The “I Couldn’t Resist” Post

This weekend I threw caution to the wind and set foot into my local MAC store – card in tow. I’d use the word “oops” but I knew full well what I was doing when I left the house that morning. I’d been dying to get my hands on a new quad for months now, despite getting my little mits on the Charlotte Tilbery palette for my birthday, it just wasn’t right for everyday use. Below I’ve listed the run down of the shiny new MAC quad, with two new additions alongside some old favourites:

Top Left – Grain (new): A “your skin but better” shade with a satin finish that just gives a little something to an everyday nude shadow.

Top Right – Amber Lights: An eye grabbing amber colour with a frost finish. Whether it’s all over the crease for an evening smokey eye or in the outer corners under a matte shadow for extra definition, it’s pretty darn versatile.

Lower Left – Charcoal Brown: A matte, everyday brown that can be used in the crease or through darker brows. My everyday favourite for, well, everything.

Lower Right – Smut: A dark brown with a velvet finish. Highly pigmented and perfect for crease work. I tend to keep things fairly clean and simple around the eyes, but if you’re lusting after something a little softer, but with the same wow factor as black, Smut is a babe. You can also use it as a softer shadow liner instead of black. Endless possibilities.

I know what you’re thinking: “what’s happened to the old crowd?” They’re safely tucked away in an old quad, awaiting a third new home and three more new friends. Did I not mention I have plans to be the quad queen? Wait and see ladies…


  1. Rachael Stewart
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:35 am

    Charcoal Brown is my everyday brow colour, Amber Lights and Smut look really pretty but I have far too many MAC eyeshadows to justify buying another three… x

    Rachael | ♥

  2. Zuzana Humajova
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:46 am

    I have 2 full quads and a never ending list of eyeshadows I want to put in my 3rd quad. So I absolutely understand your feelings :D.
    BTW, now I added two more to that list – Smut and Amber Lights. My bank account sends his regards.

    Blu Button Box

  3. Talisa Tossell
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:54 am

    Amber lights is my staple!

  4. Gemma Oliver
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:56 am

    Love Amber Lights and Charcoal Brown, they're such gorgeous colours!

    Gem x

  5. liza prideaux
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:58 am

    Oh great combination I really want amber lights!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  6. Emma Be Beauty
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:58 am

    These are really pretty shades. Amber Lights looks like the perfect autumn colour.

  7. Sara Chergui
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:59 am

    Love the pictures !

  8. Louisa Garrod
    29 Oct 2013 / 10:11 am

    I converted to Mac products a year ago and love the brand!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  9. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    29 Oct 2013 / 10:19 am

    Beautiful shades. Amber lights is a shade I've recently discovered and I'm definitely getting it next month :o). Xx

  10. falafelwaffle
    29 Oct 2013 / 10:31 am

    Such a lovely combination. All lovely colours 🙂

  11. Roxanne
    29 Oct 2013 / 10:46 am

    All this MAC palette talk is making the idea of getting a second one all the more tempting! 🙂 x

    Sweet Style Beauty

  12. Leanne Marie
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:02 am

    I still havent tried any mac eyeshadows. Extremely tempted to ask for a custom quad for christmas though… if Tom can justify dropping that amount on some makeup for me!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  13. Rowanne
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:18 am

    Definitely gunna try these out, the colours are so wonderful for autumn xx

  14. Laura
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:19 am

    really liking the look of Smut and Grain, I think a pop into my local Mac is in order!

    – Laura xx

  15. Lillian ParisianToBe
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:37 am

    Grain looks gorgeous! I've been chasing after a MAC quad for ages, and have managed to be restrained thus far.

    xo Lillian from

  16. Amelia
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:55 am

    Smut is one of my favourites! Love.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  17. lolakate
    29 Oct 2013 / 12:21 pm

    I am yet to try mac eyeshadows. Amber lights looks like a gorgeous shade x

  18. Amber Hunter
    29 Oct 2013 / 12:47 pm

    I feel like MAC brings out the "I couldn't resist" in even the best of us! I know next time I visit my MAC pro store it will because I'm planning on purchasing my first palette and a few shades! Thanks for sharing your picks, they're all gorgeous!
    Lovely Notions

  19. Shelley Cross
    29 Oct 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Absolutely love these shades – they look perfect for everyday use! I need to now avoid MAC at all costs haha!

