MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette £38.50 - Link
I promise now that this will be the last MAC Cinderella post from me, but I wanted to share with you my final purchase from the collection, and probably the item that was the top of my wishlist - the MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette. While I didn't manage to get this the day of release I was able to get this for a reasonable price off depop. If you want more Cinderella goodness you can check out my reviews of Royal Ball and Coupe d'Chic.
The MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette contains six neutral eyeshadows, eyes look entrancing in the softest browns, glimmering champagne and sparkle-flecked black of Stroke of Midnight. Five of the six shades are actually a part of the permanent range - Vapour, Phloof!, Omega, Quarry and Satin Taupe with Stroke of Midnight being the only limited edition shade.
Vapour is described as a peach-pink with violet pearl eyeshadow (velvet finish), and unfortunately for me this was a bit of a let down. This has very little pigmentation and I found that while it gives good payoff when swatched on your finger, it doesn't when applied to the eyes which is a shame. This makes a good base shade or highlighting shade for under the brow bone.
Phloof! is described as a frosted off-white eyeshadow (frost finish), this is definitely my kind of shade as I'm a girl who loves glitter. This has a soft buttery texture which means that this applies really easily on the lids and is a gorgeous base shade for a shimmery eye, or even sometimes to finish an eyeshadow look I find that this is perfect for lightening an eye.
Omega is described as a soft muted beige-taupe eyeshadow (matte finish), this is the only shade that I owned prior to this palette and a definite favourite of mine. This is a really soft eyeshadow that blends easily on the lid and this is not only a great shade to apply on the eyes but also makes a perfect brow shadow as this matches my eyebrows perfectly.
Quarry is described as a soft muted plum-brown eyeshadow (matte finish), and may look like a weird choice as it does venture into the reddish/brown tones - however is one of those shades that just pairs easily. Texture wise this is really soft which means that it applies smoothly and is a great choice for teaming with a darker shimmer creating a natural smokey eye.
Satin Taupe is described as a taupe with silver shimmer eyeshadow (frost finish), and is probably my favourite shade in the whole palette. The texture is so smooth and buttery making it really easy to apply and a little goes a long way. This is an easy shade to work with, and I like to pair this with Phloof! or Quarry for a quick look so that I can be on my way in minutes.
Stroke of Midnight is described as a black plum with sparkle pearl eyeshadow (velvet finish), now for me this is a little weird as it looks very plum in the pan but when applied looks rather black. I've found that the sparkle/glitter doesn't really translate either when applied, you kind of lose that so instead of applying this as an eyeshadow I like to use this as a powder eyeliner to complete the look.
The palette has been transformed from the signature black MAC packaging featuring the Cinderella pearlized light lavender blue packaging and gold detailing. I love the pop of colour and the pale blue really reminds me of Cinderella's stunning gown. It may sound strange but I love that the lid is clear as it allows you to clearly see the range of products and is great for quickness in a morning when you are debating what to apply. The palette itself sits comfortable in my hand and the casing itself is quite sturdy so would be great for travelling, despite the no mirror which I can forgive as it looks so pretty!
For £38.50 I think this is quite reasonable considering the cost of individual eyeshadows whether they are in pan format or refills for your palette. I think that this makes a great starter palette for anyone venturing into eyeshadows, as there is a lovely balance of mattes and shimmers and a range of shades that are really wearable.
Overall I think that this is a stunning palette transformed perfectly for the Cinderella collection, creating a palette that is really usable despite the rest of the items in collection - a couple of which I haven't had much luck with. This is a welcomed palette which I can see myself getting a lot of use from, creating perfect neutral looks for daily wear to transforming to sultry smokey eyes for a night.
Though as much as I do love this palette I wouldn't recommend paying some of the higher prices that this is going for, because you can basically make this palette up by purchasing individual eyeshadows all bar Stroke of Midnight - which to be honest I'll be getting the least use out of. But on the plus side I have found new shades that will definitely be making their way into my pro palette when I've hit pan.
What are your favourite items from the MAC Cinderella collection?