Review and Photos: MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC eyeshadow in Omega (Matte). 

MAC eyeshadow in Omega (Matte). 

Some may say MAC Omega looks a little dull in the pot. I prefer to say it looks versatile! I picked up this cool, matte light brown to wear with a handful of other matte shades (Embark, Showstopper, and Plumage), and it's the perfect complement. 

I find the texture slightly powdery, and there is a bit of fallout during application, but it otherwise stays put all day without creasing, fading, or migrating. (Note that I wear all eyeshadow over a MAC Paint Pot such as Painterly). Like most other MAC shadows, it has good pigmentation. It also applies and blends quite well (which is nice for a matte).  

Ready for a look?

MAC eyeshadow in Omega is part of MAC's permanent collection.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega is part of MAC's permanent collection.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega has a smooth, matte finish.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega has a smooth, matte finish.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega. 

MAC eyeshadow in Omega. 

MAC eyeshadow in Omega swatched on my NC/NW 15–20 skin.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega swatched on my NC/NW 15–20 skin.

As you can see, it looks quite light in the pot. I wondered how well it would show up on the lid—quite well! I find it wears a little darker than I expected it to, which was a welcome surprise. I'm a big fan of going a little dramatic on the eye—even during the day. 

Here's what it looks like applied. I started by sweeping Omega all over my lid and into my crease. Then I gave my crease a bit more depth with MAC Embark (P), applied MAC Showstopper (LE) just to the outer corner, and blended it all together with a little more Omega. I lined the outer two thirds of my lower lash line with Omega, then patted a little Crystal Avalanche on my brow bone and tear duct (it was an experiment—I'd go with a less drastic highlighter next time). I finished off with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black.

 

MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Embark, Showstopper, and Crystal Avalanche.

MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Embark, Showstopper, and Crystal Avalanche.

Same matte look with MAC eyeshadows, different angle. 

Same matte look with MAC eyeshadows, different angle. 

Omega also works well on my brows. Currently, I'm much too lazy to fill in my brows every day—but in the future, when I decide to fill in the slight gaps, I'll be using Omega. It's the only thing I've tried that doesn't look too harsh.

Aside from the small size of the pan, which can make covering my brush a tad awkward, MAC Omega is also fantastic as a contour colour. Until now, I've used MAC Sculpt to contour, which I like, but it's warmer than Omega. I think the slightly cooler, greyer tones of Omega create slightly more natural-looking "shadows" on my face.

Here are some comparison swatches: 

Comparison swatches: MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt on top, and MAC Eyeshadow in Omega on the bottom.

Comparison swatches: MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt on top, and MAC Eyeshadow in Omega on the bottom.

Remember how I said Omega was versatile? :)

Would I repurchase? The more eyeshadows I add to my collection, the less chance I think I have of hitting pan on any of them—but I can see Omega becoming quite a workhorse. If I run out, I'll definitely repurchase. 

Rating: Four stars out of five for its slightly too-powdery texture.

Available: You can find it at Maccosmetics.com and anywhere else MAC Cosmetics are sold for $18 Canadian.

How do you like to wear MAC Omega? Let me know in the comments—I'd love to see links to looks that you've created!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 

 

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Review and Photos: NYX Iced Mocha Eyeshadow

NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha.

I've always been suspicious of drugstore cosmetics. Too many bad high school memories of creasing and raccoon-eye. Recently I forced myself to admit that cosmetic science has come a long way since...the 90's.

 NYX Cosmetics has proven me right so far!

My first experience with NYX was Sahara eyeshadow—I was on the hunt for a dupe for MAC's Jaunty (great shadow, but no dupe). After observing Sahara's performance (great wear, easy to blend, and no creasing), I decided to try another—Iced Mocha, which I hear is a great dupe for MAC's revered Satin Taupe

 

NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha.

I'm so glad I did! Iced Mocha is a great addition to my (sizeable) collection of taupe and taupe-ish eyeshadows. 

The good: 

  • If you're into MAC's eyeshadow packaging, you'll like this—it's very similar. It's just shiny instead of matte and square instead of round. Also, instead of being smooth like MAC (and most other) eyeshadows, it has a fun square pattern on top.
  • I love the colour—a warm-ish, very slightly purple taupe with some shimmer.
  • The wear time is great—I note no difference whatsoever between it and MAC in terms of quality.  It lasts all day. (Though I've tested it only over a base.)
  • Ditto with the texture. It's lovely, smooth, soft, even, and easy to blend. 
  • The price! (I should call this the GREAT.) At $8.99 CAD a pot, it's probably the most affordable shadow I own.  

The not-so-good:

  • This is slightly less pigmented than MAC shadows, in my opinion. You'd need to pack on quite a lot for it to look like it does in the pan. If you're a fan of sheer shadows like Clinique's, this is no problem. 
  • NYX shadows can be tough to find in Canada. It's available at London Drugs, but in limited qualities. You might need to look online for certain shades.

Here's what it looks like applied: 

 

NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha swatched on my NC/NW 15–20 arm.

NYX Iced Mocha eyeshadow applied all over the lid and into the crease. I've used MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base (from lash line all the way up to my brow bone). I've used MAC Retrospeck to highlight and Fluidline in Blacktrack. I'm also wearing Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara in black.

