I’m not usually the most au fait with what’s ‘in’ and usually end up using what’s ‘so last season’ but I’ve seen lots of red eye shadows doing the rounds recently and wasn’t sold at first. I’ve seen far too many unfortunate cases of red eye shadow applied in the wrong shade or tone which ends up with the wearer looking like the latest victim of pink-eye (is it true what they say about that?). Occasionally I’d stumble upon a photo of red eye shadow looking great but assumed it wouldn’t suit me. A bit like tartan – all well and good but when I tried it on I looked like I was in fancy dress.
Anyway, I came across this glorious MAC eye shadow in Cranberry on someone’s blog and new I had to meet the little guy in the flesh. So off I toddled to my nearest MAC counter where I tracked it down, swatched it, fell in love and bought it.
You can see that it’s not very red. It’s the nervous girl’s red. Red enough to make you feel a bit adventurous but not so red that you feel like a knob. It’s in MAC’s frost formula which is shimmery and buttery soft, and a dream to apply.
I like to use my finger to apply then blend into the crease with the MAC 217 brush. I also used an angled brush to apply a little Cranberry the outer lower lashes. By sticking to the outer corners of the eyes, I feel like the conjunctivitis look is kept at bay. You can see that it looks quite coppery on my eyes which won’t be the case for fairer skin – I’d imagine it shows up truer. I also didn’t use a primer (I can’t remember why, I’m going to go with laziness and/or being in a rush). Again, with a primer or MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (or similar) Cranberry will show literally, its true colours. Wow – look at those eyelid creases – I really should have laid down some sort of primer.
I’m sure you’ll agree it looks fab with a bit of eyeliner and mascara and a lot more subtle than it first seems.
In regards to longevity, I’ve not had any issues. Seems to last and I haven’t noticed any sort of slipping or sliding.
Apologies, I had use my camera flash for most of these shots as the limited daylight we’re getting at the moment is having adverse effects on my photos and my mental well-being.
MAC Frost Eye Shadow in Cranberry costs £12.50 (£10 for the refill) from MAC online or at MAC counters.