It is a dark warm brown. I think while the Matte2 shadows are super pigmented, they are a pain to blend and Handwritten is no exception. I typically use Handwritten for liner. Brown Down has recently been discontinued, so if you were looking to purchase it, look no further than Handwritten. I love Brun as a liner as well. Brun vs Mystery — I personally do not own Mystery so I cannot say either way.
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I have heard they are dupes so many times that I have avoided Mystery all together. You tell me… are they dupes? I used to love Embark, and this is my second pan… maybe this one is a dud. Handwritten and Brown Down are close in color to Embark. Love your post! Even though I have a MAC store close by, I still research their colors online for much the same reasons as you.
I could get into a lot of trouble going into the MAC store without a game plan of what colors I'm looking for!
My current matte brown collection includes Wedge, Saddle, Embark and Brun. I'm rethinking this purchase given the current brown's I already have in my collection I also have UD dupes for Expresso, Kid and Cork. In your opinion, is it really necessary, given my current brown collection, to keep Swiss Chocolate? Would Swiss Chocolate provide such a different look that I couldn't obtain with what I currently have? Don't get me wrong, the color is beautiful! Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! Just in case this helps, I'm an NC37, dark brown hair and brown eyes.
I actually purchased Club when I first started with MAC and returned it…I guess the color was a bit intimidating for me at the time. Wish me luck! So many people online recommend this color. I hope it ends up being a keeper for me! My favorite way to wear it is packed on the lid for a cool twist on a smokey eye… it doesn't show up to well without a good primer though.
Good luck! Thanks for this post — it was helpful to a makeup and MAC novice like me. Can I substitute Soft Brown with something from the drugstore? I've been a fan of Marlena since when I was trying to learn new makeup tricks, and I've seen her succeed as a makeup guru. I've recreated multiple looks from her and I've loved Nyx Cosmetics coz of her too. Most beauty bloggers and MUAs were raving about these.
Since they're mostly sold in pans you have to provide for your own magnetic palette and they mostly choose the z-palette. As a neutral makeup addict, I chose three shades. Mocha, Bada bing and Corrupt. Finally I have them and thank heavens they're pretty cheap. Lastly I fancied Bada bing. Here are the swatches. Photos were taken using Ipad mini. These neutral shadows definitely match my two fave lippies. I've tried it yesterday for a dinner date with my husband. I love how it creates a soft smokey effect on my eyes.
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I like to buy the pan form of eyeshadows so it makes much more sense for me to buy them online. I will also discuss some of the Satin finish shadows that are commonly compared to the Matte shades. WEDGE: Wedge is a beautiful slightly warm mid tone taupe brown that can be used for transition or in the crease. One of my most used eyeshadows! Wedge vs Kid —Wedge is very close in color to Kid but slightly cooler and darker. I do not think owning both is necessary. It works beautifully in the crease on lighter skin, and as a transition color for tan skin. It is super pigmented and buttery.
Soba looks beautiful when paired with Era, very pretty work appropriate look. Soba vs Cork — often compared as dupes but I could not disagree more.
They give a completely different look on the eye. Soba vs Patina — I think they are similar, Soba is more pigmented and a darker gold. Some will find this to appear a bit orangey… but I happen to like it, even on my extremely fair skin. It has excellent pigmentation and is easy to blend. They are gorgeous when used together — Soft Brown as a transition, Saddle to Deepen the crease.
I would call this a straight up orange brown. It applies to the eye nearly Matte. There is a tiny bit of sparkle that helps it blend like a dream. Saddle vs Texture — close in color but differ in texture and use. It is a dark warm brown. I think while the Matte2 shadows are super pigmented, they are a pain to blend and Handwritten is no exception.
Brush swatches of few MAC and Laura Mercier eyeshadows on NC35 skin
I typically use Handwritten for liner. Brown Down has recently been discontinued, so if you were looking to purchase it, look no further than Handwritten. I love Brun as a liner as well. Brun vs Mystery — I personally do not own Mystery so I cannot say either way. I have heard they are dupes so many times that I have avoided Mystery all together. You tell me… are they dupes? I used to love Embark, and this is my second pan… maybe this one is a dud.