After a little over a year of saving empty MAC packaging, I finally had enough for Back To MAC. In case you don't know what that is, it consists of taking 6 empty product packaging (I had 5 eyeshadow compacts and 1 blush compact) and trading them in for your choice of eyeshadow, lipstick or lip gloss from their permanent range. I've been on a nonofficial spending ban lately so getting a MAC eyeshadow for free felt pretty glorious. I picked the shade Amber Lights. I've also included a full makeup look along with the review of this eyeshadow.
I knew of Amber Lights' existence long ago. I was never interested in purchasing it because I thought it was like any other gold eyeshadow. It's not. Amber Lights has a slight copper/orange undertone to it, hence why it's called Amber Lights. Gold eyeshadows are typically yellow based so Amber Lights is different from other golds I've tried. It's so pigmented and rich. The texture is amazing and the finish is so metallic that it looks a bit foiled. It was really Jessica's video on her MAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette that convinced me to get it. Thanks for being an enabler, Jess. I love this eyeshadow!
I paired up Amber Lights with a golden peachy blush (pictured above). Funny story, that blush is not actually a NARS blush. It's Hot Mama by theBalm ($19). The reason it ended up there is that I needed a place to repress my Hot Mama blush. About two years ago, someone knocked over my makeup bag causing my NARS Laguna Bronzer to shatter. I was quite upset, it was practically new. I was never able to part with that empty NARS Laguna compact (beauty lover tendencies). Thankfully it came in handy this year and I was able to repress Hot Mama into the NARS compact. I didn't do a very good job as you can see. There are ugly paper towel marks on the blush, lol. It was my first repressing. :)
MY MAKEUP: L'Oreal Magic BB Cream in Medium || Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in 53 || Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent || MAC Pro Sculpting Powder in Shadester || theBalm Blush in Hot Mama || Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer || MAC Eyeshadows in Espresso, Wedge, Amber Lights || Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Liner || Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Flared Mascara || Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce || Paul & Joe Natural Lipstick in Potpourri