MAC Unsung Heroes: Cork Eye Shadow



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MAC Cork Eye Shadow, an Unsung Makeup Hero

This workhorse MAC brown is a must. Also, I miss this hair, LOL! Hope you guys are having a great week so far. Enjoy this throwback post.

Whenever I take MAC Cork out for a spin, I hear champagne bottles popping. ďPOP!Ē

If it were possible to place 1,000 butterfly kisses on a pan of brown eyeshadow, I totally would.

Wait ó that actually is possible. Never mind! ?

Itís a medium neutral golden brown with MACís Satin finish, and itís part of the permanent line.

Itís also not the only Cork at MAC. Thereís Cork Brow Sculpt Pencil and a Cork Lip Pencil, too.

Whatís an unsung makeup hero? For me, itís an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.

Cork isnít flashy, but itís a damned good workhorse shade. Itís one of those shadows thatís easy to miss when youíre perusing those tiered MAC shadow displays.

The Satin finish is totally key. It makes Cork a great transition shade. It can double as a matte eyeshadow and deepen the crease, and because it has a hint of shimmer, it has a little more character than a basic matte. And itís much easier to blend.

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Cork in my crease and along my lower lash line (my lid shade is MAC Club)

Cork may fool you at first because it can really look like a straight up matte, but if look closely, youíll see the tiniest twinkle (itís barely there!).

I like using Cork in my crease when my lid color is a cool or neutral shade, and I think itís GORGEOUS with blues, greens, purples and grays.

Oh, my gosh! Try it with MAC Club on your lids one of these days. Thatís what Iím wearing in these pics. The two are like Shakespearean sonnets together. MAC Greensmoke too.

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Cork is also my secret weapon when I look in the mirror in the morning, and my lids look more hooded than usual. The neutral-ness (?) of the brown sculpts a deeper shadow in my crease than warmer shades like MAC Soft Brown or Saddle.

By the way, itís also darker than MAC Soba, which is another neutral brown MAC Satin eyeshadow I use a lot as a crease color. Iíll alternate between the two, but I choose Cork more often when Iím wearing a super saturated lid color because itís easier for me to transition a bold lid shade to a more medium-toned brown like Cork (the gradient isnít as dramatic as going to something lighter).

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Wearing Cork in my crease and along my lower lash lines

Just a warning! ó on some people, Cork can turn orange. If golden browns go orange on you, swatch it at a counter first. But if you donít live or work near a counter, also FYI, Cork is available on the MAC website as a single pan refill for $6 (you donít get the black case, though). Stick it in an eyeshadow palette, and youíre on your merry way. ?

Last thing, if youíre a redhead, Cork works GREAT as a brow filler.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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