I got my first MAC eyeshadows yesterday, in a fit of blind consumerism. Overall, I’m quite happy with my purchases—Trax and Amber Lights—as I had been curious about MAC eyeshadows. I’d also been looking for shadows in a nice purple and a shimmery bronze for a while, so these pretty much fit the bill.
First up is MAC Trax, which is a purple velvet shadow with quite a bit of shimmer. Velvet shadows give a softer color than what they look like on the pan and have a velvety texture. You can use them as a wash or as a light shadow. I like to think of them as toned blending modes on Photoshop.
Trax has decent color payoff, but is only obviously purple if you use a base or a primer. On its own on my skin tone, it kind of looks like the beginnings of a glittery bruise.
Next is MAC Amber Lights, a peach-y golden bronze shadow with considerable shimmer. It is a Frost shadow, which appear to be metallic and are wont to reflect light and highlight certain spots. These are buildable shades, depending on the desired intensity. I love Amber Lights. It’s so pretty and versatile.
Here are the swatches. From left to right: Trax without primer, Trax with primer, and then Amber Lights without primer, and Amber Lights with primer. The primer I used was Benefit’s Lemon Aid, which as you can see, kind of discolors and diffuses the golden aspect of Amber Lights.
However, it brought out the purple in Trax, so I think I will be using this primer on certain shades only, especially if they are lighter.
There is the littlest bit of fallout, although not a disgusting, distracting amount. Both are versatile colors and perfect for a girl who’s still on the fence about loud shadows (aka, me!).
You can even wear them together, without looking like Lisa Frank threw up all over you.
VERDICT: I love both shades, although I don’t know if I will be using Trax as much as I plan on using Amber Lights.
Would purchase this again? Trax: If I end up using it more than I think I will. Amber Lights: Yes.
How much? Php 900 each for 0.05 oz.
Where to buy in Manila? Rustan’s.