Shop & Drop

I’m back!!  Thanks for hanging in there with me.  The past few weeks have been interesting to say the least.  It feels good to get back to blogging.

Mac released three new quads with their new Shop Mac, Cook Mac collection.  This look uses one of them called Shop & Drop.  My favorite shade in this quad is Hypnotizing, which reminds me of a darker version of Mac’s Vex.  This shade doesn’t have the duo chrome quality that Vex does, but takes on the pretty pink undertone.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eye Brows Crayon – Spiked and Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – Espresso
Primer: Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Base: Mac Hyperviolet Paint Pot
Highlighter: INGLOT #352
Inner Corner: Mac Hypnotizing
Lid: Mac Shop & Drop
Crease: Mac Power Boosted
Upper Lash Line: Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Perversion
Upper Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Perversion
Lower Lash Line: Mac Power Boosted and Shop & Drop
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Perversion
Mascara: Mac Prep and Prime Lash and L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
Get This Look:

After priming my lid and lower lash line, I applied the Hyperviolet (dark plum) paint pot with a fluffy synthetic brush.  I packed on Shop & Drop shadow with a Mac 239 onto my lid.  I concentrated the color on my lid lightly patted the color a bit past the crease.   With a Louise Young LY38B brush, I blended Power Boosted into my crease and blended the color into the lid shade.   I used a small pencil brush to run Power Boosted to my lower lash line and darkened it with the Shop & Drop shade.

Using a clean fluffy brush, I blended out the crease shade with Sugar Snack.  Depending on your skin tone, you may want to use another shade.  This pink is too pale to make a huge impact on this look.  I applied Hypnotizing to my inner corner with a small shader brush.

I lined my upper and lower lash line and water line with Urban Decay’s Perversion pencil.  I smudged the shade on my upper lash line.  Obviously my eyes don’t appreciate dark shades on my lower water line.  My eyes never fail to water and burn when I use heavily pigmented liner on my water line.

My Kind Of Brown

A fantastic thing has happened recently.  Urban Decay has made the blackest pencil liner I’ve come across a permanent fixture to its cosmetics line.  The great Perversion, as seen here, can now be purchased for $18 at  It will be available in stores soon.  Along with this launch, Urban Decay has also added two additional liners to its permanent range, a matte dark brown (Demolition) and a pink (Woodstock). I picked up Demolition, which prompted this comparison post.  (Swatches were taken on bare skin; NC45 for reference.)

1         Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil – 05 Brown

I featured this liner in my best of 2011 post.  The pencil has a rich deep tone and applies very smoothly.  The smoothness is its downfall.  As I’ve mentioned before, the tip wares down quickly and needs to be sharpened after each use.  Something strange happened recently.  I store my pencils in a desk pencil holder, tip down and I noticed the liner came loose from the wood casing.  I now keep it stored with tip up and haven’t experienced any issues since.  Milani can be purchased from your local drug store for around $6/7.

2         Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Demolition

Urban Decay recently released Demolition with a limited edition holiday set.  I was intrigued by it then, but didn’t need the other liners the set came with.  Now that it is permanent, I had to get it.  A matte brown liner is a welcomed addition to Urban Decay’s range.  This liner is now the darkest brown pencil I own and it’s just as lovely as all of my other Urban Decay liners.  It applies smoothly, doesn’t smudge and lasts all day.

3         Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Corrupt

Corrupt was featured in Urban Decay’s 15-Anniversary limited edition set that was released last year.  It has also been included in its mini liner sets in years past, but it isn’t permanent.  It’s a nice shimmery dark brown that doesn’t smudge.  I’ve never had an issue with the shimmer migrating.  I was first introduced to Corrupt when I purchased a mini liner set long ago and it sent me hunting for a permanent Holy Grail brown liner.

4         Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner – Puppeteer

I picked this liner up online during a Sephora sale last year; an online purchase mistake.  Not that it’s a bad liner; it just isn’t dark enough for me.  The high shimmer factor makes this medium reddish brown liner appear lighter when applied.  I rarely use it as an upper liner, but I have applied it to my lower lash line.  It glides on smoothly and doesn’t smudge or fade.  It can be purchased at Sephora for $15.

5         Make Up Forever Aqua Liner – #12

This brown liner is so dark, it’s almost black.  Sadly, I don’t reach for it as much as I should because my morning mad dash requires the ease of a pencil.  I do love it.  The Make Up Forever Aqua Liner formula is fantastic.  Once it’s applied, it doesn’t move.  Even with makeup remover, it takes effort to remove.  It has a very fine felt tip that makes detailed lining a breeze.  It can be purchased at Sephora for $23.

INGLOT – Color Envy


Every time I use these shadows, I’m more amazed at the pigmentation.  A fluffy brush on these shadows will get you into messy, fallout trouble.  I think this look may be pushing it even for Freedom Friday’s.  It could work if you kept the intensity lower on the lash line and faded the color up to the crease.

If you are a lover of matte shadows, consider these.  The slight shimmer you see is in the pan is barely detectable to the eye.  If you’re a shimmer fan, get over it and try these shadows out anyway.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Pencil – Dark Brown
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Base Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Upper Crease: Mac Soft Brown
Crease: Mac Folie
Outer V: Mac Plumage
Outer Third: INGLOT #504
Middle: INGLOT #477
Inner Corner: INGLOT #474
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay – Perversion Pencil
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay – Flipside
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay Shadow Pencil – Lit
Lash Primer: MAC Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast


Get This Look:

Apply your favorite base.  The downside of using UD’s Primer Potion is that the shadows stick too much and makes blending exceedingly difficult.  I’m forced to use a Paint Pot over the primer.  I applied Soft Brown on my brow bone and upper crease.  Soft Brown is close to my skin tone so I also used this shadow to soften the inner and outer edges of the Paint Pot.  I applied Folie (medium reddish brown) to my crease and the outer corner of my eye with a stiff dome brush.  I used a pencil brush to form the outer V using Plumage.

The fun part…I started off applying the green eye shadow (#477) to the center of my lid and blended it over to the inner and outer lid.  I put the yellow shade (#474) to the inner corner and blended it up and over into the green shade.  I repeated this process until it faded nicely.  I did the same after applying the teal shade (#504) to the outer corner and blending it over into the green.

This look is the first time I used Urban Decay’s Perversion eyeliner.  This is the blackest eyeliner I’ve tried.  I typically use their Zero black liner and I thought it was pretty black, but wow.  Flip side was applied to the lower lash line and smudge into the yellow.  I also put a little of the black liner to the outer corner of my lower lash line.

I may have to give up on using these shadow pencils on my waterline.  It burns and makes my eyes water and nose run.  The burning sensation is more annoying than painful.  If my eyes look red, that is why.