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Premiering in this collection – a dual-ended pairing of Eye Shadow and Greasepaint Liner for the perfect smoky eye.
This review is for the 4 new Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners releasing with MAC’s upcoming Beth Ditto Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Beth Mask: Reddish brown bronze liner/ Golden peach pink shadow
- Beth or Glory: Deep brown liner/ Bright blue shadow
- Drag, Strip: Smokey navy liner/ Pale blue shadow
This product comes in a plastic pencil form-factor. It is duo-ended: one side has a rounded end and the other a slanted end. You can twist each side to reveal more product. Each end has a plastic cap.
Beth Mask has a barely shimmery brown with slight maroon undertones on one end and a shimmery peach on the other end.
Beth or Glory has a matte, grey-based brown on one end and a vibrant, Cerulean blue with silver shimmers on the other.
Drag, Strip has a deep navy blue with lighter blue shimmers on one end and a matte, pale, sky blue on the other.
Even swatched on my arm, I could tell these shadows weren’t creamy or soft. The softest is the brown end of Beth or Glory. When applied to my lid, the formula was so dry. I got the color to transfer onto the lid, but not without pulling and tugging at the eye area. Blending over the crease was also difficult.
Without a primer, these shadows creased right away–within 10 minutes. Used over a primer, these apply even more dryly. I couldn’t even get the reddish-brown end of Beth Mask to apply color onto the skin over the primer. It just skipped over my lid without depositing shadow.
In terms of colors, my favorite is Beth Mask: the blue is stunning in the swatch. But applied to my lash-line, it was disappointing. It doesn’t retain its vibrancy and imparts a dry application.
In the end, these just aren’t worth it. They crease when used on bare skin and can’t be used over primer without tearing at the skin on the lid.
MAC should bring back Shade Sticks, which are far superior in quality.
Ease of Use: 3/10
All the colors skip over the skin and require tugging at the lid to get the color to deposit. Attempt using them over a primer at your peril–they apply in an even stiffer fashion than when used over bare skin.
I tried warming the product up before application (like I do with MAC’s Shade Sticks), but these don’t seem to respond to heat.
For $22.00 you get 0.85 grams (0.03 ounces) of product. MAC’s Shadesticks were $17.50 and contained 0.05 ounces of product. You get less product but pay more money for these Shade & Smoke Shadow Liners.