Mega Metal eye shadows are a new product launched with MAC’s Peacocky Collection. All 15 shades released in this collection are limited-edition. Read here for an overview of the Peacocky collection, including photographs and swatches. This review covers 8 of the 15 colors: Peek-At-You, Prance, Dandizette, Odalisque, Dalliance, Spectacle of Yourself, Centre Stage, and Unflappable.
These eye shadows come in standard MAC packaging, though they are considerably larger than regular MAC eye shadows. MAC packaging, in my opinion, is some of the best out there. It is sleek and simple while also being durable. Most of MAC’s packaging is made of matte, black plastic, but it does not look cheap. As an additional plus, the packaging is light-weight, so it won’t weigh down your purse if you want to take it along with you.
MAC describes these shadows as “colour-rich,” “light-reflecting” and “creamy.” I was really looking forward to these shadows, with the expectation that they would be very pigmented and smooth. Unfortunately, while all of the colors are “light-reflecting,” not all of the colors in this collection are as pigmented as they should be. Also, all of the colors I swatched, with the exception of Dalliance, were differing degrees of chalky.
The more chalky colors are the lighter shades (again, with the exception of Dalliance). In particular, as you can see in the photograph below, Peek-At-You is very difficult to get color out of. I layered the shadow 3-4 times, trying to get it to show up in the photograph, but as you can see, you can still barely tell there is shadow there. The darker shades and bright colors fare better in the pigmentation department. All of the colors across the board look much better when applied wet than dry.
I want to also note that the eye shadow swatches I do are all with a flat, dense, eye shadow brush. From a couple of other Peacocky reviews I have seen, it seems these shadows are much more pigmented when swatched with a finger. While I think it’s important to acknowledge that these shadows can give you more color payoff if swatched by hand, I also think that very few people will be applying the Mega Metal shadows with their fingers. Most of us use brushes. So while I recognize the possibility of getting better pigmentation out of these shadows with water or by applying them with your finger, in scoring the quality of these shadows, I give more weight to the fact that, when applied with a brush, these shadows lack pigmentation.
Ease of Use: 7.5/10
As I mentioned in the Quality section, these shadows can give you more color if you foil them or apply them with your fingers. I also suspect you could get better pigmentation out of them if you apply them with a sponge applicator. But if you are using an eye shadow brush, expect to apply several layers.
A couple of the shadows that apply better color are Dalliance and Unflappable, which I used for a NYE look. They applied well, blended smoothly, and lasted all night.
Regular-sized MAC eye shadows are 1.5g and cost $14.50 each ($9.67 per gram of product). Mega Metal shadows are 3.4g and cost $19.50 each ($5.74 per gram of product). You are getting more than twice the product for much much less than twice the price. This is a great deal, provided you find a color that works for you.
Overall, I want to love these shadows, especially given that many MAC fans will flock (haha, get it?) to buy them. But with only a couple of exceptions, I expected these shadows to be creamer and more pigmented.
Try: Dalliance and Unflappable, which are both pigmented and will work on most skin tones
Buy if: you are comfortable foiling shadows or don’t mind layering and if you want bang for your buck