This post has been long awaited, I bought my 15 pan palette as an early birthday present to myself back in about April I think it was? And I know it takes some people a year or two to fill their mac palettes but I’m literally one of the most impatient people ever, and I had to fill mine as soon as.
So I already owned 5 eyeshadows, I had a 4 pan palette with a set that I liked to use for everyday wear, and I had ‘Jest’ that I bought separately one time in a Mac store. I de-panned Jest and put the 5 shadows in the palette, which left me with 10 spaces to fill. When I ordered the 15 pan palette, I actually ordered 6 eyeshadows with it (that was the present to myself) so it ended up costing quite a lot, but totally totally worth it! I ended up only having 4 spaces left to fill, and I got two eyeshadows whilst I was in London for my birthday, and then I got a Mac gift card from one of my friends as a late birthday present about a week later, so I used it to get the last two I needed to fill the palette.
Ahh the satisfaction of it being full. This has been the only eyeshadow palette I’ve touched since I bought it, even before it was full, it’s my absolute fav. Anyways, on to the swatches.
Swatches (L-R) Vanilla, Shroom, Honey Lust, All That Glitters, Jest, Blanc Type, Wedge, Charcoal Brown, Sable, Satin Taupe, Cranberry, Mulch, Copperplate, Embark, Carbon.
Vanilla is a matte white with subtle hints of glitter in, I think this may as well just be matte as you can’t see the glitter at all, this is my absolute go-to shade for highlighting under my brow bone. Does the job perfectly. It was amongst my first ever mac eyeshadow purchases!
Shroom is a satin shadow that has a beige tint to it, this is also a great shade for highlighting under the brow bone if you like to use an eyeshadow with a subtle glow. It’s personally my favourite shade for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes. It’s super creamy too and blends beautifully.
Honey Lust is a peachy shade with gold specks of glitter in, I wasn’t going to buy this because I was buying All That Glitters as well, but I’m really glad I did because I wanted an eyeshadow that would give me a nice pop of glitter and this is just gorgeous. I also love peachy shades!
All That Glitters is a peachy pink shimmery shade that is pretty popular amongst beauty guru’s, that’s honestly the main reason that I bought it, I just wanted to know what all the hype was. I do think it’s a super pretty eyeshadow, I just prefer Honey Lust which is practically the same shade just with all the gorgeous gold glitter.
Jest is a gorgeous light pink frost that I love wearing on the inner corners of my eyes, or if I’m going for a look where I want my eyes to look quite bright.
Blanc Type is a neutral matte beige shade that’s great if you want a really simple eye look without going overboard with eyeshadow. This is the perfect shade to wear with a cat eye and a red lip!
Wedge is a warm matte brown that I always always use as my transition/crease shade, it’s not actually that pigmented, but that’s why I love it so much, I like a subtle crease colour and a pop of colour on my lid.
Charcoal Brown is a darker warm brown that’s another great crease colour, but one I love to wear on the outer corners of my eyes mostly. I also like to wear it in my crease if I’m creating a smokey eye.
Sable is a reddy bronze shade that’s apparently similar to Twinks. I love bronze shades so this is a gorgeous lid colour for everyday wear!
Satin Taupe was my first mac frost shadow, it’s a brown/taupe shade which I had read about literally everywhere so I was dying to get my hands on it. I have to say I never use it, I think the pigmentation of it isn’t that great and it’s very cool toned whereas I usually go for warm browns. Having said that, I did wear this practically every day when I first bought it, I guess you just grow out of some things. Maybe I’ll reach for it again someday.
Cranberry is a deep reddy plum colour with subtle shimmer, and was a very spontaneous buy. I saw a makeup look that was cranberry based and I fell in love with it, which made me buy this for my palette. I haven’t even used it yet, but it’s such a gorgeous colour, I can see myself wearing this a lot in the Autumn and Winter months.
Mulch is a brown shade with golden sparkle, it’s super pigmented and creamy and I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately as my everyday lid colour. It’s so priddyyyy.
Copperplate is probably my least favourite out of the entire palette, it was one of my first matte purchases from Mac and it’s a very warm kinda ashy grey. It’s a bit of a weird one if I’m honest, I bought it because it looked like a cool toned brown shade that I wanted for a smokey eye, but it ended up being nothing like that. I like to use it as a crease colour if I’m going dark and wearing black eyeshadow on my lid, but that doesn’t happen all too often.
Embark is a matte dark brown with red undertones, it’s very pigmented and is great to darken the outer corner of the eye. It’s also pretty great for smokey eyes too, definitely one of my fav matte shades.
Carbon is a matte black shadow that I didn’t really need as I already have one, but I wanted one in this palette so I don’t have to switch palettes to use it. It’s also perfect for when travelling so I only need one palette with me. It takes a bit of build up to get it really black, but I like to use this instead of eyeliner on lazy days as I find I look like I’m wearing eyeliner anyway with a smokey line of black shadow along my lid.
Annnnnd that is my palette! Hope this post helped you if you’re wanting a Mac 15 pan and can’t decide what shades to fill it with. Mine’s quite neutral with a mix of shimmers and mattes, and lights and darks, but that’s what I love about it!