Okay, you’re probably thinking you ventured onto the wrong blog, but you didn’t. It’s just that recently I’ve been feeling like sharing some of my favorite make up items.

So I did.

Or I am right now.





Today I’m talking about my absolute favorite eye shadows out there! Since College I’ve been a fan of M.A.C. cosmetics. Actually at one point I wanted to be a make-up artist…among many other things…none of which actually happened…but I digress…

Anyway, that career goal lead me to M.A.C. And it’s been consistently one of my favorite make-up lines since.

And NO, this is not a sponsored post, I just love these shadows!



One of the reasons I love M.A.C. eye shadows is for the color selection. They have just about every color you could ever want, no kidding, a literal plethora of colors. I also love that they have great color payoff meaning that I don’t have to put on a lot just to be able to see the color on my eyes. They also glide on very smoothly and blend together really well so you get a professional look even if you’re not a pro!

Now before you run out and buy a bunch of M.A.C. cosmetics, I just want you all to know that I’ve collected these over the years. They’re kind of expensive as far as eye shadow goes, they average $12 for the pro-palette ones and $15 for the individual pots.

That said, they really they last for quite awhile. most of these I’ve had for over a year, some maybe even longer Disappointed smile  I think you might be supposed to toss make-up after a certain date, but I love these, and haven’t noticed any decline in consistency or had any issues so I usually just keep them until they run out. Which is like…forever.

As you can see below, most of my colors are fairly neutral. I’m don’t get too crazy where make-up is concerned but if you’re curious….my favorite colors are listed below:


  • Top left to right: Nylon, Brule (use that daily), Naked Lunch, Dazzlelight, and Phloof!
  • Middle left to right: All that glitters, Woodwinked, Girlie, Satin Taupe, and Cork
  • Bottom left to right: Twinks, Sketch, Blackberry, Corduroy, and Handwritten

The best thing about M.A.C. is that you can go in and try on everything before you purchase it. That is a huge bonus since they’re a bit more pricey and colors tend to look different on everyone. They’ll also help you pick colors that are best for your skin tone and eye-color as well.

How I organize my shadows:

I don’ have a great method to my eye shadow palette organization, but for what it’s worth…I put my highlight colors along the top, eyelid colors in the middle row, then crease colors on the bottom. They’re also organized from top to bottom how I would put them together, so for example the column to the far left of the palette top to bottom could be worn together, except the far right column…those were just extras.

If that makes any sense at all.

Probably not.

Just do whatever works for you.

Starter Tips:

If you do want to start your M.A.C. collection, my absolute top three shadows I would start off with are Brule or Dazzlelight for highlight, then All That Glitters, and Twinks. The three together are a nice mix, if you want to just two I would skip All That Glitters, and blend Brule and Twinks. Here are some of my favs a little closer for you…


More to come?…I’ll share some of my other favorite makeup items in future posts…maybe…if you guys like it and I’m so inclined to do so.

Have a favorite make up to share? Feel free to leave a comment below!


Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post, and I am not affiliated with the company mentioned. Just love these products and felt like sharing, cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to.


  1. “cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to” LOL That made me giggle. I’ve never tried MAC but have been tempted to lately. I love Bare Escentuals – it.is.uh-mae-zing! I love these posts…but i’m kind of a girly girl so…. 🙂

  2. LOVE MAC SHADOWS! I love all MAC… MAC brushes are my FAVORITE but shadows are AMAZING! Did you know you can get on there website for constant free shipping! This works great when you have the littles and can’t make it to the MAC counter and just realized you are running short on the favorite colors. 🙂

    Enjoyed your post,

  3. Love your “favorite makeup” posts! I am kind of a product junkie myself so I get it! (hair stylist turned stay-at-home Mom/homeschooler, goes with the territory I guess!) in case you haven’t ever tried their cream blush (Mac), I love that too. Particularly the “lady blush” color, it’s a perfect rosy pink. I have had that forever, hopefully they still make that shade. Anyway, I’ve never commented on your blog before but I love your suggestions and ideas. Thanks for sharing! One more thing…if you’ve never tried Essie nail color, give it a try, I actually like that more than OPI! See ya! 🙂

  4. I was a MAC fan long before I began homeschooling too. These posts are fun to mix it up sometimes. 🙂

    I’ll give you my favorite MAC colors for you to check out next time you go to the store.

    I use Painterly paint pot as a base and Orb eyeshadow all over my lid every time. Then I usually highlight with Phloof or Naked lunch. Now onto the fun colors.

    My go-to black for crease or to use over liner is Carbon.

    For my every-day look, I love, love, love Satin Taupe.

    For a beautiful burgundy, that is beautiful with blue eyes, I use Cranberry.

    If your eyes change from blue to green (or if they are just green) these are the shadows that help bring the green out: Trax all over and Shadowy Lady in the crease.

    Then my all-time classic look is Saddle all over and Embark for the crease. That is what I had on for my wedding and I still wear it all the time.

    Oh and check out Z palettes. They are awesome, because you can put any shaped or sized makeup in the empty palette. I have 14 eye shadows and 4 blushes in one palette. Let me know if you try any of the colors. 🙂

    Laura D
  5. Hi Erica,
    Loved your MAC post!! Thanks for sharing. Love your color choices, those are some of my favorites as well.
    Along with being a homeschooling mom I am a freelance Makeup Artist as well. Love MAC shadows but have an addiction to their lip glosses haha. 2 of my absolute favorite glosses from MAC are Ample Pink and Nymphette. Love reading your posts! Sending hugs.

    Jessica Z.
  6. Well if you are gonna do shadow.. you have to do Mascara! These posts are fun. They inspire me to get out of my 24 hour outfit which usually involves a pair of yoga pants… Its nice to hear what other people use.. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought something thinking I would love it then get it home and be like..ugh… I think its hard to know where to start with make up too… Thanks! Have a great weekend!

  7. I am curious to know if any of you M.A.C lovers have ever tried Mary Kay’s mineral eye colors. If you haven’t tried them I would love to get your opinion on them and have you compare them to M.A.C. I have some free samples that I am willing to send you in exchange for your opinion. I personally have not tried M.A.C. before put I have tried a little of Bare Essentials and Sephora. I like great quality but I love saving money more. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! I love this blog family and am so encouraged each day!

    April Jackson

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