow palettes and pro palette refill pan eyeshadows on the MAC website.

Do you own a MAC eyeshadow palette? What are your favourite shades?

Lots of Love,


78 comments

  1. Sketch and Club look amazing, very jealous of your palette :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  2. I really love this palette! You always write such nice reviews :) super helpful!!
    Great post!

    XO
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  3. Oooh I've always wondered what colours you had in your collection! I am very much a neutral girl too & love my Urban Decay palettes. I feel the need to get my hands on Woodwinked though as I have blue eyes too xx

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  4. you always write great reviews, this was super helpful thanks :)

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    Kamila xx

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  5. I own a palette like yours. I've only got it half full so far. Out of my collection so far I have a couple of favourites including Naked Lunch, All that glitters and Cranberry. I'm currently lusting over Sable, Woodwinked and Satin Taupe

    C xx

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  6. Love your collection, I have shroom and wedge and love them for a daily nude look xx

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  7. Lovely collection hun, I love that you have such a diverse palette that you can create loads of looks with! xxx

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  8. My palette looks a lot like this! Love the look of Knight Divine, and I've been contemplating sumptuous olive, think you may have just spurred me to add these two my basket...

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  9. Oh my, why have I just read this! Now I want so many more mac shadows that I did before! Ive thought about splurging and starting a 15 pan palette before but it does end up totalling a heck of a lot of money, you're a lucky lady having a full one. I've never seen Knight Divine before but it looks so lovely, and I'm lusting after Expresso pretty badly too. Such an amazing palette, I'm very jealous of your collection! xxx

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  10. I love getting a sneak peek of other people collections. This was a great post! :-) x

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  11. I am sooo jealous of your collection Kayleigh! I think my favourites have to be 'all that glitters' and 'satin taupe', I also LOVED that look you created with 'cranberry' and 'sketch'. Would love to see some sort of make up collection or storage post :) xxx

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  12. Great collectiion! I really like the new palettes from MAC because of the clear top but somehow I can't get myself to throw out the old ones...
    :) xx
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  13. All the colours are gorgeous. I have all that glitters and I love it so I am tempted to get some more of these that you have! xxx

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  14. eeeee :) been waiting for this post so this was really exciting! You have a gorgeous palette :) chosen such nice colours! I want to start one but didn't really know where to start so this was really helpful! I want woodwinked so bad haha! definitely gunna be my first! lovely post hun :) xxxx

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  15. Love this post.. gorgeous shades! I love the look of Club :) xx
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  16. Really enjoyed reading this post, I'd never considered putting together my own mac eyeshadow palette before but I certainly am now! All of these shades are gorgeous.
    Holly xo

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  17. This is a brilliant post Kayleigh!! I am very jealous and want a lot of these shadows now! I love MAC palettes I'm hoping to have my own one day, It's just a shame they cost so much :( xxxx

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  18. I have nearly finish building my mac palette, I think after reading this I might have to add cranberry as my final colour :) lovely post xx

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  19. I always enjoy reading your posts Kayleigh, super informative :)
    Cranberry and Sumptuous Olive are lovely!

    Amy xxx

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  20. woodwinked is beautiful!xx


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  21. This is beautiful! Woodwinked is definitely my favourite shade, I love All that Glitters too! xo

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  22. Gorgeous colours! I love the Cranberry colour, you have a gorgeous palette

    Lauren
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  23. I have to agree with Woodwinked, it's a gorgeous colour! And I love the new see through palettes...going to have to get one of those :)
    Definitely added a few more colours to my wishlist...need Cranberry in my life for next winter it's beautiful

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  24. Cranberry looks like such a beautiful colour. I have a dupe for club from MUA which only cost £1! I have never tried anything from MAC but have got Woodwinked, all that glitters, mulch, shroom and satin taupe on my wishlist :) xo

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  25. ve3ry very jealous kay, youve got some lovely shades in your collection. ive now got my eye on carbon and mulch :) Espresso is the shade i use for my eyebrows at the moment too :) i know what you mean about it taking ages to fill up the pallette, theyre rather pricey, but worth it. your eye make up always looks lovely though :) x

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  26. Such a gorgeous collection! I'd really love to start a MAC palette but I could see it getting quite addictive...I can't believe there are so many colours and finishes to choose from! xxx

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  27. Lovely collection. I would love to start one of these palettes off as I only have 1 MAC eyeshadow at the moment.

    My favourites from your palette are Nylon, Shroom and All That Glitters xx

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  28. I love all your choices so much! I need to get a palette for all my loose eyeshadows... slippery slope? Haha.

    Rachel x

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  29. Lovely choices, i've got quite a few of those in my collection too!

    Kimberley x

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  30. I feel the need to invest in more eyeshadows now! I usually just use the naked palette and my mac quad. Nylon is my go to for brow bone highlighting and is easily the eyeshadow I use most :)
    Xo

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  31. I always feel like reading your posts is like sitting down and having a conversation with you! :) love this post I still can't get my head around the price of mac shadows these days, it's crazy right?!?! xx

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  32. I'm currently building my Mac palette up at the moment. I am loving All That Glitters! I definitely need to try Mulch & Cranberry x

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  33. Your palette is beautiful, some of my favourite shades in there:) x

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  34. These are so beautiful! Whish I had MAC eyeshadows :)x

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  35. Such a nice picked palette. Satin taupe is one of my all time favourites along side woodwinked too. The thing I love about MAC shadows is that they are fairly all pigmented with a few exceptions. I think the only one I have that doesn't really show up on my skin is retrospeck.
    Great post x

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  36. Gorgeous colours! xxx

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  37. You've picked some great shadows. I have a few MAC Palettes and I love the look of the new style clear fronts - makes life as a MUA so much easier when you can see what's in there without opening/labelling every single palette xx

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  38. You've got a lovely selection, I also have so many which I'm using still, but as I became cruelty free a few months ago I'm either replacing and not buying from them anymore, although they do have some of the best shadows :-) x x
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  39. Such a great collection hun! Adore Woodwinked as well, it's my all time fave shade!

