First Impression and Swatches | MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

I am so pleased I was able to get my hands on the MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas eyeshadow palette. The collection was released on Thursday 2nd October in the UK and my palette arrived today –  thumbs up to MAC for super quick shipping. I had seen swatches of this palette from American beauty bloggers and I knew I had to have it.



Lets start with the packaging. Firstly, I love that the packaging is grey as opposed to the traditional black MAC packaging. I also like that you can see all of the eyeshadow colours, except the very centre one, without opening the palette. This makes it easier to find the colour you want – especially if you have way too many eye shadows like me! When you open the magnetic lid there is a plastic insert to protect the shadows, it has little indents that sit into the eyeshadow pans. I am going to keep this instead of throwing it away like I usually would, because I am hoping it will help protect the shadows when I travel with the palette.

Now on to the eyeshadows themselves. As you can see there is a good variety of light to dark shadows and a good range of colours. There is not one colour in the palette I wouldn’t use. Which is great, as with larger palettes such as this, there is usually one or two shades that I do not get much use of.


Top Row L-R: Pretty, Soft brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe.  Middle Row L-R: Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, Carbon. Bottom Row L-R: Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty, Pepper

The colours in this palette are perfect for autumn and winter. Especially the earthy and berry tones shadows like Plummed, Antiqued and Psyche. I like that they have included warm and cool toned shadows as this makes for a more well rounded look. The palette includes six permanent and nine new shades. I already own three of the permanent shades (Antiqued, Carbon and Satin Taupe) but I love these colours so I was not worried about having two of them.


Top Row L-R: Pretty, Soft brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe.  Middle Row L-R: Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, Carbon. Bottom Row L-R: Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty, Pepper

Lets look at the shadows in more detail:

Pretty is a light beige satin shade. You will see from the swatch on my arm below that it almost blends into my skin tone, so for me it will make a nice subtle highlight or lid colour.

Soft Brown is a medium warm toned matte brown. This was one of the shades I was most excited about. Even though it is a permanent shade, it is not available in the UK. I see this used in so many tutorials and I get so frustrated that it is not available here –  come on MAC, bring this shade to the UK. This is going to be an ideal transition shade for me as it is a few shades darker than my skin tone.

Expensive Pink is a warm toned peachy pink shade with a veluxe pearl finish. This is another permanent shade, and one I have been eying up for a while.

Clove is a medium-deep brown with a satin finish. This shadow leans towards the warmer side and is more matte than satin so could be used easily in the crease if you do not like using sheeny shadows there.

Satin Taupe is another permanent shade. As the name suggests it is a taupe shade and it has a warm tone with a silvery frost finish.

Canter is a light yellow gold shade with a frost finish. This is different from any other gold toned shade I have in my collection, it will look nice in the inner corner of the eye to brighten.

Luscious is a light coppery bronze with a frost finish. The pigmentation of this shaded isn’t great, but I think if it is used over a sticky base (like a paint pot) it will look pretty.

Antiqued is a medium reddish bronze with a veluxe pearl finish. It is a permanent shadow and one of my favourites to use at this time of year. It is great for bringing out blue/green eyes.

Psyche is an olive brown with golden frost. I am looking forward to using this colour as I do not use greens very often and I think this will look beautiful in an autumnal look, or maybe even a Christmas inspired look.

Carbon is a matte black shade. It is from MAC’s permanent line. It is not the most pigmented black I own, but works well to smoke out a look or line the upper or lower lash line.

Shroom is the final permanent shade in the palette. It is a very light beige with a satin finish. I have seen this shade used as an inner corner and brow bone highlight in lots of tutorials so I am looking forward to incorporating it into some looks.

Persuade is a medium dark taupe matte brown. This will be handy for smoking out looks when a black would be too much.

Plummed is my favourite colour in the palette. It is a medium pinky purple berry shade – great description! It has veluxe pearl finish and the pigmentation is great. I can see me wearing this colour lots in the next couple of weeks.

Lofty is a medium cool toned brown with a satin finish. Like Clove this shade is more matte than satin so work well in the crease

Pepper is a deep taupe brown with purple undertones. It has a velvet finish and the pigmentation is very good. I think this will look nice smudge along the lash line and in the outer corner with satin taupe over the lid.


L-R: Pretty, Soft brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe, Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, Carbon, Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty, Pepper

Overall I am very impressed with the quality of this palette. It was pricey at £70 but when you think that MAC eyeshadow pans are usually £10 and a palette including inserts is £16.50, this palette is actually very good value for money. Unfortunately it is sold out on the MAC website but you could try contacting your local counter to se if they have any in stock if you are interested in buying this palette.

Did you get your hands on anything in this collection? Let me know in the comments below.

First Impression | My Little Box

I have been subscribed to various beauty boxes over the past couple of years and I always get excited when a new one comes on to the market. I heard about My Little Box on Fleur De Force’s blog (you can read her post here). I thought it looked different from other boxes as it not only includes beauty items, it also includes fashion, stationary and lifestyle items. So I decided to sign up.

My first box arrived today. It is the My Little Parisienne Box.



The first thing I noticed was how simple but pretty the box is. It is about the same size as a Glossybox and is nice a sturdy to protect the items inside. When you first open the box, all of the items are kept together with a white ribbon with ‘My Little Box’ printed over it. On the top is a little card that reads ‘Why Paris? Paris needs no reason. Paris is its own reason.” – very true.


Then there are some little Paris themed stickers that they suggest you can stick on your fridge, computer, phone, notebook or window. I am not sure what I am going to do with these but I am sure I will find some use for them.

The first item I received in the box is a notebook. At the front of the notebook there are a few pages explaining the story of My Little Box. The rest of the pages in the notebook are plain so I think I might use this to plan blog post and YouTube videos. It will look cute sat on my desk.DSC_0158

The second item is a laptop sleeve. It is the perfect size for my 13″ MacBook Pro. I am really glad I received this because I have a laptop bag, but not something I can use to protect my laptop if I want to carry it in a different bag.DSC_0150


Now on to the beauty samples. They all came in a cotton drawstring pouch with ‘My Little Box’ and bows printed on it. The first is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I have previously received a sample of the radiance primer and enjoyed using it so I am intrigued to see if the original formula is as good. DSC_0153

The second beauty sample is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. This is a dry multipurpose oil that can be used on hair, body or face. I already have a sample of this but I have not tried it yet. I have heard good things about this oil so I will make it my mission this month to try it.


The third and final beauty item is a product from the My Little Beauty range. It is the Stylo Lumiére, a highlighting pen similar to the YSL Touche Éclat. I am excited to try this as the YSL pen has gone up in price and I am not sure if I can justify the price anymore, unless I can get it discounted somewhere. Maybe I will do a comparison of the two products.

The My Little Box is £11 (plus £3.95) a month and overall I feel this is definitely worth the money and I will continue with my subscription. You can find out more about the box and sign up here.

Have you received any boxes from My Little Box? If so, I would love to hear what you received in the comments below.