Is it just me or is trying to select the best MAC eyeshadows, in the right color, finish, and formula, one of the most incredibly daunting prospects in the world? For someone that doesn’t necessarily bust out the beautifully adorned lids one hundred percent of the time, it’s positively overwhelming experience, and can sometimes feel like more bothering than it’s worth.
But it’s important to have some essential MAC eyeshadows somewhere in your beauty arsenal, and for the record, essentials don’t have to be neutrals. Matte coffee tones are all well and good, but a bright pop of color of a shining metallic effect can be the perfect finishing touch for many outfits.
Having a small mixture of both reserved neutrals and intense color hits is an ideal arrangement and will allow you to create a whole range of versatile and exciting looks. So, to give you a hand overcoming the never-ending color choice, we’ve selected the top 15 MAC eyeshadows you ought to be trying out this year.
#1: MAC Eyeshadow in Yogurt
Can we get a hell yeah for frosty neutrals? Nothing says crisp, clean style like a stunning pale pink, particularly if you’ve got a lighter complexion. This can also serve well as a base or a subtle highlight, and will blend beautifully with darker colors to create a richer look. The color is available at Nordstrom.
#2: MAC Transformed Eyeshadow in Knight Divine
This gorgeous smokey grey shadow is definitely one of the best MAC eyeshadows out there and boasts subtle blue undertones and a light reflective finish that will set a twinkle in your eye. With a high color pay off and smooth application, the product can be used wet or dry and is ideal for creating definition in your makeup looks this winter. You can purchase it from Macy’s.
#3: MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Stylishly Merry
Dubbed a ‘hybrid’ shadow, this MAC eyeshadow can be used in a variety of ways and possesses properties of a cream, liquid and a powder – don’t ask us how. It’s a medium length wear, around 6 hours, and is a fun berry hue in a gorgeous metallic finish that’s sure to light up the room. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s.
#4: MAC Dark Desires Eyeshadow in Into The Well
Rich plum, matte eyeshadow – need we say more? Creating smokey eyes with unusual tones is a subtle but stylish way to make a statement, and this is the perfect shade for it. Blend and highlight with Yoghurt (no1.) to create some beautiful depth around your eyes. The color retails at Nordstrom.
#5: MAC X Zac Posen Eye 2 Eye Palette
Palettes are a godsend – no more thinking about what tones to mix or how to transfer your one million separate pots of product. The MAC x Zac Posen Eye 2 Eye Palette is a great staple palette, with a series of versatile neutral hues as well as a beautiful statement pinky purple tone.
With a lightly metallic finish, these are great for a simple evening look on the go. As usual they apply wet and dry, giving you total control over the intensity of their color. Comprising some of the best MAC eyeshadow colors, this palette is available at Macy’s.
#6: MAC Mineralize Quad in A Party Of Pastels
Pastels are easy breezy color ways and these MAC Mineralize eyeshadows, available at Nordstrom, are packed with all sorts of good things to nourish the sensitive skin around your eyes. The shimmering baked shadow palette provides easy wearing silver, pink and violet tones.
#7: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stoke My Ego
Another rich autumnal mauve hue to help you up the purple in your makeup look – this intensely pigmented product will hold its finish throughout the day no matter what shenanigans you get up to. Available at Selfridges, this is one of the best MAC eyeshadows you should try!
#8: MAC Paints
These amazingly smooth cream to powder eyeshadow paints are the best you’ll encounter from MAC when it comes to versatility and quality. Use them with any of your existing products to produce a lightly shimmering and beautifully blend able finish. You can get your favorite color from Bloomingdale’s.
#9: MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick in Madly Sunny
Waterproof, long wear and as cheery as they come, the Madly Sunny colour stick is the perfect pop of color for your eye. A quick swipe for a statement lined look or used as a blended shadow tone, it’s bound to brighten up your day. You definitely want to snap up your favorite color from Nordstrom!
#10: MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Plumluxe
This five-shadow palette is a masterpiece of powder and liquid, baked into plum perfection, making this list of the best MAC eyeshadows. The highly pigmented shadows are made to mix, with varying intensities of metallic finish across the board that’ll allow for some amazing looks. The palette is available at Bloomingdale’s.
#11: MAC Eyeshadow x 4 Palette in Wild Horses/Vibe Tribe
Available at Macy’s, this versatile yet adventurous four-piece palette is a great basic to have on hand. A dark matte brown, two satin beige tones and a rich satin finish turquoise tone will have you prepped and ready to go no matter the occasion, and it is super fun to boot.
#12: MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palette in Amber Times Nine
Available at Nordstrom, the absolute perfect nude MAC eyeshadow palette is Amber Times Nine. This fantastic array of warm amber hues in a luxurious series of finishes is perfect for creating a huge variety of gorgeous day and night looks. Compact and easy to carry about, it’s an essential for every girl’s makeup bag.
#13: MAC Soft Serve Eyeshadow in Best Make Up
Available at Macy’s, this frosty peach tone is a gorgeous highlight. Subtle, easy and quick, there is absolutely no doubt that this one will make it into your regular routine quickly.
#14: MAC Pigment in Fuchsia (F)
Pigments are perfect for making a statement. Used wet or dry, the intensity and color payoff is unparalleled. Build for a more transparent veil of color or build for a heavy metallic look or use it wet and draw on a sparkling statement liner. This cool MAC eyeshadow comes in a myriad of colors from Nordstrom.
#15: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad: In The Meadow
Four beautifully matched colors call on the palette of a meadow in spring in this mellow palette from MAC’s Mineralize range. The baked shadow is a blendable consistency and super easy to apply! This is one of the best MAC eyeshadows and it’s available at Bloomingdale’s.
So that’s it – the top 15 best MAC eyeshadows that you ought to be trying out this year! Shake it up: play with different colors and finishes to take your styling to the next level, and remember to always be adventurous – you never know what you’ll find!
Photos courtesy of Zimbio, MAC Cosmetics