Here’s a confession for you all, I’ve never bought myself an eyeshadow palette. I’ve been gifted a few but other than that I find eyeshadow’s a little scary. I’m not 100% confident in putting it on my eyes and I don’t like the fact that most palettes have colours that I will definitely wear and then pointless colours that I’m never ever going to wear.
This week I was strolling down Carnaby Street and I couldn’t but help walk into MAC to have a little swatching session. As usual the staff were rude as anything and it was so packed I couldn’t even have a proper look at the lipsticks but just as I went to walk out an eyeshadow palette caught my eye. This one was everything that I wanted and needed; small, compact and all of the colours were wearable and weren’t nudes, so naturally, I had to have it! This palette is from MAC’s Fashion Pack collection and called Runway Worthy.
The palette itself is limited edition which is annoying and I found it frustrating that they don’t include the individual names of the colours anywhere on the packaging. Luckily Google was a great help and I managed to find out that the colours in this palette are:
Runway Worthy – a very light, almost white, beige with a frosted finish.
Dress Me Up – a muted, medium mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly finish.
Nice Fit – a purple-tinted black with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish.
Paradise Island – a light-medium pink with cooler, blue undertones and a matte finish.
Available in Petite – a medium-dark fuchsia pink with warmer undertones and a mostly matte finish.
Frock Talk – a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen.
Hypnotising – a washed out, very light taupe with hints of gray and a frosted sheen.
Zip Me Up – a medium-dark violet purple with a pearly sheen.
Snappy Style – a muted, dark plum with subtle, cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish.
So basically the palette features 3 browns, 3 pinks and 3 purples giving you all the tools to create stunning but subtle looks for any occasion. I considered taking this palette on holiday recently but a. I hadn’t photographed it for you guys and b. I didn’t want it to get ruined, so I had to wait for my swatching session.
The portability of this product is a definite hit with me. I love that I can stuff it into my makeup bag for a touch up or if I want to quickly apply before leaving work for an evening out. I’m also a bit of a worrier. My recent worry is that if I own too much makeup I won’t get round to using it all and it will expire (yes make up expires, read more about it here). So with that in mind, the small pans work for me. I also like that the shadows are a mix of matte and shimmer. For an eyeshadow novice, it will definitely give you enough to work with.
After all my anticipation to try out this palette when I finally did get a chance to sit down and have a swatching session, I have to say I was a little bit disappointed. The swatches below are 3 swipes of each shadow using a brush. Although they came off on to my arm quite easily, I was surprised that they weren’t as pigmented as I had expected. One swipe of the shadow definitely wouldn’t have photographed well. Despite this initial surprise, I have to say even on my skin tone, every single colour is wearable and I love that even the shimmer-y shades are muted so you can get away with wearing them during the day.
I’ve been playing about with this palette for a few weeks now and I wish my “looks” were good enough to show off with on here but alas, not just yet. I do have to say though, even without a primer the shadows last quite a while on my eyes. My eyelids get very very greasy by the end of the day and I did find that although the makeup stayed on it did require a touch up.
If you can get your hands on it, I’d definitely say go out and get it especially if you’re a new to eyeshadows and want to practise. It’s one of those versatile palettes that you will definitely get so much use out of. Priced at £25 it’s not exactly cheap, especially considering all the pans are small and the pigmentation isn’t the best but again, it’s great for experimenting. Would I buy it again? I’m still not very confident with shadows and I love that these pressed shadows aren’t too intimidating but not too light/nude either so yes I definitely would.
What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?