Hey loves! I decided to start a little blog segment called MOTD, or MAC of the Day. I am going to feature a new MAC product each time. I am planning on just showing regular and pro items that are currently available so if you want them, you can still get your hands on them. Occasionally, I just might sneak in an HG, hard to find, uber rare MAC item for kicks. So, on with the show! Today I wanted to show you MAC’s eye shadow in Hepcat.
Hepcat: Jazzy little deep blue-wine (Frost)
Hepcat is a great colour for brown and green eyed gals. It can sometimes look a bit bruisy on the lid for us paler gals, but is so bold and amazing on darker complexions. Tip for the paler gals: Use Hepcat in the crease or as a liner on the outer, lower lid (smudged into a black pencil) to avoid the bruisy/pink eye look.
I know that Hepcat bears a striking resemblance to Plum Dressing when you look at them side by side, but there are differences.
Hepcat is a frost and applies much more sheer than Plum Dressing. Plum Dressing is a veluxe pearl and therefore extremely opaque and pigmented. Plum Dressing also has more burgundy to it. Also worth noting is that Hepcat is a very smooth frost (as in zero chunkiness).
Hope you enjoyed your MOTD. Stay tuned for more!
The entire vision of the Makeup Art Cosmetics collection mixes subtle neutrals with wicked pops of colour. The Technakohls and single shadows diffently fit into the latter. Need a sneak peek? Click “Read More” below for further details, pics and swatches……
Colour Matters Technakohl Liner
Violet Trance Eye Shadow and Off the Page Eye Shadow
The Notoriety quad is a nice, neutral quad. The formulas and shade range give it a good amount of variety. Here’s a breakdown by colour:
Skintone 1: This is a slightly golded off-white with rose undertones. In the pot, Skintone 1 looks like a spot-on match to Solar White and Shore Leave, but when you apply them, there are differences. Shore Leave is more frosty white and Solar White applies more gold. Skintone 1 is slightly chunky in texture (it’s a lustre, folks, no surprise there). Definitely not as smooth as Solar White and Shore Leave. Skintone 1 is one of those perfect colours for the brow bone, tear duct and lid.
Rich & Earthy: This colour is the beauty queen of the quad. It is pretty close to Mythology, but a tad lighter and less red. Rich & Earthy gives you a reasonable dupe of Mythology, but without the troublesome lustre formula. It is gorgeous, smooth and will be perfect on a good range of skin tones. Rich & Earthy is a veluxe pearl.
Skintone 2: This is the type of gold that I adore. A true, neutral gold without heavy yellow undertones. This is a frost formula and applies nicely pigmented and super smooth. Butta. A great staple, neutral gold that will add to subtle looks, but go unabashedly bold when paired with vivid blues, purples and greens.
Notoriety: A basic dark brown with pretty brown pearl on the top. Well, that’s how it looks in the quad, at least. When you swipe it a few times, the sparkle tends to kind of disappear. There is enough sparkle left to preclude it from brow use, sorry. It’s a nice basic brown, but easily dupeable. Notoriety is a velvet formula shadow.
Overall: A great neutral quad. Perfect to pair with bold red or wine stained lips. The quad is almost worth getting just for Rich & Earthy and Skintone 2. This quad will be a fantastic base of colour if you choose to add in some of the more vivid items in the Makeup Art Cosmetics collection.
The MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics collection is due out on 18 Aug on MACcosmetics.com and 20 Aug at counters and stores.
Do you have any of the quads on your list? What is it that is drawing you to a particular quad?
- NARS Best of Lips Palette
Top: Copacabana Multiple, Chelsea Girls Lacquer and Dolce Vita Lipgloss.
Bottom: Orgasm Multiple, Eros Lipstick and Red Lizard Lipstick.
- NARS Essential Eye Palette
Top: Unconditional Love, Night Star and Galapagos
Bottom: Nepal, Ondine and Thunderball
I think the lip palette is a definite must if you want a good sampling of NARS cult faves. Anyone interested in these? Do you wear any of these colours? What do you think?
Sephora now sells the MUFE (Make Up For Ever) palettes. Being that I have been gagging to get my hands on one of these for ages, I instantly snatched one up. LOVE! First off, the MUFE palette and single shadow system is genius! Why oh why doesn’t MAC do this?
Click “Read More” below for full instructions and photos of MUFE palettes, shadows and depotting….
One of the reasons I have never depotted any of my MAC shadows is the fact that it is so permanent. The fact that I can’t pop them in and out of the palettes AND the single shadow pots just seems inefficient and so, well, permanent.
MUFE solves that by offering shadows and blushes that you can move back and forth from palettes and individual pots. They make this possible by holding their shadows in the individual pots with magnets, not glue like MAC does. What does that mean? It means depotting MUFE does not involve, the heat, burns, fumes and headaches that depotting a MAC shadow does.
It seems only the shadows that are in the newer version of the MUFE individual pots are held in by magnets. Both the newer and older MUFE palettes have the same design and same outer package colour. The only differences are that the old pots have a semi-matte finish to the black plastic and a back label that is all black with white text. The newer version has a glossy, black, plastic container and the back label is mostly black, but has a white stripe where the shadow number and lot are listed.
To depot, I started with a MUFE shadow/blush #89 (MUFE shadows and blushes are the same size). If you look at the shadow in the pot, the metal pan sits slightly above the black plastic shadow pot that holds it. I just used my thumb to gently push the pan up and away from the magnet. That was it. Then, you just slide it into the MUFE palette.
Another way to depot (which I figured out in the comments of this thread. Yay, Specktra!) is that the newer MUFE individual pots have a hole in the back of the palette, which you can just stick a pin through and push the shadow out. To find the hole (which is covered by the label), just take a pin and start pushing in around the center of the back of the individual pot where the lot # and colour # are. This is in the area of the white stripe on the label.
So whilst this was much easier than a MAC depotting, it wasn’t all fluffy bunnies and fairy tales. Some of the shadow pots aren’t raised up as high as they could be and are therefore extremely difficult and seemingly impossible to remove. Thus, the cosmetic carnage that follows…..
A few things I learned:
1. I always held the shadow upside down when removing the shadow from the pot. Let gravity help you.
2. I thought perhaps if I got a stronger magnet, it would overpower the one in the MUFE individual pot and pull the pan out. Noooope. Not so much. Couldn’t get that to work.
3. Can’t get the pan out of the pot? Try holding the pot in your hand with your palm and shadow facing down (make sure they are upside down and over a towel), then smack the back of your hand. The force will cause the pans to either fall out or jiggle loose from the pot. Having a towel there to catch any fall out, save your carpet and cushion the fall is a must.
4. Remember depotting in the above mentioned methods only seems possible with the newer version of the MUFE shadows. The new versions have a glossy black plastic pot and a back label that is black with a white stripe.
Overall, I really like this system. I will chalk up my two fatalties to being a beginner and work on my technique.
The palettes are $20.00USD at Sephora.com.
Do you depot your MUFE shadows or do you plan on it now that the palettes are so easily available?