Here is a list of my top 10 eyeshadows. All of the eyeshadows mentioned are by MAC. They are not listed in any particular order. Let me just note that I pulled all of the pictures and descriptons from http://www.maccosmetics.com/ and many of them do look much different in person. If you are not familiar with eyeshadow finishes make sure you read this post.
Description: Intense black. (Matte)
Description: Golden orange brown. (Matte)
How I use it: I only use this color for blending. Its a color that is close to my skintone, slightly darker. Its the perfect color (for me) to blend out colors to achieve a gradient effect from the lid to the brow bone. First I will prime my eye with a paintpot (painterly) and this is the first shadow that I apply right above the crease but not reaching the brow bone in a windshield wiper motion with a MAC 224 blending brush. I only use it one way but I use it every day.
3. Straw Harvest (LE)
Description: Frosty light yellow orange. (Veluxe Pearl)
How I use it: I love this color. It doesn't apply to the skin the way it looks in the packaging. I use it on the entire lid for an every day eye or in the inner corner of my eye to brighten a look and make my eye appear to be more open. Very pretty color. It was limited edition when I purchased it over the summer. I hope they make it a permanent color.
Description: Burgundy with red shimmer. (Velvet)
How I use it: I absolutely adore this color. I love using it to create a smokey eye. Its a wonderful color to put in the crease and blend out with darker browns. I often use it when blending out a purple smokey eye, pink smokey eye or brown smokey eye and combine it with a wine colored lip.
Description: Red brown with bronze pearl. (Velvet)
How I use it: I love this color. Perfect lid color to create a bronze smokey eye. Apply this color all over the lid and blend it out with darker browns in the crease. Love love love it.
6. Satin Taupe
Description: Taupe with silver shimmer. (Frost)
How I use it: Absolutely adore this color on the lid. I originally purchased it in a holiday palette and I use it often. I sometimes use it when blending out a smokey eye if I have a very dark color like carbon on the lid.
8. Sumptuous Olive