This is my first time using MAC eyeshadows. My expectations were pretty high considering the other products I have used and what people have been saying so when I first laid my eyes on the Bellgreens Eye Shadow Palette*($53.00 CDN) I was both in love with the packaging and colours, but stumped on how I would use the whole palette cohesively. All six shades of green come in different finishes from matte to satin to sparkly so where do I begin? What popped into my head was the face of a forest nymph, but a pissed off one.
The packaging itself is matte velvet in feel with a black push-button opening mechanism. Not finicky at all!
The eye shadows felt hard to the touch, but I had absolutely no issues with picking up any colour with a brush/fingers. All shades swatched very smoothly and in almost one *swoosh* without having to pick up any extra shadow. That matte acid green right there turned out to be my favourite!
GET THE LOOK!
Start with Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray* followed by your favourite foundation or BB Cream. In my case, I really love Boscia’s BB Cream SPF 27 PA++.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark followed by shading in eyebrows the darkest shade of the MAC Bellgreens Palette*
Prime eyes with your favourite primer of the moment, mine being Mary Kay’s Eyeshadow Primer.
Starting with light shimmery green shade of the MAC Bellgreens Palette*, pat in the colour with a small smudge brush and build up until you get a sufficient amount of green. Then using a fluffy brush, add in the matte taupe shade to the outer V of the eye. Take the acid green shade and sweep into the crease and blend up to the orbital bone. Pat on some extra shimmery green if necessary.
Pat the lightest shadow under the brow bone for highlight.
To make the eyeshadow “stick” on my lower waterline, I first lined with the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blaquer and then using a slanted eyeliner brush lightly dabbed my waterline with the darkest shade in the palette. Finally, line lower lash line with the same dark shade and smudge with a brush like the SEPHORA PRO Smudge Brush #11.
Line upper lash line with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, followed by Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara and some dramatic false lashes like the Illamasqua False Eye Lashes in FL 016.
Apply theBalm INSTAIN Long Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Swiss Dot.
MAC Amplified Creme in Fast Play was a little too purple so I “nuded” it out by applying MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Pure Zen over top.
Final Verdict: I won’t say this is an everyday palette just because of the acid and shimmery green shades, BUT that’s not to say that you cannot create a neutral look with it. The matte taupe is gorgeous and the more shimmery shades are perfect for highlighting and adding some sparkle to your look. I think if you love MAC, you will want this palette for reasons beyond reason, but that acid green shade is what MADE this palette for me. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me feel like I could be truly creative.