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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Autumnal FOTD using The Balm Nude ‘Tude Eyeshadow Palette

I have a face of the day (FOTD) for you today. This was actually the makeup I wore yesterday when I went for lunch with my fiancé. It was the first time I used The Balm Nude ‘Tude eyeshadow palette on my eyes, and let me just say I am still impressed.

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This is the full face. I decided to go for an autumnal look yesterday so I could play with some of my favourite colours from the palette, mainly Sexy and Silly. Please excuse my eyebrows, I swear in real life the match, they just decide to do their own thing when I take a photo.

For my base I used The Body Shop All in One Instablur Universal Primer followed by Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua liquid foundation in B10 and Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation in 10. I have a few blemishes at the moment so concealed with MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC15 and to cover my dark circle (that are exceptionally bad at the moment) I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15. I found the combination of these products gave me a flawless base that lasted all day.

To add a bit of colour back into my face I used the Sleek Contour Kit in light to lightly contour and highlight my face and Benefit’s Dallas boxed blush on the apples of my cheeks.

For my brows I used the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde to fill in any sparse areas and set them in place using Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blonde.

Moving on to the most important part of the look – the eyes. I used the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer to keep my shadows from creasing throughout the day. I then used MAC Brule eyeshadow to set this in place. I first applied Sultry lightly in my crease and a long my lower lash line. Then I applied Snobby to the inner half of my lid and Silly to the outer half. To deepen the look and make it more autumnal I added Sexy to the outer portion of my crease and lower lash line. To make the look more dramatic I added some black winged eyeliner using the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and followed it with three mascaras, YSL Babydoll, Maybelline The Falsies and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I love using multiple mascaras to get the perfect look to my lashes.

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Finally I used MAC Dervish Lip Pencil to line my lips and MAC Oh Oh Oh Lipstick over the top. Unfortunately this shade was a limited edition but I believe MAC ‘O’ may be similar.

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I hoped you liked this look, I enjoyed creating it. Let me know in the comments below. Do you have this palette? If so let me know what colours you put together, I would love to know what other looks I can create with this palette.