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Thursday, September 11, 2014

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow - An Autumn Must Have?

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow

Each Autumn for as long as I have been blogging one particular eyeshadow crops up as a must have every single year. Yes I am of course speaking about MAC Cranberry which I was very late to the party in discovering. In fact I only purchased my pan earlier this year and while I am being entirely truthful I first applied MAC Cranberry to my eyes a little more than a week ago. Burgundy eyeshadow scares me a little, one wrong move and you look like you've spent the day chopping onions!

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow

As my MAC Cranberry eyeshadow is a refill pan there is not much I can say about the packaging, this shade does also come in a stand alone pot should you not have or want a MAC palette or quad. The pans for the palettes do work out cheaper - which may be something to keep in mind for future reference and you can Back to MAC the empty pans as long as they have the MAC magnet on the back. Since my quad has been featured in the photos it is only fair I mention the other three shades. From top to bottom and left to right, I have: Trax, Cranberry, Blackberry and Shadowy Lady.

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow

So yes MAC Cranberry a bizarre shade of eyeshadow if ever there was one. Officially listed by MAC as a red plum with pink shimmer, close but no cigar. In my opinion MAC Cranberry is a rusty red hue that oddly leans cool toned, in certain lights it looks more pink than red but best summed up it is a metallic burgundy or maroon if you fancy. If you have blue or green eyes this shade will really make them look more blue or green than they are. However be warned that in my opinion it is one of those shades that you do have to be careful when it it comes to application as it can look painful. To avoid this I recommend using MAC Cranberry in conjunction with other shades be it warm browns or to jazz up a smoky eye.

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow

As with all MAC eyeshadows I found this shade to apply best with a primer and typically I can achieve around 8 hours of crease free wear from a MAC eyeshadow and this isn't any different. The levels of pigmentation and ease of blendability are as I have come to expect from MAC. Think a silky soft texture that doesn't product significant levels of product fall out, wears well on even the oiliest of lids and produces good colour pay off. When wore dry don't get me wrong the pigment is there but I find that when dampened this shade really comes to life and are oddly easier to work with. 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.

To answer my question MAC Cranberry a must have? I'm not convinced, I still much prefer L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in the shade Escape in Bordeaux which I have reviewed here.

MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow £10-£13 via Debenhams - link.















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39 comments:

  1. I think MAC Cranberry is a really pretty shade but I haven't tried it yet as still not sure whether I could pull it off - I might give it a try this autumn/winter though...perhaps!

    Beauty & The Bird | Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

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  2. Definitely one of my autumn faves. I have medium tan skin and I have made a quad with Cranberry, Sable, Ricepaper and Cork. The lurve is real.

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  3. I LOVE this! But am also going to get the one you recommended in the coming weeks. Gotta love a fall eye ;)

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  4. I like this shade but not sure if I would buy it from Mac, its a colour I wouldn't get enough use out of to spend alot of money on it x

    http://xxchloescloset.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Those colors are gorgeous!!
    xx
    http://shititsmidnight.blogspot.pt/

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  6. I love this colour but I think I'm far too pale to pull it off :( xx

    Kay | What Kay Does

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  7. It looks like a beautiful colour but I'm also a little scared to wear colours like that. I think i'll leave that to the professionals :P

    Sugar Sweet Style

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  8. I have this in my palette, and always forget about it because I'm never sure of the best way or shades to wear it with, any tips? x

    Joanne // Fashion Polaroids

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  9. this eyeshadow colour is lovely but I agree it is a scary shade to wear because it can go very wrong if not applied correctly :)

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I LOVE a burgundy eye shadow -- I'm filming a tutorial this weekend on how to make it not look like a black eye. The trick is to find the right colour for your skin!

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  11. I was looking at this shade in store earlier today - I am also a little scared of the burgandy shade, but it's so beautiful I gotta give it a chance ;) Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

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  12. Cranberry looks lovely as a wet shadow. Thanks for including the wet swatch. It really does bring the shade to life!

