Inside my MAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette

This post has been about a year in the making but I'm finally ready to share my finished MAC Pro Palette! I never seemed to go through the phase of being obsessed with MAC eyeshadows that so many people talk about but I decided I was sick of always having at least one shade in a pre-made palette I didn't use. I also loved the idea of being able to swap shades in and out of my little quad too for travel, so I took the plunge.

MAC Pro Refill Eyeshadow Pans cost £10, the Pro Palette costs £10 and the 15x Eyeshadow Insert is £2.50. You can depot single eyeshadow palettes by applying a magnetic strip to the back of them, however these are £13 so I'd only do that if you already owned them before deciding to get the palette.

I'm very much a neutral-lover but I've got a few little pops of colour in there I'm really pleased about as it means I can create several different looks, all of which are within my comfort zone. I've tried to get matte shades that cover all the bases as well. I've been building this for about a year but only started getting serious about it this summer. A lot of the shadows in here actually cost me nothing! I'm a big user of the Debenhams Beauty Club Card and always take advantage of bonus points, which are regular (to the extent that if I see something I want in another shop that they stock then I'll buy it there instead to get the points). So I've racked up over £50 of points since around April which are converted into balance to spend once a month at a maximum of £15. So I've been buying two MAC eyeshadows for £5 every month!

Highlights & Brights 

All That Glitters (Veluxe Pearl)

This is such a blogger favourite, I was worried it might not live up to all the hype. Luckily it definitely did for me! On my skin tone it's more of a inner-corner highlight or one for the inner part of the eyelid. It definitely seems to look different on whoever wears it but for me it's a nice warm nude colour with hints of gold and pink. I really love the Veluxe Pearl finish, as it has such a nice sheen and is really pigmented. This is definitely one of my most-used shades.

Expensive Pink (Veluxe Pearl)

This is one of those shades I picked because it was pretty, without thinking properly about how it would look on me! It's a really nice shade but it's perhaps not best suited to my skin tone, however I've managed to make it work for me. It's a sort of peachy-pink with a golden shimmer through it, kind of like All That Glitters x10. Again, it's my favourite finish and I find this works best when applied with the finger, patted on the centre of the lid to add some dimension.

Amber Lights (Frost)

This is an absolutely gorgeous shade, and I love it in Winter with a deep berry lip. It's a Frost finish but the texture is very similar to my other Veluxe Pearl finishes. It's a amber-gold shimmer with definite orange and copper tones. I find this looks best across the lid on its own.

Sumptuous Olive (Veluxe Pearl)

I really like this eyeshadow for a flirtation with brights. It's definitely an olive shimmer but it comes off on the eyelids as more of a slightly brown shade with a hint of gold-green sheen. The formula is really nice as always with the Veluxe Pearl; it's pigmented and creamy to work with. The only thing is, I don't think this is as long-wearing as some of my others (standard disclaimer: yes, I use a primer!) However this is still a pretty new addition so we will see how it goes.

Cranberry (Frost)

Another Frost shade in my stash is Cranberry. I love the colour payoff of this as it's so true to how it looks in the pan. It's a deep pink shimmer (I want to say it has a tiny hint of purple too) that looks great just in the crease for a little hint of colour that's nothing too scary.

Crease & Lid Colours

Cork (Satin)

Despite its appearance, this actually isn't a true matte; it has a very slight sheen. However for all intents and purposes it's pretty much your matte crease shade. I think the slight sheen is what makes it so easy to blend and the medium brown colour isn't too warm or too cool so compliments most neutral eye looks.

Quarry (Matte)

This is a proper matte and is slightly chalkier than Cork in texture. This is a gorgeous lilac-taupe colour that's perfect as a crease shade for a slightly cooler, silver or taupe eye.

Texture (Velvet)

This looks like a matte but it actually has a definite sheen, even more so than Cork. This is a really warm brown shade that's almost orange in colour. Again I use this as a crease or transition shade. Out of all of these matte or matte-equivalent eyeshadows, this is by far the creamiest and easiest to blend.

Swiss Chocolate (Matte)

This is the second true matte shade in my palette. It's a nice warm chocolate brown shade which is the darkest colour I have (as I never use matte blacks in pre-made palettes anyway). It doesn't have the best colour payoff or the creamiest texture but for what I use it for (deepening the outer part of the crease) it works well.

Patina (Frost)

This is such an unusual one. I bought it online because so many people seemed to be recommending it, however when it arrived I really didn't think I'd like it but it's turned out to be one of my most-worn shades. It's often described as a 'dirty brown' and it sort of it; I would say it's a medium brown shimmer with a duo chrome finish. I really like this across the lid. It's a Frost finish and I think the main difference between this as a Veluxe Pearl is that the latter is a little creamier in texture.