MAC Jaunty applied all over the lid, then NYX Iced Mocha in the crease. I'm also wearing MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara in black.

Same look with NYX Iced Mocha, different angle. 

I've blended Jaunty into Iced Mocha into the second and third photos above, so both looks appear to be fairly similar. They're nice and neutral—great for work.

Would I repurchase? In theory, though given the size of my eyeshadow collection (*cough*), it will probably take me years to hit pan. (Don't tell my husband.) 

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five—I docked the half star because it applies more sheerly than I would like it to. 

Available: In Canada, it's available at London Drugs for $8.99. It occasionally goes on sale (the great thing about drugstore makeup). Watch the flyers!

Have you tried any NYX products? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 

 

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My Favourite Things, volume 1

A few of my favourite things: MAC blush in The Perfect Cheek, Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara, MAC lipstick in Syrup, and MAC eyeshadow in Concrete.

My makeup routine looks a tad different every day—I like to mix it up and try different things. But sometimes there are products I reach for again and again. This post is the first in a series called "My Favourite Things," in which I'll provide a quick snapshot of these products. 

Here are a few things I loved this week:

 

1. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara.

 

Diorshow Iconic mascara (sample size).

Diorshow Iconic mascara (sample size).

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara doesn't give me the big, bold, dramatic lashes I was hoping for, but it does create beautiful, deep black lashes with decent volume, good separation, and not-bad length. It also does an okay job of holding curl, which is unusual for me. There is one truly winning quality, though: It doesn't budge or flake—at all. All day. Given the trouble I've been having with mascaras that smudge under my eyes lately (Clinique High Impact, I'm looking at you!), I'll take it!

I'm working with a sample size I got at Sephora (hurray for 100-point perks!). I'm not sure if I'll purchase the full size when I'm done—I'm curious about whether another Dior mascara will deliver more drama. Thoughts, anyone?

 

2. MAC blush in The Perfect Cheek.

 

MAC blush in The Perfect Cheek, from the Marilyn Monroe collection (limited edition). 

MAC blush in The Perfect Cheek, from the Marilyn Monroe collection (limited edition). 

This blush, a limited edition product from MAC's Marilyn Monroe collection, is the perfect, neutral shade of pink for me—it gives my face the most beautiful, natural-looking pop of colour, and it's not over-the-top. I tend to emphasize my eyes when I'm doing makeup, so I just need something subtle on the cheeks—this is perfect. (No pun intended.) It's feminine and lovely, and it's a welcome change from my standard Tenderling (on which I've hit pan), which is much more brown than The Perfect Cheek. I feel so...sophisticated when I wear it. Must be Marilyn's influence. ;)

 

3. MAC eyeshadow in Concrete.

MAC eyeshadow in Concrete (matte). 

MAC eyeshadow in Concrete (matte). 

MAC Concrete is a basic matte brown-grey. For me, it's the perfect crease colour—I've worn it with a bunch of shadows, including MAC Warming Trend and All that Glitters. It contours the eye in a beautifully neutral way. I apply it with my 217, which blends it out easily. Applied with a regular shader brush, it might be a little over-the-top. 

 

4. MAC lipstick in Syrup.

 

MAC lipstick in Syrup.

MAC lipstick in Syrup.

Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for shiny, sticky lips—so I go for a subtle-looking lipstick like MAC's Syrup, which is an incredibly lovely "my lips, but better" shade. It's a beautiful, neutral, feminine shade of pink that makes my whole face look more polished. I purchased it just a few weeks ago, but it's already become a favourite.

 

5. Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup.

 

Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup in O1 natural.

Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup in O1 natural.

I was a MAC Studio Fix fiend for years—seriously. I don't think I wore anything else for over a decade. But as I aged (*cough*), I found my skin a little drier—and Studio Fix just wasn't as flattering as I wanted. I also hated the packaging. Whenever I hit pan (which was often), I'd inevitably drop the compact, and what was left of the product would break apart. I'd get a creamy, powdery mess—and a pile of wasted money. Way uncool. To top it off, I was a poor student who could barely afford this for most of those years—but bad skin made good foundation necessary. Even more uncool. 

I ultimately decided to switch to a liquid foundation for a flawless finish, and I played around with a few different powders before landing with Clinique's Superbalanced Powder Makeup in O1 (I'm an NW20). It's officially a powder foundation, but you can wear it sheer over liquid foundation, and it looks beautiful. It mattifies without looking mask-like, and the colour is bang-on for me—not to pink, not too yellow. It also lasts very well. I need to touch up the area on and around my nose mid-day, and that's it. 

My favourite feature, though, is the packaging. Remember my hatred for MAC Studio Fix's packaging? Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup is THE answer! It's a loose powder packed into this container, and you turn the little sieve-type thing on top that scrapes the product inside to dispense just enough. It's pretty, sturdy, and it's never broken on me or made a mess (I'm on my third or fourth one). It's truly an HG product for me.

The sad, sad reality is that it's been discontinued—I combed the Pacific Centre in Vancouver a month or two ago to nab the very last one. The salespeople at Clinique tell me it's being reformulated. I'm holding you to it, Clinique! Don't break my heart!

What about you? Did you keep reaching for a particular product (or a few) this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 

 

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