MAC Cosmetics Nordy Girl Matte Face & Eye Set

MAC Cosmetics Nordy Girl Matte Face & Eye Set ($60.96 CAD, $202 Value)

When I first saw this palette online, I was pleasantly surprised that in a world of vibrant, “trendy” shades, a big company like MAC was releasing out something neutral! It seems like nowadays most people equate neutrals with boring yet everyone I talk to and all the looks I see in my day-to-day life are born from neutral palettes. Maybe i’m just sheltered from the masses, but I still ride hard for neutral colours! It’s what I wear, like and continue to find new shades that I love.

The MAC Cosmetics Nordy Girl Matte Face & Eye Set is a Nordstrom exclusive and limited edition for the Anniversary Sale. This set includes an eyeshadow + highlighter palette in Nordy Girl Matte, a full size mascara and kajal liner in the shade Squid. I’ll focus my review on the palette since it’s really the reason why I purchased the kit. Lets go!

The palette contains 8 eye shadows (6 matte, 2 shimmer) and 1 highlighter. The packaging is adorable: the palette comes in a dusty rose, thick cardboard casing with textured rose gold studs printed all over. The front of the palette has ‘Nordy Girl’ written on it in a soft gloss finish and there is a decent size mirror on the inside. The palette is  super slim and sleek and there is enough space between the eye shadows on the inside of the palette where I dont get any cross contamination by using any of the shades.

From the eyeshadows:

  • Playing Innocent reminds me of omega  eyeshadow from MAC, it is a light, matte grey shade with a subtle hint of brown.
  • Full Moon is a light champagne gold colour. This shade in particular works best with a brush. When used with my fingers, it created hard pan and lacked pigment.
  • Mischief Maker is a matte coca brown shade, I had no difficulties using this formula.
  • Bucket List is a light neutral brown shade with a matte finish. This shade in particular had an extremely creamy finish and blended out like a dream
  • Hunny is a cool tone light brown shade, very creamy to apply
  • Cocoa Daze is a shimmery browny-bronze shade with finely milled golden reflex to it
  • Solid Goldie is a creamy matte white shade that makes the most stunning brow bone highlight (the name of this shadow makes no sense to me)
  • Night Skies is a very dark brownish- black shade with a matte finish

Overall, I like the eyeshadow shades, packaging and proportion of each shade within this palette. The staple shades are larger than some of the shades that you wouldn’t apply as often or heavily, make it super user friendly. This is a palette that really doesnt swatch well. In the image below, the shades look extremely washed out and dry , which did get me worried. However, when applied on the eye, you get the vibrancy of the shimmers, dimension from the matte and subtleness of the transition shades. The mattes shades blend out beautifully on the lid making the deeper shades easy to use.

The one highlighter in this palette, Champagne & Oysters is a medium golden champagne shade. Although this colour is harder pressed and less creamy than I would have liked, it does do the job leaving my cheekbones with a soft (buildable) sheen. While the highlighter is not blinding, it has the amount of glow that I like and makes for a beautiful eyeshadow as well. 

Final Thoughts

I went on a roller coaster ride with this palette. The colours were beautiful, the swatches were horrible but the application was effortless. For those who work in office settings or prefer subtle makeup, this could be your everyday go-to palette. With formulas that blend well, shimmers that shine and a shade range to compelte a look – this is a great palette. While I do wish some

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