I recently had a scary makeup emergency while on vacation in Toronto! In my last-minute packing rush, I forgot my trusty eye shadow trio at home. Two weeks with no eye shadow? Horrors! The situation had to be remedied, and quickly before anyone got hurt.
You may be wondering: Why couldn’t she just go to the nearest drug store and pick up some eye shadow to tide her over until she got home?? Two reasons. First, I order my eye shadow from BeautiControl, which isn’t available in stores. Second, I’ve been disappointed with the low pigmentation of drug store eye shadows such as Revlon in the past, and didn’t want to spend money on something I didn’t really want.
As we were walking around Toronto, I saw a beacon of light – MAC! Whew! The universe could be set right again. I eagerly scurried inside and explained my dilemma to the makeup consultant Ashley. She said we could create a customized palette with 2 shadows or 4 shadows. I usually use a trio of shadows from BeautiControl every day, but I opted for a two-shadow MAC palette (Soft Brown & Charcoal Brown). Fortunately, I had managed to pack one MAC shadow (Orb) that I had been using at home in place of one of the BeautiControl trios I had used up.
How did my substitute eye shadow palette from MAC measure up?
The MAC colours I chose were fairly similar to my usual BeautiControl colours (see Sedona trio below), but not as warm. They look more similar in person than they do in the pictures because different lighting was used. I took the MAC picture in my Toronto hotel room’s bathroom at nighttime, and the BeautiControl picture in my living room in natural daylight. Side note: I like the built-in mirror and convenient two-sided brush that comes from BeautiControl. In case you’re wondering what the heck that is reflecting in the mirror, it’s a paisley pillow that was on my lap while I was playing photographer.
Although MAC eye shadow is highly pigmented compared to drug store eye shadow, BeautiControl eye shadow is even more pigmented than MAC and lasts longer.
MAC total = $48
- MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x2 = $6
- MAC Eye Shadow/Pro Palette Refill Pan (Soft Brown) = $12
- MAC Eye Shadow/Pro Palette Refill Pan (Charcoal Brown) = $12
- MAC Eye Shadow (Orb) = $18
BeautiControl Mineral Shadow Trio (Sedona) = $22
I usually stock up on Sedona eye shadow (15035) when it’s on sale for 20% off, so that brings the price down to about $17, which is almost one third of the price for MAC.
To order from BeautiControl:
Enter item number 15035 in the search box on the upper right
Overall MAC eye shadow rating: B
I absolutely love MAC lipstick, but my go-to eye shadow is BeautiControl. However, MAC was a good stand in on my vacation. Thanks to Ashley at MAC Toronto for saving the day! She kindly helped my friend Donna with eye shadow too (see pictures below).
What is your go-to eye shadow? I’d love to hear from you!