I Finally Finished My MAC Palette. Hurrah!



I’ve had a bit of a roller coaster relationship when it comes to MAC Eyeshadows. I first discovered them when I was a student, living off baked beans and snubbing books for beauty when it came to my student loan. Priorities, you know? The day that I discovered all my recommended reading was available for free at the library was a good day. It was about that time that I decided that I wanted to own every single eye colour that MAC made, paletted up and stored in a labelled and orderly way. I began my mission, purchasing my first 15-pan palette and beginning to fill it up. First came All That Glitters and the rest of the bronzey neutrals followed. I almost filled it before realising I never used half of them, purging and getting rid of my least-loved in blog sales and to family and friends. I got it down to one handy quad, before it grew again to two and now we’re back to a 15 strong pan game with just two slots left to fill. It appears that I just can’t help myself when it comes to the small discs of lid lovin’ goodness. The texture, the colours – going shopping for them feels a bit like going to a sweet shop. So here are the latest and final purchases of my pear drops MAC eyeshadow haul…

I entered MAC with the intention to purchase two shadows and came out with three. Typical. The shade Folie unfortunately got a bit smashed up in a non-carpeted floor incident and was on its last crumbly legs, so that’s how I justified bumping it out for that third pan that I just couldn’t leave the shop without. After doing that thing were you pick up lots of colours that you like the look of, check the name on the bottom and then realise you already have it, I came across Starviolet; which was a much-recommended shade from you lot. It reminds me a lot of Cranberry, but with a purple twist and with purples being lacking in my line-up as it stood into the basket it went. There’s a shimmer running through it that creates an almost foiled looking effect when it’s swatched and with a brown base it’s wearable enough for everyday wear.

One shimmer down, I decided to focus my search on mattes. I didn’t own much in the MAC mattes department, just Omega and Espresso and with me filling the rows up with warm-toned colours I thought I should invest in a matte that could cuddle up into the crease and accompany these. I reached for Swiss Chocolate and it was love at first swatch. A deep, rich, reddy brown it was exactly what I was looking for and pairs perfectly with any of my middle row residents.

At this point I should have left the eyeshadow stand and headed to the counter but the swatch-fest continued and my inner makeup magpie that currently lusts anything in the eye department that has a red vibe going on caused my already shadow covered finger to swipe into the shade Coppering and WOAH NELLY. It’s like the more orange version of Cranberry and with a minimal base and lashings of mascara I can confirm that it looks lush. I’m sorry Folie, but Coppering was well worth nudging you out for.

So how does it currently stand? Well the top row, left to right, contains: All That Glitters, Era, Omega, Soba and Woodwinked. The second rows homes: Texture, Antiqued, Starviolet, Coppering and Antiqued and finally the bottom row has: Sable, Swiss Chocolate, Espresso, Club and Smut. Yep, I’m happy with my choices and this time they’re here to stay.


  • Love this, I know what its like to be living in a budget!! 🙂

  • I adore all these shades! I’m not one for bright colours and I tend to cling to neutral these are all up my alley. Well done for finishing your mac palette, I hope I can soon too! Holly x

  • I have long outgrown my quad time to upgrade and also get Omega, woodwinked and (one which has no-name yet!) while I am at it!


  • philippa

    I reaaally want a mac palette, I’ve got a single and a duo but it doesnt feel the same as a proper palette (:

  • Karen Williams

    Love mac eyeshadows. Have just ordered three more to add to mine. Wanted more neutral but have strange colours in mine at the minute. Just not sure how to take the palette apart when it is full. Any ideas?

  • claire morrison

    These shades are all gorgeous! x

  • jasmine turner

    Such a stunning palette, you have some amaaaazzzzinnnggg shades!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  • Stuff of dreams, favorited for future sweet shop trips!

  • Such a lovely palette!


  • Sharmi Shah

    All the colours look so great!

  • Lizzie

    Oh my your palette looks so pretty! I still have a few spots to fill in mine but I’ve got lots of inspiration now! 🙂

  • Eleisha c

    I love the shade Antiqued! I think it looks beautiful on pale eyes and blends amazingly.

  • I have one Mac eyeshadow (all that glitters) and really like it, but I don’t think they are worth the price. They are 19$ each here, and to build even a quad would cost the better part of 100$ with tax. I actually much prefer the Inglot eyeshades (the quality is amazing), and for half the price, I can fill up my palette without denting the wallet too much.


  • I’m still working on my MAC palette. Yours is so pretty!

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  • Chrissylilly

    I’m a bit sad to say that I rarely use my Mac palette. I’m not a huge eye shadow girl anymore and, when I do feel bothered to apply it, I tend to steer towards my Naked 1 palette!!

    I did a big purge of my makeup collection recently though and, when it came time to think about my Mac palette, I just couldn’t part with it! Even though I don’t use them, the colours are fab!

    My first shadow was Satin Taupe (still a fav of mine). I love Smut for a smokey eye too (it’s so much easier to deal with than a pure black!!).

