What they say: “Highly-pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well.”
Texture & Blendability: I think the statement above is quite general as the texture does change depending on the finish. MAC eyeshadows come in a variety of finishes; Frost, Lustre, Matte, Matte2, Satin, Veluxe, Veluxe Pearl & Velvet. Vanilla is a Velvet finish shadow which means it is fairly matte with very fine, low-level shimmer running through it. I find this quite easy to blend but it does tend to crease quite easily. I think this works better as a highlighter for the brow bone or top lip. Saying that, I do think it looks really nice as an all over base-colour with something dark in the crease and a simple gel-liner.
Payoff: If I’m wearing this as an all over base-colour I find I have to really push it on with a 239 brush to get any density of colour. It does make an easy-to-use highlighter as it is hard to overdo it.
Packaging: The packaging is a really boring little pot with a flip-lid. It’s nothing exciting but nothing annoying either. The lid is easy to open but clicks shut securely making it perfect for travelling, it’s also very lightweight.
Price & Availability: This is £11.50 for 1.5g of product. It will last ages so it’s not hyper-expensive but it certainly isn’t cheap for what it is. This is available online, at most bigger House of Fraser & John Lewis stores and stand alone MAC stores.
I really have mixed feelings over this; it is one of my regular go to colours but the fact that it creases so easily on me is irritating. I think if it was half the price I would be happier! So this will get a 3/5 from me and I doubt I will re-purchase. The colour is quite generic so I reckon I’ll be able to find a cheaper dupe easily.