Hi IM!! Grrr....I just wrote you a very detailed response to your questions, and then I pressed "submit reply" and I was logged out, so it got lost!! So I'll just give you the highlights reel: I know where you are coming from...I just got back into MAC again myself this past summer (with a vengeance!) after several years away. It's a lot of fun - too much fun, in fact. You have good taste - you are going right for the good stuff!! The Starflash and Matte 2 shadows are my faves, hands down. I can't help you with the Slimshines unfortunately because I have never owned one, but I bet someone else can chime in. Here's what I would recommend from the Starflashes (2009 relaunch); if you want neutrals, then Unbasic White and Smoke & Diamonds are the way to go to start out...but ALL of the colors are good - they are extremely blendable, and almost creamy in texture. I have not tried a single one that I do not like. In fact, I will try colors that I would never have considered just because they are Starflash shadows. Other nice staples from this most recent Starflash collection are Ego, Dreammaker, Grand Entrance, and Style Snob. Several Starflash shadows are still on the MAC website right now - just go to the eyeshadows section and use the pull-down menu for "finishes" and select "Starflash." Smoke & Diamonds is at several CCOs at the moment, so it might be worth calling one near you to see if they have it. I's a beautiful deep taupe. I have found several of the 2008 original Starflash collection at my CCO as well. The best shadows in that collection IMO are Go, Top Hat, Talent Pool, Sunset B, and Mink & Sable. (Go and Mink & Sable are the most neutral of these). If you go to Temptalia's website and do a search for Starflash, excellent swatches & official descriptions of all of these colors from 2008 and 2009 will appear. As for the Matte2s, if you want to go for neutrals first to build your collection, I would recommend Blanc Type, Handwritten, Copperplate, Typographic, and Tete a Tint. The texture on these is lovely - better than any matte shadows I have ever used by far. If you want a pretty eggplant color, also try Fig. 1. For some reason beyond me however MAC discontinued its prettiest Matte2, an amazing grayish purple called Graphology. It is on ick-bay if you want it. I have been resisting the price for a good while but finally gave in and LOVE it. Just some suggestions...and if you have some old MAC stuff that you don't use, KEEP the PACKAGING!!! You can building up your collection easily that way. Hope this helps!!