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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 six (6) limited-edition Extra Dimension Eye Shadows releasing with MAC’s In Extra Dimension Collection for Spring 2013. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Extra Silver: True silver
- Opalesse: Opalescent white with pink pearl
- Zestful: Pale iridescent lime
- Triple Impact: Opalescent lavender with violet pearl
- Dimensional Blue: Frosty blue
- Smoky Mauve: Mid-tone cool mauve
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.
Extra Silver is a true silver color. It’s translucent with a stronger finish when applied with a damp brush.
Opalesse is a pearlized white with a pink shift. It’s more pink when applied wet but is also less smooth.
Zestful is a pale lime green that is translucent whether applied wet or dry.
Triple Impact is a light lavender with a pink shift. It’s very translucent and gets patchy once applied wet.
Dimensional Blue is a greyish blue with a stronger grey tone once it’s applied wet. This shade is the smoothest when applied wet compared to the other shades in this collection.
Smoky Mauve is a dirty mauve with a silver sheen. It requires layering when applied wet in order to get a smoother finish.
Overall, these six (6) colors are sheer and translucent. Many of them need layering in order to show up noticeably on the skin. They also don’t hold up very well when applied wet, often times becoming uneven or bumpy in texture.
The Extra Dimension 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” six (6) hours. Using a primer, I saw the teeniest bit of creasing after three (3) hours, but for practical purposes there’s no noticeable creasing even after six (6) hours. Without a primer, there is definite (but not horrible) creasing after three (3) hours of wear. After five (5) hours, the color does fade slightly too.
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: 8/10
The sheer nature of these shades makes blending them easy, but it also makes layering a requirement if you want a noticeable color and even finish.
For $21.00 you get 2 grams (0.07 ounces) of eye shadow. This price is $1.00 more than when MAC first released the Extra Dimension formula. 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.