My Custom MAC Palette | Shades, Swatches, & Review

My sister and I have fallen into a sort of tradition over the past few years - we buy each other's birthday presents a month early, get too excited about it, and give them to each other a month early. A couple weeks ago she gave me my gift, a custom MAC Palette with my perfect everyday shades.

I love that MAC now offers different inserts for their custom palettes - my sister was able to fit six eyeshadows and two blushes in my palette, making it the perfect collection to bring anywhere. The shades she included are:

  • Shroom, soft beige with shimmer
  • Naked Lunch, minimal pink with shimmer
  • Quarry, soft muted plum-brown
  • Wedge, soft muted beige taupe
  • Cork, muted golden brown
  • Charcoal Brown, muted taupe brown
  • Blushbaby, beige-pink
  • Harmony, muted rose-beige brown

This is such a good selection of the kind of soft shades that I wear on an everyday basis. She said she specifically included Charcoal Brown to use in my brows and Harmony to use as a contour shade. I've been bringing it to work with me with just a blush brush, a trusty MAC 217 eyeshadow brush, and an angled brush for my eyebrows, and I've got most of my makeup sorted. 

Using this palette has made me fall in love with MAC all over again - their powder products truly are some of the best in terms of blendability and pigmentation. The consistency of the shadows and blushes does differ a bit from formula to formula - the shimmer shades are super buttery, while the mattes are a little stiffer to the touch, but they all perform equally well. My favorite eyeshadows to use have been Naked Lunch on the lid, Quarry in the crease, and a bit of Wedge smudged into my lower lash line. The standout shade of the bunch for me so far has been Blushbaby. It's been on my list to try for such a long time, being such a beautiful neutral pink, and it's definitely lived up to the hype I had built in my mind. It's a Sheertone formula, so it builds up beautifully on the skin and leaves a healthy, glowy flush. I had never tried MAC's blushes before, and I think I'm hooked now. 

I've thanked my sister so many times already, because she really does know me well and chose such perfect shades for me. If you have a makeup-lover in your life and you know their taste, a custom MAC palette would sure make a beautiful gift.

What shades would you put in your MAC palette?