I’ll be honest, when this arrived in the mail I think I actually groaned. I had every expectation that I would not like this product. At all. Well I am very happy I gave the new MAC Make-up Art Cosmetics Diane Kendal Spring/Summer 2017 Glamourize Me Eyeshadow Palette ($40 US/$48 CAD) a chance because I was surprised to find myself enjoying it quite a bit.
So why did I expect to hate it? Well I’m not a big cream shadow user. I find creating looks with them alone is a little too messy and muddy for my liking, and I usually find creams to blend out pretty patchy. The one way I do use cream shadows is as an eyeshadow base, and let me tell you, the Glamorize palette excels at just that. When you look at the palette, with all the cream shadows poured in the pans, you get the visual that these creams are going to be firm, thick, and probably waxy. Well the formula is actually incredibly light and creamy. They have a silky texture and apply and blend really easily and with a decent amount of colour payoff. It is more like a MAC Cream Colour Base formula than the thicker Paint Pot formula. Now I wouldn’t be creating entire looks from the shades in this palette alone and calling it a day. I just don’t think that is really the best use of a product like this. I consider this a great palette to reach for to find an assortment of beautiful cream shadows to use as a base for your eye look. They work exceptionally well as a base for glitter and shimmer shadows that you may typically experience fallout from. I used these creams under the Urban Decay Moondust palette shadows and it was stunning. And I had ZERO fallout. I do recommending still using a standard eyeshadow primer underneath though as without one I experience a bit of creasing through the day.
The palette contains six shades of MAC Pro Cream Colour Shadow. They all have a lovely subtle glow thanks to the pearl finish. The six shades are:
- Glowing – Light 14k Gold Pearl
- Dynamic – Reddish Bronze with Pearl
- Enigmatic – Reddish Plum with Pearl
- Alluring – Royal Purple with Pearl
- Daring – Navy Blue with Pearl
- Rebellious – Deep Blackened Brown with Pearl
I love that there is such a wide variety of shades in this palette. You can blend them out quite sheerly on the lid so you don’t have to go for full on purple impact for example. Rather you can play with how layering the differing shades under various other shadows and glitters looks. I am actually quite looking forward to continuing to play and experiment with pairing this palette with other products. Having six different shades in a convenient palette makes it that much easier to use. We shall see though if the packaging results in these creams drying out. That is definitely a concern.
What do you think? Would you give this a try? The collection is available now at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.