    --Mari :)
    bluchiffon.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh what are the other colours in the pallette? They are beautiful together :)

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  14. Plum colours are great for Autumn :) I totally agree about being careful when applying, one wrong move and you can look like you've got a black eye! xx
    http://cottonandcandie.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I always get scared that eyeshadows like this will make my eyes look sore!
    But I reckon it'd be lovely incorporated into a smokey eye :)
    alicekatex ♥

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  16. i always think this is such a pretty shade! i dont own any mac eyeshadows, but is one of those i would buy.

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  17. I absolutely love Mac Cranberry and it seems to be one of those colours that just works on everyone. I love this added to a brown smokey eye for a bit of a lift. You should also try 'Sketch', its a dark plummy purple colour and looks amazing on the eyes. I use it nearly every day! x

    www.littleldnlife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I have sketch, will try the two together :) thank you!

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  18. ive got it myself and i haven't had the chance to use it yet

    yukluistyle

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  19. Wow, oh my goodness it's so pretty! I really want to get it but I feel I wouldn't get enough wear out of it considering the price. Perhaps I'll change my mind as the autumn weather rolls in. Great post xo

    http://bethanyinvogue.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I have cranberry and it is so pretty, I definitely need to start using it more! This is such a good review :)

    Chloe Andrews

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  21. I love the look of this shade as it's so pretty but my eyes don't tend to suit darker colours, I'd be too scared to wear! :( simply gorgeous though. x
    Ellie | eleanormaes.blogspot.com

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  22. I love the colour :) x

    http://books-and-memories.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Love the L'oriel eye shadow! I've been saving my cranberry shade for winter, can't wait! I don't know i just think its a christmassy shade!

    http://the---escapist.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Such a nice shade to mix with golds and browns, and it looks so nice and vivid mixed with water
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Beautiful shades!

    xx

    www.drugstoredreamer.blogspot.com

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  26. This is the only mac eyeshadow I own (sinful) and I absolutely love it, I wore it to death last year smoked out with browns and I'm pretty sure I will be looking it out again soon. I've never used it wet though need to keep that in mind! xx
    An Uninventive Name

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  27. Cranberry is a beautiful color!

    Aissa // Layer It Up

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  28. Oh wow, those colours are so pretty! I think my pale skin might make me look like a corpse if I wear that shade (but that never seems to stop me from buying colours like this anyway!)

    Bramble & Thorn

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  29. This shade is incredible and I would love a cranberry shadow in my collection, but I am a little wary of application. The whole palette you feature is just so autumnal!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  30. I am curious as to which eyeshadow(s) you would pair with MAC Cranberry? I have always been curious as to how others would wear it?

    http://beccahillblogs.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. At the moment I'm using it along with Urban Decay Naked 3 but still don't really feel all that comfortable wearing it. It is one of those shades that looks beautiful on others and a little "meh" on me haha!

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  31. What a gorgeous shade! I'm still filling my big palette, I think Cranberry could be next :)
    Just one thing: Where did you hear that you can Back 2 MAC empty eyeshadow pans as long as they have the original magnet and label on the back? Because I know for sure that I can't do that here (in Germany). Maybe the policies are different in the UK?

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    1. Oh how weird. I asked in store and they said that they were back 2 mac eligible as long as they had the original magnet/label. It wouldn't surprise me if it was a different policy as in the US they can back to MAC for a lipgloss, eyeshadow or lipstick. So odd!

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  32. Cranberry is gorgeous!! But I regret buying it as I don't use it much. I just don't know how to pull it off. Shame but I will probably sell mine in a blog sale soon. X

    speakingbeautyuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. I love this colour, think I am going to try out the l'oreal one this autumn, hoping for a 3 for 2 offer in boots soon ! fingers crossed!
    https://esrscreatives.wordpress.com/

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  34. Cranberry is a really pretty shade!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. It looks gorgeous in the pan but alas, I think my skin is too pale/pinky to rock pinker shades. I think it would look stunning on tanner girls!

    http://gemandblueskies.blogspot.com

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  36. I think Cranberry is a really beautiful shade and looks really pretty with Wedge in the crease.

    zoea2812.blogspot.com

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