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Old 06-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
 
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Default Nude/Natural Eyeshadow for dark(er) skin

So, I was surveying my eyeshadow collection and I'm fairly satisfied with my shimmery neutrals (thanks naked palette!) and my brights but I don't have a single matte color that matches my skin for every day looks or to tone down some of the ridiculous shimmer in other colors. Do any of you have recommendations? I'm somewhere between a MAC NW40 and NW45.

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Old 06-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
 
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Mac Soba, slight shimmer but barely noticeable
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I would like to recommend MAC Malt and Vanilla also.
NYX Nude Matte in Maybe Later or I Have a Headache
NYX Single in Pure Skin or True Taupe
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
 
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Wouldn't Mac Vanilla be an off-white color? How would that match the OP's skin?
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Wouldn't Mac Vanilla be an off-white color? How would that match the OP's skin?
I am about her shade or a shade darker and if I apply over primer and use a light hand it is very natural, with a brightening effect. I thought she said nude/natural and to tone down shimmer in other products.
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I am about her shade or a shade darker and if I apply over primer and use a light hand it is very natural, with a brightening effect. I thought she said nude/natural and to tone down shimmer in other products.
Do you use it as a highlight? I think as a lid shade it might make my eyes look ashy... Even if I'm using it to dull a color down.
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Do you use it as a highlight? I think as a lid shade it might make my eyes look ashy... Even if I'm using it to dull a color down.
No, it does not look ashy. It is warm, and for me a little too intense to use as a highlight ( I am a woman of age lol)
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i like mac arena and also cork is nice. it's really skin tone-ish (for me) so i mainly use it to balance/blend when i wear a colored shadow so it doesn't look sharp or hard.
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i like mac arena and also cork is nice. it's really skin tone-ish (for me) so i mainly use it to balance/blend when i wear a colored shadow so it doesn't look sharp or hard.
Ooh, I love CORK! I am glad the OP started this thread because people are naming things I really need to re-visit.

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MAC Swiss Chocolate
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i own mac swiss chocolate and love it! i might have saddle too but i think it might be similar to cork with cork being a better "nude" match for me.

agree....good thread!
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i looked this morning and i also have folie which is sort of a wine/brown. i have it on today.
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i looked this morning and i also have folie which is sort of a wine/brown. i have it on today.
Yes, I am going to get this out and make a point to wear.

I want to add: Estee Lauder Double Wear cream eyeshadow in cafe au lait. It has shimmer to it but if you blend a little foundation on your lids beforehand and put this on top...very nice, nude but finished eyes.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:39 PM   #13
 
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Thanks for the excellent recommendations everyone! I'm so glad other people have said this thread is useful for them! But I have one more question/challenge! What do you suggest for ladies/lads on a budget?

The matte brown in the wet n wild vanity palette looks like an excellent crease color but apparently it's been discontinued (!!)
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Thanks for the excellent recommendations everyone! I'm so glad other people have said this thread is useful for them! But I have one more question/challenge! What do you suggest for ladies/lads on a budget?

The matte brown in the wet n wild vanity palette looks like an excellent crease color but apparently it's been discontinued (!!)
The NYX shadows recommended are all about $5 (also check for their 3-color pallettes, which, during a sale, cost around $5.99 and you get more bang for the buck. Some of them have several of the colors you may want), and you can get them online for less during sales. Also, check your BS for Black Radiance products, which may include some of their discontinued shadows, which are plenty neutral. And last but not least e-bay. Not those people with storefronts for their stores but actual individual sellers can sometimes be a bargain.
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i would say nyx for budget shadows for sure or a 6 container trade in for a free mac shadow! you could probably get away with just one or two of the suggested mac shades to meet all your neutral/nude shadow needs.
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i would say nyx for budget shadows for sure or a 6 container trade in for a free mac shadow! you could probably get away with just one or two of the suggested mac shades to meet all your neutral/nude shadow needs.
I think they changed so you can only get a a lipstick now Or that's what they're saying online, I'm not sure if counters/stores will give you an eyeshadow
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You can only get lipstick at the MAC counters in department stores. If you go to the MAC store, you can get a lipstick or eyeshadow with trade in (I just did a trade in about 2 months ago)


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^^^Yeah. I'm about to make a run to my nearest Mac store.
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You can only get lipstick at the MAC counters in department stores. If you go to the MAC store, you can get a lipstick or eyeshadow with trade in (I just did a trade in about 2 months ago)


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