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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

MAC Eye Shadow - Swimming

Firstly, sorry if we're a little bit distracted. There is a 15 year old boy on Countdown who is, quite frankly, beyond human. He is playing against a man with very shifty eyes. Now there is another man wearing a shirt covered in pictures of goldfish. If this gets anymore exciting our minds might actually explode.

However, something that's even more exciting then man in a tragic shirt (now he's doing magic tricks!) is this: MAC's Swimming. A gorgeous sea green lustre finish packed full of glistening silver shimmer.

Soft on the skin and smooth to apply, this bright green shadow is ideal for summer days. It's vibrant tone is perfect for making the eyes 'pop!' and is a fantastic compliment for all you out there with brown, blue or grey peepers.

MAC Swimming swatched

Rich with pigment, Swimming can be easily layered to increase the colour's intensity. We applied a single light coating using a fluffy eye brush, shading it out slightly towards the crease. The powder doesn't drop on application and, without primer, gave around 6 hours wear.

Swimming applied directly to eyelids

If you want to translate this fresh look into a smokier affair, simply layer with an olive toned shimmer and flat, matte, blackened green. We chose MAC's Green Smoke and it's sadly discontinued Femme Noir (Bourjois does fantastic dupes of both).

MAC Swimming, Green Smoke & Femme Noir swatched

Keeping it simple, we swiped across the lid with a large shadow brush working the matte powder into the crease. We then lightly blended the olive based shimmer upwards to soften the line. This look is great for a smouldering work eye or, loaded up with liner and lashes, a vampish evening ensemble.

MAC Swimming, Green Smoke & Femme Noir applied directly to eyelids

If you're someone who shys away from grassier shades then why not dip your toes in and take a swim? You never know - you might find it very refreshing.

MAC Swimming and Green Smoke and available internationally and at at £11 for 1.5g.

*this product was purchased by the Beauty Bite*

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At Wednesday, June 16, 2010 , Blogger Michelle @Lipstickrules said...

I have Swimming and never use it! I should give it a try Thanks for the inspiration!

At Wednesday, June 16, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a really nice colour, bit bright for me but I love how you used it in a smokey eye too. Always good to have alternatives.

At Friday, June 18, 2010 , Blogger natty said...

Can you give me an idea of the Bourjois dupes?
We dont't have Mac in Romania but we do have Bourjois:)
great blog!

At Saturday, June 19, 2010 , Blogger The Beauty Bite said...

Hi Natty,

We can't remember the names off the top of our heads. Unfortunately their deep green isn't a matte formula, but the shade is very similar to that of Femme Noir. We've used it with swimming before and because swimming already contains shimmer, the final effect is pretty much the same. Next time we're out we'll get the names for you!


At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 , Blogger The Beauty Bite said...

HI Natty - a good substitute for MAC Greensmoke is Maybelline's 530 Kaki Chic. We think the blackened green from Bourjois is shade number 7 - you'll definitely know it when you see it!



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