Makeup Tutorial: MAC Goldmine, MUG Peacock, Shimma Shimma, Urban Decay Smog


The best way to test your makeup skills and speed is to go on holiday. Haha! I am a girly-girl and like to travel in style. Holiday types that require one to rough it out, wear safari-colored clothes, and live in travelers dormitories will never see me a part of them.

I need to have my security blankets –  a clean and safe hotel room, clothes I don’t get to wear in Singapore because of the weather and street style, and my makeup. I have to work faster on the makeup when on holiday though!

If I could, I would show you all 5 days of my makeup looks in Okinawa, but as I had idiotically deleted 80% of my Okinawa photos, I can only show you 1. But better than none!


Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden

Eyelid – MAC Goldmine

Contour Area – MUG Peacock

Outer V – More MUG Peacock!

Highlight – MUG Shimma Shimma

Inner Corner – MUG Shimma Shimma

Lower Lash Line – Urban Decay Smog

Eyeliner  – Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner Black Ink

Eyelash Primer – Dior Diorshow Maximizer

Mascara – L’Oreal Ultra Volume Collagene (upper), Maybelline Ultra Comb (lower)

Eyebrow – Lioele Auto Eyebrow 01 Natural Brown, Kate Eyebrow Color LB-2


Primer – Monistat

Foundation – Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation

Cheeks – Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

This is obviously not an everyday look, what with that intense Outer V (where is my Outer V?) and defined Contour Area (how to contour my eyes?). Even though I used one color for the entire lid and one color for both the Contour Area and Outer V, this was not the easiest look to achieve.

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Peacock, as beautiful a teal with black undertone as it is, is not the easiest eyeshadow to work with. It is matte, rather dry, applies chalky, requires many layers to get good pigmentation and does not go on as creamily as matte eyeshadows from other brands like Sugarpill or MAC. Sugarpill does some very good quality matte eyeshadows! Check out my review of Sugapill eyeshadows.

I would have achieved a more colorful look in shorter time with eyeshadows that go on quickly and intensely! Blending out Peacock took almost forever but I love how it turned out! That black-blue is absolutely gorgeous! I just wished it had a better formula.

Okie! Now you know what I think of MUG Peacock. A review on MUG eyeshadows coming up!

What is the hardest eyeshadow you’ve ever worked with? Peacock is not the hardest, I’ve had worse.


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Jacqueline

    Beautiful Bun Bun I admire your makeup skills, I simply love your colorful eye looks.

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Jacqueline! You can try it out too! But use an easier to manipulate eyeshadow. Peacock’s toooo dry!

  • Jyoan

    This looks great! I don’t like to buy black when I am going into a new brand. haha, cos I always like to try the absolutely unique colors that the brand has. That way, even if it turns out hard to work with, I will think, ok, at least I’ve got a unique color. haha.

    Hmmm, I haven’t come across many hard to work with eyeshadows from well-known brands. My hardest are probably Silkygirl’s. =( Nice colors, but terrible quality. After that, I pretty much turned to higher-end brands, and no turning back since. I almost always regret when I get something like Revlon… … LOL, seriously will wonder I bother to try them again.

    MAC has some hard to work with shadows though, but they come together in the palette when I get the limited edition.

    • Bun Bun

      I absolutely agree with you! I will look out for colors that I haven’t seen before or don’t have in my collection which people have reviewed that it’s a dupe.

      The Revlon palettes I’ve had so far are quite ~meh~ but I guess their accessibility is what makes them part of almost every Singapore girl’s makeup stash.

      Which MAC eyeshadow is hard to work with? I haven’t really found one that’s really hard to work with, only probably use less because the shade doesn’t suit me that well.

      • Jyoan

        I thought that the palettes from Cook MAC Shop MAC had a couple of low color payoff colors, ends up looking like white on me. But that’s pretty much it. =)

  • princessnariko

    so pretty! you can do a million looks with different colors with this 1 tutorial! =]

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks for the encouragement princess! 😀 I guess I could, only if I had all the time in the world to patiently blend out Peacock…

  • Pearl

    Hi Juli

    Just discovered yr blog- love yr eye make up colors & tips especially.

    Do you have any recommended eye colors for those of us over 45- Chinese,fair.- like shod we stick to neutrals or shld we try all colors still- inhave been recommended purple,blue, pink etc Should we avoid any glitter or shimmery eye colors for eg .

    Thanks much!!!!!!

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Pearl,

      Welcome to my blog!

      That’s a good question. Personally, I am all for a myriad of colors on eyes. I love, love, love colorful eye makeup looks and think that the makeup landscape in Singapore needs more colors on the eyes of women!

      I do need to point out though, that the more colors you use, the better at blending you have to be in order to prevent eye makeup from looking muddy (over blending) or block-ish (insufficient blending).

      For a start, if you’re willing to go from neutrals to more colorful eye makeup looks (I’m happy for you! 😀 ), yet are a little apprehensive as to what kind of finishes and colors suit you, you might want to go for palettes, where there usually is a good mix of various finishes and shades. I don’t recommend browns and neutrals… too boring. Also, look for eyeshadows that are easy to apply. Most matte finishes are harder to go on, and I’d recommend satin or velvet ones since they apply more smoothly. If you want to avoid accentuating fine lines, stay away from eyeshadows with obvious and huge-sized glitter bits.

      Hope these tips will help you in your search! :)

  • Christina Chiang

    Bunbun, I saw L’Oreal Infailible (is that how you spell it?) Eyeshadow in Guardian, Ngee Ann City 😀 I didn’t get it but I thought you should know (since you kinda liked the series). However, this is not the series that you’ve bought, it’s the one with Permanent Kaki (instead of Emerald Lame).

    • Bun Bun

      Yeah! I did go out and get some! Thanks for thinking of me, Christina! 😀

  • Pearl

    thks for the reply & tips ! will bear in mind!

  • Cherry

    This is a beautiful for me to try since I am also Asian and have brown eyes likes you! Thank you for sharing!! <3 since you've blogged for a while I am learning quite a bit from you! Thank you!! ^^

    • Bun Bun

      Very happy to hear that Cherry! Hope to see you around! =)

  • personal injury

    Makeup is so intersecting.

    • Viking propellers

      @personal injury right

  • Cherry Leung

    My name is Cherry too ;P