    I am running an International Giveaway on my blog now, and I'd love it if you enter! xxx

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  40. Such stunning colors! I love the shimmer the colors provide.

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  41. Woodwink and Mulch look gorgeous! xx

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  42. You have some really gorgeous colours, I love Cranberry! xxx
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  43. I'd love to make up my own Mac palette! I actually don't own very many Mac shadows but i really do need to invest in a few. I love the look of 'Club'! Fab post beaut love how you showed the swatches :) x

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  44. You have the perfect Mac palette! I need to get Mulch and cranberry next x

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  45. Awesome post, you have a perfect MAC palette! I love All That Glitters, I use that one all the time! I would suggest you try Vex the next time you have an eyeshadow craving, it's an amazing color!

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  46. Great collection! You have eyeshadows for every look you'd want to create! I have a few Mac eyeshadows but this has made me aware of some amazing ones I hadn't seen before! Great post <3

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    Faye xx

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  47. Love the look of Club, Sketch and Satin Taupe. I want them all. I have most of others haha but them I need! Great post! So jealous that you have the new palette too! It looks so pretty compared to the old ones! xxx

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  48. I really want to buy Cranberry :) x

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  49. Love this post! I have some of the shades you have, I also love woodwinked! I need to try Nylon, wedge Knight Divine and sketch :) xx

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  50. Oh god, I'm nearly hyperventilating. I want every single one of these eye shadows!!! I'm so jealous, definitely going to have to invest in some mac eyeshadows! Xx

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  51. I just finished mine too! I love sable and all that glitters the most :) x

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  52. I love your reviews! You have all the shades that I'm lusting after. My favourite eye shadow from MAC is Naked Lunch but I really want Woodwinked and All that glitters!xx

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  53. All That Glitters has been on my wishlist for the longest time, it's gorgeous! x

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  54. Fab post! I've bookmarked it as there's so many in your palette that I'd love to try, but I know I'll end up forgetting them all!!xx

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  55. Love this post, have added a few shades to my (never ending) wish list and it reminded me that I already own Woodwinked... :)

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  56. that's a pretty beautiful pallet lovely and you have picked some amazing shades to go in there. I really need to sort myself out a Mac pallet as it looks like a lot of fun putting together your favourite shades. And I love that you have worked out how much you save buy getting one of these in the first place. Very makeup savvy hehe xxx

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  57. Brilliant post hun I really enjoyed it!:D I always get so overwhelmed with all the colours when I go to MAC it's so good to see what colours actually look like before going to buy!:D xxx

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  58. This is a lovely collection I've been wanting to start one of these palettes for a long while I might save up some money and get onto it, yours has really inspired me! Xx

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  59. Such a great collection! I'll definitely have to pick a few up next time I pop into a MAC store!

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    xxx

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  60. If I had a MAC palette I think mine would look identical to this!!

    Alice xxxx

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  61. i have a few of these colours already and love them!
    you have a great taste for mac eye shadows.
    think i'm gonna have to go buy all of these now aha
    x

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  62. I need Sumptuous Olive in my life! Too pretty xx

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  63. Wow this is quite possibly my favourite mac palette ever! I recently found your blog and would just like to say I really love it and as a new blogger it's so inspirational. This post in particular is photographed so beautifully and I can totally appreciate how much work goes into something like this, absolutely fab! Xx

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  64. This is such a good post, got a list of all the shadows i need to pick up from Mac now. I better start saving haha!

    P.xx
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  65. when I first saw the first picture I thought that was my mac pro palette, haha! i have many of the same shadows as you! i love all that glitters! i like the way sumptuous olive looks may have to pick that one up!

    -ariel* xoxo
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  66. You have some lovely colour choices!
    Hayley xx
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  67. Great post, 'Sketch' looks gorgeous :) x

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  68. look amazing....love it sooooo much

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  69. Amazing!!! I must get some mac eyeshadows! I have a palette, it just needs filling www.adoramehitabel.blogspot.co.uk

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  70. Awww Love your palette, Such pretty colours! Love Sketch! :)

    Pipp xx
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  71. I love the range of colours you have! Woodwinked and Cranberry seem to be standouts for me :)

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  72. What a gorgeous palette! I currently own no MAC eyeshadows, I may treat myself to a couple once I graduate :)

    Satin Taupe and Cranberry are probably my favourite, although Mulch and All that glitters are also very nice.
    Amy xx
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  73. Such a gorgeous palette! If I were to customize my own it would look exactly like this xo

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  74. If they weren't so expensive, I wouldn't mind building up a collection of MAC eyeshadows, they're so gorgeous! Love your palette. :) xo

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  75. I only own three MAC eyeshadows, but I found a lot that I want to get :D thanks so much for this post, its super helpful :D

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  76. So helpful thank you ! These swatches are beautiful!

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  77. One of the most frequent 'requests' I get via email, twitter or comments on other posts is 'please do a blog post about your MAC eye shadow ... imaceyeshadow.blogspot.com

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