    Chrissy x

  • emily couture

    such a beautiful palette and this is making me want to go and buy a load of mac eyeshadows now! 🙂

    emily xx

  • Jessica Sutherland

    That is one gorgeous looking MAC palette! The top row is beautiful!! I’m also an All that Glitters, it’s my favourite.. & Starviolet is next on my list to buy! I’d love to see that swatched…maybe you could do a ‘top 3 MAC palette looks’ post? x

  • Bernadette

    All those shades are absolutely gorgeous, I never saw myself as buying mac eye shadows because i’ve found so many great ones that are more affordable. But I mean those shades are just too stunning to pass up!

  • That is one dreamy palette Anna, and I’m so glad you went for Star Violet it’s such a lush colour!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  • Emily Knott

    I love my MAC palette. Naked Lunch is my favourite. I’m currently giving away a MAC palette over on my blog 🙂

  • I’ve always loved the look of Coppering in the store but thought it might be a bit too orange on pale skin, do you have a way of making it a bit more flattering? Great post as always 🙂 xx

  • Manouk

    We like the same shades! ATG is my favorite as well, also hit pan x

    WOMANOUK beauty / art

  • The reddish/coppery shades suit you so well! I love the background of these photos by the way and love what you’ve done with the blush and the hair 😀 (guessing that was intentional anyway, haha)


  • Such lovely colours! Great little post 🙂

  • These shades are beautiful! I need to start investing on all MAC eyeshadows too!

  • You had me a MAC x.

  • Ana

    I bought coppering 8 years ago… And only used 3 times! :S

  • I really want to start building up a Mac palette. Starviolet is so pretty!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

  • alice bea

    I really want to try the cranberry shade!

  • These are all such beautiful shades, great choices!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • I adore my MAC quad. You have some really lovely shades x

  • Its. So. Beautiful!xx

  • Cristina Golban

    such a beautiful palette perfect shades for everyday makeup.

  • I love All That Glitters and I definitely want to try Smut, Woodwinked, and Espresso. They all look beautiful!

  • sofika
  • Oh my god…seeing a full MAC palette like that is like makeup porn for beauty lovers haha. I’ve always wanted to build my own MAC palette like that but it can cost a whopping SGD 500 >.<


  • Kat Horrocks

    I feel like filling a Mac palette is like a coming of age thing for a beauty blogger hahaha! I’m not quite there yet but will one day!

    All That Glitters & Satin Taupe are two of my all time favourites, but I also love Omega because it’s hard to find a really pale cool tone matte like that, so versatile for fair skin/brows!

  • Mandy Bajwa

    I’m still filling my palette! beautiful colours…

  • Ooh I’ve been wanting to start building a MAC palette (I only have Sable right now), and these are all such lovely colors! On to the list they go!
    Kelsey |

  • Maggie

    I like the variety of colors MAC offers but that are not as creamy as some other shadows. It gets really frustrating!

  • That is the most beautiful palette that I have ever seen! I really need to start one

  • Lauren

    Such a great selection of colours… Mac eyeshadows are just my favourites – they apply so well and the fact that you can fill a palette with all your favourites minus the few duds that usually appear in a preformed palette is aweseome! I am so tempted by coppering at the moment but I’ll try to be good and resist for now!!! 🙂

  • I love it!! I need to start one, too!!

  • Vanessa

    What is the name of the last eyeshadow in the second row? I know that you listed names, but it looks like antiqued was written down twice for the second row and they look like different colors. Thanks!

    • Rachel


  • You have a gorgeous selection! x

  • What a beautiful collection, bold while being neutral and entirely wearable. I usually just buy palettes rather than making them but I can imagine the feeling of accomplishment when finally filling up the empty slots!

  • Millie Robinson

    Love them all! Cranberry is such a gorgeous shade! x

  • I’m still in the process of filling mine – only four more slots to go though! 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Lovely palette! I want to get my own 4-Pan quad soon and I’ll definitely check these shades up since they’re right up my alley!

    Catpacking | Beauty & Travel

  • They look beautiful, I am definitely feeling jealous!

    Devon x

  • Love the look of every single one of these, definitely a bit jealous of this palette!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Your choice of colours are beautiful.
    How I would love to have you MAC eyeshadow palette 🙂
    I still have a few more pans to fill up mine~
    My favourite is ‘all that glitters’ and I’m lusting over ‘coppering’ right now!

    Ying | * Y i n g c b e a u t y *

    X x X x X

  • This is a gorgeous selection, Anna! Star Violet is such an amazing, unique purple shade 🙂

  • Cranberry is indeed a beautiful shade, nice palette you’ve got there x


  • SamanthaSeries

    I’ve never even bought anything at MAC… but I want to get the Face and Body foundation and an eyeshadow quad 🙂

    Samantha Series

  • I absolutely love Omega, Espresso, Soba, Swiss Chocolate but I think my all-time favourite of the more daring shadows is Craberry ! 🙂 Have just completed my second palette but have one which I prefer that contains the shadows I use the most ! Loved this post, nothing like a bit of MAC to get the heart pumping!