Medium & Deep Shades

Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl)

This is a cult favourite and one of mine! Again it's my favourite finish and it's the perfect shade somewhere between antique gold and brown-bronze. It's really nice and pigmented and applies so easily. When applied across the lid it looks really multifaceted and as though you've blended together more than one shade. 

Sable (Frost)

On the scale of dark-to-light, I think Woodwinked, Sable and Satin Taupe are all fairly similar and work well both across the lid or on the outer part. Sable is a lovely brown-red shimmer that pairs really nicely with just about any of the warmer tones in my palette. I also think the texture is one of the creamiest out of any of them.

Satin Taupe (Frost)

Again, this has a lovely texture and it's sort of Sable's cool-toned equivalent within my collection. It's a lovely purple-grey shade and looks amazing with Quarry. 

Mulch (Velvet)

This is a Velvet like Texture but it couldn't be more different in finish. It's definitely a warm brown shade with a golden shimmer. I definitely feel it's more glittery than the other shimmers I have but it doesn't translate too much onto the lids. It isn't quite as creamy and blend-able as something like Sable but it's still easy to work with.

Antiqued (Veluxe Pearl)

I'm a big fan of this deep red shimmer. Again it's a Veluxe Pearl (I didn't intentionally choose so many eyeshadows with this finish, but it really is the best!) and has a great formula. A bit of this in the crease is gorgeous for an Autumnal eye look.

Overall I find MAC eyeshadows to have pretty much no fall out and they have some serious staying-power. They're definitely no what I'm used to (the buttery-smooth consistency of Urban Decay's formula) but they really work for me. My favourite finish is Veluxe Pearl but I also really like Frost. I'm not the hugest fan of the Matte formula, and whilst I know they have the Matte2 range which is meant to be better, I think these shades really could be creamier and more pigmented. All in all I'm really pleased with my palette and use it most days. I also have a little quad which I use for travel, however when I last went away for a week I just took my full pro palette and it did everything! 

Do you have any MAC eyeshadows? Do you think it's worth building a Pro Palette or do you think it's too expensive?


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  1. I love your palette! Woodwinked and All That Glitters are two of my favourite shades, and I'd love to add Amber Lightts and Sable to my collection too!

    Rachel | http://www.beautyandthebird.co.uk

  2. This is a beautiful palette. You've put the colours together really well! I think the pro palettes are expensive for what they are, but it's great than MAC give you the option of putting together a palette that you've chosen. There are so many different combinations and you know that you've put together something that you will use and wear. Unlike most palettes where there is usually at least one colour that will get swatched and then looked at again.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  3. I'm not a huge eyeshadow wearer, but you have some stunning shades in your palette. Satin Taupe looks amazing!

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

  4. Great eyeshadow choices in this palette, I actually just tried All That Glitters for the first time today and I loved it! I recently got the Mac Nordstrom Naturals palette which has a lot of the cult favourites in it and it's so much fun to play around with.


  5. These.Eyeshadows.Need.To.Come.Home.To.Mama....seriously they are perfection for me and I need to try some of these shades. would you believe I don't own All That Glitters?....I need to get it..Amazing palette you have got there...xx

  6. I've always wanted to create my own MAC palette but I always feel overwhelmed with choices! Reading this has really made me see what shades I love, All That Glitters, Expensive Pink, Woodwinked and Cork are all definitely going to be in my palette when I finally take the plunge! Thank you for this post!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  7. I have woodwinked, its so pretty! I have ordered cranberry i can't wait for it to arrive! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  8. I have almost all of the shadows you've mentioned here & love them. I go through phases of neglecting my MAC palettes but have recently been loving using them again. I loved building my own - there's something about MAC shadows that gets me very giddy! I need to get Texture! xx


  9. Definitely added some eyeshadows to my wishlist after this, especially Cranberry! Although I almost can't bring myself to buy MAC now I've tried MUG and they're pretty much the same great formula without the price!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

    1. I think they're about the same price/more expensive once you factor in customs and shipping? :/ xx

  10. You have a beautiful palette! The only MAC eyeshadows I have are in the Cinderella palette and I definitely don't get enough use out of them! Cork is calling to me though, I just don't know what it is about matte/satin browns but I can't get enough!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  11. I also have a MAC x15 palette and love it. I've hit pan on a few of my favourite shades and would love a few more, but I have no more space. Think I might take out the insert and buy a few more!

