The MAC palette – shadow choices 1

Back at the beginning of the month I posted about how I had bought a 15-pan MAC pro palette and that over the coming weeks/months I was going to gradually aim to fill it (New Year, New MAC). Well, today is that exciting day where I add the first shadow – actually, not just the one – I have actually got two to add (one would get lonely).
So for my first additions I decided on Vex (left) and Sable (right).
Yep, both fairly standard neutrals. I want to build up a good base of go-to colours before I branch out into the rainbow shades. I know that including photos on this post is probably a little pointless as they are probably colours everyone has seen a million times before, but I’m going to do it anyway.

So, drum roll please…here is the first shadow of my palette! (yep, I’m making a too-big-a-deal of this).
The only other bit I want to add is why I went for these colours. I was going to get either Phloof! or All That Glitters but I had already bought a really pretty neutral highlight shade from the Clarins Spring collection earlier that day so didn’t want to double up too much in one go. I then spent ages uming and ahing over the endless brown/gold/bronze shades before eventually settling on Sable. Other shades I considered included Woodwinked, Twinks, Mulch, Tempting and Honesty.
But I went for Vex because I thought it was neutral yet usual. For those that aren’t familiar – it’s a mixture of pale grey/green with a slight shimmer of pink. It’s gorgeous shade – for all over the lid or as a highlight. Very versatile – although I don’t think it goes that well with the brown shades, I feel it would look better with greys and paler colours.

Vex close up
I chose Sable because it was a really deep, rich, shimmering brown – after testing pretty much all of the brown shades on the counter I decided on this as it didn’t have too much bronze/glitter/gold like some of the others.

Sable close up
Vex (top) and Sable (bottom)

Vex (left) and Sable (right)

So, these are my first two choices – what shall I go for next?

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  1. January 26, 2010 / 9:43 am

    Hi…!I am too considering going for the pro pallete and adding my own colours, rather than keep buying the endless singles!!…Good choice with Sable, I love this shadow and would prob say I wear it more than any of my others. Woodwinked is def one to get really nice all over lid colour with sable in the crease..!……

  2. TalluluhBella
    January 26, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Good choices 🙂

    I love Vex, its very unusual! I normally end up wearing it as an all over lid colour with purple in the crease, they go pretty together


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    January 26, 2010 / 5:06 pm

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  4. January 27, 2010 / 12:47 am

    I’d go for a midnight blue? They’re always used and apparently in style..

    Either that or an emerald green..

  5. January 27, 2010 / 7:38 am

    I think Vex is my favorite of the choices so far – have been using it all over the lid. Thank you TalluluhBella for the suggestion of wearing it with purple, did that yesterday and it’s lovely. Perfect with the dark purple from the Sorceress MAC palette.

    @B – I was leaning toward the dark blue shades when I was buying these, so think I will go for one of those next!

  6. January 28, 2010 / 12:08 am

    Dark blue would look amazing with Vex in the corner, I think..
    I vote for pictures!

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