If you are a light packer (yes I'm already thinking about my summer holiday) or simply prefer a multi-purpose product then look no further than the new MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line palettes. A new and what I'm guessing limited edition 3-in-1 product that contains both eyeshadows and a liner. Utterly genius and the best part is they are totally pocket sized!
As mentioned above the new MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line Palettes are relativity dinky in size, not much bigger than a standard MAC eyeshadow. Okay maybe they are about double the size of a MAC eyeshadow but they are still small and perfect for travelling with. Other than the size increase the packaging is what we have come to know from MAC - matte black, round and complete with a large transparent window so you can view the shade inside. I do tend to depot my eyeshadows but in this instance I wouldn't recommend doing so - I have a sneaky feeling it would crumble rather easily.
The new MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line Palettes come in 8 various colour ways all of which have been created to be coordinated. Basically you have two eyeshadows - one light shade and one deeper shade, one of which is metallic in formula the other satin, coupled with a matte eye liner. The idea is that you can use the shades as you see fit - wet, dry or a combination of both. Although the middle bar of colour has been formulated to be an eye liner there is nothing stopping you from using it as an eyeshadow should you wish and vice versa. The only problem I encountered is that the shape of the liner made it quite difficult to use - as it is rounded and narrow the brush and my fingertips had a tendency to slip off and dip into the shade beside it. I have the shades Ebony Blend which is your classic smoky eye palette - a bright white eyeshadow, a metallic deep lilac toned pewter completed by a traditional black eye liner. It is basically Saturday night in palette form. The other trio I have is Olive Blend which is truly beautiful - a bright copper hue that allows blue eyes to pop, a deep golden tinged olive green eyeshadow and a cool toned but deep brown based green eye liner. If ever there was a palette created to compliment a summer's tan this is it.
It should be highlighted that the formulations of the eyeshadows are not new - they are the same as MAC's standard metallic and satin formula's for which I am grateful. You have the same levels of pigmentation and ease of blendability as we have come to expect from MAC. Think silky soft textures that don't product significant levels of product fall out, wear well on even the oiliest of lids and produce great colour pay off. The liner is slightly different it has a slightly drier texture and is somewhat akin to the likes of Laura Mercier's Cake Eyeliners. When wore dry don't get me wrong the pigment is there but I find that when dampened the liners really come to life and are oddly easier to work with. You can of course wet the eyeshadows to intensify the finish or use them as eyeliners should you wish. My only advice if doing this would be to reserve a segment of your eyeshadow for wet use as once you wet any eyeshadow it is never quite the same dry ever again.
You can find the MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line Palettes for £17 each via Debenhams - link.
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