FOTD: MAC Pollen and Vex

I have gotten a lot of requests on a breakdown for my profile pic so here it is =)

Gray smoky eyes with MAC Vex and Pollen

MAC Vex and Pollen eyeshadows
Smoky eyes wearing MAC Vex and Pollen eyeshadows

* MAC Select Cover Up in NC30 around the nose
* MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC30 applied sparingly all over
* NARS Blush in Orgasm on apples

* Freshlook Colorblends Color Contacts in Green
* MAC Select Cover Up in NC30 under eyes
* Stila Espresso eyeshadow to fill in eyebrows
* MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Light as a base
* MAC Pollen eyeshadow on entire lid
* MAC Vex eyeshadow on crease
* MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack along upper and lower lash lines
* Ardell Falsies in #131
* Rimmel Lash Maxxx in Extreme Black on lower lashes

* Chapstick in Cherry

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. very pretty makeup=)
    too bad i don’t think i could pull off that bolder look =) my face is relaly young looking and chubby cheeks, so i don’t think it could ever work =[

  2. Hey Girl! You are smoking hot! I might go up to Chicago sometime in January. Let’s see if we can work something out!

  3. very beautiful!! oh wow i wouldn’t have guessed u were pure chinese. 😉

    you’ve been tagged!

    read my blog for info.


  4. hey,

    I love your blog! it helped me so much with picking up the right products spacially when it comes to knock offs.

    I’m facing this problem that I can’t seem to find a solution for which is: I love using black pencil eye liner for lower lids but after awhile it smuges and I end up with panda eyes, what is the best kind of product I should use to create perfectly lined lower lids??
    Thank you!

  5. i LOVE your site its totally amazing and very helpful. if you ever find some spare time, you should definitely make tutorial videos =]

  6. Wow you’re really gorgeous! I would never have guessed that you are 100% chinese, your eyes are very large and deep set! You’re beautiful!

  7. Hi Phyllis! This is beautiful! You noted you used Vex in your crease? It looks alot darker since Vex is a really light beige color? Is it really Vex? =) I want it!!

  8. Thanks Phyllis! The mac website looks like its a light beige on the color swab. I think I’ll take your advice and go buy it in store. =) Love the way it looks on you!

  9. I really like the looks you’ve posted for Asian eyes. Do you have a recommendation for a substitute for Pollen since it’s not available any more?

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