Serendipity? No, Stupidity: My Underused MAC Palette

I have a stupid amount of eye shadows. I take all the criticisms about my spending habits, but I did accumulate these over time. I didn’t buy them all in one day. Still, it doesn’t justify all the other purchases. I mean, I WAS happy getting these, thinking yay! I have all these different colours for so many different looks, for like thousands of eyes!! Woots!!!



When I read blog posts about MAC a couple of years back, I’d be all goo goo ga ga, heading over there to check out the new shiny things. Lately though, I’ve been meh. I haven’t stepped in a MAC store for more than a year. I haven’t even been using my MAC stuff. Whenever posts about MAC pop up in my reader, I always tell myself to pull out this MAC palette and actually use the eye shadows. Now, finally, I have this on my vanity. I’ve been using them now and then, but I’m not impressed anymore. I tried to remember how much I used to like them, but you know, people change, feelings change, expectations change.




Most of these shades are very lightly used, if ever. A couple were nicked here and there because of my super strength in de-potting, but 90% of them are in pristine condition. They’re going to my blog sale. I think it’s better for them to be in a home where they’ll be loved. Right? I’m so sorry, my MAC shadows. I’ll try to find you a new home asap.

Am I the only stupid one here? Perhaps, is this an illness? Gah… if my husband read this, eeee…. OOPS!!!


xoxo Lily



  • you’ve got the lorac pro palette so i think you’re set. you can send these mac shadows away not feeling guilty. πŸ™‚
    i personally never liked mac. i can always find cheaper alternatives from drugstores or go for some real luxury if i spend a little more. i still think their eyeshadows are solid but maybe it’s time mac should amp up their game.

    • You’re right. I have the Lorac Pro Palette, and many other palettes, so I think it’s safe to let these go without any regrets πŸ™‚

  • lol at your husband reading and lol at the thousands of eyes line!! haha. I’m sure you’ll sell them so fast, so not to worry! I only have two mac shadows these days (concrete and charcoal brown) and i bought them bc i was looking very specifically for those kinds of matte cool toned browns for contouring eyes and couldn’t find the colors i imagined anywhere. well, that’s how i got charcoal brown, i’m not sure what possessed me to get concrete? I don’t think there’s any other mac shadows i would buy though, I was never really into mac!

    • I hope they’ll find good homes, Joyce πŸ™‚ Such a waste >_<

  • liyeun

    Woahhhh that is alot for a mommy to use more than a thousand times!!! Perhaps it is time for blog sale??? Hahahaha… I see u really adore different shades of blue and brown. Lets not waste them, do a FOTD? I can only envy those who can pull off dark blue/navy eyeshadows…. ^^

    • Yes Liyuen, these are definitely going to my blog sale πŸ™‚ In fact, I was just going to update that page!

  • I still love my MAC shadows! You crazy girl haha! But truth be told, you don’t have the good ones. MAC does browns and bronzes really well.

    • Ah, that’s too bad. I remember getting these because I was on a YouTube phase and back then, every YT vlogger uses MAC >_< I was easily swayed. I think I still am. Heh!

  • I have several MAC eyeshadows but that’s about it! I think it’s mostly because I got into makeup so late in life, and I quickly moved on to *ahem* more expensive stuff. I’ll keep the ones I own because they do make some nice shades, but I don’t think I’ll expand this part of my makeup collection!

    • Hahahaha! Good for you Sunny. Go straight ahead for the great stuff and leave out the average to mediocre. Saves so much time and money too πŸ™‚

  • Thousands of eyes :D! For me, it’s the “makeup for boobs: it’s FASHUN” moment!
    Don’t feel bad, Lily, tastes change! MAC textures don’t work for me any more though I was a fan back in the day, but lots of people love them and this way they’ll go to a loving home and get taken out for walkies all the time πŸ™‚

    • Makeup for boobs. HAHAHAHAHA!! You’re right. I won’t feel bad. I’m sure they’ll find better owners πŸ™‚

  • I currently own only one mac eyeshadow though I do love them for some reason haven’t been able to expand my collection….will wait for your blog sale πŸ™‚

    • Oh great to know you’re interested! At least I know there are willing owners out there πŸ˜›

  • Hi Lily – I haven’t used my MAC palette in a while but I do come back to it; even though mine is only 30% MAC, I think the rest are Inglot πŸ™‚ But I completely agree that some of their shadows are duds and the excitement over collecting them is just no longer there πŸ™

    • Haha! I find posts about MAC a little tedious to read too because there are so many ‘new launches’ that it just feels like they’re trying too hard. That’s how bored I got >_<

  • LOL. I don’t think MAC is the end-all for eye shadows, (I only own two, and they were both either free or gifts, lol!) but I like their range, and some of them are nice. But yes, people change and tastes change, and there should be no guilt!

    • You’re so right Professor Larie!!! No more guilt. I shall let them go with a smile πŸ˜€

  • Liz

    MAC was a Canadian company so we grew up with MAC here and was the only accessible pro brand for a long time too. So, I have a fondness for it that can never go away! I actually don’t have very many MAC solo shadows and still want to build a customized palette no matter how many other shadow palettes I acquire. I think there’s a time and place for these things and if they don’t work for you now, that’s great that you recognized it! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Liz, I think maybe it’s because I have a little too many eye shadows, and when it comes to textures, I prefer something more buttery and smooth. I’m still keeping some of them (which are not shown in this palette) but I’m letting go 90% of them. Hopefully they’ll find good homes!

  • I still love MAC but I totally get feelings and expectations changing. But I also agree with Tracy – where’s Woodwinked? Where’s Cranberry?! Mythology? They do have some beautiful shadows and seem to really excel with metallics. I’m not wild for their satin range at all. Good on you though for offering them through your blog sale! That’s a great idea! πŸ™‚

    • I think Woodwinked is hidden at the very bottom corner. I found it a little too warm for me. I think you and Tracy are right – I don’t own those hidden gems, but I sure hope whatever I have here is good enough for someone else. They do deserve a home where they’ll be treated better πŸ˜›

  • Bella

    I used Mac products way back in the 90’s and I loved them. Then I left them. I physically threw everything out. However, I have actually just purchased All that Glitters, Sable, Soba and Ricepaper,Groundwork paint pot, as well as Blushbaby blush and Rebel lipstick. I wore it to work yesterday and got so many compliments, plus it wore very very well. Plumful lipstick managed to survive the iconoclastic fury and I repurchased it recently.
    I have learnt from the past and will not be expanding this selection, but I think I’m going to be enjoying what I have for a long time to come!!! Despite my huge and ever-expanding high end collections.
    I wish you much success with your blog sale!

    • I hope they’ll be going to new homes, but there’s no hurry πŸ™‚
      I know what you mean though. There are some great finds, but overall, in general, they’ve been underwhelming. I guess it’s got A LOT to do with a huge stash I have, and when I think about reducing my stash, these have to go first. Heh!