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A liquid-powder Eye Shadow with prismatic reflections in ten shimmering tints. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours.
This review is for the 10 new eye shadows releasing with MAC’s In Extra Dimension Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Warm Thunder: Mid-tone silver grey
- Blue Orbit: Light iridescent purple
- Grand Galaxy: Mid-tone violet
- Lunar: Royal blue
- Havana: Mid-tone copper brown
- Sweet Heat: Bright peach champagne
- Modern Pewter: Mid-tone olive gold
- Rich Core: Mid-tone aubergine
- Dark Dare: Charcoal black
- Young Venus: Pale white pink
These shadows come in standard MAC packaging but are slightly larger than normal MAC shadow compacts. The compacts are plastic and come with snap-shut, flip-up tops. The pans have the MAC logo and a wave design embossed on them.
Warm Thunder is a silver with a hint of green.
Blue Orbit is a pale lavender with a tint of sky blue and lighter lavender shimmers that give it a duo-chrome-like effect.
Grand Galaxy is a deep plum purple with a steel sheen.
Lunar is a deep navy blue with a lighter blue sheen.
Havana is a sable brown that leans gold.
Sweet Heat is a pale copper.
Modern Pewter is a pale, muted sage green.
Rich Core is a a deep, purple-based brown.
Dark Dare is an almost-matte black.
Young Venus is a pale white with a hint of frosty pink.
Overall, these 10 colors have wonderful pigmentation, go on evenly, glide onto the skin, and have good color payoff. Blue Orbit isn’t quite as opaque as the other colors, but doesn’t look dull or flat. Young Venus is the least opaque of all the colors. Dark Dare applied the most unevenly and had a drier formula.
The above distinctions aside, these are great. Extra Dimension eye shadows come in a new formula. They are creamier and softer than regular MAC shadows and they blend beautifully into the skin while giving off rich and vibrant color and sheen. The formula isn’t like anything else you can find in MAC’s standard eye shadow line-up. The sheen you get is very refined, making these shadows uniquely suitable for daytime-wear even though they’re shimmery. If you’re someone who is conservative with their eye makeup either because of workplace constraints or personal preference, I would suggest you still give these shadows a chance for day-wear.
MAC claims that these eye shadows last “up to” 6 hours. Using a primer, I saw the teeniest bit of creasing after 3 hours, but for practical purposes there’s no noticeable creasing even after 6 hours. Without a primer, there is definite (but not horrible) creasing after 3 hours of wear. After 5 hours, the color does fade slightly too, which is why I can’t give these an A-rating in the Quality department.
These don’t crease as easily as MAC’s Metal-X shadows, but do crease more quickly than MAC’s standard shadows. But the formula surpasses most anything else MAC has to offer for eye products when it comes to smooth application and rich finishes.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
These transfer onto the skin effortlessly, blend nicely, and layer beautifully. You can apply sheer layers or pack on the color for an intense finish. Either way, you get a very refined shimmer.
For $20.00 you get 2 grams (0.07 ounces) of eye shadow. Regular MAC shadows cost $15.00 and contain 1.5 grams (0.05 ounces). You get the same amount of product per dollar you spend with these new eye shadows.