    Shelley xx

  20. Astrid
    29 Oct 2013 / 1:55 pm

    Such a lovely quad you have, I really want to give 'Charcoal Brown' a try.
    x Astrid |

  21. Kelly
    29 Oct 2013 / 1:56 pm

    I did a similar thing at Space NK this past weekend.whoops 😀

  22. Manda
    29 Oct 2013 / 2:18 pm

    Grain looks so pretty! I've yet to even try a MAC shadow but I might have to pop into a MAC store to swatch some in person.

  23. Luxe Life Aspirations
    29 Oct 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Oh smut is such a beautiful shade, I don't know why I've never looked at it before.

  24. Anya
    29 Oct 2013 / 2:54 pm

    The amber colour is absolutely dreaaamy. I adore this palette you've put together, I'm after building a really big one x

  25. MeganRoisin
    29 Oct 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Gorgeous shades, I really want to build myself a little quad
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  26. Jpete
    29 Oct 2013 / 3:24 pm

    I just recently discovered you blog and love it! I purchased the Origins Out of Trouble Mask based on your recommendation and it is my new skin savior. Thank you for turning me onto the product. Also, the shadows you picked out are gorgeous.

  27. carly
    29 Oct 2013 / 4:21 pm

    smut looks so gorgeous! And charcoal brown sounds like a good neutral to always have on hand! Such a great little quad 🙂


  28. elin erna
    29 Oct 2013 / 6:40 pm

    charcoal brown is such a gorgeous universal brow color! I use it and I have very light eyebrows and I have also used them on people with dark eyebrows x
    ♥ elín from elinlikes

  29. amelia september
    29 Oct 2013 / 7:18 pm

    I so want Amber Lights! It looks gorgeous in the pan xxx

  30. Emily Allen
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:29 pm

    I really want to try amber lights now it is the most gorgeous autumn shade :p xx Emmi

  31. Roshni K
    29 Oct 2013 / 9:33 pm

    Amber lights looks so beautiful!

    Roshni’s Journey

  32. rosaliejayne
    29 Oct 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Great picks, I love Amber lights, it's one of my most used shadows and I've been thinking about getting charcoal brown as a brow shade for when my hairs darker in winter.
    Rosalie x

  33. Huyen
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:12 pm

    This year I am going to splurge on some MAC eyeshadows, I think at this point it's pretty inevitable! Great shades btw!


  34. Sophierosehearts
    29 Oct 2013 / 11:21 pm

    Gorgeous picks, amber lights is very high on my current wish list!

    Sophierosehearts x

  35. Erin M
    30 Oct 2013 / 1:53 am

    Amber lights looks particularly awesome! x
    Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  36. Emily Knott
    30 Oct 2013 / 12:54 pm

    I have a MAC 15 pan palette and have 7 pans in total! I must do a post on my blog! I also love all that glitters!

  37. Martyna
    30 Oct 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Smut looks absolutely amazing! I want xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  38. Rachel
    30 Oct 2013 / 8:04 pm

    How much is it to create a MAc quad? xx


    • HelloOctober
      01 Nov 2013 / 12:03 pm

      Eyeshadows in the pan are £10 each and I think a quad palette is £6.50? xx

  39. Simplybeautifulelegant
    02 Nov 2013 / 12:58 am

    great post! do you have woodwinked?

  40. Kyllie
    05 Nov 2013 / 10:19 pm

    Tengo que comprar Amber Light y Smut, son dos sombras preciosas <3

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