    Scandinavian Beauty Blog ||

  • Cherie Tang

    Ahh so excited you bought Swiss Chocolate-its my favourite! Its the most gorgeous warm orange-y brown matte, and is great for a transition/crease shade 🙂

  • Athena Politou

    Beautiful palette but why no swatches?

    • Miss m

      I agree… It’s lazy!

  • Great picks! Definitely want to check out Coppering.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • theblackblush blog

    Great selection! Cranberry is one of my favourites!

  • Congrats! 🙂

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

  • Chantal

    You have such a great variety of shades and they look like really pretty eyeshadows. 🙂 x

  • Coppering looks amazing! *puts on wishlist*

  • Julia

    Your palette are so pretty! You’ve picked the most beautiful colours. If I had a Mac palette it would probably look a bit like yours 🙂

    Julia x
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  • Bella

    We have ten shades in common. Great choices ;).

  • Charlotte

    Haha congrats! I think your palette really have amazing shades, perfect for a neutral girl like me and I love the orangy shade 🙂

  • The palette looks amazing! I really like Cranberry! xx
    Lara from

  • All of these look gorgeous! All That Glitters was my first shade too! 🙂
    Em x

  • Abby

    This is amazing! I only have 2 shadows so far, and storing them in a z palette. But love how sleek the MAC palettes look. We will see how fast my collection grows haha, especially with this inspiration.

  • kattylea

    Uh oh… I’m at the “one handy quad” stage and see my resolve to stay minimalist slipping every day. Swiss Chocolate is beautiful, and remind me of my favourite MAC eyeshadow: Brown Script. Coppering, I’ve never noticed before. Maybe I need a 5th MAC shadow afterall….

  • Starvoilet looks gorgeous! Will definitely check it out next time I’m near a Mac counter.

    Claire xx

  • How do you LIVE without Naked Lunch!

  • Fizza N.

    I’ve never been into palettes but slowly I’m being converted. I think I’ll try out matte shades before things get too crazy and I have glitter dripping into my lashes x

  • You have some amazing colours! I need to work on filling mine up too! I will use this as a little reference! Thanks 😉 Lilly xx

  • DB

    By the second listing of Antiqued we some you mean Cranberry? 🙂

  • Jodie Perkins

    Coppering is bloody gorgeous!!

  • I only have one Mac Eyeshadow and I need more

  • Charline Steuckers

    Ooooooh it looks lovely! I’ve been playing with the idea of starting my own palette… Why does it cost so much 🙁 haha. Lovely post! xx

    I wrote a review on the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, if you’d like to check it out:

    Love, Charline xxx

  • Thebeautyspot

    Finishing a Mac pallette is a acheivement! I need to start my own too!:)

  • This palette looks lovely! I need to try StarViolet now.

  • You are really obsessed with MAC:))

  • jpoppy

    Ooooooo the look of coppering is lovely! I feel I need this asap! xoxo

  • Jillian Collins

    All these colors are so pretty! 🙂

  • You should get amber lights. It’s so pretty.

  • You picked up some lovely shades 🙂


  • We have a lot of similar shades in our palette, I always find myself trying to buy new shades at a MAC counter and when I pick up the eyeshadow to swatch it and see the name I’m like oh, I already own this haha. Also, Starviolet is one of those eyeshadows that I just love but I have never ever actually worn it, sounds crazy! X

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  • Have you tried Satin Taupe? It’s my only MAC shadow at the moment and my favourite shadow amongst all brands.

  • Julianne Chambers

    I’ve just complete my first MAC palette too! Here’s mine 🙂 –

  • This is like actual porn for beautites. LOVE. I think I need ‘coppering’.


  • That is one lovely looking palette! I have a few of the ones you have in my 15 pan, but have definitely added some of these to my wishlist!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  • ElegantEccentric

    Coppering is awesome, and works well with Cranberry, too! I only have five pans in my 15-pan MAC palette thus far, but those are two of them *g*.

  • That’s a really good mixture of interesting neutrals. I’m really into all the pinks and coppers at the moment, so the second row is looking very intriguing to me right now!

    Naturally Toms

  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy

    After I’ve purchased all of my dream palettes I’m planning on creating my own MAC ones! Just 2 more to go and then I can get creating! I love your colour choices!

  • misha

    I think you have missed cranberry by putting antiqued twice for the middle row. I Was staring at it thinking that does not look like antiqued! Anyway we have a very similar taste in Mac eyeshadows so I now have a bit of inspiration for shadows to complete my own 15 pan. The only one I have that you dont is satin taupe.

  • Jessica

    I have 4 slots left in my Mac palette. Coppering was my first because…well you get it. It’s so singularly unique. I just bought Star Violet and Cranberry 2 weeks ago. So beautiful!

  • lenny

    I have 3 full pallets.. I only use my neutrals! I really should downgrade