    Emily x

    1. That's a good idea! Or you could pick up a quad too as they're perfect for travel :) xx

  12. Congratulations on finishing your palette! Now you need to insure it lol :) I think you have managed to fill it with a gorgeous collection of shades - this is how I would want mine to look too xxx

    Brenda BusyBee

  13. I always find it difficult to shop MAC eyeshadows so many gorgeous color. Woodwinked is an all time favorite also. x


  14. What a gorgeous palette! You picked up some great shades and they are perfect for Autumn. x


  15. What a great selection of shades and finishes! Antiqued, Quarry, and Cranberry are so gorgeous!

    She Likes to Shop

  16. I love MAC eyeshadows. Your collection is stunning and has insprired me to create my own pro palette!

    xo, Liz

  17. Mac eyeshadow collections are some of my favourite posts to read! I need so many of the shades that you have in yours, especially Cranberry x


    1. I'm a bit addicted to reading/watching them too haha xx

  18. I've been thinking about investing in a Mac Pro Palette for the longest time now - this gives me such a good indication of what colours to get! I love the look of Woodwinked and Patina!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  19. This has recently crossed my mind too because as you said, there's always a couple of shades that I never use in pre-made palettes. I was expecting the Mac Pro palette to be more expensive so it's nice to know that the price is reasonable.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  20. I think I might ask for this and a couple of shades at Christmas so I can build my own up over the next year or so. I've just got the pre-made x15 warm neutrals palette and it's gorgeous - amber lights is in there and probably my favourite. Definitely want to try woodwinked!

    Amy | Get Glam

  21. You have a lovely mix of shades, I love all of the first row swatches, especially expensive pink and cranberry! I mainly tend to buy pre made palettes as I don't wear eyeshadow all that often so I feel like I would just waste them :)

    Velvet Blush

    1. That's fair enough :) though to be honest if you don't wear eyeshadow lots, one MAC Pro Palette would definitely be all you'd ever need! xx

  22. Gorgeous shades! I only just bought my first Mac eyeshadows this week! You've now got me excited to properly start a full palette! I really love the look of Texture and Woodwinked! They are definitely next on my list to buy!

    Lauren | Styled By Lauren

  23. Woodwinked looks like a dream :) I think pro palettes are great, you don't have to get stuck with certain shades and can change them so easily! You took great pictures of the swatches, lovely post :)

    xx gloria / www.gloriasingla.com

  24. STUNNING colours! Cranberry and Amber Lights are my absolute favs.


  25. All that Glitters ANd Cranberry are beautiful :)

  26. Ahh you're killing me. I love MAC eyeshadows and need like ALL of these shades haha. Especially All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Sable and Antiqued!
    Caked To The Nines

  27. Ah, you have influenced me!!! I want to start my own mac pro eyeshadow palette now!!!! Love all the eyeshadows you picked out.

    Lee | thatbellemakeup.blogspot.co.uk

  28. I just nominated you for cosmopolitan blogger awards! I really love your blog so I thought you deserved it =)



  29. Such a pretty palette! I especially love the pinky nude shades! I think I need to get my hands on All That Glitters and Woodwinked. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

  30. I keep meaning to do this but never get around. I have cranberry, a khaki shade and a gold I could start with. Love Woodwinkled though, really want to add that one x

    Tamz | www.throughneweyesx.com

  31. I'm currently filling up my Mac palette so these were great recommendations! I'm definitely checking out Patina!


  32. I really need to start building my own MAC palette, I've been putting it off for so long now! I really love the look of Patina, Woodwinked, Sable, Satin Taupe & Cork (see a trend here?). Could maybe add some pops of colour, would give it an interesting twist!

    Laura London

    1. Yeah exactly, a shad like Cranberry is a great way to inject a nice bit of colour that's nothing too out there :) xx

  33. I really want to get Antiqued! It looks so great. Cranberry does too, really should check it out!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  34. What a gorgeous palette! I agree with what you said about the matte shades. I think they could be much smoother. The other textures are really pretty though. I love the colors you picked. :) xx

  35. Ahh you do have All That Glitters. Such a pretty shade. One of my favourites. Been really tempted to get Sumptuous Olive, as I don't really have a green like that in my collection. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  36. Such a beautiful range of shades Jasmine!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

  37. You've curated a fantastic palette there! I'd love Amber Lights, Patina and Sumptuous Olive but that would mean I'd have to start a whole new palette...which would be very dangerous, hehe.

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  38. Cranberry was my very first mac eyeshadow shades I bought. But alas it broke. I need to make a customize mac palette, totally digging the shades sable, all that glitter, woodwink, satin taupe and sumptuous olive. You always make me want more makeup haha.

    Sam || Beautydetour


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