MAC Sketch – review

In a previous post I raved about plum lip shades. THE tone of the A/W season, yes?  But you know, sometimes I just want to have a neutral lip, or something a bit different.  When it’s party-time I’m all about the smoky eye.  For winter, I reckon a plummy twist on this adds that somethin-somethin, stands out and is *cough* on-trend.

So here’s my (not so) secret weapon:  MAC Sketch

My VERY well used MAC Sketch Eyeshadow.

Yes, you can coo over it, it’s okay.  It IS lovely.  Plummy, smokey, velvet textured, slight flecks of golden shimmer. Purrrrrfect.

Swatched out on paper. This isn’t the best representation of the colour to be honest. It doesn’t really show the shimmer and my camera has made it look WAY more brown that it is. Don’t trust internet photos anyway loves, get thee to a store and swatch it yourself – better still, try it on! 😉

This was my first ever MAC shadow purchase, way back in something like 2001 I think.  I skipped out the Nottingham store with Sketch and Shroom shadows, Hyper Real Foundation (remember that?!), Ladyblush Creme Blusher and Tinted Lipglass in Lust.
Okay, it may be a little odd that I can remember exactly what I bought but it was a revelation for me.  The colour range (oh my word), the textures (so easy to apply) and the most helpful MUA in-store I’d ever met.
I had me a little ol’ makeover in-store and left with an empty purse, full shopping bag and a massive grin.

To this day, Sketch, Shroom and Lust are products I repurchase all the time.  They’re my makeup equivalent of a security blanket – if I don’t know what look to go for, then out they come and on they go. Happy days.

Enough of my love letter to MAC, and onto business. The look:

– Clear skin and a light foundation to cover odds and sods, not too heavy on the concealer. I like to use Armani Maestro, Nars Sheer Glow or Bourjois Healthy Mix (in the lightest shades)

– Gentle brow shaping with Anastasia Brow Wiz (but not too much, yeah?)

– Base shadow primer using Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin up to the crease. Apply it with fingers, a small amount is all it takes.  If you don’t have the time or budget for this, then just a neutral or champagne coloured shadow will work too.

– With a pencil brush like a MAC 219, apply Sketch all along the upper lash line and up to the crease in the outer corner. Blend out & slightly into the lid with a MAC 224, or whatever blending brush you fancy.

– Line upper and lower lash line with MAC Raven pencil (such a gorgeous colour). Smudge away my friends, smudge away.

– Curl lashes, bob on your mascara. My current favourite is Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes, but for a pocket friendly alternative Maybeline The Falsies is pretty close.

– Alternatively, fake lash time is now.  Although without a gel liner it can be tricky.  I love Benefits Pin Up lashes for this look. This is purely for extra effect though, definitely not compulsory in this get up!

– Keep the cheeks pretty with a light dusting of peachy coral colour on the apples. I like BareMinerals Ready blush in The Aphrodisiac.

– Highlight if you fancy. You know my love for Soap & Glory’s Glow All Out by now!

– I don’t contour with this look. No bronzer. It’s winter, I’m pale. No fake tan falsification required, and for me, all out contouring defeats the object of the simplicity of this makeup.

– Powder with a loose translucent if you must. I put a bit on my nose, that’s all. Any more and you can  make this look a bit ‘too’ made-up.

– Lips: I like a gloss here. MAC Lust, Nars Chihuahua – anything that’s a little milky nude or pink works well for me.

Done and dusted. No faffing around with loads of eyeshadows, drawing in your crease, contouring… it really doesn’t need it. This is all about a simple smoked-out eye. The velvet plum colour and the subtle gold sheen in Sketch does all the hard work for you. It does alright by me!

What do you think?  Loving Sketch? Link some photos of your handiwork or share your favourite smokey eye tips in the comments.



  1. January 21, 2014 / 11:27 pm

    This is really pretty! I have Shroom on my list too. Why do MAC have to do this to my bank balance?

  2. January 28, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    Becki, there is no way you're useless with eyeshadow! Yours always looks great in photos. You definitely need to give this a go…or Antiqued (my second favourite MAC shadow!) xx

  3. January 28, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Thanks Lucie!

    Am now dying to know what else is in your palette. I always get palette envy 'cos I've only got a few quads, but always (always) want one of the huge ones!

  4. January 28, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    They just like to hold us to ransom Kate! At least I don't have the temptation of a Sephora over here too… I bet you spend pretty much every cent you have in there (am I right?!) xx

  5. February 10, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    I have used Shroom forever! I like the look of Sketch. Added it to my list 🙂

  6. February 10, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Brilliant! How awesome is Shroom?! Definitely one of the most underrated MAC shadows I think. It goes with everything!

    Let me know when you get your hands on the plum dream of Sketch! x